Wednesday, May 4, 2016

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2016 - Call for nominations

Wenhui () Award for Educational Innovation 2016

Innovative Partnerships for Quality Inclusive Education

 

 

Call for nominations

Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize winner, said, "Access to quality education has enabled me to reach far beyond the Bangladeshi village I grew up in."

 

Imagine the potential impact on society worldwide when we multiply Mr. Yunus' accomplishments by 7 billion (the number of people in the world) if EVERYONE has access to quality education!

 

Unfortunately, statistics tells a different story with nearly 58 million children still out-of-school and 781 million adults being illiterate. Even for those who attended school, 250 million children were not learning basic skills. Such data in tandem with persistent shortages of trained teachers, teaching materials, facilities and resources led to this recommendation �C "Must try harder" �C in the report card for Education for All Goal 6 on the quality of education at the end of 2015.

 

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, commits all governments to provide quality education to all irrespective of their sex, age, race, ethnicity, including persons with disabilities, migrants, indigenous peoples, children and youth, and at all levels �C early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational training. To do so, effective partnerships and engagement at all levels and in all areas is therefore a priority.

 

The Wenhui () Award for Educational Innovation, established by the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, and coordinated by UNESCO Bangkok, aims to recognize the contributions of educators and institutions which have optimized the potential of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems facing our world today.

 

For 2016, the theme of the Wenhui Award is Innovative Partnerships for Quality Inclusive Education to recognize innovative and strategic partnerships that have helped to provide and enhance quality learning opportunities for all, particularly to those most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized.

 

Two individuals or institutions from the Asia and Pacific region will be selected by a jury of distinguished educators. The winners will each receive a Certificate of Excellence and prize money of US$ 20,000. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded to individuals or institutions that have demonstrated commendable innovative practices. The results will be announced through a variety of channels to share the achievements of the winners and awardees.

 

 

Who is eligible for the Award?

Individuals or institutions from UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific region that have designed and implemented significant educational innovations leading to improved access to, and quality in, education and skills development will be eligible for the Award.

 

More specifically, the Jury will be looking for educational innovations that have:

 

         demonstrated their ability in developing practices that have contributed to the quality of education for all through innovative partnerships;

         verified the positive impact of their innovative partnerships in education bringing about noticeable changes enabling learners to contribute towards peaceful, just and sustainable world;

         proven their commitment in promoting and supporting the principles of inclusive and lifelong quality learning for all; and

         established that their innovative practices are current and relevant to the educational issues of the 21st century.

 

 

How to apply for the Award?

Applications can be submitted by government agencies, educational institutions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals in UNESCO Member States in the Asia and Pacific region. All applications should reach the Award Secretariat at UNESCO Bangkok through the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Offices and other organizations associated with UNESCO, using an official Award Application Form available online at the Award website.

 

More details about the Award, including the list of UNESCO offices and associated institutions, evaluation criteria, application process and conditions of entry, are available at the Award website: http://www.unescobkk.org/education/apeid/wenhuiaward/2016.

 

 

Important dates

Closing date for nominations                            29 July 2016

Selection of shortlisted nominations                  2 September 2016

Final selection and announcement of winners    End of September 2016

Award ceremony                                              To be confirmed

 

 

For further information, contact:

 

Wenhui Award Secretariat

UNESCO Bangkok

920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong

Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel: (66-2) 391-0577

Fax: (66-2) 391-0866

Email: apeid-award@unesco.org

Website: http://www.unescobkk.org/education/apeid/wenhuiaward/2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

IDSA Monograph | Nanotechnology: The Emerging Field for Future Military Applications | 2015

IDSA MONOGRAPH SERIES

Nanotechnology: The Emerging Field for Future Military Applications

by Sanjiv Tomar
IDSA Monograph Series No. 48, 2015

Nanotechnology is an area of science and technology that holds highly promising prospects for military applications, considering its wide applicability in defensive as well as offensive operations. Given the research and development (R&D) efforts being made in this field by a large number of countries, new products with much superior properties in terms of performance and durability are likely to be realized very soon. The most important aspect of nanotechnology-enabled products is the miniaturization of devices and the diverse functionalities that can be integrated within a singular system. Accordingly, the most profound applications in the future will be realized for the war fighter. Whether it is a battle suit integrated with sensors for nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons protection, bullet injuries and monitoring of vital body parameters, nanotechnology will find its application in camouflage and concealment, weapons, communication, and situational awareness in the battlefield. This monograph traces the R&D initiatives being undertaken in this field, followed by specific applications which are relevant for the Indian defence forces. It also attempts to foresee how nanotechnology-enabled applications are likely to impact the future battlefield.

