Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Summer School in Public Policy and Governance; June 21st to July 11th; New Delhi

Summer School in Public Policy and Governance
When: June 21st, 2015 to July 11th, 2015.
New Delhi

Vision India Foundation (VIF) in partnership with the Indian School of Business (Bharti Institute of Public Policy) invites aspiring young leaders to a summer school in public policy and governance. This first-of-its-kind program will serve as a boot camp for policy enthusiasts. It is a unique opportunity to join the modern nation building movement.

Program Highlights:
21 day immersive residential program in Delhi/NCR from 21st June, 2015 to 11th July, 2015.
Learn: The Program focuses on Comprehensive Learning and Career Opportunities in Public Policy & Public Leadership.
Engage: 50+ engagement opportunities to collaborate and work on live projects with Members of Parliament, Bureaucrats, Think-Tanks, Subject Experts, Panchayats and other High-Impact Leaders. 
Experience: Field Visits to Villages, Slums, Urban Centers, Parliament and Community interactions to develop a panoramic understanding.
Ideate: A Youth Parliament based on Functional Representation to focus on Collaborative Policy Drafting and Dispute Resolution. 
Connect: Live, Laugh, Learn and Connect with a diverse community of people passionate about making a difference.

Project Opportunities
: The BootCamp gives a chance to work with some of the most impactful policy makers of the country. Government of Andhra Pradesh is one of our engagement partners. BootCamp participants will work with the AP Govt. and other high-impact policy makers.

Where: Delhi NCR. The BootCamp is a residential program. Participants will be provided in-house accommodation for the entire duration.The venue is conveniently located in the capital region. It is just 90 minutes from the Delhi International Airport and 75 minutes from the New Delhi Railway Station.
Curriculum: Our curriculum is a blend of theoretical knowledge, workshops, field visits, group exercises and more. The program is intense. Apply only if you are willing to work hard.
Speakers: Speakers and panelists consist of high-impact policy makers. The names include cabinet ministers, academics, grassroots workers, civil society leaders, and community leaders among others.
Apply: http://visionindiafoundation.com/bootcamp/apply/
Download Poliy BootCamp Brochure: http://visionindiafoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/Policy-Bootcamp-Brochure.pdf

Further Details: http://visionindiafoundation.com/bootcamp/

Monday, March 23, 2015

CfP: Conference on Science, Research and Popular Culture, Klagenfurt, Austria, September 17-18, 2015

Call for Papers 

International Conference on Science, Research and Popular Culture, Klagenfurt, Austria, September 17-18, 2015

Research on public engagement with science has strongly focused on science content in journalistic news media and so far only a few studies seriously examined other products of media and popular culture. Science is also often part of wider popular and entertainment culture and these other popular images of science and research are also likely to have an influence on public imaginations of science, research and scientific work. However, some scholars have stressed that entertainment media also influence public perceptions of science, research and technology, such as genetic risks and beliefs and prejudices about biotechnology, and should therefore be studied accordingly.

What members of the public know about science and research is the outcome of formal science learning, as in schools, and informal learning of science, such as the encounters with scientific contents and issues in the media and in popular culture. Alongside science education and once formal science education is completed, informal accounts of developments in science and technology, such as through the media and popular culture, are very important sources of knowledge for most people. Science education and science journalism will still be important sources of information for many people. However, the historian A. Bowdoin Van Riper addresses a central problem: "Popular culture probably does more than formal science education to shape most people's understanding of science and scientists. It is more pervasive, more eye-catching, and (with rare exceptions) more memorable" (EMBO Reports 4(12): 1104-1107).

We are interested in bringing together various perspectives on science, research and popular culture (e.g. scientists and researchers, artists, media professionals). For instance, we'd like to learn more about how science and research are presented in different formats, for example fictional movies and TV series, in digital games, comic books and cartoons, in music and music videos, on social media sites (such as facebook or YouTube), in artistic and theatrical performances, science slams, science parodies and satire, etc. 

Other interesting questions are how various audiences perceive science and research in various popular cultural formats. Are scientists and researchers relating to issues, themes, topics and channels of popular cultural as well, and if so how? What role do humour and aesthetics play in the public representation of science and research? Can particular depictions of science and research in popular culture influence the career choices and academic subject choices of young people, and if so how? How do scientific and research institutions use popular cultural formats to make themselves heard, and how do people and organizations opposed to scientific consensus views use the same channels and formats?

What are science and technology studies perspectives on popular culture and science and research? How can perspectives from cultural and media studies and (science) communication research illuminate the interrelations between science, research and popular culture? And what is happening in the world of science and research itself? Are scientists and researchers relating to issues, themes, topics and channels of popular cultural as well, and if so how?

We are looking for empirical, conceptual, and theoretical contributions and experience reports that illuminate the manifold interactions between science, research and popular culture.
If you are interested in participating, please send an email including contact details and an abstract (up to 500 words) before June 15 to Joachim.Allgaier@aau.at
For further information or general enquiries contact either Joachim.Allgaier@aau.at. or Hauke.Riesch@brunel.ac.uk.
It is planned to edit a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal or an edited book, based on the contributions of the conference.

The conference will take place at Alpen-Adria-Universität in Klagenfurt, Austria, September 17-18, 2015. The language of the conference is English.

