Monday, January 15, 2018

Meeting to Pay Tribute to Dr. Baldev Raj | Tuesday, 16 January | India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Meeting to Pay Tribute to Dr. Baldev Raj | Tuesday, 16 January | India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 

Dear Colleagues,
All of us are extremely grieved to learn about the sad demise of Dr. Baldev Raj on 6 January 2018.  It is indeed a great loss for the country and the international community.  As you may be aware, Dr. Baldev Raj was also a Member of RIS Governing Council and General Body. 
In order to pay tribute to Dr. Baldev Raj, RIS is organizing a condolence meeting at 4.30 to 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3).
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology will Chair. Dr Ram Ramaswamy President, Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) and Ambuj D. Sagar, Head, School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi will pay the tribute.  

I am writing this to request you to join us on this occasion.
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
Sachin Chaturvedi
Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi
Director General
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Core IV B 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003, India Twitter: @sachin_chat 

GIDR organizes Research Methods Workshop: Challenges in Field Research | February 26-27 |

Research Methods Workshop: Challenges in Field Research

Co-Organisers: University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India

Venue: Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India

February 26-27, 2018
Core Team: Sharada Srinivasan & Josie Wittmer (University of Guelph) | Tara Nair & Keshab Das (Gujarat Institute of Development Research)

The two-day workshop on research methods aims at emphasizing the importance of reflecting on issues around power dynamics between researchers and human research subjects as these unfold on ground in primary surveys in social science research in India.
- To share knowledge and insights related to research processes, especially, those related to power relations within and without the fieldwork;
- To provide learning resources (e.g., readings, activities) to participants to facilitate their engagement with key principles to undertake ethical and socially responsible research;
- To engage participants in individual and group activities/discussions that foster their understanding and use of these ideas and concepts in their own research.

The workshop will be deeply-interactive and will include short presentations by experienced researchers, panel discussion, activities, and group discussions to reflect on readings and activities. Topics to be covered:
- Why ethical and socially responsible research? How reflexive research methods can facilitate ethical research
- How power, identity, and positionality manifest in field research
- What mediating strategies can be deployed towards reflexive/ethical research?

Selection of Participants:
Up to 15 participants will be selected based on suitability of their project/program and interests for the workshop. PhD students in any of the social sciences currently enrolled in an Indian university who are initiating or in the midst of primary data collection through
fieldwork may apply. Participants must have completed at least one course in research methods and/or attended a research methods workshop.
Interested candidates, please submit the following:
1. A letter from the Supervisor or head of department confirming the stage of your PhD research and details of attendance of research methods course/workshop
2. A brief statement of interest in participation in the workshop (250 words)
3. A brief summary of dissertation research (max. 500 words) that explains
- Working title of your research
- Which institution/university are you enrolled at?
- Which program/fellowship are you part of? Year of study?
- Objective/Question (What is your research focus?)
- Significance of the study (Why is this research important?)
- Methodology (How do you plan to approach and execute this research?)
- What kind of data/ information do you plan to use?
- Respondents (Who will you gather information from?)
- Research location (Where will the research be carried out?)
- Time line of your research plan (When?)
- What ethical issues are you likely to encounter in the course of your research?
- Provide four keywords that explain your research, one of which could be geographical

Application with attachments should be sent to: by 10 February, 2018. Selected participants will be contacted by 15 February 2017. Outstation participants are expected to pay for their travel costs to Ahmedabad. Accommodation, food and study materials for the two days will be provided by the organisers.

CfP: Symposium on Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy | IIC Delhi, 16-17 January

Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy

The 2nd Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on the SDG

January 16th - 17th 2018

Venue: Seminar Hall 3, (Kamaladevi Complex), India International Centre, New Delhi


Organized by Shiv Nadar University

Symposium on Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy, being organized by Shiv Nadar University in IIC, 16th-17th January 2018. Please see the programme attached. 
For complimentary registration, especially students and research scholars, please write an email to Prof Rajeswari S Raina, by Monday (15th Jan.) evening - to enable logistics. 
Looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium

Rajeswari Sarala Raina   
Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, 201314, India

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Call for Nomination: NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science Policy and General Management" | 26 February to 9 March | NIAS Bangalore

NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science Policy and General Management" for Senior Scientists/ Technologists
February 26 to March 09, 2018
at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) has been organizing with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, training programmes to provide the orientation and planning skills required for scientists/ technocrats of the country, and in particular, to offer views of the broader scientific, economic, social and and cultural milieu in which the Indian scientific enterprise could develop in this century. The large-pool of scientific and technical manpower in many Indian institutions has not had the benefit of either induction training or a system of regular in-service training that are available to other cadre-based services. In order to bridge this gap, this Programme for scientist-administrators and technologists at the Senior Level with 15 years of experience and above from various scientific organizations in the country will focus on the theme "Science Policy and General Management". The Course will be conducted during February 26 to March 09, 2018. Consistent with the mission of NIAS, its courses emphasize the development of leadership qualities through the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge.

About the programme: This program will impart training to participants on how science policies are important and are evolved and what is the government's role in the science and technology innovation system. Given the challenges that lie ahead in India's S & T programmes, this training capsule will aim to equip those planning careers in science and technology and related areas. Similarly, the course will dwell on how S&T policies are formulated when government and the society/public look increasingly to experts to do more for the society than conduct research and produce knowledge. This training program will impart sufficient knowledge to participants so that they can contribute to decision making related to S & T issues in public, private and civic settings.

Course Outline: The training programme includes lectures by eminent speakers, presentations by the participants, group discussions, project work, week end technical visits, public lectures, cultural programme, 'Yoga' practice from health point of view and feedback. The defining feature of lecture pattern in our courses consists of interactive sessions with distinguished faculty drawn from different organizations and occupations. The general format is a presentation for 45 minutes followed by lively discussions for 45 minutes. The participants would be encouraged to interact as widely as possible with the speakers.
The course will address broadly the following topics: Origin, evolution and history of science policy; Role of government in regulating, promoting and financing science; Science and Ethics; Science and IPR; S&T in advancement of national goals; Science and Diplomacy; Science and gender; Influence of social, cultural and political forces on the production of scientific knowledge; Science Policy and Security; Science Policy, Education and Culture; Advocacy, Special interest or Action Groups in influencing science policies; Science policy in global context; India's Nuclear Programme; India's Space Programme: Moon Mission, Mars programme, S&T in Defence and Security; Science and Agriculture etc.
More information about the lectures will be provided to the nominated participants.

Infrastructure: NIAS has unique infrastructural facilities like accommodation, dining hall, library, auditorium, lecture hall, browsing centrç, campus with good ambience. Since the programme is residential, NIAS will arrange boarding and lodging facilities. In view of this, it is necessary that all the participants stay in the campus. In addition, the outstation participants will be provided with transport for their pick-up and drop.

Nominations: The participants will be from various institutions like DST, DRDO, DAE, ISRO, ICMR, ICAR, CSIR, DSIR and Universities. No participation fee is involved for attending this essentially residential programme. Only the travel expenses from Head Quarters to Bangalore and back are to be met by the nominating organizations as stipulated by DST. Participation in this Programme is limited to 25 individuals. 

Last Date for receiving Nominations is by 31 January, 2018. Contact emails at National Institute of Advanced Studies:,,

STIP Forum Lecture "Technologies and Strategies for Achieving Excellency in Health Care for Indian Masses" | 15 January, India Habitat Centre

