InCoFIBS -2015

The Department of Life Sciences is one of the youngest departments at NITR, but the students and the faculty are determined to show with their ebullient efforts that they are not, in any respect, less. Come January and with the beginning of a new semester, the department is gearing up to conduct the 2nd International Conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences (InCoFIBS-2015).

Sponsored by ICMR, Govt. of India the conference is going to be held from 22nd to 24th January with eminent scientists, academicians, researcher scholars and top industries in the field of life sciences from all over the world are expected to present their ideas and research on the very cutting edge of knowledge in life sciences.

InCoFIBS-2015 aims at providing a common platform for researchers to highlight recent discoveries and trends in various fields of biological sciences. The conference shall comprehensively cover areas ranging from basic to applied research in life sciences. It will be a great opportunity for the students and faculties alike to share their research as well pick the brains of renowned international and national scientists who would be presenting their path-breaking work in their respective fields of research.

The 1st InCoFIBS was held in 2010 and was a raging success, announcing the arrival of the young department on the national and international scene. With the prime conference themes ranging from stem cell and tissue regeneration to cancer biology, epigenetics, cell signalling and nanotechnology to agricultural, food and nutrition sciences, the organisers are hoping that 2nd InCoFIBS shall be an even greater success than the previous one.

Organizing an event on this huge a scale, requires a lot of hard work, months of planning, patience and perseverance. The location of NIT Rourkela campus and the unavailability of direct air transport acts as a huge deterrent to the foreign scientists and research scholars who find it too much of an inconvenience to travel here by train or road after already being jet-lagged by an arduous flight. Although arranging for air transport to Rourkela is not directly in the hands of the authorities, the success of the institute’s seminars, conferences, and fests as well as the placements are a function of the availability of air transport. The government needs to take note of NITR’s dilemma and expedite the process of getting Rourkela connected by air.