Saturday, December 9, 2017
What Role for Social Sciences in Innovation? Re-Assessing How Scientific Disciplines Contribute to Different Industries | OECD STI Policy Paper
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The Key to Resolving Straw Burning: Farmers’ Expertise | by P Pandey, G Valkenburg, A Mamidipudi, & W.E. Bijker
- The problem of straw burning is persistent: rules and regulations nor technological alternatives have been able to end it. This points at the need for a much deeper understanding of the underlying causes.
- Using agricultural waste for energy is not only a technological and supply-chain problem, but requires integrated policies from the agricultural and energy-domain ministries.
- Without the collaboration of farmers, no solution will work. Farmers thus need to be involved in finding solutions that help their communities and livelihoods, values their skills and knowledge, and respects their identities and dignity.
- The problem has such diverse technological, economic and cultural dimensions, that a diversity of solutions should be pursued. This diversity should include localized and community-based solutions. One centralised industry-led bioenergy approach, such as 2G ethanol, will not accommodate the diverse forms in which the problem exists.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
UNESCO press release N°2017-146
United Nations announces Decade of Ocean Science
Paris, 6 December - The United Nations announced the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation.
The announcement of this Decade consolidates efforts by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to boost international cooperation in ocean sciences. It will enable better coordination of research programmes, observation systems, capacity development, maritime space planning and the reduction of maritime risks to improve the management of ocean and coastal zones resources.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay welcomed the announcement and called on all stakeholders to join the scientific cooperation effort of the Organization. "The ocean is a new frontier. It covers 71% of the globe and we have explored less than 5%. The Decade will ensure greater coordination of research. UNESCO's IOC is proud to be at the forefront of this effort," she said.
Nearly 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity to meet their needs. It absorbs around a third of the CO2 produced by humans and reduces the impact of climate change. However, science has not yet managed to fully evaluate the cumulative effects of human activities on the ocean, including the impact of pollution, warming and acidification, which threaten this environment, which is vital for our survival. According to the IOC's Global Ocean Science Report, national spending on ocean sciences accounts for between 0.04 - 4% of the total invested in research and development.
Surveying the ocean requires costly ships and equipment, satellite imaging, underwater robots and remotely controlled vehicles that need significant investment. It also involves thousands of scientists collecting and analysing the data, either in laboratories or in marine environments. One of the priorities of the Decade will be to strengthen and diversify financial sources, particularly for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.
By providing natural, yet innovative solutions for the major challenges facing the planet - from climate change to poverty eradication—the ocean is essential for ensuring our social, economic and environmental balance. This Decade, will provide a framework for international coordination and partnership to reinforce research capacities in marine sciences and the transfer of technology.
The Decade of Ocean Science will help accelerate progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources. This announcement affirms the UN Member States' support for the IOC-UNESCO initiative expressed during the UN Ocean Conference (New York, 5-9 June) and by the Ministerial Declaration on Oceans and Human Health (Lisbon, 8 September,).
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UNESCO Media advisory Nº2017-35
World leaders, civil society and experts mark 2nd anniversary of Paris global climate change deal
Paris, 4 December– Five days before the day the historic Paris Climate Change Accord marks its 2nd anniversary, UNESCO will host a Forum bringing together international civil society partners to strengthen competencies related to education, natural and social sciences, cultural and communication which contribute to tackling climate change on 7-8 December.
The Forum will precede the One Planet Summit, organized by the United Nations and the World Bank, at the initiative of the French government, which will take place on the 12th and be attended by several world leaders.
Taking stock of the "COP 21 Paris Agreement", the NGOs will discuss UNESCO competencies, particularly the ocean, as well as cultural heritage, biosphere reserves and indigenous peoples' knowledge, and the role of civil society organizations.
