Prof. Surajit Dhara, faculty in the School of Physics at University of Hyderabad has been selected for the prestigious status of Affiliate Member of the International Institute for Sustainability with Knotted Chiral Meta Matter (SKCM2) ( This is an International Institute aiming to lead interdisciplinary collaborations in the research field of knotted chiral meta matter and funded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology. Prof. Dhara has been selected based on his significant contributions to research and education missions related to World Premier International Research Centre Initiave-SKCM2.

Prof. Surajit Dhara

The members of the International Institute for Sustainability with Knotted Chiral Meta Matter (WPI-SKCM2) have the ambition of conducting highly fundamental research by fusing together topology and chirality knowledge across disciplines and scales while also contributing to a sustainable future.

As an affiliated member of WPI-SKCM2 Prof. Dhara will have access to the following resources and collaborative research opportunities:

(1)      Receive WPI-SKCM2 Ph.D. students and postdocs for extended research stays at UoH for periods from one to 6 months while they are fully supported by the WPI, thus having an opportunity to collaborate with the WPI-SKCM2 young researchers & faculty members.

(2)      Have UoH PhD students and postdocs participate in the internKNOTship program of the SKCM2 within which, once selected, the students and postdocs can spend in Hiroshima typical 3-month stays (which generally can span from 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the project needs) to collaborate while being supported by the WPI-SKCM2.

(3)      Participate in the WPI’s meritocracy-based bonus reward system, which rewards for important contributions to the WPI establishment as a globally visible research centre.

(4)      Receive a “startup bonus” to cover collaboration-related expenses based on his contributions like publications, grants, and collaborations involving the WPI-SKCM2 over the next 9 years.

(5)      Have the opportunity to apply for joint research, educational, and other grants in Japan and internationally from the WPI-SKCM2 or from UoH while involving SKCM2 collaborators and receiving assistance of the WPI’s staff members.

(6)      Receive support to participate in, as well as co-organize WPI’s symposia and summer/winter schools, as well as other scientific, educational, and outreach events.