About the Author

Sanjiv Tomar, an alumnus of Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, is currently serving in the Indian Army. He was commissioned into the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers in 1989. He has had varied operational and service experience of over 26 years in operational and maintenance management of a wide range of military equipment. Col. Tomar has commanded three Specialized Workshops in various sectors. He has held a Grade I General Staff appointment in Electronics and Mechanical Engineers School, Vadodara and has also served as Joint Director (Planning) at Directorate General of Quality Assurance (Electronics), New Delhi. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Art and cinema industries in India : Norms, workers and territories | 6th May | New Delhi

Art and cinema industries in India : Norms, workers and territories

From Friday 06 May 2016 -  09:30am
To Monday 06 June 2016 - 05:30pm
                    
                    Location: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Saket, New Delhi                                  Contact: christine@csh-delhi.com

"The Other Thought  French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation" presents the international workshop :

Art and cinema industries in India : Norms, workers and territories

6th May, 2016  at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Saket, New Delhi

 


The participation of cultural industries to sustainable development has been increasingly acknowledged in the past decades and the necessity to bring forward its potentials in India is urgent. The question of Indian cultural industries, policy and economy remains hardly addressed despite a contribution estimated to 30% of employment and 14% of the country GDP. The abysmal lack of official statistics on the cultural industries pointed out ten years ago by the Taskforce for Creative and Cultural Industry (2006) as not been filled. Workers and territories are emerging from behind veils of unrecognition while international laws are becoming more accurate. More broadly, there is a lack of understanding of the social, political and economic role that cultural industries can play in the development the country and in South Asia.

In the line of recent studies on norms and standardization process in cultural industries (Bouquillion et al. 2013), this workshop explores the articulation between norms and cultural industries in the Indian globalization context. The two sectors at the heart of the analysis will be cinema and visual arts. Among the issues that will be discussed : to what extent have these standards transformed the activities related to visual arts and cinema ? who are the actors producing these norms, working for their implementation or adaptation ? How to take into account the importance of informal system in the production and distribution of cultural goods ? What are the conflicts and forms of resistance encountered with the local socio-economic realities? The aim of this workshop is to shed light on the evolution and impact of norms in cultural policies, on art workers and local territories, the integration the informal systems, and tensions with socio-economic realities.

The workshop will be structured by 4 sessions :

  • Norms and Normalization in cultural industries : Theoretical and methodological approaches
  • Framework for Art and Cinema statistics in India
  • Toward new industrial dynamics  : experiences and contributions of workers and entrepreneurs
  • Art and Cinema territories in recomposition

This workshop will bring together specialists in policy making, economics, cultural industries, art market and professionals from the art and film industries. The objectives are to boost awareness, research and proactive policy development for cultural industries in India as encouraged in the Jodpur Initiatives. In a long term perspective, the intent is to strengthen Indo-French scientific cooperation on cultural industry research and enhance a transdisciplinary, international and interprofessionnal research group on cultural industries, policy and economy in India.

(Christine Ithurbide and Soraya Hamache, April 2016)

Find the programme here

To register, please contact christine@csh-delhi.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

ICT-Supported Collaborative Learning and Innovative Pedagogy UNESCO Office in Bangkok

The ICT in Education Newsletter, April 2016, is now available. Please feel free to forward it to members of your networks.  To view online, click here.

 

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ICT-Supported Collaborative Learning and Innovative Pedagogy

April 2016 | UNESCO Bangkok Office

 

Dear readers,

This month's theme focuses on collaborative learning, where students and teachers can work together with a sense of a common goal, leadership opportunities, and mutual development, through the effective use of ICT. Benefits of collaboration, and learning from each other are not new phenomena since Vygotsky's time. The emergence and rapid development of ICT has in effect led the notion of collaborative learning to a new era where learners can be connected, engaged and empowered to prepare for a complex world of work.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition!

Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions. 

 

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Highlights:


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_27.gif.gif Collaborative Learning in Today's Technology-Driven World (by UNESCO Bangkok, ICT in Education)
This article provides an overview of the strengths of collaborative learning, and its significant role within the transversal competencies as a fundamental skill. The KFIT International School Project is described in further detail as one of UNESCO Bangkok's key activities in promoting ICT-supported collaborative learning. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_28.gif.gif ICT-based Collaborative Learning and Innovative Pedagogy (by Professor Dr. Paul A. Kirschner, Distinguished University Professor, Open University of the Netherlands)
This expert article provides main points on effective collaborative learning based on ICT, such as developing complex tasks, effective and efficient group work, and a rich multimedia environment. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_28.gif.gif Supporting Group Collaboration in a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment (by Qiyun Wang and Choon Lang Quek, the Academic Group of Learning Sciences and Technologies, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
This expert article explores the two main pillars of collaborative learning: individual accountability and positive interdependence. Challenges are also accounted for, such as effective group coordination as well as monitoring of students. 

Programmes and Projects:


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_54.gif.gif BRIDGE School Partnerships
The Australia–Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project connects Australian teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts across Asia. BRIDGE is a teacher professional learning program that builds teachers' Asia capability through school partnerships to develop intercultural understanding, enhance information communication technology (ICT) skills, and establish sustainable school partnerships and a community of learners.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_54.gif.gif Global Citizenship
This OXFAM project takes a whole-school approach, from learners to the wider community, utilizing the Learn-Think-Act process and highlighting social justice, respect for diversity, and sustainable development. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_54.gif.gif Future School Promotion Project
Through the national 'Future School Promotion Project', the goal is to encourage collaborative learning through the use of ICT in Japan, a new approach to learning emphasizing interactive learning promoted by employing the advantages of tablets.

News and Events:


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_48.gif.gif National Workshops on Incorporating ICT Competency Standards into the Teacher Development Programme (Uzbekistan and Nepal)
This article shares the proceedings, the goals of, and the outcomes of the two workshops that were held in Uzbekistan in Nepal, as part of the "Supporting Competency-Based Teacher Training Reforms to Facilitate ICT-Pedagogy Integration" Project. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_48.gif.gif The 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning [CSCL 2017] (18-22 June 2017, Philadelphia, USA) 
This major international conference on computer-supported collaborative learning will bring together various stakeholders and experts involved in the fields of technology-based collaborative learning. The conference theme is "Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL." Readers can view the list of past conferences here, and download the proceedings of recent research. 

Resources:


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_74.gif.gif Collaborative Learning Platforms for Kids
A set of online platforms that enable collaborative learning to be more effective in classroom settings (from the national Singaporean experience). 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_75.gif.gif Teaching Practices and Pedagogical Innovation: Evidence from TALIS
This OECD publication identifies and arranges profiles across classroom teaching practices and participation in professional learning communities. One of the key messages of the report is that teacher collaboration helps support teacher reflection practices, and is therefore, an essential factor. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_76.gif.gif Global SchoolNet
Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century learning, and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration. The project engages educators and youth in e-learning projects worldwide, to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.'

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_77.gif.gif Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives
This UNESCO publication is the first pedagogical guidance from the organization on global citizenship education, based on research and consultations with experts across the world. It has also been developed in response to the needs of the Member States on overall guidance on integrating global citizenship in their education systems, both in formal, informal, and non-formal sectors. 

