Tuesday, May 26, 2020

King’s Open Research Conference | 11 June 2020 at 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm IST

King's Open Research Conference

The inaugural King's Open Research Conference will take place on 11th June 2020 10am to 6pm BST (2:30 pm to 10:30 pm IST). A full programme of the day and information about our speakers can be found here

The conference is open to all so please share these details with your networks - and join us on the day if you can!


In a series of talks and a round-table discussion, world renowned researchers, stakeholders and initiatives will discuss the necessity for Open Research with the view of engendering a research culture shift toward open, accessible, and reproducible research. Speakers include:

  •  Prof Marcus Munafo (University of Bristol, UK Reproducibility Network)
  • Stuart Ritchie (King's College London)
  • Amy Orben (Cambridge University, ReproducibiliTea)
  • Lawrence Rajendran (King's College London)
  • Laura Fortunato (University of Oxford, UK Reproducibility Network)
  • Ben Bleasdale (Wellcome Trust)
  • Victoria Moody (JISC)
  • Paul Ayris (UCL Press)
  • Kate Button (University of Bath)
  • Anne Scheel (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • James Parry (UKRIO)

 A full programme of the day and information about our speakers can be found at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/kings-open-research-conference

There is no need to register, but to keep updated, please register via Eventbrite. The conference is open to all, whether internal and external to King's College London.

Steering Group (A-Z): Chris Albertyn, Marion Criaud, Daniel Crane, Paolo Deluca, Adam Pawley, and Samuel Westwood. Additional support provided by Hannah Warren and Robin Maginn. For further information, please contact samuel.westwood@kcl.ac.uk.

CODATA Webinar: Writing a Research Article for Publication in an Academic Journal | 1June at 19:30 IST

CODATA Webinar: Writing a Research Article for Publication in an Academic Journal

Date:  1st June  2020
Time: 19:30 IST (14:00 UTC)
Duration: 40 min session and 20 min Question Answers (Total 1 hour)

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5307510160077828621

This session will cover the basics of writing a research article for publication in an academic journal. It is ideal for beginners in the topic, but can also serve as a refresher for more experienced researchers.

  • the global publishing landscape (including open access)
  • identifying a target journal
  • writing style – getting the right tone
  • developing your argument and structuring your paper
  • writing concisely
  • avoiding plagiarism with good citation practices and paraphrasing
  • writing productivity tips

Name of the Speaker: Andy Nobes
Designation:Programme Specialist  and Project Manager,
Affiliation : INASP and AuthorAID

Andy is Programme Manager of AuthorAID, a project run by UK-based NGO INASP. His work is focused on helping researchers develop their research writing and communication skills through online resources, courses, mentoring and peer learning. He has been instrumental in the development of the AuthorAID online courses in research writing and proposal writing, which have evolved into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Andy has also trained journal editors in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in digital publishing practices. He previously worked for academic publisher Taylor & Francis, in journal e-marketing and library marketing.


UNESCO Global Consultations on Open Science: deadline for inputs 15 June.

CODATA Connect and Data Science Journal Essay Competition: deadline 30 June 2020.

CODATA Connect Smart and Sustainable Cities Datathon: register by 30 June

International FAIR Convergence Symposium 2020, 22-23 Oct: Call for sessions, posters and lightning talks, deadline 20 July

DDI – Cross Domain Integration (DDI-CDI): first Public Review Release, deadline for comments 31 July.

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Last chance to join: Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and Recognition, 27 May, 15:00-17:00 (Bangkok, GMT+7)

Dear Colleagues,


For those of you who may have missed the posts via social media, here is a last chance to join today’s special webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and Recognition. Join in the discussion – registration and access details are online and below.



The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 and its effects resonate deeply in our societies, including education and - by extension - the recognition of foreign qualifications. Join an interactive webinar to explore emerging implications for higher education and recognition, including recognition practices from Europe and the Asia-Pacific featuring speakers from: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam.


Time: 15:00-17:00 in Bangkok (GMT+7), 27 May 2020

Register online here 



Warm regards,


Wes Teter



Wesley Teter, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant for Higher Education

Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)

Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building

920 Sukhumvit Rd.,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77 Ext 371




Friday, May 22, 2020

UNESCO posts six online debates on measures to restore and preserve biodiversity

UNESCO Media Advisory No.2020-36


UNESCO posts six online debates on measures

to restore and preserve biodiversity


Paris, 22 May - On the occasion of the International Day for Biodiversity celebrated on 22 May and whose theme this year is "Our Solutions are in Nature", UNESCO has produced five panel discussions between world-renowned experts in which they debate issues related to biodiversity.


