Nanoscience has uses in medicine, agri, energy, environment: Experts at ICONSAT

Pune: The International Conference on Nano Science and Nano Technology (ICONSAT) under the aegis of Nano Mission, Department of Science and Technology (DST), started at the Biswa Bangla Conventional Centre, Kolkata, focusing on the recent advances in this frontier research field.

In his inaugural address, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST outlined the genesis of Nano India and apprised the audience of the developments in infrastructure and human resources in the field of nano-science and technology in the last twenty years.

Sharma emphasized the need to create a network of experts in nanoscience so that one can learn from the other and integrate the knowledge across sectors like energy, agriculture, transport, health and so on.

Sharma said that 5Ms – mechanical, material, machines, manufacturing and manpower, are the need of the hour and we should orient all these to focus on how nano-science and technology can contribute to challenges like sustainable development and new technology (machine learning, artificial intelligence and so on).

Sharma also stressed that science should be related to the larger section of our society and invited young scientists to participate with Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR), a new DST initiative through which young scholars can submit popular science stories related to their work and receiving social benefits in connection with the initiative.

ICONSAT 2020 was organized during 5-7 March by the S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. The three-day event deliberates on several thematic topics in the field, bringing out cutting-edge developments in the domain of physical, chemical, materials as well as biological sciences. In addition to existing research on nano-materials, several emerging areas such as quantum materials, energy materials and nanotechnology for agriculture have been included in cognizance of the identified thrust areas of DST Nano mission.

In his special lecture through video conference, Bharat Ratna Prof C N R Rao, the patron of ICONSAT 2020, stated that nano-science has tremendous application in various areas and highlighted the success stories in fields like nano-medicine, agriculture, environment and energy.

Prof Rao said that nanoscience is an extraordinary sector to work in and has a lot of opportunities for translation of benefits for the society. He urged the young scientists to think differently, out of the box and encouraged them to do something unique in India so that in next five years, the nation would be at the top of the world not only in nanoscience but in all sciences.

Professor A K Sood from Indian Institute of Science (IIS) who is the Chairman of the organizing committee of ICONSAT, informed the audience about the conference and said that the three-day conference would include nine plenary lectures and 36 invited talks by eminent scientists from India and abroad; along with nine oral presentations and 350 posters presentations. The conference is being attended by around 450 participants.

During the inaugural function, Prof Sabu Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam was conferred with the National Research Award in Nano Science & Technology for his extraordinary contribution in the field of nano-science. Dr Saurabh Lodha, IIT Bombay and Dr Vivek Polshettowar, TIFR, Mumbai were bestowed with the Young Research Awards in Nano Science & Technology.


This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.


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