Keynote Speakers are:
Darryl Cunningham (Author of Science Tales)
David Kirby (Manchester)
Chun-Ju Huang (Taiwan)
Rainer Winter (Klagenfurt)
Bernard Seidel (Vienna)

The conference is organised by Joachim Allgaier, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, and Hauke Riesch, Brunel University London, and supported by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST): http://easst.net/


---
Dr. Joachim Allgaier
Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies
Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt
Sterneckstraße 15
9020 Klagenfurt, Austria


Call for Entries:: Essay Competition on Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh [with Attractive Prizes]

India-Vietnam Friendship Society and Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee in collaboration with The Embassy of Vietnam in India


Call for Entries

Essay Competition on Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh [with Attractive Prizes]


On the occasion of President Ho Chi Minh's 125th Birthday Anniversary (19/5/1890 - 19/5/2015)

Participants: All Indian Nationals (aged above 15)


Topics:

  1. Vietnam: Land, Culture and People
  2. Vietnam - India Traditional Friendship: Past and Present
  3. President Ho Chi Minh


Rules:

  • Length of Essays: Minimum 2000 and Maximum 3000 words
  • Language: English
  • Only one essay for each competitor
  • Due Date: 15th April 2015
  • Essay should include full name, date of birth, address, email and telephone of the competitor
  • Essay with signature must be scanned and sent to email address: VietnamHoChiMinhcontest2015@gmail.com

Prizes (to be given on 19th May 2015):

  • Fully sponsored visits to Vietnam for winner, runner-up, second runner-up, and third runner-up.
  • 10 merit prizes for good essays.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Journal of Scientometric Research, 3(3) Issue is now online

Coverpage
Table of Contents - Journal of Scientometric Research (J Sci Res)
2014 | September-December | Volume 3 | Issue 3
http://www.jscires.org/currentissue.asp

RESEARCH ARTICLES

Evaluation of the scientific production of countries by a resource-scaled two-dimensional approach [pg. 95]
Seyyed Mehdi Hosseini Jenab, Ammar Nejati
[ABSTRACT]   [HTML FULL TEXT]   [PDF]   [Mobile HTML Full text ]   [EPub]

Research on the competency model of chancellors in charge of scientific research in Chinese research-oriented universities [pg. 104]
Wei Hu, Kun Ding, Li Gu, Zhao Qu
[ABSTRACT]   [HTML FULL TEXT]   [PDF]   [Mobile HTML Full text ]   [EPub]

Mapping the invisible colleges of innovation management field during the period from 1956 through 2012 [pg. 111]
Onexy Quintana-Martínez, Antonio Rafael Ramos-Rodríguez
[ABSTRACT]   [HTML FULL TEXT]   [PDF]   [Mobile HTML Full text ]   [EPub]

Limbic encephalitis: A scientometric analysis of global publications during 2004-13 [pg. 125]
Ritu Gupta, BM Gupta, M Mueen
[ABSTRACT]   [HTML FULL TEXT]   [PDF]   [Mobile HTML Full text ]   [EPub]

The information technology knowledge infrastructure and research in South Asia [pg. 134]
Khushboo Singhal, Sumit Kumar Banshal, Ashraf Uddin, Vivek Kumar Singh
[ABSTRACT]   [HTML FULL TEXT]   [PDF]   [Mobile HTML Full text ]   [EPub]

Sign language research in web of science [pg. 143]
Engin Arik
[ABSTRACT]   [HTML FULL TEXT]   [PDF]   [Mobile HTML Full text ]   [EPub]


{Apologies for Cross Postings}

Best Regards


Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Scientometric Research
[An Official Publication of Wolters Kluwer Health - Medknow, and SciBiolMed.Org]
Email: editor@jscires.org
Website:
www.jscires.org
Twitter: @JSCIRES http://twitter.com/JSCIRES
Online manuscript submission: http://www.journalonweb.com/jscires/

CSSP Talk on “Open Access in the Past, Present and Future of Scholarly Publishing” by Prof Michael Eisen; 25th March, SSS-1, JNU

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

Special Lecture Series

Talk on

"Open Access in the Past, Present and Future of Scholarly Publishing"

By

Professor Michael Eisen

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at University of California, Berkeley, USA & Co-Founder, Public Library of Science (PLoS)

 

About Speaker: Dr. Michael Eisen is a biologist at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He works primarily on flies, and his research encompasses evolution, development, genetics, genomics, chemical ecology and behaviour. He is a strong proponent of open science, and a co-founder of the Public Library of Science.

Throughout his career, Dr. Eisen has worked to ensure that universal access to the products and benefits of scientific research. In 2000 he joined his former postdoctoral advisor Patrick Brown, and Nobel Prize winning cancer researcher Harold Varmus in launching the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a San Francisco based non-profit advocacy organization and publisher dedicated to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS aims to eliminate the subscription based model that dominates the $10b/year scientific and medical publishing industry (and which denies access to the results of publicly funded research to students, teachers, physicians and countless others who would benefit from access to latest scientific and medical discoveries) and to replace it with an "open access" model that makes all published papers immediately and universally freely available. To establish the viability of this model, PLoS has launched a series of open access journals, beginning with PLoS Biology in 2003. Its journals have become highly successful (PLoS One, launched in 2008, is now the largest scientific journal in the world, and published close to 10,000 articles in 2011) and PLoS has become a major force in reforming scientific publishing. He can be reached at @mbeisen on Twitter.

Venue:  Room no. L-2, 2nd Floor, SSS-1 Building, JNU

Time:   2:30 P.M.

