Events and Conferences


 2019: The first edition of the CRIKC Chemistry Symposium (CCS-2019):

The first edition of the CRIKC Chemistry Symposium (CCS-2019), a chemistry symposium between CRIKC institutions, was held during Nov 2 and 3, 2019. This symposium aimed at providing a platform for interaction and fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary chemistry research among all CRIKC institutions. During the symposium, eminent scientists from National Institutions delivered plenary lectures and the faculty of CRIKC institutions delivered talks on their research activities in different domains of Chemical Sciences. In addition, students also got an opportunity to present their research in the form of posters.

The first edition of the CRIKC Chemistry Symposium (CCS-2019) was held at IISER Mohali and it was organized by the department of chemical sciences, IISER Mohali along with IIT Ropar, Panjab University, INST Mohali and NIPER Mohali.


The organizing committee Patrons: Prof. Siva Umapathy, Director (Officiating), IISER Mohali (Patron-in-Chief), Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh (CRIKC Advisory Committee Chairman), Prof. S. K. Das, Director, IIT Ropar, Prof. Hirendra N. Ghosh, Director (Officiating), INST Mohali, Prof. Raghuram Rao Akkinepally, Director, NIPER Mohali.

Organizing Secretary and Chairman: Dr. S. A. Babu, Department of Chemical Sciences, IISER Mohali.

Conveners: Prof. K. N. Singh, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr. T. J. Dhilip Kumar, IIT Ropar, Dr. Kamalakannan Kailasam, INST Mohali, Dr. Sankar K. Guchhait, NIPER Mohali, Dr. Rohit Kumar Sharma, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Treasurers: Dr. Sabyasachi Rakshit, IISER Mohali Dr. Kamalakannan Kailasam, INST Mohali.


2019: Safety workshop of the Department of Chemical Sciences:

A safety workshop was held on 7th September2019 (Saturday, 09:30 am-12:30 pm) in the Institute auditorium and Faculty gave lectures on safety and safe working in Laboratories. The workshop was mandatory for the students, Int-PhD and PhD students, RAs and Post-doc fellows in the Department of Chemical Sciences. Dr. Angshuman R. Choudhury (DCS) gave a lecture about 'Laboratory safety: For you, for all'. Dr. Samrat Ghosh (DCS) gave a lecture 'A guide to safety measures, practices and precautions for a teaching lab'. Dr. Sharvan Sehrawat (DBS) gave a lecture 'An acquaintance with biosafety and biosecurity issues for an experimental lab'. Dr. Arijit Kumar De (DCS) gave a lecture on 'Laser safety and handling of opticals. Further, a video on fire-safety was screened.

The workshop was organized by the safety committee of DCS (Convener: Dr. Sanjay Singh).


2019: RSC sponsored symposium on "Recent Advances in Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry (RAOBC):

This symposium was organized during 22-24 March 2019, which provided an excellent platform to dynamic researchers in organic, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry to share their innovations and inspire fellow researchers.


Chairman: Dr. S. Arulananda Babu.

Convener: Dr. S. S. V. Rama Sastry.

Co-conveners: Dr. R. Vijaya Anand & Dr. Sugumar Venkataramani.

Treasurer: Dr. Sugumar Venkataramani.


2019: 16th Discussion meeting on Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Molecules and Clusters (SDMC2019); Shimla, India; 21-24 February:


An annual discussion meeting and conference including experimental, theoretical spectroscopists and dynamicists from India and abroad. The annual meeting in February 2019 was jointly organized by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur at the Koti Resort, Shimla.


Organizer(s): Dr Balanarayan P, Dr Arijit K De, Dr Sugumar V, Prof K S Viswanathan, Prof K Srihari (IIT Kanpur).


