Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Call for Papers: International Conference on Digital Landscape (ICDL 2019) | 6-8 November, New Delhi

International Conference on Digital Landscape (ICDL 2019) 

6-8 November 2019 

India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India 

Organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)


Dear Distinguished Professors/ Researchers,

We invite you to participate in International Conference on Digital Landscape (ICDL 2019) going to be held from 06 to 08 November, 2019 at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India. The theme of the conference is "Digital Library Transformation for an Agile Environment".     

ICDL2019 conference intends to bring together a plethora of leading experts and digital luminaries from multiple disciplines to discuss and deliberate on innovations in the areas of Data Mining and Discovery, Big Data, Social Media Analytics & Computing, Knowledge and Innovation Management, Digital Research, e-Governance etc. that have potential to change the future world.  A select digital luminaries from across the globe have already agreed to join the conference such as Dr. Alejandro Bia, Associate Professor, Miguel Hernández University; Ms Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Director,  University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada;  Prof Atsuyuki  Morishima, University of Tsukuba, Japan; Ms Katarzyna Biernacka, HEADT Centre Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Germany; Dr. Marian Andrei Rizoiu, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Prof Matthias L Hemmje, University of Hagen, Germany; Prof. Michael Seadle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; Dr Shahid Rasool, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre of Asia (CEMCA) and many more…

The conference will host twelve thematic events, paper & poster presentations, interactive panel sessions, workshops, special events and networking.  ICDL 2019 will be an excellent forum to dwell upon several key areas of Smart Technologies including Big Data & Social Media Analytics, E-learning Platforms, Knowledge Innovation & Discovery, Open Access and many more…

Highlights of ICDL 2019....<https://www.teriin.org/events/icdl/>

  • Meet leading digital strategist and evangelist of the world who had mesmerized the world with their thought provoking address, skills. Some of them are coming for the first time to India.
  • Attend Thematic Events which are on contemporary areas. Otherwise gets lost in the day long conference session.
  • Special workshops on subjects which utmost importance in today's context such as Knowledge & Innovation Management, Application of AI and Analytics and Social Media and Analytics.
  • If you write and share your thoughts in a good quality paper. Three best prizes will be offered to the best quality paper and poster presenters.
  • Live streaming - Conference sessions will be available through live streaming.
  • 'ICDL 2019 - Story Telling' – Use ICDL Story Telling section and share your success stories or best practices and have a rich interaction on your subject. You can submit your story to icdl@teri.res.in
  • WEBINARS - As prelude to ICDL 2019, a series of webinar will be organised and each topic for webinar will be structured with a balance blend of detailed explanatory texts, rich diagrams and info graphics for a complete understanding of the pertinent areas.

Participant who wants to avail the early bird registration discount has to register on or before 1st October, 2019.

Important dates

  • 31 July 2019 – Last date for submission of full papers
  • 01 September 2019 - Notification of acceptance of paper with comments
  • 01 October 2019 - Submission of the final paper after incorporating comments

Submit your paper and register online using following URLs:

Register online                                 :

Submit your paper                         : https://www.teriin.org/events/icdl/call-for-paper.php

For further Information Contact:

ICDL 2019 Secretariat
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
India Habitat Centre Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003, India
Tel: +91 11 24682100 or 41504900; Fax: 24682144
Email: icdl@teri.res.in

Web: http://www.teriin.org/events/icdl/

JNU SLS Talk "S&T for 21st Century India: Learning from the past to shape today's education for tomorrow's world" | 3rd May


School of Life Sciences




Prof. L S Shashidhara

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune


S&T for 21st Century India: Learning from the past to shape today's education for tomorrow's world


Venue: Auditorium, SLS

Date and Time: Friday, 03rd May, 2019 at 3.00 PM

JNU SCDR Talk "Chernobyl Disaster: Revisiting Transdisciplinary Solutions", 2nd May

SCDR JNU invites you all to a Seminar on "Chernobyl Disaster - Revisiting Transdisciplinary Solutions" 
2nd May 2019, 11:30-13:00 hrs at SCDR Auditorium, JNU Campus.

