Back in 2010, when the 1st International Conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences (InCoFIBS-2010) took place at NIT, Rourkela, the Dept. Of Life Science not only received the obligatory recognition at global level but was also highly applauded for its immense success. This stimulated the aforesaid department to organise the 2nd International Conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences (InCoFIBS-2015) from 22nd-24th January, 2015, sponsored by CSIR, ICMR, DST, DBT, BRNS, Government of India. This year, the aim of the conference was to provide a platform for the academicians, researchers, engineers as well as industry professionals from all over the world to exchange knowledge and also renew themselves with the recent developments and happenings in the field of Life Sciences, which has been the most talked about branch of science, around the globe, for some years.
As the sun spread its golden rays over the campus, trying to negate the January cold out, the 22nd of the month welcomed around 300 delegates and participants from across the globe to participate in the conference. The day commenced with the inauguration ceremony at the BBA where Prof. Tomas Ekstrom from Karolinska Institute, Sweden was the revered Guest of Honour who addressed the crowd. On the dais was also present our Honourable Director, Dr. Sunil K. Sarangi who presided over the ceremony. They were accompanied by the chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Samir Kumar Patra and the two convenors, Dr. R. Jayabalan and Dr. Sujit Kumar Bhutia. In the presence of the all the dignitaries, the book of abstracts was thereby unveiled. Prof. Dipankar Chatterjee, IISC, Bangalore, who was supposed to be the chief guest, unfortunately couldn’t arrive due to the cancellation of the train in the very last moment.
The conference encompassed of the major areas of hard core Life Science. The conference comprised of 11 Technical Sessions, 3 Plenary Lecture Sessions, 104 poster presentations and 36 Oral lectures which enveloped broadly themes like Structural Biology, Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics, Food and Nutrition Sciences, Aquatic and Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology, Disease Biology and Vaccine Approaches, Stem Cell and Tissue regeneration, Bio remediation, Biomass and Bioenergy, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology etc. There were 250 participants from different elite and recognised institutions like McGill University, Montreal, Myongji University, South Korea, IISC, Bangalore, IITs, Banaras Hindu University, NISER, CSIR, Central Universities etc.
The rigorous three days of the conference was a highly organised one where the lectures and presentations took place simultaneously at the BBA, PPA and the Seminar Hall of the Department. The intellectual discussions, the impact creating lectures and the resourceful presentations on biological sciences stimulated the conference to be more effective. The beautiful presentation of the posters at the Rajendra Mishra Exhibition Hall was a treat to the eyes to many. The highly equipped modern laboratory of the department again impressed the visitors.
Many Post graduate students from various institutes were so much impressed with the labs that they expressed their eagerness to continue with their PhD at our institute. Moreover, the delegates were also amazed to see the updated development of our department.
Quoted Dr. R. Jayabalan, Convenor of InCoFIBS-2015.
The valedictory session was conducted on the afternoon of 24th January, 2015 where Dr. T.K. Adhya from KIIT, University, Bhubaneswar was the esteemed chief guest. The ten best posters were awarded in the session. Mementoes were presented to the participants and that brought down the curtains of the conference.
There major shortcoming the conference faced was the chaos of train cancellation in Howrah-Mumbai line, which took place during the period and that prevented many other participants from attending the conference. The unavailability of a functional airport was also a cause of dismay for many. Despite the few deficiencies, the participants and delegates had a comfortable stay. The conference wouldn’t have been successful without the combined effort of the students and faculties of the department and the administration of the institute at large. It gifted the participants with not only immortal knowledge but also beautiful memories to take away with.
Team MM congratulate the Department of Life Science for the grand success of the conference. Definitely, it added another feather to the hat of the department.
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