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Brief Report of 2nd International Conference on Soft Materials (ICSM 2016) 12/12/2016 To 16/12/2016

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Name of the Conference: 2nd International Conference on Soft Materials (ICSM 2016)
Dates/ Period of the event: 12th to 16th December 2016

Department/ Division/ Group conducting the event:
»  Soft Materials Research Society (SMRS) Jaipur, India
»  Department of Physics, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017

Sponsors of the event:
SERB-DST New Delhi, DAE BRNS Mumbai, CSIR New Delhi, MRSI Rajasthan Chapter, Jaipur, Soft Matter RSC UK, Icon Analytic Pvt Ltd. New Delhi, Savita Chemicals Jaipur, Sinsil International Pvt Ltd. New Delhi, MARS Scientific Instrument Services, New Delhi.

Scientific programme of the event:
A total 196 persons have attended the conference. We have invited more than 30 multi-disciplinary group of scientists from all over the world to promote and enhance recent achievements in the field of soft materials. Conference were divided in 14 sessions.
First day there were three sessions on Nanofabrication, Self-propelled particles and Polymer. On second day there were two sessions in first half; Dynamics of complex fluids and Liquid crystals. After lunch participants have visited city specially Amber fort and then enjoyed conference dinner. 3rd day started with two sessions in first half on Functional materials & Nanomaterials and after lunch 118 posters were displayed in central Lawn MNIT, Jaipur. After poster presentation participants have enjoyed cultural evening followed by dinner at VGU, Jaipur. On 4th day four sessions were concluded in field of Self-assembly, Biological soft matter, Soft magnetic materials & Soft materials for energy applications. On 5th day one session on membranes was there. 14 Chairpersons have chaired their respective sessions and jury members of 17 persons have evaluated the best posters and oral presentation. Awards were given for: Best Poster Awards 12; Best Oral Awards 4. One best poster award has been sponsored by Soft Matter (RSC) UK.

Highlights of the event (in 100 words):
Prof. Udaykumar Yaragatti (Director, MNIT Jaipur) inaugurated the event by welcoming the participants in ICSM 2016. He introduced the delegates with the ongoing research in the institute and suggested audience to have application based research so that a common man can be benefited directly with the advancement of soft material research. The participants were embraced with the innovative ideas and ongoing research in soft materials by a wide range of experts, specialists, researchers and educationist who delivered plenary and invited lectures in various fields. There were oral and poster sessions where the participants especially the students, presented and discussed the latest information and findings for quality technology and enhanced their learning in soft materials. All the sessions were highly appreciated by the delegates and participants with a suggestion to conduct such programmes often. The conference was concluded on 16th of December with valedictory function. The meeting was fruitful as it achieved its goal and was concluded successfully. 16 best presentations were selected by the jury of International Advisory Committee and awarded by certificates and mementos. The Convener of the conference Dr. Kamlendra Awasthi promised to continue this meeting in every two year.

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