Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CfPs: Framing 'Asian Studies': Geopolitics, Institutions and Networks; 18-19 November; IIAS, Leiden, Netherlands

Call for papers: Framing 'Asian Studies': Geopolitics, Institutions and Networks
18-19 November 2013
Venue: IIAS, Leiden, Netherlands

IIAS in partnership with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS, Singapore) organises a conference, which aims to examine and critical reflect on the "social framing" of Asian studies.

Call for Papers - Deadline: 30 April, 2013
"Asian studies", whether broadly defined as the production and dissemination of scholarly knowledge about Asia, or narrowly limited to the institutionalized field of study labeled as such, has constantly been framed by changing geopolitical context. The colonial root of Oriental or Asiatic scholarship, the war-driven migration of Asian scholars and the dispersion of their expertise, and the Cold War American investment in both social sciences in East Asia and in "Asia studies" at home, were just a few examples. In recent decades, we further witnessed the rising scholarly interest on Japan, China and India following their growing political-economic significance, as well as the emergence of various "alternative discourses" and "inter-Asia dialogue" as attempts of intellectual decolonization.
This framing effect is at least partially mediated by the various institutions involved in the social process of knowledge production - foundations, professional associations, publishers, journals, research institutes, governments to multinational entities. These institutions operate in ways that reflect their role, agenda and power relations within the geopolitical context, and left their imprints, through funding and agenda-setting, on the intellectual landscape of Asian knowledge.
Those institutions constitute various inter-institutional networks through forms of collaboration, and each has its own network of associated people - for instance, grant recipients, members, authors, subscribers, staffs and alumni. Scholars at individual level also form network of interpersonal ties (educational genealogy, friendship, citation). These networks not only help distribute financial, political, intellectual and social resources for the generation of knowledge about Asia, but also mediate how such knowledge is disseminated, preserved and accessed.
Investigating the above-mentioned themes further invites critical examination on the power structure underlying the knowledge scape: Who had written about Asia— for what and for whom? Where has the Asian knowledge been disseminated and consumed? What (institutional, societal-structural, national) interest and bias were brought into the knowledge production? What topics were emphasized or excluded? Even the term "Asia" as an epistemological unit could be questioned for its historical root associated with a European perspective of gazing.  
This conference aims for examination and critical reflection on the "social framing" of Asian studies by focusing on the four themes discussed above. We invite paper proposals that discuss:
The influence of geopolitical factors on how knowledge about Asia is produced and disseminated: colonialism and its legacy, wars and regional conflicts, the Cold War structure, and the 'knowledge economy' competition in the new era of globalization.
The role of various institutions in promoting and directing the Asia studies:  foundations, professional associations, publishers, journals, research institutes, governments to multinational entities. We particularly welcome papers that relate the role of particular institution(s) to broader geopolitical context.
The outlook of various knowledge networks. We welcome both (a) macroscopic investigations on the patterns and developmental trajectory of knowledge networks measured in terms of flows of scholars/ students, capital, and knowledge, and (b) case studies of a particular networks of institutions or people on (a particular branch of) Asian studies.
Critiques on the power structure underlying the observed patterns of knowledge production and dissemination of Asian studies. We encourage reflections that revisit fundamental questions like: Knowledge for what? Knowledge for whom? Whose were represented or excluded? How relevant and biased to use 'Asia' as an epistemological unit?

Applications & timeline
Expressions of interest are invited to send an abstract of 300-400 words together with a short biographical note before 30 April 2013. Young scholars are also encouraged to apply. You are kindly requested to use the web form http://www.iias.nl/event/framing-asian-studies-geopolitics-institutions-and-networks for registration.
The successful applicants will be informed by 20 May 2013.
We require submission of a full paper draft of 6000-8000 words by 1 October 2013 to allow the circulation among participants prior to the event.
We aim at providing accommodation for all selected speakers of the conference. Participants are expected to provide their own travel funding. In exceptional cases only, a request for travel expenses support may be taken into consideration. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a joint IIAS-ISEAS volume. For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Albert Tzeng at a.tzeng.iias@gmail.com.

Further Details
: http://www.iias.nl/event/framing-asian-studies-geopolitics-institutions-and-networks

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CfPs: IFIP WG 8.6 Doctoral Consortium: Grand Successes and Failures in IT; 24-26 June; Mysore

IFIP WG 8.6 Doctoral Consortium: Grand Successes and Failures in IT
24-26 June 2013
Mysore, India

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students interested in and doing research on transfer, diffusion, adoption and implementation issues in relation to IT who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation).
The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their theses and research plans by providing feedback and advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere. Students will present and discuss ideas in their theses in the context of an international conference outside of their home university. The workshop will take place in Mysore on 24-26 June prior to the IFIP working group 8.6 conference in Bangalore 27-29 June 2013. Transport will be arranged from Bangalore on arrival 24 June.
A Panel of prominent researchers in the field of Transfer and Diffusion of IT will provide feedback to the students. The format will include presentation from students (focusing on the main theme of their theses, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue their work) immediately followed by extensive discussion and feedback from the Panel. The students will also get advice on more general questions, such as differences in different flavors of Information Systems Research, funding and publication strategies, and thesis organization.
The consortium will also feature a Panel Discussion to address issues related to conducting doctoral work within the scope of IFIP working group 8.6 on transfer and adoption of IT.

Call for Submissions

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their research. The topics of interest correspond to those specified in the aims and scope of the IFIP working group 8.6 that can be found at: http://ifipwg86.wikidot.com/about-us .
The extended abstract should be restricted to 3000 words (up to 6 pages), and should:
  • clearly articulate research question(s),
  • position the question(s) in relation to significant problems in the field,
  • summarize current knowledge of the problem, and state of the art for solutions,
  • outline research plans and ideas, and results achieved so far,
  • describe how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches, and
  • outline expected contributions to the research area

To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please submit an extended abstract to the Doctorol Consortium Chair Jan Pries-Heje (janph@ruc.dk) clearly indicating it as a submission to the Doctoral Consortium.
Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Consortium participation is limited to 15 Ph.D. students.
Doctoral candidates from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented, such as women and minorities, are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Dates
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts to janph@ruc.dk     28 February, 2013 (Revised!)
  • Acceptance notification: 10 March 2013
  • Required Conference registration: 20 March 2013
  • Doctoral Consortium, Mysore: 24-26 June 2013
  • IFIP 8.6 Conference, Bangalore: 27-29 June 2013

Accepted abstracts will be distributed to participants as part of the IFIP WG 8.6 Conference package and made available to participants at the conference.

For the 15 students accepted to the Doctoral Consortium we have funding for transport from Bangalore to Mysore and back. We have funding for accommodation in Mysore, and we expect that accepted participants will receive a waiver in the conference fee for the main conference in Bangalore.

The Doctoral Consortium will be held at the Global Education Centre facility of Infosys in Mysore. This is a state-of-the-art facility, one of the largest corporate education centres in the world, spread on 300+ acres and consisting of 147 class rooms that can train 14000 participants at a time. The facility is located in Mysore; the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore. Further details of the location will be made available to the participants.

Contact Address
Professor Jan Pries-Heje, Ph.D.
Head of User Driven IT Innovation Research Group
Dept. of Communication, Business & IT
Roskilde University, Building 43.2,
Universitetsvej 1, 4000 Roskilde, DENMARK
E-Mail : janph@ruc.dk

Monday, February 11, 2013

Astronomical Heritage: An Indo-French Seminar. 13-14 February. New Delhi

Astronomical Heritage: An Indo-French Seminar

13-14 February 2013

Venue: Nehru Planetarium & Jantar Mantar Observatory, New Delhi


« Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.»


With Prof. Denis Savoie and Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud

a collaboration with the Nehru Planetarium, Delhi


Way back between 1761 and 1769, French astronomer Le Gentil, came to India to observe the transits of Venus. His work in Pondicherry and his interaction with Indian astronomers gives us valuable information about history of astronomy in India. India played an important role with respect to astronomical knowledge from the 6th century until today as testified by historical sites, manuscripts, scientific objects and miniatures. Important astronomical observatories were constructed in the 18th century by Jai Singh in Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Jaipur.

In September 2011, the World Heritage Department of the French Ministry of External Affairs and the French National Commission attached to UNESCO, organized a seminar, "Protecting and Developing Astronomical Heritage", in collaboration with the Astrophysics Institute of Paris (IAP) and under the aegis of UNESCO. Dr. Rathnashree Nandivada of the Nehru Planetarium in New Delhi represented India on the Jantar Mantar observatories. Towards a need to promote astronomical education and exchange between India and France, a scientific seminar on astronomy will be organized featuring Prof Denis Savoie and Mr Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud along with Indian specialists.

Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud is an astrophysicist at the Astrophysical Department of the French Atomic Energy Commission (C.E.A.), a specialist in high energy astrophysics and in the study of highly condensed stars in the Galaxy (white dwarfs, neutrons stars and black holes).

Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud has also a deep interest in the history and popularization of astronomy. He is at present the scientific adviser of the French astronomy magazine "Ciel et Espace".

He is currently carrying out research on the roots of astronomy in Africa and China.

Prof. Denis Savoie is a French astronomer who specialises in the history of science (astronomical tables). He is the Director and Head of Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Palais de Découverte in Paris. Denis Savoie has authored the popular astronomy book, "Sundials: Design, Construction & Use" by Springer Praxis Books. Denis Savoie earlier presided over the Commission for Sundials of the Astronomical Society of France for 20 years. He is also a researcher associated with SYRTE (Department for Time Space Reference System of the Paris Observatory). His expertise in gnomonics or the art of constructing sundials has led him to make several contributions to the history of astronomy. Denis Savoie collaborated with Robert Queudot of La Nef solaire, one of the biggest sundials in the world



Program in Delhi:


13th February 2013 – At the Nehru Planetarium


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Public Lecture in the sky theatre, on "Cosmic Illusions" - by Prof. Jayant Narlikar

10:30 AM -11:30 AM - Public lecture on "Journey to the center of the Galaxy" by Prof. J. M. Bonnet-Bidaud (from the Astrophysical Department, French Atomic Energy Commission).

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Viewing the planetarium program on the Jantar Mantar observatories

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Public Lecture on sundials by Prof. Savoie, Director, Palais de la Découverte Planetarium, Paris, and President of the French sundial commission.

The public lectures will be with full dome visuals in the planetarium sky theater.

Panel Discussion : 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

"Astronomical Heritage : Identification, Conservation and Public Awareness - Some Indo-French Collaborative possibilities"

Panelists : 1.) Prof. Jayant Narlikar, 2.) Prof. Bonnet Bidaud, 3.) Prof. Dennis Savoie, 4.) ASI representative, 5.) Prof. Panchapakesan, Delhi University 6.) Prof. Tushar Prabhu, Indian Institute of Astrophyscs, Bangalore 7.) Prof. Patrick Das Gupta, University of Delhi, 8.) Smita Vats, ITIHAAS, 9.) Anisha Shekhar Mukherjee, Archeologist, 10.) Representative from the National Highways Authority of India, 11.) Representatives from the Amateur Astronomy community, 12.) Dr. Rathnasree


14th February 2013 – At the Jantar Mantar Observatory


10:30 AM to 1:00 PM - A festival of astronomical measurements with the Jantar Mantar Observatory instruments will be organized for public visitors and invited groups of school/college participants. (Open to all the visitors at the observatory - Visitors will get to appreciate through hands on measurements, the usage and possible accuracies of the instruments of the observatory. Visitors' observations will be compiled and included in the report on the observatory instruments being prepared to be submitted to the Archeological Survey of India)


All are welcome.

RSVP at the Planetarium (nehruplanetarium@gmail.com / 2301 4504)

Further Details: http://bonjour-india.in/node/169

Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition 2013, essays related to medicine and culture

Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition

Hektoen International invites you to submit an essay of 1,000 to 2,500 words on a subject related to medicine and culture by March 1, 2013. Suggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible.

We are offering two prizes:

  • The Hektoen Grand Prix, for the winner – $1,000
  • The Hektoen Silver Prize, for the runner-up – $800

The winners will be announced by email on May 1, 2013. All essays will be considered for publication; the Grand Prix and Silver Prize will be showcased in the Summer 2013 issue, and others will be featured throughout the year. For more details, please consult our guidelines.

General guidelines

  • The contest is open to participants 18 years or older.
  • Please send articles to contest@hektoeninternational.org and write "Essay Contest" and the title of your submission in the subject line of your email.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors of Hektoen International and peer-reviewed. Entries that do not receive prizes may still be published in the journal.
  • All entries must be received by March 1, 2013. Winners will be announced by email on May 1, 2013.
  • If you have questions, please contact contest@hektoeninternational.org.


Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and 1,000-2,500 words in length.

Further Details

INDIAFRICA Business Venture Contest 2012-13

INDIAFRICA Business Venture Contest 2012-13

Theme: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Address Developmental Challenges

Are you under 35 years of age and have a business or social venture idea that can create value and provide an impetus to the industrial or social sector in India and Africa? Participate in this contest to win attractive cash prizes and a chance get recognized at an international platform. Participating teams may have up to four members.
The INDIAFRICA Business Plan Contest is open to students from any discipline in Africa and India between the age of 18-35 years (as on Dec 31, 2013) who are enrolled in colleges and academic institutions.

  • Eighteen prizes of INR 50,000 each
  • Trip to Davos in January 2014 during the World Economic Forum for the team leaders of the top ranking Indian and African teams
  • Certificates for all winners
  • INDIAFRICA merchandise for all winners

Deadline: Contest open till 14 March 2013

Register to get contest guidelines http://www.indiafrica.in/RegisterBusiness.php

INDIAFRICA Essay Writing Contest 2013

INDIAFRICA Essay Writing Contest

Theme: How can India and Africa collaborate to co-create a brighter future?

Are you under 35 years of age and have opinions and perspectives on India and Africa that you are willing to share with the world? Participate in this contest to win attractive cash prizes and get your work showcased to a global audience.
The INDIAFRICA Essay Contest is open to students from any discipline in Africa and India between the age of 18-35 years (as on Dec 31, 2013) who are enrolled in colleges and academic institutions.

  • Twenty prizes of INR 25000* each
  • Certificates for all winners
  • INDIAFRICA merchandise for all winners
  • * Subject to Govt of India Tax Rules which currently stipulate a Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) @ 30.9% of prize money. Disbursal of prize money may take up to 12 weeks after announcement.
Deadline: 7 April 2013

Online Registration http://www.indiafrica.in/RegisterEssay.php

Sunday, February 10, 2013

CfPs: 10th Asialics Conference 2013 "Roles of Public Research Institutes and Universities in Asia’s Innovation Systems"; 20-21 Sept; Tokyo, Japan

10th Asialics Conference 2013 "Roles of Public Research Institutes and Universities in Asia's Innovation Systems"

20-21 September 2013

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan

About ASIALICS (Asian Network for Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems)
ASIALICS is a network among scholars, practitioners and policymakers who are interested in a learning, innovation and competence building system in Asia. It has a cooperative relationship with the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS). ASIALICS aims to explore and develop the concept of learning, innovation and competence building as an analytical framework. The objective of ASIALICS is to stimulate the establishment of knowledge based strategies for economic development in Asia. The idea is to bring together interesting issues about what is going on in Asian countries and companies and to share experiences regarding methodology, analytical results and policies. To achieve this idea, a group of Asian scholars with strong support from GLOBELICS held the first international conference on Asian innovation systems in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2004. Following the first conference, ASIALICS organized annual conferences in Jeju Island (Korea), Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Hanoi, and Manila.

Call For Papers

Conference Objectives
Universities and public research institutes have been expected to play more important roles in the era of 'learning economy'. In Asia, several countries initiated policies to enhance the roles of universities and public research institutes in innovation systems, especially their interaction and contribution to industry and society. These policy initiatives include introduction of appropriate institutions, namely laws, regulations and norms that facilitate universities and public research institutes to easily and effectively engage with industry. Governments also provide incentives in terms of grants and public equity participation to encourage such collaborations. New organizations such as technology licensing offices (TLOs) and patent administration offices have been set up in many universities and public research institutes across Asia. Infrastructures such as science parks and incubators have flourished. Nonetheless, there are several issues regarding the roles of universities and public research institutes that need to be extensively examined by both academics and policy makers.
  • Did the introduction of new 'institutions' (like Asian versions of Bayh-Dole Act) effectively facilitate more and closer collaboration between university and industry.
  • Did intellectual property rights regime matter? How?
  • Did type of universities (e.g. comprehensive, S&T specialized, local), and size and capabilities of firms matter? Which modes of collaborations were suitable?
  • Which modes of collaboration (e.g. formal vs. informal) were more effective? Why?
  • Did government incentives really work? Why? Why not?
  • Why did some TLOs, science parks and incubators perform better than others?
  • What should be the effective roles of local and regional governments?
  • Were intermediary organizations needed? What should they do?
  • Were there significant differences between university-industry interactions and university-community interactions in terms of effective modes, incentives and institutions?
  • Global challenges and possibility of emergence of 'Asian Innovation System'
  • National, regional, local, technological and sectoral innovation systems
  • Mobility of scientists and engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Asia
  • Technological learning, R&D and innovations of firms in Asia
  • Asian production/innovation networks
  • Innovation strategies of transnational corporations from Asia
  • Roles of intellectual property right in innovation in Asia
  • Comparative studies of science, technology and innovation policies in Asia
  • Science, technology and innovation indicators in Asian context
  • Innovation financing in Asia
  • Innovation in services and creative industries in Asia
  • Social innovations in Asia
  • Grass-root innovations and innovations for/by the poor in Asia 
Who Should Attend
  • innovation policy and management scholars
  • Master and doctoral students in this area
  • science, technology and innovation policymakers
  • Innovators and business practitioners
Important Dates
  • Abstract Submission: May 31
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 30
  • Registration and Full Paper Submission: August 15
  • Kindly submit abstracts (not more than 500 words) and direct all inquiries to asialics2013@grips.ac.jp
Contact Person
Patarapong Intarakumnerd, Ph.D.
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677 JAPAN
Tel. (81)-3-6439-6122
email: prpu6@hotmail.com, asialics2013@grips.ac.jp

Saturday, February 9, 2013

CfPs: 11th GLOBELICS International Conference "Entrepreneurship, innovation policy and development...", 11-13 September; Ankara, Turkey

The 11th GLOBELICS International Conference

Entrepreneurship, innovation policy and development in an era of increased globalisation

11-13 September 2013

 Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS) 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, labour market and human capital development. In an increasingly global and knowledge‐based competition, both management strategies and policy need to be based upon an understanding of how globalization changes these framework conditions.

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 ten GLOBELICS conferences have been organized. The first 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), the sixth in Mexico City, Mexico (2008), the seventh in Dakar, Senegal (2009), the eighth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010), the ninth in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011) and the tenth in China (2012). Leading scholars from both developed and developing countries in the field of innovation, technological change and development have attended these meetings. We welcome our distinguished guests to Middle East Technical University, Ankara in 2013.

The 11th GLOBELICS Conference will be organized in a collaboration between Science and Technology Policy Research Center (METU-TEKPOL), Center for Competition Research (REKMER), Yıldırım Beyazıt University and Ankara development Agency and held at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. As the previous ones, this organization intends to bring scholars from different disciplines together to enhance the quality of innovation studies in relation to development and growth in the context of globalization and accelerating pace of change. The conference will combine presentation of research papers in parallel tracks with panel discussions and plenary lectures. This year's Freeman Lecture will be given by the world leading scholar on innovation, Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University

Organised by

  • Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics)
  • Science and Technology Policies Research Center (METU-TEKPOL), Middle East Technical University, Ankara
  • REKMER, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, ANKARA

Important dates

  • Paper submission for PhD paper competition 1 April 2013
  • Paper submission deadline 6 May 2013
  • Acceptance notification 1 July 2013
  • Registration deadline 19 August 2013
  • GLOBELICS Conference 11-13 September 2013

Paper submissions
We invite original unpublished submission of full papers related with the themes of the conference. We especially encourage the participation of young researchers. All submissions should be made via the online submission form available at the conference website www.globelics2013.com. The selection of the papers will be based on a peer review process by the conference scientific committee.

Contact details

Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi
Mühendislik Merkez Binası, Kat: 3, No: 320
06800 Çankaya, Ankara
e-mail: globelics2013@metu.edu.tr

Further Details: http://globelics2013.org

Applications Invited for JNU-DST Training Programme on Capacity Building in Himalayan Glaciology - Level I & II; April 1-27

Department of Science & Technology sponsored training programme on

Capacity Building in Himalayan Glaciology - Level I & II

Formulated and supported by DST and SDC
Organized by School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Under the auspices of Climate Change Programme, NMSHE mission, DST and SDC-DST scientific cooperation on Glaciology and related areas April 1 to April 27, 2013

Application deadline: March 10, 2013

Objective: The Climate Change program (CCP) division of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) coordinated national mission for sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE), has one of their main activity towards developing the human, institutional and knowledge capacities in the Indian Himalayan Region. DST has initiated a scientific cooperation programme with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the field of glaciology and related areas. The Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology aims at enhancing the human and institutional capacities of Indian students and researchers.

Course Structure : Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology will comprise of two levels. Level I will be a basic course with approximately 25-30 students and will be of four weeks duration. About 10-15 participants will be selected for Level II from the basic course, an advanced course of approximate three months duration including glacier field work preferably from August /September. Finally about 5 participants may be selected based on the performance evaluation in Level II by expert committee for a proposed research programme under DST Climate change programme on specialized topics to be jointly supervised by Indian and Swiss faculty.

Venue, travel and accommodation : The course will be held from April 1 to April 27, 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Students will be provided boarding and lodging for the course duration. Course participants will be reimbursed for to and fro journey (upto 3AC trainfare) to New Delhi on production of valid tickets.

Eligibility and Application Procedure : Candidates should possess Masters in Earth Sciences / Remote Sensing / Physics / Environmental Sciences / Civil Engineering / Geography. Ph.D. students or fresh Post Docs with exposure/experience in glacier research will be given preference. Physical fitness for high altitude is an additional requirement. The application should include:

  1. A cover letter with a statement of motivation (1 page) explaining why you want to take the course and how you would benefit from the programme
  2. A short CV that includes a list of relevant experiences, relevant university coursework, university degrees, publications and glacier field experience (2 pages).
  3. A short description of your research project (1/2 page) including the name of your research supervisor
  4. Declaration regarding medical fitness for high altitude and guaranteeing that the candidate will continue in the field of glaciology and that the training will be useful for his/her research activity in glaciology and will participate in all three phases if selected, forwarded by guide and HoD/employer.

Applications in hard copy should reach the following address latest by March 10, 2013; 5:00 p.m. Advance copies may be sent by email.

Prof. AL. Ramanathan (alrjnu@gmail.com)
Organizing Secretary and course co-coordinator
Indo-Swiss Capacity Building in Himalayan Glaciology School of Environmental Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi – 110067

Course Co-ordinators
Dr. Anil Kulkarni, Distinguished Scientist, DCCC, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr. Markus Stoffel, University of Geneva, Switzerland Qualified applicants will be selected by an expert committee on the basis of their qualifications, experience and commitment in the field of glaciology.

Selected participants will be notified around 16th March 2013 by email.

Friday, February 8, 2013

CfPs: Innovate India 2013 Conference on Innovation for Equitable Growth; 21-22 February; at NIPER, Mohali

Innovate India 2013 Conference on Innovation for Equitable Growth
21-22 February 2013
Venue: Convention Centre, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali, Punjab

The Innovate India 2013 is NRDC's annual event which comprises of a Conference and a Prize Award ceremony. The conference aims to provide a platform to entrepreneurs, corporates, academicians, researchers and students for an exchange of ideas on latest technological innovations and developments addressing the multidimensional challenges and interrelated characteristics of science and innovation for sustainable development.

Fostering innovation is an important nation building exercise. Innovative steps taken towards skill development and technical training leads to development of new processes and products that further leads to strengthening of services and manufacturing sectors.


Objective of the Conference

This two-day summit will deliberate on areas of innovation that drive equitable growth. The Conference will cover a range of issues pertaining to innovation, providing concrete examples of technology transfer relating to green technologies, food, healthcare and education and will also address questions relating to the culture of innovation for MSMEs, strategic product design and skill development for technology diffusion.

The Conference will address on issues that stimulate innovation which can be integrated into coherent strategies spanning across R&D, production capabilities, access to markets and effective regulations. The conference will also discuss the role of intellectual property, which is one of the principal tools for providing incentives for innovation, for investment in R&D and for structuring collaborations and licenses aimed at transfer of technologies.

The pan India success of Innovate India Conferences organized by NRDC over the years has been very well received and appreciated by the scientific communities and industrial bodies. This year the Innovate India Conference has the following eight interactive sessions designed for deliberations on the various aspects of innovation for equitable growth:

  • Product Design and Technological Innovation
  • Innovation in Knowledge Delivery System
  • Culture of Innovation for MSMEs
  • Skill Development
  • Innovations in Food Sector
  • Green Technologies
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property Rights Vs Open Source


Delegates Profile

The two-day conference is targeted at Entrepreneurs, Corporates, Academicians, Researchers, Professionals and Students.
Conference Venue

The Conference will open on February 21, 2013 at Convention Centre, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Sector 67, S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali 160 062, Punjab.


There is no Delegate/Registration Fee. However, the Registration/Participation is subject to confirmation by NRDC.

For participation, delegates may register online on our website, or may kindly contact:

Mr. Govind Sharma, Senior Manager, NRDC, New Delhi:

Tel: +91-11-29240401-08 (Ext 104), Direct: +91-11-41634562

Fax: +91-11- 29240409-10

E-mail: gsharma@nrdc.in

Mobile: +91-9910496549

Dr Naresh Kumar, Professor, NIPER, Mohali, Punjab:

Tel: +91-172-2214683-87 Extn.2241

Fax: +91-172-2214692

E-mail: naresh@niper.ac.in

Mobile: +91-9779616899


Procedure for Submission of Abstract/Papers for Souvenir

Participants/Authors are invited to send their abstract/papers based on the theme of the conference. Authors may kindly follow the guideline given below while submission of papers/ abstracts:

I. The abstracts/papers should be in English

II. Use Times New Roman Font with 12 Pitch size

III. Abstracts may be restricted to 250 words and papers may not exceed 1000 words

IV.  Submit in editable format, preferably in MS Word document to LNARAYAN@NRDC.IN

V. Give title, name of authors with affiliation, organization, full address, email and contact phone and mobile numbers

VI. Please submit on or before February 13, 2013 in electronic form only.

The information about the acceptance of abstract / paper for publication in souvenir will be mailed to the presenting author by February 14, 2013.

Further Information:

Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC) 2012

Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC) 2012


Theme: Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth


Category 2: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

ORD is awarded to an organization/researcher(s) whose proposal to conduct research on any one of the three research themes (listed below) holds the greatest promise for improving our understanding of the relevant development issues and puts forth clear, articulate and well researched policy implications to address these development problems.

First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000

Research proposals for this Award will be considered under the following three research themes only:

(1) Inequality

(2) Social Protection and Social Policies

(3) Inclusive Growth

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries
  • Citizens of developing and transition countries who are temporarily based in a developed country but not for more than five years
  • Applicant must be less than 45 years old as on 11 March, 2013
  • Winners from previous years are not eligible to apply with the same or similar research proposal
  • Winners from previous years cannot submit an application for the subsequent three years

Application Deadline: 11 March 2013


Category 3: Medals for Research on Development (Medals)

Medals are given to researchers for their completed research work that demonstrates academic excellence on the three research themes listed below.

First Prize: US$ 10,000; Second Prize: US$ 5,000

Completed research papers for the Medals will be considered under the following three research themes only:

(1) Inequality

(2) Social Protection and Social Policies

(3) Inclusive Growth

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries
  • Citizens of developing and transition countries who are temporarily based in a developed country but not for more than five years
  • Applicant must be less than 45 years old as on 11 March, 2013
  • Finalists and winners from previous years are not eligible to apply with the same or similar research papers

Application Deadline: 11 March 2013


To apply visit: http://www.gdn.int/amc