Monday, January 19, 2009

International Conference on Climate Change, Livelihoods and Food Security

Call for Papers
International Conference on Climate Change, Livelihoods and Food Security
April 24 - 26, 2009

Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur in collaboration with Association of Asian Scholars, Bangkok
This conference expects papers on various issues that reflect on nexus of climate change with livelihood and food security. We expect papers on:
1. Debate on climate change and developed and developing countries
2. Impact on resource poor people/ communities
3. Changes in Livelihood strategies of poor/ affected
4. Carbon trading
5. Agricultural production and climate change
6. Climate change and health risks
7. Climate change and mitigation issues
8. Climate change and adaptation strategies
9. Climate Change and role of Governments
10. Climate change and international protocols
11. Climate Change and Civil Society Response
12. Climate Change and Energy Poverty and Energy Security
13. Climate Change and Water

The abstracts of the papers are expected by end-January and the full papers by end- March. There would be around 150 participants representing various stakeholders. Of these 150 participants, 30 would be from outside India.

Abstract/ Papers may be mailed at
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bergen Summer Research School 2009, Norway

Theme: Climate, Environment, and Energy

The second edition of the Bergen Summer Research School to be held 22 June – 3 July 2009 and dedicated to the theme of Climate, Environment and Energy. The 2009 theme will intersect with the other key topics of the Bergen Summer Research School (poverty, health, norms, values, language and culture) and will be structured around the following concepts:

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Responsibilities
  • Opportunities
Considering the predicted dramatic increase in the energy demand in the next decades, one can easily argue that one of the key issues is also a global energy challenge. These are also fundamentally economic challenges, leading to rethink new forms of local, national and global governance.

Travel grants
The BSRS is able to offer a limited number of travel grants to students and junior faculty in the global south. To obtain a travel grant, applicants must fill in the required information in the application form and state clearly the reasons why they need financial support. Travel grants will be prioritised for PhD students according to scientific qualifications.

For candidates receiving travel grants the BSRS Secretariat will book air tickets and send the tickets electronically to each participant. The grants will also cover hotel accommodation, including breakfast, and the tuition fee. Internal travel costs in the applicants’ home country will as a rule not be reimbursed. Visa and travel insurance costs and airport tax must be paid by the participants themselves, but for travel grant receivers who bring with them the original receipts, such costs may be refunded during their stay in Bergen.

Monday, January 12, 2009

International Conference on Combating Challenges of Climate Change

Call for Papers & Call for Participation
International Conference on Combating Challenges of Climate Change
Followed by one day Self-Empowerment Retreat

Conference Venue: Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Date: 7th & 8th February 2009

Retreat Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Center
Date: 9th February 2009

Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, an NGO, is organizing an international conference on “Combating Challenges of Climate Change.” The conference will deliberate on various technical and ethical aspects connected with the theme of the conference on 7th & 8th February 2009 in Vigyan Bhawan followed by one day Empowerment Retreat on 9th February 2009 at its Northern India Campus for Higher Learning – Om Shanti Retreat Center (located near Gurgaon) which will quench the thirst of those who seek the deepest peace, the greatest love and the truest happiness in life. The conference is co-sponsored by National Disaster Management Authority, Union Ministries of Earth Sciences, Environment & Forests, Science & Technology, New & Renewable Energy, Defence (DRDO), National Hydroelectric Power Corporation and supported by many others.
Download: Brochure Folder1 ; Folder2 ; Registration Form; Invitaion Letter pdf

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Call for Papers - 11th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation - ICTPI '09

11th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation - ICTPI '09

Dates: March 13-15, 2009

Venue: Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Organized by the EMPI Group of Institutions, New Delhi

Supported by National Knowledge Commission in collaboration with NISTADS, CSIR

Conference Theme: Frontiers of Knowledge and Innovation: Blending Emerging Technologies with Inclusive Developments

The International Conferences on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI) are held annually in different countries on different aspects of interconnections between science, technology, innovation, and development. The 11th ICTPI in India will focus on inclusive development.
The New Delhi Conference will be a common platform for academia, business, government and civil society to deliberate on the role and applications of frontiers of knowledge of science and technology and innovation in tackling the problems of inclusive development.

Call for Papers
Paper selection will be based upon submission of an extended abstract of at least 300 words, which should be typed double-spaced in English. The extended abstracts should clearly state the objectives, methodology, results and conclusions of the work with supporting main references. It must include e-mail and/or FAX addresses.
Please ensure that the abstract is representative of the research work to be submitted for presentation during the Conference and include KEY-WORDS and the MAIN TOPIC to which your presentation relates (select one from 'Topics' listed under 'About ICTPI '08 '.)
Papers and presentations on innovative approaches that have demonstrated significant impact on addressing the problems of inclusive development are especially welcome.
Interested authors may click here to submit their abstracts.

Paper acceptance notification: Before January 30, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Training Workshop on Mathematical Modelling

Training Workshop on Mathematical Modelling
(India-IIASA Programme)
February 23rd - 27th, 2009
Jointly organized by
Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC),
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) &
National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)

Hosted By:
K. S. Krishnan Marg,
New Delhi-110 012, India

Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) an autonomous body of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) and International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are jointly organizing a 5 day training workshop on ‘Mathematical Modeling’ during February 23rd - 27th, 2009 at NISTADS in New Delhi.

The objective of the training workshop is to educate and train the budding scientists/engineers/ researchers/policy-makers in the field of mathematical modeling of real life application oriented problems in their respective areas of work. The workshop includes a series of lectures on the techniques of mathematical modeling in conjugation with sophisticated software packages by eminent scientists. Limited numbers of seats are available. Boarding and lodging arrangement would be made available to registered participants. Arrangement for travel cost is to be made by candidate themselves.

Interested candidates having Master’s degree in Science disciplines or Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Technology/Engineering may send their duly filled registration form (through proper channel if employed) along with registration fees in favour of ‘Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council, New Delhi’ at the following address:

Dr. L. P. Rai
Scientist and Coordinator Mathematical Modeling,
National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)
K. S. Krishnan Marg,
New Delhi-110 012, India

One advance copy of completed registration form along with CV may be sent by email to: lp_rai[at], lprai[at]

Last date for receiving the application along with registration fees at NISTAD: 24th January 2009.

Workshop Details
Registration Form

Friday, January 2, 2009

WIPO WorldWide Academy offers Online IP Courses

DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property

Summary: This course covers the main areas of intellectual property, namely copyright, related rights, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial design, plant breeders' rights, unfair competition and international registration systems.

Duration: 50 hours. This course involves about 50 hours of study time over a period of six weeks. Tutorial assistance is provided by in-house experts via the course administrator. The course is offered two times in a year.

Cost: Free of Charge [Online Registration]

Distance Learning Session: March 1 to April 15 (Exam: April 16-18) 2009

Enrollment: December 1, 2008 to February 18, 2009

Course Outline: Delivered via the Internet, this course comprises twelve modules: Guide to Studying the Course, Introduction to IP, Copyright, Related Rights, Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Industrial Design, Patents, WIPO Treaties, Unfair Competition, Protection of New Varieties of Plants, Summary and Discussion on IP Rights.

Students must submit a final exam before completing the course.

Target Audience: Government officials, staff in collective management societies, business managers in publishing, broadcasting and industry, students in faculties of law, business, chemistry, engineering, journalism, etc. needing a basic knowledge of IP.

Other Advanced Courses (Fee-based)

  • DL-201E Copyright and Related Rights
  • DL-202E Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property
  • DL-204E Biotechnology and Intellectual Property
  • DL-301E Patent
  • DL-302E Trademarks
  • DL-317E Arbitration and Mediation Procedure
  • DL-318E Patent Information Search
  • DL-320E Basics of Patent Drafting

Online Registration: