Monday, October 23, 2017

JNUTA Talk on Locating Nanoscience & Technology in its Socio-Cultural Imbrications: A View from India | by Pankaj Sekhsaria | 25 October

Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA)


Cordially invites you for a talk on

 

Locating Nanoscience & Technology in its Socio-Cultural Imbrications: A View from India

 by

Pankaj Sekhsaria


Abstract: Science and Technology is culturally and socially influenced and factors of diversity and lack of resources that characterise Indian society are also seen with the mainstream S&T establishment. These are often not accounted for explicitly and through the study of research practices and innovation narratives in Nanoscience and Technology laboratories in India, the author argues that one should.


About the Speaker: Pankaj Sekhsaria is a prolific writer and an activist. He has authored several books and articles on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and issues of wildlife and conservation. He is, currently, Senior Project Scientist DST Centre for Policy Research, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi. Sekhsaria has a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands. 

 

Venue:  Seminar Hall, School of Computer and Systems Sciences

Time:  4:00 pm

Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

All are cordially invited.

RSVP: dbjyoti[@]gmail.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Books in National Policy of India Series

New Books in National Policy of India Series

Education and Human Resource Development: Public Policy & Governance in India
by Shalini Sikka, 2017, Synergy Books India, ISBN 9789382059592. 

About the Book: The essence of Human Resource Development is education, which plays a significant and remedial role in balancing the socio-economic fabric of the country. This book incorporates the original texts, in verbatim, of a select national government policies and programmes of India. It contains legislative measures and national programmes towards creating a better India enacted in the field of Human Resource Development. For the first time, to fulfill the long-felt need of the students, researchers, policy-planners, civil servants, administrators, this book is being brought out as a ready reference material, to be used alongwith the existing textbooks on public policy and administration. 


Women Empowerment: Public Policy & Governance in India
by Shalini Sikka, 2017, Synergy Books India, ISBN 9789382059608. 

About the Book: The policies/ programmes of the Government of India are all directed towards achieving inclusive growth with a special focus on women, in line with the National Policy for essence of Empowerment of Women. This book incorporates the original texts, in verbatim, of a select national government policies and programmes of India. It contains legislative measures and national programmes towards creating a better India. 

 
Social Justice, Health and Empowerment: Public Policy & Governance in India
by Shalini Sikka, 2017, Synergy Books India, ISBN 9789382059677. 

About the Book: This book, towards building a better India, incorporates the original texts, in verbatim, of a select national government policies and programmes of India.

Child Development: Public Policy & Governance in India
by Shalini Sikka, 2017, Synergy Books India, ISBN 9789382059691. 

About the Book: National Policy for Children, adopted by the Government of India in 2013, reaffirms the rights of children in the country. This book incorporates the original texts, in verbatim, of a select national government policies and programmes of India. It contains special legislative measures, national policies and programmes towards creating a better India.

Upliftment of Minorities: Public Policy & Governance in India
by Shalini Sikka, 2017, Synergy Books India, ISBN 9789382059684. 

About the Book: The Government of India has made concerted efforts for the past six decades of so towards the educational development and employment and empowerment of the weaker sections of the society to enable them to join the mainstream of the socio-economic development. This book incorporates the original texts, in verbatim, of a select national government policies and programmes of India. It contains special legislative measures, national policies and programmes towards creating a better India.


Brilliant Inventions and Innovations from India: A YouTube Documentary

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Internet Researchers' Conference 2018 - Offline | Call for Session Proposals

Internet Researchers' Conference 2018 - Offline | Call for Session Proposals by Nov 12


Dear colleague,

Does being offline necessarily mean being disconnected? Beyond anxieties such as FOMO, being offline is also seen as disengagement from a certain milieu of the digital, an impediment to the way life is organised by and around technologies in general.

Being offline, however, is not the exception, as examples of internet shutdown and acts on online censorship illustrate the persistence and often alarming regularity of the offline even for the 'connected' sections of the population.

Who is offline, and is it a choice? The global project of bringing people online has spurred several commendable initiatives in expanding access to digital devices, networks, and content, and often contentious ones such as Free Basics / internet.org, which illustrate the intersectionalities of scale, privilege, and rights that we need to be mindful of when we imagine the offline.

