Friday, January 23, 2015

NMML Invites You to Public Lectures Series "Science, Society and Nature" 2015

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Public Lectures Series

Science, Society and Nature


Venue: Seminar Room, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi

Time: 3.00 pm


Dr. Kiran Asher,

Centre for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia.

'The Romance of Resistance and the Palitics of Rescue in Post-Development Alternatives'

Friday, 6th February, 2015


Dr. Nayanika Mathur,

Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.

'Enter 'Climate Change':  Of beastly encounters, cervine disappearances,  and state categorisation in the Uttarakhand Himalaya'

Thursday, 4th March, 2015


Dr. T.R. Shankar Raman,

Natural Conservation Foundation, Mysore.

'Recasting the Nature Conservation Landscape: A Field Perspective from India's Tropical Rainforests'

Friday,20th March, 2015


Prof. Brij Gopal

Centre for Inland Waters in in South Asia, Jaipur.

'Turn the Rivers Dry to Make Deserts Bloom: Rapidly changing society-nature relationships'

Friday,27th March, 2015


Prof. C.N.R. Rao,

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru.

'Doing Science in India'

Friday, 3rd July, 2015


Mr. A.V. Balasubramanian,

Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, Chennai.

'Conservation and Utilisation of Agrobiodiversity and Millets: The missing links in our quest for food and nutritional security'.

Friday, 17th July, 2015


Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar,

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

'War and Peace:  Conflict and cooperation in an insect society'

Friday, 31st July, 2015


Dr. Jayashree Ratnam,

National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.

'Towards a Functional Understanding of the Savanna Ecosystems of Asia'

Friday, 7th August, 2015


Dr. Robin Vijayan,

National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.

'Sky Islands of Western Ghats:  Response of montane birds to multiple scales of patchiness'

Friday, 21st August, 2015


Prof. Purnendu S. Kavoori,

Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

'Is the Future 'Feudal'? Imagining the social structure of sustainability'

Friday, 4th September, 2015


Prof. Madhumati Dutta,

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur.

'Consumer Behaviour  and Carbon Emissions:  Lessons in policy'

Friday, 6th November, 2015


All are welcome.


Schedule: NMML Public Lectures Series "Science, Society and Nature" 2015

Further Details: NehruMemorial.Nic.In

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New CSSP Electronic Working Paper "Globalization of Ayurvedic Medicines: An Analysis of Issues in Resource Management"

CSSPEWPS 5 :: Globalization of Ayurvedic Medicines: An Analysis of Issues in Resource Management
by N.B. Brindavanam (Dabur Research & Development Centre, U.P., India), January 2015.

Ayurveda largely enumerated botanical entities as active pharmacological agents for preventive healthcare as well as for therapeutic purposes. In view of poly-pharmaceutical practices followed by the system, the number of usable medicinal plants is also significant. To available estimates, 960 species of medicinal plants are being used for manufacturing of these formulations. By and large, these plants are sourced from wild- more in particular from forest sources. On the other hand, there have been ambitious endeavor to globalize the Ayurvedic products and services. Such endeavor is reasonably assumed to pressurize the existing sources wild medicinal plants. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze the impact of globalization on the biological diversity and thereby on our eco-systems as whole.
An attempt is made in this paper to analyze the issues associated with resource management for medicinal plants. Further, it attempts to outline a multi-dimensional intervention needed to capture the economic opportunities through globalization of Ayurveda.
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CfP: OECD-CII-UNU-MERIT International Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth, 10-12 Feb, New Delhi

International Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth

Date: 10-12 February 2015

Venue: Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India

How to participate | Agenda | Partner events | Background


The OECD, jointly with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), will host the Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth, which will gather over 200 international and Indian participants, including government representatives, private sector corporations, international organisations and high-level experts. It is designed as a forum fostering high-level discussion and policy exchange among the stakeholders concerned with the question of how innovation can best serve inclusive development. The conference is organised as part of a series of events to be organised on subsequent days by the World Bank and UNU-MERIT.

The objective is to foster discussion and policy exchange among the variety of stakeholders drawn from a variety of developed, emerging and developing economies who are addressing the question of how innovation can best serve inclusive development. The conference will be structured aroundcentral policy questions regarding inclusive innovation; each will be discussed as part of a dedicated session by panels of high-level policy representatives. By bringing together leading experts including government representatives, private sector corporations, international organisations and high-level experts from advanced, emerging and developing economies, it aims to further multidimensional understanding of the issues at hand and provide basis for concrete action.

‌‌‌ International Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth, India, 10-12 February 2015

Preliminary Agenda Download as PDF


Innovation is a critical driver of growth and a motor for generating employment: this is a key lesson of the past decades. Despite the significant contributions of growth to the reduction of poverty during the past decades, high levels of inequalities persist or are even rising in some developed and emerging economies. As a consequence, achieving inclusive development is at the top of many governments' agendas. It is therefore crucial to examine the possible contributions of innovation to inclusive development.


Innovation can contribute to inclusiveness,  not only as a driver of income growth but also through innovations that are specifically aimed at lower-income and excluded groups ("inclusive innovations"), which can substantially improve their welfare. Inclusive innovations include innovative goods and services, often substitutes for missing public goods (e.g. health services or access to electricity). To respond to the specific needs of excluded groups and adapt to their requirements (including adaptation to deficient infrastructures), technical as well as business model innovations are needed. Inclusive innovations are often for-profit or at least cost-covering initiatives, and as such offer a more sustainable alternative to support development than those based on continual public or philanthropic funding. As a result, there is a growing interest in fostering the development of these initiatives through policy action, especially as a major challenge that inclusive innovations face is how to reach scale.

