- Coastal Erosion and Sediment Transport
- Marine Pollution and Marine Litter
- Forecasting Coastal Hazards and Sea Level Change
- Coastal Vulnerability, Floods and Modeling
- Coastal Ecosystems and Modeling – SDG 14
- Climate Change and its Impacts on the Coasts
- Blue Economy (Resources, Energy) and Coastal Governance
- Ocean Technologies and Small Island Developing States
Friday, March 29, 2019
CfPs: International Symposium on "Advances in Coastal Research with special reference to Indo Pacific- 2019 (AdCoRe IP-2019)" | 17-19 December; Chennai, India
Thursday, March 28, 2019
New Report "Addressing Barriers to Scaling-up Renewable Energy through Industry Involvement" | by Indian Renewable Energy Federation
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Invites you to a Special Lecture on
Scientometrics in the Twenty-First Century
(Vidyasagar University, West Bengal)
Venue: Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, CSSP, SSS-1 Building, JNU
Date: Wednesday, 27th March 2019 | Time: 4:00 pm
Abstract: The classical bibliometric indicators were introduced before the year 2000, whereas the modern bibliometric and scientometric indicators were introduced after 2000 (i.e., 21st century). The notable point is that all classical indicators are mainly based on simple citation counts and some normal averaging processes. The normalization of impact factor was initiated by BK Sen in CSIR-INSDOC in around 1987. The normalization process showed a new way towards the standardization of the impact factor. Whereas, the post-2k scientometric indicators or modern indicators that were all introduced in the beginning of the 21st Century, are based on other various factors apart from simple citation count. These other factors mainly include a number of publications, the relation between top-cited papers' citations and number of publications, number of shares, or views, downloads, likes, etc. The last factors developed another new metrics, i.e., altmetrics, a new metrics concept introduced in 2010. The classical indicators were mainly source-based or journal-based indicators, i.e., it evaluated the source items or the journals. But the post-2k metrics emphasized on individual articles and authors. Starting from h-index, the other related indicators, like g-index, i-10 index, e-index, a-index, and R-index et al. are author-level indicators. A glimpse of all classical and modern metrics is discussed here with relative pros and cons.
About the Speaker: Dr. Bidyarthi Dutta is an Assistant Professor, working in the Department of Library & Information Science, Vidyasagar University in West Bengal. He was awarded PhD from Jadavpur University in 2008. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientometric Research (Jscires.org).
All are welcome to attend the Lecture.
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
SSS 1 Building, 2nd Floor
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India
Monday, March 25, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019
New Book "Constructing a Global Technology Assessment : Insights from Australia, China, Europe, Germany, India and Russia"
The Case for a Global Technology AssessmentTechnology Assessment in GermanyEuropean Concepts and Practices of Technology AssessmentTechnology Assessment in AustraliaTechnology Assessment in ChinaTechnology Assessment in India | by Poonam Pandey, PN Desai & S. ChaturvediTechnology Assessment in RussiaConstructing a Global Technology Assessment: Its Constitution and Challenges
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Call for Research Proposals under DST's Water Technology Initiative: Research, Technology and Innovation on Nexus of Water with Energy, Food, Health.
I. Treatment and management of Water quality for Public Health, water related disasters, cleaning the rivers etc.II. System optimization of water supply &treatment systems for optimal water & energy use.III. New Sensor technologies and intelligent sensor products for real time measurement of water quality and quantity in energy operations.IV. Sustainable options for water quality such as in-situ remediation.V. Study of transport and fate of Emerging Contaminants, PPCP and Pesticides.VI. Sustainable water harvesting, recharge and porous cities (usability, health impacts, efficiency & safe use etc.)VII. Sustainable Desalination Technologies.VIII. Optimizing water quality and quantity for different usage.
- 3.1 Action Research Sustainable Integration of alternate energy sources Stream. Proposal should aim at conducting scientific study of the nexus of water issues with other sectors and the outcome should be evidence based action plan.
