Saturday, December 29, 2018

PhD travel grants for Herrenhausen Conference “New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation” | 20-22 Feb | Hannover, Germany

Herrenhausen Conference "The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation"
February 20-22, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Major Challenges ahead: How can governments and state-related actors stimulate innovation and spread its benefits? Experts from various disciplines, fields and countries will discuss the new role of the state at a Herrenhausen Conference on February 20-22, 2019. Travel Grants Available!
The role of the state and of state governments in knowledge societies for the stimulation, regulation and diffusion of innovation has been debated in politics and various social sciences for years, especially in times of economic crisis. Current discussions include the question whether and how state-related actors and agencies can mobilize innovations and drive their diffusion to properly address Grand Societal Challenges and Sustainable Development Goals worldwide: climate and environmental threats, natural resource scarcities, increasing levels of inequality and exclusion and the challenges of the digitalization and robotization of our lives, to name a few.
On this background, the search for a governance scheme most effective in pushing respective innovation and diffusion activities cannot escape the old debate on state versus market or on centralized versus decentralized planning or on autocratic versus democratic decision making. In this context, we also need to reflect on what we mean by state and statehood in the 21st Century as well as new state dimensions such as new publicness, like in the sharing economy. These crucial debates deserve a broader, transdisciplinary platform to account for the various disciplinary viewpoints on the questions at hand.
Therefore, Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena), Dirk Fornahl (University of Bremen) and Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente) asked researchers worldwide to join the Herrenhausen Conference and present their perspectives to the debate.

Questions of the conference include:
  • Has state-driven innovation (policy) positive impacts on welfare and growth?
  • What is the role of the state and statehood for innovation vis-à-vis economic and social actors?
  • How can governments and innovation policy address societal transitions and grand societal changes?
  • How to overcome innovation system lock-in? Is there a role for creative corporatism beyond incumbent stakeholders and new tech giants?
  • How can innovation policy be made more inclusive and help to bridge social divides? How to address persistent global inequality?
  • Innovation policy for economic and extra-economic Returns: How to master the balance?

The targeted audience includes but is not limited to researchers ranging from economics to regional, political and social sciences as well as policy makers or representatives from economic development agencies or other administrations.
The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Travel Grants Available: The Volkswagen Foundation offers 30 Travel Grants for PhD students or early Post docs researching on the topics addressed by the conference. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover during the conference. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research in poster sessions. The posters will be displayed during the entire conference. The best 10 papers and research ideas will be presented to the audience in lightning talks. Furthermore, the best research paper can win a prize of 1,000 Euro. Application deadline is January 13, 2019. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Launching of Parliament Digital Library (PDL), India

Parliament Digital Library (PDL) provides various parliamentary documents. As of now the portal has 387,957 pdf files.

About PDL: Parliament Digital Library provides information about various parliamentary documents of Lok Sabha, the House of People. The debates of Lok Sabha, from the First Lok Sabha to the Sixteenth Lok Sabha are placed in this portal. The Reports of several Parliamentary Committees, Presidential Addresses to Parliament, Budget Speeches, and several publications of the Lok Sabha Secretariat are also part of its collections. The treasured and historic legislative debates, tracing the growth and development of modern parliamentary institutions in India, from 1858 to 1952, thereby covering the period of 95 years, is being uploaded periodically. The portal provides the users a single window information retrieval technology with filtered and federated search from multiple searchable resources.

ADB-FAO MOOC on Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) using CSPro Android and SurveySolutions 
28 January to 8 March 2019
Offered by ADB and FAO Statistics

About: In this digital age, using pen and paper to conduct surveys is outdated. This free online 6-week course on CAPI trains how to make conducting surveys, data collection more interactive and informative using tablets and mobile phones. 

Register till 11 January 2019 for a free online course on Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI):


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Article "Innovation in Indian Handloom Weaving" | by Mamidipudi & Bijker

Innovation in Indian Handloom Weaving
by Annapurna Mamidipudi, and Wiebe E. Bijker
Technology and Culture, 59(3), 2018, 509-545. DOI: 10.1353/tech.2018.0058

Abstract: Handloom weaving is the second most important livelihood in rural India after farming. Improving handloom technologies and practices thus will directly affect the lives of millions of Indians, and this is similar for many other communities in the global South and East. By analyzing handloom weaving as a socio-technology, we will show how weaving communities are constantly innovating their technologies, designs, markets, and social organization—often without calling it innovation. This demonstration of innovation in handloom contradicts the received image of handloom as a pre-modern and traditional craft that is unsustainable in current societies and that one should strive to eliminate: by mechanization and/or by putting it into a museum.

Monday, December 24, 2018

NIAS-DST Training Programme "Science and Technology: Global Developments and Perspectives"

NIAS-DST Training Programme "Science and Technology: Global Developments and Perspectives"
Dates: Monday, January 21, 2019 to Friday, February 1, 2019
Venue: NIAS, Bengaluru, India

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) has been organizing highly successful training programmes with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, for a select group of senior and mid-career scientist-administrators and technologists from various scientific and industrial organizations in the country. In the same endeavour, NIAS proposes a two-week NIAS-DST training programme on Science & Technology: Global Developments and Perspectives from January 21 to February 1, 2019 at the NIAS campus in Bengaluru.
Consistent with the mission of NIAS, this training programme emphasizes the development of leadership qualities through the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge. The participants will have interactive sessions and discussions with distinguished speakers drawn from different organizations and occupations. NIAS courses, conducted with the NIAS tradition of excellence with relevance have always attracted tremendous response in the context of institutional capacity building and participants also benefit from networking opportunities with experts and distinguished speakers during the two-week training programme. The lectures in the two-week training programme will be by eminent scientists, technologists, academic scholars, and professionals from the public and private sectors.
We take great pleasure in inviting you to nominate not more than three senior scientists from your organization who have 15 years of experience and above. In the case of women scientists, this condition may be relaxed. No participation fee is involved for attending this fully residential programme. Your organization will have to bear the cost of travel to Bangalore and back. We would greatly appreciate receiving your nominations by Friday, 4 January 2019 in the enclosed (nomination and biodata) formats. Participation in this course is limited to 25 based on a review and selection process as per the guidelines given by DST. Both Nomination and Bio-data forms duly signed should be sent to niasdst.gdp[@]

Sunday, December 23, 2018

New Paper "Human Values in Disposing the Dead: An Inquiry into Cremation Technology" | by VN Prajapati & S Bhaduri

Human Values in Disposing the Dead: An Inquiry into Cremation Technology
by Vishwambhar Nath Prajapati, and Saradindu Bhaduri  
Journal of Human Values, 2018,

Abstract: Technologies and human values both have important bearing on human life and conditions. Unfortunately, the dialogue between them has remained inadequate, at best. While the discourse on human values recognizes various kinds and layers of values, including values that are universally relevant across societies and cultures, research on the interface between values and technology has predominantly focused on technology's interactions with society-specific values. This article is an attempt to broaden the scope of this research by specifically taking the case of cremation technologies. Numerous societal, religious and universal values interplay with each other in matters related to death and the dead. Unlike other technologies, an individual can 'use' cremation technology only once, that too with limited control over his/her choice. Our empirical research finds that a complex interaction of multiple layers of values shapes the form and trajectory of cremation technology. Tracking the debate on the adoption of cremation technology in Europe and India, we find important differences in this interaction across societies.

Keywords: Universal human values, ritual, cremation technology, cross-cultural, Europe, India

P.S.: For any comment/ suggestion on the paper or a copy of a full-text paper, please write to

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Principles for a Contract for the Web | Sign & Spread the Words

Principles for a Contract for the Web

The web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. Everyone has a role to play to ensure the web serves humanity. By committing to the following principles, governments, companies and citizens around the world can help protect the open web as a public good and a basic right for everyone.

