Friday, January 20, 2017

Call for Entries | Dr. Ambedkar Foundation National Essay Competition - 2016

Dr. Ambedkar Foundation National Essay Competition - 2016

Last Date for Submission is 10.02.2017

Essay Topic for Category 1 (School Students): "Ambedkar's Views on Nation & Nationalism"

Essay Topic ​for Category 2 (College/ University Students): "Personality of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, his Social Environment, his Education, or Western Thoughts"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

JNU organizes One-Day Seminar on Philosophy, Science and Technology on the occasion of World Philosophy Day | 25 January at SSS-1, JNU

Centre for Philosophy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University

invites to a One-Day Seminar on

Philosophy, Science and Technology

on the occasion of World Philosophy Day

Date: January 25, 2017

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Venue: Conference Room, SSS-I, JNU

All are invited

JMI, New Delhi organizes "BRICS and the Multipolar World: Workshop on BRICS Studies" | on 1st February

BRICS and the Multipolar World: Workshop on BRICS Studies

Date: 1st February 2017

Venue: Ho Chi Minh Conference Room, MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

The five countries that comprise BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are emerging economies striving to create of a more just and balanced system of global economic relations. BRICS focuses on good neighbourly relations, mutually beneficial cooperation, climate change, security issues, sustainable growth and reform of the international economic architecture to find means to solve unemployment. It promotes multilateral trade cooperation. Its multi-sectoral cooperation among members includes science, technology, internet governance and security, social security, agriculture, intellectual property, tourism, health, etc. Formed in 2006, it is the largest interregional grouping. South Africa was added to the group in 2010. BRICS has worked through and formulated policies at its summits in member countries (the First Summit was in 2009 in Russia and the Eighth Summit took place in Goa in October 2016). The workshop will have eminent specialists examine and critically evaluate the role of BRICS and its contribution to a multipolar world order.

Who Can Apply for the Workshop? The workshop is open to all MA, MPhil, PhD students from NCR.

How to Apply for the Workshop? A Rs 200 demand draft in favour of "Registrar, JMI" will have to be submitted along with a copy of the latest degree of the applicant to the AIS office. The workshop will register 50 participants on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline for Application: 25 January 2017. 

A certificate of participation will be given to participants at the end of the workshop. Further Information

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Call for Papers, 4S Boston 2017 | CfPs in Panel "102. Dissemination, Disembodiment, Diversity: Science and Technology in a Post-Truth World"

Call for Papers, Panels, and Making and Doing Presentations

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for individual papers, traditional panels, and "Making and Doing" presentations at its Annual Meeting in Boston, August 30 – September 2, 2017.

Conference theme:  STS (In)Sensibilities

If sensibility is the ability to grasp and to respond, how might we articulate the (in)sensibilities of contemporary technoscience?  How, similarly, can we reflect on the extent and limits of our own sensibilities as STS scholars, teachers, and activists?  The conference theme invites an open reading and exploration of how the world is made differently sense-able through multiple discourses and practices of knowledge-making, as well as that which evades the sensoria of technoscience and STS.  Our aim is that the sense of 'sense' be read broadly, from mediating technologies of perception and apprehension to the discursive and material practices that render worlds familiar and strange, real and imagined, actual and possible, politically (in)sensitive and ethically sensible. 

Start Here

Deadline for Submissions is March 1. We suggest you begin at the 4S Meeting Home Page to

·         read Open Panel abstracts

·         read about the return of the Making and Doing session

·         learn about the new login regime for the submission site

·         learn about program policies

About 4S

The Society for Social Studies of Science is an international, nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1975. 4S fosters interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS). Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in understanding developments in science, technology, or medicine in relation to their social contexts.


Society for Social Studies of Science |

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102. Dissemination, Disembodiment, Diversity: Science and Technology in a Post-Truth World

Organized by: Ravi Shukla, Jamia, New Delhi,

In normative STS understanding, state as well as corporate actors draw upon the supposedly objective, impersonal nature of science to make their decisions appear impartial and free from bias. Put differently, the scientific claim to truth — where mathematical and abstract rationalities prevail over sensory evidence — has traditionally formed the basis of public credibility. In a social media driven, "post-truth" world, where objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion, are the nature and mechanisms of state/corporate influence changing? Digital information technologies, in the form of the internet and mobile devices, have played a significant role in this shift. As Katherine Hayles and others have suggested, these technologies tend to assume a disembodied view of the world, one in which the information about an object is seen as distinct from the object itself. How does the traditional debate between social shaping of technologies and technology as an autonomous force change in a scenario wherein the nature and extent of social influence is shaped by the selfsame technologies? Is it possible to have a more embodied approach without abandoning the idea of an objective truth? This panel suggests that post-truth is not a sudden, epochal phenomenon but a more gradual shift that has been in the making. Since the shift to a post-truth world appears to be global, the panel invites both empirically oriented as well as conceptual papers that engage with the tension between a more embodied approach and the need for objective truth.

