Commonwealth Science Conference Bangalore 2014

Programme

Organised over four days, the conference aims to celebrate excellence in Commonwealth science.

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

13:30 - 15:00

Satish Dhawan Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science

Student session

Short presentations (10 minutes) by selected students on the topic of their research, followed by a networking session.

Chairs

  • Professor Daya Reddy President, Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf)
  • Professor Bob Williamson FRS Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Melbourne

Speakers

  • Ms Malebogo Ngoepe Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town
  • Ms Kirsten Coupland Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)
  • Ms Maria Rahman Department of Chemistry, Jagannath University, Bangladesh
  • Mr Zeyar Min Department of Chemistry, University of the West Indies
  • Mr Tetsuto Miyashita Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
  • Dr Aisleen Bennett Wellcome Trust Tropical Centre, University of Liverpool

15:45 - 16:15

High tea

16:30 - 19:00

JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science

Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society and CSC Co-Chair

Speakers:

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome - Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of Science and Technology
  • Invocation
  • Welcome - Professor Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS
  • Remarks - Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society
  • Remarks - H. E. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General
  • Introduction of H. E. the President of India - Professor CNR Rao FRS
  • Address - His Excellency, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India
  • Vote of thanks - Secretary, Department of Science and Technology
  • National Anthem
  • Music Interlude by Praveen Godkhindi

Lecture session

  • Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society
  • Professor CNR Rao FRS, National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

19:00 - 19:00

Depart for hotels. Dinner to be served at hotels.

Wednesday 26 November 2014

09:00 - 10:30

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom

Opening plenary session

The plenary session will begin with a welcome from the conference co-chairs Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society and Professor CNR Rao FRS, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

Chairs

  • Professor Alexander Halliday FRS Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford
  • Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar President of the Indian National Science Academy

Speakers

  • Professor Suzanne Cory FRS Honorary Distinguished Professorial Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Australia)
  • Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan Distinguished Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom

Entrepreneurship and innovation in India

Speakers

  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon Limited (India)
  • NR Narayana Murthy Executive Chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited (India)
  • Dr K Kasturirangan Former Head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (India)

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 17:30

With a break at 15:30

Lalit Ashok Convention Centre

Global health issues

Public health is a priority for Commonwealth governments, whose health ministers meet annually. This session will feature talks from some of the Commonwealth’s leading scientists in the domain of global health. Their research is designed to address a wide range of challenges, including avoidable blindness, diarrhoeal diseases and malaria.

Chairs

  • Professor Bob Williamson FRS Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Esther Mwaikambo Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (Tanzania)

Speakers

  • Professor Clare Gilbert Professor of International Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)
  • Professor Salim Abdool Karim Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
  • Professor Anne O'Garra FRS Head, Division of Immunoregulation, National Institute for Medical Research (UK)
  • Professor Virander S Chauhan Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (India)
  • Professor Suzanne Garland Director of the Women’s Centre for Infectious Diseases, The Royal Women's Hospital (Australia)
  • Dr Firdausi Qadri Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences (CVS), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research (Bangladesh)

Mathematics, computation and complex systems

The Commonwealth has provided some of the world’s greatest mathematicians from Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS to Alan Turing FRS. Their heirs have refined and developed these fields to encompass the growing discipline of complexity science.

Some of the Commonwealth’s most outstanding researchers in these fields will talk about their cutting edge research, covering areas including quantum computing, climate prediction, number theory, artificial intelligence, fluid dynamics and computer networking. 

Chairs

  • Sir William Wakeham FREng International Secretary, Royal Academy of Engineering (UK)
  • Professor Vincent Olunloyo Department of Systems Engineering, University of Lagos (Nigeria)

Speakers

  • Professor Tim Palmer FRS Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Professor Nikola Kasabov Director, Knowledge Engineering & Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)
  • Professor Chandrashekhar Khare FRS Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (USA)
  • Professor Rama Govindarajan Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (India)
  • Professor Andy Hopper FRS President of the Institution for Engineering and Technology (tbc)

Materials

Many of the Commonwealth’s best scientists are involved at the cutting edge of research on the fundamental understanding of the properties of matter, and their application in a wide range of uses. This session will include talks from a range of prestigious speakers including an industry leader and two national academy presidents, on topics as diverse as solar cells, graphene, nanotechnology and condensed matter.