Further, efforts to prioritise the use of digital technologies for financial transactions, especially since demonetisation, has led to a not-so-subtle equalisation of the 'online economy' with the 'formal economy'; thus recognising the offline as the zones of informality, corruption, and piracy. This contributes to the offline becoming invisible, and in many cases, illegal, rather than being recognised as a condition that necessarily informs what it means to be digital.

The experience of the internet for most users is mediated through prior and ongoing experiences of traditional media, and through cultural metaphors and cognitive frames that transcend more practical registers such as consumption and facilitation. How do we approach, study, and represent this disembodied internet – devoid of its hypertext, platforms, devices, it's nuts and bolts, but still tangible through engagement in myriad, personal, and often indiscernible ways.

For the third edition of the Internet Researchers' Conference (IRC18), we invite participants to critically discuss the *offline*.

We invite sessions that present or propose academic, applied, or creative works that explore social, economic, cultural, political, infrastructural, or aesthetic dimensions of the *offline*. 

Please submit sessions proposals by Sunday, *November 12*.

Conference details can be found here: https://cis-india.org/raw/irc18-offline-call.

Conference poster can be found here: https://cis-india.org/raw/irc18-offline-call/image/image_view_fullscreen.

Please write to us at raw@cis-india.org for any questions regarding the conference.

Warm regards,

sumandro

--
Sumandro Chattapadhyay
Research Director
The Centre for Internet and Society

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Indo-German Symposium on Science Communication | November 7, 2017 | at German Embassy, New Delhi



The German Embassy New Delhi cordially invites you to the

Indo-German Symposium on Science Communication
November 7, 2017, 3.30 pm onwards
German Embassy, New Delhi


Register now
 
Science Communication is an often underestimated, yet crucial part of science. The Indo-German Symposium on science communication invites students, scientists and practitioners from India and Germany to explore the possibilities of science communication. Questions like 'What makes good science communication?' 'Why is it important?' 'And how is it done?' will be addressed at the symposium.
 
A Keynote Lecture on "Science communication in the digital age: New opportunities, new players, new challenges" by Prof. Dr. Carsten K├Ânneker, Editor-in-Chief of "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" and professor for science communication and science studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will be followed by a panel discussion on "Exploring the Secrets of Successful Science Communication"
 
Panelists :
 
Dr. Radhika Mittal, Communication Strategist; Fellow, LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India

Dr. Anett Richter, Citizen Science Expert, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ/ German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany
Ramaseshan Ramachandran, Physicist and freelance science journalist, New Delhi, India
Alexander Waschkau, Psychologist, podcaster, publisher, founder of „Hoaxilla", a popular podcast covering a variety of topics from a scientific viewpoint, Hamburg, Germany
 
Moderator: Heike Mock, Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) India and Director of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi.


www.dwih.in



Monday, October 16, 2017

Call for Papers in Journal "DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society"

DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society 
to be published from January 2018
Published by the Indian Academy of Sciences

Aim and Scope
DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, provides a scholarly forum for scientists and other interested parties to discuss and debate issues pertaining to science and society, in the broadest sense. The journal covers three related but distinct themes: (a) the practice of science, including choice of problem, publication, evaluation, funding and other matters; (b) communication of science by its practitioners to students, politicians, administrators, other interested parties, and the general public; and (c) the impact of science on society, and vice versa. These themes are envisaged to cover, for example, introspection on practices in science and academia, education and the communication of science, gender and allied issues in science, science as a social system, culture of science, future directions and implications, goals of science, science-social science interfaces (conversations across disciplines and knowledge systems), indigenous and local knowledge systems and science, imaginations driven by science, connections with other countries, global contributions, funding, organisation of science, administration and management of science, evaluation, critical studies of science and society, science policy studies and more. The journal is also a place for discussion on planning scientific policy, as well as issues pertaining to science education and policy towards education. The journal aims to foster discussion and dialogue by publishing papers addressing any aspect of science practice, science teaching, science administration, science policy and the science-society interface. It will also serve as a place to put on record archival documents from the past, as well as those that may be produced in the future, in which the Academy or other such bodies put down in writing the results of their deliberations on issues of relevance to scientists and society. The journal is accompanied by a more informal but moderated web platform, Confluence that aims to provide a forum for all interested parties to share and debate views and interact on these crucial issues.

DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society considers articles on all issues pertaining to science practice, science policy, science education, science administration, science communication, and the science-society interface. Contributions must be scholarly in nature and balanced in their outlook. Polemic is not encouraged. Author(s) are responsible for the views expressed in published articles, and publication of an article does not imply an endorsement of the views or opinions therein by the Indian Academy of Sciences. All contributions, including invited submissions, undergo editorial and peer review. The journal is online only: there is no print edition and no restriction on use of colour illustrations. Supporting multimedia material is permitted. PDF and HTML files of all published articles are downloadable free of charge from the journal website. All articles must be in English, with British spelling.

Categories of Manuscript
DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society will consider full-length articles, short notes, and commentaries. Review articles, annotated bibliography pieces, and book, website or software reviews will typically be solicited. Prospective authors of such contributions are encouraged to contact the editors with a brief proposal prior to submission. There are word limits for all categories.
  • Article: The regular full-length article (maximum 10,000 words, main text), reporting results of original research or surveys, or an essay pertaining to science and social issues that includes data components, with an abstract of about 250 words.
  • Short note: A brief article (maximum 2500 words, main text; no abstract; up to four figures, tables, or other display items (e.g. videos); up to 20 references) on an interesting issue but not as fully developed as a full-length article. The first paragraph should be in the form of a summary of the note in about 150 words.
  • Commentary: A brief summary (maximum 3000 words, main text; up to two display items; up to 20 references) of recently published article(s) in other journals on a common theme of general interest, placing the work discussed in a broader context; no abstract.
  • Correspondence: A brief comment/critique on an article recently published in DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society (maximum 2500 words, main text; up to three display items; up to 20 references); no abstract. Authors of the original paper will be invited to submit a response.
  • Review article: No word / reference / display item limit; should include an abstract of less than 300 words.
  • Perspectives: A general article looking at some major issue in science research or education, technological applications of science, or the history of science and its impact on society; no word / reference / display item limit; should include abstract of less than 300 words.
  • Book/software/website review: No word limit; no abstract.

Policy on plagiarism
Plagiarism as a form of scientific misconduct has been on the rise in recent times. Defined by the US Office of Research Integrity as "the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results or words without giving appropriate credit", the increase in plagiarism is due not only to all too human failings, but also to the ease with which the emergence of the Internet has made such misconduct possible. Compared to earlier generations, training of students today seems to have become slack in the sense of not conveying a clear understanding of what is right and what is not in such matters.
The editors of all the journals of the Indian Academy of Sciences take a very serious view of any evidence of plagiarism including self-plagiarism in manuscripts submitted to them. Every reasonable effort will be made to investigate any allegations of plagiarism brought to their attention, as well as instances that come up during the peer review process. Such behaviour when proven beyond doubt is unacceptable, and will be suitably exposed. Self-plagiarism will be treated just as seriously. claimed new results express the author's own findings, and all material taken from the existing literature has been properly acknowledged and referenced.
Upon receipt of a manuscript by any of the Academy journals, the authors or corresponding author will be required to sign an undertaking to the effect that the work has not been submitted elsewhere for publication, the claimed new results express the author's own findings, and all material taken from the existing literature has been properly acknowledged and referenced.
In those instances where in spite of these precautions a case of plagiarism goes undetected in the review process and is discovered after publication, both online and print versions of the journals concerned will carry a notice of the discovery. Depending on the seriousness of the case, the Academy reserves the right to inform the heads of the offending authors' institutions and their funding agencies about the editors' findings.
The jurisdiction for all disputes concerning published material, subscription and sale will be at courts/tribunals situated in Bengaluru city only.

CfP: International Conference on Econophys-2017 & Asia Pacific Econophysics Conference (APEC)-2017

International Conference on Econophys 2017 & Asia Pacific Econophysics Conference (APEC) 2017 
November 15-18, 2017
at Jawaharlal Nehru University / Delhi University, New Delhi, India

About the Conference
Welcome to the International conference on Econophysics & Sociophysics. Economic and financial markets appear to be in a permanent state of flux. Billions of agents interact with each other, giving rise to complex dynamics of economic quantities at the micro and macro level. With the availability of huge data sets, researchers can address questions at a much more granular level than was possible earlier. Fundamental questions of aggregation of actions and information, coordination, evolution of economic and financial networks have received significant importance in the current research agenda of the Econophysics literature, Parallely, Sociophysics literature has focused on large-scale social data and their inter-relations. The proposed empirical approach is a leading contender to find patterns in data, which can be very short-lived. In this meeting, we focus on questions and models to analyze such economic and social behavior.