Monday, April 29, 2019

UNESCO hosts governments, experts and stakeholders for major global biodiversity meeting

UNESCO Press Release N°2019-33

UNESCO hosts governments, experts and stakeholders for major global biodiversity meeting

Paris, 29 April – The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened its 7th plenary session at UNESCO this morning. Topping its agenda, which will run from 29 April - 4 May, is the consideration by governments of the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the first intergovernmental report of its kind and the most comprehensive analysis of nature since the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005.
Addressing more than 800 delegates – including senior government representatives, scientific experts and stakeholders from more than 130 countries, at the opening, IPBES Chair Sir Robert Watson, spoke of the urgent need to take action. "The work of IPBES provides governments, the private sector and the public the evidence that loss of biodiversity, just like human-induced climate change, is not only an environmental issue, but a development, economic, security, social, moral and equity issue, and that continued loss of biodiversity will undermine the ability of most countries to achieve most of the sustainable development goals, in particular poverty reduction, food and water security, human health, and the overall goal of leaving nobody behind."
Professor Watson also set the bar high for the delegates: "Therefore, if governments want to achieve the sustainable development goals, urgent action is needed to limit human-induced climate change and the loss of biodiversity.  Addressing the loss of biodiversity can only be achieved through rapid and transformative actions everywhere in the world.  […]  The information contained in the global assessment will empower governments, the private sector and civil society to make better choices for informed action."
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay welcomed the delegates, speaking on behalf of all four UN organizations (UNESCO, UNEP, FAO and UNDP) attending. "We, the United-Nations' system, are determined to remain committed and to be facilitators of dialogue for the development of a global partnership for biodiversity following 2020. […] It is the urgency of the situation that brings us together today," said Ms. Azoulay. She then went on to say, "the world report that we will unveil in a few days will force us to face this dramatic degradation of biodiversity and to share this evidence with society as a whole. Our local, indigenous and scientific knowledge is proving that we have solutions."
Expected to be adopted by the #IPBES7 Plenary on Saturday, 4 May 2019, the report will then be launched at a global news conference on Monday, 6 May 2019 at 1 p.m. Paris time at UNESCO , Room IV (for other time zones click here: http://bit.ly/2GWDJ3X).


Note to Editors:

Media accreditation is required to attend the media launch of the IPBES #GlobalAssessment Report at UNESCO on 6 May, and to receive strictly embargoed advance online access to the Report and other materials.

To apply for media accreditation click here: http://bit.ly/IPBES7MediaInvitation  

For other enquiries and interviews please contact:

The IPBES Media Team
+1-416-878-8712 (Terry Collins) or +49-176-2538-2223 (Sarah Banda-Genchev)

The UNESCO Press Service
George Papagiannis g.papagiannis@unesco.org ; +33(1) 45 68 17 06

For more information about IPBES and its assessments visit www.ipbes.net

Follow UNESCO on Social Media

UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, PARIS, NA FRANCE France

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

1st issue of Applied Innovative Research (AIR) now available from CSIR-NISCAIR

Applied Innovative Research (AIR)

The new journal entitled "Applied Innovative Research (AIR)" is being brought out by CSIR- National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (CSIR-NISCAIR), New Delhi in collaboration with CSIR-Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (CSIR-AMPRI), Bhopal. It will focus in various innovative fields of science & technology including nuclear energy sector, environment and climate change, information technology, agriculture sciences, alternative sources of energy, biotechnology, applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, engineering & material sciences etc.

CSIR-NISCAIR does not levy Article Processing Charges (APCs) or Article Submission Charges.


Monday, April 22, 2019

New Report Released "Towards More Effective Education: Emergence of STEM Education in India"

Towards More Effective Education: Emergence of STEM Education in India. VIF Task Force Report.
by Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi, 2019.