Governments will

Ensure everyone can connect to the internet
So that anyone, no matter who they are or where they live, can participate actively online.

Keep all of the internet available, all of the time
So that no one is denied their right to full internet access.

Respect people's fundamental right to privacy
So everyone can use the internet freely, safely and without fear.

Companies will

Make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone
So that no one is excluded from using and shaping the web.

Respect consumers' privacy and personal data
So people are in control of their lives online.

Develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst
So the web really is a public good that puts people first.

Citizens will

Be creators and collaborators on the web
So the web has rich and relevant content for everyone.

Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity
So that everyone feels safe and welcome online.

Fight for the web
So the web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future.

We commit to uphold these principles and to engage in a deliberative process to build a full "Contract for the Web", which will set out the roles and responsibilities of governments, companies and citizens. The challenges facing the web today are daunting and affect us in all our lives, not just when we are online. But if we work together and each of us takes responsibility for our actions, we can protect a web that truly is for everyone.

Monday, December 17, 2018

JNU IERB organizes Workshop on “Ethics in Research” | 20 December

JNU Institutional Ethics Review Board (IERB) Workshop On "Ethics in Research"

Date: December 20, 2018

Venue: JNU Convention Center, Committee Room

Session 1 (10:00-11:30 am): Combined Sessions: "Ethics in Research" Debating Ethics in Disciplinary Research
Session 2 (11:45 am-1:15 pm): New ICMR Guidelines & Social Science Challenges
Session 3 (1:45-3:15 pm): How to Be Ethical in Writing, Publishing and Research Interactive Session
  • Padmbhushan Prof. S.K. Sarin, ILBS
  • Prof. V.K. Malhotra, ICSSR
  • Dr. KP Gangulee, ICMR
  • Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal LSR
Session 4 (3:30-4:30 pm): Ethical Issues in Excessive Data Driven, Big Data Based Research
  • Prof. TV Vijay Kumar, AI & Big Data
  • Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Director CIS

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tomorrow's 8th Panel Discussion on 'Cyber Security' | at IIC, 13 December

NITI Aayog, India International Centre and Centre for Policy Research are pleased to invite you to the eighth panel discussion on Cyber Security


  • V Latha Reddy, former Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India

  • Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India
  • Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary (Electronics & Information Technology), Government of India
  • Tobby Simon, Founder President, Synergia Foundation

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Multipurpose Hall, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre

Metamorphoses Website

Sign up for the event at this link. This is necessary given seating requirements.

Digital technologies are now an indispensable component of virtually all activities of a modern economy. They significantly increase economic efficiency but are also vulnerable to cyber attacks. Critical infrastructure, such as smart power guides, air traffic control and sensitive data stored in computer systems can be compromised or even disabled through a variety of cyber attacks. Cyber security, therefore, has become an urgent and compelling concern. This session will assess the nature and scale of the challenges to cyber security, the tools that are available to us to deal with these challenges and what the future trends might be in this domain. The panelists, who are all domain experts, will, in particular, evaluate the state of cyber security in India.

Chair: V Latha Reddy, former Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India
Opening Remarks by Ambassador Shyam Saran, Life Trustee, IIC

Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India
Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary (Electronics & Information Technology), Government of India
Tobby Simon, Founder President, Synergia Foundation

The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; streamed through Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here.

Questions will be taken on a special number through SMS, provided at the venue, and selected ones will be answered given time constraints.

V Latha Reddy is the former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. In addition to assisting National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, Ms. Reddy was responsible for cybersecurity and other critical internal and external security issues.

Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975-2011. During her diplomatic career she served in Lisbon, Washington D.C., Kathmandu, Brasilia, Durban, Vienna and Bangkok. She served as Ambassador of India to Portugal (2004-2006) and to Thailand (2007-2009). She was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi (2010-2011) with overall charge of India's bilateral and regional relations with Asia. She was then appointed as India's Deputy National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office from 2011-2013.

