8th Simons-NCBS Monsoon School - Physics of Life - 8th to 18th June 2020

Update about the COVID-19 / Corona Virus Situation:

We are aware of the continuing spread of Covid-19, and the growing concerns about it's possible impacts on our 8th Annual Monsoon School - Physics of Life 2020.

Since the School is almost 3 months away, we are continuing our preparations for Monsoon School 2020 as of now. 

However, we are closely monitoring the situation, along with public health authorities' advice on 'mass gatherings'. We will issue a further statement, if and when it is appropriate. 

Please continue watching our website and social media accounts, for further updates. 



Biology is essentially an interdisciplinary field and is in the forefront of modern physics and information sciences. The goal of the Monsoon School is to:

(i) expose undergraduate students from mathematics, physical sciences and engineering backgrounds to exciting problems in biology through research talks by biologists, physicists and computer scientists. Topics include: the structure and function of biomolecules; the organization of cells; the development of organisms from embryos to adults; the structure and function of the brain; populations and ecosystems; and aspects of evolution.

(ii) provide pedagogical instruction on a range of mathematical topics, so that students will be better prepared to enter Ph.D. programmes in computational biology, systems biology, biophysics, and related areas. Topics include: biophysics and soft-matter physics, ranging from aspects of molecules to those of cells and tissues; information processing and decision making, at the level of cells or of the brain; stochastic processes in molecules or populations; genetic networks and feedback systems; biomechanics and robotics.

Eligibility criteria:
All applicants must have completed atleast two years of their Undergraduate degree by June 2020, and not have participated in any of the previous Monsoon Schools. We encourage students from across disciplines, and from institutions across the country to apply for Monsoon School 2020.

Schedule & List of Speakers to be announced soon.


Application Form: Submissions for the forms are yet to started.

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Design a long-term data storage system, for storing the entire repository of Wikipedia articles for more than a million years. The data storage system can access unlimited energy for both encoding and decoding of the data, but should not consume any energy for data storage. Assume knowledge of how to decode the data is readily available after a million years.
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