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International Conference on

Chemical Safety & Security for
Health & Environment

8 - 10 December, 2023
National Forensic Sciences University, Sector 9, Gandhinagar-382007

Important Dates to Remember

Last Date for Registration: 26th November, 2023

Last Date for Submission of Abstract: 30th November, 2023

Organized by

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

National Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat

NACS - National Association for Chemical Security

Univesity of Ladakh, UT-Ladakh

Conference Topics
Chemical Safety, Security and human health - General Perspectives

Culture, ethics, communication, classification of chemicals, exposure, human health in workplace, safety data, malicious use, education and outreach.

Sensors for Chemical Safety, Security, Human Health and Environment

Chemical sensors, nano sensors, optical sensors / optoelectronics, sensor systems, signal processing & interfaces, materials for chemical sensing, biomedical.

Chemical Safety and Security – Areas of Concern

Chemical Safety : Chemical/pharmaceutical industries, laboratories, Agriculture and food sector, consumer or other products.

Chemical Security : Dual-use chemicals and their applications, Control mechanisms.

Chemical Safety and Security – Transportation and Storage

Storage/inventory management, supply-chain management, regulations and compliance.

Surveillance, Accidents and Incidents

Chemical monitoring, surveillance, accidents, incidents, investigations.

Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response

Chemical Safety : Chemical safety risk assessment and management, emergency plan and management, community awareness, training, capacity building, on-site/off-site emergency response, mock drills and exercises.

Chemical Security : Chemical security vulnerability assessment, emergency plan and management, training, capacity building, on-site emergency response and mock drills.

International Cooperation and Information Sharing

International regulations - Conventions and Treaties - CWC, AG, WA, Regulations for trade control - SCOMET regulations, REACH.

Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies

Network and data security/ management, facility security and emergency management, artificial intelligence (AI).

Environmental, Social and Governance

Resources and management, hazardous waste treatment and management, chemical toxicity, environmental sustainability and development, pollution, climate change.

Advances in Science and Technology

Green Chemistry, chemical alternatives, analytical methods for the identification of toxic chemicals and their adducts or degradation products, chemical forensics.

About Conference

“Chemical safety and security” refer to the measures to prevent non-deliberate and deliberate release of certain toxic or hazardous chemicals. Every day, a wide variety of chemicals are produced, transported, used and/or stored (in small to very large quantities) in laboratories, industries, pharma/agriculture products, food processing sector, consumer products etc. Some of these chemicals need special safety and/or security measures because of their toxicity or due to their potential use as precursors for weapons of mass destruction. So any intentional/unintentional compromise by internal or external adversary in their safety and/or security will be detrimental to our health and environment. Practicing chemists and chemical safety/security professionals need to be aware of the dual-use properties of many commonly used chemicals, and operate their facilities in accordance to the best practices, safety standards and/or their relevant conventions, and promote a culture of high professional standards that includes chemical safety and security. This conference aims to promote chemical safety and security by providing tools and knowledge to mitigate the risks arising from chemical accidents, incidents and potential misuse of toxic and dual use chemicals, including the threat of terrorism and forensic approaches. The objective is to reiterate the need for the education and outreach in order to drive the focus of everyone towards the goal that chemicals are stored safely, securely and used for peaceful purposes throughout their lifecycle, preventing any harmful effects on health and environment. The conference also highlights the importance of using substituted chemicals or green chemistry for minimizing the use of hazardous or dual use chemicals in processes. The conference will include keynote speeches, presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations to provide a comprehensive platform for experts, researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers to share their knowledge and experiences on chemical safety and security. Ultimately, the conference aims to promote international cooperation and collaboration towards achieving a safer and more sustainable future for all.

Prof. (Dr.) J. M. Vyas, Padma Shri Awardee, Hon. Vice Chancellor, National Forensic Sciences University of India
Prof. (Dr.) Dr. Neerja A. Gupta, Hon. Vice Chancellor, Gujarat University
Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Mehta, Hon. Vice Chancellor, Ladakh University
Prof. (Dr.) V. K. Jain, President, National Association for Chemical Security (NACS)
Prof. (Dr.) Himanshu A. Pandya, Immediate Past Vice Chancellor, Gujarat University

Dr. P.M. Patel, Registrar, Gujarat University
Prof. S. O. Junare, NFSU
Shree C. D. Jadeja, Executive Registrar, NFSU

Prof. (Dr.) Pranav Shrivastav, Gujarat University

Organising Secretaries
Dr. Dilip Vasava
Dr. Manthan K. Panchal
Dr. Harshad Patel
Dr. Jasmin Kubavat
Dr. Mahesh Vasava