About the Report/ Foreword
Science and innovation have been long-embedded in India's civilisation and culture. Today, they are playing an important role in shaping the country's future in an increasingly globalised world. The current pace of technological change across the world is unprecedented and is opening up new ways of manufacturing and creating knowledge and innovations. This creates huge opportunities for economic growth and social benefits for India's large population. However, to achieve these benefits, India needs to develop and grow human expertise in the inter-related fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – STEM.
For the vast Indian population, which is at the cusp of rapid socio-economic transition, it is paramount to develop people's skills so that they can be meaningfully employed in specialised STEM sectors. STEM impacts on almost all employment types and careers and affects society at large. It is thus important that every individual in the society is able to develop the understanding of STEM and to fully engage with it. Apart from employment generation, the future advances in science and technology will also be essential to combating the greatest social and environmental challenges we face, and suitably qualified experts are required to tackle these. 
In this context, the VIF had set-up a Task Force under the chairmanship of Prof. K.K. Aggarwal, Former Vice Chancellor, GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi to examine the issues relating to STEM education in India. The report identifies the main issues involved in STEM education; provides guidance on how the industry can contribute to science education; and proposes a new framework for all types of science education from formal, to non-formal and informal approaches. It lays down the 21st-century vision on how best to equip Indian youth with the necessary skills through STEM education and foster the country's long-term economic growth and development.
The experts offer several important recommendations and among other, the need to start the integrated B.Tech programmes which will align not only spur innovation and creativity in students but also serve requirement in India's growing small-scale industrial sector. The experts rightly identify the need to bring scientific temper to translate Indian society's strength of 'Jugad Culture' into 'Culture of Innovation'. For young people aspiring careers in STEM, the report identifies the need to bring emerging technologies and markets closer to the classroom, and also to fire the imagination of young children through innovative learning. This is mainly so keeping in mind the workforce requirements for future markets and innovative industries in India.
The VIF is pleased to publish the work of experts who have compiled this report and made a substantive contribution to the STEM education thinking within India.
Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF

Table of Content
Chapter 1: Higher Education in India – Developments, Status and Challenges
Chapter 2: STEM Education in India – Status Report and Perspective
Chapter 3: Creativity and STEM Education – A Strong Interdependence
Chapter 4: Leveraging ICT for STEM Education
Chapter 5: STEM Education in USA and China – A Case Study
Chapter 6: Emerging STEM Domains and New Job Opportunities
Chapter 7: Some More Suggestions
Summary of Recommendations

Saturday, April 20, 2019

FICCI - World IP Day 2019 Conference

FICCI is commemorating the World IP Day 2019 with a Conference on the theme "Reach for Gold: Intellectual Property and Its Strategic Use in Sports" being organized on April 30, 2019 at FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi.


The event focus is in keeping with WIPO's theme for World IP Day 2019 - "Reach for Gold: IP and Sports". It will be a good opportunity to take a closer look inside the world of sports to understand how innovation, creativity and IP rights that encourage and protect them, support the development of sport and its enjoyment globally. The event will also enable a comprehensive discussion on India's industrial landscape in the light of global IP related developments, their significance to India's growth story and the expectations of Indian business and industry.


We wish to cordially invite you to participate in the seminar and take part in the deliberations, on 30th April 2019 (10:00 am to 4:30 pm).


Session I - Panel Discussion: Robust IP Ecosystem for a Knowledge Economy 

Session II - Panel Discussion: The IP-Link to Success: Protecting Stakeholder Rights

Session III - Panel Discussion: IPR Commercialisation in Sports Industry 

Session IV - Panel Discussion: Fostering IPR in Sports, Challenges & the Way Forward

RIS-NIAS Seminar on Science Diplomacy | 22nd April, Juniper Hall, IHC

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Earth Day Celebration & Panel Discussion on Weather Forecast to Weather Smart | 22 April, at CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi

Earth Day Celebration 2019
Panel Discussion on Weather Forecast to Weather Smart

Dr. S.D. Attri, IMD, New Delhi
Dr. S.K. Varshney, DST, New Delhi 
Chair: Prof. Manoj K Patairiya, Director, NISCAIR

Venue: CSIR-NISCAIR, S.V. Marg, New Delhi 110067
22 April 2019 at 3 p.m.

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.


Important Dates:

• Submission of Extended Abstracts or Research Proposals by May 31, 2019

• Information on Acceptance/Rejection of Abstracts/Proposals by June 7, 2019

• Submission of Full Papers by August 7, 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: indialics2019ahd@gmail.com


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.

Further Details

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Call for Applications: Globelics Academy 2019 - The 14th International PhD School on Innovation and Development

Globelics Academy 2019: The 14th International PhD School on Innovation and Development
13–22 August 2019 | Tampere University, Finland

Aim of the Globelics Academy: The aim is to support the training of PhD students from all over the world writing theses on issues related to innovation systems and development. The Academy brings together frontier researchers in innovation with PhD students from the South and the North in order to inspire and qualify their work as well as to help them to join high quality research networks in their field of research. The Globelics Academy aims at improving students' ability to undertake theoretically informed and policy-relevant empirical work on issues related with innovation in firms and societies, and its relationship with economic development. The Globelics Academy originates from and is connected to the worldwide research network Globelics (Globelics.org) bringing together scholars working on issues related to innovation and development.

