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IISc hosts conference on sustainable energy and environmental challenges

  • Photos : Aditya Potnis
    Photos : Aditya Potnis

With swelling competition and reducing profits, staying environmentally responsible can be extremely challenging for any organization. There is therefore need to develop efficient systems that have minimum environmental impact, said Prof. Saptarshi Basu.

He was speaking at the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Challenges (SEEC-2018) from 31st December 31 to January 3, 2018.

Prof. Basu, Conference Chair of SEEC-2018 said there is need for a responsible society aware of challenges facing the environment, and knowledge of how we solve it. “SEEC-2018 provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas and discussion forums for critical issues concerning energy and environmental challenges”

The Conference was hosted by the Indian Institute of Science to bring together engineers, scientists, students and other stakeholders to discuss sustainable forms of energy and address environmental issues.  Around 75 research articles and 70 posters were presented in the conference, which also saw several plenary and invited lectures by speakers from different parts of the world.

The conference was attended by many illustrious scientists and policymakers including Dr. V.K. Saraswat, member of NITI Aayog and one of the country’s leading researcher who served as Director, DRDO and as a scientific adviser to the Defence Minister. A recipient of the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri awards, Dr. Saraswat has been credited with development of indigenous Liquid Propulsion Rocket Engines and missiles like Prithvi, Dhanush, Prahaar.

Book launch at the event

In addition, a panel discussion on "Challenges, Opportunities, and Directions for Future Transportations Systems" was organized, and the panelists included Prof. Gautam Kalghatgi, from Saudi Aramco, Dr. Ravi Prashanth from Caterpillar, Mr. Shankar Venugopal from M&M, Dr. Bharat Bhargava from ONGC Energy Center and  Dr. Uma Maheshwar from GE Transportation. All the panelist provided insights on the current technological scenario for Indian transportation systems.

The conference also saw the launch of 16 books published by Springer on topics ranging from  fundamental sciences such as droplet combustion to applied fields such as sprays, air pollution etc. The conference concluded with a award ceremony for winners of oral and poster presentations.