8 day National Webinar on “Plant Taxonomy: Description to Digital Experiment”

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Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) in association with RCE Thiruvananthapuram acknowledged by United Nations University is proposed to organise 8 day National Webinar on “Plant Taxonomy: Description to Digital Experiment” from 5 to 9 and 12 to 14 of October 2020. The programme is designed to give training and basic understanding on the principles and practices of plant taxonomy to the students, research scholars and teachers. This programme will come under the SDG 04 for developing quality human resource through education.

Digital participant certificate will be issued based on the details provided in the Registration form. Send back the filled registration form to before 30-09-2020.

Download Brochure | Webinar-Plant Taxonomy Registration form

For more details contact:

Dr.A.G Pandurangan
+91 9446422458

Dr.P.N Krishnan
Joint Co-ordinator

Joint Co-ordinator
+91 9447077895


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As you are aware, International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) is on 22nd May 2020 and this time the major theme of IDB is “SOLUTIONS ARE IN NATURE”, which is relevant in a world crippled with COVID-19 pandemics.

International Biodiversity Congress (IBC) is organising a webinar on 22nd May 2020 (from 7 to 9 pm Indian Time) on the theme topic “POST-COVID ERA: MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY AND NATURE IN DEVELOPMENT AGENDA”.

The main speakers/panellists in the webinar include Dr Vandana Shiva (Founder, Navdanya), Dr VB Mathur (Chairperson, NBA), Dr Balakrishna Pisupati (Chairperson, FLEDGE), Sri SM Vijayanand IAS (retd), former Chief Secretary, Kerala), Sri Bittu Saghal (Founder Editor, Sanctuary Asia), Sri Ashish Kothari (Kalpavriksh), Dr Deepak Apte (Director, BNHS), Dr GG Gangadharan (Director, RISA, Bangalore) and Smt. Supriya Sheshan (Gurukul Botanical Sanctuary).

The programme is jointly organised by International Biodiversity Congress (IBC), an initiative by Trivandrum based CISSA, which organised IBC as a biannual event in major cities of India since 2010 and the largest biodiversity meet in India), Navdanya (Delhi) and University of Kerala.

Kindly join the Webinar by registering free in the following link:

Those who are providing better ideas in the registration link will get a chance to interact with the panellists.

Energy Conservation Day Signature Campaign – 14th December 2019; Museum, Thiruvananthapuram

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National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated every year on 14th December in India. The objective of the National Energy Conservation Day is to drive mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation among the public. In this connection Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) in association with Energy Management Centre, Govt. of Kerala is organising Energy Conservation Day Signature Campaign’ on 14th December 2019 at Museum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

We request you to pledge your support by signing the solidarity wall on 14th December 2019 between 7.00 am to 9.00 am at Museum (near Museum Director’s office), Thiruvananthapuram.

For more details please contact: 9447068747, 9895375211; Email:

National Expo and Seminar on Single Use Plastic Alternatives; 13-16 March 2020; CUSAT, Kochi, Kerala

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National Expo and Seminar on Single Use Plastic Alternatives

National Expo and Seminar on Single Use Plastic Alternatives is an exploration of how we can reduce or eliminate the use of single use plastics, find and source highly sustainable alternative bio-based materials, design and create biodegradable, reusable, and compostable products and packaging solutions, encourage marketing of highly sustainable products catering to consumer demands and showcase circular business models. All the companies and organizations attending the event have the common goal of offering sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste and contribute to improving the global plastic pollution crisis.

The event will be a platform for laying the foundation for a mass movement against single use plastics in India.

Why attend?

  • Presentations from leading companies contributing in tackling the global plastic pollution crisis.
  • Gain the latest research information to help in eliminating SUPs and discover more natural and re-usable alternatives.
  • Discover the next-generation of highly sustainable materials, technologies, and manufacturing solutions.
  • Exchange knowledge and network with sustainability leaders working to reduce their dependence on plastics.

 Venue :

Seminar Complex, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi, Kerala

National Exhibition

The Expo is an unparalleled opportunity to exhibit your products/services, builds new business, interact with industry leaders, create joint-ventures, and tie-ups, and cement customer relationships. Under one roof, meet all the potential product suppliers and buyers, get access to new products and technologies, with live demonstrations, product launches, touch and feel of the products and great networking opportunities.

