Sunday, October 28, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Release of "August 2018 Floods in Kerala: A Report on Governance and Environmental Management" | Today at Constitution Club
- Prof. Amita Singh (Research Team, Disaster Research)
- Dr. Rakesh Sinha (Rajya Sabha, Political Scientist)
- Ms. Nisha Jose (Relief Team Coordinator Kuttanad , Alappuzha Panchayats)
- Mr. Robin Roy (Environmentalist Educationist Kottayam)
- Mr. Sabu Krishnan Nair (Environmentalist, Community worker, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram)
- Prof. V.K.Malhotra ( ICSSR, Agriculture Economist)
- Prof. Inder Mohan Kapahy (Educationist , Higher Education)
13th STIP Forum Lecture on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development: Role of Science Diplomacy | 31 October at IHC
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
4th Biannual Conference
Social Sciences & Health Innovations: Multiplicities
May 23-25, 2019, Tomsk, Russia
Health sciences and care practices have advanced a lot. Yet, the search for an adequate response to contemporary health problems continues to be on the agenda of health policy, research, and practice. Consider antimicrobial resistance and the notorious case of tuberculosis – an ancient disease allied now with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and decreasing drug susceptibility of bacteria is all but dead despite the earlier optimistic expectations. Consider zoonotic diseases that emerge continuously as a result of the interactions between the different species and their environments. Consider health inequalities that persist despite the efforts to address their causes and to increase the accessibility of health care. Solutions are being developed for these and other wicked health problems, but how can these solutions be made to work and why is it that many do not? One inspiring way of approaching these questions starts from acknowledging the need to engage with multiplicities, highlighted in the field of health by Annemarie Mol and others. Currently, we can observe a problematic tendency: efforts to innovate for health often avoid engaging with multiplicity. First, humans are often singled out as being exceptional among other species, with everything else viewed as a risk of threat to human health. Phenomena like mutual dependence and living together are not very well understood, despite that any single organism is always embedded in networks of ecological interactions. Second, the human body(as well as a patient) is expected to be universal. Yet, scholars like Margaret Lock and Maurizio Meloni have highlighted biosocial processes that over time produce what has been called 'local biologies'. Third, diseases are often conceived as stable, discrete, and pre-given entities. Yet, the work of John Law and Vicky Singleton, among others, points to the contrary. They demonstrated, for example, that foot and mouth disease was enacted as many different things during an outbreak in Britain: in veterinary practice it was symptoms like blisters and fever; in the virological laboratory it was the antibodies binding to specific antigens, and in epidemiological research it was a condition that spreads through a susceptible population. Finally, evidence of what works tends to be assessed in terms of one clear hierarchy based on statistical norms regarding what counts as reliable knowledge. However, scholars like Vololona Rabeharisoa, Tiago Moreira, and Madeleine Akrich have discussed the appropriateness of different kinds of evidence for different kinds of questions and the evidentiary value of experiences of living with health conditions. So, while species, bodies, diseases, and knowledges are multiple, the notion of multiplicity is mostly avoided in health care, governance, and sciences, where the strive for uniformity and best practices sometimes comes at the expense of applicability in specific local settings, and of sensitivity to the uncertain consequences of decisions and interventions. This conference invites participants to discuss the notion of multiplicity and to engage with a diverse range of multiplicities that are too often bracketed in attempts to understand and address health problems and health innovations. How can multiplicity be conceptualized? How can concepts of multiplicity inspire productive ways of dealing with health problems? How can we account for and engage with the complexes of many species living together? How can novel health technologies relate to the multiple realities where diseases are practiced differently? This Conference invites participants from social and biomedical sciences, the healthcare sector, and civil society organizations to reflect on the notion on multiplicity and to explore, how to innovate for health and wellbeing in ways that allow for affinity and continuous fine-tuning between diverse realities, knowledge and actors. The aim is to inspire and provide support for making a difference in the world of multiplicities. This conference is meant to serve as a platform to facilitate the dialogue between the social and biomedical scientists, civil society organizations and patient organizations, public health professionals and policy makers. As well, this conference aims to support the dialogue between scholars and practitioners working in the field of health innovations in the post-Soviet region and globally. The conference considers health-related innovations on different levels (from the community level to national programmes and global efforts) and of different kinds (conceptual, organisational, political).
- Vololona Rabeharisoa, Professor of Sociology, Center for the Sociology of Innovation, Mines-ParisTech, Paris, France; author of many contributions on the increasing involvement of civil society organizations in scientific and technical activities
- Maurizio Meloni, Associate Professor of Sociology, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia; co-editor of the recent and
- Yan Vlasov, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Samara State Medical University, Russia; Chair of the Patient Protection Council and Co-chair of the Russian Patients Union, Russia
- Special online contribution by Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology of the Body, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; author of books and .
