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Overview:

Bangladesh, a country with remarkable resilience and a profound cultural heritage, has been progressing steadily towards realizing the vision of its founding leader, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bengali of all time and the poet of politics. The Father of the Nation envisioned a prosperous, forward-looking, and technologically advanced Bangladesh, which is otherwise known as ‘Sonar Bangla’ where Science and Technology (S&T) was categorically positioned as the navigator of socio-economic development. He admitted the pivotal role of S&T in shaping the nation's future. His visionary outlook laid the cornerstone for the subsequent reformation of Bangladesh into a knowledge-based society. Over the course of 52 years, his beloved daughter our Honorable Prime Minister, H.E. Sheikh Hasina formally articulated the vision of achieving a ‘Smart Bangladesh’, which likewise represents the culmination of today's advancements in S&T.

 

The ‘Smart Bangladesh’ initiative envisages four fundamental pillars: smart citizens, smart economy, smart government, and smart society. The core principles underpinning the ‘Smart Bangladesh’, involve the future integration of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, blockchain, nanotechnology, and 3D printing with their practical implementation within Bangladesh. Thus, concerning the above-mentioned facts, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), the apex research organization of the country, is proudly organizing the ‘BCSIR Congress-2023’ particularly focusing the issue ‘Smart Bangladesh and S&T’ to celebrate its 50 years’ journey after its inception in the independent Bangladesh. Therefore, the theme of the BCSIR Congress-2023 has been selected as ‘Smart Bangladesh of Tomorrow is the Science of Today’.

 

The Father of the Nation emphasized the significance of science and technology as a crucial sector for the advancement of the newly independent Bangladesh. As a result, BCSIR was established in 1973, following the Cabinet Resolution No. 1(24)/73-BCSIR, dated November 16, 1973. Nevertheless, prior to the independence of Bangladesh, the organization was operational from 1955 as a regional laboratory. The concept and drive to establish a laboratory in this region were conceived by Dr. Muhammad Qudrat-i-Khuda, a distinguished scientist and educationist.

 

Since its commencement, BCSIR is being engaged in performing scientific and technological research activities with the aim of achieving self-reliance in industrial development. Indeed, BCSIR is mandated to execute scientific and industrial research and development (R&D) programs to expedite the socio-economic development of the country providing services to society, industry, entrepreneurs, and SMEs. In addition to core R&D accomplishments covering basic, applied, and international research, BCSIR not only offers analytical and consultancy services but also trans-disciplinary human resource development programs.

 

The journey of this organization began with three multi-disciplinary laboratories. However, concerning the demand of time, BCSIR has gradually expanded its domain to twelve research laboratories, institutes, and centers in different fields of science and technology. In order to have a notable contribution in all possible aspects to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 as targeted by our Honorable Prime Minister, dedicated scientists, engineers, and all employees of BCSIR are painstakingly accomplishing their work under the guidance of Architect Yeafesh Osman, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, along with his entire team while the credit for leadership goes to Professor Dr. Md. Aftab Ali Shaikh, Chairman of BCSIR.

 

BCSIR has so far credited a number of achievements at national and international level, namely, development of COVID-19 test kit for the first time in the country; accomplishment of maximum (86%) genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 in the country; proudly joining the hydrogen energy race; achievement of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation for 88 water quality parameters and 8 parameters for leather products; establishment of bioequivalence study facilities; and submission of nearly 900 whole genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 to Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID). GISAID applauded BCSIR for such initiatives. According to the Scimago ranking, BCSIR ranked 1st position among the government research organizations in Bangladesh. Furthermore, BCSIR has the credit of having 827 research papers (48% of the total) published in different prestigious indexed journals during the last 3 years. The average impact factor of these journals is 2.5. BCSIR is committed to uphold such impressive progress in research publications and scientific developments through organizing various scientific events, congress, conference, symposium etc.

 

We whole-heartedly believe that BCSIR Congress-2023 will be a revolutionary congregation for you where a galaxy of intellectuals from home and abroad: academics, scientists, engineers, doctors, legislators, civil society representatives, agencies, and both public and private organizations from not only domestic but also international backgrounds will join to nurture their knowledge and technical expertise.

 

We anticipate such an effective and booming network will enlighten your career. Therefore, we cordially invite you to attend the congress and explore yourself. Your kind participation will glorify the effort of BCSIR.

Objective:

As our sights on a brighter future has been set, it is imperative that the scientists of the country must be equipped with skills and tools they need to shape a Smart Bangladesh one that is sustainable in many aspects, modern, adaptable, resilient, technologically advanced. A technologically smart Bangladesh will make it easier for people to access services like healthcare, education as well as transportation. Furthermore, it will also fuel economic development by encouraging innovation, providing employment and attracting investment. The ‘Smart Bangladesh’ concept encapsulates not only technological advancement but also a holistic approach to societal growth. In brief, it can be said that ‘Smart Bangladesh’ is a continuation but more comprehensive approach of Digital Bangladesh campaign. Hence, to expedite the ‘Smart Bangladesh’ campaign the aims of this congress are exploring various emerging fields of science and technology; providing a forum for scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update and exchange information on recent innovations and developments; building capacities and strengthening linkages among research organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.

 

The calendar events of the conference include theme lecture, plenary lectures, keynote speeches, invited lectures, oral and poster presentations. Participating in this conference is giving to be a remarkable opportunity for the researchers, and stakeholders to mingle their research path in order to transform Bangladesh into a smart country. Thus, this conference would be one of the notable building blocks of our journey toward ‘Smart Bangladesh’- as articulated by our Honorable Prime Minister.

Theme:

Bangladesh currently stands at the crossroad of an exciting and transformative era of science and technology. A key aspect of this journey lies in preparing our scientists and technologists with the proper skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and dynamic global landscape. It is of substantial importance that we shade light on the pivotal skills our young researchers must cultivate to lead Bangladesh towards a brighter future. In the midst of technological revolutions, economic shifts, and unprecedented challenges, traditional skills alone are no longer adequate. The modern world demands a unique set of competencies that foster innovation, adaptability, and technological proficiency.

 

Concerning the significance of ‘Smart Bangladesh’, the theme of the congress has been chosen as Smart Bangladesh of Tomorrow is the Science of Today which covers maximum important fields of science and technology as specified under the selected topics. Sharing knowledge through this conference will create tremendous momentum in the area of research and innovation at tertiary level since it will work as an appropriate platform to link academia, industry, and research organization. Hence, the aftermath of the congress will surely create an open and knowledge-based community for researchers, academics, engineers, lawmakers, and technologists etc. to establish a healthy, peaceful ‘Smart Bangladesh.’

Topics:

  • A Vision to Smart Bangladesh
  • Achievement of SDG’s in Bangladesh
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Analytical and Electrochemistry
  • Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Machine Learning
  • Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Genomics
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity
  • Blue Economy and Aquaculture
  • Chemical Management and Safe Handling
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Cyber Security and ICT
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Energy and Storage Technology
  • Environment, Governance and Pollution
  • Environmental Science and Toxicology
  • Forestry and Biodiversity
  • Glass, Ceramics and Building Materials
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics
  • Leather Engineering and Technology
  • Material Science and Metallurgy
  • Microbiology and Virology
  • Mining and Mineralogy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Pharmaceutical Technology and Engineering
  • Polymer and Bio-refinery
  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Waste Management

Language:

English is the official language of the conference.