As you are aware, RIS, TERI, CSE, IHC, CEFIPRA and Vigyan Prasar have jointly launched the Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum monthly Lecture Series with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The STIP Forum is intended to 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. 
As part of this programme, CEFIPRA is organizing the next Lecture by Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, former Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR), Govt. of India and Ex-Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research on "Technologies and Strategies for Achieving Excellency in Health Care for Indian Masses"  at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3) on Monday, 15 January 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Prof. Vinod K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog will Chair the lecture.  A copy of the programme is enclosed for your ready reference.
You are cordially invited you to attend. 
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
DG Office 
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Core IV-B, Fourth Floor
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003, India
Tel. No. +91 11 24682177
Fax No. +91 11 24682173/74
Email: dgoffice[@]

Sunday, January 7, 2018

One-Week Orientation Programme in Social Science Research | ISID, New Delhi | 19–24 February

One-Week Orientation Programme in Social Science Research
for Research Scholars and Teachers belonging to Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes

February 19–24, 2018

at Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi

The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is organising a One-Week Orientation Programme for Research Scholars and Teachers belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) from February 19-24, 2018. This programme is sponsored by Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

Aim of the Programme:

Quality of social science research has been fallen short of expectations in terms of contribution to the better understanding of socio-economic processes and shaping of public policy. One of the major reason for this is the lack of adequate training on fundamentals of research methodology. ISID has been one of the pioneering research organisations promoting social science research in India through its databases on Indian economy, on-line research referencing of Indian Social Science Journals and Press Clippings etc. and also organising various training and capacity building programmes, conferences, seminars, workshops etc., and through other medium of dissemination of its research activities. This programme specifically aims to develop research capabilities of young social science research scholars from marginalised groups to strengthen their potential as future

Content of the Programme:

Broadly, this is a multidisciplinary programme dealing with various aspects of qualitative and quantitative research starting from research design to writing and dissemination of research output. A week long programme consists of interactive sessions including lectures, group discussions, database familiarisation etc. The following are the key course components:
    Introducing the Basics of Research Methods;
    Research design: Identification of appropriate Research Questions, Effective Review of Literature, developing the conceptual framework, hypothesis formulation;
    Data collection and sampling methods: conducting field survey and field notes preparation, familiarisation of various secondary data sources, undertaking case study;
    Qualitative and Quantitative data analysis: basic statistical and econometric techniques with relevant software packages like Excel, SPSS and Stata;
    On academic writing and publication; and
    Practical sessions/assignments.
In addition, there will be special lectures by eminent academicians on various socio-economic issues such as industry, employment, education, health, poverty, inequality and other social sector issues. Overall, the programme intends to equip the participants to conduct their research more scientifically, i.e. with appropriate theoretical and empirical knowledge in a systematic way.

Who can Apply?

Young social science researchers and teachers from colleges, universities and research institutes belonging to the aforementioned social groups interested in pursuing research related to socio-economic issues will constitute the target audience of this programme. A batch of 25-30 participants will be selected on all-India level, based on suitability. Participants will get free boarding and lodging facility at the campus hostel on twin-share basis and to and fro 3-tier AC train fare by the shortest route will be reimbursed.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates may send their applications (downloadable from ISID website: in the prescribed format along with CV, 500 words write up in their area of research interest and a letter of consent from the Department/Institution/College through email to on or before January 19, 2018. Further details of the programme updates can be viewed at

Contact Detail: Dr Beena Saraswathy, Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator, E-mail:, Mobile: +91 85279 31067.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Training Workshop on Mainstream and the Margins: Theory, Practice and Methods | 1-10 February | CSDS, New Delhi

Training Workshop on Mainstream and the Margins: Theory, Practice and Methods
1-10 February 2018
(ICSSR-supported 10-day capacity-building workshop for SC/ST research scholars)
Organized by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi

CSDS announces its annual workshop for research scholars, designed to hone research skills, impart theoretical knowledge and build methodological capacity. This year's workshop will address the broad theme of "Mainstream and Margins" in Indian society. Participants will engage a range of readings, seminar-style discussions, and special lectures, addressing: (i) inequality and inclusion, (ii) dissent and democracy, (iii) vernacular modernities, (iv) emergent histories, (v) technologies and media forms, and (vi) spaces and habitats, and research methodologies and practices.
The instructors will be primarily from CSDS faculty. 
Registered research students in the beginning to intermediate stages of their doctoral project, and advanced MPhil students may apply. At the end, participants will have the opportunity to review their research proposals in light of what they have learnt during the workshop. The workshop is primarily for SC/ST candidates but applicants from other categories may also apply. All applicants should mention their caste category/tribe in the CV.
The CSDS is organizing a similar workshop for SC/ST Hindi medium students in March 2018. The advertisement for the workshop will follow shortly, therefore Hindi medium research students could apply separately.
The workshop will admit thirty (30) participants, including a maximum of fi fteen (15) outstation candidates. Outstation SC/ST candidates will be provided 3rd AC return train fare and a stipend of Rs. 15,000/- for the duration of the workshop. Course materials will be made available to all selected candidates.
Those seeking admission should write to the CSDS Administrative Officer Ms Jayasree Jayanthan ( with an application letter, a current CV of no more than 3 pages, the names of 2 referees, and a synopsis (600–900 words) highlighting research questions and methodological framework.
The last date for receiving applications is 7 January 2018.

Course on Research Methods on Gender, Poverty and the Informal Economy | Noida, 19 Feb - 1 March

Course on Research Methods on Gender, Poverty and the Informal Economy
Dates: February 19-March 01, 2018
Organized by V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida

V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida invites applications from young teachers and researchers from universities/ colleges/research institutions and professionals in government organisations who intend to pursue their interests in the area of Gender, Poverty and the Informal Economy Research for participating in the Course on Research Methods on Gender, Poverty and the Informal Economy to be held during February 19-March 01, 2018. The course aims to provide a structural analysis of the complex relationships between informality, gendered relations of power and poverty. It also provides researchers with an enhanced understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods on gender, poverty and the informal economy. This course will be an opportunity to discuss and debate on the ongoing issues in conceptualizing and measuring poverty, women empowerment and gender.

No programme fee will be charged and VVGNLI will provide to and fro 2nd class sleeper Train/Bus fare and free boarding and lodging at the institute's campus. Application along with the bio-data and a brief statement of the participant's research interests in these areas may be sent to Dr. Dhanya M. B., Associate Fellow, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Sector-24, Noida 201301, (0120-2411533-35, Fax: 0120-2411471) Email: Applications must be accompanied by no objection certificates/recommendations of employers/ research supervisors. The last date for receiving the applications is January 31, 2018.

Monday, January 1, 2018

JNU Advertisement for the Positions of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110067 | Advt. No. RC/57/2017
A number of faculty positions at the level of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor are available in various Schools/Centres of the University. Candidates with good academic record, teaching and research experience and working in related areas, are encouraged to apply. University also solicits applications from candidates with research interests that are interdisciplinary. At present, the number of vacancies at each level are as under:
Position | Scale of Pay | Total
Professor | 37400-67000/- (PB-IV) AGP Rs. 10000 | 24
Associate Professor | 37400-67000/- (PB-IV) AGP Rs. 9000 | 27
Assistant Professor | 15600-39100/- (PB-III) AGP Rs. 6000 | 39
Total 90
Essential Qualifications: As per UGC Regulations, 2010 as amended from time to time for all the teaching posts.
For more details on Centre/School, Specializations etc. please visit JNU website or contact Section Officer, Room No. 132, Recruitment Cell, Administrative Block, JNU, New Delhi – 110067, Email: The eligible and interested persons are required to apply online in the format available on the University website. Applications will be accepted online only. The last date for the receipt of application is 29 January, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. 
Registrar, JNU
56. Associate Professor | CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SCIENCE POLICY (CSSP) | Unreserved
An eminent scholar with Master's degree in any social science/ science/ Engineering/Medicine and PhD in Science Policy Studies/Related areas. 
S/He should have strong publication in the areas of science policy studies/related areas.  A minimum of five publications as books and/or research papers in reputed international journals in science policies studies/related areas would be required.Candidates should have experience of supervising PhD thesis in areas of science policy studies/related areas.Candidate should be specialized in at least ONE area/field of science policy studies. These areas/fields are: 1. Philosophy of science/technology. 2. Technology and sustainability. 3. Public understanding of science. Candidate should have made substantial contribution to design and innovation in teaching of courses on above fields/areas.
Desirable: Out of 8 years experience, a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience is required at national/ international institution/ universities.

