Suryesh K Namdeo

Project Scientist

Suryesh is currently a Project Scientist contributing to the science diplomacy, biosecurity and open science projects at the Centre. He has worked with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva as the science and technology consultant for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Here, his responsibilities included facilitating science diplomacy efforts for the BWC. He also prepared a long-term multi-stakeholder engagement strategy for the BWC.

He is a member of the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) where he is the coordinator for international relations. He is the Director of Outreach and Engagement of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG). He has been a part of the Youth4Disarmament and Youth4Biosecurity initiatives of the United Nations. Here, he had the unique privilege to be a part of the drafting committee of the UN supported ‘Seoul Youth Declaration for Disarmament and Non-proliferation’ and the ‘Youth Declaration for Biosecurity’.

He has earlier worked as the Programme Officer for the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Fellowship Programme of the Department of Science and Technology at the Centre. His responsibilities included the overall coordination of the programme, capacity development and partnership building.

He is a member of the executive team of the Science Policy Forum, an open, independent and collaborative platform that aims to strengthen science policy linkages. Here, he was a member of the core team managing its Emerging Technologies Initiative in partnership with NEST Division, Ministry of External Affairs and the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

He holds a PhD in molecular biology from the Max Planck Institute for Biology, Tübingen, Germany. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and a Diploma in Biology from JNCASR Bengaluru. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and participated in international workshops and conferences around the world.

Recent Publications:

UN conference report on ‘Science and Technology Developments: Benefits and Risks for the Biological Weapons Convention’. United Nations (2023).

Emerging biological risks: The shadow side of technological progress. IndiaBioscience (2023).

‘Multi-stakeholder Engagement Strategy to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention’ submitted to the UN (2023).

Identification of strategic international partnerships among emergent global artificial intelligence policies. Cambridge Journal of Science Policy (2023).

India’s G20 Presidency: Charting the course of international science policy. IndiaBioscience (2023).

The contours of space diplomacy in the Global South AAAS Journal Science & Diplomacy (2023).

8 Strategies to communicate science effectively to policymakers. Apolitical (2023).

Science and Technology Advancements and Biosecurity: New Horizons. Journal of Chemical and Biological Weapons (2022).

Youth Declaration for Biosecurity

Seoul Youth Declaration for Disarmament

Namdeo, S. K., & Goveas, J. J. (2021). Indian Innovation Diplomacy: Choices, Challenges and Way Ahead. Science Diplomacy Review. Volume 2, Issue 3.

Namdeo, S.K., & Koley M. (2021). Citizen Science in India: Introduction, Challenges, and Way Forward. DIALOGUE-Science, Scientist, and Society. link: 

Koley M., & Namdeo S.K., and Bhathacharjee S. Digital Technologies for Open and Equitable Sharing of Scholarly Knowledge in India.

Namdeo, S. K. & Parvatam, S. (2021, March 4). Citizen science- A solution to fake information? No. 526 [Audio podcast episode 526]. In All things Policy. The Takshashila Institution.

Goveas, J.J. & Namdeo, S. K. (2021, February 18). A toast to the Indian decade of innovation. Times of India

Namdeo, S. K. & Parvatam, S. (2021, February 7). ‘Citizen Science’ can help India boost its scientific understanding, curb what’s app pseudo-science. The Print.

Namdeo, S. K. & Parvatam, S. (2020, November 5). Overdue: a formal internship policy in India that protects its students. The Wire Science.

Namdeo, S.K., Goveas, J.J. & Manjegwah, Z. (2020, September 7). Looking Inside InnSciD SP 2020. Science Policy Forum. Retrieved from

Namdeo, S. K. (2020, August 24). Towards an Internship Policy in STEM. Science Policy Forum.