Knowledge sharing from across the world


Seminars and Events of MSSRF in 2019

As a research institution with open doors and windows, 2019 was a year of opportunity, listening to eminent academics across numerous knowledge-sharing events, or serving as a platform for discussions on key themes of current concern. Here is a snapshot of some of these key events and seminars during the year.  

Jan 16, 2019

King Tuna, offshore fishing and coral reef resilience in the Maldives archipelago

Key Speakers: Ms Shreya Yadav, Researcher at the Hawaii institute

Jan 21, 2019

Operationalising FSN model through KVKs - ANGRAU Guntur and MSSRF Join Hands

Key Speakers: Dr.V Damodara Naidu, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU, Dr. N V Naidu, Director of Research, ANGRAU, Dr. Rambabu, Director of Extension, ANGRAU, Dr. Uma Devi, Dean of Home Science, ANGRAU and Dr. Krishna Prasadji, Dean of Agriculture, ANGRAU 

Jan 25, 2019

Hydroponics: An innovative method for agriculture showcased

Key Speakers: Mr Pradeep Thaker, Managing Director, Thaker AgroTek

Jan 28, 2019

Kick-off meeting: DBT- BIRAC funded project on nutri-gardens

Key Speakers: Dr. Poorvi Mehta, Agriculture Head of Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Srivalli Krishnan, Senior Program Officer for Global Development and Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jan 31, 2019

Celebration on the achievements of Professor Staffan Lindberg; A memorial tribute paid by eminent scholars

Key Speakers: Mr N Ram, Dr. Lars Eklund, formerly Deputy Director, Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund, Sweden

Feb 8, 2019

Emancipation of small and marginal farmers through entrepreneurship and land pooling for farming

Key Speakers: S Raghavan, former Director of Indian Oil Corporation (IBP unit)

Feb 15, 2019

In the face of climate change events, strong communities are the basis for better resilience

Key Speakers: Prof Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, New Library of Alexandria

Feb 18, 2019

Encyclopedia on agro-ecosystems, rural development and education extension services - Release of book

Key Speakers: Prof Debabrata Dasgupta, former Vice Chancellor of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, West Bengal

Feb 28, 2019

Vedanta Today

Key Speakers: Padma Vibushan Dr Karan Singh, an Indian politician, philanthropist and poet

Mar 19, 2019

Climate change, demographic pressures and global sustainability

Key Speakers: Prof Alok Bhargava

Mar 20, 2019

Transforming librarians into innovative trailblazers for community development

Key Speakers: Dr Basheerhamad Shadrach, INELI Chair and Founder of IPLM Trust

Mar 25, 2019

Remembering Borlaug - Photo exhibition and Panel discussion

Key Speakers: Dr M Sivasamy, Principal Scientist and Head at ICAR-IARI, Regional Station Wellington

Apr 03, 2019

Transformative Education

Key Speakers: Ms Sonal Murali an expert in Transformative Education from The Theosophical Society, Chennai

Apr 25, 2019

Visit of International Trainees from NIRD at MSSRF

Key Speakers: Dr Sanjay Deshmukh

Apr 30, 2019

Integrated Fish Farming System for risk reduction and livelihood enhancement of smallholder farmers

Key Speakers: Mr. B. Prabaharan, the District Development Manager, NABARD

May 04, 2019

A project to strengthen tribal women's skills and knowledge


May 09, 2019

Challenges in food value chain in agri-food processing – solutions through convergence from farm to folk

Key Speakers: Dr V Prakash, Indian structural biologist

May 14, 2019

Seed to Sustainability - Future-proofing Indian Youth for the Next 100 Years

Key Speakers: Ms Bian Li, an international entrepreneurship expert

May 20, 2019

Training on diesel engine troubleshooting to fisherfolks in Puducherry

Key Speakers: Mr. M. Rajasekar (Inspector of Fisheries, Karaikal), Mr. R. Kaviyarasan, Deputy Director, Fisheries

May 21, 2019

Karnataka Agriculture Minister and Prof Swaminathan discussed on improving nutrition security

Key Speakers: Sri, N. H. Shivashankarareddy, Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka

May 22, 2019

The International Day of Biodiversity Commemorated at MSSRF

Key Speakers: Dr Yugraj Singh Yadava, The Director of the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation

June 04, 2019

World Environment day - Film Screening and panel discussion 

Key Speakers: Mr Sundarrajan, Environmentalist, Mr Ajayan Bala, Film maker, Ms Kavitha Muralidharan, Senior Journalist

June 12, 2019

Senior officials from Agriculture Ministry of India meeting with Prof Swaminathan

June 17-19, 2019

Media workshop and dissemination of information on climate change

Key Speakers: Journalists from Tamil Nadu

July 18, 2019

Exploring Livelihood Prospects for PwDs in Rural India

Key Speakers: Dr. Jitender Aggarwal, Sarthak Educational Trust

July 29, 2019

The Iconic Flag bearer Of the Last Mass Movement of Women; Dr. (H.S.) Jaya Arunachalam, the Crusader

