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.


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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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/8a306011-en

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.


      

 


New Book | Science Diplomacy: India and the World, Global Science Cooperation Opportunities | by Dr Pawan Sikka

New Book
Science Diplomacy: India and the World, Global Science Cooperation Opportunities
edited by Pawan Sikka, 2017, Synergy Books India, ISBN 9789382059752. 

About the Book
Science Diplomacy, in the age of the accelerating science and technology is increasingly becoming a central element of the foreign policy and a soft power. This book, Science Diplomacy: India and the World: Global Science Cooperation Opportunities, points out that science is now becoming even more critical in the complex international relations while addressing global challenges such as Climate Change, Nuclear and Renewable Energy, Natural Catastrophize, Diseases and Disaster Mitigation etc. It Covers: Science, Technology & Innovation in India; National Policy of India on International Science Cooperation; India's Engagement with the World; Science Diplomacy and Diplomacy for Science; Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement; lndo-US Nuclear Energy Deal; FDI and technology transfer; Make in India and Intellectual Property Rights etc. India should create a crop of Science-Diplomats in foreign service to get advantage of the World Science. It is a FIRST book of its kind and is a useful one for the science policy-planners, researchers and readers and students of political science, International relations, foreign affairs etc. A must for the libraries in India and abroad. 

About the Author
Dr. Pawan Sikka (b. 1944) is a former Scientist-G, Advisor, Government of India, Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology) New Delhi. Prior to it as Director (International Relations) for about 7-8 years, he coordinated the Bilateral and Multi-lateral programmes of Iwo international cooperation towards extending the frontiers of new and emerging fields in science and technology. He was Leader of the Indian delegation to SAARC Group Meeting on Science and Technology at Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1995. He has received his M.Sc., Ph.D. as well as, D.Sc. degrees in Physics. He is recipient of the Commonwealth Visiting Fellowship (1984-85), at the University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K for carrying out Science & Technology Policy and Society and Government related studies, to shape the national and international development agenda. He also received Italian, Sweden, Switzerland, UNESCO, etc. scholarships for understanding the progress of science, technology and industry there. He is a well-read author and widely travelled in India and abroad. He has also delivered special lectures on Science Policy related issues to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a Life-Member of the: Materials Research Society of India, Semi-Conductor Society of India, Association of British Scholars (British Council, New Delhi), and Oxford and Cambridge Society of India.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

ISID Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Social Science Researchers | 29 January – 03 February, New Delhi

Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Social Science Researchers
January 29 – February 03, 2018
Venue: Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is organizing a six-day workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Social Science Researchers during January 29 – February 03, 2018. The workshop is sponsored by the Northern Regional Centre, Indian Council of Social Science Research (NRC-ICSSR), New Delhi.
Print media is a format which most researchers and scholars use extensively to bring out their fi ndings and raise issues. In recent years, Audio-Visual Media (AVM), and the technology needed for its production, is becoming increasingly accessible, both in terms of ease of use, as well as cost. Digital media is being used by government departments, corporate houses, non-governmental organisations and others. However, social scientists and researchers in academic institutions have yet not fully realized the potential of integrating audiovisuals in their work.
The focus of the workshop is to familiarise the participants with AVM tools and motivate researchers and academics to use this medium as a tool, to not only enhance the content but also reach a wider audience and have greater impact of their research. Practical hands-on training in production of audio-video material will also be emphasised. Broad elements of the programme are: (i) understanding AVM – mass media in India and its use in various fi elds like social sector, health and corporate sector; (ii) AVM as a tool in research – providing visual insight, supplementing other data, confi rming or refuting fi ndings, collecting video-based data, subjectivity, authenticity and ethical issues; (iii) presentation and dissemination – effective communication of research fi ndings, presentation skills and the new technology, integrating audio-visual data into powerpoint presentations, the internet; (iv) AVM production techniques – understanding the technology, basic camera equipment, editing software, streaming video; and (v) hands-on production of AV output.
Young researchers/teachers in academic institutions, colleges and university departments who are primarily from the social sciences discipline and whose work requires field surveys are eligible to apply. All applications should be made through respective departments/ institution. The batch will consists of 25–30 participants and selection will be based on relevance of research areas on all-India basis. Preference will be given to suitable SC/ST candidates applying with proper documentation. The selected scholars will be paid to and fro 2nd class railway fare from the place of study/work. For outstation participants there is provision for boarding and lodging at the Institute for the duration of the programme.
Those desirous of participating in the programme may kindly send their brief CV along with a write-up of around 500 words on their research topic so as to reach the Programme Coordinator, preferably through email at avmprog@gmail.com, before December 25, 2017.

EPW Article "Science and the Scientist in a Changing Climate"

Science and the Scientist in a Changing Climate
by Radha Gopalan, Economic & Political Weekly, 2016,  51(28): 30-35. 

Abstract: Is sustainability an idea, a science, a philosophy or a way of life? The premise of this article is that sustainability is all of these and more. Furthermore, science and technology of both today and the future must be re-visioned to understand and enable sustainability.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Call for Applications: Faculty/ Scientist Positions in CSIR/ SAU/ ISID




ISID Faculty Positions


The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), a national level policy-oriented research institution sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), wishes to recruit faculty positions at the levels of ProfessorAssociate Professor and Assistant Professor with specialisation in industrial economics, corporate sector, trade, investment & technology, industrial finance and banking, competition, sectoral studies and other issues allied to industrialisation.

  1. Prospective candidates for the position of Professor should possess a doctoral degree and evidence of published policy relevant work of high quality with a minimum of 10 published papers in reputed national/international journals/books or equivalent ones. They should have been actively engaged in research/teaching for a minimum of 12 years and not less than 7 years as Associate Professor, excluding the period of Ph.D. research work, in research institutions/universities.
  2. For the position of Associate Professor, the candidates should possess a doctoral degree and evidence of published policy relevant work with a minimum of 5 publications as books and/or research/policy papers in refereed journals of repute. They should have been actively engaged in research/teaching for a minimum of 8 years, excluding the period of Ph. D. research work, in research institutions/universities.
  3. For the position of Assistant Professor, the candidates should possess a doctoral degree in social sciences or any discipline relevant to the work of ISID and the demonstrated ability to undertake independent research. Preference will be given to those having publications in reputed journals. Those who have submitted their thesis can also apply.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to select from outside the list of applicants and to offer higher salary to candidates having outstanding research experience and publications to their credit. ISID follows the UGC pattern of scales of pay for faculty. The other benefits include NPS, gratuity, medical insurance coverage & additional medical reimbursement, LTC, leave encashment, etc.

ISID follows the reservation policy for SC/ST/OBC. The concessions and relaxation in qualifying standards such as age, qualifications etc. will be applicable as per the Govt. of India reservation rules.

The prescribed application can be downloaded from the Institute's website <http://isid.org.in>. Completed applications (in five sets) with copies of publications, testimonials, attested certificates, mark-sheets, a short statement of proposed research, along with names of two referees, should reach the Director, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, 4 Institutional Area Phase 2, Vasant Kunj, P.B. No. 7513, New Delhi – 110070, before December 15, 2017. Advance copy of the application can be sent by email at director.isid@gmail.com.

Applications received after the last date will not be entertained and the Institute takes no responsibility for any delay in receipt or loss in postal transit. Canvassing in any form by the candidates will result in disqualification of the candidature. The Institute reserves the right not to recruit any candidate if no suitable candidates are found. The ISID does not entertain any correspondence on short listing or selection.

APLLICATION FORM IN PDF

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Current Science article "Visions for India: Public Participation, Debate and the S&T community" | by P Sekhsaria and N Thayyil

Visions for India: Public Participation, Debate and the S&T community
by Pankaj Sekhsaria and Naveen Thayyil
Current Science, 2017, 113(10), 1835-1840.
Abstract: This article is an exploration into the nature, width and scope of science and technology visioning exercises in India, particularly in the context of how these narratives are presented and discussed in Current Science, one of India's premier science journals. We categorize these visions into two broad categories – one is a vision that is more individual and/or domain-specific; the other is the institutionalized vision that has a larger mandate and canvas and that creates imaginaries of the future and/or provides horizons for society and S&T to move towards. Prominent examples of the latter are India's Technology Vision 2020 and the most recent, Technology Vision 2035. We observe that visioning exercises in the country have been and continue to be taken up quite prominently, but narratives and debates around them are present only marginally in Current Science. We discuss possible reasons for this and conclude with the hope that more attention will be paid to such exercises and documents on the accounts of investments that are made in them, on the implications these visions have and the importance of imaginaries of the future they create for society, country and for S&T.
Keywords: Technology visions, technology assessment, visioning exercise.




