Susmita Mohanty during a photo shoot at the DOMUS (magazine) studio in Milano, Photo: Andrea Basile Studio (www.andreabasilestudio.it), Copyright © 2011 DOMUS magazine
INDIA'S NEW SPACE ENTREPRENEURS SERIES: 2015-Ongoing
Interview #1: Govindarajan, President Aniara Space
Interview #2: Prateep Basu, Analyst, Northern Sky Research
Interview #3: Neha Satak, CEO Astrome Technologies
UNDERWATER MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: Initiated + co-organized MAD Lab project with GATI Dance Studio, New Delhi; Underwater Movement Workshop led by French Choreographer Kitsou Dubois. Supported by the French Embassy.
More at www.timeout.com/delhi/events/underwater-movement-workshop
THE UNDIVIDED MIND: Art-Science Residency at KHOJ International Artists Association, New Delhi.
More at www.khojworkshop.org/programme/the-undivided-mind-art-science-residency
MUMBAI ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN [MAD] Salon: Co-curates and co-pilots the MAD Salon and Lab. The MAD Salon debuted in October 2010. It brings together experts and enthusiasts to discuss and debate contemporary issues in nation building. Originally conceived to focus on architecture and design as primary elements of nation building, it has morphed into a lens to look at a broader narrative: culture, aesthetics, the arts, the city, social interaction, mobility, human behavior, politics, economics, urbanism, and more.
MAD Lab is the hands-on twin of the MAD Salon. The Lab fosters experimental and exploratory projects at the intersection of the arts and sciences.
More at www.madsalon.org
SUBMARINE SLEEPOVER, SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Spent a night o a World War Two submarine off the San Francisco Bay with her students from the California College of Arts (CCA). The idea was to experience living in a closed, cramped environment as part of a design studio.
SPACE SCIENCE OUTREACH AND RESEARCH (SSOAR): Co-founded SSOAR with two friends from UC-Berkeley - Camron Gorguinpour and Raven LeClaire. Supported SSOAR fundraising efforts and supported Camron and Raven in launching two public charter schools in the inner city in Oakland. Space exploration was used as the central theme to design the school curriculum, inspire the kids and steer them away from drugs, gangs and violence.
CLARKE BRADBURY SCIENCE FICTION COMPETITION, NOORDJWIK, THE NETHERLANDS: Conceived and initiated an international story writing competition to celebrate Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury. The idea came about when Neil McAlleer, the biographer of Arthur C. Clarke proposed at the 2001 Clarke Gala (see below) hosted at the Playboy Mansion that just as Clarke was being celebrated we should do something to celebrate Clarke’s contemporary – the Los Angeles based science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury.
The competition had two successful runs and was sponsored by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Technology Transfer and Promotion Office.
For the 1st run in 2003, a total of 104 entries were received from 36 countries and the winner was Lavie Tidhar’s story called “Temporal Spider, Spatial Webs.”
More at esa
For the 2nd run in 2005, a total of 109 stories and images were received from 29 different countries, and the winners were:
Story category: Christian Doan, a writer and artist from Melbourne, Australia. Image category: Frank Lewecke from Nuernberg, Germany.
More at esa
SPACE GENERATION FORUM, VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Joined fellow alumni from the International Space University (ISU) in starting a forum for young people from around the world to collaborate, debate, catalyze space policy and applications and promote international cooperation.
The first SGF convened at UNISEC-III in 1999 in Vienna; UNISEC was mega world conference organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA). UNISEC-III was attended by nearly four hundred young delegates from around the globe. Some of these attendees of this debut forum went on to start what is now known as the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
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Susmita Mohanty, PhD Designed by Studio Callum Prockter