Wednesday, November 24, 2010

16th Technology Summit & Technology Platform

16th Technology Summit & Technology Platform

7-9 December 2010

Venue: Hotel Lalit, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi

Organized by German Embassy, Department of Science and Technology (DST) & Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Germany will be the partner country at the 16th Technology Summit & Technology Platform being organised on the 7th and 8th of December in New Delhi by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India. The event will see a large Delegation from Germany showcase its state-of-the art technologies and capabilities in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Environment and Life Sciences.

The Honorable Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Govt. of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Thomas Rachel and the Honorable Minister of Science and Technology, Govt. of India will inaugurate the event, which will comprise of key people from the Indian and German ministries, research institutions and industry.

The programme will include presentations by eminent researches and industry captains on innovative technology and programmes in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Environment and Life Sciences. A highlight of the event is a partnering meet with the Indian institutions and Research organizations on the 8th December.

PARALLEL SESSION I - Lean & Green - Opportunities for Collaboration in the Manufacturing Sector

  • Brief overview of the Manufacturing Sector (status research, market opportunities, Government policies,infrastructure, etc)
  • Brief Presentation by German and Indian companies/research institutions on technology offer.

PARALLEL SESSION II - Solar Energy and Water Technologies - Opportunities for Collaboration in Energy and Environment

  • Brief overview of the Solar and Water Technology Sector (status research, market opportunities, Government policies, infrastructure, etc)
  • Brief Presentation by German and Indian Companies/research institutions on technology offer.

PARALLEL SESSION III - Bioeconomics - Bio resources for Sustainable Industrial and Energetic Applications

  • Brief overview of the Life Science Sector (status research, market opportunities, Government policies, infrastructure, etc)
  • Brief Presentation by German and Indian companies/research institutions on technology offer.

There will be an opportunity to participate in guided visits of Excellent Delhi research on 9 December 2010, at 10:00-15:00.

  • Topic A: Production Technologies "lean and green" Manufacturing [Hero Honda or Maruti Udhyog Limited or IIT Delhi]
  • Topic B: Solar Energy and Water Technologies [TERI or Moser Baer]
  • Topic C: Life Sciences - Bioeconomics [Dabur Research Foundation or AIMS]

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Monday, November 22, 2010

UNESCO Science Report 2010: The Current Status of Science around the World

Just Published

UNESCO Science Report 2010: The Current Status of Science around the World

Europe, Japan and the USA (the Triad) may still dominate research and development (R&D) but they are increasingly being challenged by the emerging economies and above all by China. This is just one of the findings of the UNESCO Science Report 2010 launched in Paris on 10 November 2010.
Written by a team of independent experts who are each covering the country or region from which they hail, the UNESCO Science Report 2010 analyses the trends and developments that have shaped scientific research, innovation and higher education over the past five years, including the impact of the current global economic recession, which has hit the Triad harder than either Brazil, China or India. The report depicts an increasingly competitive environment, one in which the flow of information, knowledge, personnel and investment has become a two-way traffic. Both China and India, for instance, are using their newfound economic might to invest in high-tech companies in Europe and elsewhere to acquire technological expertise overnight. Other large emerging economies are also spending more on research and development than before, among them Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.
If more countries are participating in science, we are also seeing a shift in global influence. China is a hair’s breadth away from counting more researchers than either the USA or the European Union, for instance, and now publishes more scientific articles than Japan.
Even countries with a lesser scientific capacity are finding that they can acquire, adopt and sometimes even transform existing technology and thereby 'leapfrog' over certain costly investments, such as infrastructure like land lines for telephones. Technological progress is allowing these countries to produce more knowledge and participate more actively than before in international networks and research partnerships with countries in both North and South. This trend is fostering a democratization of science worldwide. In turn, science diplomacy is becoming a key instrument of peace-building and sustainable development in international relations.
Taking up from where its predecessor left off in 2005, the UNESCO Science Report 2010 proposes a world tour of the status of science today that should enable 'science watchers' everywhere to decipher the trends that are shaping our rapidly changing world.

Read the press releases:
  • Research and development: USA, Europe and Japan increasingly challenged by emerging countries, says a UNESCO report more...
  • The USA and Europe still lead the global science research effort, but their future is uncertain says UNESCO report more...
  • Asia leaping forward in science and technology, but Japan feels the global recession, shows UNESCO report more...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

E-Course on Editing for Films & Television, offered by CEC, New Delhi

E-Course on Editing for Films & Television
Offered by Consortium for Educational Communication, New Delhi
Dates: 3rd January to 18th February 2011
The new information communication technology (ICT) has expanded its reach through a number of sectors. The vision, therefore, is to electronically reach out to a large number of participants, teachers and general public with quality educational material, so as to address the issues of accessing higher education with equity and quality. This in turn, we believe will contribute to overall vision of developing India as a knowledge super power by 2020.
To commemorate the completion of 25 years of Countrywide Classroom (CWCR) television programmes for higher education, Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) India, is launching a Worldwide e-Course on "Editing for Films and Television". The registration for the course starts on 15th November 2010. The course will commence on 3rd January, 2011 and will be completed by 18th February, 2011. About 72 hour of classroom teaching have been condensed into about 13 hours of video programmes in 25 episodes of half an hour duration each. There will be seven live interactive sessions with the subject expert to clarify queries of the participants.
Basically designed for film and video editors, this course aspired to give an insight into the art and craft of editing. It will familiarize the participants with a range of activities required for telling a story through visuals and sound. Along the way it touches upon several issues connected with editing, right from its basic concepts to the technical aspects of electronic editing on linear and non-linear platform. Any Queries? write to us at
  • Course Registration: 15th November 2010 to 15th December 2010

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Public Diplomacy in the Information Age: International Conference and Workshops

Public Diplomacy in the Information Age: International Conference and Workshops
10-11 December 2010
Venue: Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi

Organized by: Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs & CMS Academy of Communication and Convergence Studies
In today’s globalised world, people to people diplomacy is playing an important role in international relations. In the new media and communication regime, this form of diplomacy challenges general understanding and practice of foreign policy issues. In this scenario, the concept of "public diplomacy" can create new opportunities and avenues.
"Public Diplomacy" deals with the influence of public attitudes on the formation and execution of foreign policies. It encompasses dimensions of international relations beyond traditional diplomacy; the interaction of institutions, civil society groups and interests in one country with those of another; the reporting of foreign affairs and its impact on policy; communication between those whose job is communication, as between diplomats and foreign correspondents; and the processes of inter-cultural communications.
The concept and usage of public diplomacy is relatively new in our country. Public Diplomacy is guided process not just specific events or initiatives. It is conducted and expressed thru various means and channels – open ended and moderated. New communication tools and technologies are now being used to create a better dialogue in Public Diplomacy attempts to sensitize and influence think tanks, universities, media and experts to create a more nuanced understanding of the government’s stance on key foreign policy issues.
Many governments, including India (May of 2006, India's Ministry of External Affairs established a new Public Diplomacy Office), have now set up Public Diplomacy Office aimed to educate and influence global and domestic opinion on key policy issues and project a better image of the country. Both are process orientated and dynamic goals.
This Conference and Workshop is being organised to further understand the experience and trends in this sector and to understand the full potential and usage of public diplomacy within the overall international relations strategy of the government.
The purpose of this conference is to understand the role and relevance of public diplomacy in the changing communication and media scenario. The proliferation of media along with new media tools has changed the way diplomacy is practiced. The conference will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of this changing communication order for Public Diplomacy practitioners and scholars.
  • Planning and Evaluating Public Diplomacy Strategies and Programs by Prof Eytan Gilbao, Director of the Center for International Communication, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
  • The Al Jazeera Effect- How the New Global Media Are Reshaping World Politics by Dr. Philip Sieb, professor of journalism and public diplomacy at the University of Southern California
  • The Concept of Nation Branding by Prof. Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy at the ASC at USC.


  • Dr Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary, GOI
  • Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP
  • Prof Nick Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy at the ASC at USC
  • Dr Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Relations at the USC
  • Mr Nik Gowing, BBC Presenter
  • Prof Eytan Gilboa, Director, Center for International Communication, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Last Date for registration : November 25, 2010
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Workshop On Research Oriented Advanced Statistical Techniques

Workshop On Research Oriented Advanced Statistical Techniques

23-28 December 2010

Venue: Poorvanchal Gramin Seva Samiti, Padri Bazar, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Organized by: Indian Society of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences (ISMAMS), Gorakhpur, India

Sponsored by CSIR and DST

About the Workshop
Young researchers are mostly unaware about their topics of researches. This workshop is intended to deepen their knowledge by using mixed research strategies for solving their own complexities and problems and on how to perform observational researches by giving introduction to the different study design options. Emphasis will be laid on qualitative research methods, systematic reviewing methodologies, quantitative data analyses, estimating sample size and performing power calculations, multivariable analysis, etc. The workshop will focus on recent trends and advancements of statistics for research in all disciplines of science and technology, which will serve the researchers in enriching their knowledge as well as achieving better inference in their respective disciplines/subjects.

Learning objectives of workshop
The workshop will be beneficial for young researchers and postgraduate students especially those who are interested in higher research studies by covering the following ideas:
  • Understanding the Principles of different research topics in statistics.
  • Critical assessment of research topics in evidence based practice.
  • Techniques of adopting qualitative research methods and judgment of their validity.
  • Knowledge about resources available to them which will help to critically appraise their research topics.
  • Participants will explore different types of contexts and issues of different approaches which might be usefully applied by them in the areas of their own researches.
Who can apply for the workshop
  • College Teachers / and registered research scholars
  • Students (Postgraduate in Statistics and Mathematics / Engineering / undergraduate)
  • Professionals
Course Contents
  • Stochastic Processes and its Applications
  • Data Analysis Methods and Techniques Using R
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Econometrics and Time Series Models
  • Sampling
  • Linear and Nonlinear Models
  • Networks and Queues
  • Survival Analysis
  • Sequential Analysis
  • Quality Control
  • Use of Statistical Packages-Minitab, Mathlab etc

Local Hospitality: Accommodation and other hospitality will be provided by the Organizing Committee. Travel expenses of sleeper class will be supported by the ISMAMS to the outstation participants.

Last Date for Registration: 05 December 2010