Eastern Ghats Symposium 2022

Conserving biodiversity of the Eastern Ghats: Challenges and the way forward

Dates: 30th April and 1st May 2022


The Eastern Ghats are a discontinuous chain of mountains along the east coast of India covering an area of 75000 sq.km. Despite the fact that the Eastern Ghats are home to several endemic flora and fauna, like the Red Sanders tree and the Golden Gecko, habitats are rapidly being degraded or lost entirely. With increasing development in the region, there is a need for urgent scientific research and conservation action.

This symposium will bring together researchers, managers, and policy-makers who have worked in the landscape in the last two decades or more, in an attempt to consolidate existing knowledge, promote dialogue and collaborations.

Organising Team

National Biodiversity Authority

Dr. V.B. Mathur, Chairman

Dr. Justin Mohan, Secretary

Dr. KP Raghuraman, Technical Officer

IISER Tirupati

Dr. K.N. Ganesh, Director

Dr. Ramesh Sonti, Chair, Biology

Dr. Nandini Rajamani, Assistant Professor

Mr. Raja Sekhar Bandi, Citizen Science Coordinator

Mr. Aravind PS, Researcher

Mr. Senan D’Souza, Researcher

Ms. Swati Udayraj, PhD Student

Dr. Brawin Kumar, Postdoctoral Scholar

Mr. Rakesh Muni, PhD Student

Ms. Archita Sharma, PhD Student

Ms. Harsha Jagadeesh, Master’s Student

Ms.Anupama Devi, PhD Student

Ms.Keerthi .O, Master’s Student


Day 1: 30th April 2022, Saturday

10:00 am

Keynote Session- Dr. V.B. Mathur

10:30 am

Plenary Talks 1 and 2- Dr.T. Pullaiah, Dr.Jayashree Vencatesan

11:30 am

Tea break

11:45 am

Public Talks on Red Sanders

1:15 pm


2:15 pm

Research Talk

2:30 pm

Panel Discussion on Conservation issues

3:15 pm

Plenary Talk 3-Dr. N. Parthasarathy

3:45 pm

Tea Break

4:00 pm

Focus group discussion on future directions with Forest Departments, SBBs, Scientific Institutions and Academia (Closed Session)

5:30 pm

End of Day 1

7: 30 pm


Day 2: 1st May 2022, Sunday

9:30 am

Plenary Talk 4- Dr. Anupama Krishnamurthy

10:00 am

Research talks

11:30 am

Tea break

11:45 am

Research talks (continued)

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

End of Day 2

All sessions (except closed sessions) will also be streamed live on
the IISER Tirupati Youtube channel.

For more information please visit www.tirupatibiodiversity.org/events/eastern-ghats-symposium

COVID-19 guidelines: In-person attendees are kindly requested to adhere to COVID protocols. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.