I had proposed Panel 102 here is the link (
Many Thanks,
Ravi Shukla,

Monday, January 16, 2017

JNU TRCSS Special Lecture "Our Uncommon Past From Sustainable Development to the Anthropocene" by Prof Sheila Jasanoff | 19 January at 3.30pm

TRCSS, JNU Special Lecture Series

Our Uncommon Past From Sustainable Development to the Anthropocene

by Sheila Jasanoff
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA

Date: January 19, 2017; 3.30 PM

Venue: Committee Hall, JNU Convention Centre, New Delhi

Organizers: South Asia Sustainability Hub and Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) | Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS) | Jawaharlel Nehru University, New Delhi

New Book | The Data Librarian's Handbook | by Robin Rice & John Southall, 2016

The Data Librarian's Handbook
by Robin Rice and John Southall, Facet Publishing, 2016, 192 pages, paperback, ISBN: 9781783300471.

About the Book 
An insider's guide to data librarianship packed full of practical examples and advice for any library and information professional learning to deal with data. Interest in data has been growing in recent years. Support for this peculiar class of digital information – its use, preservation and curation, and how to support researchers' production and consumption of it in ever greater volumes to create new knowledge, is needed more than ever.  Many librarians and information professionals are finding their working life is pulling them toward data support or research data management but lack the skills required. 
The Data Librarian's Handbook, written by two data librarians with over 30 years' combined experience, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian and offers practical guidance on how to collect, curate and crunch data for economic, social and scientific purposes. With contemporary case studies from a range of institutions and disciplines, tips for best practice, study aids and links to key resources, this book is a must-read for all new entrants to the field, library and information students and working professionals. 
Readership: This title is for the practising data librarian, possibly new in their post with little experience of providing data support. It is also for managers and policy-makers, public service librarians, research data management coordinators and data support staff. It will also appeal to students and lecturers in iSchools and other library and information degree programmes where academic research support is taught.

Table of Contents
1. Data Librarianship: Responding to Research Innovation
2. What Is Different about Data?
3. Supporting Data Literacy [Sample Chapter]
4. Building a Data Collection
5. Research Data Management Service and Policy: Working Across Your Institution
6. Data Management Plans as a Calling Card
7. Essentials of Data Repositories
8. Dealing with Sensitive Data
9. Data Sharing in the Disciplines
10. Supporting Open Scholarship and Open Science

About the Authors
Robin Rice is Data Librarian at EDINA and Data Library, an organisation providing data services for research and education based in Information Services at the University of Edinburgh.
John Southall is Data Librarian for the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. He is based in the Social Science Library and is subject consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.

Friday, January 6, 2017

EC OA Report | Evaluation of a National Research System: Morocco | ed by Roland Waast & Mina Kleiche-Dray

Evaluation of a National Research System: Morocco. 
Ed by Roland Waast & Mina Kleiche-Dray. European Commission: Directorate General for Research, 2009, ISBN 9789279129575, doi: 10.2777/36998.

Abstract: The report ends with a synthesis of the evaluation, and a posteriori analysis of this operation by the people in charge of research today (i.e. Ahmed El Hattab and Said Belcadi); they present the lessons retained by the Ministère Délégué à la Recherche Scientifique (Moroccan Ministry for Scientific Research), and the results that followed. This report appears just at the right time. The question of the role and usefulness of the scientific system is an up-to-date one. Genuine financial and resource efforts have been laid out in Morocco. However, what is at stake is not only a question of mobilising means but also of structuring research - not only institutions but links with society, motivation, human resources and, finally, imagination for choosing relevant and anticipating niches. This a constant concern of the Académie Hassan II des Sciences et des Techniques (Sciences and Technologies Academy of Morocco), which, among other missions, has to contribute to defining the general orientations of scientific and technological development of the country.

Table of Contents
Preface | Prof. Omar Fassi-Fehri
1.1 The approach | Roland Waast
1.2 Role of the ministry | Ilham Laaziz el Malti
Framework of Moroccan Research
2.1 A history of research organisation | Mina Kleiche-Dray
2.2 The Moroccan research system: organisation and new initiatives | Mina Kleiche-Dray
2.3 Detailed bibliometric analysis: methods and outcomes | Pier Luigi Rossi and Roland Waast
2.4 The role of the e-survey in evaluating national research systems: a study of Moroccan research laboratories | Anne-Marie Gaillard and Jacques Gaillard
Synthesis and Continuation
3.1 Evaluation overview | Roland Waast
3.2 Lessons learned and follow-up | Said Belcadi and Ahmed El Hattab
References | Mina Kleiche-Dray

[UNESCO CI News] CI highlights

Call for Applications: UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education

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UNESCO, UNESCO MGIEP and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are jointly putting out a call for youth to participate in The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education (6-10 March 2017, Ottawa, Canada). The conference will present a unique platform for discussion on two key programmes of UNESCO's Education Sector, namely Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution in achieving Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. The Week will focus on the issue of teachers and teacher training, and highlight best practices in the field of ESD and GCED.

We're offering a unique opportunity to global youth committed to creating peaceful and sustainable societies through education to be part of this prestigious conference.

To apply you should:

  • Be between the ages of 18-35 as of June 1, 2016.
  • Be fluent in English or French.
  • Be able to easily and frequently access social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter during the run-up to the conference week.
  • Be present for the full duration of the conference week in Ottawa Canada (6-10th March, 2017) and available on social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter).

If you meet these criteria, you can apply here:

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And don't forget to actively participate in our weekly online discussions.

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For more information, you can go here.

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 UNESCO MGIEP, ICSSR Building First Floor · 35 Ferozshah Road · New Delhi 110001 · India

AJSTID Book Review | Understanding the Dynamics of Indian Higher Education | [India Higher Education Report 2015]

Mukherjee Das, A. (2016). Understanding the Dynamics of Indian Higher Education, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2016.1256595. 

Reviewed book: India Higher Education Report 2015, edited by NV Varghese & Garima Malik, Routledge India, 2015. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

AJSTID Book Review | The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited | by Sanghamitra Das, CSSP

Das, Sanghamitra (2016). The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 8(5-6), 509-511, DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2016.1256596

Reviewed book: The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited, by Richard Florida, Basic Books, New York, 2012. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Q&A Session with Nobel Laureates | Strengthening Ties between Science, Government and Industry – A Recipe for Innovation? | 12 January | NMML, New Delhi

Nobel Media cordially invites you to a Q&A moderated session with Nobel Laureates at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the theme:

Strengthening Ties between Science, Government and Industry – A Recipe for Innovation?

Date: 12 January 2017, 10 am - 11.30 am

Venue: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhawan,  New Delhi - 110011

The seminar is a part of Nobel Prize Series India 2017, an extensive programme combining an exhibition, conference, lectures, roundtables and other meeting spaces. By sharing achievements and stories of Nobel Laureates with a global audience, this official Nobel programme inspires engagement in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel's vision.

Participating Nobel Laureates:
  • William E Moerner, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 | "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy".
  • Harold E Varmus, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1989 | "discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes".
  • Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 | "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems"
Moderator: Mattias Fyrenius, CEO Nobel Media AB

We are looking forward to your reply. Please register  to participate no later than 6 January.

Welcome, Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation
Mattias Fyrenius, CEO, Nobel Media AB
(For more information about Nobel Prize Series India 2017, please visit

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Call for Participation: General Course on Intellectual Property (DL101) | Free eLearning Course by WIPO Academy - Distance Learning Program

General Course on Intellectual Property  (DL-101)
Free eLearning Course by WIPO Academy - Distance Learning Program

Overview: This course provides an in-depth view of the fundamentals of IP law, and is considered as indispensable to pursue more advanced courses of study on specific areas of IP law. Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout each module to assist participants with gauging their respective levels of knowledge and progress, as well as their ability to apply the concepts and facts presented within the course. Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of IP.
The DL-101 course is comprised of the following modules and final exam:
Module 1: Introduction to IP
Module 2: Copyright
Module 3: Related Rights
Module 4: Trademarks
Module 5: Geographical Indications
Module 6: Industrial Design
Module 7: Patents
Module 8: WIPO Treaties
Module 9: Unfair Competition
Module 10: Protection of New Varieties of Plants
Module 11: Summary and Discussion on Intellectual Property Rights
Module 12: IP and Development - The WIPO Development Agenda
Final Exam and Certificate: The final exam for this course is comprised of a series of multiple choice questions. A fixed amount of time is allocated for participants to complete and submit the exam on-line. Participants are contacted regarding modalities for accessing the final exam approximately one week prior to the deadline for completion of the DL-101 course. Participants who pass the DL-101 final exam are awarded an electronic certificate of course completion.
Eligibility: This course is open to individuals who are/will be employed in the field of administration of intellectual property rights; those seeking general knowledge of IP; and those who generate various forms of IP and seek a deeper understanding of the effective management and protection of IPRs.
To be enrolled before: 31 January 2017
Course Dates: 1 February 2017 to 15 March 2017

