Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 21:
The 83rd annual meeting of the Society of Biological Chemists of India [SBC(I)] and a Symposium on “Evolution: Molecules to Life” concluded at KIIT University in the Odisha capital today.
The three-day event was jointly organized by KIIT University and Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and School of Biotechnology. This was organized for the first time in Odisha after 83 years of inception of SBC (I).
Dr B Ravindran, director, ILS; Dr V Chandrashekhar, director, NISER; Prof PP Mathur, VC, KIIT University; Dr Mrutyunjay Suar, director, KIIT School of Biotechnology and Dr Abdur Rahman, NISER, Bhubaneswar graced the inaugural session.
The conference had an array of distinguished speakers and eminent scientists like Sir Walter Bodmer, University of Oxford, UK, Prof Sameer K Bhramachari, former DG, CSIR, Prof P Balaram, director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Prof Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Kolkata University and president of 83rd SBC (I) and Dr Sateesh C. Raghavan, IISc, Bangalore and Secretary of SBC (I).
The conference attracted over 600 delegates and participants who showcased their research in the form of eminent lectures and poster sessions.
There were 12 scientific sessions and 3 poster sessions which covered areas of disease biology, infection and immunology, cell biology, structural biology, bioinformatics, plant genomics, ecology, environment and evolution and translational research. Several awards were given away to honour the contribution of distinguished scientists.
Prof Usha Vijay Raghavan, IISc Bangalore, was conferred with Prof IS Bhatia award for her contribution in the area of plant genome research while Prof Saumitra Das, IISc Bangalore received Prof AN Bhaduri Memorial Lecture award for his contribution in the field of molecular virology.
Besides, Prof Ashish K. Mukherjee of Tezpur University, Assam received the Sreenivasya Memorial Award for his contribution in the area of therapeutic application of snake venom.
More than 10 poster awards were given to encourage the young researchers.
As always, researchers from all over the world presented their exciting findings in the form of invited lectures, plenary lectures and SBCI award lectures. Students and postdoctoral fellows were also presented their exciting findings in the form of posters and the extraordinary works.
Another key feature of the meeting was ‘translational research’, where the speakers discussed how to translate the research findings into applications. This was also created an opportunity for the crosstalk between academia and industry.
Two pre-conference workshops on quantitative biology and scientific writing and a Haldane memorial symposium on evolutionary biology held during this occasion.