Current Science article "Indo-French Cooperation in Water Sciences" | by Shilpa and Sujit Bhattacharya

Indo-French Cooperation in Water Sciences: Capturing Research Dynamics through Co-authorship Analysis
by Shilpa and Sujit Bhattacharya
Current Science, 2017, 113(09), 1668-1674.
Abstract: Water scarcity and quality are among the key challenges of the 21st century. Compelling necessity to address this problem has led to the emergence of various types of international collaboration. India is one of the countries seriously affected by water scarcity and quality. International collaboration has emerged as an important component of India's strategy for mitigating the water-related challenges. One of the key linkages in India's international cooperation in water sciences is observed with France. This cooperation has led to the establishment of two joint laboratories: Indo-French Centre for Groundwater Research and Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences. The present study examines the structure of this research cooperation through co-authorship analysis. Analysis over a period of time showed that authors from the two laboratories played a key role in developing the network. The importance of this network is also discussed. 
Keywords: Co-authorship network, international collaboration, research dynamics, social network analysis, water sciences.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CSSP Talk "Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India" by Errampalli Madhu,CSIR-CRRI | 1st December, 11:30 a.m.

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

Invites you to

Talk on

Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India

by

Dr. Errampalli Madhu

Head, Transportation Planning Division, Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI)

Venue: Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Date: Friday, 1st December 2017

 

Abstract: Road Transport in India significantly contributes to economy of the country, however on the other side, country is losing these benefits from the ill-effects generated out of that namely congestion and road crashes. Further, the other impacts on environment and effects on human health will be added to this in the urban areas. India has vast road network with heterogeneous vehicular mix, wide variation in driver behavior and different socioeconomic group of road user population which make completely different from any other country. The solutions which are effective in other developed/ developing countries would not work if they are directly implemented. Keeping this in view, one has to critically examine local conditions in depth to arrive at solutions. Though the technologies and expertise available in India these days, there are lot of challenges that are faced by the authorities/ policy makers in improving the travel conditions in the urban areas especially. For instance, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) has been implemented in many countries and reaping the benefits, however, India is still struggling to implement the same to improve traffic conditions. One of the main reasons for this is inability to collect accurate traffic data because of so many issues namely heterogeneity, driver discipline and other obstacles in implementation. The other important measure is designing and implementation of integrated public transportation systems which is highly essential in improving traffic conditions of our cities. In this paper, the traffic problems being faced by urban areas would be discussed in order to understand the present state of the problem. The challenges that exist which hinder in taking up different improvement measures by various authorities and policy makers to implement the solutions and the way forward would be discussed keeping the India road traffic situation.


About the Speaker: Dr. Errampalli Madhu is Principal Scientist and also Head, Transportation Planning Division in Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi and has an experience of about 19 years in R&D and Consultancy activities in the field of Transport planning, Traffic flow modeling and Microscopic simulation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Road safety audit, Soft-computing techniques application in transport modeling such as fuzzy logic, neural network etc. He is a recipient of Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbugakusho) for 2004 - 2008 and completed PhD during this period at Gifu University, Japan. He has received Bronze Medal Award for two times from Indian Roads Congress (IRC) for his publications in the year 2004 and 2011. As part of his PhD thesis, he had developed a Fuzzy logic based microscopic traffic simulator (FLoMiTSiM) which simulates vehicles as well as commuters at urban road network level and devised a mechanism to evaluate various transport policies. He has also received Best Article Award by ASRTU in 2009 for his publication in Indian Journal of Traffic Management and also Session Best Presentation Award in SCIS & ISIS 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan. He has also received CIDC Viswakarma Award for the category of Scientist in the year March 2016. He was associated in national importance projects namely Road User Cost Studies (RUCS), Urban Road Traffic and Air Pollution (URTRAP) for 8 Major Metropolitan Cities etc. He is a Champion (Project Leader) for the 12th Five Year Plan Network Project (2012-17) titled "Development and Application of Technologies for Sustainable Transportation (SUSTRANS)". This project has received SKOCH Order of Merit Award in December 2015 and "Excellent" grade by SMC of CSIR. He has published 1 book, chapters/ articles in 3 books and about 122 research papers in various SCI and refereed journals and also in conference proceedings both national and international with 204 citations (Google Scholar) and total SCI impact factor of 6.113.  

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Abstracts submission for the 2nd HEIRRI Conference | Vienna, 27th April

2nd HEIRRI Conference 'Education towards a Responsible Society, Transforming Universities through RRI' 
To be held in Vienna on the 27th April 2018 


Only one week to go! Last days for abstracts submission for the 2nd HEIRRI Conference.
Deadline for abstract submission: November 30th, 2017 (23:59 European Central Time)

The 2nd HEIRRI Conference 'Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI' will present the results of nearly three years of project activities designed to promote the integration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the education of scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R&D process. It will be held in Vienna on the 27th April 2018.

Call for abstracts is now open! We are seeking for contributions presenting RRI practices, projects, programmes and initiatives that demonstrate the application of RRI in higher education.

Specifically, HEIRRI invites applications that put a spotlight on activities designed to integrate more democratic governance in research and innovation with an emphasis on positive societal impacts along with a promotion and application of a more anticipatory, reflexive, inclusive and responsive approach to research and innovation into higher education curricula. The main emphasis should be placed on specific educational outcomes and achievements. The project is seeking for applications from different countries, context and disciplines, both from the humanities and the natural and social sciences.

Key Dates:
Opening of abstract submission: October 26th, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission: November 30th, 2017 (23:59 European Central Time)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: December 20th, 2017

2nd HEIRRI Conference website: www.heirri.eu/2nd-heirri-conference.

⇒ Call for abstracts (download pdf file)
⇒ Free registration is open. Please, fill in this form with your personal information.
⇒ Join the event on Facebook and use the hashtag #HEIRRIConf on Twitter.
⇒ Funding to attend the 2nd HEIRRI Conference: more information and application forms will be provided in the coming weeks on www.heirri.eu.

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HEIRRI - integrating RRI into Higher Education Institutions


GIAN Short Course "Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and RCTs" at IIT Indore | 10-14 January

Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)
Venue: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Indore
10-14 January 2018

Course details

Scientific advances and technological progress are key drivers of innovation and economic growth. Moreover, innovation in firms is vital in gaining advantage over other firms and sustaining survival in a competitive industry. Thus, policymakers give considerable importance to supporting innovation activities of scientists and firms, as they help fuel economic progress. In light of this, an understanding of the economics of science, technology and innovation is of immense significance for a growing economy like India to provide insights to managers and policymakers in order to incentivize and stimulate the process of innovation.
The course will examine the microeconomic foundations of the determinants of innovation and technical change and how science, technology and innovation can foster economic growth, with a focus on the issues facing emerging economies like India. The course will provide an in-depth overview of recent empirical research related to these topics, with a particular emphasis on the role of patents, R&D funding, and the mobility and collaborations of scientific personnel and inventors.
The course will cover several empir ical methods that economists use to provide r igorous, evidence-based analysis of innovation. Significant attention will be devoted to use of randomized control tr ials (RCTs), which is cur rently anunderutilized method in the field of innovation economics, despite its wide use in other fields of economics, notably in development economics. RCTs have great potential for providing policymakers with evidence about which tools, policies and programs work in increasing innovation and foster ing economic growth. 

Objectives of the Course
Participants will learn about the microeconomic theoretical foundations for the determinants of innovation and how innovation can increase economic growth.
They will learn the core econometric tools used for empirical research in innovation. 
The use of randomized control trials (RCTs) will be covered in depth.
Participants will become familiar with important empirical evidence from research on innovation and technical change.
In teams, participants will develop a proposal for an RCT that could be used to study an innovation policy question.

Who Can Attend
  • Research scholars in the field of economics of innovation and intellectual property rights, industrial organization and public policy.
  • Business executives in the area of IP management
  • Postgraduate students of Economics and Law.
How to Register
  • Stage 1: Register on GIAN portal http://www.gian.iitkgp.ac.in/GREGN/index
  • Stage 2: Course Registration (GIAN Portal)
  • Click on Course Registration option given at "Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)". 
  • Confirm your registration by clicking "Confirm". 
  • Selected candidates will be intimated through e-mail by course coordinator about further process of registration and fee paymant. Candidates may be directly contact course coordinator at iprgian@iiti.ac.in for further information.
Last date to register: 30th November 2017

Teaching Faculty
Dr. Ina Ganguli: is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a core faculty member of the Computational Social Science Institute. She holds a PhD from Harvard University and a Master's in Public  Policy from the University of Michigan. Her primary research areas are labor economics and the economics of science and innovation, and she has run several randomized control trials in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Her recent research has focused on the migration of high-skill  workers, the formation of scientific collaborations, and the role of information in entry into scientific careers. Ina is also a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics, and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University. She is a recent recipient of an NBER Innovation Policy grant, a Nesta Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) innovation, entrepreneurship and growth experiments grant,  and an Early Career Research Award from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Her research has been published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, and Research Policy. The above fee includes all instructional materials and internet facility. 

Coordinator Course: Dr. Ruchi Sharma is an Associate Professor of Economics at Indian Institute of Technology Indore. She has worked as an Assistant Professor at IIT Delhi and held visiting position at IIM Indore. Her research areas are Economics of Innovation, Patent Policy and Technology Transfer (FDI and Licensing). Currently, her research group is working on R&D and patenting by Indian firms, patenting by Indian universities and academic institutions and the impact of FDI on innovation by Indian firms. She has completed sponsored research project funded by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research. She has published research papers in international journals of repute like Economics of Innovation and Technology, Journal of Economic Studies, Global Economic Review and Journal of Intellectual Property Rights and World Patent Information. She was awarded Kusuma Young Faculty Incentive Fellowship at IIT Delhi. 

Contact 
Dr. Ruchi Sharma, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Simrol, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 453552; Email: iprgian@iiti.ac.in | Website: www.gian.iiti.ac.in

GIAN Short Course "Technology, Urban Space and Culture: Emerging Paradigms for Global India" at IIT Kharagpur | 8-13 December

Technology, Urban Space and Culture: Emerging Paradigms for Global India
Venue : IIT Kharagpur
Duration : 08-12-2017 to 13-12-2017


Overview
The inter-related or densely overlapping forces of technology and urbanity have transformed human "cultures" beyond familiar recognition. In such a scenario the emerging paradigms of the spiraling globality of the Postcolonial India will rest on how effectively they appropriate and negotiate with this technology and its "differential expressive molarities". However the need of the hour is to find out whether there could be any indigenous, "non-western approaches", resistances and responses to technetronic globality intertwined with the neo-liberal ideology and imperial schemas of the West — hence the course puts emphasis on culling the nuanced "Non Western" and Indian responses to the neo-liberal ideologies of the Western postcolonial Empire The question that it finally aims to ask is whether there could be ways of spiritualizing or affectualizng technology, a technology that is not controlled by "market mandarins" and does not work solely for profit and produces what is called "capitalocenes", but works for enhancing the potencies of the "bio-sphere" 

Modules
A: Theorizing the Mecanosphere : December 8-December 9
B: Cultures of Postcolonial agency and its limits: December 10-December 11
C The Indian responses: December 12-December 13

Number of participants for the course will be limited to 30.
• You are a Research scholar or a Fellow pursuing your Doctorate or M Phil from Academic Institutes and your Research Area is concerned with using Continental, Postcolonial and Indian Epistemic Constructs and Theoretical Lenses to address Socio-Cultural Issues
• You are a MA MTech Student or a Faculty from academic institutions/Universities interested in Critical Humanities and Liberal arts
• You are a Cognoscenti, Writer, Intellectual, Member of the Intelligentsia or some Industrial House interested in and likely to benefit from Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art and Literature, Politics, Socio-Cultural concerns or Interdisciplinary Mode of Research Who Should Attend 

The Faculty 
  • Professor Ian Buchanan is currently the Director of Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong, Australia. Prof Buchanan has published on a wide variety of subjects across a range of disciplines, including literary studies, cultural studies, communications studies and philosophy. He is the founding editor of "the international journal of Deleuze Studies".
  • Professor Ashis Nandy works in CSDS, New Delhi and his research interest centers on the political psychology of violence, cultures of knowledge, utopias and visions, human potentialities and futures. Nandy is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne. Nandy received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007 and was chosen as one of top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008.
  • Professor Sundar Sarukkai is currently a professor in The National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. His research interests include philosophy of science and mathematics, phenomenology and philosophy of language and art, drawing on both Indian and Western philosophical traditions. He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla.
  • Dr Saswat Samay Das is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social sciences, IIT Kharagpur, India. He carries out research in critical Theory, postmodern and post-colonial studies and continental Thinking. 

Fees
The participation fees for taking the course is as follows:
Participants from abroad : US $500
From Industry/ Research Organizations within India: 20000
From Academic Institutions within India: 3500
No Participation fee for the students or MPhil PhD research scholars of Institutes/Universities/Colleges 
The above fee include all instructional or Course materials. The participants will be provided with accommodation on payment basis.