CfPs: First Workshop on Indian Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Partnership (ISTEP) | 24-25 February | CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, India

First Workshop on Indian Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Partnership (ISTEP)

24-25 February 2017 

CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, India

Background: It is generally accepted that Science and Technology can be the major drivers of innovations and enterprise of our times. In particular, a systematic and focused effort to utilize S&T in enterprise holds the promise of revolutionizing the country's economic and industrial landscape. However, this potential of S&T driven enterprise has not yet been fully realized in India. The first step towards such a realization is to identify the key characteristics of an S&T driven enterprise. The first meeting on ISTEP will focus on the characterization of S&T driven enterprise and develop a roadmap for realizing ISTEP.
Approach: While an enterprise automatically includes innovation, the reverse is not true. ISTEP will move beyond innovation by integrating innovations into products for value addition and cost-competitiveness. ISTEP will complement traditional discipline driven research with S&T synergies with enterprise goals. 
Plan of the Workshop: The primary goal of the Workshop will be to identify enterprise goals based on compelling necessities that can significantly value-add national aspirations and provide global leadership. The meeting will examine and explore major thematic areas to make a successful ISTEP. The first session will highlight these thematic areas and bring out critical issues. In the second (parallel) session, groups will discuss each thematic area in detail to develop working models. The third (day 2) sessions will synthesize the inputs from the six groups to arrive at an integrated ISTEP plan. The third day (panel discussion) will create a comprehensive set of recommendations; a Draft Agenda is available online.
Participants: Realization of ISTEP will require sustained, significant and synergetic efforts systematically involving thought leaders, established researchers and young researchers. Accordingly, the meeting will include all the three tiers from industry and academia to develop strategies and roadmap for ISTEP:
  • Thought Leaders
  • Policy Makers
  • Subject Experts including Finance and Management
  • Industry Leaders
  • Young Researchers
In addition to the invited speakers, a few contributed presentations will be included through open call. 
Organization of the Workshop: The event will be jointly organized by CSIR NISTADS, Delhi and NIAS, Bangalore. A Scientific Organizing Committee will design the Agenda and identify the invited speakers. 
Output: The main output will be a document containing the frameworks, recommendations and roadmap for implementation of ISTEP. In addition, a Pilot Project will be considered for a Proof-of-Concept.
Outcome: The primary outcome of the meeting will be the first step towards design and implementation of ISTEP. Another important outcome would be an ISTEP Working Group for sustained follow up.
Follow Up: The first Workshop will be followed up with subsequent events as recommended. A Pilot Project will be developed to create a Proof-of-Concept. 

For Submission to the Workshop 
Key Dates
  • Deadline for submission of extended abstracts January 31, 2017
  • Communication of acceptance of abstracts February 10, 2017
Format of Extended Abstract: Extended abstract (of around 1500 words) should be submitted outlining the main research questions and their relevance to ISTEP. Extended Abstract should be under following sub-heads (a) Purpose (b) Design/Methodology/Approach (c) Findings (d) Implications (e) Originality/Value (f) Keywords (maximum 5).
The work submitted should not have been published earlier in any form. All submissions and communications should be sent through email at Subsequent notifications and other details will be posted on this site

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Gujarat Government announces Biotechnology Policy | ​Download Full-text PDF

Gujarat Government announces Biotechnology Policy

Gandhinagar, Dec 26 (PTI): With an aim to establish Gujarat as a preferred destination for manufacturing of biotechnology products, the state government today announced its Biotechnology Policy-2016. The policy has various incentives for investors who are keen to set up their units in the state. Under the policy, the state government would provide capital subsidy up to Rs 25 crore on the total investment for developing a Biotechnology (BT) Park, said Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel while announcing the policy. In addition, the developer of such park will be eligible for 100 per cent reimbursement of stamp duty paid on sale or lease of the land for setting such park, stated the policy document. BT Park developer will be given 100 per cent reimbursement for electricity duty paid for a period of five years, it added. For individual BT manufacturing units having gross fixed capital investment(GFCI) up to Rs 50 crore, government would give capital subsidy up to Rs 10 per cent of the GFCI with a ceiling of Rs 5 crore. Further, BT units with borrowings up to Rs 50 crore shall be entitled to an interest subsidy at the rate of 5 per cent with a ceiling of 2.5 crore per annum, the document added. To encourage new start-ups in this sector, government would give 100 per cent reimbursement of stamp duty paid on sale or lease of the land for setting such start-up, it added. According to Patel, governments aim is to make Gujarat number one in Biotechnology sector by attracting new investment. "At present, there are 175 BT units in Gujarat having total turnover of Rs 4,500 crore per annum. We are on number three spot in India. Our aim behind bringing this policy is to take this turnover to Rs 15,000 crore within next three-four years and make Gujarat number one in this sector," said Patel. Source.

M S Swaminathan: 
Happy to see progress in #biotech policy. Was involved in 1st policies of Gujarat & TN & Chair of India's 1st National Biotechnology Board.
Congratulate the Gujarat government for its new policy on #biotechnology in the state and in appointing a Mission Director. @CMOGuj

Friday, December 30, 2016

CfPs: INSEE Conference on Sustainability, Institutions, Incentives: Voices, Policies and Commitments | KILA, Kerala| Dates: 8-10 November, 2017

The 9th Biennial Conference of The Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE)
Theme: Sustainability, Institutions, Incentives: Voices, Policies and Commitments 
Venue: Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur, Kerala, India
Dates: 8-10 November, 2017

Call for Papers
INSEE is pleased to announce its 9th Biennial Conference, organized jointly with the Kerala Institute of Local Administration, Thrissur, Kerala ( at KILA. INSEE provides a forum for engaging with inter-disciplinary perspectives on ecology, economy and society. We invite academicians, students, activists, policy-makers and practitioners to submit abstracts (of original research papers) and panel proposals under the following sub-themes:
1. Ecosystems and Well Being: Oceans, Forests, Mountains and Wetlands; Resilience; Valuation; Management
2. Collective Action and Local Governance: Community; Institutions; Transaction Costs; Trust
3. Climate Change: Science of Climate Change; Agriculture & Food Security; Extreme Events; Paris Agreement and Marrakesh Proclamation; Adaptation and Mitigation; Technology
4. SDGs and Global South: Gender & Ecology; Inequality; Environmental Justice; Green Economy; Waste and recycling; Energy 

Important dates:
  • Last date for submission of Abstracts/Panel Proposal January 31, 2017
  • Communication about selection of Abstract/Panel Proposal February 28, 2017
  • Submission of final Paper/full Panel Proposal April 15, 2017
  • Announcement of final selection of Paper/Panel July 1, 2017
  • Conference November 8-10, 2017
  • Other events planned: Pre-conference workshop November 6-7, 2017

For information on Submission of Abstract of Paper/Panel Proposals, Pre-conference Workshop, Plenary Speakers, Directions to the Venue, Prearranged Local Visits, Travel Support, and Local Hospitality, visit the INSEE website ( 
Dr. P P Balan, Director, KILA  | Dr. Nandan Nawn, Secretary, INSEE

Thursday, December 29, 2016

CfP: Globelics Academy 2017: 12th International PhD School on Innovation and Economic Development | Tampere, Finland | 15-26 May

Globelics Academy 2017: 12th International PhD School on Innovation and Economic Development

15-26 May 2017

Venue: University of Tampere, Finland


Call for Applications | Deadline: January 20, 2017


The Aim of the Globelics Academy

The aim of the Globelics Academy PhD School is to support the training of PhD students who utilize the innovation systems approach in context of emerging or developing economies in their dissertations. The Academy brings together frontier researchers in innovation with PhD students from developing countries in order to inspire and qualify their work as well as to help them to join high quality research networks in their field of research. The Globelics Academy aims at improving students' ability to undertake theoretically informed and policy-relevant empirical work on issues related with innovation in firms and societies, and its relationship with economic development. The Globelics Academy originates from and is connected to the world-wide research network Globelics ( bringing together scholars working on national systems of innovation.


The Content of the PhD School

PhD training will be based on scholarly lectures and presentations from the PhD students. Student presentations are expected to focus explicitly on students' own on-going research, its methodological challenges and contribution to the advancement of knowledge on innovation. Lecturers for 2017 include professors form Globelics network, whose names will be confirmed soon (see webpages of previous years for example). In addition, other activities including policy lectures, panel discussion, workshops, social activities and visits to relevant "sites of innovation" are part of the program.


Further Details