Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Call for Nomination: NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science, Technology and Innovation Policy" | 13-24 March | NIAS Bangalore

NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science, Technology and Innovation Policy" for Senior Scientists/ Technologists
13-24 March 2017
at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India

Invitation for Nomination
The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) has been organizing with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, training programmes to provide the orientation and planning skills required for scientists/ technocrats of the country, and in particular, to offer views of the broader scientific, economic, social and cultural milieu in which the Indian scientific enterprise could develop in this century. The large pool of scientific and technical manpower in many Indian institutions has not had the benefit of either induction training or a system of regular in-service training that are available to other cadre-based services. In order to bridge this gap, this Programme which is now first in the series for scientist-administrators and technologists at the Senior Level with 15 years of experience and above from various scientific organizations in the country will focus on the theme "Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy". The Course will be conducted during March 13-24, 2017. Consistent with the mission of NIAS, its courses emphasize the development of leadership qualities through the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge.

About the Programme
This program will impart training to participants on how science policies are important and are evolved and what is the government's role in the science and technology innovation system. Given the challenges that lie ahead in India's S&T programmes, this training capsule will aim to equip those planning careers in science and technology and related areas. Similarly, the course will dwell on how S&T policies are formulated when government and the society/public look increasingly to experts to do more for the society than conduct research and produce knowledge, which helps protect against the misuse or unintended consequences of science and technology. This training program will impart sufficient knowledge to participants so that they can contribute to decision making related to S&T issues in public, private and civic settings. The training programme includes lectures by eminent speakers, presentations by the participants, group discussions, project work, week end technical visits, public lectures, cultural programme, 'Yoga' practice from health point of view and feedback. The defining feature of lecture pattern in our courses consists of interactive sessions with distinguished faculty drawn from different organizations and occupations. The general format is a presentation for 45 minutes followed by lively discussions for 45 minutes. The participants would be encouraged to interact as widely as possible with the speakers. 

The course will address broadly the following topics:
  • Origin, evolution and history of science policy;
  • Role of government in regulating, promoting and financing science;
  • Science and Ethics;
  • Science and IPR;
  • S&T in advancement of national goals;
  • Science and Diplomacy;
  • Science and gender;
  • Perception and acceptance of risk in evolution of science policy;
  • Influence of social, cultural and political forces on the production of scientific knowledge;
  • Science Policy and Security;
  • Science Policy, Education and Culture;
  • Advocacy, Special interest or Action Groups in influencing science policies;
  • Science policy in global context: the rise of China, Korea in S&T field;
  • Professional organisations and Science & Engineering Societies;
  • Discussion on Industrial Revolution, Green, Blue and White revolutions;
  • Discussion on DARPA, NSF, NASA, European Research;
  • Discussion on US National Genome Plan Initiative (Five Year Plan: 2014-18); 
  • Discussion on Moon Mission, Mars programme, Antarctica program; etc.
More information about the lectures will be provided to the nominated participants.

NIAS has unique infrastructural facilities like accommodation, dining hall, library, auditorium (lecture hall), rest rooms, browsing centre, campus with good ambience. Since the programme is residential, NIAS will arrange boarding and lodging facilities. In view of this, it is necessary that all the participants stay in the campus. In addition, the outstation participants will be provided with transport for their pick-up and drop.

The participants will range from various institutions like DST, DRDO, DAE, ISRO, ICMR, ICAR, CSIR, DSIR and Universities. No participation fee is involved for attending this essentially residential programme. Only the travel expenses from Head Quarters to Bangalore and back are to be met by the nominating organizations as stipulated by DST. Participation in this Programme is limited to 25 individuals. 

Contact Information: Contact the following for further information 
  • Prof.V Bhujanga Rao, Course Coordinator, ISRO Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore-560012, INDIA Ph: 91-80-22185074 (Office); 91-8800990254 (Mobile); Email: vepcrew1@rediffmail.com
  • Dr. Nithin Nagaraj, Co-Coordinator, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore-560012, INDIA. Ph: 91-80-22185053 (Office); 91-9663861742 (Mobile); Email: nithin.nagaraj@gmail.com 
  • Mr. KS Rama Krishna, Course Secretary, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Tel: 080-22185132, 91-9448066052 Email: niasdst.stip17@gmail.com

WINS: data about global water cycle a few clicks away

UNESCO Press Release No. 2017-09

WINS: data about global water cycle a few clicks away

Paris, 31 January—UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP) will launch the Water Information Network System (WINS), an open access interactive database, on 31 January. With continuous updates and new data, WINS aims to become a global reference on the water cycle allowing users to create tailor-made maps incorporating information about arid zones, rainfall, transboundary water basins and irrigation.

With data from global sources such as AQUASTAT, WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring programme and UNSTAT, and other UNESCO partners, WINS will bring together as much validated information concerning the water cycle as possible. It will also feature key UNESCO programmes concerned by water-related issues, notably World Heritage, Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Users will be able to visualize and generate tailor-made products to meet their specific interests. WINS will moreover facilitate the exchange of data among stakeholders, interdisciplinary cooperation and the creation of networks.

The development of WINS follows on a resolution adopted by the IHP's Intergovernmental Council in June 2016 to help Member States implement the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal concerning access to water and sanitation.

WINS: https://en.unesco.org/ihp-wins

Media contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Media Section, a.bardon@unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 17 64

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Monday, January 30, 2017

7-Days Training Programme on Social Science Research Methodology | 24-30 March | GIDS, Lucknow, India

Seven Days Training Programme on Social Science Research Methodology

24-30 March 2017

Venue: Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow


Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) is organizing a Training Programme on Social Science Research Methodology for Research Scholars and Faculty Members belonging to SC and Marginalized Groups (ST/OBC/Minorities) during 24-30 March 2017. The Programme will provide a unique opportunity to the participants for an intensive interaction with the well-known social scientists of the country. The young social science researchers and teachers from colleges, universities and research institutes belonging to any of the above social groups interested in pursuing research in social sciences would constitute the targeted audience of this programme. A batch of about 30 participants would be selected based on all India basis and their suitability. GIDS will provide DA and TA (upto III Tier AC) of selected participants through a shortest route. The Institute will also provide moderate boarding and lodging facilities. Interested candidates may send their application in the prescribed format downloadable from GIDS website along with latest CV to Dr. Chittaranjan Senapati, Programme Coordinator by e-mail: crsenapati@gmail.com or gids.general@gmail.com; Contact: (M) +91-8188823673 latest by 10 February 2017.

Objective and Themes:

1.       To acquaint the research scholars and faculties with the philosophical and theoretical dimensions of the recent development in social sciences research with a special focus on developing societies;

2.       To make them understand how to recognize a research problem, formulate research questions or hypotheses and determine research objectives along with other components of a research proposal;

3.       To facilitate them to acquire knowledge about different methods of data collection and tools of data handling;  

4.       To enhance the capacities/abilities of the participants in understanding the applicability of various qualitative and quantitative techniques in social sciences research; and

5.       To engage them in preparing a minor field survey based report/monograph of few pages to assess their understanding that they accrue from the programme

Course Content:

(1)    Research Methodology; Theoretical Issues and Different Schools;

(2)    Types of Research and Research Design;

(3)    Types of Data, Methods and Tools of Data Collection;

(4)    Sampling and Statistical Tools;

(5)    Various Methods of Quantitative Research;

(6)    Various Methods of Qualitative Research;

(7)    Writing Report, Research Paper and Monograph.

Further Details

Friday, January 27, 2017

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Call for Participation: Workshop on 3RS (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) | 13 February | NPC, New Delhi

Productivity Week Celebration

Workshop on 3RS (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)

13 February 2017

Venue: NPC Conference Hall, New Delhi, India

National Productivity Council (under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India) is observing "Productivity Week" during 12th to 18th February, 2017. The theme of productivity week is "Waste to Profit – 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)". A workshop on 3Rs will be organized on 13th February 2017 at NPC Conference Hall, New Delhi. In connection with this, NPC in collaboration with Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India has decided to award "Certificates of Excellence in 3Rs" in different categories on 13th February, 2017.

National Productivity Council (NPC) of India, founded on 12th February, 1958, with mission to promote productivity for socio-economic development of the country, has been organizing observance of its Foundation Day as "Productivity Day" and the ensuing week as "Productivity Week" throughout the country. It has been decided to adopt "Waste to Profit - 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)" as the main theme of the Productivity Week for the year 2017. 

Organized by: National Productivity Council (Under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India) & Asian Productivity Organization (APO)

Registration: As seats are limited, a pre-registration is necessary to confirm your nomination. The nomination/s can be sent to: yogendra.p@npcindia.gov.in or o.samuel@npcindia.gov.in, Tel: 011-24607368/25

Tentative Program Schedule

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome Address | by NPC Official

11:05 – 11:15 Inaugural Address | by Director General, NPC

11.30 – 12:00 Waste Management Hierarchy and the 3R Concept | by NPC Official

12:00 – 12:30 Role of Municipal Bodies in applying 3Rs towards Swachh Bharat Mission | by Official from Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India

12:30 – 13:00 Policy Framework in India for promotion of 3Rs | by Official from Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India

14:00 – 16:00 Award Ceremony for distribution of "Certificates of Excellence in 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)" in the categories of: Municipal Corporations (Metropolitan Cities), 5 Star Hotels, Townships of Public Sector Enterprises, Cantonment Board Townships, Schools in Delhi NCR.

16:00 – 16:05 Vote of Thanks | by NPC Official

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Call for Participation: 3-Day Programme on Monitoring & Evaluation for RBM (Result Based Management) | 14-16 February | NPC, New Delhi

Productivity Week Celebration

3-Day Programme on Monitoring & Evaluation for RBM (Result Based Management)

14-16 February 2017

Venue: NPC Conference Hall, New Delhi, India

Organized by: National Productivity Council (Under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India) & Asian Productivity Organization (APO)

Participant Profile: Government / Public sector officials, Urban/Local bodies, Policy makers/ Regulatory bodies, Statistical and Economic Service industries, Researchers/ scholars from institutions, SME Consultants, Entrepreneurs, etc.

Nomination: Fee has been waived off. As seats are limited, a pre-registration is necessary to confirm your nomination. The nomination/s can be sent to: shukla.pal@npcindia.gov.in, nikita@npcindia.gov.in, Tel: 011-24607310/325


Programme Coverage:

  • RBM and M&E concept, principles, tools and techniques
  • Productivity in public sector
  • RBM tools for M&E of government schemes/programs/projects
  • Productivity integrated M&E framework
  • Basics and benefits of M&E
  • Integration of RBM and M&E

International Faculty: Dr. Shin Kim,  APO Resource Speaker


CfPs: Future Earth SDG Labs launched - Looking for Innovative Ideas for SDG Breakthroughs

Ideas and innovations for breakthroughs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

An initiative of Future Earth, The University of Tokyo and Stockholm Resilience Centre

Future Earth and the Stockholm Resilience Centre are launching a call for Sustainable Development Goal Labs (SDG Labs) in advance of the Resilience 2017 conference and International Conference on Sustainability Science, which will be held back to back in Stockholm 21-26 August. We are looking for brilliant ideas with potential to make major breakthroughs on the SDGs. The outcomes of the SDG Labs will be presented on 24 August during the joint "Ideas and Innovation" policy day for policymakers, business, researchers and media.

The SDG Labs are multi-stakeholder processes to catalyse transformation in institutions, systems and sectors of society, for example the global food system, international governance, inequality and poverty, or ecosystem services. The purpose of the SDG labs is to generate prototype solutions to complex problems. We want to encourage innovative ways to overcome lock-ins and plant seeds of change with potential for transformative impact. By "prototype solutions" we mean innovations that can fundamentally change the systems that created the problem in the first place. This may be social, ecological or technological innovations, or, more likely, a combination of the three.

We plan to provide up to $5k seed funding for 5-7 labs, but if you can run a lab with less or no funding, or if you already have funding for a similar activity - great. We will run more labs.

The labs can take place anywhere in the world but must be held before 21 August 2017. The outcomes of the labs will be presented at a special science-policy session of the two conferences in Stockholm on 24 August 2017. Ultimately, our vision is for the labs to feed into the UN's High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018 which is framed as "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The HLPF will specifically focus around the following themes:

SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation
SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 15 Life on Land

SDG Labs aligned with these themes will be prioritized, but we are open to all ideas. Given the nature of transformation, and idea generation, we have a flexible approach to SDG Lab design. As a rough guideline, think about a 1 or 2 day activity/workshop/hackathon designed to produce new thinking or prototypes. We would expect, though, that an SDG Lab would engage relevant expertise from, for example academia, policy, private sector, media, technology and innovation to address a specific issue related to the themes above.

To get you thinking, a lab on moving the world to a low-meat diet would be exciting, relevant and essential to achieving SDGs. Or, an initiative to develop new algorithms to measure SDG indicators from satellite data, or other "big data". Or, how about exploring how the textile industry can meet the SDGs. Or, what are the new financial instruments or economic models that could support transformation.


Online application form here. When you submit your application include:

The title of the SDG Lab
What is the problem/s you are trying to solve and how does it link to the definitions of transformation?
Describe the co-design process and the intended participants. What sectors or groups do they represent and why are they invited?
Describe the facilitation of the co-design process. Which method will be used and who will facilitate?
What are the potential innovations/prototypes and impact of these? Describe how the innovations/prototypes are meant to fundamentally change human-environmental interactions and contribute to large-scale changes.
What would be signs of success?
Location (can be anywhere in the world)
Expected cost (if you require less than $5k we can sponsor more labs)

We recognize applicants may require additional funding to support activities and encourage you to seek it. We welcome applicants who already have funding for a similar activity/process within our time horizon. And we welcome applicants who don't require funding at all.


In August 2017, Stockholm will host two major conferences back to back: the Resilience 2017 conference (21-24), organised by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and International Conference on Sustainability Science (24-26 Aug), sponsored by Future Earth. These conferences will be linked together with a science-policy-practice day on 24 August. This day will be a dialogue for pathways for sustainable and resilient societies. The SDG Labs with be complemented by SDG sessions organised by Future Earth's Knowledge Action Networks.

The SDG Labs outcomes will form a central part of the policy day. The SDG Lab concept has emerged from the Transformation Labs (T-Labs) pioneered by the Stockholm Resilience Centre for the Transformation Conference series.

The T-Labs are an example of "change labs". "Change labs" have primarily been used in North America and Western Europe, but the idea is spreading, for example, South Africa's RLabs.

For more details on the background and a "how to" guide to run these labs see the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience "Social Innovation Lab Guide".

We are keen to experiment with different approaches. We expect that the ways in which the SDG-Labs are designed and facilitated will need to differ based on the specific outcomes envisaged by applicants. We hope, however, that the key considerations above, and a focus on the role of innovation in contribution to transformations to sustainability, will be central to work in all hubs.

Any questions, email to owen.gaffney@src.se | Source: http://www2.ir3s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/icss2017/sdg-labs/

Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CfPs Seminar on Folk Philosophy in South Asia: Exploring the Cosmic and Mundane in the Folklore | 25 -26 March | Rajasthan, India

National Seminar on Folk Philosophy in South Asia: Exploring the Cosmic and Mundane in the Folklore

Date: 25 -26 March 2017

Organized by Banasthali University in collaboration with South Asian University

Venue: Banasthali University, Tonk, Rajasthan, India

Calls for Papers 
The proposed seminar seeks to bring together researches on various aspects of folklore from across the regions of South Asia contributing to the idea of folk philosophy dealing with key philosophical issues such as cosmology, myths, deities, ritual performances, material relations, everyday life inter alia. The key objective is to offer the possibility of making humble contribution to non- western paradigms of knowledge production- a much needed imperative in the time of cultural globalization. The seminar connects philosophical with folkloric in order to enrich the domains of philosophical inquiries in South Asia. Thematic areas include:
  • Ideas of Folk Philosophy: Conceptual Contours and Methodological Discussions
  • Folk Cosmology (creation, the attributes of god, human soul, death and after life) in various communities, tribal, peasant, and modern. 
  • Fluidity and Flows of folklore in the region of South Asia
  • Philosophy of Consciousness (essential harmony of all creation, light and darkness) in the folklore 
  • Paradigm of Experiential and Epistemological Knowledge (myths and symbols, folklore, proverbs, songs, traditions, rituals, medicine) in Folklore from across the region of South Asia
  • Systems of religious and philosophic beliefs – sects and deities, rituals and performances
  • Moral, and Ethical Discourses in Folklore from across the region of South Asia
  • Identity perceptions and projections (self and others) in Folklore from across the region of South Asia
  • Material Relationship (Relationship with land, forest, environment and culture in tribal world - Social forestry) in Folklore from across the region of South Asia
  • Tribal lore - as a memory of events, historical narratives 
  • Messianic movements in Rajasthan - Lasodia, Govindgiri, Gulia, Mavaji, Motilal Tejawat
  • Gender and Caste issues in Folklore of Tribal and Peasant Society from across the region
Submission of Abstract: Send us an abstract of 500 words latest by 30th January 2017 and first draft by 10th of February 2017. The registration fee will be charged on selection of abstract, from academicians (Rs 1500) & student scholars (Rs 1000). For abstract and paper submission & any queries or information, write us at philosophyfolk@gmail.com
Convener: Prof. Dr. Preeti Sharma, Department Of History & Indian Culture, Banasthali University | Co-convener: Dr. Dev N Pathak, Department of Sociology, South Asian University.