PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

From 30 Years to 2030: 

Achieving Sustainable Development Goals and

Strengthening Science for Climate Resilience

A Multi Stakeholder Consultation  

August 7 to 9, 2019 | MSSRF, Chennai 

Provisional Programme

DAY 01 (Wednesday, 7th August 2019)
 
Inaugural Session
 
10.00 a.m.

Arrival of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,

 

received by the Chairperson, Executive Director and Senior Staff Members of MSSRF

 
10.02 – 10.04 a.m. Tamil Thai Vazhthu Ms. Sudha Raghunathan
10.04 – 10.07 a.m. Welcome Address

Dr. Madhura Swaminathan

Chairperson, MSSRF

10.07 – 10.10 a.m. MSSRF Annual Report Presentation

Dr. N. Anil Kumar

Executive Director, MSSRF

10.10 – 10.18 a.m. Presidential Address

Prof. M.S. Swaminathan

Founder Chairman, MSSRF

10.18 – 10.30 a.m. Inaugural Address & Release of 2018-2019 MSSRF Annual Report and Policy Influence Report

Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

10.30 – 10.40 a.m.

Special Address &

Release of 30-Years’ MSSRF Innovation and Impact Report

Thiru O. Panneerselvam

Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

10.40 – 10.43 a.m. Felicitation Address

Mr. N. Ram

Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd

10.43 – 10.45 a.m. Vote of Thanks

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist, UN-WHO

10.45 – 10.47 a.m.

National Anthem

 

 

 

 

 

     
10.45 – 11.15 hrs   Tea/Coffee
   
11.15 – 13.00 hrs   Registration
   
11.15 – 12.45 hrs   Inauguration of Technical Sessions

 

Organising Team

R. Rengalakshmi
R.V. Bhavani

E.D.I. Oliver King

 

 

Chair:

Prof. M.S. Swaminathan

Founder Chairman, MSSRF

 

11.15 – 11.30 hrs Screening of a Film on MSSRF’s 30-Years
   

11.30 – 11.55 hrs

 

 

Conference Opening Address:

 

Mr. Eric Kenefick
Country Director, UN World Food Programme

 

Dr. Siebe Schuur

Agricultural Counsellor accredited in India and Sri Lanka

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn
President, World Food Prize Foundation, USA

 

Release of few publications

 

11.55 – 12.10 hrs  

Keynote Address:

 

Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan

Assistant Director-General and UN FAO’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

   
12.10 – 12.20 hrs  

Session Closing Remarks:

 

Prof. M.S. Swaminathan

 

Founder Chairman, MSSRF

 

12.20 – 13.00 hrs

 

 

 

 

Organising Team

S. Velvizhi
R. Gopinath
N. Parasuraman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inauguration of Side Events:

 

(Briefing about the Side Events followed by their opening in respective locations by dignitaries)

 

i.Farmers’ Pavilion:

Dr. Vijay Mahajan
Secretary & CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation 

ii. MSSRF Science & Society Research Innovation Space:


Dr. R.S. Paroda

Founder Chairman, TAAS

 

iii. MSSRF’s 30 Years Journey: Visual Exhibition

Dr. T. Ramasami
Former Secretary, DST, Govt.. of India

 

iv. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan’s Gallery:

 

Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn
President, World Food Prize Foundation, USA

 

13.00 – 14.00 hrs   Lunch
   

14.00 – 17.30 hrs

 

Session II

 

Organising Team

R. Ramasubramanian

S Velvizhi

 

 

15.30 – 16.00 hrs

Tea/Coffee

 

 

Technical Session I

 

Topic: Climate Change and Coastal Zone Management

 

Chair:

Dr. R.S. Paroda, Founder Chairman, TAAS

 

Co-Chair:

Dr. Sanjay V. Deshmukh

 

Professor of Life Sciences & Former, Vice-Chancellor, Mumbai University

 

MSSRF Presentation

 

Dr. R. Ramasubramaian, MSSRF

 

Keynote Address: Climate and Coastal System Scenario

 

Dr. Shailesh Nayak

 

Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and

Distinguished Scientist, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India

 

Key Discussants:

 

Sub Session 1:

1.Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama
Country Director India, ADB

 

2.Dr. Nafees Meah
Regional Representative for IRRI South Asia, IRRI

 

3.Mr Anirban Mukerji

Senior Manager, Qualcomm India

 

Sub Session 2:

 

1. Dr. Satheesh C. Shenoi
Director, INCOIS

 

2. Dr. P.G. Diwakar

Director, Earth Observation Applications & Disaster Management Support Service Program Office, ISRO

 

3. Prof. R. Ramesh


Chair, LOICZ & Director, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India

 

4.Dr. V. Selvam


Former Executive Director & Lead, Coastal Systems Research & Climate Change, MSSRF

 

Wrap-up and Way Forward

 

   
DAY 02, (Thursday, 8th August 2019)

9.00 – 10.00 hrs

 

Session III

 

Facilitators:

Bian Li

N. Parasuraman

S. Jegan

 

Youth and Sustainable Development:


Interaction with Prof. M.S.Swaminathan

 

Invitees: Registered scholars, students, young scientists and entrepreneurs.

   

10.00 – 13.30 hrs

 

Session IV

 

Organising Team

R.V. Bhavani

R. Rengalakshmi

 

 

11.00 – 11.30 hrs

Tea/Coffee

 

Technical Session II

 

Topic: Science and technology to secure and sustain small holder farmers’ livelihood and nutrition & health security

 

Chair:

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, UN WHO

 

Co-Chair:

Dr. T. Mohapatra
Secretary to the Govt. of India (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India

 

MSSRF Presentation

Dr. R. Rengalakshmi & Dr. R.V. Bhavani, MSSRF

 

Keynote Address:


Agriculture’s narrative – success in feeding the world or source of social and environmental concern?

 

Dr. Peter Carberry,
Director General, ICRISAT

 

Key Discussants:

 

Sub Session 1:

1.Dr. Narayan G. Hegde

Trustee and Principal Adviser, BAIF

2.Dr. Nitya Rao
Professor, University of East Anglia

 

3.Mr. Rajib Kumar Roul
Sr. Program Manager, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives

 

Sub Session 2:

1.Dr. Srivalli Krishnan
Senior Program Officer, Agriculture Development – Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2. Dr. Suman Sahai
Chairperson, Gene Campaign

3.     Mr. Madhusudan Rao
Head, Nutrition, Tata Trusts

 

Wrap- up and Way Forward:

 

   
13.30 – 14.30 hrs   Lunch
   
   

14.30 – 17.30 hrs

 

Session V

 

Organising Team

E.D.I. Oliver King

G.N. Hariharan

 

16.00 – 16.30 hrs

Tea/Coffee

 

Technical Session III

 

Topic: Mainstreaming Biodiversity for climate resilience and sustainable development

 

Chair:
Dr. Bruce Alberts
Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California

 

Co-Chair:
Dr. K.V. Prabhu
Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority

 

MSSRF Presentation

Dr. E.D. Israel Oliver King, MSSRF

 

Special Remarks:

Dr. Renu Swarup
Secretary, DBT, Govt. of India

 

Keynote Address:
Biodiversity for food, nutrition, health and climate resilience

 

Dr. Rasha Omar,
Country Director, IFAD

 

Key Discussants:

 

Sub Session 1:

 

1.Dr. N.K. Krishnakumar
Regional Representative, Central and South Asia, Bioversity International

2. Dr. Anindya Chatterjee
Regional Director, Asia, IDRC

3. Dr. Thingnganing Longvah
Scientist G, National Institute of Nutrition

 

Sub Session 2:

1. Dr. P. Balakrishna
Trustee & Chairperson, The Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance

 

2. Dr. Sarada Krishnan
Director, Denver Botanical Garden

 

3.Dr. Sudhir Kochhar
Agricultural Biodiversity and Intellectual Property Expert

 

Wrap -up and Way Forward:

   

18.00 – 19.00 hrs

 

Organising Team

Prashant Parida

V. Shakeela

 

 

Felicitating Plant Genome Saviors of Biodiversity Hotspots

 

Chair:

Dr. K.V. Prabhu
Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority

 

Co-Chair:

Dr. N.K. Krishnakumar
Regional Representative, Central and South Asia, Bioversity International

 

MSSRF has contributed to national legislations pertaining to Biodiversity conservation and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights. This initiative has led to recognizing the contribution of men and women farmers and Tribal communities in saving Plant Genetic Resources. This event will recognize and felicitate a few of the Plant Genome Saviors from MSSRF field sites in Wayanad and Koraput.

   
19.30 hrs   Dinner at MSSRF
   
   
DAY 03, (Friday, 9th August 2019)
   

9.00 – 10.00 hrs

 

Session VI

 

Organising Team

G.N. Hariharan

V.R. Prabhavathy

R. Gopinath

 

 

 

 

  Reminiscences of MSSRF:
Colleagues & Friends of MSSRF

 

Chair:


Prof. M.S. Swaminathan
Founder Chairman, MSSRF

 

Co-Chair:

Dr. M. Velayutham
Former Executive Director, MSSRF

 

Wrap-up

10.00 – 10.30 hrs:
Tea/Coffee
   
   

10.30 – 13.30 hrs

 

Session VII

 

Organising Team

N. Anil Kumar

G.N. Hariharan

 

 

Plenary Session & Closing ceremony

Road Map for MSSRF 2030: Science & Society

 

 

10.30 – 10.40 hrs  

Chair:

Prof. M.S. Swaminathan
Founder Chairman, MSSRF

 

Welcome Address:

Dr. Madhura Swaminathan
Chairperson, MSSRF

 

10.40 – 11.00 hrs  

Presentation of Summary of Technical Sessions

 

11.00 – 11.15 hrs  

Special Address:

 

Dr. Bruce Alberts

Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California

 

11.15 – 11.45 hrs  

Special Remarks:

 

Dr. Ashok Dalwai

Chief Executive Officer, National Rainfed Authority of India

Govt of India

 

Prof. Anura V. Kurpad


Head, Division of Nutrition, St. John’s Research Institute

 

Prof. Thomas Boller

University of Basel, Switzerland

 

Mr. Naing Kyi Win

Director General, Department of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

 

Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn

President, World Food Prize Foundation, USA

 

Dr Ashish Chaturvedi,

Director-Climate Change, GIZ India

 

11.45 – 12.30 hrs  

Open House for Discussion

 

12.30 – 12.40 hrs  

Closing Address:

Prof. M.S. Swaminathan
Founder Chairman, MSSRF

 

12.40 – 12.45 hrs  

Vote of Thanks:

Dr. E.D. Israel Oliver King
MSSRF

 

 

National Anthem

 

13.00 hrs   Lunch