Date:    Wednesday, 25th March 2015

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

 

Saradindu Bhaduri, Anup Kumar Das

Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

Postdoc position in ATREE- Political Ecology of Market-based Instruments in Conservation

From: Nitin Rai <nitinrai@atree.org>

Post-doctoral position in ATREE- Political Ecology of Market-based Instruments in Conservation.

 

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to work as part of a team studying the outcomes of biodiversity conservation policy and practice in India. The research project uses a political ecology approach to a) explore how benefits from conservation accrue to select actors and b) investigate claims that market-based instruments and current conservation practice lead to win-win outcomes.

 

The researcher will be responsible for primary data collection in two conservation landscapes in India and in the writing and dissemination of research findings. The research includes socio-economic surveys, ethnographic field research, policy and discourse analysis, and dissemination workshops.

 

The applicant should have

  • A PhD in Environment and Society, Political Ecology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography or related fields. Exceptional candidates with Masters or M.Phil degrees are encouraged to apply.
  • Good skills in ethnographic and survey methods and textual analysis.
  • Competence in English writing and communication.
  • Ability to speak Kannada and/or Hindi.

 

The appointment will be for one year, to be renewed for 2 additional years based on satisfactory progress. The position will be based in Bangalore. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience of the candidate and based on ATREE's salary structure.

 

To apply, please email the following to nitinrai@atree.org. Please mention 'ATREE APPLICATION' in the subject line of the email.

1. Curriculum vitae.

2. Copies of relevant publications (research paper; selected chapter(s) from your dissertation),

3. Names and contact information of 3 referees, and

4. Covering letter detailing your research interests and stating your reasons for applying to the position.

 

Review of applications will begin on 30 March 2015 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

ATREE encourages diversity and gender equity at the work place. Persons from underprivileged groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please visit www.atree.org for more information on ATREE. Please direct your questions regarding this call to Nitin Rai at nitinrai@atree.org.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CfP: MSM Summer Course Inclusive innovation, gender and entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment?

MSM Summer Course Inclusive innovation, gender and entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment?
Course date:  20 – 31 July 2015
Venue: Maastricht School of Management (MSM), the Netherlands
Duration: 2 weeks
Fee: € 850

Introduction

How do inclusive innovations accelerate or provide openings for gender inclusive economic development? Innovation for inclusive development (also referred to as inclusive innovation or frugal innovation) is thought of as being beneficial for business and to enhance social and economic wellbeing of the poor, potentially transforming developing economies in Africa and Asia.
In this course we will focus on the gender dimensions in inclusive development and seek answers to how innovations affirm, challenge or transform the gender dynamics in entrepreneurship and poverty. How do the implementation of new products, institutions and services impact on the gendered constraints that female entrepreneurs face in the economy? What do examples of new production processes, supply chains and business models tell us about its potential to economically empower women? How are female entrepreneurs involved as actors in processes of inclusive innovation, how do they benefit and how are they at risk or excluded? What ethical dilemmas and critical debates are raised in gender inclusive innovation?

Description
During the course you will:
  • Explore the gender dimensions in the different stages of the (inclusive) innovation cycle.
  • Explore institutional theory as a framework to understand inclusive innovation.
  • Study real examples of inclusive innovations implemented in Africa or Asia from a gender perspective.
  • Gain insights in empowerment theories and how to evaluate outcomes of inclusive innovation from a gender perspective.
In this course you will familiarize yourself with the most recent theoretical frameworks available to study inclusive innovation. You will explore its gender dimensions and engage in critical debate to better understand its ethical considerations. You will get acquainted with some of the innovative inclusive business initiatives that are currently being implemented across Africa and Asia. And, you will gain skills in how to apply a gender perspective when evaluating its outcomes. The course offers you the unique opportunity to explore inclusive innovation from cutting edge theory while applying it to real-life cases. Guest speakers from practitioner organizations involved in inclusive business initiatives and the Centre of Frugal Innovation in Africa www.cfia.nl may be involved.

Download Brochure & Apply Online


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UNESCO's Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online

UNESCO's Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online

"Building inclusive Knowledge Societies through information and communication" is one of the key objectives for UNESCO's Medium-Term Strategy. By adopting this objective, UNESCO Member States have recognized that knowledge plays a key role in economic growth, social development, cultural enrichment and democratic empowerment. This decision of the Members States has influenced UNESCO's Open Access program, through which the organization received a unique mandate to work on OA policy issues; bridge knowledge pools on OA across the world and build capacities to better understand Open Access.

Within the overall framework of the organization's strategy on OA, the recent launch of OA curricula for Researchers and Library Schools by UNESCO highlights its efforts for enhancing capacities to deal with Open Access issues. The carefully designed and developed sets of OA curricula for researchers and library and information professionals are based on two needs assessment surveys, and several rounds of face-to-face and online consultations with relevant stakeholders.
These curricula will soon be converted into self-directed e-learning tools, which will enable users to self-assess their knowledge on Open Access and take a learning pace that is initiated and directed by the learners themselves. UNESCO also aims to strengthen this initiative by translating the OA curricula into several languages that will increase their reach and impact.
The complete set of five OA modules for researchers and four OA modules for library schools is now available online and can be downloaded by clicking the following links:
Curriculum for Library Schools
Curriculum for Researchers
UNESCO promotes Open Access (OA), with particular emphasis on scientific information (journal articles, conference papers and datasets of various kinds) emanating from publicly funded research. Working with partners, UNESCO works to improve awareness about the benefits of OA among policy makers, researchers and knowledge managers. Through its global network of Field Offices, Institutes and Centers, UNESCO facilitates the development and adoption of OA-enabling policies. In addition, UNESCO engages in global OA debates and cooperates with local, regional and global initiatives in support of OA.