2017: 24th National Conference on Liquid Crystals (NCLC-2017):

The 24th NCLC was organised by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, Punjab in association with the Indian Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) during 11–13 October 2017. Dr. Santanu Kumar Pal, Department of Chemical Sciences conducted the 3-day conference guided by the National Advisory Board and supported by an Organising Committee. The conference was attended by about 200 participants consisting of senior researchers and young Ph.D. students from various institutes and universities across India as well as some from abroad. The conference was aimed at serving as a platform for stimulating and collaborative discussions among the young and senior researchers working in this interdisciplinary field of liquid crystals (LC) in a less formal environment. The scientific programme was designed in order to cover a variety of fundamental and applied topics in LCs and related soft matter. Nine technical sessions were conducted including a Keynote Address, 23 Invited Lectures (IL), 25 Oral Presentations (OP) and 85 Poster Presentations (PP). Scientists from India, UK, Ireland and so on delivered Invited talks covering topics such as the structural parameters of two nematic phases, twist-bend nematic phase, discovery of triphenoxazoles, ferroelectric LCs to mention a few. The poster presentations were conducted on the first day itself. The participants in the poster session included undergraduates, graduate students, research scholars and post-doctoral fellows. The private sponsors like Anton Paar, Edwards, IKA, Borosil, Sinsil International, Xenocs and TCI chemicalsput up exhibition stalls for 3 days with an interactive approach with the delegates.


Patron: Prof. D. P. Sarkar.

Organisers: Dr. Santanu Kumar Pal (Convener) and Dr. Arijit Kumar De and Dr. Ujjal K. Gautam (Co-Conveners) and all other DCS members in various capacities.


2015: Advances in Applications of Transmission Electron Microscope:


A workshop dedicated to latest developments on applications of transmission electron microscope was organized on 24th July, 2015. Prof. N. Sathyamurthy, FNA, Director, IISER-Mohali inaugurated the workshop with his opening remarks. Keynote lectures were delivered by Prof. Ashok Ganguli, (Director, INST, Mohali), Prof. N. Ravishankar (MRC, IISc, Bangalore) and Prof. Ranjan Datta (JNCASR, Bangalore). The talks emphasized the nature and the usefulness of data acquired with TEM accessories for various research purposes.


Organizer: Dr. Ujjal K. Gautam.


2014: National Seminar on Crystallography (NSC43A):

The National Seminar on Crystallography 43A was held at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali during 28th and 30th March, 2014 by the Department of Chemical Sciences. This conference was organized as a part of the celebration of International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) to mark the 100th year since the  award of Nobel prize in 1914 to Max von Laue for his discovery of dif- fraction of X-rays by crystalline materials. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was chaired by Dr. Angshuman Roy Choudhury and included Dr. Sugumar Venkatramani and Dr Sanjay Singh and other departmental colleagues. The seminar was attended by about 100 participants, which included three plenary speakers, 19 invited speakers and many research scholars across the country. The plenary speakers (Professors Tej P. Singh, T. N. Guru Row and Professor Roland Boese) talked on their work for the past couple of decade and highlighted the essence of their contribution towards X-ray crystallography.  Professor Sekhar C. Mande from NCCS, Pune discussed the History of X-ray crystallography on the second day of the conference. The seminar had invited speakers from IIT Delhi (Professor Arunachalam Ramanan), IISc (Professor K. Suguna, Professor Parthasarathi Mukherjee, Dr. P. Thilagar), IISER Pune (Dr. R. Boomishankar and Dr. R. Vaidyanathan), IISER Thiruvananthapuram (Dr. R. Natesh), NCBS (Dr. Dipak T. Nair), Univ. of Madras (Professor D. Velmurugan), Shiv Nadar University (Dr. Parthapratim Munshi and Dr. Debdas Roy), Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (Dr. Nalini G. Sundaram) . In addition to the invited lectures, there were several poster presentations by PhD students in the conference. Four awards were given to PhD students for their oral and poster presentations.


Patron: Prof. N Sathyamurthy.

Organizers: Dr. Angshuman Roy Choudhury (Chairman) and Dr. Sanjay Singh (Convenor) and all other DCS members in various capacities.


