Prof Madhav Gadgil, noted Scientist who prepared Report on Western Ghats for the Central Government on the environmental health of the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats range will be delivering the next CPPR Quarterly lecture. Prof Gadgil will speak on “Science, Democracy and Ecology” on April 15th at Kochi, Kerala.


The CPPR Lecture Series is a quarterly affair and is one of the prestigious events of CPPR which has attained its place as one of the leading policy think tanks in India. Through its lecture Series, CPPR aims for stimulating thoughts inspiring people to act through its talks, debates and discussion on social, political and legal areas. This is the third lecture of the series focused on the theme of environment; one of the major areas been discussed and analysed by various experts.

We are proud to have Prof Madhav Gadgil who was subject to bouquets and brickbats for his Report on the Western Ghats is an expert in the subject of development and environment. Click here to view the full report Gadgil report

Prof Madhav Gadgil

Prof Madhav Gadgil


Prof Gadgil obtained an M.Sc. in Zoology at Mumbai, and did his Ph.D. thesis on fish behavior at Harvard University. He turned to modeling and did a thesis in mathematical ecology that won him the IBM Fellowship at Harvard Computing Center and became a citation classic. He has been a Lecturer on Biology at Harvard, a Distinguished Indo-American Lecturer at UC Berkeley and a Visiting Professor at Stanford. From 1973 to 2004 he was on the faculty of Indian Institute of Science, where he established the Center for Ecological Sciences. He was a member of the Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India from 1986-90, and Chaired the Science & Technology Advisory Panel of Global Environment Facility from 1998-2002.

His scientific interests focus on ecology and evolutionary biology, conservation biology, human ecology, natural resource management and ecological history, and he has published 225 scientific papers and written 6 books in English and 2 in Marathi. Madhav Gadgil has been largely responsible for introducing careful quantitative investigations in ecology and animal behaviour as well as viewing humans as an integral component of ecosystems to India. He founded the Centre for Ecological Sciences, which has developed strong traditions of working with other researchers, teachers, policy makers as well as NGO workers, farmers and other citizens throughout the country. This has led to innovative experiments of involving High School and College teachers and students in inventorying and monitoring of biodiversity.

We Invite everyone for the CPPR Quarterly Lecture by Prof Madhav Gadgil

Venue: Bharat Hotel (BTH), Near Durbar Hall Ground, Kochi, Kerala

Date: 15/04/2013

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

For further details contact 0484 6469177

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  1. joseph m.k says:

    like to attend the pg on april 15th/2013

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