Important Dates

Last date for submission of Abstract

July 29th, 2019

Intimation of Acceptance

August 5, 2019

Last Date for Registration

August 16th, 2019

under aegis of

Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati


The Society for Polymer Science, India

Silver Jubilee Celebration of IIT Guwahati

Scope of the Symposium

Nowadays, petroleum-based synthetic polymers have become a serious problem for the environment all over the world due to the waste disposal problems and environmental pollution. This leads to the great demand of environment friendly, biodegradable and sustainable plastics. Hence, there is strong need of production of cost effective biodegradable plastics having comparable properties with conventional polymers towards its targeted applications. Furthermore, the reduction in commercialization cost and enhancement in characteristic properties of biodegradable polymers also need to be achieved.

The symposium is convening to establish a consortium for discussing opportunities and challenges for development, production and processing of biodegradable plastics for eco-friendly society. The symposium will be jointly organized by IIT Guwahati and The Society for Polymer Science, India (SPSI) and SPSI-NE Chapter will be formally launched at IIT Guwahati premises during the symposium. The Society for Polymer Science, India (SPSI) was established as a Professional Society in March 1979 with a mandate to promote the general advancement of Science and Technology of Polymers in the country and to provide a forum for exchange of information amongst the members and persons attached to the Society.  This forum invites all the stakeholders, eminent professors, industrialist, innovators, academicians and scientists from different parts of the country and abroad.

Objectives and Benefits

The symposium includes the discussion on formulation of novel biodegradable polymer composites for commercialization, processing operations and its applications. The symposium will be dedicated to the production and processing of biodegradable plastics. It will be mutually beneficial for both industry as well as academia. It provides a platform for collaborating with renowned industries. It will bring together the eminent professors, industrialist, innovators, academicians and scientists to discuss about the scope for developing the biodegradable plastics for commercialization. The recent innovations and development of novel technologies in this field will also be discussed. It offers the best platform for academia, small-scale and large-scale polymer industries to showcase their expertise, products, and technology innovations. The symposium will gather together the various petrochemicals, plastics, packaging and printing industries under one roof and throw open the best networking opportunities to exhibitors and visitors alike. This symposium will also be kick-off meeting for the organization of MACRO 2020 at IIT Guwahati.

  • Status of biodegradable plastics: Global & Indian context
  • Technology innovation and production capabilities under Make in India policy
  • Discussion on cost competiveness of sustainable plastics and conventional plastics
  • Role of consortium on degradable plastics
  • Industrial perceptions on degradable plastics
  • Open forum meeting to draft road map to develop degradable plastics under Make in India policy
  • Use of biopolymers and biomaterials in biomedical applications


Work from other relevant areas of sustainable polymer are also invited.

Prof. S. Ramakrishnan, President, SPSI

Dr. S. Sivaram, Past President, SPSI

Prof. Ashok Misra, Past President, SPSI

Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Vice-President, SPSI

Prof. T. K. Mandal, Vice-President, SPSI

Prof. Anil Kumar, Hon. Secretary, SPSI

Dr. C. V. Avadhani, Treasurer, SPSI

Prof. Anup K. Ghosh, IIT Delhi, India

Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari, Executive Director, RECAST, NEPAL

Dr. Nabanita Saha, Tomas Bata University, Czech Republic

Prof. Hemant Nanavati, IIT Bombay, India

Prof. S. Sakurai, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan

Dr. Bhaskar B. Idage, Senior Scientist, NCL Pune, India

Dr. Bindu J., Principal Scientist, CIFT, Kochi, India

Prof. Sabu Thomas, Director – CNN, MGU, Kottayam, India

Prof. Nikhil Kr. Singha, IIT Khargapur

Chief Patron

Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati


Prof. S. Ramakrishnan, President, SPSI

Symposium Chair

Prof. Vimal Katiyar


Prof. Amit Kumar

Co - Conveners

Dr. Nripen Das, Registrar, ASTU

Dr. Jutika Goswami, Assam Engineering College

Dr. Gitanjali Majumdar, Assam Engineering College


Prof. Niranjan Karak

Prof.  A K Dasmahapatra

Prof. Bishnupada Mandal

Prof. Vijay S. Moholkar

Prof. Raghvendra Gupta

Prof. G. Pugazenthi

Prof. Vaibhav Goud

Prof. Pankaj Tiwari

Prof. Sachin Kumar

Prof. Senthilkumar Sivaprakasam

Prof. A. S. Achalkumar

Industrial Participants                           :  Rs. 20,000

Student and Other Delegates             :  Rs. 3000

SPSI Members                                             :  Rs. 1000


Registration fees need to be paid online and mail the registration form along with the transaction ID to, with the subject line of Email 'Transaction Receipt for Registration Fee Payment'


Sponsors Tariff

Category of Sponsorship                          Rate (INR)

Platinum Sponsorship                            :  20 Lacs

Gold Sponsorship                                      :  10 Lacs

Silver Sponsorship                                   :  05 Lacs


Account details:

MACRO 2020

A/c No. 38507893452

IFSC Code: SBIN0014262

Branch Code: 14262


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