CfPs Workshop "Don't worry! We have it under control": Transnational expertise in environmental and health policy, 28-29 August, Brussels, Belgium

Call for Papers
"Don't worry! We have it under control"
Transnational expertise in environmental and health policy
Workshops on Environment and Security Series

August 28-29, 2015

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Theme of the workshop
Globalization has driven an increasing number of problems facing societies into the transnational domain. In this workshop, we hone in on the issue areas of the environment and human health. With impacts that often disregard national boundaries, the responsibility for addressing these issues falls to intergovernmental, regional, or transnational bodies. Our interest lies in unpacking how transnational expertise is brought to bear on these issues, and with what effects? By transnational expertise, we understand bodies of experts affiliated by issue area, background, or competencies that organize across national boundaries and engage on transnational or global issues.
The workshop will centre on the following key research question to investigate how transnational expertise looks and operates in complex, global environmental and health issues: How is transnational expertise mobilized in answering threats to ecosystems or human health?
This question opens up a number of considerations. For instance, what is the relationship between scientific knowledge and expertise? To what extent is transnational expertise on these issues characterized by consensus or contestation? How does power operate between experts and policymakers, and among experts themselves? Do experts thrive under conditions of complexity, or do they try to decrease it?

Workshop format
The workshop is part of the WES Series (Workshops on Environment and Security, see http://wes-series.ulb.ac.be/). The number of participants will be limited to 24, half of whom will be invited to submit full papers. Papers will be distributed before the event, and dedicated discussants will kick off in-depth group discussions of each paper. Authors will speak only at the closure of the one-hour group discussion of their paper. This format offers an opportunity for extensive discussions that provide authors with detailed feedback on their on-going research, and it allows participants to get acquainted in an informal setting.

Submissions of proposals
We invite contributions that speak to the themes and questions raised by this workshop. To submit a proposal, send a one-page summary and biographical notice by email to wes.brussels@gmail.com. Please also include your name, current address, and university or professional affiliations.
The deadline for proposals is: March 30, 2015
Accepted authors will be expected to submit full papers of maximum 8,000 words by: August 1, 2015

Funding opportunities
There is no registration fee. Travel costs, meals and accommodation during the workshop will be covered for all participants.

Publication opportunities
The organizers intend to explore the opportunities for submitting a selection of papers as a special issue in a leading journal in the field.

Workshop organizers
Sameea Ahmed-Hassim (LUISS Guido Carli/Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Jacob Hasselbalch (University of Warwick/Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Jean-Frédéric Morin (Université Laval)
Christian Olsson (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School)
Krystel Wanneau (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Sponsor
WES (Workshop on Environment & Security,
http://wes-series.ulb.ac.be/) & Others

Monday, March 16, 2015

CfPs: International Conference on Responsible Innovation: A European Agenda? 24-25 August, The Hague

Call for Papers

Responsible Innovation: A European Agenda?
24 – 25 August 2015 – The Hague


We invite you to submit abstracts for the Fourth International Conference on Responsible Innovation organized by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NWO has launched an interdisciplinary research program that brings together researchers from ethics, applied science and the social and behavioral sciences in research projects that consider the ethical and social aspects of new technology from the design phase onwards.


Research in the field of Responsible Innovation is typically geared towards solutions to the grand and societal challenges as they figure in the Millennium Goals and the EU Horizon2020 program. Contributions are expected to clarify how the research and innovation processes are organized in such a way that the outcomes can be deemed 'responsible' and as oriented towards such solutions. Contributions should offer guidance in thinking about the moral justification of technical, economic or institutional aspects of innovations.


We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum, including but not limited to philosophy, engineering, applied science, social science, economics and those involved in public or private sector policymaking. You may submit abstracts for a paper or a poster session using the conference website. To offer a paper or poster for one of the sessions, please submit an extended abstract (circa 1,000 words) (your abstract should indicate whether you intend to present a paper or a poster).


A selection of papers will be published in the fourth volume of the Conference Series (Springer).


This years conference also hosts a "responsible innovation exhibition". Research teams have the possibility to present societally responsible innovations to an audience of entrepreneurs and policy makers. Further information on participation will follow coming Spring.


DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:

5pm on Friday, 11 May (Amsterdam time).


Abstracts will be blind-reviewed and applicants will be notified about acceptance of their contribution on Tuesday, 2 June 2015.


TIMELINE

  • 11 May 2015 — abstract submission deadline
  • 2 June 2015 — notification of acceptance
  • 24 and 25 Aug 2015 — conference Responsible Innovation 

 

SUITABLE TOPICS INCLUDE (but are not limited to)

  • Medical technology and biomedical research
  • e-Health
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Surveillance
  • Renewables
  • Neurotechnology
  • Military technology and cyberwarfare
  • Human enhancement
  • Big Data
  • Smart transport
  • Sustainable food and water
  • Smart grids and biofuels
  • Biodiversity and animal production
  • Law, ethics, and development
  • The Internet of Things
  • Energy Transition
  • High tech systems and materials
  • Transition to a green industrial chemistry
  • Biorenewables and the Circular Economy
  • Entrepreneurship

SCHOLARSHIP

We especially invite submissions from contributors from developing countries, who may be eligible for a scholarship in order to cover (part of their) travel expenses. In that case, please send a separate e-mail to Lotte Asveld (info@responsible-innovation.nl) with the subject line "Submission Scholarship MVI Conference 2015". The e-mail should contain an indication of the expected travel and accommodation costs and state the contributor's country of origin. Contributors from developing countries will be notified about the outcome on 2 June 2015.


