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OSICON-15 Inaugurated at CSIR-NIO, Goa
The inaugural function of OSICON-15, the IV National Conference of the Ocean Society of India, was held on 23rd March 2015 at the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa. The Conference is being organized by Ocean Society of India (OSI) and CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. The main theme of this Conference is “Oceanic Processes along the Coasts of India”. The attending delegates were welcomed by President of the Ocean Society of India and the Director of the CSIR- National Institute of Oceanography Dr. S.W.A. Naqvi.
Dr. Naqvi mentioned that the OISOCN-15 is one of the series of conferences and new studies being undertaken as part of the golden jubilee year of CSIR-NIO. He highlighted the importance and peculiarities of the northern Indian Oceans and the role in plays in global climate. The Convener of the conference Dr. V. Ramaswamy, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIO, in his report stated that nearly 250 delegates from 26 Research Institutes and Universities from all over India are attending this conference. More than 225 papers have been received and after peer review 81 have been selected for oral presentation and 148 for poster presentations. The Conference has two Plenary Sessions and six Parallel Sessions, covering the fields of Coastal Processes, Indian Ocean Variability and Monsoon, Ocean Biogeochemistry, Marine Geosciences, Marine Biology and Ocean Technology and Acoustics, and chaired by eminent scholars and science communicators. Seven eminent oceanographers have been invited for giving plenary talks. Indian students and young researchers have been provided travel support and free or subsidized accommodation in hotels so that they have an opportunity to attend this conference and get an opportunity for extended interactions with the nation’s leading oceanographers. . The OSI, which is a Registered Society with over 400 members, has a mission aimed at providing a forum for sharing the knowledge and experience of individuals, scientific institutions and industrial organizations in science, technology, engineering and allied fields of the ocean. This conference has been supported by financial grants from the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) New Delhi, Department of Science Technology and Environment (DSTE), Govt. of Goa, Naval Research Board (NRB) Ministry of Defence, Department of Science and Technology (DST) New Delhi, National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) among others.
The inaugural address was delivered by eminent climate scientist, Prof. B.N. Goswami Former-Director of IITM and now Pisharoty Chair of MoES in IISER, Pune. He stressed the need to understand the linkages between atmosphere and oceans which will help us predict the monsoons better. He suggested that the various scientific societies should get together to understand and solve the problems faced by the country. He also stressed that young researchers, college and even school students must be encouraged to take up earth science studies so that they can better understand and help mitigate the problems related to climate change. The keynote address was given by Prof. R. Ramesh, a leading Earth Scientist and Climatologist of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad who spoke about the importance of environmental controls on new and primary production in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Dr. M. Dileep Kumar and
eminent oceanographer from CSRI-NIO was felicitated for his contributions to oceanography. A vote of thanks was proposed by Treasurer of OSI, Dr. A.S. Unnikrishnan, Chief Scientist CSIR-NIO.
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