‘It is important to focus on nanotechnology field’
The fifth edition of Bangalore Nano, the annual nanotechnology conference-cum-trade show organised by the Karnataka government, will be held on December 6 and 7.
C.N.R. Rao, scientific adviser to the Prime Minister, said that it was a matter of pride that his city, Bangalore, was at the forefront of leading and nurturing innovation in the field of nanotechnology. He spoke about his visit to Israel where he met a young researcher who wanted to use exhaled air and analyse molecules to detect cancer. Years later, Prof. Rao got to know that the researcher came up with a product called the ‘nano nose’ that helps detect cancer. “Such are the possibilities of nanotechnology, and this is why it is important to focus on this emerging field,” he said.
Criticising the resistance among academia to collaborate on research work, Prof. Rao said that working together is imperative to move forward.
Nano, a game changer
Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath said that Karnataka has taken “an early lead” in science and technology, and compared the nanotechnology scene now to what IT was two decades ago. “Nano is going to be a game changer, and it presents a unique challenge as it applies across disciplines.” He said that Karnataka has 396 research and development organisations and over 2,100 IT companies, and that over 40 per cent of software exports come from here.
The two-day event includes several plenary sessions on healthcare and medicine, aerospace and defence, electronics, food and agriculture, energy and environment, water management solutions and advanced materials.
The event organisers claim that over 100 leading international and domestic companies are slated to participate. A poster presentation session will display at least 120 posters, and 450 graduate level students will attend the event. As part of the conference, the Research Industry Collaboration Hub will be organised.
The pre-event schedule includes a pre-conference tutorial session on December 5 for delegates.