Applications are Invited for 3rd BRICS Young Scientist Conclave

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (DST)
(Govt. of India)

Announcement for inviting applications for participation in 3rd BRICS Young Scientist Conclave
Durban, South Africa (25-29 June 2018)

OVERVIEW:The idea of the BRICS Young Scientist Forum was adopted at the 2nd BRICS
Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting. As part of BRICS YS
Forum’s activities, the 1st BRICS Young Scientist Conclave was held in Bangalore (India) in
September 2016 and the 2nd edition of the BRICS YS Conclave was held in Hangzhou,
China during 10-14 July 2017.

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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 implement the instructions of BRICS ministers, the 3rd
edition of the BRICS Young Scientist Conclave is scheduled to take place in Durban, South
Africa during 25-29 June 2018.

The Conclave will provide a high-level platform of academic and policy exchange
for 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.

VISION:
 BRICS Youth connectivity & networking to harness their knowledge for resolving
common societal challenges through research and innovation and strengthen
advancement of skill & research competencies of youth primarily below the age of
35 years drawn from Science, Engineering other allied disciplines.
 Building BRICS leadership in S&T through creative youth with capacity and
capability to accelerate change individuality and collectively (BRICS Youth
Alumni).
 Reinforcing BRICS nation’s and regional STI policies and youth policies, skill
development and entrepreneurship polices.
LEAD SPONSORS:
BRICS STI Coordinating Ministries (Department of Science & Technology from Indian
side) on the principles of co-ownership and co-investment.

THEME:
“Building Young Scientists’ Leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation”
The 3rd BRICS YSF under the theme “Building BRICS Youth Leadership through Science,
Technology and Innovation” will highlight the strategic importance of science,
technology and innovation as key drivers of youth entrepreneurship and leadership. In
addition, the 3rd BRICS YSF will have a dedicated segment on young women in science
and include discussions on crosscutting issues such as science advice, science
communication and science diplomacy. While the 3rd BRICS YSF will follow the format of
previous forums by having thematic discussions (this year the focus will be on energy,
water and social science) it will also include additional new components such as the
BRICS young innovator prize contest and the BRICS young programmer competition.

Participants & Eligibility:

Young bright scientists/ engineers/ technologists/ innovators/ science journalists, educators-science,
literacy and popularizing professional / specialists on translational aspects of research and technology integration in society-market / researchers up to the
age of 35 years in the areas of Water, Energy and ICT for societal use.
The participants must be a Doctoral Students or Post-doc or a young faculty completed
the Ph.D 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.

Funding support:
The International air travel related expenses (airfare, medical insurance, visa fee etc)
shall be met by the Department of Science & Technology whereas the local hospitality ie
food, accommodation and local transport in South Africa etc will be supported by the
(MOST South Africa) for the entire duration of stay in South Africa.
3rd BRICS YS Conclave Programme
The 3rd BRICS YSF programme will include the following activities:
 Three Parallel Sessions on the Thematic Areas: Energy, Water and Social science
 BRICS Young Women in Science Dialogue
 BRICS Young Innovator Prize
 BRICS Young Programmer Competition
 Workshop on Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 Seminar on Science Diplomacy, Advice and Communication
Parallel Sessions on Thematic Areas
The parallel thematic sessions will specifically address issues related to the following
topics:
 Energy – The Present and Future Energy Imperatives of BRICS Economies
 Water – The Strategic Importance of Water Resources in the Context of Climate
Change
 ICT – The Impact and Challenges of Modern ICT Technologies on Youth Identity
and Cultural Choices
BRICS Young Women in Science Dialogue
The BRICS Young Women in Science Dialogue will seek to:
 Provide a platform for young women scientists and researchers to discuss
pertinent issues and challenges in institutions of higher learning and the
workplace, in terms of career choices and mobility, and equality and
empowerment; and
 Discuss country perspectives and approaches on practical solutions to these
challenges at the institutional and policy levels.

BRICS Young Innovator Prize
The BRICS Young Innovator Prize is in special recognition of young talented
entrepreneurs and researchers, whose outstanding innovations (inventions, products,
apps and services) will make a profound impact on the socio-economic environment and
conditions of life in BRICS societies today.
BRICS Young Programmer Competition

The BRICS Young Programmer Competition will invite talented young programmers from
the BRICS countries to use their unique programming talents and skills to solve complex
problems and challenges of the future under the theme “Programming Tomorrow’s
Solutions”.
Workshop on Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The workshop on youth innovation and entrepreneurship will discuss practical
experiences and seek to address questions such as “how to set up an innovation
ecosystem for the youth/ and how the BRICS countries can support each other in this
strategic endeavour?” In addition, it will also examine questions related to the
translation of the research work outcomes of young scientists into marketable products
and services and the creation of sustainable innovative start-ups. An important outcome
of the workshop could be an agreement to set up a platform for BRICS young innovators.
Seminar on Science Diplomacy, Advice and Communication
Science diplomacy is key in international collaborations and indispensable for the
development of young scientists’ careers. The seminar will seek to contextualise the role
and importance of science diplomacy, advice and communication in young scientist
networks and career development and point to the need to establish a BRICS Young
Scientists Research Network to enhance communication and coordination of young
researchers in BRICS countries.

Selection process:

The selection of Indian participants for participating in the BRICS YS Forum 2018 shall be
made by an Expert Selection Committee to be constituted by DST. The selection shall be
based on the assessment of information provided by the applicant in the application
form and the reference letters.
Up to 30 participants shall be selected by the Department of Science and Technology
(Govt. of India) and the final list of participants shall be forwarded to the Department of
Science & Technology (DST), South Africa.
Submission process and timeline:
A complete set of application consisting of:
a) One complete set of original application duly forwarded by Head of the Institute
in prescribed format (Annexure-I) along with a copy of brief CV must be
submitted latest by 1700 Hrs on 30th April 2018 to:

Dr D. Suba Chandran, PhD
Professor & Dean
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Indian Institute of Science Campus
Bangalore-560012, INDIA
Ph: 91-80-22185142 (Office-Direct);
Also a Soft copy of the application form (in a SINGLE SOFT File) in ms-word or PDF
format only (Do not include scanned pages/ copies in the soft copy of the
application, as signatures are not required in the soft copy), as email attachment
to sharma_rk@nic.in and subachandran@gmail.com
For more information about the program, please contactMr
R K Sharma,
Scientist-E & BRICS YS Forum Nodal officer
IMRC Division,
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Delhi-110016
Tel: 011-26537976, email – Sharma_rk@nic.in

For further details visit/downlaod document at:  http://www.dst.gov.in/sites/default/files/Annoucement-BRICS-YS-Conclave-2018.pdf

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