Reddy has extensive experience in foreign policy, and in bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations. In addition, she has expertise on security and strategic issues and has worked on strategic technology policies, particularly on cyber issues relating to cyber security policy, international cyber cooperation and Internet governance.

Reddy is currently involved with several organisations and think tanks, both globally and in India and holds the following positions among others:
  • Commissioner, Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG)
  • Distinguished Fellow, East West Institute, New York
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Kaspersky Labs, Moscow
  • Member, India-Pakistan Water Dialogue, South Asia Centre, Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.
  • Director, Deccan Heritage Foundation, London
  • Director, Board of Janalakshmi Financial Services, Bangalore
  • Member, Bangalore Political Action Committee (B-PAC)
  • Trustee, Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT) Foundation, Bangalore
  • Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi
Reddy's other interests include travel, literature and the performing arts. She speaks English, Portuguese, French and several Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

Dr Gulshan Rai is the National Cyber Security Coordinator for the Government of India. He has over 25 years of experience in different areas of Information Technology which include Cyber Security, e-Governance, Legal Framework and the Information Technology Act for e-commerce, and several related fields. Previously, he was the Director General, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) and Group Coordinator of E-Security and Cyber Law Division in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Prior to this he was Executive Director, ERNET India for over 7 years and he was instrumental in setting up of the first large scale education and research network in close collaboration with the leading educational and research institutions in the country.

Dr Rai has been working since 1998 in the area of evolving legal framework to address issues arising out of cyberspace. His sustained efforts in the area has resulted in second Technology Legislation in the History of India i.e. Information Technology Act and recent amendments in the Act.

Dr Rai is particularly focused on developing security capabilities in the country through increased security education programs. He has initiated several programs in this area with industry and educational institutions. He has enhanced the security of government infrastructure through an effective security framework that prescribes standards, and audits by a panel of independent auditors.

Dr Rai holds a doctoral degree and M.Tech., and has published several papers, and reports on e-commerce, cyber security, cyber laws, education and networking and has presented the same in several national and international conferences.

Ajay Prakash Sawhney is the Secretary to the Government of India - Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. His work on National Policy on electronics was a starting stone for Electronics reforms in this sector. He has been vocal about right usage of social media channels in India. He is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.

Tobby Simon is a Founder and President of Synergia, a strategic think tank that works with corporate executive boards and government to provide insights and solutions on challenges that affect both businesses and society.

Simon is the founder and president of Synergia Tobby has over thirty years of multi-disciplinary expertise in health care, pandemics, cyber security, aerospace, energy, supply chain risk management and strategic consulting. He has been an advisor to a number of international organisations including Medicines Sans Frontier (Nobel Prize 2000), The World Health Organisation, AEDES – The European union and The World Congress on Information and Communication Technology.

Simon was the President, Asian Operations of CSP, a Euro multibillion French Pharmaceuticals conglomerate from 1996 - 2002. Prior to that he was the Vice President, Global Operations of the LYKA Group (1991-1996), one of the largest Pharmaceutical groups in the country.

Simon was a recipient of the National Merit for Exports from the Government of India in 1992. He has developed a new drug for Malaria for the Ministries of Health in Francophone Africa and successfully co invested & served on the board of Wintac Ltd., an Indian pharmaceutical company. He was responsible for global operations and helped the company secure both the US FDA & EU approval for ophthalmic and parenteral facility. Over the last three decades he has helped some of the largest global companies in telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, energy, retail, cyber security, agro-commodities and critical infrastructure establish their business in India.

