The 107th Indian Science Congress was held in Bengaluru

Highlights: 

  • An Overview of the 107th ISC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC 2020) in Bengaluru on 3 January 2020. 
  • The Congress was inaugurated in the presence of top scientists, Nobel Laureates, dignitaries and students from across the country and the world at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru, Karnataka. 
  • The event was held from 3-7 January 2020. 
  • ISC provided the desired platform to the farmers who introduced innovations in agriculture.
Details:
  • The 107th Indian Science Congress aims to bridge the gap between the Indian farmers and tech-developers as the gap has resulted in the only partial exploration of the benefits. 
  • It focuses on rural development through science and technology.
  • Theme of the Events:
  • The theme of the 107th ISC is 'Science and Technology: Rural Development'. 
  • It aims to boost agriculture in India. Many of the innovations have helped to enhance crop productivity, market access, and diversifying rural livelihood profiles.
  • The ISC 2020 covered 14 sectors in contemporary science.
  • It included events like Women's Science Congress, Children's Science Congress, Science Communicators Meet, Yoga Science meet, and Farmer's Science Congress.
  • The event hosted 4 public lectures and 26 plenary sessions.
  • For the first time, the Farmer's Science Congress provided a forum to the farmers to interact, share their experiences and showcase their innovative techniques and methods developed and followed by them in farming.
  • A science exhibition titled 'Pride of India' showcased the latest developments in science and technology from all the world, path-breaking research, and developments (R&D) initiatives, leading products and services, schemes and achievements of the public and private sectors.
Participants:
  • About 15,000 delegates, including two Nobel Laureates, Stefan Hell, a physicist from Max Planck Institute, Germany and Ada Yonath, a crystallographer from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel participated in the event. Many eminent scientists, policymakers, researchers, academicians, inventors, and politicians from across the world participated in the 5-day event.
  • It is mentioned that  Bengaluru hosted the science congress for the third time. 
  • It earlier conducted the event in 1987 and 2002.