BIIS (Biotech Innovation Ignition School): Opportunity to Work on Grassroots Innovations

BIIS: Opportunity to work on grassroots innovations

SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) is organizing a three-week BIIS (Biotech Innovation Ignition School) for validating, value adding and product development around grassroots innovations. The BIIS will develop solutions for grassroots applications for human, animals, and agricultural applications including herbal technologies, medical devices and microbial application. The BIIS-4 will be held at Ahmedabad, November 15 to December 7, 2018.
The selected participants will be assigned individual projects in primarily five action-research areas drawing upon the Honey Bee Network Database:-
1. Pharmacognosy/Phytochemistry - SRISTI’s Grassroots database contains many traditional knowledge practices as well contemporary innovations from across the country. These projects would involve validation/ value addition to innovator’s practices. A few of these practices are presented here-
 2. Microbiology - SRISTI has a Microbial diversity bank containing 8000+ organisms (Bacteria, Fungi, and Actinomycetes) isolated from the soil samples collected during  Shodh Yatras in different parts of the country ( An extensive study of screening for these isolated microbes will help in developing human, animal, and agricultural applications.
3. Medical devices- Value addition/product development of any of the open source projects listed on our summer school website (ttp:// will be taken forward to cater the human and animal health care or other medical devices for meeting unmet social need.
4. Agriculture- Validation of grassroots practices of crop protection and pest control by conducting field trials for the purpose of product development complemented by lab screening.
5. Food & Nutrition-Validation of traditional nutritional food to cater to the sustainable development of woman and child health.
The abstracts along with the objective of the projects will be shared with the selected participants one week before the start of the BIIS. The participants would be expected to develop a project proposal and a work plan. These participants would receive an expert feedback on their proposals from the reviewers. They will also receive hands-on training in various techniques of microbiology, phytochemical extraction procedures, and using various lab equipment (AAS, HPTLC, HPLC etc.) as per the need of the project in the first week of the event.

It is hoped that each participant becomes a volunteer of the Honey Bee Network which has helped in scouting and disseminating rural creativity and innovation over the last three decades.

All the output will be credited to the knowledge providers and can be published thereafter with prior written concurrence of the BIIS team and knowledge providers.

Highest ethical code of Biotech research is expected to be followed. Team spirit and willingness to develop open source solutions will be highly encouraged. Peer learning will be appreciated. The findings will be shared with knowledge providers in local language with the help of SRISTI and Honey Bee Network team.

Participants are invited to apply by filling the Google Form (Available on QR code and link):

Participants with a background in biotechnology, agriculture, microbiology, bioengineering, phytochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, food & nutrition etc., are invited to apply.
Above all, participants would get an invaluable opportunity to interact with both national and international experts as well as grassroots practitioners/innovators in their respective fields.
Registration fees: Participants (Current students-2018/Pass out students of the year 2017 & 2018) - Rs.5000/-
Industry/Organization employee (below the age of 35 years)- Rs.10,000/-

Kindly email at or call at 922 776 1140 for further queries.
Last date for submission of application is October 25, 2018 on or before 12:00 p.m.

Food and lodging will be charged separately.

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