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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Friday, September 22 • 7:00am - 9:30am
[VIRTUAL] CSIR, India: An Innovation Hub for Global Sustainable Development (220701)

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About the Organization: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, is the largest industrial R&D organization in India, under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. CSIR, established in 1942 has 37 multidisciplinary R&D institutes located across India that are working in a wide spectrum of S&T fields from oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology. SCIMAGO Institutions Rakings 2022 has ranked CSIR, India 39th among 1745 Government institutions worldwide with a “Research” rank of 186 among the 8084 ranked institutions globally. CSIR, India lies in the 4th percentile in Research ratings among with World institutions and lies in the 2nd percentile in Research rating among the institutions in Asiatic region.
The Network of laboratories are being manned by about 9000 highly skilled S&T manpower. Its need-based and industry-focused R&D and technology development, strength in basic and applied research, and the world-class R&D infrastructure have contributed immensely to India’s prowess in S&T as measured by patents, publications and innovations.
CSIR has been contributing immensely to the industrial, societal and economic development and growth of India for eight decades now. CSIR has helped India overcome many challenges and crisis, from promoting self-sufficiency in the face of technology denials, to handling natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, pandemic, through appropriate technological solutions.
CSIR has developed “CSIR@80: Vision & Strategy 2022 – New CSIR for New India” which envisions pursuing science that strives for global impact, the technology that enables innovation-driven industry and nurtures trans-disciplinary leadership thereby catalyzing inclusive economic development for the people of India.
CSIR has been immensely contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Session on “CSIR, India: An Innovation Hub for Global Sustainable Development” will briefly present these contributions. These can be viewed at
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Detailed Program:

Session 1 - Green Energy and Mobility (SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy)
 Chair - Dr Ashish Lele, Director, CSIR-NCL; Co-Chair - Dr K Ramesha, Director, CSIR-CECRI
  • Dr Chinnakonda S Gopinath, Outstanding Scientist, CSIR-NCL; Title: Strengthening R&D ecosystem to meet India’s Green H2 ambitions
  • Dr AS Prakash, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CECRI; Title: Powering the future - A comprehensive update on the development status of CSIR battery technologies
  • Dr Suraj Soman, Scientist, CSIR-NIIST; Title: Enabling India's path to self-reliance in photovoltaics through advancements in molecular light harvesting technologies pioneered at CSIR
  • Dr Achuthan C Pankaj, Principal Scientist, CSIR-NAL; Title: Electric aircraft of CSIR-NAL
  • Mr Deepesh Gujarathi, Principal Architect (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology), M/s KPIT Technologies; Title: Hydrogen for mobility and beyond

Session 2 - Chemicals (Bulk and Specialty) and Sustainable Materials (SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure and SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities)
 Chair - Prof Pradeep K Ramancharla; Co-Chair - Dr D. Srinivasa Reddy, Director, CSIR-IICT
  • Dr KJ Sreeram, Director, CSIR-CLRI; CSIR catalysing the journey of India as the next chemical manufacturing hub 
  • Dr N Anandavalli, Director, CSIR-SERC; Sustainability in Construction - Approaches to Address the Known Challenges 
  • Dr Krishna S Vatsa, Member, National Disaster Management Authority; Building climate-resilient cities and communities

Session 3 - Explorations and Sustainable Unearthing the Treasures (SDG 14 – Life Below Water and SDG 15 – Life on Land)
 Chair - Dr Atul Narayan Vaidya; Co-Chair - Dr Prakash Kumar, Director, CSIR-NGRI
  • Dr MP Patil, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEERI; Land Reclamation through Remediation
  • Dr Narsinh L Thakur, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIO; Sustainable utilization of marine living resources 
  • Dr Chandrani Prasad Verma, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CIMFR; Exploitation of deep mineral resources – Opportunities and challenges 
  • Dr Pallabi Das, Senior Scientist, CSIR-CIMFR; Harnessing the potential of mine water for a sustainable future 

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Rama Swami Bansal

Head of the International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD), Head, ISTAD, CSIR
Dr Rama Swami Bansal joined the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India in 1997. She is the Head of the International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD) of the CSIR. She has been fostering S&T Cooperation of CSIR institutes... Read More →
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N. Kalaiselvi

Director General, Director General, CSIR
Dr (Mrs) N. Kalaiselvi assumed charge as Secretary, DSIR and Director General, CSIR, New Delhi on August 8, 2022.  Dr. Kalaiselvi is the first women Director General of CSIR. Prior to taking over as Secretary, DSIR and DG, CSIR, she was working as Director, CSIR-Central Electrochemical... Read More →
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Ashish Lele

Director, CSIR-NCL
Dr. Ashish Lele, took over the charge as the Director of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune on April 2022. Initially Dr. Lele was Senior VP & Head, Advanced Materials and Alternative Energy Group at Reliance Industries Ltd. Dr. Lele completed his Chemical Engineering graduation... Read More →
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K Ramesha

Director, CSIR-CECRI
Dr. K. Ramesha assumed charge as Director, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), Karaikudi on April 29, 2023.CSIR-CECRI is the largest institute in South Asia dedicated to research and innovations in electrochemical science and technologies.  CSIR-CECRI founded... Read More →
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Chinnakonda S Gopinath

Outstanding Scientist, CSIR-NCL
Dr Chinnakonda Gopinath (Gopi) is currently working as Outstanding Scientist at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. His research interests include surface science, heterogeneous catalysis, and solar to chemical energy conversion. He has published 240 research articles and... Read More →
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AS Prakash

Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, CSIR-Madras Complex
Dr. A S Prakash obtained his M.Sc degree in Chemistry (1995) from university of Mysore, India. He received Ph.D degree from Mangalore University in 2003. He also worked as a Research fellow and Research Associate at solid state and structural chemistry unit, Indian Institute of Science... Read More →
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Suraj Soman

Scientist, CSIR-NIIST
Dr. Suraj, Scientist at CSIR-NIIST, holds a Ph.D. from Dublin City University, Ireland and pursued post-doctoral research at institutions like Caltech and Michigan State University, USA. Currently a Scientist at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, NIIST, his outstanding... Read More →
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Dr. Achuthan C Pankaj

Electric Aircraft of NAL
Dr Achuthan C. Pankaj is a Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL). Holding a Ph.D. from NITK, Surathkal in Statistical Energy Analysis. He specializes in Structural Dynamics, Aeroelasticity, and Aircraft Systems Reliability. With significant... Read More →
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Deepesh Gujarathi

Deepesh Gujarathi is an “Instrumentation and Controls” engineer by education and has worked in the semiconductor, solar DC microgrids and Hydrogen industry with a total experience of 25 years.As a Principal Architect at KPIT he is responsible for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology... Read More →
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Pradeep K Ramancharla

Director, CSIR-CBRI
Prof Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar, Director, CSIR-CBRI. Did BTech in 1995 from Vasavi College of Engineering, MTech in 1997 from IIT Kanpur and PhD in 2001 from The University of Tokyo. He is a structural engineer with 20+ years of experience in teaching and research. His areas of specialisation... Read More →
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D. Srinivasa Reddy

Director, CSIR-IICT
Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy, Director of CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) based in southern Indian city Hyderabad. He was trained as an organic chemist and gained experience in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery from pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Reddy is best... Read More →
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K.J. Sreeram

Director, Director, CSIR-CLRI
A leather technologist by training, Dr KJ Sreeram specialises in sustainable manufacturing and alignment of leather industry to SDG. He is currently the Director of CSIR-CLRI with additional charge of CSIR-CECRI. He is also theme Director of CSIR-Chemicals (including leather) and... Read More →
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N. Anandavalli

Director, Director, CSIR-SERC
Dr. N. Anandavalli is presently the Director, CSIR - Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai. She completed her graduation from University of Madras in 1991 with University first rank and won "The Rao Bahadur S.Subbarayachariyar Gold Medal". She received Ministry of Human... Read More →
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P. K. Das

Member, National Task Force on Rural Housing & Habitat, Ministry of Rural Development
Dr. Prabir Kumar Das is a design and construction specialist with specific technical experience in Project Appraisal, Planning, implementation and Maintenance Management of community based construction (specially, education and healthcare infrastructure). Das’s passion is gender-sensitive... Read More →
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Krishna S. Vatsa

Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Dr. Krishna S. Vatsa has worked in the area of disaster risk reduction and recovery for the last 25 years.Prior to joining as Member, NDMA, Krishna S. Vatsa worked as Policy Advisor, Disaster Recovery, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UNDP in New York and Nairobi during... Read More →
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Atul Narayan Vaidya

Director, CSIR-NGRI
Dr. Atul Vaidya did B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT), Nagpur and M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Bombay. He obtained Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from RTM Nagpur University. At present, Dr. Vaidya is Director of the CSIR-National... Read More →
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M.P. Patil

Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEERI
Dr. Mahendra Patil has obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and is presently working as Chief Scientist at CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI), Nagpur.  He has more than 33 years’ experience on various aspects of solid and hazardous waste... Read More →
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Narsinh L. Thakur

Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIO
Dr Narsinh L. Thakur has more than 20 years of research experience in the field of marine biology & biotechnology. Though he is a marine biologist by training, he has developed lot many skills like formulation of multidisciplinary research projects by building a team, securing research... Read More →
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Chandrani Prasad Verma

Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CIMFR
Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma is currently working as Sr. Principal Scientist in CSIR-CIMFR, Nagpur. She holds Ph. D degree in Mining Engineering and is Principal Investigator in S&T project on development of Crown Pillar Design Guidelines for Indian Mining Scenario. She worked in Prestigious... Read More →
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Pallabi Das

Senior Scientist, CSIR-CIMFR
Dr. Pallabi Das has over 7 years of research experience in minewater treatment, novel separation processes and process development. She has received SERB-SIRE fellowship for research visit in University of Connecticut, USA. She has led a research projects funded by Ministry of Steel... Read More →

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Rama Swami Bansal

Head of the International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD), Head, ISTAD, CSIR
Dr Rama Swami Bansal joined the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India in 1997. She is the Head of the International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD) of the CSIR. She has been fostering S&T Cooperation of CSIR institutes... Read More →
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Co-convenor: Anand Mohit

Principal Scientist,, ISTAD, CSIR
Dr. Anand Mohit did his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering and Information Technology (Dual Degree) from VIT, Vellore and earned his M. Tech. in Advanced Petroleum Science and Technology and Ph.D degree in Engineering for his work on “Hydroprocessing Route to Renewable Transportation... Read More →
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Co-convenor: Yatendra Satija

Scientist, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Scientist at International S&T Affairs Directorate, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India

Friday September 22, 2023 7:00am - 9:30am EDT
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