Venue: National Museum of Science and Technology Auditorium,
Agargoan, Dhaka - 1207
Date: 29 30 December, 2009
About Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS)
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) is the apex scientific professional body of the scientists having outstanding achievement at home and abroad. The Academy was established in 1973 with some internationally renowned scientists like Dr. M. Qudrat-i-Khoda, Professor M.O. Ghani, Professor M.H Khandker and many more. Presently the Academy has 55 Fellows, 15 expatriate fellows and 13 Foreign Fellows of which 6 Fellows are Nobel Laureates, such as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (Peace) who recently expired, late Professor Abdus Salam (Physics), Professor Richard R. Ernst (Chemistry) Professor Ben R. Mottelson (Physics), Professor Masatoshi Koshiba (Physics) and Prof Dr. Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry), President-elect, ICSU. The Academy is the focal point of the TWAS in Bangladesh and in the Executive Committee of the IAP and NASIC, Vice President of the AASA and a Council Member of the FASAS, It is the focal point for the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Bangladesh. It organizes national and international seminars, conferences and workshops etc. on issues of national and global importance.
About The Inter Academy Panel on International Issues (IAP)
IAP is a global network of the world's science academies, launched in 1993. Its primary goal is to help member academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues. IAP is particularly interested in assisting young and small academies achieve these goals and, through the communication links and networks created by IAP activities, all academies will be able to raise both their public profile among citizens and their influence among policy makers.
About The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985. TWAS represents the best of science in developing countries. Its main mission is to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development.
Background of the Congress
Many of the discoveries and inventions accomplished by any scientist owe to hard and arduous work of some young scientists of universities, research laboratories and other organizations. The youngest person to receive a Nobel Prize was Sir William Lawrence Bragg who received this prize at the age of 25 along with his father, Sir Henry Bragg for their work with X-ray spectra, X-ray diffraction, and crystal structure. Lawrence Edward "Larry" Page is a US computer scientist best known as co-founder of Google Inc. In 2005 Larry Page has an estimated wealth of $US7.2 billion according to the Forbes business magazine. Forbes ranks Larry Page as the 55th richest man in the world at just 32 years of age. Bill Gates co-founder of Microsoft became a rich man by the time he was 30. Steve Jobs is, an American computer scientist created one of the first commercially successful personal computers at the age of 26. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, age 25 is an American billionaire and entrepreneur best known for co-founding the popular social networking site Facebook who was a student of Harvard in Computer Science. Thus the young generation of the scientists or any other professions can contribute to the civilization very significantly.
About half of the scientists community of Bangladesh belongs to young group (age less then 45). The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences through its programmes of Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, IAP World Economic Forum and JSPS Hope Meeting etc. send a good number of young scientists to many international events.The Academy awards gold medals to two young scientists (one in physical sciences and the other in biological sciences) every year for their outstanding academic and resarch achievements. The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World(TWAS), the Inter Academy Panel on International Issues (IAP and the International Council for Science(ICSU) of which the Academy is the focal point in Bangladesh assist the Bnagladesh Academy of Sciences in its different activities and programmes involving the young scientists. The Academy strongly believes that the young scientists of the country have great potential to address national and global issues like food security, energy, health and environment. Some of their research findings are of very high standard as evidenced from their publications in reputed international journals. The Academy has developed a data bank of over 200 scientists with their career record. The databank is updated regularly and enriched by the addition of new scientists every day.
The Academy will organize a two day Young Scientists Congress on 29-30 December 2009 in order to encourage the young scientists and to infuse dream among them to develop their future pathway at a pace with other parts of the globe.
Objectives of the Congress:
- To provide oportunities to young scientists to meet and make friends as well as to present and discuss scientific research, current global issues, career development and future collaborations.
- To uphold the importance of the work of the young scientists.
- To evaluate the activities of the young scientists for their due recognition.
- To suggest remedial measures for problems faced by the young scientists in their professional lives.
Young scientists of age 45 or below working in academic and research and development organizations in the public and private sectors can participate through on line registration. In addition different organizations can nominate scientists for participation.
Professor MHA Hassan, Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) has kindly consented to address the Congress. Dr. V. Ksishnan, Coordinator of the TWAS-ROCASA, Bangalore has also been invited and requested to send young scientists/delegates to the Congress. The Academies of Sciences with which the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences has bilateral agreements have been invited to send young scientists/ delegates to the Congress.
- Registration for the congress is expired.
For Further Information please contact
Prof. Dr. M Shamsher Ali, President, BAS
Prof. Dr. Naiyyum Choudhury, Secretary, BAS
Dr. M.A. Mazed, Director, BAS
Fax : +88-02-8117049;