Chandigarh, September 21, 2014: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor, Dr J. S Sehrawat attended the prestigious conference ‘BABAO 14’ organised by British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) in its 16th Annual conference held from September 12 to 15, 2014 at Mountjoy Science Centre (Dawison Building), Durham University, Durham (UK), which was attended by more than 200 delegates from 19 countries.
Conference was jointly hosted by Departments of Anthropology and Archaeology, Durham University. A number of research papers were presented as oral and poster presentations by international scientists working in diverse fields of anthropology especially bio-archaeology, forensic anthropology and archaeology, molecular identification and ancient DNA analysis, skeletal and dental isotope analysis etc.
Dr. Sehrawat’s research findings and sample size were highly appreciated by majority of foreign delegates as the same were based on more than 40 metric and non-metric traits of contemporary clavicles collected form autopsy cases instead of few bio-archaeological bone specimens collected from some prominent bone collections or from cemeteries.
Healthy interactions and discussions about present scope and future extension of my research work led to assurance of some scientific collaborations and networking from many foreign scientists. Prof. Norman Sullivan of Marquette University, Wisconsin (USA), Dr. Marques Grant of Cranfield University, Swindon (UK), Dr. M Novak, University of Dublin(Ireland),Dr. Andreas Dorling, Oxford University and some other researchers from Natural History Museum, London, Cambridge University, UK, Germany, Scotland, France, Copenhagen, Spain etc., were deeply interested and strongly promised in having collaborations with Panjab University, Chandigarh for research in my area of expertise i.e. forensic anthropology. I also interacted with faculty of Anthropology and Archaeology of Durham University and discussed about some possible collaborations in research; and I found them very cooperative and helpful in this direction.
Concrete assurances were received from few faculties to collaborate in joint research projects of India and UK (like UGC-UKIERI Thematic partnerships sponsored by UGC and British Government) in financial and technological fronts.
Dr. Sehrawat also discussed with some British scientists about the fate and outcome of Ajnala skeletal remains belonging to martyrs of 1857 independence revolution against British Empire and they were astonished to know about such brutal killings committed by their ancestors. All of them were of the opinion that truth should be brought to light by scientific examination of these skeletal remains.
On the whole, I am extremely excited and delighted attending BABAO 14 conference and presenting my research findings before global scientific community. I expect excellent
scientific collaborations and networking with researchers from prestigious universities and institutions of not only UK but some other countries like France, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, US etc. I can say Britain is really Great Britain as far as land and people are concerned and I found people of UK highly disciplined, cooperative, helpful, satisfies and expert in their academic fields. I learnt a lot from this conference and I wish to apply that knowledge for my future academic and research accomplishments.
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