Among the topics discussed is the link between the poor management of ecosystems and the risks of transmission of contagious diseases, including the risk of a pandemic. The outbreak of Covid-19 illustrates this connection in a dramatic and global way.


The five online discussions focus on the following themes:


- Links between coronavirus and biodiversity: the scientific evidence;

- Focusing on what connects us - what are our shared values?

- What changes are needed?

- What are the possible ways to regenerate ecosystems and restore our connections to living things?

- Sharing solutions from nature.


"Solutions exist. UNESCO is identifying them, analyzing them and, above all, making them known," stressed UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay in a message on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity.




For more information: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/biodiversityday


If you would rather not receive future communications from UNESCO, let us know by clicking here.
UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, PARIS, NA FRANCE France

Thursday, May 21, 2020

CODATA Connect Webinar 4: Data Science: Trust Building for Effective Data Sharing Pathways as the Global Community Recovers from COVID-19 | 25th May

CODATA Connect Webinar 4: Data Science: Trust Building for Effective Data Sharing Pathways as the Global Community Recovers from COVID-19

Date: 25th May 2020, Time17:30 IST (12:00 UTC)

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1098339955264698123

Moving forward and recovering from our current global pandemic, a more inclusive and engaged approach to the collection and use of our data will be needed to ensure that we have the best possible information to hand as we forge our collective pathway out of this crisis. The recent debates over COVID tracker-apps in various countries show us that whether or not people trust their governments will be crucial to the effectiveness of such tracking tools. To be worthy of trust takes more than authority. Regardless of how cutting edge and valid expertise or data may be, without a foundation of trust and good relationships with our peers and the communities we hope to serve, it can prove difficult for others to accept new knowledge and change their behaviour. Trustbuilding forges the relationship needed to support the innovations and actions conducive to a community's resilience and wellbeing: the more trust that is present, the more risk is accepted, and the more risk-enabled a community, the more resilient it can become. This webinar explores operating principles for demonstrating trustworthiness to the public and embedding trust-building practices within our data work.

Speaker: Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson
Designation: Associate Professor, Sydney Australia
Affiliation: Social Informaticist, Ethics for AI & ADM

A data and information ethicist passionate about shaping future digital and data infrastructure, Theresa is building an international network (Humanising Data Science) within the international information science community. Theresa's award-winning work as an educator and as a researcher for the past twenty years engages with the ever-evolving relationship between people and emerging technologies through transdisciplinary and value-sensitive lenses. Her early professional career included work as a political research analyst in research centres and think tanks, service as a diplomat and environmental education officer. 


UNESCO Global Consultations on Open Science: deadline for inputs 15 June.

CODATA Connect and Data Science Journal Essay Competition: deadline 30 June 2020.

DDI – Cross Domain Integration (DDI-CDI): first Public Review Release, deadline for comments 31 July.

CODATA Connect Webinar on Writing a Research Article for Publication in an Academic Journal
Date: 1st June  2020 at 19:30 IST (14:00 UTC)
Speaker: Andy Nobes, Programme Specialist  and Project Manager, INASP.info

CWTS Webinar on Doing Science in Times of Crisis: Science Studies Perspectives on COVID-19 | 27 May

CWTS Webinar on Doing Science in Times of Crisis: Science Studies Perspectives on COVID-19
When: Wednesday 27 May, 3-6 pm CEST (6:30-9:30 pm IST)
Register Online. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.  
This webinar intends to gather representative examples of ongoing science studies research on COVID-19. Topics include delimiting and mapping COVID-19-related research, social media and altmetrics, societal questions such as gender and research funding. This webinar is organized and hosted by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University. The organizers are Giovanni Colavizza and Ludo Waltman. Note: The speakers in this webinar are not affiliated with CWTS. For those interested, more information on CWTS research on COVID-19 can be found online.

