NIAS Public Lecture: “Science and Geopolitics of Antarctica” by Prof P S Goel, Lecture Hall, 1530 hrs

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru - 560 012




Science and Geopolitics of Antarctica



Dr. P S Goel

Dr. Raja Ramanna Chair Professor, NIAS


Chairperson: Prof. Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS

 Tuesday, 21st February 2017 at Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, 3.30 PM.


Abstract:  Antarctica is a pristine continent, bigger than the North America (including Mexico), the coldest place on the Earth and hiding secrets of evolution from the time it separated from Gondwana, some 200 million Years  ago. While it offers challenges of exploration, science and  survival, it is one of the symbol of technology advances and our overall strength. Governed by Antarctica treaty and numerous coordinating bodies on various issues, the geopolitics of Antarctica is complex interplay of exploration, science, tourism economy and long term strategic interests.  India has played a key role in exploration, science and in various policy matters related to Antarctica, carries out one of the most robust scientific program at Antarctica. The lecture will address some of these issues and bring an overall Indian perspective

About the Speaker:  

Dr. Goel contributed significantly to the mission planning for remote sensing, communication and scientific missions and authored over hundred research papers in referred journals and conferences.  He was Chairman, Spacecraft System Advisory Board for IRS-1, Project engineer AOCS for APPLE and Associate Project Director, INSAT-II.  He was Head Control System Division, Group Director AOCS, Deputy Director Mission and Control Area, Associate Director of ISRO Satellite Centre(ISAC) and was Director ISAC  from 1997 to 2005. Dr. Goel moved to Delhi as Secretary, Department of Ocean Development and transformed it into Ministry of Earth Sciences by integrating Ocean, Atmosphere and Geo Science and Technologies.  He was the first Chairman of Earth Commission. He oversaw commissioning of Tsunami Warning System of India. initiated the modernization of IMD and pursued exploration of deep oceans. Dr. Goel was chairman RAC, DRDO and member of National Security advisory Board. He was President of Indian National Academy of Engineering and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor of ISRO. He was DRDO Chair at RCI/ DRDO Hyderabad, pursuing space for National Security. Dr. Goel was awarded Padma Shree in 2001.  He received several other awards including Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and Distinguished Scientist Award of ISRO.  He is fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad; Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi; Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers, New Delhi; Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore and Third World Academy of Sciences.  He is Honorary Fellow, Electrochemical Society of India, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.  He is also Member, International Academy of Astronautics, Paris.


All are cordially invited


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017