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International Bioresource Conclave & Ethnopharmacology Congress inaugurated

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, Feb 24:

The three days International Bioresource Conclave along with the 22nd Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology and the 10th Congress of Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE SFEC-2023) is inaugurated today at the City Convention Centre, Imphal, Manipur with the theme “Reimagine Ethnopharmacology: Globalization of Traditional Medicine’’. This International Bioresource Conclave and Ethnopharmacology Congress is being organized by Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Imphal in collaboration with Society for Ethnopharmacology, India and International Society for Ethnopharmacology, Switzerland. This congress is happening for the first time at Imphal and also in the Northeastern Region to showcase different initiatives for promotion of bioresourecs and local traditional medicines.
During the programme, Chief Guest, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs and Education, Govt. of India highlighted about the unique bioresources and traditional medicines of NER which need to be explored scientifically. He mentioned that this conference mainly focused on globalization of traditional medicines which is being organized for the first time in NER.
Prof. Pulok K. Mukherjee, Chairman, ISESFEC 2023 and Director, IBSD highlighted various programmes during the congress where >105 scientific lectures by eminent scientists & >700 delegates representing over 35 countries and all the states of India. He mentioned that there will be > 300 oral and poster presentations by young researchers highlighting different aspects on development of bioresources, ethnopharmacology and drug development. He also highlighted the research activities of IBSD for the development of bioresources and traditional healer’s practices of this region for societal benefit and livelihood generation.
During the programme, Guest of Honour, Leishemba Sanajaoba, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Govt. of India welcome all the delegates from different parts of the globe to attend this congress at Imphal. He appreciated the initiative of IBSD for organising this congress in Imphal to showcase and development of unique bioresources of Manipur in particular and whole NER at large.
Prof. Gunter Vollmer, President, ISE, Switzerland highlighted that this conference is gala event of the 22nd Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology and the 10th Congress of Society for Ethnopharmacology. He mentioned that the society is not only organizes regular meetings and promotes research and publication but also offers multiple ways to exchange information between scientists and anyone else interested in such topics.
Birendra K. Sarkar, President, Society for Ethnopharmacology, Kolkata highlighted various activities of SFE, India which is affiliated to ISE, Switzerland and working with a mission on “Globalizing local knowledge and localizing global technologies”. Many experts including Prof. Marco Leonti, Secretary, ISE, Indraneel Das, Vice President, SFE, Dr. C.K.Katiyar, Vice President, SFE and Dr. Subhash C Mandal, Secretary, SFE were present during the event.
During the congress, Prof. Sudhir K. Sopory, SERB Distinguished Fellow was awarded with SFE – Lifetime Achievement Award- 2023″ for his contribution in Plant Biology.
During next three days, several special panel discussion sessions including “Publication ethics”, “Traditional Healers Conclave”, “Reimagine Ethnopharmacology”, “Herbs in One Health”, “i-Connect program: Business meet” is being organized for the promotion and development of Bioresources and Ethnopharmacology. This congress will provide an environment for knowledge sharing among researchers, policymakers, industry persons, healthcare practitioners, and decision-makers interested in the promotion of bioresources, traditional medicines, ethnopharmacology and drug discovery.

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