Introduction from the organizers (3 pm)
Panel 1 (3:10 pm): Debates on social media
Mike Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton) "COVID-19 publications: Citation indexes and altmetrics"
Mike Taylor (Digital Science) "Media coverage of COVID-19 research"
Riccardo Gallotti (FBK, Trento) "Assessing the risks of "infodemics" in response to COVID-19 epidemics"
Q&A and discussion on panel 1  (3:40 pm), short 5m break
Panel 2 (4:10 pm): Societal questions
Lin Zhang (Wuhan University) "How scientific research reacts to international public health emergencies: a global analysis of response patterns"
Jens Peter Andersen (Aarhus University) "Early signals of a widening gender gap in publication frequency during the COVID-19 pandemic"
Title and speaker to be confirmed
Q&A and discussion on panel 2  (4:40 pm), short 5m break
Panel 3 (5:10 pm): Mapping COVID-19 research
Lucy Wang and Kyle Lo (Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for AI) "The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset"
Nicholas Fraser (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics) "Tracking the growth of COVID-19 preprints".
Simon Porter (Digital Science) "COVID-19 and preprint publishing culture"
Q&A and discussion on panel 3  (5:40 pm)
Closing remarks

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] COVID-19: UNESCO Virtual knowledge-sharing workshop on distance education programmes using radio and television - Wed 27 May 2020 - 11h00-12h30 CET (Paris time)

Forwarding by request:

COVID-19: UNESCO Virtual knowledge-sharing workshop on distance education programmes using radio and television
Wed 27 May 2020 - 11h00-12h30 CET (Paris time)


Dear Colleagues,


I hope you are all fine.


In the context of massive school and university closures, many countries are trying to set up and provide distance education programmes using traditional media such as TV and radio, where online connectivity is not available or as additional delivery modalities. To support Member States in these efforts, a series of virtual workshops on developing audio-visual education programmes are organized in several languages (English, French and Spanish). These workshops are meant for education officials, audiovisual professionals (television and radio), as well as teachers and teacher trainers involved in the creation of educational content for audiovisual media. The first virtual workshop in French was held on 11 May 2020 with more than 500 participants.


The second virtual workshop in English, will be held on 27 May 2020 (11:00 – 12:30 CET), in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), member of the UNESCO Global Coalition for Education on education responses to COVID-19. It will be led by experienced professionals from several regions of the world, involved in broadcasting audio-visual programmes and will focus on good practices on this topic.  The concept note is attached.


Please feel free to circulate among the education community and broadcasting services.


Those wishing to participate are encouraged to register online by 24 May 2020, by clicking here or at the top of the concept note and to participate via this link.


Thank you for your collaboration and I look forward to your participation.


Yours sincerely





Director, Division for Policies
and Lifelong Learning Systems


Thursday, May 14, 2020

CfPs: International Symposium on Digital Expressions of the Self | 5-8 December 2020 at NIT Silchar

International Symposium on Digital Expressions of the Self
Organized by the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Silchar
7-8 December 2020
Pre-Symposium Workshop: 5-6 December 2020

Abstract Submission: To apply to present at the symposium, please submit an abstract of about 400 words and a bio-note (150 words) using this weblink. Abstracts will be considered on a rolling basis until May 22, 2020. For those accepted, unpublished draft papers (~4,000 words) have to be submitted by August 15, 2020. Final decisions on acceptance, based on the draft papers, will be communicated by August 28, 2020. Those who would require to travel from relatively far are requested to submit their abstracts earlier than the deadline for the organizers to be able to get back within a shorter turnaround time. This way, you will have a greater window to arrange your travel logistics.

Financial Support: Limited subsidy to offset travel costs may be made available for a small number of participants. This is typically meant for postgraduate students, early-career and un(der)employed academics. Details about the travel bursaries will be communicated upon receipt of the draft papers.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Journal of Scientometric Research -- New Issue 9(1) is now online

Journal of Scientometric Research

Vol 9, Issue 1 | January-April 2020


Research Articles

Research Note
Book Review

We are pleased to announce that Journal of Scientometric Research is indexed by Scopus & ESCI.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CfPs: 2-day International e-Conference,e-ConSus 2020 on “Revisiting Strategies for Sustainable Development”

2-day International e-Conference, e-ConSus 2020 on "Revisiting Strategies for Sustainable Development"

13-14 June 2020

Organized by   Banwarilal Bhalotia College, Asansol, India

Call for Papers

Banwarilal Bhalotia College, Asansol, India is going to host a 2-day International e-Conference, e-ConSus 2020 on 13th June - 14th June, 2020. The e-Conference on "Revisiting Strategies for Sustainable Development" will reflect new and emerging scholarship in Sustainable Development and allied fields.

