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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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Thursday, September 28 • 7:00am - 9:30am
[VIRTUAL] CSIR, India: An Innovation Hub for Global Sustainable Development (280701)

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Scientific Session on “Societal and Rural Development: Efforts of CSIR”: 1630 hrs -1900 hrs

Session 4 - Affordable Healthcare for Global Society (SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being)
 Chair - Dr. Ram Vishwakarma, Distinguished Scientist, CSIR; Co-Chair - Dr. Vinay K. Nandicoori, Director, CSIR-CCMB
  • Dr Giriraj Ratan Chandak, J C Bose Fellow, CSIR-CCMB; Title: A comprehensive model for prevention and management of Sickle Cell Anaemia
  • Dr Shantanu Chowdhury, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IGIB; Title: Indian Breast Cancer Genome Atlas
  • Dr Sanjeev Soni, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CSIO; Title: CSIR’s R&D in medical instruments and devices for the society 
  • Mr. Ravi Prem, M/s. Forbes and Company; Title: Industry speaker on Medical Instrumentation 

Session 5 - Rural Development and Traditional Knowledge - From Hamlets to Industries (SDG 1 – No Poverty; SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality; SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production)
Chair - Dr Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-NIScPR; Co-Chair - Dr Sudesh Kumar Yadav, Director, CSIR-IHBT
  • Dr Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP; Title: Livelihood creation and upliftment through technology-based interventions
  • Dr Radha Rangarajan, Director, CSIR-CDRI; Title: Traditional knowledge inspired contemporary research for affordable healthcare
  • Dr Sujit Bhattacharya, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIScPR; Title: Technology development assessment: Societal impact
  • Dr PK Das, Member, National Task Force on Rural Housing & Habitat, Ministry of Rural Development; Title: Climate change and rural housing (India)

Session 6 - Summary and Panel Discussion; Theme - Innovations for Global Sustainable Development
Moderator - Dr Abhay A Pashilkar, Director, CSIR-NAL

Panel Experts 
  1. Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Distinguished Scientist, CSIR
  2. Dr Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-NIScPR
  3. Dr Ashish Lele, Director, CSIR-NCL
  4. Dr D Srinivasa Reddy, Director, CSIR-IICT 
  5. Dr Atul Narayan Vaidya, Director, CSIR-NEERI
  6. Prof Pradeep K Ramancharla, Director, CSIR-CBRI
  7. Prof Anil K Gupta, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Council Member
  8. Mr MD Khan, Senior Consultant, NIRDPR
  9. Mr Wondu Legesse, Former DG, LIDI, Ethiopia
  10. Mr. Declan Kirrane, Chair SSUNGA78
  11. Dr Rama Swami Bansal, Head, ISTAD, CSIR

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Ram Vishwakarma

Distinguished Scientist, CSIR Distinguished Scientist, CSIR & CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI)
Prof. Ram Vishwakarma is with the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) as a Distinguished Scientist, after having served as the Director of CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu (2009-2020). Prior to joining CSIR, he served as a Vice-President & Head of... Read More →
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Vinay K. Nandicoori

Director, CSIR-CCMB
Dr Vinay Nandicoori is well known Molecular Biologist who has contributed immensely to delineating the signalling networks in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of TB. He did his M.Sc in Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Ph.D in Molecular and... Read More →
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Giriraj Ratan Chandak

CSIR-Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB)
A physician-scientist with interest in understanding the genetic basis of monogenic disorders like sickle cell anemia with a goal to reduce their burden and understand gene-gene and gene-environment interaction in the pathogenesis of complex non-communicable disorders like diabetes... Read More →
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Shantanu Chowdhury

Chief Scientist, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB)
Shantanu Chowdhury is a professor at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in Delhi. He leads the pan-India breast cancer genomes program, the first large-scale patient tumor sequencing project in India. His research interests include understanding how telomeres influence... Read More →
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Sanjeev Soni

Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO)
Sanjeev Soni is working as Senior Principal Scientist in CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation Chandigarh, India in the area of biomedical instrumentation since 2005. He holds Ph.D. (Engg.) degree from Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India. Presently, he is pursuing... Read More →
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Ranjana Aggarwal

Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR)
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Sudesh Kumar Yadav

Director, Director, CSIR-IHBT
Dr. Sudesh Kumar Yadav is an outstanding scientist and contributed significantly in the area of biotechnology, metabolic engineering, bioprocessing and nanobiology for crop improvement and production of value added molecules. He has extensively worked on understanding the regulation... Read More →
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Prabodh Kumar Trivedi

Director, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP)
Dr Prabodh Kumar Trivedi is the Director of CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. He is also the theme director of AgriNutriBiotech and Mission Director, CSIR Aroma Mission. Dr Trivedi has more than thirty years of research experience in the area of Plant Genomics... Read More →
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Radha Rangarajan

Director, Central Drug Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Uttar Pradesh, India
Dr Radha Rangarajan has been actively involved in translational research and product development in the public health arena for the last two decades. Working closely at the interface between academia, start-ups and industry, her experiences span the drug discovery, diagnostics and... Read More →
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Sujit Bhattacharya

Chief Scientist, CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR)
Prof (Dr.) Sujit Bhattacharya is Chief Scientist and Dean Policy Research at CSIR-NIScPR and Professor in AcSIR. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientometric Research (indexed SCI and SCOPUS). He is PhD from IIT–Delhi, and MSc (Physics) Delhi University. Was Professor of... Read More →
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Abhay A Pashilkar

Director, Director, CSIR-NAL
Dr Abhay Anant Pashilkar has taken over as Director CSIR-NAL since September 2022. He joined the Flight Mechanics & Control Division, National Aerospace Laboratories after his M.E. from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in 1993 and B.Tech(Hons) from IIT Kharagpur... Read More →

KJ Sreeram

Director, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CSIR-CLRI)
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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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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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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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declan kirrane

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... 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
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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 →

Thursday September 28, 2023 7:00am - 9:30am EDT