Monday, July 27, 2009

IUSSTF Third Call for Proposals 2009

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

Third Call for Proposals - 2009

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyses the Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.

The IUSSTF seeks to support innovative programs aimed to stimulate interactions that have a strong potential for generating follow-on activities and building long term Indo-US S&T relationships. The IUSSTF promotes program that nurtures contacts between the young and mid career scientists and technologists and fosters active public-private partnership in R&D.

The IUSSTF solicits proposals thrice a year (submission deadline – February, June, October) jointly submitted by the US and Indian Principal Investigators from academia, government institutions/laboratories and private R&D entities for:

  • Knowledge R&D networked and Public–Private networked Indo-US centres
  • Indo-US workshops, conferences, symposium
  • Training program/advance schools
  • Travel grants

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12th Workshop on 'Biomedical Informatics and Communication'

12th Workshop on 'Biomedical Informatics and Communication'
(Supported by DBT & ICMR)
20-21 November 2009
Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra

12th Biomedical Informatics Workshop is being organized to expose Medical / Science Teachers, Scientists & PG / Ph D Students to basics & advances in Biomedical Informatics & communication. Interesting Lectures on Biomedical Informatics, Telemedicine, Telepathology, Genomics, Proteomics, Evidence Based Medicine, Hospital Information System, Healthcare Management, Biomedical Communication, Biomedical Information Retrieval, Interactive session through Video Conferencing along with Demonstrations and Hands on sessions will be conducted by the Eminent Resource Persons to promote use of Biomedical Informatics in health care management and retrieval of information for research. Hands on Sessions, will also be arranged with desktop work on Gene and protein sequence analysis and other techniques related to Biomedical Informatics and Communication.

Organizer also plans to have Oration and Interactive Session with eminent Healthcare Managers using Video Conferencing platform during the workshop. Besides, second day of the Workshop is scheduled for Biomedical Communication supported by ICMR. Special attention will be given on writing and publishing of Research Papers in Biomedical Sciences; preparing Research project proposal, Choosing a right journal; Grammar and syntax in Scientific writing exploring web resources for Biomedical informatics etc. Overall contents of Biomedical Communication session consisting of Lectures, Hands on session, assignment etc will help in promoting Biomedical scientific communication skills of participants to write review articles, research papers and scientific proposals.

Organizer is expecting Eminent Speakers from DBT, ICMR; C-DAC, Pune; Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore; Anna University, Chennai; IIT, New Delhi; IVRI, Izatnagar; SGBAU, Amravati; NIV, Pune; ISRO, Ahmedabad; PMC, Karamsad; Hingoli; Hyderabad etc. Dr. K. Satyanarayana (Sr. DDG & Chief, P&I, ICMR) and Prof. Shripad Deshpande (BHU) will coordinate Biomedical Communication session.
  • Last Date of Application October 15, 2009
  • Selection Confirmation October 25, 2009
  • Registration Fee Rs. 600/-
  • Accommodation Charges Rs. 400/- for 2 days
Contact: Dr Satish KumarProfessor, Dy Coordinator BIC, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram 442 102, India
Tel. Fax: 07152-284038
Email: mgims.btisnet[at]

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Cultural Studies Workshop 2010 at Santiniketan

Cultural Studies Workshop 2010
organized by the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
To be held at Santiniketan, West Bengal
January 30-February 4, 2010

The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSSC) in collaboration with Ford Foundation and the South-South Exchange Programme for the History of Development (SEPHIS, Netherlands) will hold its 15th Annual Cultural Studies Workshop from January 30- February 4, 2010 at Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. The broad theme for this year’s workshop is The Sacred in Contemporary Culture.
Far from “phenomena born of religious conceptions” being everywhere in decline, fulfilling the prediction of its retreat from the spheres of art, education, or politics, the realm of the sacred has been historically reconstituted within contemporary life in a number of unanticipated ways. Instances of such reconstitution include: the renewed enchantment with, rather than repression of, the magical, even within industry and science; an increasing political focus on the consecration or desecration of icons, heroes, or histories; a secularism of the state matched by the supplemental sacrality of modern institutional spaces and processes; the adaptation of new technologies to the service of the sacred; modern states and their use of political theology. Indeed, we might say that the sacred and the secular have forged a new dependence in contemporary cultures, calling for a fresh assessment of the status of the sacred in contemporary life.
Within this broad focus, the Cultural Studies Workshop 2010 will discuss the following themes:
  1. The Sacredness of Science: What are the disenchantments and new enchantments that have proliferated alongside scientific discourses and cultures, and with what consequences for the future of the secular?
  2. Objects, Images, Icons: The emergence of cult values within an increasingly commodified society; new economies of sacrality that attach to a wide range of objects; the return of the sacred to the worlds of literature, art and museums.
  3. Consecrations and Desecrations: The politics of reverence and offence, the impact on lives, histories, spaces, and objects and the capacity for mobilization of communities and identities.
  4. Institutions and Rituals: Has the sacred been “disembedded” from the social, and confined to specific sites and processes? Has it been kept at bay by the institutions of the state, or assumed only a relatively shrunken role within the realms of the personal and the private?
  5. Political Theology: Have modern states and political ideologies refashioned for their use concepts that are innately theological? Do ideas of sovereignty, human rights, democracy or justice make their claims largely on the basis of faith?
The workshop is intended to give young researchers an opportunity to share their work with senior scholars in the field, including some of the faculty of the CSSSC. It is aimed at doctoral or post doctoral students (below the age of 35) whose ongoing or just completed work focuses on one or more of the themes listed above.
CSSSC will bear the expenses of rail travel (AC two-tier) and accommodation at Santiniketan for all selected candidates from India. Priority will be given to students currently affiliated to Indian educational institutions.
International participants who have studied, or have been working long term, in countries of the global South are also invited to apply. Their airfare and local hospitality will be covered by the CSSSC in collaboration with SEPHIS. All readings and discussions, will be in English, and applicants are required to be proficient in that language.
Those wishing to participate in the workshop may apply with their current c.v. clearly indicating date of birth; current academic affiliation and current postal addresses and email IDs. Applications must include a brief description (no more than one typed page) of the paper they intend to present which draws on their dissertation research.
Applications are to be sent to: Ranjana Dasgupta, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, R-I Baishnabghata Patuli Township, Kolkata 700 094. (email: csw[at]; cssscal[at] by September 10, 2009.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

INS-TERI National workshop on “Nuclear energy development in India: Addressing climate change, public perception and large scale deployment”

INS-TERI National workshop on
"Nuclear energy development in India: Addressing climate change, public perception and large scale deployment"
13 August 2009
TERI, New Delhi
In order to engage potential stake holders in a broad public discussion on nuclear energy development in India, the Indian Nuclear Society (INS), the most prominent professional society of nuclear scientists and engineers in the country and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) New Delhi are jointly organising a one-day national workshop on "Nuclear energy development in India: Addressing climate change, public perception and large scale deployment" on 13 August 2009 at TERI, New Delhi.

For registration please contact:
M P Ram Mohan
Regulatory Studies and Governance Division
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003, INDIA
Phone: 91-11-24682100 /41504900
Fax: 91-11-24682144 / 24682145
Mobile:+91 (0) 9212763410
Date: 13 August 2009
Time: 10.00 to 17.30
  • Nuclear energy, climate change and spin off technology development
  • Public perception and regulatory mechanisms of Nuclear energy in India
  • Panel discussion: Preparing for large-scale Nuclear energy development

Monday, July 20, 2009

Indo-Russian Workshop on Regional Climate Change

Venue: Nansen Environmental Research Centre India (NERCI), Cochin
Date: 8-9 October 2009

Nansen Environmental Research Centre (India), a non-profit institution for environmental, climate and energy research is organizing "Regional Climate Change" Workshop at Cochin in association with Nansen International Environmental Remote Sensing Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia from 8-9 October 2009 under Indo-Russian Call 2009 (DST-RFBR).

The goal of the workshop is to catalyze new initiatives in India and Russia for collaboration to advance regional climate change research, assessment, data and information sharing, training and coordination between scientific communities of the two countries.

Themes of the Workshop and keynote speakers:
  • IPCC - Climate change research - Prof. J. Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Natural and anthropogenic variability of the Himalayas and Arctic glaciers including Greenland Ice Sheet, their potential interrelationships and contribution to the past, present and future sea-level change - Prof. Ola M. Johannessen, NERSC/NERCI
  • Low- and high-latitude climate tele-connection patterns and mechanisms - Prof. P.V. Joseph, CUSAT
  • Arctic sea ice transformation: past, present and future - Dr. Leonid Bobylev, Director, NIERSC, Russia
  • Indian monsoon variability under climate change - Prof. B.N. Goswami, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
  • Regional climate modelling and adaptation issues - Dr. M. Rajeevan, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, ISRO, Gadanki
  • Climate change monitoring in the Arctic and Indian Ocean from satellites - Prof. Dmitry Pozdnyakov, Deputy Director, NIERSC, Russia

Registration details
Students and researchers are encouraged to attend this workshop. The details for registration and submission of abstract will be available on request email: indoruscc09[at]

Contact Details
Coordinator, Indoruscc09, Nansen Environmental Research Centre (India), Cochin, Kerala, India.

Important Dates
Submission of Abstracts: 25 July 2009
Abstract acceptance intimation: 05 August 2009
Registration deadline: 15 August 2009
Accommodation request: 30 August 2009
Full paper: 10 September 2009

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Capacity Building in University-Industry Collaboration & Technology Transfer

UNESCO Jakarta Distance Course on
Capacity Building in University-Industry Collaboration & Technology Transfer

UNESCO Jakarta would like to invite participants to join UNESCO distance course in Capacity Building in University-Industry Collaboration &Technology Transfer. This course will be delivered by lecturers from Japan, Australia, China, Vietnam and UNESCO Jakarta and Beijing. The first session is to start on Thursday, 23 July 2009 at 11:00 - 13:00 (GMT +7). PDF brochure of course.
Description of course
The Capacity Building in University- Industry Collaboration and Technology transfer provide useful practical knowledge to university technology managers, university/government policy makers, researchers and students for building capacity in mutually beneficial university-industry partnership development and effective private sector involvement in education and research.
Some of the topics covered
  • Information on how to find potential partners and how to access them
  • Good practices and success stories on how to develop university-industry partnership
  • Drafting agreement with the industry
  • Successful negotiation skills
  • Technology evaluation
  • Technology valuation
  • Setting up Technology Transfer Office and Business Incubation Center
  • How to maintain the partnership
Target Audience
Technology Managers, Researchers, Students, Goverment/University Policy makers/Heads of TT
The delivery of the course will be by video conference via Internet, broadcast by education networks in collaboration with UNESCO Jakarta, such as School on Internet Asia, and other national education and research networks. For further information, please contact Alia Febriana at a.febriana[at] or visit:
Contact Person
Alia Febriana
Engineering Sciences, Technology & Informatics Unit
UNESCO Jakarta
Regional Science Bureau for Asia & The Pacific

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Invitation to Submit Content to The WIPO Journal

Call for Papers

Invitation to Submit Content to The WIPO Journal: Analysis and Debate of Intellectual Property Issues

The WIPO Journal is a new quarterly review being launched in November 2009, by Sweet & Maxwell, in association with WIPO. Published in English, it is intended to be an interdisciplinary, international journal focusing on global lP issues across the 184 WIPO member states.

Who Can Submit?

We welcome contributions from a broad range of professions, including lawyers, policy makers, patent and trade mark attorneys, academics, scientists and economists.

What Is Up for Discussion?

Debates on international matters from across the IP spectrum covering legal, technical, economic and policy issues. We are particularly interested in submissions covering current'hot'topics or controversial issues of the day. Submissions will be reviewed independently of WI PO to present an unbiased view on the global issues.

Be a Part of the First Issue

If you would like to submit an original article or other piece please read the following.

Scope -submissions can take the following form:

Articles - approx. 7,000-10,000 words

  • Authors should focus on IP issues and explain in a practical way (as far as possible) the matters being discussed. Comparisons across jurisdictions are encouraged.

Comments -approx. 3,000 words

  • Authors should focus on a specific topic, an individual case, Bill, Act, section of Act etc explaining why the topic is of particular concern or interest.

Opinions -approx. 1,500 words

  • Authors can use opinions to express their personal views on IP matters, they should be 'punchy' and written in the style of an Editorial.

NOTE: The deadline for the first issue is August 31, 2009. Articles submitted must not have been previously published.


Please send submissions in MS Word format as e-mail attachments to the publishers, Sweet & Maxwell, at: thewipojournal[at] Please provide your name, profession, e-mail address and a brief summary of the content of your submission in the body of the e-mail. Please also categorize, where possible, the area your submission seeks to cover e.g. legal, technical, economic, policy or other issue.

Review Process

Prior to publication all submissions received will undergo a review process to be carried out by the Editorial Board. Some amendment may be required to ensure the piece is entirely suitable for publication in the journal.

Editorial Board Members

Pravin Anand, Professor Guillermo Cabanellas, Professor David Llewelyn, Professor Keith Maskus, Professor Jan Rosen, Professor Joseph Straus, John A. Tessensohn, Brian Wafawarowa

PostDoc at R.N. Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies, Kolkata

Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies

A joint initiative of

University of Calcutta & Institute of Development Studies Kolkata(Sponsored by UGC)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2009

Applications are invited for 5 Post-doctoral fellowships; 2 of which will be for in-service teachers. Fellowship amount will be Rs.28,000/-(consolidated) per month. Full pay protection will, however, be given to in-service teachers. Fellowship will also cover the infrastructural facilities available at the Centre along with the cost of software, field trip and other contingencies within the limit of Rs. 50,000/-p.a.

Tenure of the fellowship will initially be for 1 year extendable by 1 more year on the basis of appraisal. Fellowship awardee is expected to research on a theme related to human development.

Eligibility: Ph.D in any of the disciplines of social sciences or humanities. Upper age limit should be 45 years.

How to apply: Each application should accompany the bio-data of the candidate along with a write-up of about 2000 words on the proposed research theme and the abstract of the Ph.D thesis.

Applications should reach the following address on or before July 31, 2009 to

Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi


Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

University Alipore Campus

1 Reformatory Street

Kolkata 700 027, India

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Second Peoples Science Congress 2009

Focal Theme:
Science Education in India
October 05-08, 2009

Hosted by
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India
Organized by
Peoples Council of Education, India

Peoples Council of Education in association with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research shall hold Second Peoples Education Congress between October 05 and 08, 2009 at Mumbai with a view to discovering, developing and disseminating a new democratic system of science education reflecting democratic needs, aspirations and creative urges of people of India.

Focal Theme
The Peoples Council of Education has resolved to focus the deliberations of the Second Peoples Education Congress on ‘Science Education in India’.

The deliberations of the First Peoples Education Congress on ‘Science Communication’, revealed very poor quality of science communication to children and students in schools, colleges and universities resulting in lower order of creativity in science and very high order of anti-science or unscientific mental dispositions in the country. Even majority of the science teachers and research scientists exhibited strong anti-science dispositions, attitudes and behaviour, although unconsciously. Peoples Council of Education, therefore, resolved to focus the deliberations of the Second Peoples Education Congress on ‘Science Education in India’.

Submission of Papers

Those who are engaged in science education in schools, colleges and universities or those who are involved in Science Communication or engaged in policy formulations are hereby cordially invited to submit their papers on any aspect of science education. Such scholars and activists from abroad, particularly from Afro-Asian and Latin American countries too will be welcomed provided that their papers are based on the concrete study of the science education in their own countries. Those who have innovated or discovered new methods and theories of science education or education within or outside the formal system of education shall be most welcome to present their discoveries/ innovations/ creations at the Second Peoples Education Congress.
The length of the full paper can be within 5000 and 7000 words or 15-20 typed pages on A4 size paper. Abstract of each paper should be written within 500 words. The Abstracts should highlight the newness of theories and methods. The paper can be written in Hindi or in English.Three copies of the full paper and its abstracts in triplicate along with its CD should be sent to the General Secretary, Peoples Council of Education.
The last date for submission of abstracts of papers is extended till July 31, 2009 and the last date for submission of full papers is extended till August 31, 2009.
Papers can be sent in any one of the following strands:
  • Physical and Chemical Science Education
  • Biological Science/Life Science Education
  • Ecological and Environmental Science Education
  • Medical and Health Science Education
  • Geo-Science and Planetary Science Education
  • Engineering Science Education
  • Agricultural Science Education
  • Social Science Education
  • Mathematical Science Education
  • Computer Science and Information Technology Education
  • Scientific History in Science Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science in Science Education
  • Language of Science Education

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Fourth Workshop on Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge

Fourth Workshop on "Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge"

27-29 July 2009, New Delhi

Organized by:

Centre for Management of Innovation and Technology, International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi

Sponsored by:

Technology Management Programme Division, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India

Workshop Objectives

  • Develop awareness of the status of knowledge intensity in the economy
  • Discuss actions needed for developing policy framework and strategies for focusing on the activities in which knowledge content needs to be increased at a fast rate
  • Analyze the functions, role and performance of the stakeholders and institutions engaged in knowledge creation and dissemination
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of human resource development systems for transformation of the agro-industrial economy to a knowledge economy
  • Examine the avenues for and processes of dissemination of knowledge


The Workshop will be conducted in an interactive mode through a mix of lectures and discussions. Eminent experts will be invited to make presentations for sharing their expertise and perceptions with the participants on identified topics. Simultaneously, participants will hold discussions in groups on issues of their interest and concern. Towards the end, participants will make presentations of their groups' findings and conclusions for sharing the same with the rest of the participants.

Target Group

Participation will be invited from senior and middle level personnel engaged in promotion, planning, implementing and utilizing R&D and innovation activities. For drawing a wide spectrum of experience of participants, they will belong to diverse organizations such as government departments, research institutions, universities, trade and industry associations, corporate sector and NGOs.

Duration and Place

The Workshop will be held for three working days from Monday, the 27th July to Wednesday, the 29th July, 2009 at the IMI campus from 9:30A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Participants will be expected to continue their discussions beyond working hours in order to complete their group work and present the same on the final day.

Participation Arrangements

There is no participation fee. Operational expenses will be met from funds provided by DSIR. The Workshop will provide one set of learning resource material to each participant. Working lunch and tea will also be provided during the relevant breaks on the days of the Workshop. Participants shall have to make their own arrangements for travel, local conveyance, lodging and boarding and other personal expenses. Participants are expected to report at the venue half an hour before the commencement of the Workshop on the first day and attend all the sessions up to the close of working hours on the final day. They may have to devote evenings to group work assigned to them as a part of the Workshop. They will be required to submit their group reports on the final day of the workshop.

Nominations for Participation

Nominations of intending participants should be sent by post/fax as also by email so as to reach CMIT latest by Friday, the 17th July, 2009 by the heads of divisions/ departments/ organizations giving the following particulars:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Designation, division/department and organization
  • Office address
  • Phone number
  • Residential address and Phone number
  • E-mail ID

Nominating organizations can send more than one nomination if they so wish.

Nominations should be addressed to:
Prof. M. K. Khanijo
Coordinator (CMIT)
International Management Institute
B-10 Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi -110016, India
e-mail: khanijo[at]
Telefax: (+91-11 ) 46013050

See Also:

Khanijo, M.K. (2008). Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge. Second Workshop on Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge, Chandigarh, India.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

International Conference on Innovation and Development under Globalization: BRICS Experience

Call for Papers
International Conference on Innovation and Development under Globalization: BRICS Experience
Organized by Centre for Development Studies, India and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 19-21, 2009
The Conference will have leading scholars from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa presenting papers on various issues that are having bearing innovation and development like S&T policy, FDI, innovation in SMEs, financing of innovation and innovations systems and inequality.
We invite young scholars (currently undergoing MPhil/PhD) and working on issues related to the conference theme to participate in the Conference. Interested scholars may please send their application not later than July 18, 2009 over email to: kjjoseph[at] There is no format for the application but it should be accompanied by your research proposal. A letter of recommendation from your supervisor will be highly valued. Travel support (II AC/AC 3-tier in case of Rajadhani) and local hospitality will be offered to selected applicants.