For Promotion Of Cryptogam Research In India
National Conference on Cryptogam research in India: Progress and Prospects
28 - 29 September 2015
Organized by
Indian Lichenological Society, Lucknow
CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow

About the conference

Cryptogams are extremely diverse, widely distributed and very important component of biodiversity. India being a mega diversity country has a huge repository of cryptogam wealth but insufficiently explored. The cryptogams are one of the most poorly known and less studied groups of all organisms in the world and India. This lack of knowledge is not surprising because many cryptograms are microscopic, have cryptic life cycles, grow in inaccessible habitat, lack dominant marker characters and specialist skills are required for their identification. Therefore, the cryptogamic study has failed to attract many researchers and at the same time the present generation is losing interest in basic research such as taxonomy. Further, it is observed that seminars and conferences on biodiversity are common in India where in mostly higher plants are discussed and role of cryptogams are under estimated due to poor representation. Except for mycology the conferences dealing exclusively with other groups of cryptogams are rare in India. Thus to cope with the lacuna in popularization of cryptogamic knowledge the Indian Lichenological Society (ILS) attempts to bring together all cryptogamic researchers of India under a single platform through this conference. The conference would give an opportunity to the participants to discuss the achievements in their area of research, possible challenges and future scope. The conference would help in attracting young generation to take up research in diverse aspects of cryptogams. The conference ultimately lay a strong foundation for revolutionized crytogamic research in India.

CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow

CSIR-NBRI, a premier plant based research institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi was originally set up as the National Botanic Gardens (NBG) by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and later taken over by the CSIR in the year 1953. From the very beginning the institute envisaged to be a combination of basic research, botanical garden and applied botanical research laboratory. CSIR-NBRI is probably the only institute where studies on several cryptogamic groups (algae, lichen, bryophyte and pteridopytes) are under taken under a single roof. The institute has contributed significantly to the growth of these groups within in India and abroad. Further, Lucknow is a hub of academic institutions, especially University of Lucknow where lichenological and bryological studies attained their highest reputation under the leadership of Dr. D.D. Awasthi and Prof. Ram Udar respectively. Conference venue not only offers a great opportunity to meet renowned algologists, lichenologists, bryologists and pteridologists of our country, but also one can access to huge specimen collections in herbarium, live collections in the garden and rich library at CSIR-NBRI. The available infrastructure and expertise at CSIR-NBRI and other institutes and Universities in Lucknow make it an ideal place to conduct conference completely devoted to discuss the modern concept and cutting edge researches on different aspects of cryptogams.

Indian Lichenological Society

Indian Lichenological Society (ILS) is an association of lichen researchers and enthusiasts established in the year 2014 for the promotion of lichenological research in India. The society is registered under Society Registration Act 1860 and has grown-up profusely to accommodate the interest of other cryptogam groups in India by initiating a journal entitled 'Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment'. The society offers membership to any interested cryptogam researchers with Life Membership fee of Rs. 2500/- and the Annual Membership of Rs. 500/-. For more information please visit society's website and also facebook page.


In principle the conference would accept abstracts relevant to cryptogams (alga, lichen, fungus, brophyte and pteridophyte). However, some themes are recognized to help the authors for abstract preparation.

  • Systematics and diversity
    (Classical and molecular taxonomy, morphology and anatomy, floras, inventories and revisionary studies, new discoveries and observations)
  • Ecology, Phytogeography and Conservation
  • Biomonitoring and Biodeterioration
    (Air pollution studies, climate change, remote sensing, impact assessment)
  • Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Bioprospection
    (Economic uses, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, medicinal uses and biological activities)
  • Biotechnology
  • Paleobotany

Abstracts submission

The participants are requested to submit the abstract(s) in their area of interest. The abstract should be within 500 words, prepared in MS Word, using Ariel font, on 'Letter' sized paper with 1.5 line spacing and one inch margin on all sides. The sequence and specification for various headings are as follows, Title - in capitals, bold, font size 12; Author names - font size 10, bold, preferably provide full name (first, middle name followed by surname), avoid titles such as Ms., Mr., Shri, Dr., Prof. etc in the author name, presenting author name should be underlined; Affiliations - keep the affiliations as brief as possible (Laboratory/Division/Department name, institute name, city/town name, pin code, state); the email address of presenting author and/or corresponding author may be provided; Main abstract - font size 10, normal, start with 0.5 inch Tab; Keywords - Maximum five, preferably different from the words used in title. The abstract(s) should reach the Organizing Secretary of the conference on or before 15th Sept. 2015 by email ( and the hard copy by post. The submitted abstract will be reviewed by the editorial committee before it is accepted. The accepted abstracts will be printed only after receiving the registration fee.

