Seminar on
Nobel Prize 2018 - Physics
The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC by IPCC

Venue: Ramanujan Auditorium
Institute of Mathematical Sciences

2:30 PM - November 18, 2018

Organised by
Tamilnadu Science Forum

About Program

Nobel prize, Established in 1901 is awarded after the last will of Alfred Nobel (the man who made 355 inventions) which specified that his fortune be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the "greatest benefit on mankind" as, The Nobel prize in physics, the Nobel prize in chemistry and Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic science by The Royal Swedish Academy of sciences.

The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awards the nobel prize in medicine or physiology. The Swedish Academy grants the nobel prize in literature and the nobel peace prize is awarded by Norwegian Nobel Committee on 10th of December (death anniversary of Alfred Nobel) annually. As of 2017 totally 24 organization and 892 individuals become Nobel laureates and still counts. The award includes a diploma, a gold medal and a sum of ₹7,26,93,900.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” with one half to Arthur Ashkin “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems” and the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses”.
Their inventions have revolutionised laser physics. Extremely small objects and incredibly rapid processes are now being seen in a new light. Advanced precision instruments are opening up unexplored areas of research and a multitude of industrial and medical applications.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.
It was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and later endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly. Membership is open to all members of the WMO and UN. The IPCC produces reports that support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the main international treaty on climate change. The objective of the UNFCCC is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system".
IPCC reports cover the "scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
IPCC has prepared five reports since it is formed. The fifth report was brought out in 2014.IPCC has brought a special report on completion of 30years of its existence. IPCC special report is on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. More than 800 scientists participated in IPCC and India is also actively participating in it.
Dr. T. Jayaraman, trained as Theoretical Physicist now with Tata Institute of Social Sciences was part of the delegation to the 48th session of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which brought out the special report. Professor Jayaraman wrote numerous articles on Climate change.

நோபல் பரிசு ஆல்பர்ட் நோபல் என்பவரின் நினைவாக அவருடைய உயிலின் படி இந்த விருது வழங்கப்படுகிறது. உடற்கூறியல் அல்லது மருத்துவம், இயற்பியல், வேதியியல், இலக்கியம், அமைதி, பொருளாதாரம் ஆகிய துறைகளுக்கு வழங்கப்படுகிறது. 1901 லிருந்து இந்த பரிசினை வழங்கி வருகின்றனர். மனித குலத்திற்கு தேவையான உன்னத கண்டுபிடிப்புகளுக்கு இந்த பரிசு வழங்கப்படுகிறது. கடந்த 2017 ஆம் ஆண்டு வரை 24 நிறுவனங்களும் 892 தனிநபர்களும் இந்த விருதினை பெற்றுள்ளார்கள்.

Program Schedule

Time: 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM - November 18, 2018

Registration: 1:45 – 2:30 PM

Inauguration - 2:30 - 2:45 PM

Welcome Address

Inaugural Address Dr. Prafulla Kumar Behera,
Associate Professor,Department of Physics, IIT Madras

Session 1 - 2:45 – 4:45 PM


Lecture by: Dr. Basudev Roy
Topic: The optical tweezers and their application to biological systems

Lecture by: Dr. Sivarama Krishnan
Topic: Tools of light, the Nobel prize and their impact

Questions and Answers 4:30 - 4:45 pm

Break - 4:45 - 5:00 PM

Session 2 - 5:00 - 6:15 PM

IPCC Report 2018

Inaugural by Dr. T. R. Govindarajan
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Professor, Chennai Mathematical Institute

Lecture by: Prof T. Jayaraman
Topic: The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC by IPCC - Impacts

Questions and Answers 6:00 - 6:15 pm

Concluding Session - 6:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Vote of Thanks: Dr. Ravi Kumar, President, Tamilnadu Science Forum, Chennai District Chapter


Dr. Basudev Roy

Dr. Basudev Roy

Dr. Basudev Roy is Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Madras. He secured his PhD in Physics from IISER Kolkata. His research interests are Optical tweezers, High resolution imaging, Soft condensed matter experiments. He has co-authored publications on optical physics, “Self-Assembly of Mesoscopic Materials To Form Controlled and Continuous Patterns by Thermo-Optically Manipulated Laser Induced Microbubbles”, “Controlled transportation of mesoscopic particles by enhanced spin-orbit interaction of light in an optical trap”, “Self-assembly of micro particles in stable ring structures in an optical trap”…



Dr.Sivaramakrishnan, is Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Madras. He obtained his Ph.D., from Max Planck Institute, Germany. He recently Co-authored a Book Chapter in Multiphoton Processes and Attosecond Physics - "Ignition of Doped Helium Nanodroplets in Intense Few-Cycle Laser Pulses. Also co-authored several publications in various area of optical physics. Few of them are “The role of defects in the nonlinear optical absorption behavior of carbon and ZnO nanostructures”-2014, ” Photoionization of clusters in intense few-cycle near-infrared femtosecond pulses”- 2014, “Charge transfer and Penning ionization of dopants in or on helium nanodroplets exposed to EUV radiation” – 2013

Prof T. Jayaraman

Prof T. Jayaraman

Prof T. Jayaraman, is Professor, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His current responsibilities are Dean, School of Habitat Studies, Chairperson, Centre for Disaster Management (School of Habitat Studies), Chairperson, Computer Centre, Chairperson, M-Ward Project Steering Committee. He was part of Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai until 2003. His current areas of research interests are Climate Change Related Issues Including Climate Policy, Energy Issues, Global Mitigation and Carbon Budgets, and Vulnerability and Adaption, Sustainability Studies with special emphasis on equity, Science and Technology Policy in advanced science and technology sectors including Nuclear Policy, Select themes from philosophy of science and history of science and Innovation policies and issues.


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