They will build on UNESCO's updated Strategy for Action on Climate Change, adopted by the 195 Member States in November at the General Conference. It focuses on several UNESCO programmes which promote interdisciplinary climate knowledge and scientific cooperation for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including those related to hydrology, geosciences, and biospheres, as well as the work of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
Discussions will also devise concrete actions related to UNESCO's Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change which outlines globally-agreed ethical principles that should guide decision-making and policy-making at all levels and help mobilize people to address climate change.
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Monday, December 4, 2017
A Talk by Prof. Stephen Stigler on "Mahalanobis & Fisher: Mathematical Statistics As A Global Enterprise" | ISI Delhi on Friday, 8th December
Online Registration is open for a talk by Professor Stephen Stigler from the University of Chicago on "Mahalanobis & Fisher: Mathematical Statistics As A Global Enterprise" on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi (ISI Delhi Auditorium; Address: 7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg, New Delhi, 110016).
New Book | Science Diplomacy: India and the World, Global Science Cooperation Opportunities | by Dr Pawan Sikka
Sunday, December 3, 2017
ISID Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Social Science Researchers | 29 January – 03 February, New Delhi
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Current Science article "Visions for India: Public Participation, Debate and the S&T community" | by P Sekhsaria and N Thayyil
Current Science article "Indo-French Cooperation in Water Sciences" | by Shilpa and Sujit Bhattacharya
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
CSSP Talk "Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India" by Errampalli Madhu,CSIR-CRRI | 1st December, 11:30 a.m.
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences, JNU
Invites you to
Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India
Dr. Errampalli Madhu
Head, Transportation Planning Division, Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI)
Venue: Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Date: Friday, 1st December 2017
Abstract: Road Transport in India significantly contributes to economy of the country, however on the other side, country is losing these benefits from the ill-effects generated out of that namely congestion and road crashes. Further, the other impacts on environment and effects on human health will be added to this in the urban areas. India has vast road network with heterogeneous vehicular mix, wide variation in driver behavior and different socioeconomic group of road user population which make completely different from any other country. The solutions which are effective in other developed/ developing countries would not work if they are directly implemented. Keeping this in view, one has to critically examine local conditions in depth to arrive at solutions. Though the technologies and expertise available in India these days, there are lot of challenges that are faced by the authorities/ policy makers in improving the travel conditions in the urban areas especially. For instance, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) has been implemented in many countries and reaping the benefits, however, India is still struggling to implement the same to improve traffic conditions. One of the main reasons for this is inability to collect accurate traffic data because of so many issues namely heterogeneity, driver discipline and other obstacles in implementation. The other important measure is designing and implementation of integrated public transportation systems which is highly essential in improving traffic conditions of our cities. In this paper, the traffic problems being faced by urban areas would be discussed in order to understand the present state of the problem. The challenges that exist which hinder in taking up different improvement measures by various authorities and policy makers to implement the solutions and the way forward would be discussed keeping the India road traffic situation.
About the Speaker: Dr. Errampalli Madhu is Principal Scientist and also Head, Transportation Planning Division in Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi and has an experience of about 19 years in R&D and Consultancy activities in the field of Transport planning, Traffic flow modeling and Microscopic simulation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Road safety audit, Soft-computing techniques application in transport modeling such as fuzzy logic, neural network etc. He is a recipient of Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbugakusho) for 2004 - 2008 and completed PhD during this period at Gifu University, Japan. He has received Bronze Medal Award for two times from Indian Roads Congress (IRC) for his publications in the year 2004 and 2011. As part of his PhD thesis, he had developed a Fuzzy logic based microscopic traffic simulator (FLoMiTSiM) which simulates vehicles as well as commuters at urban road network level and devised a mechanism to evaluate various transport policies. He has also received Best Article Award by ASRTU in 2009 for his publication in Indian Journal of Traffic Management and also Session Best Presentation Award in SCIS & ISIS 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan. He has also received CIDC Viswakarma Award for the category of Scientist in the year March 2016. He was associated in national importance projects namely Road User Cost Studies (RUCS), Urban Road Traffic and Air Pollution (URTRAP) for 8 Major Metropolitan Cities etc. He is a Champion (Project Leader) for the 12th Five Year Plan Network Project (2012-17) titled "Development and Application of Technologies for Sustainable Transportation (SUSTRANS)". This project has received SKOCH Order of Merit Award in December 2015 and "Excellent" grade by SMC of CSIR. He has published 1 book, chapters/ articles in 3 books and about 122 research papers in various SCI and refereed journals and also in conference proceedings both national and international with 204 citations (Google Scholar) and total SCI impact factor of 6.113.