New Publications:


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_56.gif.gif Open Education Resources: Policy, Costs, Transformation 
This UNESCO publication aims to examine OER implementations from the case studies of OER in various regions and perspectives, in both developed and developing contexts. The chapters also highlight policy issues and lessons learnt for various stakeholders. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_58.gif.gif Happy Schools: A Framework for Learner Well-Being in the Asia-Pacific
In view of the important relationship between happiness and quality of education, this UNESCO Framework aims to call for education systems to move away from traditional measures, and instead, celebrate the diversity of intelligences and talents, which all contribute to happiness. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_58.gif.gif School and Teaching Practices for Twenty-first Century Challenges: Lessons from the Asia-Pacific Region
This UNESCO report examines some key questions: how transversal skills are manifested at school level, and how teachers can bring these skills to life in classroom settings. This report also calls for countries to reflect on and review their education policies, curricula, teaching practices and support in relation to current and future competencies. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_57.gif.gif NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition
This Higher Education Edition provides an analysis of emerging technologies in higher education that might have a strong impact. The six key trends, challenges, and developments are viewed from the higher education lens. It also acts as a guide for educators, experts, policy makers, and others to make informed decisions and improve higher education globally.  

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_58.gif.gif World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
This World Bank report explores the theme of digital dividends versus digital technologies, especially in regard to the digital divide. It claims that digital technologies can be transformational, through inclusion, efficiency and innovation. It also shares that the digital revolution has risks, and needs a strong analog foundation.  

 

Next Issue: The June edition will focus on the Maker Movement in Education. If our readers are interested in contributing to this edition, please do not hesitate to contact us with the information of your affiliation, area of interest/expertise, and a brief proposal for a possible contribution and its relevance to the theme (by the beginning of the chosen month's edition theme). 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fwd: Call for Papers - 2016 STM Graduate Paper Prize - Due July 1st, 2016

Call for Submissions
Due Date: Friday, July 1st, 2016

2016 STM Graduate Paper Prize
The Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology is pleased to welcome submissions for the 2016 STM Graduate Student Paper Prize. This prize is awarded annually for a paper that offers an innovative approach to issues in science, technology, and medicine. These issues include:

  1. How scientific research, technological transformation and professional medicine inform public health policy and popular culture and affect the intimate realms of bodily experience;
  2. The ways laboratory and experimental medicine (both public and private sector) are influenced by economic and political institutions and patient mobilization;
  3. The specificities of the development, regulation, marketing and distribution of pharmaceuticals and biologics;
  4. How local experiences of illness and health are refracted through established modes of discrimination (such as class, race and gender) and unequal access to new medical technologies; and
  5. The extent to which pragmatic and embodied responses to medical science and technology shape concepts of personhood and degrees of political membership.

Submission rules:
  • The word count should be 6,000-8,000.
  • All author(s) must be enrolled as a graduate students at the time of submission.
  • Winners of previous STM graduate paper prizes are not eligible to submit new papers.
  • The paper can be under review at the time of submission, but it cannot be in press or published.
  • To enable a blind review process, the submission email should include two word documents: (1) a cover sheet with author name, affiliation(s) and acknowledgments, and (2) the paper (abstract included) with no identifying information listed. 

The winner of the prize will be announced at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. The winner will receive an award certificate or plaque, detailed suggestions from the committee of judges on ways to prepare the article for publication, and a cash prize of $100 (or $75 in case of two winners).

Submissions should be emailed by Friday, July 1st 2016 to:
Danya Glabau (dag66@cornell.edu)

For more information on the STM interest group, go to: www.medanthro.net/research/stm/index.html

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National Science Policy and Organization of Scientific Research in India | From UNESCO Archive

[From UNESCO Archive]

UNESCO (1972). National Science Policy and Organization of Scientific Research in India. Science Policy Studies and Documents Series, UNESCO, Paris, 124 pages.

Historical Background of Scientific Development: India's contributions in the field of science during the earlier part of her history are well known. The contributions of Aryabhatta, Susruta, Varahamihira, and Bhaskara are important landmarks in the history of science. However, there was a sudden break in scientific achievements after the twelfth century due to various historical factors; although in certain areas, such as astronomy, the tradition continued and resulted in the setting up of observatories at Jaipur and Delhi. Science in the modern sense took root in India in the eighteenth century. The establishment of the Asiatic Society of Bengal by Sir William Jones in 1784 was an outcome of the interest created at that time in scientific research. The Society has since then played a prominent part in the development of scientific activities in India. ...

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New Book | "The Technological Indian" by Ross Bassett

The Technological Indian, by Ross Bassett, Harvard University Press, 2016, ISBN 9780674504714.