Simon was chosen as one of the 20 commissioners to the Global Commission on Internet Governance headed by the former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt. He is one of the first Indian members to the Trilateral Commission, a policy-oriented forum that brings together leaders in their individual capacity from the worlds of business, government, academia, press and media, as well as civil society. He served for a number of years on the advisory board of the Centre of New American Security, the international Council of the Belfer Centre for Science & International Affairs at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

His report on the Deep and the Dark web, co-authored with Hon Sec Michael Chertoff, the former US Home Land Security Commissioner was awarded as the 12th best policy brief to governments by a think tank in 2016. He was instrumental in creating several research collaborations with the Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, National Law School, Bangalore, National Chemical Lab, Pune, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, University of Chicago, Cambridge University, The China European International Business School and the Weizman institute, Telavi.

Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.

This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.

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TERI Workshop on Research Data Management Tools and Techniques | 17-18 January at IHC New Delhi

"Because Good Research Needs Good Data"

TERI is organising a workshop on "Research Data Management Tools and Techniques" from 17-18 January 2019 at TERI, IHC, New Delhi. This workshop is designed on the basis of current need of the research scholars and research support staff and other professionals who are involved in providing research services to his/her respective organisation.

Some of the select objectives of this would be to:

  • Equip researchers and research support staff and other stake holders with the knowledge and skills they need to manage data more effectively
  • Produce an effective data management plan
  • Enhance skills of researchers and other stakeholders in managing and visualizing data with the help of freely available tools

The workshop programme has been developed in guidance with eminent subject experts to promote continuous improvement of core competency skills of the participants. The pedagogy of this workshop will include tutorial-type presentations, demonstrations, hands-on sessions with case studies/best practices, and will cover following topics:

  • Introduction and Planning to Research Data Management
  • Data Management: Using Metadata to Find, Interpret & Share Your Data
  • Intellectual Property right in Data Management
  • Case based discussions
  • Innovation in research support services
  • Hands-on Training: R, Tableu and Advanced Excel

Last date for registration: 31 December 2018

Contact Details

Ms Reeta Sharma
Workshop Coordinator
Knowledge Resource Centre (KRC)
TERI, Darbari Seth Block,
IHC Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003
Tel: 91-11-2468 2100, 2111 or 41504900, Extn. 2756

Registration & Further Details

Saturday, December 8, 2018

15 STIP Forum Lecture "Towards More Sustainable Cities" by Prof. Helen Lochhead | 12 December, IHC New Delhi

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series

We request your gracious presence at the Fifteenth STIP Forum Lecture on

Towards More Sustainable Cities 

by Prof. Helen Lochhead 
[Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney]

Date: 12 December 2018 (Wednesday), Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3)

About the Speaker: Professor Helen Lochhead is Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. An architect, landscape architect, urban designer and planner, she combines teaching, research, practice and advisory roles and is frequently invited as a judge for design awards and competitions in Australia and internationally. She has held senior roles in Government including Deputy Government Architect, and Executive Director roles at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works ranging from a 5-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney leading up to the 2000 Olympics to major urban renewal and waterfront projects in Australian and the United States. She has been instrumental in shaping more major precincts around Sydney Harbour than most, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. More recently she led the development of 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney's CBD and was instrumental in setting a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour. Professor Lochhead maintains many high level appointments in Australia on the Independent Planning Commission, the City of Sydney Planning Panel, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the Heritage Council, Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) national boards. She is the incoming 2019 National President of the AIA. She has been recognized through numerous project awards including AIA and AILA Urban Design and Sustainability Awards, as well as the AIA Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, the NAWIC Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the AIA NSW President's Prize for professional leadership in shaping Sydney. She is also a recipient of numerous international Fellowships including the Fulbright, Churchill and the Harvard Loeb Fellowship.

About STIP Forum: The Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum has been set up with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The Forum would go beyond the disciplinary boundaries by taking into account the intersectionality of S&T and I. It aims to also bridge the gap between the science and society for dissemination of scientific achievements as well as for generalising debate of societal aspirations and promoting responsible research and innovations. The monthly lecture series of public lectures has been launched to sensitize the public discourse on science, technology and innovation policy. Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), Vigyan Prasar and India Habitat Centre (IHC) are the collaborating institutions. 

