Top scientists to gather at NIO for INSA annual general meet

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Panaji, Dec 17 (UNI) The 3-day annual general meeting of the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA), representing all branches of science and technology, will be held here from December 21.

Hosted by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) here, the event will initiate discussion on ''Climate change and its implications to India'' in a seminar on the inaugural day.

It will be followed by lectures on the second and third day by scientists and technologists who have received awards and medals from INSA this year.

Other topics of discussion include effects of climate change in Himalayan cryosphere, global warming-potential for mega droughts, Indian monsoon, aerosols, water policy in India, powering India and biofortification of crops for reducing malnutrition.

The meet culminates in presentation of the prestigious INSA Young Scientist awards followed by Anniversary address by Dr RA Mashelkar, President of INSA and former director general of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

More than 100 eminent scientists from all fields of science and technology are scheduled to attend the event.

Prominent among the speakers are Prof N K Ganguly, who recently retired as Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi; Dr Gurdev S Khush, who specializes in plant breeding and genetics and is honoured as Adjunct Professor at University of California, Davis; Prof VS Arunachalam, who is currently working at Carnegie Mellon University in the department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at the College of Engineering.

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