The 107th Indian Science Congress started in Bengaluru at the University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK campus on January 3, 2020. The theme of the meet this year, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is ‘Science and Technology: Rural Development’.
The congress also hosted a Farmer’s Science Congress for the very the first time, along with a Children’s Science Congress and a Women’s Science Congress.
“The 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,” according to a press release by the Press Information Bureau.
The event also hosted public lectures by two Nobel laureates – German physicist Stefan Hell, one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany, who won the 2014 Nobel prize in Chemistry ‘for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy’; and Ada E Yonath, a protein crystallographer who had shared the 2009 chemistry Nobel with Indian origin scientist Venkatesh Ramakrishnan for their independent work on unravelling the structure of the Ribosome.
Besides, there were 28 plenary sessions on areas ranging from ‘Climate Smart Agriculture for Food Security’, ‘Crop Improvement Towards Food and 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’, to name a few.
The Farmer’s Congress also focused on innovation for integrated agriculture and entrepreneurship for doubling farmers income, climate change, bio-diversity, conservation, ecosystem services and farmers empowerment to agrarian distress, rural bio-entrepreneurship and policy issues.