The International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology (ICONSAT - 2012) will be held from January 20 to 23, 2012 at Hyderabad, India. The conference is being organized by International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India is the official sponsor of this conference and the above event is a regular biennial feature under its Nano Mission initiative. ICONSAT was conducted every alternate year since 2003, primarily motivated by the desire to promote scientific exchange between experts in India and abroad in the area of nanoscience and technology. ICONSAT - 2012 is the fifth in the above series of international conferences and comes at a time when nanoscience and technology is on the upswing and the varied Nano Mission initiatives are beginning to bear fruit.
The Nano Mission launched by DST in May 2007 has been singularly responsible for catalyzing a dramatic increase in nano-based R&D activities in national laboratories and academic institutions in India. The Nano Mission`s capacity building efforts and other initiatives have already had a significant effect on India`s nano canvas in terms of infrastructure creation, greater reach of R&D support, spurt in human resource development activities and encouragement of industry - institute linked projects. Implementation of industry-centric and application-driven projects in the area of nanoscience and technology is also being encouraged through specific programs under the Nano Mission.
ICONSAT - 2012 will provide an opportunity for scientists, academicians, technopreneurs, students and entrepreneurs to interact on the current developments and future trends in the multidisciplinary area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Based on the success of previous events, significant participation from experts across the world is expected, thus rendering the event an ideal platform to forge mutually rewarding collaborative linkages.