- 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?
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
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Sunday, December 23, 2018
New Paper "Human Values in Disposing the Dead: An Inquiry into Cremation Technology" | by VN Prajapati & S Bhaduri
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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
- Padmbhushan Prof. S.K. Sarin, ILBS
- Prof. V.K. Malhotra, ICSSR
- Dr. KP Gangulee, ICMR
- Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal LSR
- Prof. TV Vijay Kumar, AI & Big Data
- Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Director CIS
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
"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
Ms Reeta Sharma
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
Saturday, December 8, 2018
15 STIP Forum Lecture "Towards More Sustainable Cities" by Prof. Helen Lochhead | 12 December, IHC New Delhi
Friday, December 7, 2018
Call for Papers: 18th Indian Science Communication Congress (ISCC-2018) | 20-21 December, CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi
- 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
- 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
CfPs: 42nd Indian Social Science Congress on "Human Future In Digital Era" | 27-31 December at KIIT Bhubaneswar
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, 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.
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.
Listen to Audio Record of CSSP Talk "The Constituency of Science and its Tryst with the University" delivered by Dr Avishek Ray, NIT Silchar
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.
Media contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO press service, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 64, email@example.com
Download the Atlas (in English): http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002658/265810e.pdf
Download the Atlas (in Spanish): http://www.unesco.org/tools/fileretrieve/20cac6a.pdf
UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, PARIS, NA FRANCE France