57. Assistant Professor | CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SCIENCE POLICY (CSSP) | Unreserved
Master's degree or equivalent degree in Sciences or Social Sciences or Humanities or Law or Medicine or Engineering/Technology.
Desirable: PhD in Science Policy Studies or in related areas focusing on technological changes or historical and philosophical studies of science and technology, or economics of technology and innovation, or social and political implications of science and technology or scientometrics or sustainability Studies in technology and innovation or policy studies in emerging technologies. Specialisation in more than one field would be preferred.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Conference on Emergence of Modern Science in Colonial India | INSA, New Delhi | 14–16 March

Conference on Emergence of Modern Science in Colonial India
Venue: Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi
Dates: 14 – 16 March, 2018

Organizing Committee: Arnab Rai Choudhuri FNA (Chair), Deepak Kumar, Suprakash C. Roy, Rajinder Singh

Aim: Modern Western science began in colonial India at the initiative of the British rulers, who needed geological, botanical, zoological and meteorological surveys of their empire, as well as an understanding of tropical diseases. From the closing years of the nineteenth century, several pioneering Indian scientists started making path-breaking contributions in basic sciences (J.C. Bose, P.C. Ray, C.V. Raman, M.N. Saha, S.N. Bose) some of which have remained among the most important scientific contributions made by any Indian till today. The emergence of modern science in colonial India presents one of the most extraordinary case studies of the transplantation of science from one society to another – a topic of considerable interest to historians of science.
This conference aims to bring together scholars trained in history of science as well as scientists seriously interested in this subject. One aim will be to identify important topics on which not much work has been done and to chalk out strategies how to fill up these gaps. One of the difficulties of doing research in this field is that not much of the relevant source materials have been preserved properly. We shall try to make an inventory of source materials which may be known to different participants and discuss ways of preserving these, perhaps even the possibility of setting up an archive specifically for this purpose.

Participation: Apart from several invited talks by eminent scholars, there will be a few contributory talks of 15-minute duration on focused themes. If you are interested in participating in this conference, please write to before 30 November 2017. You should write about 4-5 lines describing what work you have done in this field and why you want to participate in this conference. If you wish to give a contributory talk, then send also the title of the talk and a short abstract to this e-mail address.
Due to the limited accommodation available at the INSA guest house, this conference will be restricted to about 30 participants. All the selected outstation participants will be provided full local hospitality with accommodation at the INSA guest house. Limited funds for travel inside India will be available primarily for young scholars and retired persons. If you would require travel support, please indicate this when you write for participation, mentioning an approximate amount.

JNU SCDR : Call for Nominations of Faculty to attend ICSSR Sponsored Capacity Building Workshop on "Social Science Approach to Disaster Research"

Call for Nominations of Faculty to attend

ICSSR Sponsored Capacity Building Workshop


Social Science Approach to Disaster Research

February 5-18 ,  2018

at HRDC, JNU, New Delhi


Faculty from colleges and universities in the remote rural and disaster affected areas in the country would be given preference. The participants would be exposed to the best experts from across the country and the world (Harvard University and from the International Network of Disaster Mitigation experts in Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh)  The workshop sessions would be interactive, innovative and the ones which provoke originality and sensitivity in public policy, law and institutions. It will be a new generation resolution of an old problem of disaster through a synergy of transdisciplinary possibility experts.


All travel and stay would be supported by ICSSR and JNU


Last date for receiving nominations 2nd  January 2018


SCDR is zero paper usage so please apply online  to the address give below with: NAME/DOB/ INSTITUTIONAL ADDRESS/DEPARTMENT/ SUBJECT EXPERTISE/


A short write up in 500 words on why you want to apply for this workshop?


Principals and Vice Chancellors can nominate  two faculty members for the workshop from  their institution, one of whom should preferably be an SC or an ST.

Your participation is solicited.


Participants are requested to fill an online registration form. Click here for registration 

STIP Forum Lecture Series on 'Reversing Climate Change with Molten Salt Technologies' | 21 December | India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

STIP Forum Lecture Series on "Reversing Climate Change with Molten Salt Technologies"
Date: 21 December 2017 
Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Monday, December 11, 2017

CfPs: Workshop on "Multi-scale Climate Governance in India: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities" | 18-19 Jan, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi

Workshop on "Multi-scale Climate Governance in India: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities"
18-19 January 2018
Organized by TERI  School of Advanced Studies (earlier TERI University), New Delhi in association with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Call for Posters
We are inviting Poster Proposals  of around 300 words highlighting the research relating to various aspects of multi-level climate governance issues. Details related to the submission of proposals and other information about the workshop can be found in the Workshop Brochure.

Poster proposals selected to be presented in the workshop will receive certificate of presentation. For submissions of proposals and more information about the workshop, please see the Brochure and feel free to contact me.

Gopal Krishna Sarangi, PhD
Assistant Professor
TERI School of Advanced Studies (earlier TERI University)
Plot No. 10 Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110 070
Tel. +91 11 71800222, 26122222, 26139110, 26139011, Fax +91 11 26122874

Saturday, December 9, 2017

What Role for Social Sciences in Innovation? Re-Assessing How Scientific Disciplines Contribute to Different Industries | OECD STI Policy Paper

What Role for Social Sciences in Innovation? Re-Assessing How Scientific Disciplines Contribute to Different Industries 
by Caroline Paunov, Sandra Planes-Satorra, Tadanori Moriguchi; OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Paper No. 45, 2017,

Abstract: Knowledge transfer between industry and science is fundamental to innovation. There are important differences across scientific disciplines and sectors of activity in that, for instance, the financial and pharmaceutical sectors have different demands for science inputs. This paper reviews the data sources and associated methodologies available to measure different types of science-industry interaction. It applies these insights to re-assess the contributions of social sciences to industry and the disciplinary needs of the ICT sector. The paper finds that commonly used methodologies fail to shed light on a number of important industry-science interaction channels, and introduce biases in assessing connections. Using new evidence from labour force and university graduate surveys can help to some extent. The paper shows how these additional data allow to better capture the contributions of social scientists and the complexity of disciplinary demands of the digital economy. However, new data sources and methods should be further explored.

Keywords: Review of data sources and associated methodologies, knowledge transfer, innovation, social sciences, industry sectors, Science-industry linkages, academic disciplines, information and communication technologies (ICT)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Key to Resolving Straw Burning: Farmers’ Expertise | by P Pandey, G Valkenburg, A Mamidipudi, & W.E. Bijker

The Key to Resolving Straw Burning: Farmers' Expertise
by Poonam Pandey, Govert Valkenburg, Annapurna Mamidipudi, Wiebe E. Bijker
Maastricht University, 2017, Policy brief on missing cultural perspectives

Key insights
  • The problem of straw burning is persistent: rules and regulations nor technological alternatives have been able to end it. This points at the need for a much deeper understanding of the underlying causes.
  • Using agricultural waste for energy is not only a technological and supply-chain problem, but requires integrated policies from the agricultural and energy-domain ministries.
  • Without the collaboration of farmers, no solution will work. Farmers thus need to be involved in finding solutions that help their communities and livelihoods, values their skills and knowledge, and respects their identities and dignity.
  • The problem has such diverse technological, economic and cultural dimensions, that a diversity of solutions should be pursued. This diversity should include localized and community-based solutions. One centralised industry-led bioenergy approach, such as 2G ethanol, will not accommodate the diverse forms in which the problem exists.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

United Nations announces Decade of Ocean Science

UNESCO press release N°2017-146

United Nations announces Decade of Ocean Science

Paris, 6 December - The United Nations announced the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation.

