Our lab members have attended a fairly large number of conferences in the year 2018. Here is a short summary of them.
Starting with me, I restricted my travel to a bare minimum due to family and child-care responsibilities. I did go to one a three-day meeting on Marine biology in Jan 2018 in France, followed by a DBT organised event on Nobel prize series in Rashtrapati Bhavan in early Feb 2018. After that, I have declined all conference invitations – both Indian and international. I will probably continue to limit my travel for at least another year.
Priya Iyer, an DST postdoctoral fellow, presented her work on parential care at a CNRS Jacques Monod conference “Sex uncovered: the evolutionary biology of reproductive systems” at Roscoff, France in April 2018.
Jitesh Jhawar (PhD student) attended and presented his work on fish schooling behaviour at a Conference on Collective Behaviour at ICTP, Trieste, Italy in May 2018. Interestingly, at this meeting, he met Dr Danny Raj, an Inspire Faculty Fellow at Chemical engineering department of our own institute! The conversations between them at Trieste has now led to a collaboration and Danny is a coauthor on a manuscript that we plan to submit very soon!
Krishnapriya Tamma (SERB supported National Postdoctoral Fellow), Sumithra Sankaran (PhD student) and Sabiha Majumder (a former PhD student and currently a postdoc Zurich) organised an Oral session titled “Multistability and Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Abrupt Transitions in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Theory, Application and Management” at the Ecological Society of America 2018. It featured many talks by a diversity of speakers! In the same meeting, all three of them also gave talks based on their own research work on ecosystem resilience carried out in our lab.
Krishnapriya Tamma also attended the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) conference in Malaysia.
Sumithra Sankaran (PhD student), on the same trip to ESA 2018, attended Gordon conferences on “Unifying Ecology Across Scales Based on Individuals, Currencies or Theory”
Akanksha Rathore, a PhD student using machine learning techniques for collective behaviour, attended a Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology: Learning and Artificial Intelligence at ICTP, Italy.
That’s it! Happy 2019!!