Sunday, January 31, 2016

CfPs: 7th NAST Conference 2016| 29-31 March| Kathmandu, Nepal| Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status

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7th National Conference on Science and Technology

Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status
Kathmandu, Nepal
29–31 March 2016

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) was established in 1982 as an autonomous apex body of Nepal. It is mandated to work in the advancement of science and technology for all-round development of the nation. NAST is also entrusted with providing independent advice to the country on matters related to Science and Technology (S&T). Over the years, NAST has successfully completed outstanding research and science promotion projects, and played a crucial role in providing objective, science-based advice on critical issues affecting the nation. As a part of objectives, the Academy is organizing the Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology to provide a milieu of sharing the progress made in science and technology.

NAST organized the first S&T conference in 1988. Since then, conferences have been held in every four years. Each conference is devoted to a different area of contemporary issues of science and technology and features numerous symposia and concurrent sessions. Past conferences have explored a variety of themes to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the linkages between science and technology and socio-economic development of the country. The Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology will devote to Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status.

Call for Papers
Those who are interested in attending the conference are encouraged to submit abstract of their presentation in a standard format along with the preregistration form at conference website ( The abstract of the papers presented in the conference will be published in the proceedings. The formal language of the conference is English.

Last date for Abstract Submission
: February 29, 2016

Further Details:



Ramila Raut

Member Secretary

Management Committee, SNCST 2016

Chief, Promotion and Publicity Division

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

Khumaltar, Lalitpur, GPO Box 3323, Kathmandu, Nepal



Tel: +9775547717, 5547715

Fax: +97715547713

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences| CUG Gandhinagar| 10-19 March

Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences

10-19 March 2016

Organised by: Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, New Delhi

Download: Notification and Application Form

Friday, January 29, 2016

Just Published "India Higher Education Report 2015" edited by N. V. Varghese & Garima Malik

India Higher Education Report 2015

Edited by N. V. Varghese & Garima Malik; Routledge, 2015, ISBN: 9781138121171, US$ 150.00.

About the Book

The unprecedented expansion of higher education in India and the proliferation of providers in turn have posed enormous challenges to equity, quality and financing of the sector. The India Higher Education Report 2015 traces the evolution of higher education and discusses the key role of committees and commissions whose reports and recommendations form the backdrop of contemporary developments. Authoritative and comprehensive, the volume examines a range of themes including equity, financing, employment, quality, and governance. It also engages with new and recent data as well as current issues and debates. The volume will be an important resource for academics, policy makers, civil society organisations, media and those concerned with higher education. It will also be useful to scholars and researchers of public policy, sociology and economics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. About the Contributors. List of Tables. List of Figures. List of Abbreviations. 1. Introduction N. V.Varghese and Garima Malik | Part I. The Higher Education Context 2. Higher Education Policy in India: Emerging Issues and Approaches Sukhadeo Thorat 3. Commissions and Committees on Higher Education in India: Perspectives and Recommendations on Major Issues A. Mathew | Part II. Equity in Higher Education 4. Quantitative Expansion of Higher Education in India P. Duraisamy 5. Perspectives on Social Group Disparities in Higher Education Govardhan Wankhede 6. Gender Representation in Higher Education: Going Beyond Numbers Karuna Chanana | Part III. Quality in Higher Education 7. Quality Assurance in Indian Higher Education-Role of NAAC Jagannath Patil and Latha Pillai 8. Research and Innovation in Universities in India: V.V. Krishna and Swapan Kumar Patra | Part IV. Diversification of the System 9. Diversification of Higher Education in India G.D. Sharma 10. Distance Education and Technology Based Education: An ICT Framework B.P. Sanjay | Part IV. Employment of Higher Education Graduates 11. The Employability of Tertiary-Level Graduates in India Santosh Mehrotra 12. Higher Education and International Migration Binod Khadria | Part V. Financing of Higher Education 13. A Decade of Ups and Downs in Public Expenditure on Higher Education in India J.B.G. Tilak 14. New Modes of Financing Higher Education: Cost Recovery, Private Financing and Student Loans Saumen Chattopadhyay | Part V. Private Higher Education 15. Emerging Trends in Private Higher Education in India Asha Gupta | Part VI Governance and Management 16. Regulation of Higher Education: Why and Whitherto R. V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar 17. State Councils of Higher Education: Expectations and Experiences M. Anandakrishnan 18. Institutional Autonomy and Leadership in Higher Education Sudhanshu Bhushan | Part VII Internationalization: International Students, Institution and Programme Mobility 19. Internationalization of Higher Education: Students and Institutional Mobility Rupa Chanda.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Invitation: TRCSS' International Conference on Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation | January 29-30 | JNU Convention Centre

International Conference on Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation

Organized By: South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN), TRCSS@JNU; STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) @University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Dates: January 29-30, 2016

Venue: Committee Hall, JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Aims of the Conference
In this conference we will consider the windows of opportunity for urban regeneration and renewal being opened up through growing concerns about various aspects of urban decay. We will explore possibilities for building upon alternative practices and creating new alliances as an integral part of transformative change for city region planning. Ultimately we will seek to support the strategies that governments and social movements can pursue to work toward regimes of urbanization that support sustainability. Through a combination of plenary presentations, case studies and working group discussions, we will work towards new (critical policy engaged) research and engagement agendas that will consider how transformations to sustainable urbanization will happen and through what mechanisms.
We will engage with the following cross cutting themes:
a) Ideas of green urban development (land use politics and city region planning)
b) Technology choice and innovation
c) Institutional Change - A shift from government towards new models of governance (Decentralization, PPP etc.)
d) Financing and incentives
e) The interface between formality and informality
f) Social mobilization and challenges of alliance formation for urban sustainability

Working Groups (WGs)
With these themes in mind, three conference working groups (WGs) will bring together diverse disciplinary and sectoral perspectives to bear in discussing priorities for a forward looking research and engagement agenda. The focus of the three working groups is as follows:
WG-1: Environment, Health and sustainable cities: what next for the Nexus?
WG-2: Growth and Urban Sustainability
WG-3: Social Mobilisation and Sustainable Urban Transformation

29th January, 2016, Friday
9:00-9:30 AM | Tea / Coffee
9.15–9:30 AM | Registration
9:30–10:00 AM | Introductory Session
10:00–11:30 AM | Session 1 | Current urban sustainability research by JNU and STEPS Centre
11:30–11.45 AM | Tea/Coffee
11.45–1:30 PM | Session 2 | Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Approaches
2:30–4:00 PM | Working Group formation
4:00–4:30 PM | Tea/Coffee
4:30–5:30 PM | Working Group Activities Begin
30th January, 2016, Saturday
9:30–10 AM | Tea / Coffee
10- 11 AM | Working Group activities
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Tea/Coffee
11:30 – 1:00 PM | Working Group activities continue
2:00–3:30PM | Preparation of working group reports
3.45–6:00 PM | Reporting back on amended position paper and priority for future research agendas & concluding remarks

Further Details

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today | South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) Launch event | IIC New Delhi

South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) Launch event

January 28, 2016; 6.00 – 9.00 PM

Venue: Lecture Room – II (Annexe Building), India International Centre, New Delhi

6:00 PM- 7:15 PM | Inauguration: SASH&KN
Chair: Nitin Desai; Co-Chair: Prasenjit Sen
Speakers: Pranav N Desai; Dinesh Abrol; Fiona Marshall; Ian Scoones; Sunita Narain; P. Sainath
Concluding Remark: Nitin Desai and Prasenjit Sen

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM | Launch of Friends of Sustainability
Chair and Moderation: Ritu Priya
Speakers: Miloon Kothari, Usha Ramanathan, Tikender Singh Panwar, Dipak Gyawali, Priyanie Amersinghe, Partho Datta, and Felix Padel
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Open Discussion
9:00 PM | Dinner

*Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU is a collaborative initiative of four Centres within the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, namely Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) and Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies (CIS&LS). One of the major initiatives of the TRCSS, JNU is South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)  a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre. STEPS Centre is a joint venture of Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. 

Special Edition Survey Results UNESCO Office in Bangkok

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Special Edition: Survey Results

January 2016 | UNESCO Bangkok Office


Dear readers,

Happy 2016! As you may remember, the UNESCO Bangkok ICT in Education Newsletter Team conducted a reader satisfaction survey at the end of 2015, and now have the results that we would like to share with all of you! Thank you all for your invaluable feedback, as it is crucial for us to know what our readers need and like to read and learn from. We hope to continuously improve this great resource, and support you in the ICT in Education endeavours!

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                                                                                                                                             News and Events: Asia Education Summit on Flexible Learning Strategies for Out-of-School Children (24-26 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand)
To address, discuss, and bring together government officials, INGOs and NGOs, educators, private businesses from Asian states, the Summit aims to discuss the best innovations in 21st century education governance and learning that can benefit the most marginalized children in the region. International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology (28-31 March 2016, Singapore)
The theme of this year's iCTLT is "Future Ready: Inspire, Connect and Transform." It aims to focus on the quality of learning with technology, development of 21st century competencies, connect practitioners, and encourage educational leaders to transform the culture and infrastructure of ICT use. International Mobile Learning Festival (27-28 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand)  
This Festival continuously explores mobile technologies and the learning design to share information on various approaches, MOOCs, mobile and e-learning, and more. Teachers, education policy makers, researchers, students, and developers are encouraged to participate to further explore the developments in mobile learning and learning design. 

Next Issue: The February edition will focus on the theme of Innovation and Equity in Higher Education. If our readers are interested in contributing to this edition, please do not hesitate to contact us with the information of your affiliation, area of interest/expertise, and a brief proposal for a possible contribution and its relevance to the theme (by the beginning of the chosen month's edition theme). 

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Launch of South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)

Launch of South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)
Organized by:
Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies @ JNU; STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) @University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Date: January 28, 2016 (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m.
Venue: India International Centre, New Delhi, India

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Journal of Scientometric Research (@JSciRes) - New issue online

[Apologies for Cross Postings]

Table of Contents - Journal of Scientometric Research (J Sci Res)

2015 | September-December | Volume 4 | Issue 3


The research publications of members of European national noncommunicable disease health advisory committees [pg. 124]
Elena Pallari, Grant Lewison
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Impact of collaboration on Indian forensic science research: A scientometric mapping from 1975 to 2012 [pg. 135]
J John Jeyasekar, P Saravanan
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Publics, issues, and nanotechnology in Indian news media [pg. 143]
Koen Beumer
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A citation analysis of the research reports of the Central Mining Institute. Mining and Environment using the Web of Science, Scopus, BazTech, and Google Scholar: A case study [pg. 153]
Magdalena Bemke-Switilnik, Aneta Drabek
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Social media research: A scientometric assessment of world publications output during 2001–2014 [pg. 161]
BM Gupta, SM Dhawan, Ritu Gupta
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Applying the ecological Shannon's diversity index to measure research collaboration based on coauthorship: A pilot study [pg. 172]
Ari Voutilainen, Mari Kangasniemi
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Highly cited publications output by India in materials science published during 2003–2012: A scientometric assessment [pg. 178]
BM Gupta, SM Dhawan, Ritu Gupta
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Information processing and management using citation network and keyword analysis to perform a systematic literature review on Green Supply Chain Management [pg. 195]
Fernanda Strozzi, Claudia Colicchia
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Handbook of Innovation Indicators and Measurement [pg. 206]
Anup Kumar Das
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Multimedia ontology: Representation and applications [pg. 208]
Bidyarthi Dutta
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Nanotechnology and Development: What's in it for Emerging Countries? [pg. 210]
Sujit Bhattacharya
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Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) publishes special issue on "Philosophy and Teachings of SR Ranganathan"

Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) publishes special issue on "Philosophy and Teachings of SR Ranganathan"
2015, Vol 62, No 4,  
ALIS is an open access journal established by Dr SR Ranganathan in 1954.

Table of Contents
Guest Editorial | by Jaideep Sharma |    199-202

  • Library Profession and Dr. Ranganathan | R Satyanarayana | 203-207
  • Ranganathan's philosophy in the context of societal development leading to a knowledge society | SB Ghosh | 208-212
  • Influence of Manu on Ranganthan's philosophy of library science: An overview | Partha Pratim Ray | 213-216
  • Revisiting contributions of Ranganathan in collection development | AS Chandel; Avijit Rai | 217-221
  • Ranganathan's contribution to bibliometrics | Bimal Kanti Sen | 222-225
  • Universal Decimal Classification and Colon Classification: Their mutual impact | Amitabha Chatterjee | 226-230
  • The Colon Classification: A few considerations on its future | KS Raghavan | 231-238
  • Save the national heritage: Revise the Colon Classification | MP Satija | 239-248
  • Web CC: An effort towards its revival | Parveen Babbar | 249-254
  • Ranganathan's elucidation of subject in the light of 'Infinity (∞)' | Bidyarthi Dutta | 255-264
  • Ranganathan and Dewey in hierarchical subject classification: Some similarities | Pijushkanti Panigrahi | 265-267
  • Principles for helpful sequence and their relevance in technical writings: A study | Shyama Rajaram | 268-273
  • Use of Ranganathan's analytico-synthetic approach in developing a domain ontology in library and information science | Shrabana Ghosh; Pijushkanti Panigrahi | 274-280
  • Developing a banking service ontology using Protégé, an open source software | Kaushal Giri; Pratibha Gokhale | 281-285
  • Revisiting Ranganathan's canons in online cataloguing environment | Rosalien Rout; Pijushkanti Panigrahi | 286-289
  • S R Ranganathan in Google Scholar and other citation databases | Anup Kumar Das; Sanjaya Mishra | 290-298

Book Reviews
  • Multimedia Ontology: Representation and Applications [Book Review] | Anup Kumar Das | 299-300
  • Organizing Knowledge: Then and Now [Book Review] | Anup Kumar Das | 301

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Audio Recording of CSSP Talk "Trademark and Trade Dress Protection: Impact on International Trade" delivered by Gargi Chakrabarty on 25th January

 CSSP  Talk

"Trademark and Trade Dress Protection: Impact on International Trade"


Dr Gargi Chakrabarty

Associate Professor (MHRD Chair on IPR)

National Law University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

 Delivered on Monday, 25th January 2016.

Listen to Audio Recording of the Lecture.  


Just Published "Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: The People’s President, The Missile Man of India" by P Sikka

Dr. APJAbdul Kalam: The People's President, The Missile Man of India

By Pawan Sikka, Uppal Publishing, 2016, ISBN: 9788176580885, INR 795.00.


About the Book

Bharat Ratna, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) rose from humble beginnings to become India's top missile and space scientist and its first technocrat President (2002-2007). Earlier, the former President was actively involved in India's civilian space programme and defence missile development efforts. Dr Kalam, a political to the core, endeared himself to the youth, particularly students, with his almost evangelical-type appeal to strive for creativity, righteousness and courage. Even eight years after he left his august address, he continued to shower students and citizens alike, within India as well as abroad, ignited their minds with his innovative ideas and theories. He collapsed while delivering a talk on the livable planet earth, at the IIM Shillong, on 27 July 2015 at the age of 83. He was a great son of India. This book is a collection of glorious tributes paid by his fellow scientists, technocrats and colleagues, political leaders, media professionals, friends and admirers touching upon the various facets of his life and work and his contributions as a defence and space scientist, administrator, educator, author, great human being etc. He gave wings to their dreams. A very useful and inspiring book for the younger generations, students, researchers, historians of science, policy-planners, libraries etc., providing them with an insight into the life and work of the noble soul Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, as well as his patriotic feelings for carrying out the indigenous scientific and technological efforts towards the socio-economic development of India of the 21st century. He dreamt of India to emerge as a developed nation by 2020. Dr. Kalam will be a role model for millions of young men and women in the country fired by the ambition of achieving greater things in life.

About the Author

Dr. Pawan Sikka (b. 1944) is a former Scientist-G/ Advisor, Government of India, Ministry/Department of Science and Technology, (DST) New Delhi, and has had held various senior technical positions there, during his dynamic years, 1974-2004. Dr Sikka received the benefit of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's guidance, during 1995-2002, in the preparation of India: Vision 2020 technical reports, by the Technology Information Forecasting Assessment Council (TIFAC), as well as the promotion of indigenous technology towards their commercialization and wider domestic applications in India, at the Technology Development Board (TDB), New Delhi. He has received his MSc, PhD and DSc degrees in Physics. As a British scholar, he was awarded the Visiting Fellowship, for the academic year 1984-85, for studying the management of new science and technology policy related issues, at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Dr Sikka is a well-known science and technology policy analyst and is widely published and travelled in India and abroad.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

CSSP Talk "Trademark and Trade Dress Protection: Impact on International Trade" by Gargi Chakrabarty | 25th January


Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU


Invites you to a


Talk on

Trademark and Trade Dress Protection: Impact on International Trade




Dr Gargi Chakrabarty

Associate Professor (MHRD Chair on IPR)

National Law University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.



Venue:  Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Time:   11:00 A.M.

Date:    Monday, 25th January 2016



All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinators, CSSP Lecture Series


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CSSP Talk "Shaping cultures of prediction: Knowledge, authority and the construction of climate change" by Matthias Heymann, Denmark | 29th January

 Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

 Invites you to a

Talk on

Shaping cultures of prediction: Knowledge, authority and the construction of climate change


 Matthias Heymann

Centre for Science Studies,

Aarhus University, Denmark.

 Venue:  Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Time:   3:00 P.M.

Date:    Friday, 29th January,  2016

Abstract: Computer simulation was adopted quickly in the atmospheric sciences since the early 1950s. Successes in weather and climate simulation increased the attraction and authority of this approach. A growing number of groups, first in the USA, later also in Australia and Europe, engaged in the development and use of climate models. Already in the late 1970s, climate modeling had become a dominant resource for the production of knowledge about climate. In this presentation I will present a historical account of climatology and climate modeling and argue: First, climate modeling and simulation have significantly changed the science of climate and the very understanding of the term climate; second, climate models initially served heuristic purposes to investigate and better understand atmospheric processes. Since the 1970s, climate prediction became a predominant role and a new culture of climate prediction emerged.

About the Speaker: Matthias Heymann is Associate Professor for the History of Science and Technology at the Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus Unversity, Denmark. His research focuses on the history of environmental science and technology. He led a Danish-US research project on the history of science and technology in Cold War Greenland (2010-2013) and currently leads the project "Shaping Cultures of Prediction: Knowledge, Authority, and the Construction of Climate Change". He is Associate Editor of Centaurus and Domain Editor of WIREs Climate Change for the Domain Climate, History, Society, Culture.

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinators, CSSP Lecture Series


CfPs: Transforming Innovation: Science & Technology for Social Needs | SPRU's 50th Anniversary Conference | 7-9 September, UK

Transforming Innovation: Science and Technology for Social Needs
SPRU's 50th Anniversary Conference
7-9 September 2016, University of Sussex, U.K.
SPRU has been at the forefront of thinking on science, technology and innovation policy for over half a century. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, we believe that innovation policy has the potential to help tackle some of the world's most central challenges, such as sustainable development and inequality. Over three days, we will explore what the future of innovation policy looks like and invite policymakers, practitioners and other leading thinkers to join us for a lively discussion at the SPRU 50th Anniversary Conference to be held over 7-9 September 2016. The first day of the conference will be more policy and practitioner focused, with the second and third days as the academic conference. Participants are encouraged to attend all three days. We are pleased to now call for proposals for Days 2 and 3.

Call for Proposals
Innovation is critical to the future of our economy and societal prosperity. This conference will explore the nature, determinants and direction of innovation and its contribution to meeting future global challenges in multiple domains such as economic stability, food security, healthcare provision, resource use, water supply, waste management, energy supply and climate change.
Responding effectively to these interconnected challenges requires a fundamental rethink of how we organize, govern, direct and accelerate innovation so that it contributes to long-term sustainable development, economic progress and social justice. Innovation refers to individual technologies as well as R&D, but also to larger technical systems and infrastructures, social, institutional and policy innovations, political processes and the interconnections between these. Innovation is the outcome of interactions between multiple bodies, including firms, intermediaries, public sector organisations, civil society groups and users of technology.
With a view to creating an engaging conference, the Programme Committee invites participants to take an active role in constructing an exciting and challenging programme. We seek high quality proposals for a range of main and parallel sessions that address the overall conference theme and topics listed below. We are open to ideas about doing things differently. We invite researchers and stakeholders from business, policy and civil society to submit ideas related to the future of innovation policy on a range of topics, including the following:
  • What factors (social, economic and political) have shaped science, technology and innovation policy over the last half-century, and what factors are likely to shape it over the next 50 years?
  • What long term structural adjustments and transitions are underway in the economy and society and how are these both driven by innovation and a source of future transformation of innovation?
  • Is innovation policy equipped to tackle today's most pressing challenges and how can it be changed to meet those challenges?
  • How can infrastructure be transformed to meet social and environmental objectives and how can knowledge and intellectual property be managed in this process?
  • What explains the structure and dynamics of innovating firms and industrial systems and how can innovation capabilities be enhanced?
  • What are the relationships between finance and innovation and how can finance be redirected to address key sustainable development concerns?
  • How can we ensure that innovation is 'inclusive'?
  • What does inclusive innovation look like at the local, national, regional level and what is the role of grassroots initiatives?
  • How can we ensure that marginalised communities are involved in this process?
  • How can we improve collaboration between firms, governments and civil society on innovation?
  • What new governance structures are needed and how could they emerge?
  • How well do we govern dual use technologies in our quest for a more peaceful and sustainable world?
  • What can we say of the relationships between innovation and (in)security?
  • How can we assess and map the quality and impact of research and innovation?
  • What is the role of expert scientific advice in the governance process and how can scientific uncertainties and controversies be dealt with more effectively?
  • What lessons can we draw from experiences in fostering innovation in developing countries?
  • What new development agendas are emerging?

What are we looking for at SPRU's anniversary conference?
Global perspectives: we seek participation, perspectives, insights and examples from all over the world
Active engagement: with stakeholders from business, civil society and government in as many sessions as possible.
Contributions from a wide range of sectors and technologies: including food, water, energy, mobility, healthcare, water, biotechnology, the creative economy, digital technologies and others.
Reflections about the development of innovation studies: its status, achievements, direction and how it can respond to a transformative change agenda.

Please see the guidance below on criteria for submissions.
We seek three types of proposal:
  • Individual research paper proposals: These are standard academic papers addressing the conference themes. Proposals should include a 600 word abstract that provides information about the question, theory, method and findings, plus a brief biography of each author (10 lines each maximum). Full papers will be required three weeks prior to the event.
  • Research session proposals: These are 90 min sessions comprising three original research papers on a common theme, with an invited commentator and chair. Non-academic authors and commentators are welcome, and we encourage PhD student-led sessions. Proposals should include a 500 word description of the session and how it relates to the conference themes, plus 600 word abstracts of each paper. Biographies of all participants should also be included, including the invited commentator and Chair (10 lines each). Full papers will be required three weeks prior to the event.
  • Dialogue session proposals: These are 60-90 minutes sessions, intended to stimulate debate about the topics covered by the conference and the challenge of transforming innovation. Proposals should include a 600 word description/framing of the session, including the proposed format and issues to be covered, plus a brief (10 line each) biography of each participant. This type of session thus does not require full papers, only discussion paper elaborating the proposed framing. We strongly encourage proposals for new and innovative formats.
  • Submission via email to:
  • Format: PDF or Microsoft Word
  • Digital file names should follow the format: organiser (or author) last name, plus either IP for Individual Paper, RS for research session, and DS for Dialogue session. E.g. Schot_IP. Further details about the conference fees and accommodation arrangements will be available in due course, including early bird discounts and fee-subsidies for select participants.
For more information contact:
Nora Blascsok, Research Support and Communications Assistant, SPRU,
Deadline for submission is 1 March 2016. Participants will be informed of the outcome by 15 April 2016.

Further Details:


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

UNESCO/Calendar/February-March 2016


Calendar for the press


February and March 2016 ————————————


Note to editors

For safety reasons, accreditation is mandatory for journalists wishing to cover each event at the headquarters (Contact: Laetitia Kaci– 01 45 68 17 72,





2nd to 4th February

Symposium on sea-level observation

French-language symposium on sea-level observation organized by the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in the framework of the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) activities. It is intended for the entire Francophone community interested in the theme of sea level observation: tide gauge network operators, researchers, scientists.

More information


5th February

News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals

UNESCO organizes an international conference “News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals” for the decision makers of news organizations, especially the owners, publishers, and editor-in-chiefs. It aims to provide news organizations with a platform to discuss existing and new measures aimed to strengthen journalists’ safety worldwide and engage with Member States on these issues. The conference is organized in accordance with UNESCO Executive Board 196/Decision 31 which requests the Director-General to convene high level representatives of news organizations from all regions, including community media and small media outlets  in order for them to share good practices on the safety of journalists and more proactively highlight the issue of journalist safety.

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16th to 18th February, Room IV

Thematic Expert Consultation meeting on sustainable management of the World Heritage properties of religious interest

Thanks to the support of Bulgaria, a cycle of Regional Thematic Consultations towards the elaboration of the above-mentioned thematic paper will be launched at UNESCO with a first thematic expert consultation meeting focused on Mediterranean and South-Eastern Europe. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss draft recommendations aimed at developing the general guidance.

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17th February, Room IX

First Meeting of the Working Group on governance, procedures and working methods of the governing bodies of UNESCO

In accordance with 38C/Resolution 101, the first meeting will designate its Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons, agree on its terms of reference, and define the agenda and detailed timetable of its future work. The implementation of recommendations 1, 11 and 13 of the External Auditors report on the governance of UNESCO (documents 197 EX/28 Rev. and 38 C/23), as recommended by the Executive Board at its 197th session (197 EX/Decision 28), will also be among the first items to be reviewed by the Working Group.

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21st February, Room XI

International Mother Language Day 2016 

UNESCO reiterates its position on the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in early years of schooling: formal and non-formal education must deliver quality education for all learners by taking a multilingual approach, which has great potential for achieving development goal 4 of the Agenda 2030.

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7th to 11th March, Room II

Mobile Learning Week 

Mobile Learning Week is UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education conference. The 2016 event will shed light on the ways technology can be leveraged — in different contexts and for different groups — to improve the quality of education now and in the future. The theme of Mobile Learning Week 2016 is “Innovating for quality”.

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17th to 18th March, Room VIII

60th IPDC Bureau Meeting

The Bureau Members meet in order to decide on media development projects to be supported in 2016. Discussions on issues linked to IPDC's action to promote media development will also be organized.

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Field offices


10th to 11th February, Paris 16th (France)

Netexplo Forum 2016 

The Forum will highlight some of the most promising global innovators in digital technologies today, who are inventing new forms of education, communication, information, solidarity and management around the globe. Their innovations impact on the way the public and private sectors reflect on development, dialogue and diversity, and they influence the elaboration of new strategies and programmes.

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16th February, Oslo (Norway)

Norwegian launch of "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Special Digital Focus 2015"

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26th to 27th February, Monaco (Monaco)

Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS)- Ordinary Session and Joint Meeting with the Permanent Consultative Council (PCC)

This CIGEPS session will focus on the preparations of the sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, MINEPS VI, with three main agenda items: (i) development of a common framework for the follow-up to the Declaration of Berlin and the International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport; (ii) presentation and exchange of good practice, (iii) main actions to be approved: priorities & feasibility.

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14th to 17th March, Lima (Peru)

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

The objective of this Congress is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.

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16th to17th March, Santiago de Chile (Chile)

Launch of the TERCE Gender Study 

The Launch will allow participants to learn on the TERCE findings on gender and gender disparities.  Also, a workshop will take place to develop capacities of teachers and policy-makers to address gender disparities.

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22nd March, Geneva (Switzerland)

World Water Day and launch of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 

The launch of the World Water Development Report 2016 is at the core of the World Water Day celebrations. The theme of the Report has been aligned with the one of the World Water Day, that this year is Water and Jobs. During the event the main findings of the WWDR 2016 will be revealed to the audience and to the mass media. Hard copies of the Report and its related materials will be distributed.

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