DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (DST)
(Govt. of India)
Announcement for inviting applications for participation in
2
nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum
Hangzhou, China
(11-15 July 2017)

OVERVIEW:

The idea of the BRICS Young Scientist Forum was adopted at the 2nd BRICS
Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting. The 1st Forum was held in
Bangalore (India) in September 2016. The 4th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting held in Jaipur
in October 2016, the BRICS STI Coordinating Ministries agreed to hold the Forum on a
rotational basis in the country hosting the BRICS Chair.

As a follow up of the above and to implement the BRICS Leaders’ Declaration on
“strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation, especially leveraging
young scientific talent for addressing societal challenges; creating a networking platform for
BRICS young scientists”, and implement the instructions of BRICS ministers, China, as the
BRICS Chair Country for 2017, will hold the 2nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum during
11st-15th July 2017 in Hangzhou as a side event of the 5th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting.

The forum will provide a high-level platform of academic and policy exchange for
talented young scientists as well as scientific personnel from BRICS countries to help them
grow their skills, broaden their horizon and improve academic and policy qualifications,
stimulate the interest of talented young scientists in the strategic research of future
technologies, direct their attention to the most promising and important field of science and
technology, promote exchanges and friendship, expand channels of cooperation, strengthen
inter-disciplinary integration, encourage new academic inspirations, cultivate new academic
disciplines and produce valuable policy advice.

VISION:

  • BRICS Youth connectivity & networking to harness their knowledge for resolving
    common societal challenges through research and innovation and strengthen
    advancement of skill & research competencies of youth primarily below the age of 35
    years drawn from Science, Engineering other allied disciplines.
  • Building BRICS leadership in S&T through creative youth with capacity and
    capability to accelerate change individuality and collectively (BRICS Youth Alumni).
  • Reinforcing BRICS nation’s and regional STI policies and youth policies, skill
    development and entrepreneurship polices.

LEAD SPONSORS:

BRICS STI Coordinating Ministries (Department of Science & Technology from Indian
side) on the principles of co-ownership and co-investment.

THEME:

“Building Young Scientists’ Leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation”

The forum will choose three subjects from the ten thematic fields identified by BRICS,
namely energy, material, biotechnology & biomedicine, as well as one cross-cutting field of
science, technology and innovation policies, science communication and science
popularization, and feature three parallel sessions and one general session (which will be set
on the plenary session). The forum will have one chairman and one vice chairman, and each
parallel session will have one chairman and one vice chairman, respectively held by one
Chinese representative and one foreign representative. They will be responsible for call for
the report of the sessions, moderating the discussion and summarizing the outcomes of the
sessions. The parallel sessions will be set of two to three themes to facilitate the exchange of
young scientist.

PARTICIPANTS:

Young bright scientists/ engineers/ technologists/ innovators/ / science journalists-educators science, literacy and popularizing professional / specialists on translational aspects of research and technology integration in society-market / researchers up to the age of 35 years.

The participants of the sessions in the three thematic fields of energy, material and
biotechnology & biomedicine shall hold a doctor’s degree and have visible academic &
scientific influence in the world or they shall be engineers and professionals from public
funded Technology Business Incubations (TBI) with equivalent qualifications in the above
three fields. The participants of the session on science, technology and innovation policies,
science communication and science popularization shall have at least three years of working
experience in the relevant fields and be familiar with their country’s work in the relevant
fields. Young scientists are also welcome to participate in this session to share best cases of
science popularization and public awareness campaigns in this field. It is planned that
representatives of the Chinese institutions for technology transfer, R&D outcome conversion
and financial investment in the above three fields be invited.

FUNDING SUPPORT:

The International air travel related expenses (airfare, medical insurance, visa fee etc) shall be met by the Department of Science & Technology whereas the local hospitality ie food,
accommodation and local transport etc will be provided by the organizers (MOST China) for
the entire duration of stay in China.

SELECTION PROCESS:

The selection of Indian participants for participating in the BRICS YS Forum 2017 shall be
made by an Expert Selection Committee to be constituted by DST. The selection shall be
based on the assessment of information provided by the applicant in the application form and
the reference letter.

About 20 participants shall be selected and nominated by the Department of Science and
Technology (Govt. of India) and the final list of participants shall be forwarded by DST to
the BRICS STI focal point in China (ie Ministry of Science & Technology, China).

Duration of the event : 5-Days (Detailed program to be circulated soon)

Submission process and timeline:

A complete set of application consisting of:

a) One complete set of original application duly forwarded by Head of the Institute in
prescribed format (Annexure-I) along with a copy of brief CV must be submitted
latest by 1700 Hrs on 30th April 2017 to:

Shri R K Sharma, Scientist-E,
International Multilateral & Regional Cooperation (IMRC)
Division, R. No-18 D, S&T Block-I,
Technology Bhavan, Department of Science & Technology,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi -110016

Along with a Soft copy of the application form (in a SINGLE SOFT File) in ms-word
or PDF format only (Do not include scanned pages/ copies in the soft copy of the
application, as signatures are not required in the soft copy), as email attachment to
[email protected]

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