Important dates:
Deadline for submission of applications: 5 May 2019
Letters of acceptance for students: 31 May 2019
Deadline for full papers: 14 July 2019

Call for Applications
Selection of the Participants: To qualify for participation, the PhD student should fulfill the following requirements:
  • He/she is registered at a recognized degree-granting higher education institution as a Doctoral candidate
  • He/she is at least about to begin his/her second year
  • His/her doctoral work focuses explicitly on issues related to innovation and development
  • He/she is able to present an original paper associated with his/her doctoral work.
Participants will be selected based on the Call for Applications. Selection aims at promoting diversity among participants, making sure that students from Africa, Asia and Latin America are represented, together with some students from other continents. The candidates from each geographical origin with the best CVs and the most promising extended abstracts will be selected.

Student selection will be based upon evaluation of
1) an extended abstract of four pages describing the student's thesis;
2) student's CV (max two pages); and
3) a recommendation letter from the supervisor or from another senior scholar.
Abstracts (four pages) should be typed double-spaced in English. The abstract should state the objectives, methodology and data, expected results and conclusions of the work, including supporting figures and main references. If approved, students should submit their full papers no later than 14 June 2019.
Please submit abstracts, CVs and letters of recommendation by 5 May 2019 here.

New AJSTID Article "Tradition and innovation: Between dynamics and tensions" | by Ferreiro, Sheikh, Reidolf, de Sous, & Bhaduri

Tradition and Innovation: Between Dynamics and Tensions
by Maria de Fátima Ferreiro, Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh, Merli Reidolf, Cristina de Sous, & Saradindu Bhaduri; African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2018.1558743

Abstract: Tradition is certainly not new to the domain of innovation research. However, the interplay between the two has attracted less nuanced attention than it should have. Drawing on institutional theory, the purpose of this paper is to explore the dynamics and tensions between traditions and innovations, by proposing an analytical framework. It also applies the framework using a case study approach, where the practices involved in the innovation process constitute the unit of analysis. The findings of the paper show that the interplay between the tradition and innovation is seldom a linear process; rather, there are dynamics and tensions related to both, with the enabling or restricting nature of tradition in innovative processes and the contribution of innovation to the preservation of tradition, be it in the form of knowledge or local cultural values.

Call for Application | Ambedkar Summer School 2019

Call for Application for Ambedkar Summer School, 2019

Applications are invited for Ambedkar Summer School, 2019 to be organised by Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS, recognised by Indian Council of Social Science Research) in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia during May 27-31, 2019 at Nainital, Uttrakhand. Ambedkar Summer School, a week-long residential programme aims to develop the capacity of youth from the marginalized social groups through reading/writing and dialogue for analysis of public policies.
Young research scholars/activists can apply for the Ambedkar Summer School. Applicants should send their detailed bio-data (with full contact details) along with a note about 500 words on the theme Public Policies and Social Inclusion in India by email to the programme convenor (vinodkmishra@dalitstudies.org.in). The organisers will bear the cost of travel (Train AC Three tier), boarding and lodging during the programme. No registration fee will be required.
Last date of application is April 15, 2019. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

"Innovation not only comes to life in the West, but also in lots of African households"

"Innovation not only comes to life in the West, but also in lots of African households"
Interview with Professor Peter Knorringa, Scientific Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa

Frugal innovation is a virtually unexplored area of research with a name that is unfamiliar to most people. In 2013, scientists and friends Prof. Peter Knorringa, Prof. Cees van Beers and André Leliveld, planted the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus flag on this terrain and launched the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA). Since then, the centre has earned a name for itself and built up an international network. The centre's Scientific Director, Prof. Peter Knorringa, talks about the plans for 2019-2024 of the Centre.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

CSSP Lecture "Waste to Wealth: A Case Study of Agro Waste Biorefinery" by Dr. Sachin Mandavgane | 10th April, at L2, SSS1, JNU

Centre for Studies in Science Policy 
Jawaharlal Nehru University


Invites you to a Special Lecture on


Waste to Wealth: A Case Study of Agro Waste Biorefinery



Dr. Sachin Mandavgane

(Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur)


