by Biotech Express Bureau
The four-day International Conference on “Biotechnological Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development (BioSD-2018) was held during November 22-25, 2018 at CSIR-Indian Institute for Chemical Technology (IICT) in association with The Biotech Research Society, India (BRSI) and International Bioprocessing Association- An International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IBA-IFIBiop). A total of 720 participants attended the conference from all over the world, which included invited speakers from India, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Hongkong, South Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA.
The conference was held at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad, India from 22nd to 25th November 2018. BioSD-2018 witnessed galaxy of renowned scientists, faculties, entrepreneurs from various industries and academicians/researchers.The scientific program of the conference comprised plenary and invited speakers and contributory short oral presentation, young researcher rapid presentations and poster presentations.
BioSd-2018 inaugural took place on 22nd Nov 2018 at 3:00 pm. The conference convenor Dr S. Venkata Mohan welcomed the guests on to the dais, which included Dr. Shekar C Mande, Director-General, CSIR; Prof T P Singh, INSA Senior Scientist, AIIMS and President, BRSI; Dr. S. Chandrashekhar, Director, CSIR-IICT; Prof. Ashok Pandey, BioSD Chair and Dr N V Satyanarayana, CSIR IICT, Hyderabad.
Dr Chandrashekhar and Prof Singh welcome the audience. Prof Pandey gave a brief account of BRSI and its activities. Dr N V Satyanarayana gave a brief account of IICT activities in the area of Biotechnology. Dr. Shekhar C Mande delivered the inaugural address. In his speech, he acknowledged the accomplishments and the valuable commitment of CSIR in the areas of IT, Space and Agriculture for national benefits. He mentioned that Biotech industries in India were nurtured under the leadership of CSIR. He released the conference souvenir. Then Dr Mande was felicitated by Dr Chandrashekhar and Prof Singh.
Subsequently, BRSI annual awards were announced and conferred. This was coordinated by Dr Rajeev Kumar Sukumaran and Dr K Madhavan Nampoothiri from CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum on behalf of BRSI. Delegates were informed that BRSI annually recognizes the active researchers as well as academicians and industry personnel for their outstanding contributions and offers awards in several categories. Awards were classified into 11 categories.
The second day of the BioSD-2018 showcased first lectures from award winners, followed by plenary lectures. After lunch, sessions were spread in four parallel streams, namely, energy and environmental Biotechnology (EEB), Algae biology, biotechnology and Business (ABBB) and Industrial biotechnology (IB) and Food, Agriculture and Medical Biotechnology (FAMB), in which invited speakers and contributory speakers presented their works.
The scientific sessions on the 2nd day of conference were concluded with a refreshing and a special cultural programme in the evening by Ananda Bharatha Natyalaya, Khammam and Siri Dance Academy, Hyderabad, Telangana, in which a special performance was made by Ms Priyam Pandey on cinematic Kathak dance.
There were two poster sessions on 23rd and 24th Nov 2018. Total of 360 posters were exhibited under several themes related to environment, medicinal and industrial biotechnology on 23rd and 24th Nov 2018. Several independent experts from various with whom posters presenters interacted. A special session was dedicated for young researchers to present their works as an oral talk (Rapid presentation) done in 4 minutes during the third day of conference (24th Nov 2018), in which 60 presentations were made. This forum appeared a useful platform for young researchers to present and learn various scientific concepts.
On the last day of conference, a session was dedicated for interaction between Industry and Young Researchers, which discussed about the research that can be translated to industrial scale and the opportunities in the field of biotechnology and environment. During the session, there was an active discussion on “Education, Entrepreneurship and Skill Development vis-à-vis Business of Biotechnology and Sustainability”. Dr Raghavendra Gaikaiwari from Hi- Tech Biosciences, Pune was session chairman and moderator. Panelists included Dr Sangeeta Srivastava, Dr Onkar Tiwari and Dr PremKumar.
BioSD-2018 concluded with valedictory function by giving away the awards for best poster presenters and young researcher presenters. Three poster awards were sponsored by Shree Lok Bahadur Khanal Education Foundation, Nepal (courtesy: Prof Samir Khanal, USA), which included a certificate and Rs 3000. Prof Duu Jong Lee, Prof Rajeshwar Dayal Tyagi, Prof Ashok Pandey, Dr S Venkata Mohan, Dr. N.V.Satyanarayana and Dr. Rajeev Sukumaran were present and gave away the awards.
On this occasion, as part of CSIR-IICT ‘green’ initiatives, one tree was planted in name of each registered delegate (in various location in India, with the help of an plantation company). All the delegates were provided a certificate to this effect.
A scientific writing workshop was also organized on 22nd Nov 2018 by Dr Eldon Rene from IHE Delft, the Netherlands in which 30 delegates participated. To encourage the young researchers and to train on how to enhance the scientific writing was the main motto behind the organization of this workshop. The feedback from the participants showed it to be very useful and encouraging to augment the scientific writing skills for young researchers and students from several universities around the globe.
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