RSVP: Dr. Manish Anand, Tel: 011-24682100, e-mail:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Call for Papers: 18th Indian Science Communication Congress (ISCC-2018) | 20-21 December, CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi

18th Indian Science Communication Congress (ISCC-2018) celebrating 200 Years of Science Journalism in India
Organised by: 
CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi
20-21 December 2018
Academic Partners: 
Indian Science Writers' Association (ISWA), Indian Science Communication Society (ISCOS); Society for Information Science (SIS).

The beginnings of science journalism in India can be traced back to the monthly publication Digdarshan, which started from West Bengal in 1818. It was being published in Hindi, Bengali and English Languages. The magazine carried science articles and was circulated to various School Book Societies as it carried educational and scientific material for the benefit of students and teachers. Text books & study materials were generally not available during those days. Today, 200 years later, efforts in the field of science journalism in India have given birth to several science magazines, dedicated columns in newspapers, websites catering to science news and content, including presence of science content in electronic media and social media as well. However, challenges still remain in promoting efforts to take the fruits of science to the masses. On the occasion of the 200 years of science journalism in India, the aim of the 18th Indian Science Communication Congress is to engage in narratives to deliberate on the status, challenges, and efforts in the field of science journalism.
Over the years, science journalism has played an increasingly important role in reaching the scientific work being done among the four walls of the scientific laboratories to the masses. The efforts of science journalists, science writers, science editors and science communicators are aimed at not only empowering the masses with information they can use to improve their standard of living, but also striving to bring about a connect between the scientific community and the masses, in turn also demystifying the complexities of science. The 18th Indian Science Communication Congress will discuss and deliberate on issues and concerns revolving around the field of science journalism and the challenges that need to be overcome.

  • Science Journalism in Pre-independence era
  • Science Journalism in Post-independence era
  • Communicating Science in Regional Languages
  • Science Journalism: Writing for General Public
  • Current Scenario/Recent developments in Science Journalism in India
  • Citizen Science Journalism
  • Science Journalism and the Society
  • Theory and practices for effective Science Communication
  • Innovations in Science Communication
ISCC Format: The scientific sessions will have presentations on research papers, review papers, survey analyses, case studies, posters, and invited talks. Deliberations will be in English and Hindi. The prescribed time for paper presentation will be around 10 minutes (8 minutes for presentation + 2 minutes for discussion). PowerPoint presentation facility will be available. 
Who can Participate: Researchers and practitioners of science communication, i.e. scientists, technologists, academicians, writers, journalists, editors, scholars and faculty members, public relations and information officers of scientific organizations, representatives of media, science activists from NGOs, and senior government officials/public representatives, policymakers, and decision-makers can participate.
Special Feature: A display of science communication products, software materials.

Abstract/ Paper/ Poster
  • Submission of Abstract (500 Words) : 14 December 2018
  • Intimation of Acceptance of Abstract : 15 December 2018
  • Submission of Full Paper/Poster/Presentation : 18 December 2018
Registration: There is no registration fee. On the spot registrations are also allowed subject to availability of space and quality of presentation.

Travel/ Accommodation: It is advisable to make your travel and hotel arrangement from your institution as per your entitlement. However, in some special cases, the travel expenses for authors of accepted papers except students could be reimbursed up to III AC Class train fare, while student participants/other registered participants can be reimbursed II Sleeper Class train fare subject to prior confirmation by organizers. Guest house accommodation may be available for participants. 