The announcement of this Decade consolidates efforts by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to boost international cooperation in ocean sciences. It will enable better coordination of research programmes, observation systems, capacity development, maritime space planning and the reduction of maritime risks to improve the management of ocean and coastal zones resources.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay welcomed the announcement and called on all stakeholders to join the scientific cooperation effort of the Organization. "The ocean is a new frontier. It covers 71% of the globe and we have explored less than 5%. The Decade will ensure greater coordination of research. UNESCO's IOC is proud to be at the forefront of this effort," she said.

Nearly 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity to meet their needs. It absorbs around a third of the CO2 produced by humans and reduces the impact of climate change. However, science has not yet managed to fully evaluate the cumulative effects of human activities on the ocean, including the impact of pollution, warming and acidification, which threaten this environment, which is vital for our survival. According to the IOC's Global Ocean Science Report, national spending on ocean sciences accounts for between 0.04 - 4% of the total invested in research and development.

Surveying the ocean requires costly ships and equipment, satellite imaging, underwater robots and remotely controlled vehicles that need significant investment. It also involves thousands of scientists collecting and analysing the data, either in laboratories or in marine environments. One of the priorities of the Decade will be to strengthen and diversify financial sources, particularly for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.

By providing natural, yet innovative solutions for the major challenges facing the planet - from climate change to poverty eradication—the ocean is essential for ensuring our social, economic and environmental balance. This Decade, will provide a framework for international coordination and partnership to reinforce research capacities in marine sciences and the transfer of technology.

The Decade of Ocean Science will help accelerate progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources. This announcement affirms the UN Member States' support for the IOC-UNESCO initiative expressed during the UN Ocean Conference (New York, 5-9 June) and by the Ministerial Declaration on Oceans and Human Health (Lisbon, 8 September,).



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World leaders, civil society and experts mark 2nd anniversary of Paris global climate change deal

UNESCO Media advisory Nº2017-35

World leaders, civil society and experts mark 2nd anniversary of Paris global climate change deal

Paris, 4 December– Five days before the day the historic Paris Climate Change Accord marks its 2nd anniversary, UNESCO will host a Forum bringing together international civil society partners to strengthen competencies related to education, natural and social sciences, cultural and communication which contribute to tackling climate change on 7-8 December.

The Forum will precede the One Planet Summit, organized by the United Nations and the World Bank, at the initiative of the French government, which will take place on the 12th and be attended by several world leaders.

Taking stock of the "COP 21 Paris Agreement", the NGOs will discuss UNESCO competencies, particularly the ocean, as well as cultural heritage, biosphere reserves and indigenous peoples' knowledge, and the role of civil society organizations.

They will build on UNESCO's updated Strategy for Action on Climate Change, adopted by the 195 Member States in November at the General Conference. It focuses on several UNESCO programmes which promote interdisciplinary climate knowledge and scientific cooperation for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including those related to hydrology, geosciences, and biospheres, as well as the work of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Discussions will also devise concrete actions related to UNESCO's Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change which outlines globally-agreed ethical principles that should guide decision-making and policy-making at all levels and help mobilize people to address climate change.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

A Talk by Prof. Stephen Stigler on "Mahalanobis & Fisher: Mathematical Statistics As A Global Enterprise" | ISI Delhi on Friday, 8th December

Online Registration is open for a talk by Professor Stephen Stigler from the University of Chicago on "Mahalanobis & Fisher: Mathematical Statistics As A Global Enterprise" on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi (ISI Delhi Auditorium; Address: 7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg, New Delhi, 110016).

We look forward to meeting you at the event.