Commonwealth Science Conference Bangalore 2014


Science's contribution to the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth forms a significant part of the global scientific community. It is home to 12 percent of the world’s researchers and accounts for around 10 percent of global research and development expenditure. The Commonwealth represents nearly a third of the world’s population, in 53 countries across the globe.

Science is uniquely placed to contribute to the Commonwealth’s shared goals of democracy and development. With an estimated 60 percent of its population under the age of 30, the Commonwealth is set to play an ever more important role in the world’s future.

The first Commonwealth Science Conference for nearly 50 years

300 specially invited scientists and 70 PhD students from over 30 countries across the Commonwealth will attend, together with local delegates from Bangalore. 

The goals of the conference are to:

  • celebrate excellence in Commonwealth science
  • provide opportunities for cooperation between researchers in different Commonwealth countries
  • inspire young scientists
  • build scientific capacity in the developing nations within the Commonwealth.

The scope of the meeting will be broad and will include physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as science policy.

Steering Committee

The Commonwealth Science Conference programme has been put together by an eminent Steering Committee composed of leading scientists and scientific leaders representing each of the major Commonwealth regions. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Professor CNR Rao FRS and Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS. Professor Sir John Pethica FRS is Chair of the Programme Committee.