It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all here today to the first Commonwealth Science Conference since 1967.
Congratulations and sincere thanks to the Government of India, The Royal Society, the Commonwealth Secretariat and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust for their efforts in bringing together more than 300 talented scientists and PhD students from more than 30 countries for this occasion.
The goals of this conference are worthy and inspiring – it is a celebration of excellence in Commonwealth science, mathematics and engineering – and I am sure that your research and innovations will help to shape a brighter future for all nations.
Science is the key to unlocking potential, solving complex problems and creating life-enhancing opportunities for the next generation. I hope that this conference will provide you with a creative environment in which to exchange new ideas, develop partnerships and collaborate on important projects.
I send my warmest good wishes to you all for a successful and productive conference which I hope will continue for many years to come.