SCO Young Scientist Conclave 2020

SCO Young Scientist Conclave 2020 – Applications Invited

SCO Young Scientist Conclave 2020 – Applications Invited. Interested applicants can check out all of the details on the same below:

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(Government of India)

Announcement for inviting applications for
participation in 1st SCO- Young Scientist Conclave
Hyderabad, India

24-28 November 2020
Virtual conference

Theme: Shaping SCO-STI Partnership: Young Scientists Perspectives

DEADLINE for submitting the applications: 2 November, 2020


As a follow of the fifth session of Heads of Ministries and Departments of Science and
Technology of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States, at which the
huge talent pool of young scientists has been recognized as a potential tool to foster
innovative research among the SCO nations, the first SCO-Young Scientists Conclave is
being held in India in 2020, as an integral part of SCO Young Scientists Forum (SCO YSF).

The SCO YSF with the objective of providing a unique opportunity to the youth in their
Member States to interact, network and collaborate with their counterparts to address
pertinent challenges in emerging areas of science and technology has accepted the
proposal of India to host

and organize the 1st SCO-Young Scientists Conclave in India
during 24-28 November 2020. Apart from establishing a sustainable cooperation including
access to the state of the art R&D and analytical facilities, it also aims at harnessing the
intrinsic ability of unconventional and lateral thinking, ideology and innovative caliber of the
young minds and make their scientific and technological presence felt in today’s world.


The conclave facilitates

o creation of connectivity and networking among the SCO youth to harness their
knowledge for addressing common societal challenges through research and
innovation and strengthen advancement of complementary skills and research
competencies of youth drawn from science, engineering and allied disciplines.

o creation of consortia of young scientists, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs
to conduct joint R&D activities.

o preparation of next generation scientific leadership in Science, Technology and
Innovation (STI) and future readiness among Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) Professionals.

o building SCO scientific identity in STI through creative youth.

o provide access to large scale research infrastructure and unique analytical facilities.

o create internship and training opportunities for young researchers

This Conclave proposes to bring together the innovative young minds from SCO Member
States on to a common platform in virtual mode to discuss issues like, ‘ways and means to
bring in transformative changes to address the societal challenges through scientific and
technological interventions. This will also facilitate confluence of ideas to resolve specific
problems of Member States. Thus, the Conclave aims to seed a SCO scientific iIdentity
through the establishment of a network of young talents across these Member States.


Out of many challenges pervading the SCO Member States that deserve S&T interventions,
the following thematic areas are chosen to promote collaborative work in Science,
Technology and Innovation (STI) among Member States:

1. Agriculture and food processing
2. Sustainable energy and energy storage
3. Biotechnology and bio-engineering
4. Combating COVID-19 and emerging pandemics through research and innovation
5. Environmental protection and natural resource management



From each SCO Nation, 22 participants are expected to participate.

• 15 young scientists – three for each thematic area
• Five Mentors – one for each thematic area
• one Head of Delegation-representative of the STI Ministry
• One liaison officer from each SCO nation


Young bright academicians/ scientists/ engineers/ technologists/ innovators/ technoentrepreneurial start-up professionals working in the above mentioned thematic areas with age not exceeding 35 years as on 1st November 2020.


The selected candidates will be given an opportunity to present their scientific research in
the related thematic session highlighting the scientific and technical work, novel
ideas/prototypes developed by them. In addition, they will have ample opportunities to
interact among themselves which may allow formulation of collaborative projects(s) in future to address contemporary challenges in science & technology in SCO nations.


Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria are required to send their applications in the
prescribed proforma given at Annexure-I along with their Curriculum Vitae/Bio-data and a
digital photo on or before 2nd November, 2020 through e-mail to [email protected].
The application should be endorsed by the Head of Institution. No hard copies of
applications are required to be sent. In case of any queries, please contact Dr. Arvind
Kumar whose contact details are given below.

Dr. Arvind Kumar
Scientist F
International Cooperation Division
Department of Science and Technology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi- 110016, India
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +91-11-26962213, 26590272


The 1st SCO-YSC programme will include the following activities:

  • Presentations by experts on each thematic area high lighting the challenges and
    the way forward.
  • Presentations by young scientists high lighting their work and innovations.


Assuming that the current pandemic situation eases facilitating constraint free travel, all
the participants from India will assemble at the venue i.e. CSIR-Indian Institute of
Chemical Technology, Hyderabad to participate in the conclave. However, in case of
extraordinarily inevitable conditions COVID-19 pandemic or any such other situations, the
participants will join the conclave using remote login facility i.e. from their own place.


Expenses towards travel, accommodation and local hospitality including local transport
will be provided by the organizers.


The selection of Indian young scientists for participation in the 1st SCO-YSC- shall be
made by an Expert Selection Committee to be constituted by DST. The selection shall be
based on the assessment of the novelty of research work carried out, its contemporary
relevance for SCO and global context, innovation and; the academic credentials of the
candidate. Candidates selected for participation in the conclave will be informed though email most likely in the first week of November 2020.

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