Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Knowledge Society Debates: A series of events exploring science, technology and innovation in India

The Knowledge Society Debates: A series of events exploring science, technology and innovation in India

5th-13th January, 2009

Hyderabad (5-6th), Bangalore (8-9th), Delhi (12-13th)

In India, as in Europe, visions of a ‘knowledge society’ have brought science, technology and innovation to the forefront of politics, democracy and public life. As India positions itself in global high-technologymarkets and European governments attempt to tame their sceptical public, ‘knowledge society’ and ‘knowledge economy’ have become buzzwords in public policy.


  • What is a ‘knowledge society’?
  • Whose knowledge counts?
  • What are the drivers of change?
  • What are the contending perspectives?

India and Europe present many parallels in how they engage with the ‘knowledge society’. Following the work of the ‘National Knowledge Commission’ in India and the ‘Taking the Knowledge Society Seriously’ report in Europe, there is much that each can learn from the other. What is common between European and Indian visions of a ‘knowledge society’? Can these form a basis for an alternative visionof the global future to that of a borderless market? ...Or is the underlying picture one of greater conflict and uncertainty?

These are just some of the questions to be discussed in a series of debates across India – in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Delhi.

Three lead authors of the European report will discuss their findings with Indian academics, policymakers and activists.

Lead discussants

  • Brian Wynne, Professor of Science Studies and Associate Director of the UK ESRC, Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster University
  • Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Andy Stirling, Professor and Director of Science at the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit and Co-Director of the STEPS Centre, University of Sussex
  • Shiv Visvanathan Professor of Sociology of Science and Technology at DA-IICT, Gandhinagar
  • A number of academics, civil society members, policy commentators, and activists will join the debate to bring in India specific perspectives

Events at the Knowledge Society Debates

a) Roundtable Discussions

b) Public Discussions

(A) Roundtable Discussions

In each city the first day of the debate will be an invitation-only workshop which will critically engage with the politics of ‘knowledge society’. The workshop at each location will include three sessions:Rethinking innovations: Who innovates for whom?Democracy or technocracy? Civic engagement in knowledge societyKnowledge society or risk society? Uncertainty, regulation and precaution


  • Hyderabad, 5th Jan, Centre for Economic and Social Studies
  • Bangalore, 8th Jan, National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • New Delhi, 12th Jan, India Habitat Centre


To participate in the events please contact:

Shanti Mahendra

Email: knowledgedebates[at]

(B) Public Discussions

The roundtables will be followed by a public discussion on the next day, in each city and are open for all. Issues raised at the roundtables will be carried forward to these debates which will focus on the following:

  • Knowledge society and uncertain futures, Hyderabad, 6th Jan 2009, Centre for Economic and Social Studies
  • Knowledge futures in the innovation city, Bangalore, 9th Jan 2009, National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Democratising Knowledge futures, New Delhi, 13th Jan 2009, British Council Auditorium

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Call for Papers: Fourth International Conference on Public Policy and Management

Fourth International Conference on Public Policy and Management

August 9th -12th 2009

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)

The IV International Conference provides a stimulating forum for scholars, academics, practitioners and other stakeholders engaged in public policy. It also offers unique opportunities for networking and sharing knowledge, from different parts of the world. This year's focal themes are:

1) Managing Global Economic Challenges: Policy Responses and Governance Initiatives, and

2) National and International Governance Challenges.

Aside of these focal themes, we also invite papers and proposals for panel sessions from all domains of public policy and management spanning public policy theory, practice, management and teaching of public policy.

Papers should clearly indicate which of the two themes they wish to be considered under. In case authors wish their papers to be considered as a general entry they are requested to indicate this in their abstract. The author(s) of proposed paper which is outside the two focal themes are encouraged to suggest a thematic topic/group for the paper to be placed if accepted.

Submit an Abstract of 200 Words with Four Keywords and Author’s Profile with Contact Details by January 19th, 2009. Please mail your Abstract to the concerned Regional Coordinator (rameshg[at] with a copy to us & (cppconference2009[at] Abstracts and Papers will be blind reviewed before acceptance.

Full Paper Submission by April 15th, 2009

For more details on paper submission guidelines and for the registration form, please visit conference website.

Conference Themes

(i) Managing Global Economic Challenges: Policy Responses and Governance Initiatives

While globalization has vastly increased possibilities of gains from transactions across and within nations it has also meant that governance has become even more important. A key policy concern is how to make income growth more inclusive in a globalized world particularly for marginalized communities. Other concerns pertain to regulation and developing a uniform set of standards for goods and services, the domains of intervention for government and non-government organizations, and even the very relationship and meaning of nation states in such a globalized world. Papers under this theme could focus on characterizing globalization, drivers of globalization, role of public policy in managing global pressures, and decentralized and centralized structures of governance that make globalization and which seek to provide an enabling environment for society at large.

(ii) National and International Governance Challenges

Electoral competition in states with multi-party electoral systems has inevitably meant that governments are no longer formed by single party majorities but by coalitions of smaller parties. Public policy processes in such settings, ranging from policy formulation, to its very implementation would appear to require compromises that are unintended and in the extreme may dilute the very purpose of the policy itself. Papers on this theme may document the fragmentation of the political mandate, analyze the consequences of such fragmentation, effective governance structures, and study of role of non-government organizations in delivering public policy or even explore legal, fiscal and institutional reforms that could be used to mitigate the consequences of such fractured political mandates.

Conference Secretariat:

Centre For Public Policy

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)

Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 076, Karnataka, India

Ph: 91-80-26993323, 26993051

Email: cppconference2009[at]

Conference Website: <>

Call for Papers: Innovations for Digital Inclusion - ITU-T Kaleidoscope 2009

Innovations for Digital Inclusion

ITU-T Kaleidoscope event, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 31 August - 1 September 2009

Innovations for Digital Inclusion is the second in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences that aims at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT) and academia. By viewing technologies through a “Kaleidoscope”, these forward looking events will also seek to identify new topics for standardization.

Kaleidoscope-2009 will analyze technologies, services and applications five years and beyond that will capitalize on NGN infrastructure and promote digital inclusion. The event will cover multidisciplinary aspects, including regulatory and societal challenges as well as analysis of standardization needed.

Innovative technologies will help bring the benefits of ICTs to all segments of the population, in particular those in underserved communities and developing countries. The event seeks to promote research that supports innovation in ICTs toward universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access by all.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Geneva 2003 – Tunis 2005, advocated turning the digital divide into a digital opportunity. In accordance with WSIS declarations and ITU’s commitment to connect the world, the Standardization Sector of ITU (ITU-T) is calling for original academic papers offering innovative approaches addressing digital inclusion. A prize fund totalling $10,000 will be awarded for the three best papers.


Submission of full paper proposals: 15 January 2009

Notification of paper acceptance: 15 April 2009

Submission of camera-ready accepted papers: 15 May 2009

Contact: kaleidoscope[at]

Second Call for papers:


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dissertation Workshop on Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Asia

Dates: May 3-6, 2009

Venue: Asian Institute 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada

Workshop Statement

This dissertation workshop seeks to engage scholars whose work explores the impacts of collective action and social capital, and its various component parts (trust, norms, networks and associations) in diverse parts of Asia, where the nature of state, civil society and alternate civilities is changing rapidly. Our premise is that the “productivity” of civic engagement in terms of enhancing the economic and political vitality of local communities depends, to a large extent, on the responsiveness of the local government and the nature of civil society/alternate civilities in the region under examination. As such, empirical research that seeks to discover and document how social capital and civic engagement interact with other aspects of social and political life to enhance, or perhaps diminish, well-being is important to both intellectual and policy debates taking place across a variety of academic disciplines. Further, researchers who focus on Asia are well positioned to contribute to theoretical debates about the relative usefulness of the concept of “social capital” and associated terms such as social cohesion, cooperation, public participation, empowerment, and community as ways of apprehending the complex dynamics of Asian settings. The workshop thus seeks to bring empirical research and re-theorizations from Asia into a productive dialogue.

Eligibility and Arrangements

The workshop is intended for doctoral students whose dissertation projects concern the role of civic engagement and social capital, in its many variations, in fostering dynamic change in any part of contemporary Asia. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage and assist doctoral students who are just beginning work on these issues, as well as those who are farther along in their projects. The workshop will involve intensive discussion of the individual projects and also the larger theoretical and methodological issues that they raise. Possibilities for continuing associations among interested students and faculty will be explored. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program. They must have drafted a dissertation research proposal, even though it may not yet be approved by their committees. They must be prepared to engage in some work prior to the meeting, namely reading and commenting on the proposals of other participants to establish a basis for productive exchange at the event.

The workshop will take place over three days on the campus of the University of Toronto. It will include twelve students and four faculty members from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. The Asian Institute at the University of Toronto will cover the costs of work, meals, and accommodation. Travel will be subsidized up to a maximum of CDN$600 per participant.

Application Deadline is January 30, 2009

Applications consist of two items: 1) a current curriculum vitae and 2) an 8 to 10 page double spaced dissertation proposal. Alternatively, if the work is well underway, an 8 to 10 page double spaced description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Workshop participants will be selected on the content of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and the benefits of including a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and intellectual traditions. Applications should be sent in an email attachment to Applicants will be informed about whether or not they have been selected for the workshop by February 6th 2009. For further information about the workshop or eligibility, please contact the workshop assistant at

Monday, December 1, 2008

Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Lot 15 (EMECW15)

Study or Work in Europe – Hundreds of Scholarships Available for Indian Nationals

The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Lot 15 (EMECW15) offers 301 scholarships available to Indian nationals wishing to participate in an institutional mobility scheme funded by the European Commission. Candidates will have the opportunity to study, teach or work in one of twelve prestigious European Universities who participate in the programme. The duration of the scholarship (from 1 to 34 months) varies according to the type of position applied for.

All costs are covered: Through EMECW15, successful applicants (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students and academic staff) will be awarded a scholarship which will cover travel, insurance, possible tuition, living expenses and housing. The deadline for online applications is December 15th 2008. Applications must be submitted through
The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Lot 15 (EMECW15) for India is designed to fund higher education student and teaching staff mobility activities between 12 European universities and 8 Indian universities. Also eligible for scholarship are other Indian nationals. The EMECW15 scheme is part of the
EMECW, a project funded by the European Union to increase cooperation and exchange between Europe and other parts of the world.

Project Objectives: the project aims at better understanding between European Union and India, as well as mutual enrichment. The universities in this consortium will strive to achieve this goal. The cooperation instrument is guided by the DCI regulations, the Development Millennium Goals, and regional needs expressed by the Government of India. The objectives include a mission to create a partnership for research and development that will strengthen ties between India and the EU. Topics that will be included in the education and research collaboration are agriculture, food processing, climate change, energy, environment, ICT, biotechnology and nanotechnology. particular stress has been given to these subjects because of the inequalities in India's development and the pressing needs to address issues such as malnutrition, health, medicine, urban and rural livelihood and so on. These all reflect the regional needs of India. It is with this background in mind that the consortium was formed and its members selected. The aim is to strengthen academic cooperation between India and Europe at the academic level, and eventually in areas such as
trade, politics, and international organisations.

For more information about the EMECW15 and how to apply, please visit

Call for Papers: Globelics 2009 - 7th International Conference

GLOBELICS 2009 "Inclusive Growth, Innovation and Technological Change: education, social capital and sustainable development"

Organized by:

  • The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics)
  • UNU-MERIT (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • CRES, UCAD (Dakar, Senegal)

Date: October 6-8, 2009Place: Dakar, Senegal

GLOBELICS (Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems) is an international network of scholars who apply the concept of "learning, innovation, and competence building system" (LICS) as their framework and are dedicated to the strengthening of LICS in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition. The research aims at locating unique systemic features as well as generic good practices to enlighten policy making relating to innovation, competence building, international competitiveness, regional development, labor market and human capital development. In an increasingly global and knowledge-based competition, management strategies need to be based upon an understanding of these framework conditions and the public policies which seek to regulate the environment.

GLOBELICS has regional chapters in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Apart from providing training for PhD scholars through the Academy at Lisbon and Tampere GLOBELICS organizes annual conferences. Until now six such conferences have been organized. The first GLOBELICS conference was held in 2003, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it was followed by the second conference at Beijing, China (2004), the third conference at Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa (2005), the fourth in Trivandrum, India (2006), the fifth in Saratov, Russia (2007) and the sixth in Mexico City (2008). All six conferences were attended by leading scholars in the field from the developed and developing worlds.

For the seventh conference to be held in Dakar (Senegal), papers that contribute to the understanding of the role of technology and innovation in achieving sustainable growth and development in the broadest sense of the term are invited. Apart from many of the LICS traditional topics, papers with a focus on African issues and in particular on the role and contribution of education, human capital and health on development, inequality patterns, entrepreneurship and new forms such as micro-finance and micro-insurance of financial innovation and inclusion, agriculture and fishing and sustainable development, etc.

The conference will be organized around a number of themes on the following broad issues:

  • Innovation, education, health, inequality and development
  • Population dynamics, gender equity, migration and development
  • Agriculture, fishing, biofuel, energy systems, water supply, transport, tourism and sustainable development
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship: indigenous knowledge systems and traditional sectors (e.g. agriculture, handcraft, fashion, clothing, music, eco-tourism, etc.)
  • The role of new ‘horizontal technologies' (ICTs and biotechnologies) and local competitiveness; factors of attractiveness and embeddedness of MNCs in local/regional/national systems
  • Privatization of knowledge, Intellectual Property Right (IPR) and development
  • Financial innovation and development: the role of microfinance and micro-insurance
  • International cooperation and national innovation policies facing global challenges

Spanning three days, the conference will include a variety of sessions: plenary, invited parallel, panel; and special sessions on contributions to innovation activities in the cultural sector (fashion, clothing, music, etc.) and African entrepreneurship.

Submissions: The conference organizing committee invites submission of full papers to be presented on the conference topics by March 31th, 2009, via: the website or to Théophile Azomahou and Luc Soete Program Chairs ( We especially encourage young researchers to submit their research.

Acceptance of participation will be based on full papers only (at least a first draft). The selection of contributions will be based on a review by the Conference Scientific Committee upon novelty, academic quality and relevance to the themes of the conference. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by April 30th, 2009. All presented papers will be placed on the Website of the conference.

PhD students’ paper competition: Ph.D. students currently in programs of developing countries may enter the PhD students' paper competition. Winners will receive free accommodation and travel support, a small grant to support their research and a diploma.

All participants with accepted papers will be provided local hospitality for three days (October 6-8, 2009). Participants from developing countries with accepted papers will also be provided some travel support. The Globelics Board will be mobilizing resources for providing such travel support. Participants should be prepared though to pay for all other expenses in the hotel like mini bar, telephone, laundry, etc and outside like the city tour, other social events etc.

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Call for Papers: 6th Asialics International Conference

  • 6th Asialics International Conference
  • Venue: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Campus, Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
  • Dates: 6-7 July 2009

Asialics International Conference seeks to explore is how innovation systems in Asia are linked to global innovation networks on the one hand, and how emerging interactions within and among innovation systems are shaping their performance on the other hand. The promotion of interactions among innovators – through university-industry linkages, global production chains, or in innovative clusters – is becoming a key priority for innovation policies. One area of particular interest is the interactions between research and technology organizations (RTO) and other innovation actors such as universities and industry. A special session will be arranged by JIIP to provide comparative perspectives from Asia and Europe.

Conference Objectives

  • Assessing various policies, programs and trends relating to innovation at regional, national and firm levels in Asia
  • Enabling policy learning to take place across Asian countries
  • Extending the frontiers of academic research
  • Facilitating networking and research collaborations


A number of sub-themes have been preliminarily identified for the conference, including:

  • Regional interaction among innovation systems in Asia
  • University-industry linkages and the changing role of universities in dynamic innovation systems
  • Promotion of innovative clusters
  • The emergence and evolution of knowledge-intensive services in Asia
  • Migration of human resources and regional and global innovation linkages
  • Role of knowledge organizations and intermediary agents in influencing innovative performance
  • The changing role of Transnational Corporations in Asian innovation systems
  • Evaluation of innovation policies in Asia
  • Innovation surveys and indicators
  • Global innovation linkages: Scientific cooperation and technology transfer
  • Government programs promoting regional or global linkages

Who Should Attend

  • Government science and technology policy makers
  • Technology policy and innovation management researchers
  • Educationists, social scientists and natural scientists
  • Industry practitioners

Paper Submission, Review and Acceptance

  • Significant and original (unpublished) submissions are solicited. People submitting abstracts will be able to do a presentation of paper after peer review process of the abstracts. Full papers should not exceed 8,000 words and include an abstract of 100-150 words.
  • Full paper submission guidelines: Only novel research is eligible for presentation. Further, only previously unpublished work will be eligible for possible inclusion either in an edited book or a journal special issue. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). On the first page of your paper, you must indicate which of the conference sub-themes your paper falls into (see home page for list of sub-themes). Additionally, the paper title, author's name, affiliation, full postal address, as well as email address should appear on the first page. A concise and factual abstract, able to stand alone from the paper, is required (maximum length 150 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. References in the abstract should be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list. All text in the manuscript should be in double-spaced typing. Ample margins should be left on both sides of the page. Each page of the typescript should be numbered. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed together in single-spacing at the bottom of the relevant page.
  • Accepted papers will be included in a conference CD and selected papers will be published in a book or Asian Journal of Technology Innovation after a peer review process.
  • The deadline for abstract submission is 1 March 2009.
  • Please submit your abstract by email to:

For the full set of deadlines, please refer to under the 'Registration and Deadlines' tab.
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Call for Papers: 12th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2009)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 14-17 July 2009

The 12th ISSI Conference – ISSI 2009 - will be organized by BIREME/PAHO/WHO (Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization) and co-organized by a list of partner public and private organizations, under the auspices of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI), in July 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


The ISSI 2009 Conference will provide an international open forum for scientists, research managers and authorities, information and communication related professionals to debate the current status and advancements of Scientometrics theory and applications, with emphasis on the progress of scientometrics and science in developing countries.
The conference will bring a key contribution to the socialization of scientometrics in developing countries, particularly within LA&C (Latin America and Caribbean) scientific related community and it will contribute to promote international collaboration.

Target audience

ISSI 2009 is aimed at a broad multidisciplinary audience. It includes researchers, policy-makers, educators, librarians, information science professionals, and students interested in the dynamics of research productivity, scholarly communication networks, information retrieval and evaluation.


The biannual ISSI conference is the premier international venue for research within the areas of informetrics, scientometrics and bibliometrics. The purpose of the ISSI 2009 conference is to bring together scientists, research managers and authorities, as well as information and communication related professionals in an open international forum to discuss advancements of theory and applications in the field, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality applied and theoretical research findings. ISSI 2009 also includes satellite workshops and a Doctoral Forum. ISSI 2009 is organised under the auspices of ISSI - the International Society for Informetrics and Scientometrics ( The conference language is English.

Areas of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- GENERAL WORKS ON INFORMETRICS (Structure of the field and relations to other fields, History of bibliometrics, Analysis of acknowledgements)

- THEORY (Informetric laws, distributions and concentration, Time and growth, Other works on theory)

- METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (Mapping and visualization, Text and data mining and other linguistic techniques, Network analysis, Classification, Other methods)

- CITATION ANALYSIS (Characterizing publications and fields, Theoretical and methodological aspects, Self-citation, Ego-centered citation studies, Quality assessment, Errors in citation analysis, Other Citation analysis)

- INDICATORS (h-Index, Impact factors, Other bibliometric indicators)

- WEBOMETRICS (Web Impact Factors, Measures and methodological issues, The ‘academic’ web, Commercial sites, Linking motivations and/or content analysis, Journals and web citations)

- JOURNALS (The ‘impact factor’ debate, Journal quality, Journal coverage and structure, Journal profiles, Non-English journals and internationalization, Journal editors and editorial boards)

- OPEN ACCESS AND ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS (Studies on Open access and/or Electronic publications, Debate on Open access and/or Electronic publications)

- PRODUCTIVITY AND PUBLICATIONS (Country level studies, Field specific studies, Media coverage of science, Interdiscplinarity, Gender and/or other Sociological issues, Other studies on Productivity)

- COLLABORATION (Studies in specific fields, Studies on national, group or author level)

- RESEARCH POLICY (Research evaluation, University rankings, Scientometrics indicators in S&T policy, Other studies and/or debate on Research policy)

- PATENT ANALYSIS (Patent citations and science and technology links, Other patent indicators)

- BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES (comparisons between databases, coverage, retrieval techniques and data isolation)

Submission of Papers

At ISSI 2009 three types of submissions are accepted: Full papers (FP), Research in progress papers (RP) and poster papers. The category 'research in progress paper' is meant to enable participants to present ongoing research, and particularly their most recent work that is not yet fully completed at the time papers are to be submitted. A research in progress paper is shorter than a full paper (see below). The authors should clearly outline the central objective or hypothesis of the research, and present preliminary or intermediate results. If the intention is to present the most recent findings (not yet available at the submission date) at the conference, the potential significance of the findings should clearly be indicated. Authors are requested to submit their contributions using the ISSI 2009 electronic submission form.

Valid document formats are: Microsoft Word (doc) and Rich Text Format (rtf).- Full papers - max. 12 pages. - Research in progress paper - max. 5 pages - Poster presentations - max. 2 pages.
To prepare your FP, RP and/or Poster paper, you must use and conform to the ISSI 2009 paper template.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to conform templates will lead to paper rejection from the Proceedings and Conference. The working language of the conference is English.

Important Dates:

Full papers and research in progress papers

- Submission deadline: 19th January, 2009

- Notification of Acceptance: 2nd March , 2009

Poster papers

- Submission deadline: 9th March, 2009

- Notification of Acceptance: 30th March, 2009

Workshop proposals

- Submission deadline: 19th January, 2009

Doctoral Forum

- Submission deadline: 1st April, 2009

- Camera ready papers due in MS Word/RTF format: 13th April, 2009

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