This conference intends to bring together a plethora of leading experts from multiple disciplines to discuss and deliberate on innovations on the broad theme of Sustainable development from the various angles of natural science, social science and humanities.

The Conference Organization Committee welcomes abstracts for papers presentations that explore recent trends and developments in Sustainable Development from multidisciplinary viewpoint. The event seeks to serve as a space for the discussion of unpublished and current research papers dedicated to critical studies on the discourse of Sustainable Development.  

Under the umbrella of this topic, the Conference includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Sustainable Human Society
  • Sustainable STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
  • Sustainable Culture
  • Ecological Humanities
  • Sustainable education and learning practices
  • Economics of sustainable development
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Sustainable Resource Management (Human resources, Land, Water, Soil, Waste and e-Waste Management etc.)
  • Sustainable City ,organizations and transport
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable health and happiness
  • Gender in Sustainable development
  • Indigenous societies and sustainable development
  • Data, Digitalism and Sustainable development
  • Green Movement

The Conference Committee also welcomes paper proposals on current research not restricted to the above mentioned sub-themes but falling under the broad themes of Sustainable Development.

Paper proposals should include a title, keywords, a 250-word abstract, and a brief biographical note indicating the presenter's name, designation, and institutional affiliation.

Please send your proposals in MS word (.doc/.docx) format to the following email address: iwcrssd2020@gmail.com


Important dates

  • 25 May 2020 – Last date for submission of summary of proposal
  • 02 June 2020 - Notification of acceptance of paper for presentation


Participants may present papers in English or Bengali or Hindi and may be invited to submit full paper for publication afterwards. You are cordially invited to participate and present your paper.

Sri Rajarshi Das, Convener,Organization Committee

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Monday, May 11, 2020

Just Released "India’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy towards COVID-19", by PN Desai, TRCSS Working Paper

India's Science, Technology and Innovation Policy towards COVID-19, by Pranav N Desai. TRCSS Working Paper No. 01/2020, New Delhi: TRCSS-JNU, May 2020.

Keywords: COVID-19, Corona Virus, SARS-COV2, Pandemic, Public Health, Innovation Studies, R&D Management.

Download Full-text PDF (Open Access)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Just Published "Break Popular Myths and Disseminate Documented Information on ‘Frugal’ Innovations": A Conversation with Mr Partha Pratim Mitra, Ex-CEA of MoRD

Just Published

Break Popular Myths and Disseminate Documented Information on 'Frugal' Innovations: A Conversation with Mr Partha Pratim Mitra, Ex-Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Rural Development and Principal Labour & Employment Adviser, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of IndiaCentre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU, New Delhi, May 2020. 

About the Conversation: We have got a great opportunity to interact with Mr. Partha Pratim Mitra, Ex-Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Rural Development and Principal Labour & Employment Adviser, Ministry of Labour & Employment. He spoke to Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri, CSSP, JNU regarding grassroots innovations, skills development in masonry, documentation and dissemination of informal practices through the major Government programmes. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

RIS Discussion on Future Digital Currencies and Crypto-Currencies at 2.30 pm (IST) on 7 May 2020

As you are aware, the global economic landscape is undergoing a silent transformation enabled by innovations in digital technologies. Financial technologies in particular have assumed tremendous attention in the recent years. Banking and finance fields are witnessing rapid strides in application of digital technologies in advanced economies as well as in emerging and developing economies. In this digital era, countries are exploring whether new forms of money like digital currencies and crypto-currencies would be the game changer. There are many apprehensions with respect to the regulatory and supervisory challenges associated with use of digital and crypto-currencies. Besides central banks of different countries, international forums like G20 are also discussing the opportunities and constraints associated with crypto currencies and the standards involved.
RIS has been working on digital technologies and Fintech sector in the realm of trade, investment and industrial policy especially in the context of G20. In order to understand the intricacies of digital currencies and crypto-currencies, RIS is organising a webinar on "Future Digital Currencies and Crypto-Currencies: Policy Choices and Way Forward" at 2.30 pm (IST) on May 7, 2020.
I would like to invite you to take part in the webinar and share your useful insights on the above mentioned subject. The agenda of the webinar is given below.
Kindly send a line in confirmation of your participation.   
To join the seminar please follow the link below:
Meeting number: 582 216 041
Password: 2caHCCs4tn2 (22242274 from phones and video systems)
With best regards,
Yours Sincerely,
Sachin Chaturvedi
Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi
Director General
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Core IV B 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003, India
dg@ris.org.in; sachin@ris.org.in
Tel: 011 24682176
www.ris.org.in Twitter
Future Digital Currencies and Crypto-Currencies: Policy Choices and Way Forward
Thursday, 7 May 2020
2.30-2.35 pm
Welcome Remarks:
Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS
2.35-2.40 pm
Remarks by:
Prof. Biswajit Banerjee, Adjunct Senior Fellow, RIS and Professor of Economics, Ashoka University
2.40-3.00 pm
Lead Presentation: Dr. Martin Suster, Director (Research), National Bank of Slovakia
3.00-3.30 pm
Prof. Ramkishen Rajan, Vice-Dean (Research) and Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore               
Prof. Manmohan Agarwal, Adjunct Senior Fellow, RIS and Former Professor of Economics, JNU
3.30-3.55 pm
Q & A
3.55-4.00 pm
Vote of Thanks:
Dr. Priyadarshi Dash, Assistant Professor, RIS