 Exhibitor Profile:

R&D institutes

Eco-friendly alternatives to SUPs

Mechanical, organic, chemical, and enzymatic recycling of plastics

Plastic waste management

Latest inventions and technology


Plant-based alternatives to SUPs

Degradable, Renewable resources

Multi-use bio-based products

Product and material pre-launch

Raw material suppliers


Environment friendly fibres

Retail & Consumer Goods

No plastic takeaway containers

Shopping bags

Compostable waste collection bags

Trays for vegetables, fruits, meat and eggs




Agriculture, Plastic free grow bags

Ink pens, pencils and bamboo pens

Plastics Free and Plastics Alternatives in Packaging

Bioplastic Packaging materials

Paper Packaging

Rice based Packaging

Bio-compostable packaging

Biodegradable Packaging

Corn based Packaging

Re-usable and Recyclable Packaging Solutions

 Hotels and Restaurants

No plastic cutlery, plates

Eatable cutlery

Reusable stirrers

Refillable/ reusable bottles/flasks

Wooden key cards

No plastic straws

No plastic bathroom amenities

Gift items- local natural materials

No plastic dispensers

No plastic decorations

 Plastic Free Events

Clothing & Textiles, Shoes and Sports

Medical applications

Implants such as screws, pins or plates

Material for pills and capsules


Ecofriendly materials

Recycled materials

Stall Charges (18% GST Extra)

AC 100 sq. ft Rs.30,000
Non AC 100 sq.ft Rs.15,000

National Seminar

The seminar sessions will bring together sustainability and environmental experts to discuss practical and innovative solutions to tackle the growing plastic pollution crisis. Business leaders from key industries and academic will discuss and debate the latest research, sustainable product designs, new manufacturing solutions, recycling and reuse of products and raw materials, as well as the latest and next-generation bio-sourced materials.

A conglomerate of experts and delegates across the country discussing on the necessity of phasing out SUP’s and the traditional and emerging alternatives will make the event an indelible experience.



Sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastics

Latest material innovations – biomaterial, biochemical, and bioplastics



Ways for upcycling to reduce plastic footprint

A circular future with less plastic waste

Consumer attitudes to packaging and educating the masses

Reducing unnecessary plastics

Best practice in deposit refund schemes

Extended Producer Responsibility

Low – or no – plastic events


Responsible packaging design

Sustainable design and end-of-life management

Improving recyclability of products and packaging

 Best Practices

Business cases for sustainable products


 Students Innovation Forum

The student innovation forum is intended to provide an opportunity for students to showcase their innovative ideas and solutions to tackle SUP menace in India. Proof of concepts/prototypes and Minimum viable products(MVP) can be submitted.

Entries can be made by individuals or by a team (team of maximum 3 students).The individual/team may send an abstract (500 words) along with illustrations/photographs. A preliminary screening will be done by the selection committee. Opportunity will be provided to the selected entries for display/presentation during the event. The Best entries will be selected by a Jury.

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted for all the themes. The presenters can opt for oral or poster presentations. However, the review committee will decide the mode and theme of presentation.

The abstract(s) should be submitted for both forms of presentations.

The paper may be submitted through online. (

Submission of HARD COPY is NOT allowed.

Best Paper award will be presented for each theme.

Registration of one of the authors is mandatory for acceptance of abstract.

Last date for submission of abstracts: 10 February 2020


The abstract(s) should not have more than 500 words and should be uploaded through the website on or before 10th February 2020. The following information may kindly be noted while preparing the abstract:

  • The title of the paper centered with bold capital letters (14 font Times New Roman).
  • Name of the author(s) centered in normal letters (12 font Times New Roman).
  • Address (es) of the author(s) with pin code, phone and fax numbers and e mail. The name of the corresponding and presenting authors should be specifically mentioned (12 font Times New Roman- normal).
  • A 500 word abstract must contain precise information including brief introduction, methodology, highlights of results and conclusion (12 font Times New Roman- normal, justified).
  • At least one author should register by paying the required registration fee.

Poster presentation

Posters must be in portrait, DIN A0 format (84 cm wide x 119 cm high).

Include the title and authors of the poster as listed in your abstract.

Information on the poster should flow from left to right and from top to bottom.

Keep your poster simple – avoid too much information, stick to two or three main points.

Double space all text, using left justification.

Use short sentences, simple words and bullets.

