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National Crystallography Colloquium on Feb 7 in Kerala

Posted on Feb 06, 10:57AM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 5 : Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) is organising a National Colloquium here from February 7-9 to celebrate 100 years of crystallography.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the Colloquium here on February 7 at 0900 hrs, official sources said. A bevy of famous researchers and scientists from different parts of the country and the world will participate in the three-day lecture series on biochemistry and crystallography.

Prof Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science of Israel, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for her pioneering work in the structure and function of ribosome, will deliver the Prof GN Ramachandran Commemoration Lecture on the inaugural day. She will speak on the topic 'From Collagen to Ribosomes'.

Prof Ramachandran, who was born in Ernakulam, has made stellar contributions in advancing the body of knowledge on crystallography.

The year 2013 also marks 50 years of the Ramachandran Plot, which helps to understand the structure of peptides.

Among others, Prof M Vijayan, IISc, Bangalore who was recently awarded the Kerala Sasthrapuraskaram and Prof TP Singh, AIIMS, New Delhi will deliver lectures in the scientific sessions.

Over 100 senior and young scientists, research scholars and post graduate students are expected to participate in the scientific deliberations.