Submit your paper or panel abstract:
We welcome both individual paper proposals and proposals for closed thematic panels. Please submit your proposals via the electronic form by 15 December 2018:
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Language of the Conference: English
Scientific director of the unit "Integrative approaches to public health and health care", Siberian State Medical University
Saturday, October 20, 2018
New Paper by SS Tiwari & PN Desai | Unproven Stem Cell Therapies in India: Regulatory Challenges and Proposed Paths Forward
by Shashank S. Tiwari & Pranav N. Desai, Cell Stem Cell, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2018.10.007
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
One Day Workshop on Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Management of Paddy Straw Biomass | 31 October | NPC New Delhi
- Current Status of Management of paddy straw, associated environmental impacts and need for effective management of paddy straw
- Solutions for processing / management of paddy straw
- Technological solutions for 100% utilization of paddy straw in biomass power plant
- Commercial & Financial aspects related to biomass processing projects
- Role of State / Central agencies and regulatory support mechanisms for effective management of paddy straw
Thursday, October 11, 2018
1. Conflicts, War, Peace and Social Security2. Democracy and Human Rights3. Ecological and Environmental Protection Movements4. Ethics of Science and Society5. Global Warming and Climate Change6. History and Philosophy of Science7. Information Technology, Mass Media and Culture8. Labour in Organized and Unorganized Sectors9. Nation, States and Emerging Challenges10. Natural Resources, Bio-diversity and Geographic Information System11. Patent Laws and Intellectual Property Rights12. Peasants , Livelihood and Land-use13. Peoples (Dalit, Tribes, Women, Peasants, etc) Struggles and Movements For Equitable Democratic Society14. Engineering Science 14. Peoples Health and Quality of Life15. Political Economy of India17. Rural Technology, Social Organizations and Rural Development18. Science Communication and Science Popularization19. Science Technology and Social Development20. Social Processes, Social Structures and Social Alienation21. Unity of Science/Science of Nature-Humans Society
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Chapter 1: Framing and ContextChapter 2: Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable developmentChapter 3: Impacts of 1.5°C global warming on natural and human systemsChapter 4: Strengthening and implementing the global response to the threat of climate changeChapter 5: Sustainable development, poverty eradication, and reducing inequalities
Monday, October 8, 2018
Friday, October 5, 2018
New Book | "Conflict over Cauvery Waters: Imperatives for Innovative Policy Options" | by N Ghosh, J Thakur, J Bandyopadhyay
New Report | "Future of Work in India: Inclusion, Growth and Transformation – An Enterprise Survey" | by T Chapman, S Saran, R Sinha, S Kedia & S Gutta; ORF & WEF
1 Introduction2 The Vision3 Methodology4 Technology Adoption and Digitisation Among Indian Firms5 Technology Driven Job Creation and Destruction6 Enhancing Job Quality7 ConclusionAppendix / Industry Overviews: Textiles, Banking and Financial Services, Logistics, and Retail
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Donna Strickland, first women to win Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years
"An encouraging sign for women in science and more widely for diversity that fosters innovation"
Paris, 2 October -- UNESCO congratulates this year's 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates: Donna Strickland, Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou for their groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.
"In particular, the recognition of Donna Strickland should be an encouraging sign for all women in science and more widely for diversity that fosters innovation," said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
Dr. Strickland is the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics since its creation, and the first female laureate in 55 years in this discipline after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.
"The acknowledgment of Donna Strickland's accomplishments sends an important message of encouragement to girls and women to better commit themselves to the sciences. More broadly, these three Nobel Prize Laureates should spark the talent of girls and boys who will shape the world of tomorrow. Because great diversity fosters greater innovation, we need ever more brilliant minds to get involved in science, new technologies and innovation to tackle the complex challenges of the 21st Century," said Ms. Azoulay.
UNESCO supports women in science, where they are still too often underrepresented and under-recognized. UNESCO was honored by the participation of Dr. Mourou in the International Year of Light, coordinated by UNESCO, and by the involvement of the Optical Society (OSA), then chaired by Dr. Strickland in devising the International Year of Light's programmes.
The gender bias in science is real and impacts women at all levels, as shown by the UNESCO Science Report. Less than 30% of researchers are women. Until today, women only represented 3% of Nobel Prize winners in science. Research suggests that women are less represented than men at prestigious universities and among senior faculty, the very positions where researchers publish the most. This leads to less research funding, a lower publication rate, less visibility and slower advancement in their careers.
This gender bias translates into research outcomes, and affects society as a whole. Medical research focusing on men has led to inappropriate treatments for women. Studies have shown that in the field of Artificial Intelligence, such biases are replicated and amplified.
All of these issues can be addressed. Several fellowship programmes support women scientists at key moments of their careers, through the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).
For the past 20 years, UNESCO and L'Oréal have joined forces to recognize outstanding women researchers. To date, 102 exceptional women scientists have received the L'Oréal UNESCO for Women in Science Prize. Three of them, Ada Yonath, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, have since won a Nobel Prize for their scientific achievements.
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