The Department of Science &
Technology (DST), Government of India, under the BRICS framework, is hosting a five
day event where a group of about 50 young scientists/ researchers from BRICS
countries are meeting in Bengaluru from 26-30th September, 2016. It
would be organized and coordinated by the National Institute of Advanced
Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru.
The meet would provide a platform for
engaging, connecting and networking among young scientists to hold discussions
and find solutions to some of the common challenges and problems being faced in
BRICS countries. The participants are drawn from science, engineering and
allied disciplines. The focus of the Conclave would be on three thematic topics
– Computational Intelligence, Energy Solutions and Affordable Healthcare.
This BRICS Young Scientists Conclave
assumes importance as it is taking place during India’s chairmanship of BRICS
in 2016 under a focal theme of ‘Building, Responsive, Inclusive and Collective
Solutions’. The event shall be inaugurated by Prof K. Kasturirangan, former Member
of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and former Chairman, Indian Space Research
The BRICS Young Scientist Forum (BRICS-YSF),
under which the BRICS Young Scientists Conclave is being organised, was
initiated at the 2nd BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation
Ministerial Meeting at Brasilia in March, 2015. The respective Science,
Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministries of BRICS countries are the lead
coordinating organisations for this Forum on co-investment and co-ownership
The Conclave aims at building a BRICS
Innovation Corps – who individually or collectively have specialized capability
to work on their novel scientific ideas and technological solutions which
transform and accelerate change through better quality of life and higher
incomes for citizen of this region. It will pave way for creation of strong
generation of S&T leadership that can accelerate change collectively.
Some of the lead speakers in the
Conclave, among others from India and abroad, include Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Dr.
Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of
Biotechnology, Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Ayog, and Dr. Baldev Raj,
Director, NIAS. Besides, the above the Conclave is hosting more than 20
distinguished persons from BRICS nations with extraordinary achievements
through scientific research, innovation and techno-entrepreneurship.
Some of the topics to be covered by the
Conclave include Interdisciplinary Science for Society and Humanity, A
Scientific Identity for BRICS, Traditional Science and Indigenous Knowledge and
Science, Technology and Social Equity. A session on ‘Talent Hunt’ is also being
organised under which about 15 ideas shall be presented on 3 identified themes
of the Conclave.
Two reports will be released during the
Conclave. The first report titled “BRICS Science and Technology Enterprise
Partnership” is prepared by a group of eminent scholars. It envisions
sustained critical efforts for achieving Science & Technology Research
leadership and product driven enterprise mode partnership. It offers new ways
for BRICS cohesion and connecting to the world.
The second report titled “Hampi:
Splendours of a World Heritage Site” projects the historical significance of
the heritage site as well as depicts the Intellectual movements to
technological Innovations to the Conclave participants. The Conclave also
offers a unique opportunity of witnessing India’s scientific, engineering,
architectural, philosophical and cultural tradition, as provided through a
field visit to Hampi, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More information about this event is
available at http://www.brics-ysf.org