- 3.2 Applied Research Stream: Leading to establishment of Proof-of-Concept. Proposal should explore innovative ideas with a view to showcase the unique advantages of their idea over existing alternatives and to demonstrate that their innovative idea has the ability to address a significant end user need. This has to be substantiated by clear articulation on need supported by quantitative performance statement from the participating user.
- 3.3 Technology Stream: Leading to Lab Scale Demonstration.
- 3.4 Solution Stream: Leading to Pilot Scale Demonstration for technology in field setting.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
CfPs: 5th IndiaLICS International Conference "Innovation Systems in India: Contexts and Challenges" | 29-31 August, Ahmedabad
5th IndiaLICS International Conference 2019
Innovation Systems in India: Contexts and Challenges
August 29-31, 2019
Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India
Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India
Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India
Call for Papers & Research Proposals
Increasing realisations over perspectives and role of innovations –including but beyond the technological – in impacting economies and societies at the macro, meso and micro levels call for a serious rethink on national, regional and sectoral innovation systems in India. While no clear-cut policies on innovations exist, especially addressing local and sub-national dynamics, absence of comprehensive statistics on innovation and related aspects remains a first major roadblock. Further, innovation potential of subsectors, regions and resources (both physical and knowledge-based) has been poorly articulated as we have limited understanding of interrelationships between diverse stakeholders of science, social-economy and democracy. A common concern is over innovative governance of access and use of resources (particularly, natural) to ensure broad-basing of sustainable production, consumption and conservation.
IndiaLICS is the India chapter of Globelics, an international network of scholars who apply the concept of Learning, Innovation and Competence building System (LICS) as a framework for promoting inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition. IndiaLICS engages in and pro-actively promotes domestic and global exchange of scholarship in innovation systems and the translation of innovation to development outcomes. It organizes seminars/conferences and undertakes capacity building activities as well as research with academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs and workers. For details, please visit: www.indialics.org
The Conference aims to be multidisciplinary in its approach by including scholars/practitioners/members from social sciences, physical/natural sciences and development/civil society organisations. Although the focus is on India lessons from other developing and developed countries shall be discussed in a comparative perspective.
Special sessions are planned for interactions of subject experts and activists with young scholars/practitioners.
Pertinent/Suggestive Themes by Broad Intersectional Categories:
• National Level:
o Innovation, trade and development
o Comprehensive database and indicators of innovations
o IPRs, standards & regulations
o Foresights and futures for technology
o Skills, knowledge and learning – gaps and solutions
o Innovation activity and firm size in the context of changing technology regimes and market structures
• Regional/Sub-national Level:
o Global production networks and governance of value chains
o Enterprise-academia-state-society inter-linkages
o State and STI
• Sectoral/Sub-sectoral Level:
o Skills, knowledge gaps in traditional and modern sectors
o Innovations in agriculture, forestry, livestock and fisheries
o Informal sector and innovation (both rural and urban contexts)
o Innovation in services and business model innovation
o Innovations in social sectors (education, health and water)
• Overarching Concerns:
o Science, technology and innovation links
o Climate change and protecting the environment
o Gender and innovation
o Inclusive and responsible innovation
These are indicative themes only. Papers beyond these themes shall also be considered.
• Submission of Extended Abstracts or Research Proposals by April 20, 2019
• Information on Acceptance/Rejection of Abstracts/Proposals by April 27, 2019
• Submission of Full Papers by July 31, 2019
Format for Extended Abstract/Research Proposal:
The abstract/proposal (around 1000 words) must be new (neither published nor being submitted/considered for publication elsewhere) and should preferably be organised around the following subsections (a) Central Concerns (b) Methodology/Approach (c) Main Findings (d) Policy Implications (e) Originality/Value (f) Keywords (upto 5). Papers by young scholars are particularly encouraged. All submissions and enquiries have to be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel and Hospitality:
Efforts are on to offer travel cost support to participants; details on that shall be conveyed to authors of papers selected. Local hospitality shall be taken care of.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
UNESCO- UN-Water Press Release No.2019-18
EMBARGO UNTIL 19 MARCH 00:01 GMT
Billions deprived of the right to water
UNESCO Publication on behalf of UN Water
Launch of the United Nations World Water Development Report on 19 March
Paris/Geneva, 19 March–Access to water and sanitation is internationally recognized human right. Yet more than two billion people lack even the most basic of services. The latest United Nations World Water Development Report, Leaving No One Behind, explores the symptoms of exclusion and investigates ways to overcome inequalities. The report will be launched in Geneva, Switzerland, on 19 March during the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, ahead of World Water Day (22 March).
