ICEEST 2020 begins in capital
International Conference on Earth and Environmental Sciences 2020 kicked off through icebreaking and social gathering session at Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom in InterContinental Dhaka in the capital on Saturday. The a six-day long international conference is being organized by the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (FEES) of Dhaka University.
Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty Dean Professor ASM Maksud Kamal chaired the occasion while Former Vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka and Chairman of University Grants Commission of Bangladesh Professor Abul Kalam Azad Chowdhury was present as the chief guest at the occasion. Retired Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Dhaka, and former Chairman of University Grants Commission of Bangladesh Professor Nazrul Islam was present as the special guest at the program.
The chief guest Professor Abul Kalam Azad Chowdhury in his speech said that ‘achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is difficult for Bangladesh as it is a small country with the seventh largest population in the world. But we are successful in handling poverty, illiteracy, reducing inequalities and we have made great progress economically. He further added that ‘I am proud that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the developed countries to come forward with financial and technical assistance to implement the development goals for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs)’. He also provided his best wishes for the success of the conference.
Professor Nazrul Islam in his speech said that ‘a new faculty like the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (FEES) of Dhaka University is really important for a country like Bangladesh. This conference will make a tremendous impact on environmental issues of Bangladesh as our country has environmental problem. He further added that ‘through this conference we will get to know what other countries is being doing on earth and environmental issues’. Lastly he welcomed the foreign scientists and delegates and congratulated University of Dhaka for organizing the conference.
Later various technical sessions under sub-themes Blue Economy: Global and Bay of Bengal Perspectives, Geo-Resources Exploration, Development and Management, Disaster Resilience and Sustainability, Environmental Perspectives on Population Dynamics and Regional Development and Meteorology, Weather Forecasting and Applications were held on the opening day.
It is to be noted that about 80 academicians, scientists and researchers from abroad, and about 500 professionals, academicians and policy makers from home are attending the conference. The FEES has published a conference volume including the 550 abstracts of accepted papers for oral and poster presentations.