Chairs

  • Professor DD Sarma Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science
  • Professor Paul Attfield FRS School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Speakers

  • Professor Andrew Wee President, Singapore National Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Ric Parker FREng Director of Research and Technology, Rolls Royce (UK)
  • Professor Umesh Waghmare Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (India)
  • Professor Andrew Holmes FRS President, Australian Academy of Science: "Challenges in Printing Organic Solar Cells".
  • Professor Mark MacLachlan Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Professor Gianluigi Botton Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University (Canada)

Biomolecular assemblies

Biomolecular self-assembly is at the heart of all biological processes. It can be defined as the process by which molecules are assembled into the complex architecture of living cells and tissues. Eminent experts in this area from across the Commonwealth will discuss their work, which includes the design of anti-influenza drugs, the study of virus evolution, cellular organisation and signalling, and cell death.  

Chairs

  • Sir John Skehel FRS Biological Secretary and Vice-President, Royal Society (UK)

Speakers

  • Professor Peter Colman FRS Division Head, Structural Biology, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Australia)
  • Professor Robert Korneluk Principal Investigator, CHEO Research Institute (Canada)
  • Professor Satyajit Mayor Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences (India)
  • Professor Wolf-Dieter Schubert Department of Biochemistry, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Professor David Stuart FRS MRC Professor of Structural Biology, University of Oxford

18:00 - 18:45

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom

Pre-dinner talk: From Mars to the Multiverse

Speakers

  • Lord Martin Rees FRS Past President of the Royal Society and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge, UK (to be introduced by Professor John Pethica FRS)

19:00 - 21:00

Poolside Lawns, The Lalit Ashok

Reception and dinner

Thursday 27 November 2014

09:00 - 10:30

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom - with overflow

Second plenary session

Chairs

  • Professor MRS Rao Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  • Professor Martyn Poliakoff FRS Foreign Secretary, Royal Society

Speakers

  • Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar President of the Indian National Science Academy
  • Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan Palaeobiologist and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 13:00

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom

Panel discussion: Scientific advice across the Commonwealth

Scientific advice is essential for decision makers in the early 21st century, as they are confronted by global threats such as climate change, infectious disease and the need to secure food, water and energy supplies for a growing population. Given the cross-border nature of these challenges, the need for greater international collaboration between national leaders and their scientific advisers is urgent. The Commonwealth’s shared history, values, principles and culture, as well as its geographical diversity, make it an ideal basis for establishing a network of scientific advisers. This session will feature the chief scientific advisers from two Commonwealth countries, a member of the World Health Organisation’s Advisory Panel, the founding president of the Cypriot national research institute, and an expert on Caribbean sustainable development.

Chairs

  • Sir Mark Walport FRS Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government (UK)

Speakers

  • Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Professor Anthony Clayton Alcan Professor of Caribbean Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies
  • Dr Firdausi Qadri Advisory Panel, World Health Organisation and Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences (CVS), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh
  • Professor Costas Papanicolas Director, Cyprus Institute

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 16:00

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom

Regional presentations on science around the Commonwealth

Chairs

  • Professor Andy Hopper FRS Head of the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Speakers

  • Africa: Professor Daya Reddy President, South African Academy of Science (ASSAF)
  • Australasia: Professor Bob Williamson FRS Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Melbourne
  • Canada: Professor Arthur Carty Former National Science Advisor
  • Caribbean: Professor Harold Ramkissoon Chair, CARICOM Committee on Science Technology and Innovation
  • The Royal Society and the Commonwealth: Dr Julie Maxton Executive Director, Royal Society

16:00 - 18:30

Kalinga 2, The Lalit Ashok

Poster and Networking Session with refreshments

Chairs

  • Professor SM Shivaprasad International Center for Materials Science (ICMS), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) (India)
  • Professor Andy Hopper FRS Head of the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

19:00 - 20:30

Kalinga Hall, The Lalit Ashok

Cultural performance

20:30 - 00:00

Siddhartha Hall

Dinner

Friday 28 November 2014

09:00 - 10:30

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom - with overflow

Third plenary session

Chairs

  • Professor John Pethica FRS Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society

Speakers

  • Sir Richard Friend FRS Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Professor Teck Seng Low Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation, Singapore

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom

Fourth plenary session

Chairs

  • Professor Arthur Carty Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada)
  • Professor Bob Williamson FRS Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Melbourne

Speakers

  • Professor Linda Nazar Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh Professor of Adult Medicine, The University of the West Indies

12:30 - 13:00

Lalit Ashok Grand Ballroom - with overflow

Closing ceremony

Summary of the conference

Closing remarks from CSC co-chairs

Prizes for posters to be awarded

13:00 - 14:30

Kalinga-2

Lunch

14:30 - 14:30

Conference ends