2013: Indo-German Conference on Modelling Chemical and Biological (Re)Activity (MCBR3):


The third Indo-German conference on modelling chemical and biological (re)activity (MCBR3) was jointly organized by IISER and NIPER during 26 Feb to 1 Mar, 2013. The conference brought together several research scholars from India and Germany working on computational modelling of chemical reactivity and biological activity. The conference included several oral presentation and plenary lectures by Prof. E. D. Jemmis (IISER Trivandrum), Prof. Walter Thiel (MPI Mulheim), Prof. Peter Comba (Univ Heidelberg) and Prof. G. N. Sastry (IICT Hyderabad). A large number of student researchers across the country attended and presented their works at three poster sessions. They were also benefited from training session lectures by experts on chosen advanced topics. A special Science day lecture was given by Prof. Gernot Frenkling (Univ Marburg). The concluding day the conference was held at IISER Mohali campus. The conference also featured a cultural event jointly put together by the students of NIPER and IISER.


Conveners: Dr. P. V. Bharatam (NIPER) and Dr. K. R. Shamasunder (IISER, Mohali).


2013: History of Chemistry in India:


History of Science Seminar on "History of Chemistry in India" held at IISER Mohali on 15, November, 2013 under the aegis of the Indian National Science Academy. Welcome address was delivered by Prof. R Gadagkar, FNA, Chairman, Research Council for History of Science, INSA, followed by remarks by Prof. N Sathyamurthy, FNA, Director (Patron), IISER, Mohali and Prof. Krishan Lal, FNA, President, INSA, IISER Mohali. The talks traced the development of chemistry in the country over many decades. Topics included the researches of Acharya PC Ray (A Chakravorthy, D Raina), the history of natural products chemistry (K Natarajan), the history of medicinal chemistry (Harkishan  Singh), the history of physical chemistry(K Bhattacharyya) and electrochemistry (AK Shukla) and the struggles of the Indian Organic Industry (AV Rama Rao). A public lecture  was also delivered on ” The interplay between the Arts and Technology in Ancient Indian Metallurgical Traditions” by S. Ranganathan, Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, IISc, Bangalore.


2011: 7th Junior National Organic Symposium Trust (J-NOST) Conference:


The 7th Junior National Organic Symposium Trust (J-NOST) Conference organized by IISER Mohali and NOST was held at IISER Mohali during 15-18th Dec 2011. Many research scholars from India and the United Kingdom participated in the conference.

The conference was inaugurated by Prof. N. Sathyamurthy (Director, IISER Mohali), Prof. Vinod K. Singh (Chairman, NOST and Director, IISER, Bhopal) and Prof. G.S.R. Subba Rao (Chairman, NOST Board of Trustees). There were 60 oral presentations and 34 poster presentations. In addition, there were three plenary lectures by Prof. T. K. Chakraborty (Director, CDRI Lucknow), Prof. Sandeep Verma (IIT Kanpur) and Prof. Javed Iqbal (Director, ILS Hyderabad).


Patron: Prof. N Sathyamurthy.

Co-conveners: Dr R. Vijaya Anand and Dr S. Arulananda Babu.


2008: 3rd Inter IISER Chemistry Meet:

Since 2008 an Inter IISER Chemistry Meet is organized each year to bring all people in Chemistry together to share research activities of various groups through oral and poster presentations. First and second such meet were organized by IISER Pune and IISER Kolkata, respectively. In 2011, IISER Mohali hosted the 3rd Inter IISER Chemistry Meet during February 20-21, at its new campus. This meet focused on the current status and future projections of research in various fields of Chemistry and related areas. In this meet oral (26) and poster (9) presentations by various faculties and students showcased the interdisciplinary research activities in the five premier institutes of India. Through these presentations it was expected to have exchange of ideas for generating scope for collaborations as well as to give an opportunity to young minds to interact with others. 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry and thus it was a great opportunity to celebrate it together.


Patron: Prof. N Sathyamurthy.

Convener: Dr. Sanjay Mandal.




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