Key Speakers: Dr Nandini Azad, cooperative movement at the International, Regional and National levels



Aug 2, 2019

Dissemination to Media: MSSRF's 30 years research and MSSRF influencing policy changes

Key Speakers: Directors of MSSRF, Prof Swaminathan

Aug 7-9, 2019

International Consultation on  Achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Strengthening Science for Climate Resilience

Key Speakers: Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami, CM of Tamil Nadu, Thiru O Panneerselvam, Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Eminent scientists, personalities around the world

Sep 01, 2019

Strengthening the Community Hunger Fighters approach for Odisha - workshop

Key Speakers: Dr. Rama Narayanan, Nutrition Specialist

Sep 12, 2019

Should you eat that salt? 

Key Speakers: Dr Rajan Ravichandran

Sep 13, 2019

Land Conservation, mangroves and grasslands 

Key Speakers: Jairam Ramesh, and Prof Swaminathan

Sep 21, 2019

Coastal clean-up campaign- on the beaches of Poompuhar, Rameswaram, Sangumal, and Kodiyakarai 


Sep 18, 2019

From Tokyo to Kuttanad: Partnerships for agrobiodiversity conservation

Key Speakers: Ms Raffaela Kozar, Senior Fellow, UNU

Oct 1, 2019

Bridging communities - 70 public librarians gear up to be global role models


Oct 02, 2019

On Gandhi Jayanti, CM launches ‘Nutrition-Secure Puducherry’ initiative

Key Speakers: V Narayanasamy, CM, Puducherry

Oct 4, 2019

Processing Data to make it meaningful

Key Speakers: Mr Sivakumar Narayansamy

Oct 09, 2019

‘Gandhi 150’ Life Time Achievement Award for Prof Swaminathan

Key Speakers: Hon. Justice Thiru. Rajeswaran, Former Judge, Madras High Court, Mr M Murali, Managing Director, Krishna Sweets and Mr V Nandakumar IRS, Deputy Income Tax Commissioner

Oct 14, 2019

Memorial Lecture instituted in honor of Dr C Gopalan

Key Speakers: Ms Malini Seshadri

Oct 16, 2019

World Food Day

Key Speakers: Ms Kavitha Ramu, IAS, Mission Director – ICDS, Govt of Tamil Nadu, Dr Dhanalakshmi, Dean, College of Food and Dairy Technology, TANUVAS

Oct 24, 2019

Tamil Ratna Award conferred on Prof Swaminathan

Key Speakers: Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami, CM of Tamil Nadu

Oct 31, 2019

From sowing to markets, enter Artificial Intelligence - Project launch

Key Speakers: Mr. Pranav Vempati, CEO of Makers’ Hive, 

Oct 31, 2019

Two-day workshop - Integrating gender, for greater Resilience

Key Speakers: Dr P J Mishra, Joint Director Extension, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Dr Supriya Priyadarsani, Scientist and the co-principal investigator from Indian Council of Agricultural Research – National Rice Research Institute (ICAR-NRRI)

Nov 01, 2019

Tamil Nadu Day

Key Speakers: Dr ED Oliver King

Nov 02, 2019

Strengthening collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Fisheries Department

Key Speakers: Sri Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao, Fisheries Minister, Andhra Pradesh

Nov 05, 2019

Forewarned is forearmed - pest-diseases warning for farming app launched

Key Speakers: Thiru R B Udhayakumar, IT Minister of Tamil Nadu, and Thiru R Doraikannu, Agriculture Minister of Tmail Nadu, Mr Ramesh Venkatachari, Representative from Oracle,

Nov 11-12, 2019

Multi-storey mixed farming to increase income of tribal families

Key Speakers: Smt Padma Ragunathan, Chief General Manager of NABARD, Shri SK Dinesh, the DDM of NABARD, Namakkal

Nov 25, 2019

Universal Children's Day 

Key Speakers: Mr Mo Pandiarajan, Prof MS Swaminathan

Nov 27 2019

Needs-based Public Distribution System can address malnutrition in India

Key Speakers: Dr Mamata Pradhan

Nov 28-29, 2019

Governments of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu extend support to upscale Plant Clinic programme

Key Speakers: Dr Vinod Pandit, the Programme leader from CABI South Asia, Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder MSSRF

Dec 5, 2019

Most Admired Gandhian of Tamil Nadu award for Prof M S Swaminathan

Key Speakers: Dr Pradeep G Nayar, Senior Consultant, Fortis Malar Hospital

Dec 5, 2019

Farmers pledge to protect soil health on World Soil Day

Key Speakers: Dr Balakrishnan, Principal, RVS College of Horticulture 

Dec 20, 2019

Urban Transport in India - Why are things the way they are, and what can we do about it?’

Key Speakers: Prof Madhav G Badami

Dec 23, 2019

Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India 

Key Speakers: Prof Prabhu Pingali and Dr Anaka Aiyar