National Frontiers of Science (NatFoS) Meeting 2019

November 6-8, 2019

Samode Bagh Resort,Jaipur

About NatFOS 2018

The Frontiers of Science (FoS) intends to bring together 35-40 outstanding young scientists and engineers from all over India, to have a dialogue across six areas of expertise, namely, Materials Science, Biology, Optical Physics, Medicinal Chemistry, Engineering and Astrochemistry. The aim of this brainstorming session is to discuss, deliberate and collaborate through presentations of exciting advances in one’s own field of expertise, and simultaneously learn about research at the cutting edge of other scientific disciplines.

This conference is being organised by Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS). An Inter-session poster presentation is also planned to allow young post doctoral researchers and participating Faculty who are not speakers, to gain from interactions in the symposium.

It is expected through such Brainstorming Sessions, young scientists and engineers from contrasting disciplines will interact at the frontiers of fields other than their own areas of research, and contribute to formulation of science policy and mandates at the national scale. The goal of the event is to introduce the young scientists and engineers of outstanding caliber across India to foster inter-institutional collaboration through cross fertilization of ideas across the disciplines, resulting into generation of new scientific and technical concepts and approaches. Attendance of this conference is by invitation only.

About NatFOS 2019

The National Frontiers of Science (NatFoS) series of brainstorming sessions was started in 2017 with support from the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to Govt. of India, in order to create a healthy dialogue between various disciplines of science. This series of discussions has been designed on the lines of the US National Academy Frontiers of Science model, bringing together 35-40 outstanding young scientists and engineers to discuss, deliberate and collaborate through presentations of exciting advances in one’s own field of expertise, and simultaneously learn about research at the cutting edge of other scientific disciplines.

To achieve the objectives above, Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) will conduct NatFoS 2019 as a three day residential meeting scheduled to be held at Samod Bagh Resort, Jaipur from 6-8 November 2019. Through the three days, a select group of leading young investigators from academia, research and industry will come together to discuss contemporary scientific work and state of the art research in various domains of natural sciences and engineering. The entire meeting is organized, planned and conducted by the young engineers and scientists who are members of INYAS.

At NatFoS 2019, discussions will explore themes of Extreme environments on Earth, Material Science, Climate resilience, Chemistry of Matter, Behavioral Ecology, Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks. An additional session on ‘Innovations and Startups Ecosystem in India’ has been planned this year to with the aim to create an additional platform to enable dialogue at the interface of academia and Industry, and to teach innovators how to think like entrepreneurs for understanding commercials of their innovations. A little over two hours will be allotted for each session, including 60 minutes for general discussion at the end. Emphasis will be on speakers presenting to colleagues outside their field with a view to both conveying and deriving cross-disciplinary information and insights through a format, which allows informed one-to-one discussions amongst the participants.

It is anticipated that through such brainstorming sessions, young scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs from contrasting disciplines will interact at the frontiers of fields other than their own areas of research, and contribute to formulation of science policy and mandates at the national scale.

The goal of the event is to enable young scientists and entrepreneurs of outstanding caliber across India to foster inter-institutional collaboration through cross fertilization of ideas across the disciplines, resulting into generation of new scientific and technical concepts and approaches.

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ORGANISING COMMITTEE (INYAS):

S. No.
Name & Affiliation
Role
1.
Gitanjali Yadav, NIPGR, New Delhi
Convener
2.
Mahesh Kumar, IIT Jodhpur
Chair INYAS & Co-Convener
3.
Chandra Shekhar Sharma, IIT Hyderabad
Convener of Last FoS Meeting
4.
Anindita Bhadra, IISER, Kolkata
Session Chair
5.
Satyavrata Samavedi, IIT Hyderabad
Session Chair
6.
Riffat John, University of Kashmir, Srinagar
Session Chair
7.
Krishanu Biswas, IIT, Kanpur
Session Chair
8.
Felix Bast, Central University Punjab, Bhatinda
Session Chair
9.
Rohini Garg, Shiv Nadar University
Local INYAS Member
10.
Rajendra Dhaka, IIT, New Delhi
Local INYAS Member