All information should be large enough to be read easily from at least one metre distance, suggested text size is at least 24 point; author(s) and affiliation(s) should be at least 42 point; subheadings should be at least 60 point.

Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster; keep captions brief.

Registration Fee (18% GST Extra)

Category Upto 28 February 2020  (Rs.) 01 March 2020 onwards & Spot (Rs.)
Delegate from Industry 3000 3500
Delegate from Academic  institutions 2000 2500
NGOs 1500 2000
Student Delegates 1000 1500

Inclusions in Registration fee – Delegate kit, Lunch for three days and light refreshments.


Delegates have to make own arrangements for accommodation and transport. The organising committee will provide the list of hotels and dormitories on the website. For group booking organisers may offer assistance.

Business Meet

The meet will be the podium to compare the best products in India. It will constitute an ideal platform for the kind of high-powered face-to- face business meetings and contacts that will take you forward in leaps and strides.

Mode of Payment

The payment should be made through bankers cheque/DD in the name of “Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA)”  payable at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) or by bank transfer to:

Account Holder:          Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA)

Bank                :          State Bank of India, Vellayambalam branch, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Account No      :           67021680619

IFSC Code        :           SBIN 0070308


For more details contact: 0471-2722151, Email:





National Banana Festival 2020

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National Banana Festival 2020

National Banana Festival (NBF 2020) aims to showcase the wide diversity of bananas in India and to introduce multifarious uses of this unique fruit. Further, it also showcase how the research findings in the field of banana can increase the profitability for both farmers, industries and consumers. The festival will help to bring large numbers of farmers, producers, businessmen, academics, scientists, conservationists, policy makers, food experts, nutritionists, environmentalists, social workers from all around the country under one umbrella. It will be a platform to exhibit everything about banana, share ideas and to support the farmers and entrepreneurs. It will benefit everyone who has an interest in the banana sector – from producer and consumer organizations to governments, retailers, traders, NGOs, development agencies and research institutions.

Major Components

  • National Exhibition
  • National Seminar
  • Training Programmes
  • Farmers Meet
  • State Conference of Banana Farmers’ Association
  • Documentary Shows
  • National Photography Competition
  • Thematic Competitions
  • Cultural Programmes

 Date:  06-10 August 2020

Venue : Thrissur, Kerala

For more details :



Run for Unity – Rashtriya Ekta Diwas 2019 at Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram

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CISSA along with Rural Electrification Corporation Limited and Bharatheeya Vidyapeedom Central School Parassala organised Run for Unity as part of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas 2019 – the 144 birth anniversary of Sri.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. C. SureshKumar, General Secretary, CISSA, Sri.T. Jayachandran, Patron of Bharatheeya Vidyapeedom Central School and Sri. Ranjit Lal P, Manager, Technical of Rural Electrification Corporation Limited flagged off the run.

Multi Event Campaign for Plastic Free India -2nd October 2019, Thiruvananthapuram

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As you may be aware, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day of India, appealed to the people to make the country free from single-use plastics (SUPs).

This dream project to scrap single use plastics by 2022, envisages to launch the campaign with a ban on six items on 2nd October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

In order to make the people aware of the nature, extent and threats of SUPs, we need targeted campaigns and social engineering tools to make people aware of the concerns and alternatives to plastics.

In this background, CISSA (Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action) along with a host of like-minded organisations and institutions,  is organising a Multi Event Campaign for Plastic Free India at Manaveeyam Veedhi, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram on 2nd October 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm. The campaign will be continued upto March 2020 and propose to cover all the districts of the state, culminating in a National Level Industry Expo and Business Meet on alternatives to plastics.

The event on 2nd October 2019 mainly consists of student and youth assembly. As part of the programme, painting competition, Poster designing competition, Skit, Mime, Environmental songs, Recitation, Street plays, Poster Exhibition, Photo Exhibition and Exhibition of Alternatives to plastic are also arranged.

Ananthapuri Jackfruit Festival and Food Fiesta

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Ananthapuri Jackfruit festival and Food fiesta, a week-long festival of jackfruit tastes will be held from 14-20 August 2019 at EK Nayanar Park (Putharikandam Maidan). The event is organized by CISSA in association with Metro Mart. A brochure speaking on the attractions in stock with the impending event was formally released by the minister for food and civil supplies, Shri. P. Thilothaman.