Dr. Clifford S. Glantz, PNNL, Richland, USA
Mr. Niazi Omer, CRDF Global USA
Prof. (Dr.) Michael gradzielski, (TU, Berlin Germany)
Dr. Alex Ibhaden, (University of Hall, UK)
Dr. Manmohan Parida (Director, DRDE, Gwalior)
Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy, CSIR- IICT, India
Dr. Kannan Srinivasan, CSIR-CSMCRI, India
Dr. G. Narahari Sastry, CSIR- NEIST, India
Dr. Santasabuj Das, NIOH, India
Dr. R. V. Jasra, Reliance Technology Group, India
Dr. Radha Kishan Motkuri, PNNL, Richland, USA
Dr. Kirpal Singh Bisht (University South Florida)
Dr. Avtar Matharu (University of York, UK)
Dr. Hooi Ling Lee (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Dr. Sundar Manoharan (D.G. PDEU)
Prof. Rama Shankar Dubey (Vice Chancellor, CUG)

Prof. Y. K. Agrawal, L. J. University
Prof. S. O. Junare, NFSU
Dr. G. V. M. Sharma, Yajushi Labs.
Dr. S. Prabhakar (CSIR-IICT)
Dr. M. Suriyananarayanan (CSIR-CLRI)
Dr. K. Srinivas (CSIR-IICT)
Dr. K. Ravindranath (CSIR-lICT)
Dr. Subrat Sharma (UOL)
Dr. Lakshi Saikia (CSIR-NEIST)
Prof. Anamik Shah (President, ISCB)
Prof. Purvi Pokhariyal, (NFSU-Delhi)
Prof. Naveen Choudhry, (NFSU-Goa)
Prof. H.K Pratihari, (NFSU-Tripura)
Prof. Manjunath Ghate, (NFSU-Dharwad)
Prof. Satish Kumar, (NFSU-Bhopal)
Air Commodore Kedar Thaakar, (NFSU-Uganda)
Dr. PMS Chauhan, ISCB, Lucknow
Dr. Jaimin Vasa (GCCI) Ahmedabad
Dr. Vijay Tak (DRDE-Gwalior)
Dr. R. P. Bhatt, Member Secretary(LSRB-DRDO)
Prof. Meenu Saraf, Gujarat University
Prof. Rakesh Raval, Gujarat University
Prof. Anunay Samanta, University of Hyderabad
Prof. Sunil K. Sharma, University of Delhi
Prof. Ajay K. Bhagi, University of Delhi
Prof. Narender Bhojak, Bikaner
Dr. R. Narayanan (ICC)
Mr. Vijayinder Singh (OPAL)
Prof. Sunil Khare, IIT, Delhi
Mr. Shailesh Patwari (GCCI) Ahmedabad
Dr. M.R.V.S .Murthy (Former OPCW Staff)
Dr. Bharat Jain (Member Secretary, GCPC)
Dr. Narottam Sahoo (Member Secretary, GUJCOST).
Prof. Man Singh (CUG)
D. M. Thaker (Member Secretary, GPCB)
Dr. Saurin Shah, Silver Oak University
Dr. Pina Bhatt, Silver Oak University

Organizing Committee
Prof. H. D. Patel
Dr. Harjinder Kaur
Dr. Divya Mishra
Prof. M.M. Maisuria
Dr. J. J. Maru
Dr. Merool Vakil
Dr. Jayrajsinh Sarvaiya
Dr. Digvijaysinh Rathod
Dr. Bhoomika Patel
Dr. Prajesh Prajapati
Dr. Hemen Dave
Dr. Astha Pandey

Action Committee
Dr. Hitesh Parekh
Dr. Shibu Pillai
Dr. Bharat Makwana
Dr. Keyur Bhatt
Dr. Pinkesh Sutaria
Dr. Banabithi Koley Seth
Dr. Vinay Sharma
Dr. Disha Kothari
Dr. Syed Shahabuddin
Dr. Priyanka Shah
Dr. Nikita Mishra
Mr. Ghulam Ali
Ms. Nisha Padhiya
Mr. Mukesh P Chaudhari
Mr. Bimal Patel
Ms. Reena Hirani
Ms. Kalpana Parmar
Mr. Himanshu Parmar
Dr. Devansh Desai
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Dr. Renuka V
Dr. Suraj Singh Yadav
Dr. Jigar Raval
Dr. Pranav Y Dave
Dr. Kanan Thakker
Dr. Rajlakshmi Chetty
Dr. Flora Shah
Dr. Karuppiah Nagaraj
Dr. Bappi Paul

