16th International Conference SPSI-MACRO-2022 Inaugurated at CSIR-NCL, Pune  

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Pune, 2nd November 2022: CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) are jointly organizing the 16th International Conference on “Science and Technology of Polymers and Advanced Materials through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industry” (SPSI-MACRO-2022) in association with The Society for Polymer Science, India and NCL- Research Foundation during November 2-4, 2022.

SPSI-MACRO is a premiere flagship conference in the area of polymer science and technology held once every two years. 

Prof. Sir Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology, formally inaugurated the conference. He addressed a large gathering of polymer science students and scientists/technologists from all across the globe and mentioned that while he is mainly a biochemist and molecular biologist, he has an active interest in biopolymers such as DNA, RNA, etc. In his inaugural speech, Prof. Sir Roberts, while addressing a large number of research students, described his journey from a student to a scientist, culminating in his attaining the Nobel prize in 1993. He further advised all students that there are two important things that one must never forget: (i) Do not be disheartened by failure, and (ii) keep on reading extensively outside your research/study area to broaden your horizons. While concluding the talk, Prof. Sir Roberts gave his good wishes to the conference and declared the conference open.

Earlier, Dr. Ashish Lele, Director CSIR-NCL, introduced Prof. Sir Roberts to the audience. He also gave an overview of CSIR-NCL and highlighted how NCL is leading in polymer science research and other scientific areas.

Also, Dr. S.K. Asha, Convenor of the conference (Senior Principal Scientist and Chair, Polymer Science & Engineering Division CSIR-NCL), talked about how this conference is also an occasion to honour the contribution to Polymer science by the revered past president and former Director of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Padmashri Dr. S. Sivaram, who will incidentally celebrate his 76th birthday on November 4, 2022.   

After his inaugural lecture, Prof. Sir Roberts felicitated several SPSI award winners.

Prof. S.R. Palit Memorial award was presented to Prof. Yves Gnanou (KAUST), Dr. S. Sivaram Endowment lecture award was presented to Prof. Richard Hoogenboom (Ghent University), Prof. M. Santappa Award was presented jointly to Prof. Niranjan Karak (Tejpur University) and Dr. P. Trivedi (Gharda Chemicals), Prof. Kaushal Kishore Memorial award was presented jointly to Dr. Samir H. Chikkali (CSIR-NCL, Pune) and Prof. Suryasarthi Bose (IISc Banglore).

Also on this occasion, Dr. Amol Kulkarni (Scientist, Chemical Engineering & Process Development, CSIR- NCL, Pune) was felicitated and handed over the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize, which he was awarded in the Engineering Science category for the year 2020.

Dr. Sarika Bhattacharyya (Sr. Principal Scientist, CSIR-NCL, Pune) gave the vote of thanks.