Themes for 2021
Healthcare, Energy Solutions, and
Cyber Physical system (CPS) and their applications
The idea of the BRICS Young Scientists’ Forum was adopted at the second BRICS Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting. As part of BRICS Young Scientists Forum’s activities, the first BRICS Young Scientist Conclave was held in Bengaluru, India in September (2016). Subsequently, the second Conclave was held in Hangzhou, China during (2017); third in Durban in South Africa (2019); fourth in Brasilia, Brazil (2019); and the fifth in Chelyabinsk, Russia (2020).
As a follow up of the above and to implement the BRICS Leaders’ declaration on “strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation, especially leveraging young scientific talent for addressing societal challenges; creating a networking platform for BRICS young scientists”, and to implement the instructions of BRICS ministers, in 2021, the sixth BRICS Young Scientist Conclave is schedules to take place at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India in September 2021. The conclave would be held in a hybrid mode – online and offline.
The Conclave will provide a high-level platform for academic and policy exchange among talented young scientists as well as scientific personnel from BRICS countries to help them grow their skills, broaden their horizon and improve academic and policy qualifications, stimulate the interest of talented young scientists in the strategic research of future technologies, direct their attention to the most promising and important field of science and technology, promote exchanges and friendship, expand channels of cooperation, strengthen inter-disciplinary integration, encourage new academic inspirations, cultivate new academic disciplines and produce valuable policy advice.
The vision of the BRICS-YSF would include the following:
- BRICS youth connectivity and networking to harness their knowledge for resolving common societal challenges through research and innovation.
- Strengthen the advancement of skill, and research competencies of youth, primarily below the age of 40 years drawn from Science, Engineering, and other allied disciplines.
- Building BRICS leadership in S&T through creative youth with capacity and capability to accelerate change individually and collectively through the Forum and through BRICS YSF alumni.
- Reinforcing BRICS countries’ and regional STI policies, youth policies, skill development and entrepreneurship policies.
BRICS STI Coordinating Ministries of the BRICS countries. From India, Department of Science & Technology will be the coordinating.
INDIA CONCLAVE 2021
The conclave will be hosted by the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru through the Zoom platform. National Institute of Advanced Studies will share the link with the selected participants.
- The sixth BRICS YSF programme will include the following activities:Three Parallel Sessions on the Thematic Areas: Healthcare , Energy Solutions and Cyber Physical system (CPS) and their applications
- BRICS Young Innovator Prize. Thematic Areas for projects are Healthcare, Energy Solutions and Cyber Physical system (CPS) and their applications
- Networking Café (youth science networking and activities)
A detailed programme would be sent a week before the Conclave. The programme would have three days exclusively devoted to the three themes chosen. Each day, there would be a keynote address on the theme, panel-discussion by senior scholars, and a panel discussion post-lunch led by the participants.
Research in the field of healthcare has heightened significance in recent years with the advent of coronavirus and the fast-paced evolution of human lifestyle and standards of living. Healthcare research provides insights and guidance, on managing public health, challenges to healthcare and presents solutions to unanswered questions of medical science and diseases. Current advancements and developments in the field of healthcare and medical research have been possible because of continuous efforts by researchers.
New areas in healthcare research
The discipline is ever evolving, urging professionals in the field to constantly investigate and experiment with their findings. Research in this field also allows countries and international organizations to gather data and realize the gaps in healthcare systems around the world.
BRICS is facing serious healthcare challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of coordinating health research and innovation among BRICS countries. These challenges must be met to grant everybody a long and healthy life. Ageing and the increase in chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and brain conditions that require diverse types of treatment are increasing costs to potentially unsustainable levels, with the risk of unequal access to care for people across the BRICS countries.
Old and New areas/risks in healthcare
External environmental factors, including climate change, as well as the risk to lose our ability to protect ourselves against infectious diseases, for instance due to anti-microbial resistance, are also exposing us to new risks and threats. The BRICS countries are investing in research, technology and innovation to develop solutions to overcome those challenges.
In present context, the main areas of intervention for research and innovation will be focussed around following themes:
- Environmental and social health determinants
- Non-communicable and rare diseases
- Infectious diseases including poverty-related and neglected diseases
- Tools, technologies and digital solutions for health and care including personalised medicine
- Next generation influenza vaccines, medicines, genomics
- Health care systems,
Innovative health technologies
The aim is to find new ways to keep people healthy, prevent diseases, develop better diagnostics and more effective therapies, use personalised medicine approaches to improve healthcare and wellbeing, and take up innovative health technologies, such as digital ones.
Finally, BRICS research and innovation in health is about working together across borders, sharing each other's knowledge and resources and improving our health and care systems together.