Course Co-ordinator
Dr Saswat Samay Das, Phone: 03222-283610, 9434019044, Email: saswatdas.bapi@gmail.com

Registration Process: 
Registration for GIAN courses is not automatic because of the constraints on maximum number of participants allowed to register for a course. In order to register for one or multiple non-overlapping courses, you have to apply online using the following steps: 
1. Create login and password at www.gian.iitkgp.ac.in/GREGN/index
2. Login and complete the registration form.
3. Select courses
4. Confirm your application and payment information.
5. Pay Rs. 500 (non-refundable) through online payment gateway.
The course coordinators of the selected courses will go through your application and confirm your selection as a participant one month before the starting date of the courses. Once you are selected you will be informed and requested to pay the full fees through online payment gateway service.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Just Released "World Intellectual Property Report 2017: Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains"

World Intellectual Property Report 2017: Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains
by World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, 2017, ISBN: 9789280528954.

About the Report
The World Intellectual Property Report 2017 examines the crucial role of intangibles such as technology, design and branding in international manufacturing. Macroeconomic analysis is complemented by case studies of the global value chains for three products – coffee, photovoltaic energy cells and smartphones – to give an insightful picture of the importance of intellectual property and other intangibles in modern production.

Foreword | by Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO
Technological innovations and openness of trade have profoundly changed the face of global production. Converting raw materials into parts and components, assembling final products and delivering them to the end consumer involves supply chains that span an increasing number of economies across the globe. 
The emergence of these so-called global value chains has been a force for good: they have made a large range of consumer products more affordable, stimulated economic growth and promoted the integration of developing countries into the global economy – creating opportunities for economic development and the alleviation of poverty.
Intangible capital – notably in the form of technology, design and branding – permeates global value chains in important ways. It accounts for a good part of what consumers pay for in a product and determines which companies are successful in the marketplace. It also lies at the heart of the organization of global value chains: decisions on where to locate different production tasks and with whom to partner are closely tied to how companies manage their intangible capital.
A large number of research reports have been published on the causes and consequences of the rise of global value chains, and many of these reports have acknowledged the key role played by intangible capital. However, few insights are available on why, how and how much. With our World Intellectual Property Report 2017, we hope to help unpack the intangibles black box, in particular by shedding light on how intellectual property (IP) fits into this box.
The report begins by reviewing how global value chains have come about and how they are organized. Against this background, it reveals new estimates of the macroeconomic contribution of intangible capital to global value chain production. These estimates show that intangibles account for around one-third of production value – or some 5.9 trillion United States dollars in 2014 – across 19 manufacturing industries.
Following the approach of our 2015 report, we complement these economy-wide perspectives with case studies of specific global value chains – namely, coffee, photovoltaics and smartphones. These three cases highlight the different mix of intangibles embedded in different consumer products and provide concrete insight into the role that different forms of IP play in generating returns to investments in innovation and branding. In addition, they explore how developing economies – notably China – have succeeded in participating in global value chains by building their own intangibles, and what opportunities may exist to pursue similar strategies in the future.
The evolution of global value chains has been disruptive, with some companies thriving and others failing. It has accelerated the structural transformation of economies, with some workers losing their jobs and others seeing their skills richly rewarded. Technology continues to transform global patterns of production and is bound to lead to further disruption. For example, advances in 3D printing, robotics and automated manufacturing may well lead companies to relocate certain production tasks closer to the end consumer. In addition, the fast growth of emerging economies is set to prompt shifts in the geography of global value chains. 
Policymakers need to respond to the disruptive forces unleashed by globalized production. Global value chains are a human creation and could be reversed, but this would risk even bigger disruption. Shaping them in such a way that they benefit societies as a whole is thus an important policy imperative. 
As always, a report of this nature leaves important questions open. Most importantly, while we present – for the first time – concrete estimates of how much income accrues to intangibles in global value chain production, it remains to be established who ultimately gains this income. At the level of countries, cross-border ownership and sharing of intangible assets make it difficult to associate assets and earnings with a particular country location. At the level of individual earnings, little systematic evidence exists on how intangibles affect the compensation of workers at different skills levels. Future research that offers empirical guidance on these questions would be of great value. 
We hope that this report will inform discussions on the evolving nature of global value chains taking place in different policy forums, and look forward to exploring the contribution of the IP system to global value chain production in our ongoing dialogue with Member States.

Table of contents
Chapter 1: IP and other intangibles add twice as much value to products as tangible capital
Chapter 2: Intangibles are key to seizing new opportunities in the coffee market
Chapter 3: Innovation is transforming the photovoltaic industry
Chapter 4: Success in the smartphone industry is based on intangibles