The department of Life Sciences successfully organised the Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on ‘Shock Waves and Medical Applications’, in collaboration with the three Science Academies - Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad on March 7, 8, 2018.
The event started at 9:30 am on March 7, with an inaugural ceremony in Sky View, Central Block, of the Main Campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) . The inaugural address was delivered by Fr. Dr. Abraham V M, Pro-Vice Chancellor. The welcome address was given by Dr.Sayantan D, Assistant Professor, Dept of Life Sciences and the Workshop coordinator. The chief guest of the event was Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh, IISc Bengaluru, who also released the annual magazine of the Department of Life Sciences, BIOLINK 2018 after the inauguration. The formal inaugural address ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences.
The first two lectures of the day were given by Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh, IISc on “Shockwaves - An Introduction” and “Terrestrial Applications of Shock Waves”. Post lunch, this was followed by lectures on “Chemical Kinetics” and “Chemical Kinetics Studies Using Shock Tubes” by Prof. E Arunan, IISc.Day 2 (March 8) kickstarted by a session on “Industrial and Medical Applications of Shock Waves” by Prof. K.P.J. Reddy, IISc, followed by a talk on Shock Waves in Material Research by Prof. V. Jayaram. After lunch, Prof.DipshikaChakravortty, IISc, convener of the workshop, conducted two sessions on “Biological Applications of Shock Waves”. The highlight of the morning session was an amazing demonstration of the shock tube by Dr Reddy and Dr Jayaram. The students were very enthusiastic and actively participated in the demo.
To conclude the workshop, Dr. Riya Datta, HOD of Chemistry gave the valedictory address, followed by Prof.DipshikaChakravortty, the Convenor off the workshop, who addressed the gathering. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Niketa Nerurkar, student coordinator of the workshop.
The 2-day workshop brought experts from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the various scientific applications of shock waves in our world today. Ranging from Physics to Geology to Chemistry to Medicine, shock waves have had a significant impact on many fields. The objective of the workshop was to allow students and faculty members to benefit from the experts and to learn how it is making research easier and more effective, as well as explaining puzzling scientific phenomena.
This workshop, therefore, aimed to have a better understanding of the applications of shock waves in particular, and how they are changing the world of science as we know it today. This workshop allowed participants to learn, explore and innovate in the spectrum of shock waves and medical applications.