Initiative for Research and Innovation in STEM (IRIS) National Fair is a public – private partnership program funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), and Broadcom; and implemented by EXSTEMPLAR Education Linkers Foundation. 

 IRIS promotes and nurtures Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research amongst young Indian innovators. It recognizes and rewards outstanding projects and provides a platform for young innovators to get recognized at national and international STEM events. 

 The IRIS National Fair is conducted annually in India for school students, who compete in 21 subject categories. Winners of the IRIS National Fair go on to represent India at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in USA. Winners of the 1st and 2nd Grand Award at ISEF actually have minor planets named after them courtesy Lincoln Laboratories, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Till date 31 young Indians have received this honour, courtesy this platform. 

 Till 2020, a total of 265 Indian students have participated in ISEF and have won 160 awards and accolades at this unique mega international event. Winners at ISEF not only win laurels for the nation but also get the opportunity to have a minor planet named after them. From 1999-2020, 31 students from India have had the unique honour of having minor planets named after them.

Why Join Us

The Fair will be an opportunity for school students to gain an immersive experience and witness innovative projects created by their peers.

 Attendees will be able to access live sessions on diverse topics by individuals from national and international organizations; visit the showcase zone featuring 100 outstanding innovative, research-based STEM projects across 21 subject categories; explore scholarship options within India and overseas; explore fun games and win prizes and participation certificates.


Mr. Sujit Banerjee

Scientist F
Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Dr. Biswajit Saha

Director - Vocational Skills and Training

Dr. Praveen Arora

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

IRIS Scientific Review Committee Members

Dr. Archana Sharma

Principal Scientist
CERN Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Indra Dwivedy

Former Chief Scientist & Group Leader- Patents

Mr. Rajesh Sharma

Staff Engineer
Walt Disney Animation Studios, USA

Ms. Sharon Snyder

Fair Director
International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), USA

IRIS Alumni over the years

Mr. Sachin Gopalan

Co-Founder & CEO
Berkraf Habibi Fair

Mr. Parthy Chetty

Executive Director
Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

Maj Gen ( Retd. ) Sanjay Soi

India winners speak

Hosted by IRIS National Fair

Mr. Jiju George

Country HR Head and Director
Broadcom Group entities in India

Ms. Paula Golden

Broadcom Foundation

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Ms. Sharon E Kumar

Fair Director

Mr. Ashutosh Chadha

Vice President & Head Public Policy and Government Affairs
South Asia, Mastercard

Ms. Joyeeta Das

Leader Education and Skilling Initiatives

Ms. Debjani Ghosh


Dr. Prakamya Gupta

Scientist- C, Division of Innovation & Translational Research
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi

Dr. Pratibha Jolly

Science and Society Fellow, Academic Consultant, Former Principal Miranda House
FInstP (IoP, UK), FNASc, NASI, NAAC, University of Delhi

Who Should Attend

The Virtual Fair will be open for Students (class 5 and above), Principals, Teachers and all STEM enthusiasts.

Agenda details

23rd January, 2021

Inaugural Ceremony

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
By Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Ms. Paula Golden, Dr. Praveen Arora, Mr. Jiju George, Mr. Sujit Banerjee, Ms. Sharon E Kumar

The importance of Innovation in India

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
By Dr. Biswajit Saha

New Horizons-Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 (STIP 2020)

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
By Dr. Praveen Arora, Mr. Ashutosh Chadha, Ms. Joyeeta Das, Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Dr. Prakamya Gupta

How to participate in IRIS National Fair

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
By IRIS Scientific Review Committee Members

The CERN Mega Science Project - Challenges and opportunities

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
By Dr. Archana Sharma

Importance of IPR and Patent filing

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
By Dr. Indra Dwivedy

24th January, 2021

STEM in Animation Filmmaking Process

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
By Mr. Rajesh Sharma

Messages from Regeneron ISEF

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
By Ms. Sharon Snyder

Experience sharing

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
By IRIS Alumni over the years

Orbit Habibie Festival, Indonesia

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
By Mr. Sachin Gopalan

South Africa Fair

12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
By Mr. Parthy Chetty

The importance of STEM in Defense

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
By Maj Gen ( Retd. ) Sanjay Soi

Broadcom MASTERS

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
By India winners speak

IRIS Awards Ceremony

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
By Ms. Debjani Ghosh

How to Attend

1. Register

Sign-up with your official
email ID

2. Login

Look for our update emails and use the provided credential on the virtual event day

3. Attend

Get access to the virtual event: Presentations, Panel Discussions, Networking Areas, and a lot more