Venue: Room No. L2, 2nd Floor, SSS-1 Building, JNU


Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019 | Time: 3:00 pm


Abstract: Agro wastes (AW), like straw and fruit waste are abundantly generated and contribute to 50 % of cereal plant and 15-35% of fruit yield respectively. Instead of treating these as "waste" they could be viewed as valuable bio resources to produce import substitute products. Recent valorisation studies for agro waste open avenues for the production of bio-fuels, bioactive compounds, nutraceutical, dietary fibres among many other products. Instead of using AW for a single product application, it would be beneficial to develop an integrated approach for manufacturing multiple products in sequential manner. This integrated approach is summed up as "biorefinery" which is analogous to petroleum refinery. The talk will deliberate on case studies of biorefineries of waste potatoes, waste oranges and wheat straw.


About the Speaker: Dr Sachin A Mandavgane is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India. He received his UG, PG and Doctoral degree from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India. His research interests include biomass and waste utilization, bio refinery, sustainable engineering and engineering education. He is the author of around 75 SCI papers, produced 10 PhDs and has 4 patents in his name. He has developed a UG course on 'Sustainable Engineering' and 'Innovative Design'. He interacts with Chemical Process industries for circular economy and sustainability assessment related-issues. His teaching interests include use of social media for teaching and UG research. He has developed a process of making light weight and thermal insulating construction material using paper mill waste. His technology of making ultra-fine powder neem bio pesticide is purchased by more than 15 parties. His YouTube channel titled "Students Innovate" is popular among engineering students.



All are welcome to attend the Lecture.


Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

Friday, April 5, 2019

New Report "Information and Communications for Development 2018: Data-Driven Development"

Information and Communications for Development 2018: Data-Driven Development. Information and Communications for Development. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2019. doi:10.1596/978-1-4648-1325-2.

Abstract: The Information and Communications for Development report takes an in-depth look at how information and communication technologies (ICT) are impacting economic growth in developing countries. This new report, the fourth in the series, examines the topic of data-driven development, or how better information makes for better policies. The objective is to assist developing country firms and governments to unlock the value of the data they hold for better service delivery and decision making, and to empower individuals to take more control of their personal data. The chapters of the report explore different themes associated with the supply of data, the technology underlying it, and the demand for it. The concluding chapter considers government policies for data, including data protection and privacy.  

Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Chapter 1 Data: The Fuel of the Future
Chapter 2 Supply: Data Connectivity and Capacity
Chapter 3 Better Data for Doing Good: Responsible Use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
Chapter 4 People and Data
Chapter 5 Firms and Data
Chapter 6 Policies for the Data Economy

Thursday, April 4, 2019

AAAS-TWAS Train the Trainers Course on Science Diplomacy | 26-28 August, Trieste, Italy

Call for Expressions of Interest for the AAAS-TWAS Train the Trainers Course on Science Diplomacy

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) invite expressions of interest for the first Train the Trainers Course on Science Diplomacy to be held on 26-28 August 2019 in Trieste, Italy.

The AAAS-TWAS Science Diplomacy training programme was established in 2014 to expose scientists, policymakers, diplomats and other interested stakeholders and institutions to science diplomacy concepts, explore key contemporary international policy issues relating to science, technology, environment and health, and build a skillset to allow for careers at the intersection of science and diplomacy. Over the past five years, we have trained several hundred emerging leaders from more than 50 countries to address science diplomacy from global and regional perspectives. To scale up science diplomacy training and reach larger audiences around the world, AAAS and TWAS are launching the first Train the Trainers course to help organizations from all sectors (governments, universities, NGOs, scientific societies, national academies and multilateral organizations), as well as alumni from our previous courses, design and deliver contextually-relevant science diplomacy content to their home countries, institutions and communities. In addition, participants will benefit from networking and exchanging best practices with like-minded organizations for future collaborations.

This call is open to institutional representatives (not individual applicants) from any sector and region in the world, as well as AAAS-TWAS science diplomacy course alumni delivering (or planning to develop in the next year) science diplomacy training courses at their organizations. After taking part in the Train the Trainers course, participating institutions will be equipped with the knowledge, materials, instructional methodologies, and networks to develop and deliver a science diplomacy course tailored to their region, country or sector.

Deadline to submit applications:  30 April 2019. For any queries, please contact sciencediplomacy[@]twas.org.