About This Book
In the late 1800s, Indians seemed to be a people left behind by the Industrial Revolution, dismissed as "not a mechanical race." Today Indians are among the world's leaders in engineering and technology. In this international history spanning nearly 150 years, Ross Bassett—drawing on a unique database of every Indian to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between its founding and 2000—charts their ascent to the pinnacle of high-tech professions.
As a group of Indians sought a way forward for their country, they saw a future in technology. Bassett examines the tensions and surprising congruences between this technological vision and Mahatma Gandhi's nonindustrial modernity. India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, sought to use MIT-trained engineers to build an India where the government controlled technology for the benefit of the people. In the private sector, Indian business families sent their sons to MIT, while MIT graduates established India's information technology industry.
By the 1960s, students from the Indian Institutes of Technology (modeled on MIT) were drawn to the United States for graduate training, and many of them stayed, as prominent industrialists, academics, and entrepreneurs. The MIT-educated Indian engineer became an integral part of a global system of technology-based capitalism and focused less on India and its problems—a technological Indian created at the expense of a technological India.

About the Author:
Ross Bassett is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents
Introduction
1. The Indian Discovery of America
2. American-Made Swadeshi
3. Gandhi's Industry
4. From Gujarat to Cambridge
5. Engineering a Colonial State
6. Tryst with America, Tryst with MIT
7. High Priests of Nehru's India
8. Business Families and MIT
9. The Roots of IT India
10. From India to Silicon Valley
Conclusion

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CfPs: PEGNet Conference 2016 on Regional integration for Africa’s economic transformation: Challenges & opportunities| Kigali, Rwanda| 15-16 September

The Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) Conference 2016 on Regional integration for Africa's economic transformation – Challenges and opportunities will be held in Kigali, Rwanda in cooperation with the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda on September 15-16, 2016.

 

The PEGNet Conference 2016 Call for Papers is available here

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Conference Theme 

Africa, in particular Sub-Saharan Africa, has moved into the focus of the global development agenda not least due to its remarkable growth in the first decade of the 21st century. Part of this growth has been caused by a commodity boom lasting until 2008. However, part of the interest also stems from domestic developments in the region, including some policy reforms and regional integration efforts. The most recent example of the latter is the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) that has brought together the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community and Southern Africa Development Community (COMESA-EAC–SADC).

Regional integration is seen as an appropriate strategy to overcome the difficulties faced by a continent with a mix of small and large, sparsely and densely populated, fragmented, as well as quickly growing economies. Regional integration is regarded as an ideal approach to reap efficiency gains and exploit economies of scale. Yet, design is crucial to avoiding agreements that end on paper. So far, African regional economic communities have pursued the 'linear model' of integration with a step-wise integration of goods, labor and capital markets, and eventually monetary and fiscal integration, which have tended to focus on border measures such as the import tariff. However, this model has not materialized into success for many landlocked countries such as Rwanda that face severe supply-side constraints. A deeper integration agenda that includes financing and building regional infrastructure, trade facilitation – including customs as well as logistics, shipping, insurance, etc. − competition policy and other behind-the-border issues as well as political leadership and commitment to cooperation may address the national-level supply-side constraints far more effectively than an agenda which focuses almost exclusively on border measures.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the importance of regional integration and interconnectivity in enhancing sustainable development of developing countries. The regional dimension is of particular importance for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (8 and 9) that focus on sustained, inclusive and sustainable goals, full and productive employment,and decent work for all as well as on resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation. SDG 9 explicitly calls for an enhancement of behind-the-border measures such as the development of regional and transborder infrastructure that will be accessible by all. If these renewed regional integration efforts are to be successful, a greater emphasis has to be placed on providing solutions to challenges that have hindered the success of existing regional integration initiatives. One of the biggest challenges in Africa has been the so called 'spaghetti bowl' of overlapping integration areas and memberships that result in conflicting political and institutional commitments to different regional economic communities. Currently, 39 countries are members of more than one regional economic community. The negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union (EU) has laid bare this state of affairs. Regional integration in Africa has to become more effective in order to counter the skepticism among trade experts as to whether regional integration may not be a detour or even a stumbling block for a full fledged participation of African countries in the global economy.