Further Details: http://www.responsible-innovation.nl/

CfPs: International Sustainability Conference 2015, 25-28August, at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, UK

International Sustainability Conference 2015
Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th August 2015
Hosted by SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Call for papers
With a view to creating engaging, impactful content throughout the conference, the Programme Committee is looking for proposals for a range of high quality main and parallel sessions that address the overall conference themes. The organising committee invites participants to take an active role in constructing an exciting and challenging programme, and therefore may revert for a discussion about how your proposals fit within the emerging programme. We do not want to restrict participation to papers responding to the conference themes only, yet we are seeking to build a conversation between sessions throughout the conference. We are also open to ideas about doing things differently.  
We seek the submission of papers that advance the frontier of sustainability transitions knowledge and practical application. We invite scholars, and stakeholders from business, policy and civil society to submit ideas related to sustainability transitions on topics including the following:
  • How can insights from sustainability transitions scholarship help to rethink even bigger issues such as the future of capitalism, inequality, democracy, the economic crisis, war and violence, climate change and globalization? How can transitions theoretical frameworks (and in particular the socio-technical lens) be used to conceptualize these bigger issues?
  • How can we go beyond a focus on individual systems, regimes, sociotechnical innovations to an understanding of relationships between existing systems and a range of competing and/or coordinated niches?
  • How do sustainability transitions accelerate? Which policy-mixes, institutional changes and/or governance contexts will influence the process?
  • How do transitions unfold in different geographical, political and cultural contexts, and how does the understanding of sustainability in all its dimensions vary across contexts?
  • How does the agency of different types of actors (whether government, firms, users, civil society) contribute to accelerating or slowing down sustainability transitions? What kinds of resources is their agency based on, and what characterises successful strategies?
  • Can current transitions frameworks address global challenges including the evolving and changing role of cities, NGOs, nation-states, international organisations and transnational networks. How should we think about sustainability transitions from a global and transnational perspective?
  • How can we influence transformations as an academic community? What is needed to maximise our impact on policymakers and other stakeholders?
  • How can we advance conceptual frameworks, modelling, and methods for studying transitions – including quantitative and qualitative approaches?

What are we looking for at the 6th IST Conference?
    Global perspectives – including but also beyond Europe, in terms of themes and participation
    Active engagement with stakeholders from business, civil society and government in as many sessions as possible.
    Updating of STRN Research Manifesto (developed in 2010) which is available on the Network's website  

Submission requirements

Submissions should be made before 20 March 2015 (inclusive) via email to IST2015@sussex.ac.uk.

Please see the guidance below on criteria for submissions.
    Paper abstracts (to be included in one of the conference sessions) - 600 word abstracts that provide information about the question, theory, method and findings, plus a brief biography of each author (10 lines each). Note that full papers will be required prior to the event.
    Research session proposals (3 original research papers, 90 minute session) with an invited commentator and chair. Paper authors and commentators with non-academic affiliations are welcome. We invite PhD researcher-led sessions, and welcome suggestions for new formats for sessions. Proposals should include a maximum 500 word description of the session and how it relates to the conference themes, plus (max.) 600 word extract of each paper. Biographies of all participants should also be included, including the invited commentator and Chair (10 lines each)
    Dialogue sessions (60-90 minutes) - Proposals should include a 600 word description of the session, issues to be covered and how it will stimulate debate about sustainability transitions, plus a brief (10 line each) biography of each participant (academic and non-academic). We invite new and innovative formats.
    Submission via email to IST2015@sussex.ac.uk
    Format: PDF or Microsoft Word
    Digital file names should follow the format – organiser (or author) last name, plus either IP for Individual Paper, RS for research session, and DS for Dialogue session. E.g. Schot_IP.

Additional submission guidance
Professor Johan Schot, Programme Committee Chair, Director of SPRU, E: J.W.Schot@sussex.ac.uk.

The conference is part of the activities of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) and is linked to the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

Further Details: http://www.ist2015.org/papers

Terragreen In Conversation with Indradip Mitra: "Promoting Solar Energy" and MNRE's "Solar Mapping and Monitoring (SolMap)" project

Terragreen in Conversation: "Promoting Solar Energy" and GIZ-MNRE's "Solar Mapping and Monitoring (SolMap)" project

Dr.-Ing. Indradip Mitra is the Senior Technical Advisor of the project "Green Energy Corridors", and the Team Lead for the project, "Solar Mapping and Monitoring (SolMap)", Indo-German Energy Programme of German International Cooperation (GIZ). Shilpa Mohan in conversation with Dr.-Ing. Indradip Mitra for TerraGreen.

 

Solar power has been around for a long time. Why isn't it more mainstream and why don't more people use solar power for their homes?

Solar power, in its various forms, has been utilized throughout the world for a very long time. If we consider the electricity generation sector or heat usages, then it can be claimed that the use of solar power is not new. For example, Germany has 39 GWp of Solar Photovoltaic power (PV) connected to the electricity grids whereas India has now reached the level of 3 GWp and is growing. Solar hot water systems are quite popular in India and its use is increasing in the household sector too. Electricity generation through solar energy was mainly limited to offgrid applications for remote and rural areas until 2010. Since 2011, the grid connected central solar photovoltaic plants have been growing throughout the country. With technological maturity and availability of the product in the Indian market, energy experts are making an effort to spread awareness about solar power in India.

 

What is the potential of solar energy?

Very crudely, global primary energy consumption of 400 EJ/year can be met with 10 per cent conversion efficiency which means 200 W/m2 global irradiance from 0.1 per cent of earth's surface area or 0.35 per cent of earth's land surface area. However, there is a significant difference in the resource, technical, and economic potential. Solar radiation is not uniformly distributed over the globe. The demand of energy with specific kinds of pre-requisite quality of energy and the time of usage for the energy demand, vary across the world. The practical potential at the level of current technology and associated costs are dependent on many factors. It is quite a complex task to accurately determine such potential in quantitative form. Various organizations approximately estimate solar energy potential under specific assumptions.

 

A lot of people really want to know if they will recoup their upfront financial investment of installing solar power systems. Your comment.

This strongly depends on the solar energy radiation of the location concerned, costs of the solar energy system components, and the existing tariff structure of the baseline conventional power supply. In India, it can be said that with the average radiation level of our country, one can expect to get payback within a reasonable span of time.

 

Tell us about the concept of SolMap.

SolMap is a project financed by German Federal Ministry BUMB, which supports the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, to establish a network of solar radiation data monitoring units in India for a countrywide Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) project. In SolMap project, Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supports National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) to develop a precise and value added database on solar radiation and other weather parameters which is crucial for making a national solar radiation atlas in the future. It also helps in transferring German experience and know-how in the field of solar resource assessment to India, through exchanges and cooperation involving relevant institutions and experts. Under this initiative, a network consisting of 121 nodes over all states in India monitoring solar radiation and associated parameters has been made operational and the data has been made available for public. SolMap is also implementing a benchmarking system on real life performance of grid connected solar PV plants in India. The project aspires to develop and test a benchmarking system for performance monitoring of solar electricity plants.

 

How did you come up with this idea?

In 2010, it was realized by MNRE that there existed a lack of appropriate solar radiation data suitable for designing solar power plant components. Although, there were several organizations including IMD (India Meteorological Department) engaged in solar radiation data collection. They focused on domains of applications other than solar electricity/solar heat, i.e., solar energy engineering usage. At the same time, satellite based solar radiation estimates were available but they were not accurate in nature because of the lack of appropriate ground measurements. Therefore, MNRE felt the need for the requirement of a project called the SRRA. India got a great impetus when Germany agreed to provide with its expertise in this area of activity. Since then this collaboration is moving ahead successfully and several phases of achievements have been attained. In 2010, India launched the National Solar Mission, which is one of the major initiatives worldwide to promote solar energy. The aim of this mission is to establish 20,000 MW of grid-connected solar power by 2022, run 2,000 MW equivalent of off-grid applications, and gradually increase the solar thermal collector area to 20 million sq. m.

 

How can SolMap help in ensuring that this target is achieved with complete efficacy?

The SolMap project is aimed at quantification of radiation distributed over entire India. The outcome of this project is an essential input for development of solar projects in the country from large scale centralized solar PV plants to small-scale roof top PV plants to solar thermal usage, including Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project development. Even for off-grid rural electrification application, this is the only source for reliable solar radiation information data in India. Thus, the investment planning for Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) targets can be appropriately chalked out. From the PV performance benchmarking part of SolMap project, important information on suitability of specific technologies in specific geographic regions in India can be utilized for setting up of new solar power projects.

 

How can SolMap help in tackling the present energy situation?

It has been envisaged that the project will make reliable and accurate data available, based on ground surface measurements and that subsequently this data could then be used to ground truth for other data sources including satellite-based data. The information provided from the project has already led to some fine policy adjustments of various state governments in terms of predicting solar park developments. Apart from these, 54 organizations have procured solar radiation data products from this project till date. The organizations of various satellite-based solar radiation data and data provider organizations have started using the SRRA data for the improvement of their satellite data products. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the latest organization to show interest in this. SolMap project's PV Performance Benchmarking Analysis can benefit the individual PV plant by detecting the problems so that corrective suggestions /recommendations for improving their performance can be provided which thereby increases the scope of enhancing the performance efficiency of the solar power plants in India.

 

Source: Terragreen, March 2015, pp. 18-20. http://terragreen.teriin.org/index.php?option=com_terragreen&task=detail&section_id=2224&category_id=5&issueid=93

Call for chapters: Ethics of Biomedical Big Data - Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Call for Chapters:  Ethics of Biomedical Big Data edited volume

Peer-reviewed edited volume in Springer's Philosophical Studies series

Editors:   Prof. Luciano Floridi & Dr. Brent Mittelstadt
Oxford Internet Institute

University of Oxford

Deadlines
Extended Abstracts:  March 30, 2015

Chapters:  June 30, 2015


Description
In biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of innovation and success.  Epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases research, biobanks, genomic and microbiome sequencing are already deeply affected by Biomedical Big Data, alongside emerging forms of commercial collection and self-curation of medical data (e.g. health 'apps', online health records, wearable computing).  However, the collection, storage and analysis of this data potentially raises serious ethical problems, which may threaten the huge opportunities it offers. Recent movement from the NHS to further share patient data (care.data) and related data sharing throughout Europe make addressing these problems in the near term very pressing. 

To address these and similar questions we are putting together a peer-reviewed edited volume on ethical challenges faced in biomedical Big Data, in collaboration with Springer as part of their Philosophical Studies book series.  The volume will build upon the outputs of a workshop of the same name hosted in April 2015 by the Oxford Internet Institute as part of the 'Ethics of Biomedical Big Data' project (http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/projects/?id=130).  The volume will bring together expertise from academia, medicine and industry to address emerging challenges in the field, and the requirements for a European framework for ethical usage of biomedical Big Data.  We invite you to submit a chapter to the volume which will provide the groundwork for a future European regulatory framework for biomedical Big Data. 

We hope chapters will address questions such as:

  • What are the unique ethical challenges of biomedical Big Data?
  • What does the ethical landscape look like beyond issues of informed consent and privacy?
  • How should collection, sharing and re-uses of biomedical Big Data be regulated?
  • Which existing and prospective Big Data practices are particularly problematic or require further analysis/regulation?
  • How can we develop an ethically sound framework for using Big Data in biomedical research as well as commercial applications at a European level?
  • What lessons can be learnt from previous or different experiences in applied ethics that could help in dealing with the new challenges posed by Big Data in biomedical research?

Chapters addressing existing cases or examples of ethically problematic Big Data practices are very welcome.  Requirements, proposals and desiderata for the development of the aforementioned European framework are also of particular interest, given the 'emerging' state of 'Big Data sciences'.


Instructions
Please submit a working title and a 500-word abstract of your proposed chapter as a Word document to Dr. Brent Mittelstadt (brent.mittelstadt@oii.ox.ac.uk).  All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the editors.  Authors will be notified of the outcome by April 17 and invited to submit a full chapter by June 30, 2015 for peer-review and publication in the volume.

If you have questions regarding the suitability of your submission please contact Dr. Mittelstadt with your proposed title and a 2-3 sentence description.

You are very welcome to distribute this call to colleagues and across relevant networks.

Call text:  http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/news/?id=1272

Ethics of Biomedical Big Data project website:  http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/projects/?id=130

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Globethics.net Global Competition 2015 on Responsible Leadership

Globethics.net Global Competition 2015 on Responsible Leadership
Globethics.net has launched its very first global competition with the topic "Responsible Leadership". The competition is being run through the nine Globethics.net regional programmes (China, East Africa, Francophone Africa, India, Indonesia, South America, Southern Africa, Russia and Turkey) with participants invited to submit their contributions on the topic of responsible leadership to the contact person in their region in the form of a scientific paper, a poem, song, video or other meaningful artistic expression by 30 April 2015 (in exception of the programme in Russia with a deadline until 30 March 2015). The best three contributions of the Global Competition are invited to an international Globethics.net conference and will receive USD 500 in cash.

Who?
University students (bachelor, master, doctoral) and young professionals living or studying in one of the countries covered in the nine Globethics.net Regional Programmes (found at www.globethics.net/about-us/regional-programmes) are invited to submit their contributions.

How?
Contributors are invited to submit either a scientific paper or a contribution in the form of a poem, song, video or other meaningful artistic expression.

What?
The overall theme is "Responsible Leadership". Around the world, trust in leaders in politics, business, education, civil society, religious organisations, families, the media, etc. is undermined by the abuse of power, corruption, lack of accountability and reliability. On the other hand, many leaders are executing their power in a responsible way. Contributions have to deal with the topic from an ethical, values-based perspective and orientation. Contributions should be if possible specific and contextual. Possible areas of study (as suggestions) are:
- Characteristics, values and virtues of a responsible (and an irresponsible) leader;
- How (e.g. as an electorate) to make leaders accountable and responsible;
- Examples of responsible leaders and their ethical justification/evaluation;
- Specific aspects of responsible leadership by sector (e.g. business, a specific institution, a profession, a religious community etc.);
- Specific aspects of responsible leadership: gender, age, culture, religion, philosophy, ideology;
- Responsible leadership and philanthropy and their impacts on politics, economics and decisions in the global sphere; and Leadership in managing resources (financial, natural, spiritual, intellectual etc.).

When?
Submit your contribution in electronic form (paper, video, audio) by email by 30 April 2015 at the latest to the contact in your region as given below.

Language
Contributions can be submitted in English or in the language of the Regional Programme (Indonesian in Indonesia, Chinese in China, French in Francophone Africa, Swahili in East-Africa, Spanish in South America and Russian in Russia, Turkish in Turkey).

Form and Conditions Scientific Papers / Poems
- Applicants must be registered as a participant at Globethics.net www.globethics.net
- Send by email a half-page CV about the author and attach the paper/poem in Word and pdf
- Scientific papers should have a length of between 3,000 and 5,000 words maximum and poems should be no longer than 1,000 words.
- A minimum of 3 articles from the Globethics.net online libraries should be quoted in the paper. Search from 1.5 million documents here: http://www.globethics.net/library/overall-search

Form and Conditions Video/Audio
- Applicants must be registered at Globethics.net www.globethics.net
- Send by email a half-page CV about the author and a link to an online storage space (like Dropbox) of the video or audio if it is more than 8 MB.
- Video and audio contributions should have a length of between 3 and 15 minutes maximum.
- Audio in MP3 format, video in MP4 format.