Conference-Tentative Technical Programme

Time Session Topic
8:00-9:00AM Registration
9:00-10:00AM Inauguration
10:00-10:30AM Tea Break
Chemical Safety and Security – General Perspectives
10:30-1:00PM Technical Session I Chairman, Dr. Manmohan Parida, Director, DRDE-DRDO Gwalior &
Co Chair Dr. Chitra Rajgopal, Director, COE, IIT Delhi
10:30-11:00AM L1 Chemical Safety and Security, Health & Environment
Dr. G.V.M. Sharma (Chief Scientist (Retired) at CSIR-IICT)
11:00-11:30AM L2 Chemical Classification, Safety Data
Dr. K. Srinivas (Sr. P. Scientist, CSIR-IICT)
11:30-12:00PM L3 Occupational Hazard, Exposure Limits
Dr. K. Srinivas (Sr. P. Scientist, CSIR-IICT)
12:00-12:30PM L4 Areas of Concern
12:30-1:00PM L5 Culture, Ethics and Communication
1:00-2:00PM Lunch
Chemical Safety and Chemical Security
2:00-5:30PM Technical Session II Chairman, Dr. Srinivasa Reddy Director, IICT, Hyderabad
Co-Chair Dr. G.V.M. Sharma (Chief Scientist (Retired) at CSIR-IICT)
2:00-2:45PM L6 Chemical Safety
Mr. P. Manoharan (CSIR-IICT)
2:45-3:30PM L7 Chemical Security
Dr. S. Prabhakar (Sr. P. Scientist & Chair, CSIR-IICT)
3:30-4:00PM L8 Chemical Security: International Co-operation, Convention & Treaties
Dr. Ram Narayanan
4:00-4:30PM Tea Break
4:30-5:00PM L9 Chemical Security: Export Control, Regulations
Dr. Ram Narayanan
5:00-5:30PM L10 Chemical Life Cycle, Supply-Chain
5:30-5:45PM Discussion/Conclusion
Time Session Topic
Chairman Dr. Kanna Sinivasan, Director, CSMCRI, Bhavnagar,
Co-Chair Dr. M.R.V.S. Murty (Ex. Consultant and Scientist OPCW)
9:00-11:00AM Technical Session III Emergency Preparedness &   Response
9:00-9:30AM L11 Chemical Safety – Risk Assessment &   Management
9:30-10:00AM L12 Chemical Security – Risk Assessment &   Management
Dr. Ram Narayanan (Advisor, Indian Chemical Council)
10:00-10:30AM L13 Emergency Preparedness & Response
Dr. Vijayinder Singh (Security Matter Expert)
10:30-11:00AM Tea Break
Chairman Dr. Narhari Shastry, Director, NEIST, Jorhat,
Co-Chair, Dr. S. Prabhakar (Sr. P. Scientist & Chair, CSIR-IICT)
11:00-1:00PM Technical Session IV Environment, Safety, Governance
11:00-11:30AM L14 Management of Natural Resources
11:30-12:00PM L15 Waste Management, Recycling
12:00-12:30PM L16 Energy Efficiency, Renewable Fuels
12:30-1:00PM L17 Social Impact & Governance
1:00-2:00PM Lunch
Chairman, Dr. Santasabuj Das, Director, NIOH-ICMR Ahmedabad
Co-Chair, Dr. K. Ravindranath (Former ,Chief Scientist at CSIR-IICT)
2:00-4:00PM Technical Session V Advances in Science &   Technology
2:00-2:30PM L18 Chemical/Nano/Optical Sensors
2:30-3:00PM L19 Devices for Detection
3:00-3:30PM L20 Analytical Methods – Environmental &   Biomedical
Dr. S. Prabhakar (Sr. P. Scientist & Chair, CSIR-IICT)
3:30-4:00PM L21 Green Chemistry & Chemical Alternatives
4:00-4:30PM Tea Break
Chairman, Mr. Arvind Kumar, Director, CFEES, DRDO, New Delhi
Co-Chair Dr. S. Prabhakar (Sr. P. Scientist & Chair, CSIR-IICT)
4:30-5:30PM Technical Session VI Surveillance, Accidents, Incidents
4:30-5:00PM L22 CWC Inspections, Proficiency Tests and Designated Laboratories
Dr. M.R.V.S. Murty (Ex. Consultant and Scientist OPCW)
5:00-5:30PM L23 CWC Investigations and Chemical Forensics
Dr. M.R.V.S. Murty (Ex. Consultant and Scientist OPCW)
5:30-5:45PM Discussion/Conclusion
Time Session Topic
Chairman, Director General, PDEU, Gandhinagar;
Co-Chair, Dr. Ram Narayanan (Advisor, Indian Chemical Council)
9:00-11:00AM Technical Session VII Emerging Technologies, Cyber Security
9:00-9:30AM L24 Network & Data Security
9:30-10:00PM L25 Facility Security
Dr. K. Ravindranath (Former ,Chief Scientist at CSIR-IICT)
10:00-10:30PM L26 Emerging Technologies/AI
Dr. K. Ravindranath (Former ,Chief Scientist at CSIR-IICT)
10:30-11:00AM Tea Break
11:00-12:30PM Open Floor Session Feedback and Outcome of the Conference
NACS - Future Plans and Activities
12:30-1:00PM Closing Ceremony
1:00PM Lunch



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