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International Biodiversity Congress 2018, 4-6 Oct, ICFRE, Dehradun

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International Biodiversity Congress 2018

The UN General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 as “United Nations Decade on Biodiversity” to promote the implementation of a strategic plan on biodiversity and its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. It is also a period in which the governments have to take concerted efforts to achieve “Aichi Target” or the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, reduce the pressures on biodiversity, safeguard biodiversity at all levels, enhance the benefits provided by biodiversity. The importance of biodiversity and ecosystems is therefore reflected in many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.

In the Anthropocene, however, the trends of habitat loss, over exploitation, invasive alien species, pollution and climate change coupled with the ever-growing demand of bioresources continue to threaten the functioning of our life-sustaining biosphere. As the very functioning of life in the planet centers around biodiversity and the ecosystem services and livelihood security offered by it, the loss and destabilisation of the web of life hurt us in multiple ways.

Living in harmony with nature has been an integral part of Indian culture. This has been abundantly reflected in a variety of traditional practices, religious beliefs, rituals, folklore, arts and crafts, and in the daily lives of the Indian. Our cultural identity is deeply rooted in our biological environment. Therefore, this era demands collective action, from global to national to local levels towards biodiversity conservation and education, deeply rooted in our ecological civilizations, with a strong philosophical thinking on conservation. The concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” inscribed in Maha Upanishad, which means ‘the world is one family’, is essentially the Indian philosophy towards living in harmony with every living being in the planet, and an appeal towards undertaking a transformation from industrial civilization to biodiversity civilization, a human civilization strongly rooted in biodiversity consciousness.

In this context, the International Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2018) is being organised as a joint initiative of Navdanya, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board and Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology, with the support of various international and national governmental and non-governmental organisations. IBC 2018 will be held at Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun during 4-6th October 2018.

IBC 2018 is organised in Dehradun, the capital city of the Himalayan state Uttarakhand, where ecology is highly synonymous with the cultural practices. Further, IBC is being organised during the Wildlife Week (2-8 October) celebrations in India, starting with Gandhi Jayanti, the birth day of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who always propagated the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

National Science Day 2018 Celebrations

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National Science Day 2018 Celebrations


Topic : Green Technologies for Sustainable Habitats : Kerala Perspective

Date: 25-02-2018, Sunday

Venue: Seminar Hall, CISSA, Thiruvananthapuram

Time : 10 am

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action

Supported by 
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment
Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India 

Inauguration : Shri.G.Shankar, Chief Architect, Habitat Technology Group, Thiruvananthapuram



Job vacancy : Advertisement No. CISSA/ DoECC/1

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Job vacancy :  Advertisement No. CISSA/ DoECC/1

Project title: Estimation of Carbon Footprint in School Campuses and Creation of Low  Carbon School Campus Plans for Ten Schools in Munnar, Idukki District

Post name:

  1. Project Fellow -One No. ( Qualification : M.Sc./ M.Tech)
  2. Technical Assistant -One No. ( Qualification : B.Sc./B.Tech)

Those who interested may send their bio data to on or before 28-02-2018.

For more details contact: 0471-2722151


National Banana Festival, 17-21 Feb 2018, Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram

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National Banana Festival

17-21 Feb 2018, Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram

National Banana Festival (NBF-2018) is being organized during 17-21 February 2018 in Thiruvananthapuram by Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA). Collaborators of this mega event are Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) acknowledged by United Nations University; ICAR- National Centre for Banana, Tiruchirapalli; UNESCO New Delhi, Central and State Government institutions involved in Banana Research & Promotion and NGOs working in this sector.

The sprawling ground in Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, adjacent to the world famous Kovalam beach is the venue. This intensive farming region predominantly cultivating diversified varieties of banana is the home to College of Agriculture under Kerala Agricultural University, and is adopted by Hon’ble M.P. Shri. Suresh Gopi under the Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

The National Banana Festival aims to showcase wide diversity of bananas in India and multifarious uses of this unique fruit. Further it focuses the need to intensify research in banana production, processing, value addition and marketing.

Conserving diversity, preserving identity, promoting value addition is the focal theme of the national seminar with other 15 subthemes. National exhibition, training programmes, farmers meet, buyer seller meet, documentary shows, photography contest, competitions, cultural programmes etc are the other attractions in this conclave.

This festival will be a conglomeration of scientists, conservationists, agriculturists, policy makers, food experts, nutritionists, environmentalists, social workers and farmers, and will be a platform to exhibit everything about banana, share ideas and to support the farmers and entrepreneurs.

Campus Leaders Programme for Sustainable Development

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‘Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development’ Launched:

‘Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development’ programme rolled out by the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Thiruvananthapuram which has its headquarters at the Centre for Innovation and Social Action (CISSA)was formally launched in a glittering function at the Senate Chamber, University of Kerala by Dr.Vandana Siva on 23-12-2017. Shri.T.P.Srinivasan IFS, Former Ambassador presided.

The Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development programme ensures and widens youth participation in the process at a time when the whole concept of sustainable development has seldom become a topic of effective discussion in the campuses of India. The focus will be centered on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

11 mentors are selected to guide the Campus Leaders -Dr.Achuth shankar S Nair, Padmashree Architect G Shankar, Mr.L.Radhakrishnan IAS, Dr.A.Bijukumar, Dean, Science, Kerala University, Dr.R.Harikumar, Director, ANERT, Adv.Harish Vasudevan, Environmental lawyer, Ms.Ushakumari S, Thanal, Ms Padma Mahanty IFS, Dr.Subhash Chandra Bose, Director, CCDU, Prof.E. Kunhikrishnan, environmental educator and Dr.Meena T Pillai, Kerala University.


World Environment Day 2017 celebrations

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World Environment Day 2017 celebrations

Seminar & Quiz Competition

10 June 2017, Thiruvananthapuram

The World Environment Day 2017 celebrations was jointly organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), National Green Corps (NGC) and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) on 10th  June  2017 at the Seminar Hall of CISSA, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme was inaugurated by Dr.R.Hari kumar, Director, ANERT. The programme consisted of quiz competition for high school students and seminar and question-answer sessions with experts.

A written examination was conducted to shortlist the participants. A total of 72 students representing 28 teams participated in the quiz competition.

Technical Sessions were handled by Dr.R.Harikumar (Director, ANERT), Dr.A.Bijukumar (Professor and Head, Dept. of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram), Dr.P.N.Krishnan (Emeritus Scientist, Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode), Dr.E.K.Eswaran (Veterinary Officer, Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala), Dr.C.K.Peethambaran (Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University) and Dr.K.G.Ajitkumar (Former Head, Dept. of Botany, MG College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Prof.P.Vijayachandran, Former Managing Director, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation gave away the prizes to the winners of the quiz competition.

Dr.K.N.Ramachandran, Filtran Microcircuits, Ottawa, Canada gave a special lecture on the waste disposal & power generation by plasma pyrolysis.

The Input Centre for Organic Agriculture was inaugurated at Kalliyoor Gramapanchayath

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The Input Centre for Organic Agriculture as a part of the CISSA initiative was inaugurated by Smt.V Latha kumari at Vellayani thoppu mukku Junction. A training programme was also conducted in this connection.