Dr. Vimal Chandra Pandey featured in the world's top 2% scientists by Stanford University, United States published in 'PLoS Biology' journal. He is a leading researcher in the field of environmental engineering, especially phytomanagement of polluted sites. His research focuses mainly on the remediation and management of degraded lands, including heavy metal-polluted lands and post-industrial lands such as fly ash, red mud, mine spoil and others for regaining ecosystem services and supporting a bio-based economy with phytoproducts through the affordable green technology i.e. phytoremediation. His research interest also lies in exploring industrial crop-based phytoremediation to attain bioeconomy security and restoration, adaptive phytoremediation practices, phytoremediation based biofortification, carbon sequestration in waste dumpsites, fostering bioremediation for utilizing polluted lands, and attaining UN-Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, Dr. Pandey worked as a CSIR-Pool Scientist (Senior Research Associate) in the Department of Environmental Science at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India. Dr. Pandey also worked as Consultant at Council of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh, DST-Young Scientist in Plant Ecology and Environmental Science Division at CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute; Lucknow and DS Kothari Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Science at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He is a recipient of a number of awards / honours / fellowships, and a member of National Academy of Sciences India. Dr. Pandey serves as a subject expert and the panel member for the evaluation of research and professional activities in India and abroad for fostering environmental sustainability. He has published over 100 scientific articles/book chapters in peer reviewed journals/books. Dr. Pandey is also the author and editor of 7 books published by Elsevier with several more forthcoming. He is associate editor/editor/board member/ advisory board member of various international journals, and has also served as Guest Editor of prestigious international journals. Dr. Pooja Mahajan is Assistant Professor, Centre for Water Sciences, Chitkara University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chitkara University, Punjab, India. Her research focuses on Phytoremediation of contaminated sites, Waste Water Treatment, Drinking water purification, Dye Removal, Heavy Metal Removal, etc. She has published several research articles and review articles in peer -review international journal having good impact factor. Dr. Mahajan is a reviewer of several reputed national and international journals. She also credited 6 patents in her profile. Dr. Purabi Saikia is working in the broad areas of plant ecology including phytosociology, population and regeneration ecology, conservation of rare, endangered plant species, plant-soil interactions, plant population and invasive species mapping, and biomass estimation. She is presently working as Assistant Professor in Department of Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. She is an active member of IUCN-Commission on Ecosystem Management, South Asia as well as Global Forests Biodiversity Initiatives (GFBI), USA. She is recipient of PHSS-Foundation Young Women Leadership award 2018-2019, SERB-Young Scientists Scheme, UGC-start-up grant, international travel support scheme from SERB, and DBT Research Associate. She is engaged with various R&D projects including NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR), and Airborne Hyperspectral Sensing (AVIRIS-NG) missions for vegetation monitoring as well as DBT sponsored mapping and quantitative assessment of plant resources of Central India. She has published several articles in various journals and books including one in Nature as well as in Science. Dr. Ashish Praveen completed his Ph.D. from Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi, India. He has trained in research work at CSIR-NBRI. His research area is wide as phytoremediation of arsenic, ecotoxicology of arsenic, bioindicators of arsenic, climate change, soil and water pollution. Now, he is working as assistant professor in department of Botany at Markham College of Commerce (Vinoba Bhawe University), Hazaribag, India. Dr. Praveen has published many research and review article in reputed international journals that having good impact factor.
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