CODATA Webinar on "Data Science enlightening the path for resilient cities to fit COVID-19" | 11 May

The CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network is pleased to announce the second in its webinar series on Smart and Resilient Cities.

Data science enlightening the path for resilient cities to fit COVID-19: Case studies from Pune (India) and MedellĂ­n (Colombia).  

Monday 11 May, 19:30 IST

Register Online for the webinar at https://cutt.ly/PygTRqZ


  • Jairo Espinoza, Full Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Mahesh Harhare, Chief Resilience Officer, Pune City

This webinar will present insightful case studies on two cities' responses to COVID-19.  Find out how these cities have responded and learnt lessons with regard to policies, interventions and activities to respond to COVID-19 while taking action to mitigate the effect on their economies.

The speakers and participants will discuss the following issues:

  • Using data and working to keep people safe, healthy and connected during these challenging times;
  • Real-time adaptations to changes in the business and economic scenarios;
  • Building trust in communities and developing plans to face the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the poster

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Just Released India's "Research & Development Statistics at A Glance: 2019-20"

  • "Research & Development Statistics at A Glance: 2019-20" by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, 2020. Download
  • "S&T Indicators Tables: Research and Development Statistics 2019-20" by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, 2020. Download

Thursday, April 23, 2020

CitizenScience.Asia Webinar on April 24, at 3:30 PM

CitizenScience.Asia Webinar
WHEN April 24, 2020, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM IST
ABOUT: Celebrate Citizen Science Month! Learn about citizen science work happening in Asia around biodiversity, and how you can get involved.
Keynote Speakers:
  • "WildMentor: Citizen Science Biodiversity app in Bangladesh" by Safiqul Islam of Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Germany
  • "iNaturalist and City Nature Challenge in Taiwan" by Dr. Cheng-Tao Lin of National Chiayi University, Taiwan
HOW TO JOIN: Please register via zoom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iloUqadgRaCFuviuNxuymQ

