The website of the 98th Indian Science Congress 2011, to be held at the SRM University, Chennai, was formally launched on Tuesday.

The general president of the Indian Science Congress Association, K. C. Pandey, launched the website, in the presence of Vice-Chancellor P. Sathyanarayanan, directors and faculty members of the University.

The website ( will have details of the Congress. There would also be information on the plenary sessions that are being planned. The theme of the Indian Science Congress 2011 is “Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities”.

The focus of the conference will be on ‘Challenge of water resources management in the new millennium,' ‘Genetic engineering and biotechnology: application and human welfare,' ‘Emerging trends in biomedical research and technology, Information technology for rural development,' ‘Nanotechnology: Perspectives and present prospects, Climate change and global warming,' ‘Climate change and food security and Renewable & Non-Conventional energy,' ‘Energy security,' and ‘Bio-fuels as energy'. Over 8,000 delegates from universities, institutions and national laboratories across the country and abroad including a few Nobel Laureates will be participating in the Congress, which will be held from January 3 to 7.