Indian-born, Irish-based STEAM enthusiast Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan discussed how her career fuses poetry and astrophysics at Future Human.

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan’s talk at Future Human 2022 was about the links between art and science ­– and a whole lot more.

“Today I’m going to tell a story about falling in love with things, life having its own plans, and then coming back to yourself and your passions in unexpected ways,” she said.

“It’s also going to be a story about how your passport dictates the dreams you’re allowed to have. And it’s also going to be a story about science communication and poetry. So, a lot of things mushed together.”

The writer, cultural consultant and science lover had to contend with a lot of visa issues and barriers to her dream career, simply because she has an Indian passport.

“I didn’t really expect immigration to be a thing that affects your life because I was very privileged to be brought up by a diplomatic family. I’d moved around the world, hadn’t really thought about being an immigrant.”

Despite being told she couldn’t seize STEAM opportunities in Ireland and the UK, she explained how she managed to build her career in the end.


Words by Blathnaid O’Dea