Selection and Awards
Regional awards: each Regional Programme has a scientific selection committee to evaluate and rate the contributions. The contributions will be divided into three categories:
1. The best five from each region (3 papers, 2 video/audio) a. The best 3 papers from each region (27 in total) to be published in an international Globethics.net book and each winner in this category will receive USD 100 in cash. b. The best 2 video/audio from each region (18 in total) uploaded on the competition website and each winner in this category will receive USD 100 in cash.
2. All runners up selected will have their contributions made available online on the competition website.
3. Not selected
Global awards: the Directors of the nine Regional Programmes with the Executive Director of Globethics.net form the selection committee for the global award. The best three contributions (one paper, one video, one audio) of the nine regions globally are invited to an international Globethics.net conference and receive USD 500 in cash.

Contact
Please send your paper, video or audio by 30 April 2015 at the latest to Watinaro Longkumer Longkumer@globethics.net.
Globethics.net looks forward to receiving your scientific paper, poem, video or audio contributions and thanks you for your participation!

For more information about the competition consult the Global Competition 2015 page referring to the specific guidelines for each of the nine Globethics.net regional programmes: http://www.globethics.net/globalcompetition2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

An Interactive Atlas to Track Green Protests www.EJAtlas.org by Nikita Mehta | Live Mint

An Interactive Atlas to Track Green Protests [www.EJAtlas.org]
The atlas covers 133 countries and the struggles by against environmental and social impacts from projects in 10 areas
by Nikita Mehta | Live Mint | 06.03.2015

New Delhi: Tracking resistance movements against projects that damage the environment, from mines to toxic waste sites to pockets of deforestation, will now be easy with an innovative atlas tool called Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, which was launched as an initiative of the Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project. The atlas covers 133 countries and the struggles by communities against environmental and social impacts from projects in 10 areas including nuclear, mineral ores and building extractions, waste management, biomass and land conflicts, fossil fuels and climate justice, energy, water management, infrastructure and built environment, tourism recreation, biodiversity conservation conflicts and industrial and utilities conflicts.
The projects and movements are represented by different coloured circles, such as blue for water management and yellow for nuclear. Incidentally, the most number of listed conflicts are in India, which has 198 resistance movements. One can browse by country and case-by case to get details such as stakeholders, satellite maps of concerned areas and progress of the movements. This collaborative research project dedicated to supporting environmental justice organizations is supported by the European Union and coordinated by Joan Martinez Alier at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
"The new website will make the connections between economic activities, companies and environmental impacts even clearer. This will greatly enhance its use by environmental justice organizations and front-line communities," EJatlas coordinator and editor Leah Temper said in a statement. The atlas, first launched in March last year, has been updated with new features, which include fracking frenzy, mining in Latin America, and climate debt. The new maps show new geospatial data layers on issues such as water scarcity, forest cover, mining and oil concessions and the underlying social and environmental drivers of the conflicts.

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/8D2nOugteExpARZjsTW2gL/An-interactive-atlas-to-track-green-protests.html

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Call for Applications: TISS Workshop on Qualitative Research, 12–15 April, Mumbai

TISS Workshop on Qualitative Research 
12–15 APRIL 2015
Organised by Center for Health & Social Sciences, School of Health Systems Studies, TISS; Centre for Sexuality and Health Research and Policy (C-SHaRP), Chennai
Workshop Venue: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Applications are invited to participate in a four-day Workshop on Qualitative Research at TISS, Mumbai.

Workshop objectives:
To build the capacity of MPhil/PhD scholars, independent researchers & early-career academicians on designing, conducting and reporting qualitative research in public health and social and behavioral sciences.

Workshop content:
Introduction to Qualitative Research (Theoretical Frameworks, Research Design & Sampling, Ethics)
Data Collection Methods (With a Focus on In-Depth Interviews, Focus Groups and Observation)
Data Analysis (Grounded Theory Analytic Techniques, Applied Thematic Analysis, Framework Analysis), and Use of Qualitative Software (Hands-On Crash Course)
Reporting Qualitative Research for Thesis and Publications

Registration Fees:
Rs. 1000 for of MPhil/PhD scholars; Rs. 2000 for academic faculty or independent researchers. Participants will be provided workshop materials, refreshments, lunch/ dinner and on-campus accommodation (twin-sharing) for 3 nights. Participants travel 

Eligibility and Application:
MPhil/PhD students, independent researchers and early career University faculty with a background in public health, health and development, gender and health, socio-behavioural sciences, are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those who are already involved in qualitative research (i.e., their thesis or stud employs qualitative or mixed methods research). The number of participants for this workshop is restricted to 20. Applications should be sent by email with the following details: name, gender, university/college and department, name of guide (for doctoral students), topic and area of research, and other relevant information, including a short write-up (one paragraph) explaining why you would like to attend the workshop. Give subject line: TISS-Qualitative Research Workshop.
Email your applications to: Ms. Vijayalakshmi at: trainings.csharp@gmail.com
Last date for sending applications: March 25, 2015
Selected participants will be required to pay the registration fees before 2 April by Demand Draft in favour of "Tata Institute of Social Sciences" payable at Mumbai.

Workshop faculty:
Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani, C-SHaRP, Chennai
Prof. Shalini Bharat, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Dr. Manmeet Kaur, PGIMER, Chandigarh
Prof. Miriam Samuel, Madras Christian College, Chennai
Dr. Pushpesh Kumar, Central Hyderabad University, Hyderabad

Supporters:
This workshop is partly supported by VOICES India project of the Humsafar Trust, TISS, C-SHaRP and Univ. of Toronto, with funding from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR/CHVI).