Suryesh K Namdeo


Suryesh is currently a visiting scholar contributing to the Science Diplomacy and Open Science projects at the Centre. He is a consultant with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva, where he works with Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Here, his responsibilities included facilitating science diplomacy efforts for the BWC. He also prepared the long-term multi-stakeholder engagement strategy for the BWC.

He 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 Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) where he contributes to its science diplomacy efforts. He is 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 Office of Disarmament Affairs. Here, he had the unique privilege to be one of the drafters of both: the ‘Seoul Youth Declaration for Disarmament’ and the ‘Youth Declaration for Biosecurity’.

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.

His current research interests include STI Diplomacy and Open Science. He leads the STI Diplomacy and Emerging Technologies projects of the centre. 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.