India organized the first BRICS ‘Young Scientists Conference' in Bengaluru. BRICS is an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The BRICS Young Scientist Forum (BRICS - YSF) was started in 2015; saw around 50 young scientists participating in 2016. Organised and coordinated by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bengaluru, the meet provided a platform for engaging, connecting and networking to young scientists, holding discussions and finding solutions to some of the common challenges and problems being faced in the BRICS countries.
The three thematic topics, which were majorly discussed in the conference, include Computational Intelligence, Energy Solutions and Affordable Healthcare. The event was inaugurated by Professor K Kasturirangan, the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisaton (ISRO). Some speakers include Dr Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr K Vijay Raghavan of the Department of Biotech, Dr V K Saraswat a member of the NITI Ayog and Dr Baldev Raj, director of NIAS.
Two reports were also released during the conclave, one titled “BRICS Science and Technology Enterprise Partnership, the second titled “Hampi: Splendours of a World Heritage Site” that projects the significance of the heritage site and depicting the intellectual and technological innovations of the site.
The conference aims to harness the scientific knowledge derived for resolving common societal challenges through research and innovation and strengthen advancement of skill and research competencies of youth primarily in the age group of 22-35 years drawn from Science, Engineering other allied disciplines.