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing "the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right" and in 2015 the human right to sanitation was explicitly recognized as a distinct right. These rights oblige States to work towards achieving universal access to water and sanitation for all, without discrimination, while prioritizing those most in need. Five years later, Sustainable Development Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to guarantee sustainable management of, and access to, water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Yet, despite significant progress over the past 15 years, this goal is unreachable for much of the world's population. In 2015, three in ten people (2.1 billion) did not have access to safe drinking water and 4.5 billion people, or six in ten, had no safely managed sanitation facilities. The world is still off track in achieving this important goal.
"Access to water is a vital right for the dignity of every human being," declared UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. "Yet, billions of people are still deprived of this right. The new edition of the UN World Water Development Report shows that collective determination to move forward and efforts to include those who have been left behind in the decision making process could make this right a reality."
"The numbers speak for themselves. As the Report shows, if the degradation of the natural environment and the unsustainable pressure on global water resources continue at current rates, 45% of global Gross Domestic Product and 40% of global grain production will be at risk by 2050. Poor and marginalized populations will be disproportionately affected, further exacerbating already rising inequalities […] The 2019 Report provides evidence of the need to adapt approaches, in both policy and practice, to address the causes of exclusion and inequality," said Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Wide disparities between the rich and the poor
These figures hide significant disparities. On a global scale, half of the people who drink water from unsafe sources live in Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 24% of the population have access to safe drinking water, and 28% have basic sanitation facilities that are not shared with other households.
Significant discrepancies in access exist even within countries, notably between the rich and the poor. In urban areas, the disadvantaged housed in makeshift accommodations without running water often pay 10 to 20 times more than their neighbours in wealthier neighbourhoods for water of similar or lesser quality purchased from water vendors or tanker trucks.
The right to water, the report's authors explain, cannot be separated from other human rights. In fact, those who are marginalized or discriminated against because of their gender, age, socio-economic status, or because of their ethnic, religious or linguistic identity, are also more likely to have limited access to proper water and sanitation.
Almost half of people drinking water from unprotected sources live in Sub- Saharan Africa, where the burden of collecting water lies mainly on women and girls, many of whom spend more than 30 minutes on each journey to fetch water. Without safe, accessible water and sanitation, these people are likely to face multiple challenges, including poor health and living conditions, malnutrition, and lack of opportunities for education and employment.
Refugees particularly vulnerable
Refugees and internally displaced people are often face severe barriers to the access of water supply and sanitation services and their numbers are higher than ever before. In 2017, conflicts and persecution forced 68.5 million people to flee their homes. Moreover, an annual average of 25.3 million people are forced to migrate because of natural disasters, twice as many as in the early 1970s – a number expected to raise further due to climate change.
Inclusive policies are needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. They are also needed to defuse conflicts between different water users. In a context of increasing demand (1% yearly increase since the 1980s), the Report observes a significant rise in water-related conflicts: 94 from 2000 to 2009, 263 from 2010 to 2018.
The Report demonstrates that investing in water supply and sanitation makes good economic sense. The return on investment is high in general and for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in particular, especially when broader benefits such as health and productivity are taken into account. The multiplier for the return on investment has been globally estimated at two for drinking water and 5.5 for sanitation.
Coordinated and published by UNESCO's World Water Assessment Programme, the United Nations World Water Development Report is the result of a collaboration between the 32 United Nations entities and the 41 international partners who make up UN-Water. It is published every year on World Water Day.
Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service. Tel: +331 45681764, email@example.com
Daniella Bostrom Couffe, UN-Water. +41 79 159 92 17, firstname.lastname@example.org
The report is available upon request
UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, PARIS, NA FRANCE France
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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DJLIT Special Issue "Promoting and Maintaining Integrity in Higher Education and Research" Published Online
- Integrity in Education and Research | Manorama Tripathi, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 57-59.
- Finding Facets of Academic Integrity and Plagiarism through the Prism of a Citation Database | Swapan Kumar Patra, Anup Kumar Das, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 60-66.
- Regulations to Prevent Plagiarism in Higher Education in India A Critical Appraisal | Ramesh K Pandita, Shivendra Singh, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 67-73.
- A cross sectional study of retraction notices of scholarly journals of science | Manorama Tripathi, Sharad Kumar Sonkar, Sunil Kumar, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 74-81.
- Research Integrity in the Context of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Framework | Anup Kumar Das, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 82-86,
- Plagiarism An Essay in Terminology | MP Satija, Daniel Martínez-Ávila, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 87-93.
- Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct A Systematic Review | Shipra Awasthi, DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 94-100,
Friday, March 8, 2019
18th STIP Forum Lecture "Development of Solar Energy in India" by Dr Arun K Tripathi | 12 March, IHC New Delhi
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series
Development of Solar Energy in India
Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi
[Director General, National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)]
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Participants at Global UNESCO Conference on Artificial Intelligence urge rights-based governance of AI
UNESCO Press Release No.2019-17
Participants at Global UNESCO Conference on Artificial Intelligence urge rights-based governance of AI
Paris, 06 March—A clear consensus emerged on the need to ensure a human-centred governance of artificial intelligence (AI) during UNESCO's Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? Global Conference on 4 March at the Organization's Headquarters.
As she opened the Conference, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, "The issues raised by artificial intelligence are not technological. They concern our own humanity, raising scientific, political, philosophical and ethical questions."
Ms Azoulay declared that "the time is more than ripe to define the ethical principles that must serve as a foundation and framework of this disruption; to ensure that AI serves collective choices, based on humanist values."
Referring to UNESCO's work on AI, the Director-General announced that "We will now be able to work on the basis of a first report of the Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, . This new report, dedicated to artificial intelligence, will certainly provide major scientific support to Member States' reflection and initiatives."*
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) spoke of the need for cooperation to ensure that AI becomes a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth. "We have to get this right, because while AI is driving optimism, it is also fuelling anxieties and ethical concerns."
Mr. Gurría spoke of the need to work with UNESCO in a concerted effort to "make AI less artificial and more intelligent."
Throughout the day, academics, representatives of intergovernmental organizations, government ministers, the private sector, members of the technical community, the media, academia, and civil society called for the development of ethical principles to govern AI on the basis of transparency and accountability. They stressed the need for open data that is respectful of privacy. They stressed the importance of data, which goes beyond information traditionally collected by public services, as it informs the predictions and decisions that already allow AI to contribute to the treatment of diseases, the management of water resources and agricultural planning, for example.
But data is not neutral, and several participants pointed out that making technology serve humanity required data that is truly representative and inclusive, which poses a problem considering that half the world's population remains unconnected to the internet.
Cédric Villani, winner of the Fields Medal in Mathematics and member of the French parliament, spoke of the need to preserve human sovereignty in the face of algorithms, and geopolitical sovereignty in the face of the present competition to develop AI. Speaking of the challenge of developing AI to serve human goals, Mr. Villani cautioned, "The danger is ourselves, if we fail to rise to the challenge."
Bunmi Banjo, Managing Director of Kuvora Inc warned against falling into the "efficiency trap" without considering what is just and fair, as decisions taken today will affect humanity for decades to come.
But speakers pointed to the slowness of international standard-setting instruments that have historically followed technological innovation rather than anticipating them, which is what is now required where AI is concerned.
While all speakers highlighted the need to develop principles for AI, Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, Executive office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, warned, "the current preference for non-binding international agreements, part of the shift from cooperation to competition, is making non-binding treaties much more attractive. But we cannot rely on everyone to be good. […] If we let the invisible hand of the market operate freely, we will get useful applications, but our privacy will be eroded and inequalities will grow, contributing to the polarization of our societies," he argued.
