Saturday, September 27, 2014
CfPs: Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow - international workshop, 18-20 March 2015, Antwerp, Belgium
Monday, September 22, 2014
by R. Raghavan, N. Dahanukar, J.D.M. Knight, A. Bijukumar, U. Katwate, K. Krishnakumar, A. Ali and S. Philip
Current Science, 2014, 107(5), 740-742.
Although the 21st century began with a hope that information and communication technology will act as a boon for reinventing taxonomy, the advent and rise of electronic publications, especially predatory open-access journals, has resulted in an additional challenge (the others being gap, impediment and urgency) for taxonomy in the century of extinctions.
Predatory publishing has damaged the very foundations of scholarly and academic publishing, and has led to unethical behaviour from scientists and researchers. The 'journal publishing industry' in India is a classical example of 'predatory publishing', supported by researchers who are in a race to publish. The urge to publish 'quick and easy' can be attributed to two manifestations, i.e.'impactitis' and 'mihi itch'. While impactitis can be associated with the urge for greater impact factor (IF) and scientific merit, mihi itch (loosely) explains the behaviour of researchers, especially biologists publishing in predatory journals yearning to see their name/s associated with a new 'species name'. Most predatory journals do not have an IF, and authors publishing in such journals are only seeking an 'impact' (read without factor), and popularity by seeing their names appear in print media. This practice has most often led to the publication of substandard papers in many fields, including ichthyology.
Download Full-text Article: http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/107/05/0740.pdf
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
CfP: International Workshop on Village Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling, 3-10 Nov, at GIDR, Gujarat, India
International Workshop on Village Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling: Application in Agricultural Research and Development Studies
Venue & Organizer: Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Dates: 3-10 November 2014
This training workshop plans to enhance the analytical capacity of young researchers in using analytical tools and techniques of SAM and CGE and their applications in Agricultural and Rural Development sectors. The specific objectives are to:
a) Provide basic knowledge and hands-on training to researchers on application of theory and tools of input-output model, Village SAM and CGE models.
b) Enhance capacity of researchers in South Asia to do better policy research and impact assessment using village SAM and CGE models
c) Hands-on training in construction of village SAM and CGE models.
d) Evaluate direct, indirect and economy wide impacts of agricultural R&D and policy interventions, including quantifying their distributional and multiplier impacts.
Travel Reimbursement Available for Participants from South Asian Countries. Last date for receiving application at GIDR: September 30, 2014.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Call for applications: Water Futures II; Training Event during 26 October to 7 November, at Kolkata & Dhaka
Call for applications: Water Futures II
Bangladesh and India share the largest river networks in South Asia. These 54 trans-boundary rivers directly influence the lives and living of over half a billion people. Management of basin and regional level natural resource challenges is limited to practitioners in this region. Moreover, the curricula of universities, colleges and training institutes in Bangladesh and India, have a focus on national issues. Rather, attention is not given to trans-boundary water management concerns.
Against this backdrop, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, with support from IUCN's project Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, launched a Dialogue in 2013 for young scholars and professionals, offering opportunities to work and interact with academics, experts and practitioners in both countries to encourage interest in issues related to water management.
The purpose of Water Futures II is to further develop better informed public discourse on these issues.
- To build future leaders in water resource management in both countries;
- To equip young scholars and professionals with practical tools and skills for designing problem solving initiatives at local, national and regional levels;
- To provide opportunities to emerging practitioners to learn cross-country and cross-sectoral strategic, managerial and technical initiatives for sustainable water management, including food and environmental security;
- Provide a platform for open discussions on common problems, prospects and challenges relating to sustainable water resource management.
- Two years practical experience in a related field will be given preference;
- Applicants below the age of 35 years will be given preference.
- Application to include: Name, Designation, Institutional Affiliation, Academic background and contact details
- A Statement of Intent of not more than 250-300 words
- Latest résumé with 2 references
- Situation analysis and critique of existing joint water management initiatives, treaties, and water regimes;
- Design of a water resource management regime;
- Reviewing livelihood strategies.
- Participants from India and Bangladesh will be placed in smaller groups and prepare joint papers based on the modules of the programme.
Further Details: http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?18263/Call-for-application-Water-Futures-II
CSSP would like to encourage all its students and affiliates to publish research papers in journals, which are indexed in reputed online databases such as, Webofknowledge.com, Scopus.com, ScimagoJR.org, Sherpa/Romeo (www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/), or DOAJ.org (for open access journals). Working papers of any reputed institution are also welcome.
However, we strongly advise you not to publish in any journal covered in the "Beall's List: Potential, Possible, or Probable Predatory Scholarly Open-Access Journals/ Publishers" (http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/ or http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/).
CfPs: National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses, 30-31 Jan, at RGNIYD, TamilNadu
30-31 January 2015
at RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu
Call for papers
School of Development Practice (SDP) of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) is conducting a National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses during 30 th and 31 st of January 2015 at RGNIYD.
The proposed seminar intends to analyse and explore various dimensions of youth employment/ unemployment besides the critical review of existing policy responses. The deliberations in the seminar will be helpful in developing a framework that can address the issues of youth unemployment in its different dimensions by different actors.
1. Youth Employment
2. Youth Employability
3. Youth and Labour market policies
4. Migration for Employment
5. Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment
6. Gender and Employment
7. Youth Unemployment and under employment
Seminar Dates: 30th & 31st January 2015.
Submission of Full length paper: 5th December 2014.
Communication on Acceptance of Paper: 25th December, 2014
Travel support will be extended to outstation delegates and Local Hospitality (Boarding and Lodging) will be extended to all the selected paper presenters during the seminar.
Publication of Papers:
All papers will be reviewed under the team lead by Experts from ILO in coordination with Dr.P.Sivakumar, Faculty School of Development Practice, RGNIYD and papers accepted for presentation will be published in Conference Proceedings. Subsequently, a few selected papers will be published as an edited volume with reputed publishers.
Communication may be sent to:
Dr. P. Sivakumar
Faculty, School of Development Practice, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Chennai-Bangalore Highway, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu 602105
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 044–27163872, Mob: +91 9444581080 Fax: 044-27163227
Sunday, September 14, 2014
CfP: Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Research Scholars & Teachers, Nov 17–22, at ISID
November 17–22, 2014
Venue: The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi
The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is organizing a six-day Workshop on the Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research during November 17–22, 2014. Print media is a format with which most researchers and scholars use extensively to bring out their findings 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 audio-visuals 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 fields like health, social sector and the corporate sector; (ii) AVM as a tool in research – providing visual insight, supplementing other data, confirming or refuting findings, collecting video based data-subjectivity, authenticity and ethical issues; (iii) presentation and dissemination – effective communication of research findings, 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. The batch will consists of 20 participants and selection will be based on relevance of research topic. A nominal fee would be charged from the participants @800/- for lecturer or equivalent; @400/- for scholars getting fellowship and @200/- for those without any fellowship or financial support. 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 in Delhi 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 1,000 words on their research topic so as to reach the Programme Coordinator, preferably through email at email@example.com, before September 30, 2014. Further details and programme updates are regularly posted at: http://isid.org.in/avmprog.html.
Institute for Studies in Industrial Development
4 Institutional Area Phase II, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi - 110070 INDIA
(Phone: +91 11 2676 4600, Fax: +91 11 26122448)
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
CfPs: Special Issue on Linking Technology Foresight and Entrepreneurship; for Technological Forecasting & Social Change
Technological Forecasting and Social Change; ISSN: 0040-1625, Elsevier
Submission closing date: January 31st 2015
Guest Editors: M. Atilla Öner, Özlem Kunday; Yeditepe University, Turkey
Entrepreneurship has gained renewed attention of academicians as well as policy makers since early 1990s. The reason behind this interest is the role of entrepreneurship in innovation and value creation. Various disciplines approach entrepreneurship from different perspectives to understand the insights of the journey that starts with idea generation and results in innovation driven economies.
The intersection of entrepreneurship and technology foresight promises to be one of the most popular fields of the 21st century. There is a significant lack of knowledge and a need for interdisciplinary research on linking of technology foresight and entrepreneurship. The interaction of entrepreneurship and technology foresight is inevitable and needs further attention.
Entrepreneurship and technology foresight are expected to initiate an increasing number of innovations in various economic sectors. Uncertainties in environmental, human health and safety effects associated with the increase of new technology introduced by entrepreneurial businesses raise concerns about their potential risks.
Entrepreneurship and technology foresight also raise more fundamental questions on the relationship between the entrepreneur and technology creation; and ethical, political and even religious dilemmas are put on the public agenda.
Understanding the dynamics of technology innovation and its subsequent exploitation in the value chain network (i.e., entrepreneurship) is in need of additional research.
This special issue intends to improve the understanding of linking entrepreneurship and technology foresight. We are interested in contributions which look at the role of technology foresight in entrepreneurship.
Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:
- What is the impact of entrepreneurship and technology foresight on global economy and how it will grow in the following decades?
- Which factors affect the success of entrepreneurship and technology foresight?
- How effective are the public policies supporting entrepreneurship and technology foresight in different countries?
- How can we model and measure risk and opportunity in entrepreneurship and technology foresight?
- What are some issues and challenges in creating successful business strategies for the implementation of technology foresight and intrapreneurship in companies?
- How can we measure the effectiveness of R&D programs on technology foresight leading to intrapreneurship?
- Which criteria can be used for the evaluation of funding/investment decisions of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and technology foresight projects?
- How can we measure value creation for customers by entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and technology foresight?
- What kind of mechanisms and partnerships affect the emergence of successful entrepreneurship and technology foresight outcomes?
- How is power exercised during the process of starting a business and partnering research projects?
- How would the relatively modern trend of assigning patent rights to universities impact diffusion of technology foresight practices and entrepreneurship leading to industrial growth?
We would want to encourage the submission of empirical papers. Conceptual, theoretical, or modeling papers (with reference to the specific phenomena identified above) are also welcomed.
Deadlines and Submission Instructions
Authors can submit their papers any time after July 1st 2014 and up until January 31st 2015. Online submission can be found at: http://ees.elsevier.com/tfs/default.asp . When asked to choose article type, please stipulate 'Special Issue: Foresight&Entr.ship' In the 'Enter Comments' box, the title of the Special Issue, along with any further acknowledgements, should be inserted.
All submissions should meet Technological Forecasting & Social Change author guidelines. http://www.elsevier.com/journals/technological-forecasting-and-social-change/0040-1625/guide-for-authors
Papers will be reviewed following the regular Technological Forecasting and Social Change double-blind review process.
For additional information, please contact the special issue editors:
M. Atilla Öner firstname.lastname@example.org
Özlem Kunday email@example.com
Navdanya in collaboration with India International Centre invites you to another year of participation in Navdanya's annual festival Bhoomi, based on Annapurna: Feeding the World, on the 1st of October, 2014 at the India International Centre.
The Right to Food is the natural right of all beings born on this planet. The Right to food is also being recognised as a human right. And Annapurna is a metaphor of the abundant and eternally renewable capacity of the Earth to provide food for all the living beings sharing this planet, provided we do not violate her sanctity by poisoning her. For the Right to Food inherently means the right to access safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. Viewed in this perspective, Annapurna becomes the symbol of Food Security, Food Safety and Food Sovereignty and Feeding the World is an act embedded in sustainability, integrity and equity, honouring the contributions of our small farmers and women.
This year's edition of Bhoomi will bring to you the voices of people who are deeply committed to ensuring the Right to Food through praxis, reflection as well as cultural expression. They will share with you how agro-ecology and a reconnection to our food and its source can indeed Feed the World nurturing, affordable and relishing food.
Aptly named Abundant Earth, the dinner which will follow the day's event is a tribute to Earth's carrying, nurturing and sustaining capacity as reflected by the diversity of our table.
09:30 am Welcome, Lighting the Lamp & Invocation by Vidya Rao
Book Release and Opening Remarks by Shri Radhe Mohan Singh, Cabinet Minister, Agriculture
10:00 am Opening Session: Ela Bhatt, SEWA
10:30 am Session 1: Praxis of Agro-Ecology
12:00 pm Short Film: Introduction and screening of film on farmer's suicides in Vidarbha by Tadpole Artists Collective
01:00 pm Lunch (on prior registration)
02:00 pm Session 2: Mahila Anna Swaraj: Women Feeding the World
03:30 pm Session 3: Healthy Food, Healthy Life
05:30 pm Session 4: Bija Swaraj: Ensuring Abundance on Earth
Closing Session: Dr Vandana Shiva
07:00 pm Songs celebrating food by Vidya Rao & Formidable Vegetable Sound System
* Lunch: Please register for lunch. (Only those with prior Registrations for lunch can be catered to)
* Dinner - On prior booking by the 20th of September,
RSVP/Contact: 011-26532124, 9015034971, 011-26968077, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Sunday, September 7, 2014
CfPs: Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies; 19-20 Dec; Chandigarh
Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies19-20 December 2014Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- Submission of paper proposals (maximum 1,000 words) : 30 September 2014
- Notifi cation of selected proposals : 15 October 2014
- Final Paper submissions (maximum 6,000 words) : 30 November 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
15-26 September 2014
at Dhaka, Bangladesh
Its our pleasure to inform you that East West University in collaboration with SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC), New Delhi, India is going to organize 'Ten Days Course on Research Methodology' from 15th to 26th September 2014 at East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This course is meant for researchers, Faculty members, M.Phil and PhD students.
How to apply
The applicants from India may apply through their parent organizations. The application should be forwarded by the head of the Organization. The application should be addressed to the Director, SAARC Documentation Centre, NISCAIR Building, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi – 110067. Last date to receive the nomination is 5th September 2014. Direct applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. The selected candidates will be notified by 11 September, 2014. The applicants of SAARC Member States other than India can contact their National Focal Points. Nominations will be accepted through the SAARC Secretariat.
SDC will bear the cost of training including the cost of course material, working lunch, tea, etc.
SDC will provide local hospitality for the participants, which includes free accommodation. SDC does not provide for medical insurance and sightseeing trips. However, transport for airport pickup and drop would be provided by the SDC.
To and fro travel expenses of the participants will have to be borne by the sponsoring institution or the individual concerned.
The training details and the application form is linked bellow.
Thanks and best regards.
Dr. Dilara Begum
Course Coordinator and Librarian, Head of Library, East West University, A/2, Jahurul Islam Avenue, Aftabnagar, Dhaka-1212, firstname.lastname@example.org
New CSSP Publication "Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It" (Book Review), by Madhav Govind
Govind, Madhav (2014). Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It. (Book Review).
International Journal of Environmental Studies,
DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2014.947739. Download.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
CFPs National Seminar on Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems & Challenges Ahead; at NIRD, Hyderabad
November 19-21, 2014
Venue: National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana
Call for Papers
Flagship Programmes of Government of India, monitored by the Planning Commission are symbolic of the main thrust of the nations developmental policy.
It is time to look into the efficacy of these programmes in the light of the experience gained and suggest improvement in their planning and implementation. The main objective of the seminar is to assess their impact, to identify the problems faced in implementing and reaching out its benefits to
the poor and weaker sections of the society. Research papers are invited from Academicians, Researchers, Development Practitioners on the following themes.
1. Rural Livelihoods
3. Basic Amenities
4. Provision of Rural and Urban Infrastructure
5. Basic needs for improved Human Resources Development
Last dates for submission of abstracts: September 22, 2014
Communication regarding acceptance: September 30, 2014
Submission of Final paper: October 25, 2014
Dr. K. P. Kumaran, P. K. Nath
Seminar Director, Seminar Co-Director
Tel No + 91-40-24008418 +91-40-24008594
+91-9989305086 + 91-9618719004
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
For details refer to www.nird.org.in
Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but who are still early in their careers.
During the academic year 2015/16, the theme for the Fung Global Fellows Program will be "Ethnic Politics and Identities." Recent events around the world have highlighted the role of ethnic politics and identities in shaping domestic and international political arenas. The Fung Global Fellows Program seeks applications from scholars who explore the causes, narrative modalities, and consequences of the politicization of ethnic, racial, and national divides from a comparative perspective. Researchers working on any historical period of the modern age or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due on November 1, 2014. To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) no earlier than September 1, 2005. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program's theme, the candidate's scholarly record, and the candidate's ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process itself, see the program's website at http://www.princeton.edu/funggfp/
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.