Nutrition Security: Blending Tradition with Modern Technology

Achieving Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) is a priority in developing countries. One of the key routes to achieve a resilient global food system and improved FNS requires a reorientation of relevant policies. Among them, policies associated with the creation, adoption and adaptation of technologies, knowledge and innovations and with their related institutional adjustments are the key factors to counter the complex and evolving challenges of the global food system.

This stimulating platform will showcase innovations in securing FNS and its impact on FNS. It will explore the use of traditional knowledge and technology in attaining FNS; taking into consideration the views of all the concerned stake holders. It will highlight the priorities of FNS innovations.

By the middle of this century, the world population will surpass the 9 billion mark, meaning higher demand for available food, water, arable land and environmental impacts. Food safety issues, nutrition deficiencies, postharvest losses, regulation inconsistencies and consumer attitudes would all be striking challenges which must be met to maintain food security and sustainability.

Possible solutions include advancements in food processing technologies, nanotechnology, innovative food formulations and the use of genomic approaches manifested in examples such as alternative protein sources, insect flour, nutrigenomics, 3D food printing, biomimicry, food engineering and merging technology.

International organizations like the International Union of Food Science and Technology also play important roles in securing the world’s food supplies by providing expertise through their respective country memberships. The present conference addresses the role of food science and biotechnology in meeting current challenges of nutrition and investigates possible solutions to feed the world in the near future.

Highlights of the Conference

  • The 43rd Dr. Gopalan Orations
  • The 31st Dr. Srikantia Memorial Lecture
  • The 10th Dr. Rajammal P Devadas Memorial Award
  • Debate on "Is Coconut Oil Good for Health"
  • Symposium-I on "Biotechnology Advance-NutritionalBenefits"
  • Symposium-II on "Nutritional and Health Benefits of IndianHerbs"
  • Junior & Senior Young Scientists Award Sessions
  • Free Communication Sessions - Oral and Poster presentations
  • Exhibition - Food industry / Analytical equipments

Pre-Conference Workshops

The following two pre-conference workshops will be organized on 7 November 2019.

  • Workshop-I: Clinical and Hospital Nutrition
  • Workshop-II: Application of Mass Spectrometry in Nutrition Research

[Parallel sessions]Each individual is eligible to register for one workshop only.


1. Abstract submission online (Oral/Poster) 30-09-2019
2. Full paper for young scientist award & Abstract submission 10-09-2019
3. Registration for main Conference 30-09-2019 (without late fee)
4. Registration for Pre-conference Workshop 30-09-2019

Your assistance in disseminating this announcement to your colleagues and contacts for encouraging participation will be much appreciated

About Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is a research institute in India, exclusive devoted to research in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. It is located at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of the state of Kerala in India. This centre is an autonomous institute under the Department of Biotechnology of the Govt. of India. Previously, it was an R&D centre under Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment. The centre was inaugurated on 18 November 2002 by then President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The institute has highly focused research departments working on different areas of biological sciences. RGCB has a strength of 25 scientists, 120 Ph.D. students and around 100 research project staff. The centre has good infrastructural facilities for carrying out research in the field of Biotechnology. BioSpectrum magazine ranked Bio-Technology course at RGCB as second best in the country only after Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.

About Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram commonly known by its former name Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. It is the most populous city in Kerala. Located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland, Thiruvananthapuram is a major Information Technology hub in Kerala. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India”. The city is characterised by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills.


The weather during November should be pleasant with maximum temperature ranging between 24 and 34 degree celsius which is suitable for any type of clothing.

How to Reach Thiruvananthapuram

The Trivandrum International Airport connects a number of cities in India and abroad. A number of national and international flights of several airlines fly to and from this airport. Trivandrum Central is the main railway station located few kilometers away from the city center. This railway station is considered to be the biggest and busiest station in the state, in terms of passenger movement. Quite a good number of trains are available each hour that connect the city to the entire nation. If you are planning a trip to Thiruvananthapuram by road then there is not a big worry for you because one will find continuous bus service from the Central Bus Station which is called as the Thampanoor Bus Station. This bus stand is the headquarters of the KSRTC and hence one can get easy connectivity with important parts of the country through frequent buses from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi (204km), Kovalam (11km), and Kottayam (164km) are commutable via roadways.

Hotel Accommodation in Thiruvananthapuram

Except for invited dignitaries, all other participants are requested to book their accommodation.(Click for Accommodation Details)


Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)
Melarannoor Road Behind Central Jail Poojapura
Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695014

Organizing Committee

Prof.P.Radhakrishna Pillai
Dr.B .Sesikeran
Dr.Anitha Mohan
Dr.Asha Nair
Dr.Anooja Thomas.K
Organizing Secretary
Ms.Rejitha Jagesh

Executive Committee Members of NSI

Dr.B.Dinesh Kumar
Dr.G.M.Subba Rao

Reach Us

Dr.Anooja Thomas.K

Associate Professor

98478 55528

Dr.Anitha Mohan


98474 96165

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