Pune: Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ashutosh Sharma, stated that complexity in science can be navigated by using common sense and that it is important to relate research to larger questions of life, at the International Conference on Multifunctional Nano Materials (ICMN 2020). “The new age has heightened the capabilities of the mind that machines do not have, like lateral thinking, connecting the dots, creativity, problem-solving, interdisciplinary thinking, portability, and developing concepts across silos,” Secretary Sharma said at the online conference, which is taking place from 28th December to 30th December.
He also highlighted the importance of translation, innovation, startups, of closing the circle of knowledge, and of relating a narrow domain of research to the larger concerns of science and society in the new age where the future is throwing questions at a faster pace, at the conference organised by Manipal University Jaipur.
DST Secretary Sharma also spoke about future directions and drivers of science and technology. “Convergence and co-arising of technologies, the rise of intelligent machines, sustainability and development, managing data, information technology, equity, and inclusion are the challenges and opportunities that the new age brings,” he pointed out.
The conference is organised every year to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of multifunctional nanomaterials.
This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
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