Addresses for Communication: 
  • ISCC-2018 Secretariat, CSIR-NISCAIR, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi – 110012, Email :, Phone : 011-25846301 ext. 363
  • Coordinator: Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi, Email:

CfPs: 42nd Indian Social Science Congress on "Human Future In Digital Era" | 27-31 December at KIIT Bhubaneswar

42nd Indian Social Science Congress
Focal Theme: Human Future In Digital Era
December 27-31, 2018
Venue: Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Organized by Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA)

Indian Social Science Academy (formerly Indian Academy of Social Science, ISSA) in association with Banaras Hindu University shall hold its 42nd Indian Social Science Congress between December 27-31, 2018 at Bhubaneswar. "Human Future In Digital Era" is its focal theme. Teachers, research students, scientists, social activists, policy planners and independent thinkers/philosophers are cordially invited to present their research based papers on subjects/issues in any of the following 21 Thematic Panels:
Thematic Panels
1. Conflicts, War, Peace and Social Security
2. Democracy and Human Rights
3. Ecological and Environmental Protection Movements
4. Ethics of Science and Society
5. Global Warming and Climate Change
6. History and Philosophy of Science
7. Information Technology, Mass Media and Culture
8. Labour in Organized and Unorganized Sectors
9. Nation, States and Emerging Challenges
10. Natural Resources, Bio-diversity and Geographic Information System
11. Patent Laws and Intellectual Property Rights
12. Peasants , Livelihood and Land-use
13. Peoples (Dalit, Tribes, Women, Peasants, etc) Struggles and Movements For Equitable Democratic Society
14. Engineering Science 14. Peoples Health and Quality of Life
15. Political Economy of India
17. Rural Technology, Social Organizations and Rural Development
18. Science Communication and Science Popularization
19. Science Technology and Social Development
20. Social Processes, Social Structures and Social Alienation
21. Unity of Science/Science of Nature-Humans Society

Details of sub-themes of the focal theme, 'Human Future In Digital Era', international symposium/seminars/workshops/colloquium can be had either from the website of KIIT or from the General Secretary, ISSA or Organizing Secretary. 
Last Date For Submission of Full Paper: December 10, 2018. It may be noted that one can submit paper even after the last date and till December 10, 2018. No paper, however, will be received during the session of the 42nd Indian Social Science Congress. The papers received after December 10 , 2018 will be printed after the XLII ISSC is over. One soft copy of the papers should be e-mailed and 3 hard copies with CD and Declaration form should be sent to the General Secretary, ISSA through speed post. Papers can be either in Hindi or in English.
All those whose papers are accepted are requested to register before December 20, 2018. Free hostel/Guest House accommodation, subsidized meals, kits and publication of the Congress will be available to all the registered delegates.
Eighth All India Young Scientists Convention will be held during the Congress Its details will be announced separately. Please mail your paper, registration fee and membership to the General Secretary, Indian Social Science Academy and write to the Organizing Secretary about hostel/Guest House accommodation and Bhubaneswar Darshan. It may be noted that gold medal is awarded for the best research paper. 
Further information can be had either on the Websites and

Organized by Indian Social Science Academy (Formerly Indian Academy of Social Sciences), HQ: Iswar Saran Ashram Campus, Allahabad 211004 | T: (O):0532-2544245, F: 0532-2544170, | E:, W: | Attn. Dr. N. P. Chaubey, General Secretary, Indian Social Science Academy, Iswar Saran Ashran Campus, Allahabad-211004

Organizing Secretary: Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, 42nd Indian Social Science Congress & Registrar, KIIT Bhubaneswar | Email: | Mobile: +919437035188; +919937220218.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Listen to Audio Record of CSSP Talk "Regulating Biotechnology through the Patent System: Learning from US and European Approaches" delivered by Dr Shobita Parthasarathy.

CSSP Talk on "Regulating Biotechnology through the Patent System: Learning from US and European Approaches in Comparative Perspective" was delivered by Dr Shobita Parthasarathy, Director of Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, University of Michigan, USA, on 4th December 2018.