New Article "Role of Technology Incubation in India’s Innovation System: A Case of the IIT Kanpur Incubation Centre" by Lala & Sinha

Role of Technology Incubation in India's Innovation System: A Case of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Incubation Centre
Kanchan Lala, Kunal Sinha; Millennial Asia, 2019, 10(1), 91–110. 
Abstract: The basic objective of innovation which includes the process of new products, processes or new organizational forms is deeply rooted in helping human beings live a comfortable life. Technology business incubation is one such arrangement where the start-ups explore their ideas into visionary dreams under a guided support by the incubator. The study with an objective to map the key components and the roles of various actors and agencies influencing the incubation process employs the case study method using the system of innovation approach to understand the process of incubation in India. The study besides providing an in-depth analysis of the incubation process in India found that the process is still in the developing stage and has escalated significantly over the years.
Keywords: Incubation, innovation, technology business incubator, national system of innovation, start-ups

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

JNU Central Library's Workshop on Different Services & Research Enrichment Tools

Workshop on Different Services & Research Enrichment Tools
Date: 5th April, 2-5 pm.
Venue:  JNU Central Library 

Monday, April 1, 2019

CfPs: 14th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum | 11-13 October, IIT Madras

14th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum
October 11-13, 2019
(In partnership with Tata Trusts)
Hosted by: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, Chennai
Organized by: Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing (Knowledge Forum) 
Conference Theme: "Technology and Economy"

Call for Papers
Themes for discussion:
Under the overall theme of "Technology and Economy" papers are invited relating to the following topics. Technology dimension will be common to all the topics and therefore is not mentioned separately.
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Innovation and Development
  • Global Value Chains
  • Enterprise Development
  • Start-ups
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Society
  • Environment
  • Financial Sectors

Conference Format
The conference will have an introductory session followed by Competitive Sessions. In the competitive sessions all the papers will be refereed before accepted for presentations. Case Studies from Technologists on any of the sub-themes of the Conference would also be considered for presentation. 

Important dates
  • Last date for submission of title of papers and abstracts: May 30, 2019 
  • Last date for full paper submission: July 30, 2019
  • Send the abstracts and paper to: fgksindia@gmail.com

CfPs: International Conference on Social and Cultural Nexus of Science and Technology Development (SCST) | 29-30 August, Colombo

International Conference on Social and Cultural Nexus of Science and Technology Development (SCST)
29-30 August 2019 
Organized by National Science Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka

About the conference
The NSF intends to hold a conference on 'Social and Cultural Nexus of Science and Technology Development (SCST)' from 29-30 August 2019 in Colombo. Science and Technology (S&T) development has vastly induced the development of socio-economic factors in the world. Many developed as well as developing countries have succeeded in this field and performing well in the world scenario. In fact, there is ample evidence that prove many social, psychological and cultural factors facilitate or narrow down S&T development in particular social and cultural contexts. The conference aims to bring in a corpus of multidisciplinary scholars to present their work on social and cultural aspects of science and technology development and to make sense of this complicated landscape. The outcomes of the conference will feed into the discourse on S&T development and policy analysis and programme development.

About NSF: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a state founded institution  under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. The NSF established in 1998 by the Science and Technology Act No 11 of 1994 is the successor to the Natural Resources Energy & Science Authority of Sri Lanka (NARESA). NARESA was established in 1981 as the successor to the National Science Council set up in 1968. In 2018, NSF is celebrating the 50 years of dedicated service to Science and Technology in Sri Lanka. National Science Foundation is mandated to facilitates research, development and innovation to create a knowledge economy.  It also facilitates capacity building, infrastructure development, technology transfer, knowledge creation and sharing in all fields of science & technology to improve the quality of life of the people. 

Abstracts are called from following themes.
  • Social and economic context of S&T development
  • Cultural factors influencing S&T development
  • Gender perspectives on S&T
  • Role of private sector in S&T development
  • Public understanding of science and scientific literacy
  • Risks and benefits of modern technology
  • Education and S&T development
  • Media and S&T development
  • Traditional knowledge and S&T
  • State policy and S&T development
  • Science and Technology Diplomacy
  • Ethics in S&T

Important dates
Closing date for abstracts: 15th April, 2019
Acceptance of abstracts by NSF: 15th June, 2019
Full paper submission: 30th June, 2019
Closing date for Conference registration: 22nd July, 2019

Guide for Authors
Limits of the abstract: Abstract must not exceed one page (400 words) and must be submitted using MS Word.