All are welcome to attend the lecture.
Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series
Thursday, November 23, 2017
GIAN Short Course "Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and RCTs" at IIT Indore | 10-14 January
- Research scholars in the field of economics of innovation and intellectual property rights, industrial organization and public policy.
- Business executives in the area of IP management
- Postgraduate students of Economics and Law.
- Stage 1: Register on GIAN portal http://www.gian.iitkgp.ac.in/GREGN/index
- Stage 2: Course Registration (GIAN Portal)
- Click on Course Registration option given at "Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)".
- Confirm your registration by clicking "Confirm".
- Selected candidates will be intimated through e-mail by course coordinator about further process of registration and fee paymant. Candidates may be directly contact course coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
GIAN Short Course "Technology, Urban Space and Culture: Emerging Paradigms for Global India" at IIT Kharagpur | 8-13 December
- Professor Ian Buchanan is currently the Director of Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong, Australia. Prof Buchanan has published on a wide variety of subjects across a range of disciplines, including literary studies, cultural studies, communications studies and philosophy. He is the founding editor of "the international journal of Deleuze Studies".
- Professor Ashis Nandy works in CSDS, New Delhi and his research interest centers on the political psychology of violence, cultures of knowledge, utopias and visions, human potentialities and futures. Nandy is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne. Nandy received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007 and was chosen as one of top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008.
- Professor Sundar Sarukkai is currently a professor in The National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. His research interests include philosophy of science and mathematics, phenomenology and philosophy of language and art, drawing on both Indian and Western philosophical traditions. He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla.
- Dr Saswat Samay Das is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social sciences, IIT Kharagpur, India. He carries out research in critical Theory, postmodern and post-colonial studies and continental Thinking.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Comparative Education Review - Book review for Recalibrating Careers in Academia
We are pleased to share with you a book review for Recalibrating Careers in Academia: Professional Advancement Policies and Practices in Asia-Pacific (2017).
We are particularly pleased to have this increased visibility as part of the 20th Anniversary of UNESCO's Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel (1997). Below, please find an excerpt from Comparative Education Review.
We welcome your feedback and future involvement with our research and capacity building efforts.
With our thanks for your support and active engagement,
From the above synthesis, all the chapters are well organized and offer an informative portfolio of professional advancement policies and practices in Asia-Pacific regions. Closely related with the purpose of the research, this volume begins with a brief illustration of the UNESCO 1997 Recommendation and the framework of the following chapters, clarifying the research approach. Combined with the introduction to higher education development in a country/region, each chapter describes the concrete elements of the system and examples, based on which relevant issues are analyzed. With historical and comparative perspectives, this volume is easy to follow, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the contents.
However, the case studies should have included more dimensions. For example, as academic freedom plays an important part in sustaining higher education, in those countries where teaching personnel are civil servants and higher education is under government's firm control, the issues that could occur are not fully discussed. This review has emphasized the external requirements for academics' advancement, but "preparation for the profession, individual rights and freedoms, as well as the role of external peer review in performance evaluations" (16) remains an area for further analysis
Recalibrating Careers in Academia:
Professional advancement policies and practices in Asia-Pacific
Bangkok: UNESCO, 402 p.
ISBN: 978-92-9223-573-4 (print version)
ISBN: 978-92-9223-574-1 (electronic version)
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