Indo-French workshop on aquatic microbial ecology concludes at ANCOST

Port Blair
18 Nov 2017

A valedictory function of two week Indo-French workshop on 'South Asia Thematic School on Aquatic Microbial Ecology' (ASIAME 2) jointly organized by India and France at Andaman and Nicobar Centre for Ocean Science and Technology (ANCOST) of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) here was held on Friday. Altogether, 26 participants from India, Philippines, France, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bangladesh participated in the Workshop. The workshop was handled by a team of 23 experts from France, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America, Philippines and India.
The valedictory function was graced by the chief guest Dr. P. Madeswaran, Scientist F, The Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management Project Directorate (ICMAM PD), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, Chennai. Dr. Herve Moreau, Convener of Asiame-2 and Director of Research, CNRS, France, Dr. Daniel Vaulot, Director of Research, CNRS, France were the guests of honors of the function. Dr. R. Kirubagaran, The Convener of Asiame-2 & Programme Director of Ocean Science and Technology for Islands group welcomed the gathering and thanked all students for their participation and Faculties for their commitment and dedication.  He also communicated the message given by the Secretary, Dr. M. Rajeevan, Patron, ASIAME 2, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences and The Director of NIOT, Dr. Satheesh C. Shenoi, who is also the chairman of ASIAME 2 to the gathering.
Dr. G. Dharani, Co-Convener of Asiame-2 & Scientist-E, MBT, NIOT, Chennai recapitulated the lectures, practical's, field and laboratory sessions and diving sessions conducted.   Dr. Herve Moreau appreciated other organizers for extreme support and funding from NIOT. He elaborated and informed the participants to impart the acquired knowledge from Asiame-2 to others and also suggested the participants to communicate to the experts whenever needed.
Dr. Daniel Vaulot, Director of Research, CNRS, France appreciated Indians as incredible people for their helping mind. He appreciated Dr. Herve Moreau for selecting India and particularly ANCOST, NIOT for conducting this workshop. The Chief Guest Dr. P. Madeswaran explained the need of studying the microbial ecology and how microbial population aids in shaping the flow patterns of energy and matter by affecting the production, transformation and decomposition of organic matter. Dr. N. V. Vinithkumar, Co-convener & Scientist-E, Officer-In-Charge, ANCOST, NIOT, Port Blair presented the Asiame-2 report to the gathering. In his report he added that the Asiame-2 had laid a wonderful platform for the Researchers to learn the methodologies and its application in Aquatic Microbial Ecology. He personally thanked Dr. R. Kirubagaran for his support and guidance and all staff members for their commitment in organizing the workshop.
Feedback from participants and faculties were extremely positive. Certificates were awarded to participants by the organizers of Asiame-2. Dr. L. Anburajan, Scientist-C, ANCOST, NIOT, Port Blair proposed the vote of thanks.