November 15, 2011
Center for Nanosciences, Kochi
The Materials Research Society of India is an interdisciplinary organization founded by the eminent Indian scientist, Prof. CNR Rao to further the cause of research into materials science and engineering in India.
The Society has now joined hands with its counterparts in Singapore and China to promote research that benefits society.
The three Materials Research Societies (MRS-India, MRS-Singapore and MRS-China) together conduct trilateral annual meetings, with participation from all key stakeholders.
The first such meeting was organized in Singapore last year. This year, it was China’s turn to host. Next year, the meeting will be organized in India.
Accompanying top Indian scientists, Dr. Shantikumar V. Nair, Dean of Research, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, traveled to China earlier this month to participate in the MRS Trilateral Conference.
The conference discussed Advances in Nano Sciences – Energy, Water and Healthcare and was organized during November 9 – 13, 2011 at Donghua University, near the city of Shanghai.
Addressing the healthcare component, Dr. Shantikumar spoke on Multifunctional Protein Nanomedicines and Multi-Tiered Drug Delivery Nanosystems.
Delegates included six distinguished scientists from different universities and research organizations in India, eleven from Singapore from the National University of Singapore and National Technological University and sixteen from China, all of whom presented their work.
Invited talks were followed by a session wherein scientists discussed how collaborations between the three countries could be enhanced.
“All participants felt that efforts should be made to facilitate student interactions from among the three countries,” shared Dr. Shantikumar.
The conference saw participation from students of Donghua University. The next conference scheduled to be organized in India, will invite participation from students from all three countries.