It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the third International Conference on Advanced Functional Materials (ICAFM 2019) organized by CSIR National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology during 9-10 December 2019 in association with the Indian Ceramic Society, Kerala Chapter and the Material research Society of India, Thiruvananthapuram Chapter.
Advanced functional materials continue to attract immense scientific interest by virtue of its potential to provide path breaking innovations. Exchange of knowledge and information in this field is thus very important for researchers and entrepreneurs to develop new materials and technologies for future applications. The conference aims to bring together international and national experts from R&D organisations, academic institutions, and industries in the field of materials science and endeavors to facilitate interactions and discussions on the recent trends in material processing, characterisation and application. The programme will feature keynote address, plenary and invited talks by eminent experts and poster presentations by young researchers. Additionally, round table and panel discussions will be held to formulate a comprehensive approach for further consolidation of developmental activities. The previous two conferences of the ICAFM series were held at Thiruvananthapuram during 2009 and 2014 and were well received for its technical content and conduct. The conference will be followed by the 83rd annual session of Indian Ceramic Society during 11-12 December 2019.
The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, is a constituent Laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Initially established in 1975 as a CSIR Complex, it was named as the Regional Research Laboratory in 1978 and later renamed as NIIST in 2007. Its mandate is to conduct research and development activities of the highest quality in areas related to effective utilization of resources of the region and of fundamental importance to the country. Currently, NIIST is engaged in R & D programmes in areas related to Agro-processing and technology, Chemical Sciences and technology, Materials Science and Technology, Microbial processes & technology, Environmental Technology. The institute has established state-of-the-art facilities for conducting advanced research in the areas of interest. Pilot plant facilities for research training and process/product development in the areas of spices and oilseeds have been established. The institute has also been playing a significant role in Human Resource Development by training post graduate/graduate students, with over 252 Ph. D degrees awarded till date, based on research conducted in the institute. For brief description of the activities Click Here
Indian Ceramic Society (InCerS), a non-profit organization, was established in 1928 and during the last ninety one years of its existence, InCerS has grown from strength to strength under the guidance, patronage, and leadership of several leading educationists, scientists, technologists, and industrialists of the country who served the society in different capacities. Presently, InCerS has more than 2000 members including scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing and sales professionals, and others in related materials disciplines. The InCers Kerala Chapter is an active arm of the parent society by virtue of the pioneering efforts of its founders. The Chapter was instrumental in conducting the ICAFM conference series and it is a great privilege once again to welcome you all to the ‘God’s own country’.
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The Materials Research Society of India came into existence in February 1989, thanks to the farsighted vision of Prof. C N R Rao. Prof. Rao functioned as the first President and laid the foundation for its impressive growth over the past decade. MRSI functions through 18 Regional Chapters and 16 Subject groups. MRSI is supported by individual members and institutions who will be patrons of the society. Its current membership includes 2745 Life members, 07 Annual members, 156 Honorary members and 83 Patron members amounting to a total of 2991 members. MRSI co-sponsors the publication of Bulletin of Materials Science (BMS) published by the Indian Academy of Sciences. MRSI is a founding Adhering Body of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and participates in the international arena of materials research.
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