II. Energy Solutions
The 21st Century human life depends entirely on energy on a day-to-day basis. From waking up to an alarm on a smartphone to sleeping in an air-conditioned room, one cannot live without electricity. The world has not yet found sustainable ways to conserve this energy for future generations. The conventional ways of producing energy have proved to be exceedingly harmful to the earth and have rapidly aggravated the pace of global warming, leading to climate change and other climate-related problems. It is the need of the hour to decarbonize and conduct research to find adaptable, convenient, sustainable, and cheap means to produce energy.
The theme on energy solutions and climate science will have the following sub-themes:
According to IEAS, renewable energy makes up 26 per cent of the world’s electricity today. It includes solar, wind, hydel, tidal, geothermal, and biomass. The challenge is to make optimum use of the renewable energy, cost effective, storage and efficient distribution.
The battery technology development has been varying from stagnant periods to significant breakthroughs, in an almost unpredictable fashion. The trend has been consistently directing away from heavy and acid batteries to compact, light and far more efficient nickel/metal (NiMH) accumulators.
Grids help in facilitating efficient and reliable end-to-end intelligence for a two-way delivery from source to sink through the integration of renewable sources. Smart grid technologies bring efficiency and sustainability which entail the growth of electricity demand which further helps in monitoring and controlling power systems, power quality management, and smart home energy system.
Innovative and Affordable research on energy solutions
New research across the world has been focusing on the innovation and affordability on energy sector. The BRICS countries need to share such ideas and explore ways and means to pursue collaborative research on making health affordable for all, through innovation.
Some of these areas include the following: Renewable Energy System (RES) including Solar Energy Research; Building Energy Efficiency; Clean Coal Research; Clean Energy Material; Smart Grids Research; Methanol Economy Research; Clean Fuel Research; Hydrogen Research; and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).
III. Cyber Physical system (CPS) and their applications
CPS is the next-generation computing system under the category of embedded systems. It makes use of smart computational techniques that are related to both computational units and the physical world. This implies that CPS uses computation, communication, and controls to interact with real-world systems.
Cyber security, IoT and Data Science
The Data Science, IoT and Cyber security are fundamental and basic pillars on which CPS are normally built. The economic and societal potential of such systems is vastly greater than what has been realized, and major investments are being made worldwide to develop the technology. Despite the fact that the drivers for CPS come from different sectors, the technology gaps in the sectors stem from a common set of fundamental challenges. The key cross-cutting platform technologies needed to overcome these challenges and accelerate the development of CPS applications in all sectors.
Research and Innovations in CPS
The research and innovation in this theme may cover the areas as given below but not limited to and their application in different sectors:
Modelling, Analysis and Synthesis Techniques, Mobile computing and devices for CPS, Cloud computing and distributed systems to support scalability and manage complexity of CPS Analysis, verification, and synthesis of hybrid systems, Data Science & Technologies for CPS, Simulation of CPS applications, Security and privacy of CPS, Networking systems for CPS applications Experimental prototypes of CPS’, Use case and user study of CPS, Sensors and actuators for CPS, applications Cyber-physical multimedia systems and applications, Wearable cyber-physical systems and applications, Emerging applications in CPS, including social space, crowd sourcing, art, healthcare and human computer interactions
Scientists/ engineers/ technologists/ innovators/ science journalists/ educators-science, science literacy and popularizing professional / specialists on translational aspects of research and technology integration in society-market / researchers, up to the age of 40 years as of 15 August 2021.
The participants must be doctoral students or post-doctoral or a young faculty who has completed PhD degree in the above-mentioned areas/ topics.
The applicants who have already participated in the previous editions of BRICS Young Scientist Conclaves are NOT eligible to apply.
The candidates working in private companies are not eligible to apply.
The application is required to be submitted online ONLY.
No other form and/or channel of submission of the application shall be entertained.
Hard copies are not required to be submitted.
The following additional documents are required to be submitted along with the application form Enclosures:
- Brief CV of the applicant (Maximum 4 pages)
- One reference letter from peer/guide/mentor/academician/ scholar etc indicating your research interest and achievements.
- Endorsement letter by the head of the organization/institute, with official seal/stamp.
15 August 2021: Last date to apply
26 August 2021: Final list of participants
13-16 September 2021: India Conclave
ABOUT THE CONCLAVE
The Conclave would be held in Bengaluru at the National Institute of Advanced Studies as on a hybrid mode. Participants from India would take part in the Conclave in Bengaluru. Rest of the participants would join the Conclave Online.
The Conclave would be held on an exclusive Zoom platform.
Links for the participants would be individually sent.
Click here to apply (Indian participants only)
APPLICATION SUBMISSION FOR BRICS-YSF CONCLAVE IS CLOSED
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Second, Click here to fill the application form for the BRICS-YSF Conclave Bengaluru, India
Click here for the application template (Kindly note: This is not the formal application and is for reference only)
For more information about the program, please contact:
Prof D Suba Chandran
Dean & Head, Sciene Diplomacy Programme
National Institute of Advanced Studies
(NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Campus
Dr Arvind Kumar
Scientist- F, IC Division,
Department of Science and Technology
New Delhi - 110016