Abstract: Over the past thirty years, the world's patent systems have experienced pressure from civil society like never before. From farmers to patient advocates, new voices are arguing that patents impact public health, economic inequality, morality—and democracy. These challenges, to domains that we usually consider technical and legal, may seem surprising. But in Patent Politics, the speaker argues that patent systems have always been deeply political and social. To demonstrate this, Parthasarathy takes readers through a particularly fierce and prolonged set of controversies over patents on life forms linked to important advances in biology and agriculture and potentially life-saving medicines in the United States and Europe. Clashes over whose voices and which values matter in the patent system, as well as what counts as knowledge and whose expertise is important, look quite different in these two places. And through these debates, the United States and Europe are developing very different approaches to patent and innovation governance.     

About the Speaker: Shobita Parthasarathy is Professor of Public Policy and Women's Studies, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, at University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the governance of emerging science and technology in comparative perspective. She is interested in how technological innovation, and innovation systems, can better achieve public interest and social justice goals, as well as in the politics of knowledge and expertise in science and technology policy. She has done research in the United States and Europe, and her current research focuses on India. She is the author of numerous articles and two books: Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press, 2007). Patent Politics received the 2018 Robert K. Merton Award from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology section of the American Sociological Association, for an outstanding book on science, knowledge, or technology. Findings from Building Genetic Medicine influenced the 2013 US Supreme Court decision prohibiting patents on isolated human genes. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Chicago and Masters and PhD degrees in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University. 


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Listen to Audio Record of CSSP Talk "The Constituency of Science and its Tryst with the University" delivered by Dr Avishek Ray, NIT Silchar

CSSP Talk on "The Constituency of Science and its Tryst with the University" was delivered by Dr. Avishek Ray, National Institute of Technology Silchar, on 20th November 2018.

Abstract: Through the process of colonisation, the university has become the standard model for higher education in modern India. This talk questions the normative status of the university and argues that its emergence has come at the cost of vernacular pedagogic cultures that existed outside modern frameworks of knowledge. It examines how the discourse of Science draws its legitimacy from the pedagogic model of the university.     


Launch of an Atlas on the retreat of Andean glaciers and the reduction of glacial waters

UNESCO Media Advisory No.2018-105

Launch of an Atlas on the retreat of Andean glaciers and the reduction of glacial waters

Paris, 04 December—If current trends continue, some of the lower-altitude glaciers of the tropical Andes could lose between 78 and 97% of their volume by the end of the century, reducing the region's available freshwater resources. This alarming analysis is from the Andean Glacier and Water Atlas that will be launched by UNESCO and the Norwegian GRID-Arendal Foundation, during the COP24 taking place on 3-14 December in Katowice (Poland).


Most glaciers have been retreating for decades due to climate change, a problem that has been particularly acute in the tropical Andes since the 1950s. In Peru, the country with the largest number of tropical glaciers on the continent, glaciers have been retreating rapidly over recent decades and the only glacier that subsists in Venezuela is expected to have melted away by 2021.

A rapid glacial retreat has also been observed since the 1980s in Bolivia, where some glaciers have lost two-thirds or more of their mass. In Chile and Argentina, the retreat of low-lying glaciers in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego is accelerating. In Colombia, it is likely that only the largest glaciers located on the highest peaks will subsist by the 2050s. Dramatic glacial loss has also been observed in Ecuador over the past 50 years.

Glacial meltwater is a critical resource for millions of people, most notably for those living in the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Chile and Peru. It represents about 5% of the water supply in Quito (Ecuador), 61% in La Paz (Bolivia) and 67% in Huaraz (Peru). During a drought year, this proportion can reach 15% in Quito, 85% in La Paz and 91% in Huaraz.

The situation is all the more worrying as annual mean temperatures are rising in the tropical Andes (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). In these countries, it has increased by approximately 0.8°C over the last century and could rise further by 2 to 5°C by the end of the 21st century. In the southern Andes, temperatures could increase by 1 to 7 °C according to some estimates.

To meet the challenges of ensuring water security for the populations that depend on these glaciers, the Atlas makes a series of recommendations for policy makers in the region. It calls for better integration of scientific data into political decision-making, improved climate change monitoring infrastructure, integrated water resources management, and strengthened coordination between Andean countries.


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