We consider regional integration to be a highly relevant issue for applied research as well as practice. There is a large demand among policymakers for strategies and methods that analyze the integration needs of different countries, particularly since these countries are confronted with various problems which do not allow for one-size fits-all strategies. In particular, but not exclusively, we invite contributions (papers and presentations of projects) that provide solutions to the following challenges and questions:

 

  • How will new regional integration attempts such as the TFTA address some of the challenges such as overlapping integration areas that have hindered past integration efforts?
  • What has been the impact of the EPAs with the EU on regional integration in Africa?
  • Can regional economic integration succeed in dealing with the differences that arise from heterogeneities in logistics, infrastructure, communication, fiscal regimes, geography and demographics?
  • How can regional integration enhance efforts aimed at combating regional crises such as the current energy crisis faced by many SADC countries or even the recent wave of political instability in the ECOWAS region?
  • How can regional integration schemes raise the competitiveness of land-locked countries and facilitate their participation in regional and international trade?
  • How can regional integration schemes raise the attractiveness of small countries for foreign direct investment (FDI)?
  • What are promising value chains that could be explored by regional integration?
  • How can national and regional policies be synchronised and harmonised ?
  • How can reliable data be collected for a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system of regional integration schemes ?
  • What would it take for Africa to seize the opportunities that regional integration offers for economic transformation transformation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • Are there lessons that can be emulated from the European model of regional integration or from experiences in other regions for Africa?

 

Invited Speakers

 

Conference Format

The conference will provide a platform for high-level dialogue and exchange of ideas between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The two conference days will feature parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers as well as project presentations. The parallel sessions will be complemented by a debate, a round-table discussion and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, economic policy and development practice.

In addition, the PEGNet Best Practice Award will be awarded for the eighth time to a project that demonstrates best practice in cooperation between researchers and practitioners. While plenary sessions focus will on the conference theme, parallel sessions and Best Practice Award projects will be open to all topics in development economics.

Abstract and Project Submissions

For the best-practice award, a maximum of four projects will be selected by a committee on the basis of a three-page summary of the initiative's objectives, the type of interaction between research and practice as well as its results. The pre-selected projects will be asked to submit one additional paper or report. At the conference, each nominated initiative will be presented and the winner of a prize of Euro 3000 will be selected by the committee.

Contributed papers and projects will be selected on the basis of papers or extended abstracts written on the conference theme as well as poverty reduction, inequality, growth and other related topics in development economics. Priority will be given to empirical research with clear implications for policy design and implementation. Furthermore, we encourage practitioners to present case studies and/or share their experiences from the field.

Please email your submissions to pegnet@ifw-kiel.de in a pdf or Word file and indicate 'PEGNet Conference 2016' in the subject heading. The submission deadline is 29 April, 2016. Abstracts should have more than 400 words but should not exceed three pages. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in mid-June 2016. The deadline for full paper submission and additional material for the Best Practice Award is 1 August, 2016.

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts 29 April 2016
Notification of acceptance mid-June 2016
Submission of full papers 1 August 2016

Organizers

The conference will be co-organised by the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the KfW Development Bank, and the Courant Poverty Research Centre at the University of Göttingen.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Capturing the Growth Dynamics of Science: A Publication-Based Analysis | #CurrentScience Article

Capturing the Growth Dynamics of Science: A Publication-Based Analysis
by Sujit Bhattacharya, and Shilpa
Current Science, 25 April 2016, 110(8): 1419-25.

Abstract: This article attempts to identify the dynamics of knowledge production. Conceptual framework is based on research publications taken as 'proxy' indicator of research process and outcome. Indicators are constructed from research publications to capture the dynamics of research. The rationality of this approach is discussed. The study also shows that publications are increasing exponentially underscoring the intensive research undertaken globally. Determinants of publication growth have changed significantly in comparison to earlier periods. The study argues that the above determinants are indicators of changing global research structure and dynamics, and should be considered in national research and innovation policymaking.

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International collaboration among authors of Current Science

by Olesia
Iefremova; Daniel Sas; Marcin Kozak
Current Science
, 25 April 2016, 110(8): 141414-18.
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EPW Commentary "New Institutional Structure for Water Security in India" | by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay (formerly with CSSP, JNU)

New Institutional Structure for Water Security in India
by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
Economic & Political Weekly | April 9, 2016 | 51(15): 15-17.


