VSSC to host National Space Science Symposium

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016,13:30 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | The 19th National Space Science Symposium (NSSS), a biennial convention of researchers working in the realms of atmospheric, space and planetary sciences and astronomy, will begin at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre here on February 9.

NSSS is an event where scientists working in the research fields of atmospheric, space and planetary sciences, astronomy and astrophysics, solar system bodies and their exploration will get together to discuss their new findings. Former ISRO Chairman Prof. U R Rao will inaugurate the four-day symposium, according to a Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) statement here.

VSSC Director Dr K Sivan will deliver the presidential address during the event, in which M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), will be the Guest of Honour, it said. The scientific sessions during the programme will provide a forum for discussing the new results on recent developments in the areas of space research being pursued at various research institutions and universities across India, it said.

Dr M Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru, S Somanath, Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Valiamala and Dr P Kunhikrishnan, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota are among the speakers.

The symposium is sponsored by ISRO to foster and encourage fundamental and application oriented research in these fields. More than 700 researchers are expected to participate in the event, which will conclude on February 14, the statement added.