Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ashok Pandey

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, India

Waste to Wealth: Resource Recovery & Sustainability


Prof. Dr. Ashok Pandey is a Distinguished Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute for Toxicology Research and former Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology at Trivandrum, India. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of Biotechnology and Research. His major research interests are in the areas of microbial, enzyme and bioprocess technology, which span over various programs, including biomass to fuels & chemicals, probiotics & nutraceuticals, industrial enzymes, solid-state fermentation, etc. He has published more than 1185 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 51 books, 130 book chapters, 460 original and review papers, etc with h-index of 83 and more than 27,500 citations. He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries. He is the Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (www.brsi.in); International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (www.ifibiop.org), Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & amp; Sustainability (www.isees.in) and Vice-President of All India Biotech Association (www.aibaonline.com). Prof. Dr. Pandey is the Editor-in-Chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisors of Journal of Water Sustainability, Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (India), and Editorial Board Member of several international and Indian journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of book series on Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, comprising nine books published by Elsevier.

Prof. Vimal Katiyar

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Polymers, IIT Guwahati


Prof. Vimal Katiyar is a Coordinator of Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Polymers, in the department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Guwahati, India. The centre of excellence on sustainable polymers is focusing on development of cost-effective, bio-based and biodegradable plastic products and related technologies using various feedstock including biopolymers such as cellulose, chitosan, proteins, various protein grafted polysaccharides. He has published more than seventy peer reviewed publications in highly reputed journals such as American Chemical Society and Nature publishing journals. He has supervised seven PhD students and more than twenty students are pursuing PhD under his supervision. His recently featured book entitled as ‘Bio-based Plastics for Food Packaging Applications’ is published by Smithers Rapra, UK. He is a co-inventor of numerous granted patents in various countries including India, USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc. His research group has received multiple national and international innovation awards in the development of bio-based polymeric products, nanobiomaterials, and related technologies.