Three Special Issues of RIS Diary on COVID-19

Volume 16, No.4 - April 2020

Table of Contents
  • From Director General, RIS |  Sachin Chaturvedi | The debates are back on the table on the role of science and technology with regard to fighting COVID-19 which has thrown the entire world into an unprecedented health and safety crisis that is worsening day by day. All economic and social activities have come to a halt at global level. It is in these contexts, that RIS has come out with the Third Special Edition of RIS Diary on COVID -19. The issue contains articles on: "Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation in India for Tackling COVID-19" by Arabinda Mitra; "Science, Technology and Innovation - Fighting the COVID-19 Outbreak" by Bhaskar Balakrishnan; "Science Diplomacy : Covid and Beyond" by Balakrishna Pisupati; "Global Governance of Technology, Institutional Architecture and Indian Response to COVID-19" by Sachin Chaturvedi; "Science, Technology, and Innovation in Indian Systems of Medicine: An Exploration in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic" by T. C. James and Apurva Bhatnagar; "Science, Technology and Innovation and the Challenge of Epidemic" by Krishna Ravi Srinivas; "Impact of COVID-19 on the World Economy" by Biswajit Banerjee; "Global Institutions and COVID-19" by Atul Kaushik. We hope that articles contained here and in the two previous special issues of RIS Diary would serve as useful references in the on-going discussions at different levels on issues related to the war against COVID-19. While hoping sincerely that humankind will come out of this dark tunnel soon to rejoin the normal course of various socio-economic activities, we would highly appreciate to hear from you about the contents of the Special Issues of RIS Diary.
  • Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation in India for Tackling COVID-19 | Arabinda Mitra | The Covid-19 epidemic has resulted in greater collaboration among scientists and innovation throughout the world.1 Many Academies of Science, including the Royal Society are actively engaged in providing policy advice, providing a voice to the scientific community and educating and informing the public on the scientific aspects in the fight against the epidemic and cautioning against undue fear and false claims and narratives.
  • Science, Technology and Innovation - Fighting the COVID-19 Outbreak | Bhaskar Balakrishnan | The current COVID-19 outbreak (caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) which began in Wuhan, China in late November 2019 has so far spread to 210 countries and territories and resulted in over 2 million cases and 137,000 deaths. It has led to socio-economic disruptions on a global and unprecedented scale. A global coordinated response to the outbreak was slow in taking shape.                          
  • Science Diplomacy: COVID-19 and Beyond | Balakrishna Pisupati | If there is one time in the recent decades that science and scientists have received most attention, it is now! The novel corona virus that has brought the world to a standstill, eroding significant social and economic development gains in a matter of weeks, has proven to the world that countries are more inter-connected and dependent on one another now than before. Such lack of selfreliance is evident now when it came to use of science and its applications.                                            
  • Global Governance of Technology, Institutional Architecture and Indian Response to COVID-19 | Sachin Chaturvedi | The origin and evolution of Corona virus is under intense debate at this point. Highly conflicting and polarising evidences, inferences and commentaries have appeared in scientific journals and across popular publications. There are also debates and discussions on whether it is a man-made virus or a naturally occurring one. When China reported about the spread of Corona virus and WHO declared it as a pandemic, scientific fraternity across the world started working on the genetic make-up of the virus.
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation in Indian Systems of Medicine: An Exploration in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic | T. C. James, Apurva Bhatnagar | Times of stress are also times of creativity and innovation. Wars have spawned many scientific innovations or hastened the completion of on-going research projects. The Manhattan Project was an example. We are now living in difficult times. Such adverse situations can also bring out the best in the innovation front of the traditional medicine systems. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is also the path for Indian Systems of Medicine (ISMs) to progress.
  • Science, Technology and Innovation and the Challenge of Epidemic | Krishna Ravi Srinivas | In a recent twitter talk Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) Professor K. Vijay Raghavan described some of the ideas used to tackle the innovation, including expediting review of proposals on innovative solutions and try to guide the prospective innovators on regulatory issues.1 He also talked about caution against over-interpretation of findings and need for more evidence for theories and hypotheses proposed on aetiology link between immunity and vaccination and enhancing immunity.
  • Impact of Covid-19 on the World Economy | Biswajit Banerjee | The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the world economy. The global economic outlook was already fragile prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. Initially, when the outbreak emerged in China, it was thought that the negative impact on the global economy would be small —mainly limited to the output contraction in China and its knock-on effect on global supply chains, tourism, and commodity markets.
  • Global Institutions and COVID-19 | Atul Kaushik | In this era of 'missing in action' United Nations Organisation, a dysfunctional World Trade Organisation and now cash strapped World Health Organisation, lack of adequate global coordinated action against the new Corona virus reminds us of the need for robust institutions. Writing for The Economist on 15 April 2020, Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister and currently President of the Asia Society Policy Institute at New York opines that much of the complex web of national and global institutions established to deal with global pandemics and economic implosions has failed.


[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Invitation: Learning Never Stops – Higher Education Interregional Webinar on COVID-19 (28 April)

Dear Colleagues,


I hope you are keeping fit!


Attached, please find an exciting interregional webinar for higher education stakeholders. This will be an opportunity to work together to manage the impact of COVID-19 on higher education teachers and students in the Arab and Asia-Pacific regions. Please feel free to invite higher education officials and close partners to a lively Q&A session with experts from eight countries:


·         Arab Region: Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates

·         Asia-Pacific: China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand


Time: 10:00-11:45 in Beirut (GMT+3)/ 14:00-15:45 in Bangkok (GMT+7), 28 April 2020


Registration: Click here to register via Zoom.


For any questions, please email Wesley Teter (wr.teter@unesco.org).


Thank you and best regards to all!







Libing Wang, PhD

Chief, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)

Head a.i., Executive Office

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


United Nations

Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization

Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building

920 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77 Ext 212 Fax: +66 23 91 08 66