The sixteenth Science Council of Asia conference on ‘Science for the People: Mobilising Modern Technologies for Sustainable Development in Asia’ will be held from 30 May to 1 June 2016 at Hotel Galadari, in Colombo.
The conference is being organised jointly by the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka (NASSL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka.
The Science Council of Asia (SCA) was formed in May 2000 to help the region more actively address the diverse and urgent science-related issues common to Asian countries, including population problems, medical care, food, water, energy, and knowledge of and education in the sciences.
The annual SCA conference is held on a rotational basis so that each member country/region can actively participate in and contribute to the SCA.
Under the main theme of ‘Mobilising Modern Technologies for Sustainable Development in Asia’, the 16th conference will explore three sub themes; Opportunities in mobilising Biotechnology, Information Technology, Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy Technologies for National Development; Social Dimensions of these technologies: Challenges faced by Asia in their exploitation, Risks from applying the technologies, Protection and preservation of cultural heritage; Climate Change: Mitigation of and Adaptability to the Impact of Climate Change, Sustainable Development for Built Environment, Prevention of Natural Disaster.
The conference will focus on all areas of emerging technologies, successes in their exploitation for national development and for social welfare and the challenges faced in utilising them and how they can be overcome.