The conference was part of a series of UNESCO events on AI, following the debate on ethics of new technologies and artificial intelligence, (22 January), and the (12 and 13 December 2018). UNESCO is planning a major event on Artificial Intelligence and Education to study emerging AI technologies and innovative practices of the use of AI in education in Beijing, in partnership with the Government of the People's Republic of China (16-18 May).
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*The COMEST Extended Working Group on Ethics and AI finalized a preliminary study on AI ethics, which recommends a standard-setting instrument in this field. This study will be presented to UNESCO's Executive Board in April, as an introduction to dialogue with Member States whose purpose is to make progress towards the development of a new standard-setting instrument.
UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, PARIS, NA FRANCE France
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
New Book | The Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management | edited by G. Redding, A. Drew, & S. Crump, OUP
1: The Description and Comparison of Societal Systems of Higher Education and University Management, Gordon Redding, Antony Drew, and Stephen Crump2: Criticality, Academic Autonomy, and Societal Progress, Gordon Redding3: Socializing Human Capital for 21st Century Educational Goals: Suggestive Empirical Findings from Multi-National Research, Michael H. Bond and Yiming Jing4: Changing the Nature and Role of Universities: The Effects of Funding and Governance Reforms on Universities as Accountable Actors, Richard Whitley
5: Recent Trends in East and West University Governance: Two Kinds of Hollowness, Gabriel Donleavy and K. C. Chen6: Cycles of Evolution of Ideal Types of Universities: Causes and Consequences for the University Mission - The Case of Poland, Svetlana Gudkova, Anna Pikos, and Valentyna Guminska7: The Implications of a Diversifying Workforce for Institutional Governance and Management in Higher Education, Celia Whitchurch8: The Collegial Tradition in English Higher Education: What Is It, What Sustains It, and How Viable Is Its Future?, David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper9: Managing a University in Turbulent Times, Gordon Redding
10: Critical Factors and Forces Influencing Higher Education in the 21st Century, Antony Drew, Gordon Redding, and Trevor Harley11: A New World of Communications in Higher Education and Its Implications, Liam Phelan, Antony Drew and Andrew Yardy12: Leading in Higher Education, Maurits van Rooijen13: Policy and Practice in University-Business Relations, Ewart Keep14: Macro Changes and the Implications For Equality, Social, and Gender Justice in Higher Education, Miriam David, Penny Jane Burke, and Marie-Pierre Moreau15: Macro Changes and the Implications for Higher Education Research: A Case Study in the Health Sector and Graduate Practice, Tracy Robinson, Kylie Twyford, Helena Teede, and Stephen Crump16: Canada in a Global System of Higher Education: The Role of Community Engagement, Brent Epperson, Britta Baron, and Carl G. Amrhein17: Developing and Maintaining Transnational Research Collaborations: A Case Study of Australian Universities, Fazal Rizvi and Ranjit Gajendra18: Scholarship in the University: An Ecological Perspective, Ronald Barnett19: Higher Education Finance: Global Realities, Policy Options, and Common Misunderstandings, Bruce Johnstone20: Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Government in Building Human and Social Capital, Ken Mayhew
21: Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role Of Industry in Building Human and Social Capital, Suzanna Tomassi22: Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role Of Universities, Research, and the Academic Professions in Fostering Good Citizenship, Murat Erguvan, Nikoloz Parjanadze, and Kevin Hirschi23: Governments Need To, and Do, Trust Universities, Mike Calford24: Education and Technological Unemployment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Michael Peters and Petar Jandric25: Educating For the Innovative Society: The Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in India, V. V. Krishna and Nimesh Chandra26: Policy Implications for Equity, Gender, and Widening Participation in Higher Education, Penny Jane Burke, Miriam David and Marie-Pierre Moreau
27: Reactions, Reflections, and Renewal: The Significance of Higher Education for Intellectual, Social, and Personal Advancement, Stephen Crump28: Maintaining the Contribution of Higher Education to Societal Progress, Gordon Redding, Stephen Crump, and Antony Drew