Navi Mumbai to host 4th Asian Science Camp

August 15th, 2010 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Navi Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) Navi Mumbai will be the first Indian city to host the Asian Science Camp starting Tuesday.
The three-day camp, which will be held in Navi Mumbai’s Vashi township, has been earlier hosted by Taiwan in 2007, Indonesia in 2008 and Japan in 2009.

“Eleven world renowned scientists from India and abroad, including Nobel laureates Richard R. Ernst from Switzerland and Makoto Kobayashi from Japan will be the speakers at the camp,” said H.C. Pradhan, director of the the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

Over 200 science students and 30 teachers from 20 Asian countries will be participating in the 4th edition of the camp.

The Asian Science Camp aims to enlighten talented science students through discussions and dialogue with top scholars of the world. The programme comprises plenary sessions, round table discussions, student-master dialogue, creative poster competition, social events and excursions.

M. Barma, director of TIFR’s School of Natural Sciences; C.N.R. Rao, chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and R. Chidambaram, principal scientific advisor to government of India will lead the discussions at the camp.

Jainendra Jain from the Pennsylvania State University, Paul Matsudaira from the Singapore National University, Martin Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham and T.V. Ramakrishnan from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore are also among the dignitaries who will lead the discussions.

The camp is being funded jointly by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Atomic Energy.

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