International Conference on SCIENCE & GEOPOLITICS OF ARCTIC – ANTARCTIC – HIMALAYA (29 to 30 SEPTEMBER, 2015) at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. D P S Seth, Former Secretary, BSNL, Member TRAI
Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar Professor to ESSO, MoES
Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Dr. M Sudhakar, Advisor, MoES and Director CMLRE
Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, Editor and Co-Founder, Geography and You
Dr. P S Goel, Former Secretary, MoES
Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, NCAOR
Dr Wakdikar, Advisor, MoES
Dr K J Ramesh, Advisor, MoES
Dr Swati Basu, Advisor, MoES


  • Welcome Address: Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar Professor to ESSO, MoES
  • Special Address Note: Dr. W Selvamurthy, Former Chief Controller R&D for Life Sciences (LS) and International Cooperation (IC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and currently President, Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation (ASTIF)
  • Guest of Honour Address: Dr. P S Goel, Former Secretary, MoES
  • Chief Guest Address: Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary to the government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Keynote Address: Dr. M N Rajeevan, Secretary to the government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Vote of Thanks: Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, President, LIGHTS, Research Foundation, Convener SaGAA III 2015
  • The Arctic Experience and the Third Pole: A Perspective from Iceland - H.E. Thórir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland
  • India’s Polar Challenge: Geopolitics and Challenging 21st Century Science Diplomacy - Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University
  • Laws of the Seas and UNCLOS - Dr. M Sudhakar, Director, CMLRE
  • India and Annex VI to the Madrid Protocol: Some Preliminary Thoughts - Dr. Luther M Rangreji, Associate Professor, Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS), South Asian University.
  • Arctic: A Paradox and Antithesis - Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
  • Thoughts on Priority Research in the Context of the Indian Antarctic Programme - Dr. P. C. Pandey, Professor Earth, Ocean & Climate Sciences, IIT Bhubneshwar
  • Abrupt Climate Shifts Over the Past 10,000+ years: An Arctic Antarctic-Asian imbroglio? - Dr S. Rajan, Fmr Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa
  • The IITM Earth System Model for Investigating Long-term Climate Variability and Change - Dr. R Krishnan Scientist G, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
  • Remote Sensing of Glacier Changes at the Three Poles—how much ice are we losing and why? - Dr. Geir Moholdt Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway
  • Short Term Climate Prediction of Polar Sea-Ice with a Coupled Model - Dr. A K Mitra, Scientist-F, NCMRWF, Noida
  • Effects of Global Climate Change on Polar Glaciers - Dr. Ashit Kumar Swain, Geologist, Geological survey of India
  • Himalayan Cryosphere and Climate Change - Dr. Anil V Kulkarni, Divecha Center for Climate Change, Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Combatting Climate Change in Himalaya Perspective- Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies - Dr M. R. Bhutyani, Director, DTRL, DRDO
  • Response of Glaciers to Climate Factors in the Himalayan during last 10000 years - Dr. Milap Sharma, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Himalayan Cryosphere and its Role in Defining Indian Weather - Dr. A. P. Dimri, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Monitoring the Status of Snow and Glaciers of the Himalaya - Dr. Ajai, Group Director, MWRG, Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad
  • Changes in Climate and Snow Cover over Western Himalaya - Dr. Harendra Negi, Scientist-’E’, Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment, DRDO, Chandigarh
  • Himalayan Hydropower: Challenges, Uncertainties, and Threats to Sustainable Development - Dr. David E. Rheinheimer, Fulbright Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Shrinkage of Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak Glaciers in the Recent Past - Dr. H. C. Nainwal, Professor and Head at Department of Geology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand
  • New Zealand and Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica - H. E. Mr. Grahame Morton, New Zealand High Commissioner
  • Potential and Prospects of Krill Utilisation - Dr. C. N. Ravi Shankar, Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin
  • Fishery Resources of Antarctica - Conservation & Management. A Geopolitical Perspective - Dr. V. N. Sanjeevan, Former Director, The Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Cochin, Kerela
  • Distribution of Deep Sea Trawl Resources from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India and Prospects of Exploring Untapped Deep Sea Resources from Central, Southern Indian Ocean and Antarctica seas - Dr. U. Sreedhar, Principal Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries (CIFT), Cochin
  • Cold Water Fisheries in Himalayan - Dr. Debajit Sarma, Principal Scientist (Fish & Fisheries Science), ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • Technologies for Exploration and Harvesting of Ocean Resources - Dr. G. A. Ramadass, Principal Scientist, NIOT, Chennai
  • Implications of Tourism in Pursuance of Annex vi - An Environmental Perspective - Dr. Anoop Tiwari, Scientist D, Department of Polar Environment, NCAOR
  • A Concept note: Heat Island Transformation and Tourism in the Three Pole - Prof. Manju Mohan, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • Should India Encourage Tourism in Antarctica? - Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Pannikar Professor at ESSO, MoES
  • Anthropogenic activities and Environmental contamination in Antarctic regions - Ms. Tanu Jindal, Director, Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety and Management, Amity Centre for Antarctic Research and Studies
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, New Delhi
National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Cochin
Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi
Amity University, Noida
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin
Royal Norwegian Embassy in India, New Delhi
National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Thiruvananthapuram
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad
CN Technologies, New Delhi
Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries, Bhimtal
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun
National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai
Intech Infosys, Chandigarh
Geological Survey of India (GSI)
Norinco, Chennai
Society of Cryospheric Science, Chandigarh

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