Innovation dynamics and innovation policies affect inclusiveness from different angles:First, innovation can increase inequalities in income and opportunities of different groups in society ("social inclusiveness"). Second, innovation dynamics have impacts on "industrial inclusiveness": Many economies have economic structures characterised by concentration of innovation activities where selected frontier innovators co-exist with a group of weak performers. Third, innovation and its policies also affect "territorial inclusiveness": the geographic dimensions of industrial and social inequalities.

The OECD "Innovation for Inclusive Growth" project analyses the impacts of innovation and related policies on inclusive growth. Addressing the needs of policymakers in both key non-member economies and OECD countries, the aims of the project are to:

  • Provide evidence on the effects of innovation and related policies on inclusive growth focusing on industrial, social and territorial inequalities; and
  • Develop concrete policy solutions to support countries in reconciling their innovation and inclusive development agendas, including options for scaling up inclusive innovations.

The project is undertaken under the auspices of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP). It mobilises OECD competences in innovation, education, and regional development and contributes to the OECD's Inclusive Growth Initiative. This transversal initiative aims to deliver a renewed strategic policy agenda by identifying how to define and measure the concept of inclusive growth and shedding light on the policy options and trade-offs to promote growth and inclusiveness. More information can be found here:

OECD Innovation for Inclusive Growth project:

OECD Inclusive Growth Initiative:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WIPO Online General Course on Intellectual Property (DL-101) [free-of-charge]

WIPO Online General Course on Intellectual Property (DL-101)

This course builds on the concepts presented in DL-001 - Intellectual Property Primer. It provides a more in-depth overview of the fundamentals of IP law, and is considered as indispensable to pursue more advanced courses of study on specific areas of IP law.

Course basics

  • Duration - 55 hours over the course of six weeks
  • Languages - English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Tuition - free-of-charge

Online Registration


The DL-101 course is comprised of the following modules and final exam:

  • Module 1: Guide to Studying the Course
  • Module 2: Introduction to IP
  • Module 3: Copyright
  • Module 4: Related Rights
  • Module 5: Trademarks
  • Module 6: Geographical Indications
  • Module 7: Industrial Design
  • Module 8: Patents
  • Module 9: WIPO Treaties
  • Module 10: Unfair Competition
  • Module 11: Protection of New Varieties of Plants
  • Module 12: IP and Development- The WIPO Development Agenda (New since 2011)
  • Module 13: Summary and Discussion on Intellectual Property Rights
  • Final Exam

Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout each module to assist participants with gauging their respective levels of knowledge and progress, as well as their ability to apply the concepts and facts presented within the course.

Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of IP.

Final Exam and Certificate

The final exam for this course is comprised of a series of multiple choice questions. A fixed amount of time is allocated for participants to complete and submit the exam on-line. Participants are contacted regarding modalities for accessing the final exam approximately one week prior to the deadline for completion of the DL-101 course.

Participants who pass the DL-101 final exam are awarded an electronic certificate of course completion.


This course is open to individuals who are/will be employed in the field of administration of intellectual property rights; those seeking general knowledge of IP; and those who generate various forms of IP and seek a deeper understanding of the effective management and protection of IPRs.

Further Details:

CfA: STEPS Centre Summer School 2015 on pathways to sustainability

STEPS Centre Summer School 2015 on pathways to sustainability
University of Sussex, U.K.
11–22 May 2015
Just a couple of weeks left to apply for our 2015 Summer School (deadline 28 January) to be held from 11-22 May at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK.
Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers,working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.
The STEPS Centre Summer School on pathways to sustainability aims to bring together an exceptional group of people who are exploring and developing ideas on pathways to sustainability. Through a mix of lectures, walks, discussions and public events, participants will challenge the STEPS team and each other on questions of science, society and development.
The summer school has run since 2012 with the generous support of the ESRC, IDRC and UKIERI.
Download the 2015 Brochure:
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Monday, January 12, 2015

CfPs: 8th Doctoral Thesis Conference, at IBS Hyderabad, 23-24 April

8th Doctoral Thesis Conference
Organized by IBS Hyderabad in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai
Dates: 23-24 April 2015

Venue : IBS Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Call for Papers

About the Conference: IBS Hyderabad, a constituent of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, a deemed to be University, one among the top B-schools of India is organizing 8th Doctoral Thesis Conference (DTC) during 23-24, April 2015 at IBS Hyderabad. Since 2007 this conference series have attracted research scholars from reputed foreign and Indian universities. The 8th DTC aims to provide a platform to the research scholars to present and exchange comments and views on their doctoral research work and receive feedback from experienced researchers and professors.

Finance and Accounting, Banking and Insurance, Marketing, General Management, Economics, Quantitative Methods, Human Resource, Information Technology, Operations, Social Work, Psychology, Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship Development etc.

Submission Procedure and Dates:
Interested research scholars are requested to submit their papers, not exceeding 5000 words, latest by 23rd March, 2015. The papers can be emailed to Detailed guidelines for submission of papers are available on DTC website. Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present their papers in the conference.
Contact: Dr. Subhendu Dutta (+91-9642147425); Dr IRS Sarma (+91-9948098104)
Further details: