Saturday, May 5, 2018

RIS-NIAS Science Diplomacy Programme Launch Event | at IHC, New Delhi | 7th May 2018



9:30 to 10:00


10:00 to 11:00

Inaugural Session


Chair: Amb Dr. Mohan Kumar, Chairman, RIS


About the Science Diplomacy Project: Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS


Key Note Address:  Shri T. S. Tirumurti, Secretary (ER), Ministry of External Affairs


Inaugural Address: Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of S&T


Vote of Thanks: Prof. D. Suba Chandran, International Strategic & Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore


11:00 to 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 to 12:30

Session I: Broader Contours of Science Diplomacy


Chair:  Amb. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Former Indian Diplomat



·                     Dr. R B Grover, Emeritus Professor and Former Director, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai

·                     Dr. V Siddhartha, Former Secretary SAC-PM and Former Distinguished Scientist, DRDO

·                     Dr. Malti Goel, Founder, Climate Change Research Institute & Former Adviser/ Scientist "G', Department of Science & Technology

·                     Dr. Pallava Bagla, Science Journalist, NDTV and Columnist, PTI


12:30 to 13:30

Session II: Global Experiences in Science Diplomacy


Chair:  Dr. Sadhana Relia, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India



·                  Ms. Tania Friederichs, R&I Counsellor, Delegation of EU to India

·                  Mr. Pedro Ivo Ferraz da Silva,  Head, Energy, Environment and Science, Technology and Innovation Section, Embassy of Brazil

·                  Dr. Ravi Srivastava, First Secretary, Environment, Science and Technology, U.S. Embassy

·                  Dr. Indraneel Ghose, Senior Thematic Advisor for Research, Education and Innovation, Embassy of Switzerland in India

13:30 to 14:30



14:30 to 15:45

Session III: Relevance of Science Diplomacy in Economic Growth


Chair:  Dr. Arabinda Mitra, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India



·                  Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Director, CEFIPRA

·                  Dr Shailja Vaidya Gupta , Sci. G and In-charge (Int. Coop.), DBT

·                  Dr. Alok R. Chaturvedi, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, Indiana, USA

·                  Prof. Dinesh Abrol, Professor, ISID



15:45 to 16:00

Concluding Session


Remarks by:


   Prof. D. Suba Chandran, NIAS

   Dr. K Ravi Srinivas, RIS


RSVP:   Dr. Amit Kumar (Tel: +91-11-2468 2177,Ext. 187; Cell +91-9968158428; Email: research.amit[@], amit.kumar[@]

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