Abstract: There has been no significant change in the knowledge-base and institutional structure for managing water systems since colonial rule. This makes the recent efforts of the Ministry of Water Resources for restructuring the Central Water Commission and the Central Ground Water Board significant. This article argues that the effort should be backed by interdisciplinary studies that see surface water and groundwater as ecologically connected.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Climate, indigenous knowledge and food security at the core of a UN Scientific Advisory Board meeting

 

 

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Climate, indigenous knowledge and food security at the core
of a UN Scientific Advisory Board meeting

24-25 May, Trieste, Italy

 

 

The Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General was created in 2013 to provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development to the Secretary-General and to the UN system. It is composed of 25 eminent scientists from all regions of the world and aims to provide a complete picture of scientific needs in order to face global challenges. It will present its conclusions by the end of the year.

 

The Board is meeting for the fifth time*. During this session, the Board will focus on climate-induced risks, local and indigenous knowledge and science, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and food security and health.

 

The meeting will take place at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Strada Costiera, 11 in Trieste, Italy.

 

Media contact: Isabelle Brugnon, +33 664148494, i.brugnon@unesco.org

Scientific Advisory Board Website  

 

 

 

* The meeting will be hosted by the Government of Italy, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of sciences in the developing world (TWAS), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Centre for Genetic, Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

 

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CfPs: ASIP Annual Conference on "Education & Training for Technology Commercialization & Startups" | 24-27 July | University of Electronic S&T of China

Asian Society for Innovation and Policy (ASIP) Annual Conference on "Education & Training for Technology Commercialization & Startups"

Venue: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, Sichuan
Date: 24-27 July 2016
Jointly Organized by: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China; University of Science and Technology, Korea; Korea Technology Innovation Society; Asian Society for Innovation and Policy (www.innovationandpolicy.asia)

Keynote Speaker (Chinese/English translation)
  • Head, Chengdu Hi-Tech Development Zone
  • Prof Xielin Liu, Graduate University of Chinese Academy Science
  • Dr. Zhijun Lee, Research Center the State Council
  • Dr Youngho Moon, Former President, Korea Technology Innovation Society, Vice Korean Institute S&T Information

Submission for Presentation
  • Full paper recommended
  • Submission deadline by June 20.
  • Acceptance will be notified by June 23.
  • Chinese presentation will be selected by Chinese Local Committee.
Secretariat (Paper to be Submitted)
Ms Chen Yang, UESTC (yangchen_uestc2015@qq.com, asip2016@163.com)
Karam Kim, ASIP (asip.society@gmail.com, asip2016@163.com)

Publication
  • Every paper accepted will be printed in conference proceedings.
  • Author can decide full paper or an extended abstract to be printed.
  • Good papers will be published in Asian Journal of Innovation and Policy or Science, Technology and Society (SSCI)

Country Editors
  • China - Xielin Liu (liuxielin@hotmail.com) | School of Management, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Science
  • India- M H Bala Subrahmanya (mungilabala@gmail.com) | Chairman, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science
  • Japan - Kazuyuki Motohashi (motohashi@tmi.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp) | Department of Technology Management for Innovation, University of Tokyo
  • Korea - Seung-Hoon Yoo (shyoo@seoultech.ac.kr) | Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul National University of S&T.

Submissions now open: The 14th Globelics Conference |Bandung City, Indonesia|12-14 October


Dear Scholars,

The Globelics Secretariat is pleased to announce submissions are now open for the 14th Globelics Conference in Bandung City, Indonesia (12th -14th of October, 2016).


We encourage scholars at scientific institutions, universities, enterprises and public sector institutions to take this opportunity to present their work to leading scholars in the field of innovation and development. We especially encourage young researchers to submit papers. Papers for oral presentations and poster presentation must be written in English, and the selected ones must be presented at the conference in English. Submission of full paper (in PDF) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) should be made via the online submission form available at the Conference website.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are eligible, you need to apply for travel support when submitting your paper via the conftool on the conference webpage. Also please double check that you have fully completed the upload of your paper before you leave the webpage.


Please download the Call for Papers to get other important dates, and more information about how to submit your paper. Don't forget to follow the conference webpage for the most up to date news and information.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Bandung City.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

S Bhaduri: How can Frugal Innovation become Inclusive Innovation?

How can Frugal Innovation become Inclusive Innovation?

As of the 1st of September 2015, Professor Saradindu Bhaduri holds the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity for a period of two years. The objective of the Prince Claus Chair is to continue the work of the late Prince Claus in the field of development and equity. The chair rotates annually between the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS/EUR) and Utrecht University. Professor Bhaduri is based at ISS / EUR.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

ABDR publishes a special issue on Regulation, Intellectual Property and Innovation | Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2016

Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR)

Special Issue on Regulation, Intellectual Property and Innovation

Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2016

ABDR is a peer reviewed, international journal on socio-economic development, public policy, ethical and regulatory aspects of biotechnology, with a focus on developing countries. ABDR is published three times a year with support of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and UNESCO by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi based autonomous think-tank, envisioned as a forum for fostering effective policy dialogue among developing countries on international economic issues. This special issue is on regulation, innovation and intellectual property rights and has five papers. The first paper describes the technological options and choices in the age of anthropocene and climate change. The second paper discusses recent ideas in regulatory theory and practice and contextualises them for agri-biotech. The third paper gives an overview of emerging scenario in intellectual property rights and biosafety in many countries. The fourth paper is on stakeholders' perception on gene editing and identifies the issues to be addressed for effective regulation. The last paper by comparing experiences in China and India in Bt-cotton draws key lessons for policy making in innovation, intellectual property rights and access to technology. It applies the principle of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to agri-biotechnology to suggest how the key elements of RRI can be applied in agri-biotechnology innovations.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial Introduction | K. Ravi Srinivas
PAPERS
  • Ecosystems, Food Crops, and Bioscience: A Symbiosis for the Anthropocene | William Hoffman
  • Achieving Regulatory Excellence in the Agri-Food Biotechnology Sector: Building Policy Capacity | Michael Howlett and Ishani Mukherjee
  • Recent Evolutions in Intellectual Property Frameworks for Agricultural Biotechnology: A Worldwide Survey | David J. Jefferson and Meenu S. Padmanabhan
  • Attitudes towards Governance of Gene Editing | Jennifer Kuzma, Adam Kokotovich and Aliya Kuzhabekova
  • Agriculture Technology Choices and the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Framework: Emerging Experiences from China and India| Sachin Chaturvedi, Krishna Ravi Srinivas and Amit Kumar

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

JNU CSDE Workshop on "Ethnography of the Marginalized: A Critical Inquiry" | 27-28 April | CfPs

Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion
School of Social Sciences-I

(Funded By ICSSR)

organising a workshop on

Ethnography of the Marginalized: A Critical Inquiry
27-28 April 2016

Contemporary ethnography, as a research practice, is used across disciplines to explore various aspects of people's everyday lives and their meaning-making processes. Its commitment to in-depth research over sufficiently long periods of time has enabled exploration of phenomena as diverse as sports, marriage, caste, sexualities, aging, virtual worlds and innumerable other social and political practices. As an embodied process that allows researcher's empathetic involvement and even immersion in the social life being studied, ethnography can have a privileged access to socially marginalized groups; and therefore is specifically suited to understand many visible and invisible processes of marginalisation. Many ethnographic studies - on caste, Dalits' life worlds, urban and rural poverty, slums, class violence, partition memories, socio-economic marginalisation of tribal communities - reflect the relevance of this approach in foregrounding the experiential, emotional and covert meanings of discriminations.

This 2 day workshop will include panel discussions and lectures by the academics, round table discussions and presentations from students. This intensive program will bring together students and scholars to conceptualise, rethink and critically interrogate the ethnographic practices used to explore the voices of the marginalised. It will enable students to get feedback on their ethnographic perspectives, practices and experiences. Although the workshop is open to all students, there are limited spaces for the participants who would like to present their papers. In this respect, we invite a one page write up on the topic of your presentation and the suitability of your work for this workshop.

The deadline for submission is 23 April, 2016. Selected participants will be informed through email. Please send your write up and a CV to csde.sss@gmail.com.