Pune: CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune organised a Crystallography and Society Satellite meeting as a part of the 24th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).
Ashwini Kumar Nangia, Director, CSIR-NCL, introduced the idea behind organising the Satellite meeting.
He said this is the right time to include domain experts in the field, who work not only in the field of natural sciences, but also in the social sciences, who are speaking at the satellite conference.
The satellite meeting at CSIR-NCL aimed at the outreach of Crystallography and Science in the South-East Asia region, particularly addressing issues that concern the countries in and around India.
Gautam Desiraju of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru gave a talk on the subject 'Science and Society, What do they owe each other?'.
“Science is objective and scientists are viewed as being neutral and impersonal, dispassionate and far from the madding crowd. It is felt that they are not concerned with the delusive politics, indeed they should not be concerned with these matters if their science is to be pure and environomist. A quote by the famous crystallographer John Desmond Bernal said 'Science is an integral part both of material and economic life and of ideas which guide and inspire it'," said Desiraju.
Dr Amitava Das, CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar, spoke on 'Salt and its opportunities in India'. He talked about the main sources of salt in India, salt manufacturing, large scale production, consumption of salt, salt purity.
He explained the factors that add to the overall cost of salt, brine treatment in chloralkali industry. He gave information about the salt demands and projected world and Indian scenarios.
The 24th Congress and General Assembly of the IUCr was held between August 21 to August 28 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad.