Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST is the Chief Guest. The foundation day lecture will be given by Dr. Asahiko Taira, President, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide the nation with the best possible services in forecasting the monsoons and other weather/climate parameters, ocean state, earthquakes, tsunamis and other phenomena related to earth systems, for the Public Safety and socio-economic benefits. The Ministry also deals with science and technology for exploration and harnessing of ocean resources (living and non-living), and play nodal role for Antarctic/Arctic/Himalayas and Southern Ocean research.
In order to provide due recognition and platform to major scientific contributions made by eminent scientists/engineers in various fields of Earth System Science and also considering the need to encourage young researchers for coming into the mainstream of Earth System Science, the Ministry has instituted the Life Time ExceMertce Award and National Earth System Sciences Awards.
This year the Life Time Excellence Award is being awarded to Professor K. S. Valdiya, Honorary Professor, JNCASR, Bengaluru for his significant contribution in the field of isotope geoscience. The National Awards for Ocean Science & technology will be presented to Dr. Satheesh Shenoi, Director, INCOIS, Hyderabad and Dr. R. Venkatesan, Scientist-G, NIOT, Chennai. Dr. B. V. Krishna Murthy, Retd. Director, SPL, ISRO will receive the National Award for Atmospheric Science & technology. The National award for Geoscience technology will be presented to Prof. Sekhar Muddu, MSc, Bengaluru and Prof Sunil Bajpai, Director, BSIP, Lucknow. Dr. Kusala Rajendran,Sc, Bengaluru will receive the newly instituted National award for women scientist. The Young Researcher Awards will be presented to Dr. Mala S. Bagiya, IIG, Mumbai and Dr. Praveen Kumar, INCOIS, Hyderabad for their outstanding work in Earth Science & Technology. In addition, certificates of merit will also be presented to the scientists from MoES.