Mode of presentation (Oral/Posters)

The presentation of papers by participants would be held in different parallel sessions within the host institute. The authors can choose the preferred mode of presentation, either as poster or oral. However, final decision will be taken by organizing committee depending upon the number of presenters. The oral presentation should be short and crisp and the maximum time allotted would be 15 minutes, which may further reduce or extended depending upon the number of presenters. The poster may be flex or paper printed and the size should not be more than 36 (wide) x 48 (length) inches.

Awards and medals

There will be different awards and medals for the eminent personalities who have contributed significantly to the field of cryptogams in India. Also, there will be prize for the best oral and poster presentations in different sessions.

Conference proceeding

Selected papers from the conference would be published in the form of proceeding through reputed publisher. The authors would be contacted to submit full length paper after the conference.

Registration Fee*

Following are the registration fee structures for the conference,

  On or before 15th Sept. 2015 After 15th Sept.2015
Life Member of ILS 1800/- 2200/-
Annual Member of ILS 2000/- 2400/-
Students# 1500/- 2000/-
Delegates 2500/- 3000/-
Accompanying Person@ 1500/- 1700/-

*Registration fee includes conference kit, Guest House/Hostel accommodation and food.

# Students category refers to Post-graduate students and Research Scholars who are not getting any fellowship or financial assistance. Participants availing this concession must produce certificate for their studentship from their Supervisor or Head of the Department.

@ Accompanying person will not be given conference kit.

Remittance details

All the financial transaction should be made with the official account of 'Indian Lichenological Society'. Please draw 'Multicity' Cheque/ Demand Draft in fovour of 'Indian Lichenological Society' payable at Lucknow. Fee can also be deposited through online transaction (NEFT, RTGS) or by swiping the debit or credit cards. However, please do not deposit cash in the account as it is liable for 'out station cash deposit' charges.

Details for online transaction

Account No.: 34349534762 Name: Indian Lichenological Society
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: NBRI Lucknow (10173)
Address: National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Luckonw-226001
IFS Code: SBIN0010173
MICR Code: 226002051


The delegates would be accommodated in the institute's Guest House and Youth Hostel. We have limited accommodation, would be reserved on first come first serve basis for the delegates who have paid their registration fee. The organizing committee reserves the right to allot accommodation to the participants. The organizers do not ensure accommodation for late registered and spot registered candidates.

Important Dates

Conference date: 28 - 29th September 2015
Last date for abstract submission: 15th September 2015
Last date for fee submission at regular rate: 15th September 2015

How to reach the venue

CSIR-NBRI is located at the heart of the Lucknow city, just 3.5 km from Lucknow Railway Station (LKO and LJN) and about 15 km from Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. The city is well connected with transportation facilities such as rickshaws, taxi and city buses. Prepaid taxi service is also available at the railway station and airport.

Weather and attractions in Lucknow

During the end of September the weather at Lucknow would be warm and humid with temperature ranging from 24° to 35° C, and relative humidity around 65%. The sky would be clear and rain is generally not expected. During these days would be shorter with about 12 hours of sunlight. Lucknow is popularly known as city of Nawabs, rich in cultural heritage and monuments. Some of the popular places to visit in Lucknow are Bara Imambara Complex with Bhool Bhulaiya, Shahi Bawli, Asifi Masjid; Roomi Darwaja, Clock Tower, Hussainabad Picture Gallery, Chhota Imambara, Lucknow Residency, Tomb of Saadat Ali Khan and The Constantia of La Martinere College. In recent times the city is further enriched with some of the worth visiting sites such as Ambedkar Memorial Park, Janeshwar Mishra Park, Kanshi Ram Eco Park etc. Lucknow also has a well maintained zoological park and crocodile breeding centre popularly known as Kukrail Picnic Spot. In addition to CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow also hosts three more CSIR institutes namely, CSIR-CDRI, CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-IITR and extension centre of CSIR-CFTRI. Other research institutes in Lucknow includes Birbal Sahani Institute of Paleobotany, Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, and National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources. Lucknow also has two most popular medical institutes; Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) and Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (King George Medical University), and one Central University - Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University.

Note: Conference would have a tight schedule for two days. Therefore, the participants are advice to keep extra days for consulting herbarium, library, garden, sightseeing and shopping.