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107th Indian Science Congress to be inaugurated by PM Modi on 3 Jan

Congress is a major focal point for scientists, researchers, and academicians interested in various aspects of scientific discoveries and technologies. 

107th Indian Science Congress to be inaugurated by PM Modi on 3 Jan
The five-day-long event aims to bring together science fraternity across the world to discuss scientific innovation and research. Image Credit: Twitter(@PIB_India)

India's largest annual gathering of scientific luminaries from countries across the world, the '107th Indian Science Congress', will be held from January 3 to 7, 2020 at University of Agricultural Sciences (UASB), GKVK Campus, Bangalore, Karnataka focusing on 'Science & Technology: Rural Development'.

The Science Congress will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on January 03, 2020, at UASB, GKVK Campus. Congress is a major focal point for scientists, researchers, and academicians interested in various aspects of scientific discoveries and technologies. The five-day-long event aims to bring together science fraternity across the world to discuss scientific innovation and research.

The Nobel Laureates who will be participating include German Physicist, Prof. Stefan Hell who is one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 'for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy' and Prof. Ada E. Yonath from Israel. She is a protein crystallographer who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Apart from this, several senior Scientists from India and abroad along with several government officials will be participating in this event to exchange their views on a range of scientific issues, both at the national and international levels.

There are 28 Plenary Sessions on areas ranging from Climate Smart Agriculture for Food Security, Crop Improvement Towards Food & Nutrition Security, Materials Science And Technology For Rural Development, Challenges and Opportunities In Cancer Drug Discovery, Artificial Intelligence And Medical Technology, Advances In Basic Medical And Clinical Interactions, Non-Communicable Diseases In Rural Population as well as Cancer Research - Therapeutic Applications. The areas also include Nano Materials for Energy, Environment and Health Care, Novel Solutions for Oil and Gas Industry Problems and so on in which senior scientists and officials will discuss on the status, challenges, opportunities, and scope in these research areas.

Public Lectures

Four Public lectures by eminent personalities like Nobel laureate Prof. Stefan Hell, Dr. Subra Suresh among others, covering topics like Ultrasharp Fluorescence Microscopy, science across disciplines ranging from basic science to applications in the industry, acute problem of modern medicine, lifestyle diseases to recent advances in cardiac sciences will be organized in the Science Congress.

Sectional Sessions: Fourteen Sectional Sessions covering different disciplines of science will be organised in the Science Congress.

Farmers Science Congress

With a focus on Rural Development through Science and Technology, for the first time in the history of the Indian Science Congress, a Farmers Science Congress is being held. It will cover themes ranging from farmers' innovation on integrated agriculture and entrepreneurship for doubling farmers' income, climate change, biodiversity, conservation, ecosystem services & farmers' empowerment to agrarian distress, rural bio-entrepreneurship, policy issues.

The event will have the presence of experts and scientists from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) along with farmers whose innovative approaches have led to significant contributions.

Rashtriya Kishore Vaigyanik Sammelan (Children's Science Congress)

A two-day event 'Rashtriya Kishore Vaigyanik Sammelana' will be held at UASB, GKVK as part of the 107th Indian Science Congress on 4th and 5th January 2020. The aim is to provide a unique opportunity for children to view selected projects and interact with the student delegates and children will also have the opportunity to listen, interact with eminent scientists and Nobel Laureates. Events like one-minute video competition, Infosys Foundation - ISCA Travel Awards for School Children, visit exhibitions, live science demonstrations and science magic show will be organized as a part of the Science Congress.

Women Science Congress

The women's science congress aims to provide a single platform for women working in different arena of science and technology to showcase their achievements and experiences. It will also prepare a vision document or a road map for women in science and technology and recommend policies to enhance the role and utilize the full potential of women in science and technology. In this session, women are invited to share ideas and experiences to motivate younger women to actively participate in science to identify and find simpler solutions through Science and Technology.

Former VC's Science Congress

The former VC's Science Congress addresses the urgent need in Indian higher education institutions today is to establish quality internalization pathways through quality culture in academic, administrative and financial spheres of institutional management. Several eminent Vice-Chancellors like Prof. S.P. Thyagarajan, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, Chennai and Prof N. Prabhudev, VC Bangalore University will be attending the event.

Vigyan Sancharak Sammelan - 2020 (Science Communicators Meet - 2020)

"Vigyan Sancharak Sammelan" is an initiative for Science communicators' for professional growth. This programme will focus on the theme of "Science & Technology: Rural Development ". Science Communicators' role is to facilitate public engagement with scientific issues. Science communication plays an integral part in one's scientific career. Being able to effectively disseminate research findings within the community and to consider collective opinions in prioritizing research needs is an important attribute of scientific maturity. Thus, dissemination of scientific information and inculcation of scientific attitude among masses at large is the need of the hour.

With this broad goal, Science Communicators' Meet will be held to bring together experts in the field of science communication with particular reference to rural development. It will provide an opportunity for academicians, science journalists, activists, filmmakers, scientists and other communicators from all over the world to meet, deliberate and exchange their views on how to develop science communication.

Mega Science Exhibition - PRIDE OF INDIA ISC EXPO

Pride of India (PIO) ISC Expo is a unique platform for organizations from the government, private and public sectors to showcase their achievements in the field of science and technology. The POI Expo brings together and displays hundreds of new ideas, innovations, and products covering the entire canvas of the scientific world. The five days will witness a large number of visitors from the corporate sector, scientific fraternity and academia, R&D institutes, defense, government, PSUs and so on.

(With Inputs from PIB)

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