What`s New 2nd SCO Young Scientists Conclave

2nd SCO Young Scientists Conclave

Announcement for inviting applications for participation in 2nd SCO- Young Scientist Conclave

10-14 October 2022

Hybrid  Mode/ In- Person


Shaping SCO-STI Partnership: Young Scientists Perspectives


            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 2nd SCO-Young Scientists Conclave is being held in India in 2022, 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 2ndSCO-Young Scientists Conclave in India during 10-14 October 2022. 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’sworld.


The conclave facilitates

  • 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 allieddisciplines.
  • Creation of consortia of young scientists, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to conduct joint R&Dactivities.
  • Preparation of next generation scientific leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and future readiness among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)Professionals.
  • Building SCO scientific identity in STI through creativeyouth.
  • Provide access to large scale research infrastructure and unique analyticalfacilities.
  • Create internship and training opportunities for youngresearchers.

            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 foodprocessing
  2. Environmental protection and natural resource management
  3. Artificial intelligence and big data research and application
  4. Sustainable energy and energy storage Energy
  5. Disease Biology and Healthcare



From each SCO Nation, 21 participants are expected to participate for each Member State.

  • 20 young scientists/researchers with one senior faculty/experts/ Scientific Ministry or Department official.
  • Four young scientist may be nominated for each theme indicated in above section


Young bright academicians/ scientists/ engineers/ technologists/ innovators/ techno- entrepreneurial start-up professionals from STEM disciplines and allied sciences up to 40 years  of age as on 1st October 2022 and nominated by the SCO Member States.


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 SCOnations.


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 15 August 2022 through e-mail to Prof. Ravi Manjithaya, Associate Professor, JNCASR, Bengaluru, Email scoysc22@jncasr.ac.in and copy Dr. Arvind Kumar, Scientist - F, Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology India, Email : scoysc-india2022@gov.in. The application should be endorsed by the Head of Institution. No hard copies ofapplications are required to be sent.In case of any queries, please contact Dr. Arvind Kumar whose contact details are givenbelow.


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: arvind.kumar71@nic.in

Tel: +91-11-26962213, 26590272


The 2nd SCO-YSC programme will include the following activities:

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


Venue for the conclave is Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research(JINCASR), Bengaluru, India. JNCASR is multidisciplinary research institute situated in Jakkur, a locality North of Bengaluru city.  It is relatively young yet well-known around the Globe. The mandate of the centre pursue and promote world class research and training at the frontiers of Science and Engineering covering broad areas ranging from Materials to Genetics. It provides a vibrant


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


The selection of Indian young scientists for participation in the 2nd 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 e- mail most likely in the first week of October 2022.

Annexure – I