Dr. Bharat Vatwani
Chief Guest

Dr. Bharat Vatwani is a Mumbai based psychiatrist who founded the Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation in 1989. The Foundation provides medical treatment, custodial care and rehabilitation to the mentally ill destitutes that live on the streets of Mumbai. Dr. Vatwani, with his team of doctors and social workers have successfully treated and reunited more than 7000 destitute schizophrenics with their families—sometimes in neighboring Bangladesh and Nepal. He was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2018.

Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, the Tiger Lady of India, obtained her PhD degree from the University of California on population genetics and the evolutionary history of mammals. She received a Ramanujan Fellowship in 2005. Her group chronicles the human populations in South Asia and focuses on the conservation of threatened mammals of the Indian subcontinent. Her group applies molecular methods in combination with computational techniques that they have developed for the analysis of modern and archival DNA. She aims to detail the genetic variation amongst South Asian populations, and to determine when and why it came to be. In conjunction with on-the-ground teams around the country the group is actively supporting conservation projects for tigers, Indian wild cats, leopards and Macaque monkeys.

Dr. Rajesh Gokhale
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rajesh Gokhale is a scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi. Dr Gokhale’s scientific contributions have earned him international recognition in understanding tuberculosis pathogenesis. Dr Gokhale is a recipient of several awards including, the Infosys Prize 2013 in Life Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar, Shanti Swaroop Bhatanagar Prize in Biological Science to mention a few.

Dr. Thomas Pucadyil
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Thomas Pucadyil is an associate professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. His research mainly focuses on membrane remodelling and understanding how fission reactions work. Dr. Thomas Pucadyil was the only Indian among 41 scientists from 16 countries, who has been chosen as an international research scholar by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2017. Dr. Pucadyil was recently honored with the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in 2018, for his research on cell membrane fission.

Dr. Souvik Maiti
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Souvik Maiti is a research faculty in the Proteomics and Structural Biology Unit of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi. Dr. Maiti and group carry out integrated research with main focus on understanding nucleic-acid structure and function. Dr. Maiti is the recipient of the prestigious Shanti Swaroop Bhatanagar Award. He received this award in the year 2014.

Mr. Sonam Wangchuk
Special Talk (Interactive Webinar)

Engineer, innovator, education reformist, Mr. Sonam Wangchuk is a man of many talents. Mr. Wangchuk founded the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) in 1988. From the solar energy driven SECMOL campus to the Ice Stupa, Mr. Wangchuk has had many innovations to his credit. He was awarded the Raman Magsaysay Award in 2018 for his outstanding contribution in the field of education reform in Ladakh.

Last date of registration: 20thNovember 2018