Indo-German conference on laser applications and nano science

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 2: Global advancements in laser technology and new generation nano materials will be the focus of discussions at a major scientific conference jointly organised by Indian and German research institutions in Kerala’s capital city this week.

More than 100 delegates, including scientists, researchers and subject experts from the two countries, are taking part in the Indo-German Conference on Laser Applications and Nano Science from December 5-7, 2013 at Hotel Mascot in Thiruvananthapuram.

The conference is organised by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) in collaboration with the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Sciences, under the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), the Goethe Zentrum and The Humboldt Club, Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr Hans-Guenther Loeffler, the Deputy Consul General, German Consulate General in Bangalore, will inaugurate the conference at 10 am on Thursday, December 5. KSCSTE Executive vice president Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai will preside over the function and Dr. Monika Sharma, Senior Program officer, DFG, India, will release the conference abstracts.

Professor Dr. Jens-Uwe Grabow, from Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany, who specialises in molecular structure and dynamics, will deliver the keynote lecture on the inaugural day.

On Friday, December 6, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate an interactive meeting of scientists and delegates at 5 pm. The sessions that follow will be moderated by Prof. K. P. Rajappan Nair, the Academic Chair of the Conference and Visiting Scientist, Leibniz University,  and Shri Syed Ibrahim, Director, Goethe-Zentrum.

About 40 invited lectures and 70 paper and poster presentations have been scheduled over the three days of the conference, Prof Rajasekharan Pillai said. The major topics that will be discussed include microwave coherence spectroscopy, investigation of interstellar molecules, imaging sensors, new materials for fibre lasers and new generation nano materials and their applications.

Among the speakers at the conference are: Prof. Thomas Giesen, University of Kassel, Germany; Prof. Michael Schmitt, Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf; Dr. R. N. Singh, former Director, IRDE, Dehradun; Professor Ran B. Singh, former Director, Forensic Lab, UP; Prof. Sanjeev Inamdar, Karnatataka University;  Dr. B.N. Jagatap, BARC, Mumbai and Prof. Jacob Philip,  Director, STIC, Cochin University.

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