28th Swadeshi Science Congress (SSC)

National seminar Focal Theme: Science for Nation Building: Challenges in Translational Research Sub Theme: Solid and Liquid Waste Management 7 - 9 November, 2018 CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology ( NIIST) Thiruvananthapuram.

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Organized by Swadeshi Science Movement- Kerala & CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology ( NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram

About Swadeshi Science Movement
Swadeshi Science Movement-Kerala is a popular science movement dedicated for the overall development of our country through the intervention of science and technology. It has been functioning in the state of Kerala since 1989, focusing on science popularization for societal development. SSM aims at fostering multi-disciplinary approach to local problems and promotion of awareness on India’s rich scientific heritage. It has been bestowed with two prestigious national awards by Government of India viz. National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science and Technology Communication by Ministry of Science and Technology (2006-07) and Jawaharlal Nehru Award by Indian Science Congress Association (2005-06).

Since its inception in 1991, Swadeshi Science Congress (SSC) has served as a platform for students, research scholars, scientists, technocrats, enthusiastic science communicators and the public to express, discuss and disseminate their scientific knowledge in the pursuit of science. Every year SSC identifies a theme of great relevance like science and philosophy, traditional science and technology, agriculture and rural development, information technology, coastal zone management, biotechnology and society, nanotechnology and social development, ecosystem services and the like for the Congress.

About National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology
The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, is a constituent Laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR). Initially established in 1975 as a CSIR Complex, it was named as the Regional Research Laboratory in 1978 and later renamed as NIIST in 2007. It’s mandate is to conduct research and development activities of the highest quality in areas related to effective utilization of resources of the region and of fundamental importance to the country. Currently NIIST is engaged in R & D programmes in areas related to Agroprocessing, Chemical Sciences and Technology , Materials Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Process Engineering and Environmental Technology. The Institute has established state-of-the-art facilities for conducting advanced research in the areas of interest. Pilot plant facilities for research training and process/product development in the areas of spices and oilseeds have been established. The Institute has also been playing a significant role in Human Resource Development by training post graduate/graduate students, with over 252 Ph.D. degrees awarded till date, based on research conducted at the Institute.

About the Conference
This year Swadeshi Science Movement is organizing the 28th Swadeshi Science Congress at CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram with the focal theme, “Science for nation building: Challenges in translational research” and Sub Theme on “Solid and liquid waste management’.

Science has now touched every sector and sphere of India from telecommunications technology to transportation technology, smart cards, better healthcare and cutting edge research. India is now in a position to build not only nuclear reactors and nuclear submarines but also giant telescopes, satellite launching vehicles, spacecrafts, missiles, jet fighters, battle tanks and even a neutrino laboratory deep inside a mountain. India now has research stations near south and north poles. Private sector has joined hands with public sector in production of goods and services which were once imported including various parts of rockets and spacecrafts. Indian pharma companies are now positioning themselves to compete with global brands. Indian biotech companies like Biocon have built formidable international reputation. The ‘Jaipur foot’ was a giant step in using science for nation building. It gave a new lease of life to physically disabled persons. Similarly the reverse osmosis-based ultrafiltration unit developed by BARC served a boon in supplying potable water to flooded areas. Both India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) have worked hard to provide a better weather and monsoon forecast. In fact, IMD is a shining example of science for nation building. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is doing extensive work to ensure food security of the country and even to double the farmers income by 2020 and their scientists have only a single aim – nation building. Similarly, almost the entire scientific and technical manpower of government research laboratories under CSIR is governed by the impulse of nation building. A new discovery, invention, design can help to build nation. A new drug, vaccine, software can help to build nation. When USA denied supercomputer sale to India, our scientists built a supercomputer PARAM. When cryogenic engine technology was denied to India, ISRO came out after years of struggle with Kaveri-an indigenous cryogenic engine. Keeping all this in mind, the Focal Theme of 28th Swadeshi Science Congress is kept as “Science for nation building: Challenges in translational research” with a Sub Theme on “Solid and liquid waste management”.

The Highlights of the Science Congress

Sir C.V. Raman Memorial Lecture on 7th November, 2018
• Keynote address on Science for nation building: Challenges in translational research
• Best Paper Award in each technical session (Age limit of First Author – 40 years).
• Dr. K. Ravindran Memorial Award for best Paper in Fisheries Sciences
• Swadeshi Sastra Puraskaram – Award instituted to honour an eminent Scientist/Technocrat of Kerala origin for his/her outstanding lifetime contributions

Call for Papers

The Conference will have the following thematic areas:
1.Solid and liquid waste management
2. Mathematics / Physical Science
3.Chemical Science
4.Engineering Science
5.Environmental Science
6.Health Science
7.Life Science
8. Agriculture, Veterinary and Fisheries

Abstract of papers for presentation are invited in topics like Electronics/Electrical/Aerospace/ Infrastructure/Computer Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology, Agricultural/ Veterinary/ Fisheries/Health/Para Medical/Traditional/Physical/Chemical/mathematical Sciences etc.

Abstract prepared according to the template should be submitted to mail@sciencecongress.in. A camera ready full text of the paper also has to be submitted by mail. The template is given in the website www.sciencecongress.in. The papers presented will be peer reviewed and published.


The registration form may be sent along with registration fee by crossed bank draft or at par cheque in favour of “Swadeshi Science Congress” payable at Ernakulam so as to reach the Secretary General, Swadeshi Science Congress on or before 30th September, 2018.

Category Registration Fee
Before30th September, 2018 Late & spot
Sponsored delegates Rs. 2000 Rs. 2500
Other delegates Rs. 1500 Rs. 2000
Students Rs. 1200 Rs. 1500
  • No paper presentation allowed for spot registration

Dates to remember


Last date for submission of abstracts: 30th September, 2018

Intimation of acceptance: 15th October, 2018
Submission of full paper: 30th October, 2018

Address for communication

Dr. P.R.S. Pillai
Secretary General
28th Swadeshi Science Congress
Swadeshi Science Movement
Sastra Bhavan
Tower B, 4th Floor
Mather Square, Town Railway Station Road
Cochin – 682 018
Tel: 0484-2393242, Fax: 0484-2393256
E mail: mail@sciencecongress.in, Web: www.ssmkerala.org

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile
scientific discovery could have been made."
Albert Einstein