Sunday, January 31, 2016

CfPs: 7th NAST Conference 2016| 29-31 March| Kathmandu, Nepal| Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status

[Apologies for Cross Postings}

7th National Conference on Science and Technology

Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status
Kathmandu, Nepal
29–31 March 2016

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) was established in 1982 as an autonomous apex body of Nepal. It is mandated to work in the advancement of science and technology for all-round development of the nation. NAST is also entrusted with providing independent advice to the country on matters related to Science and Technology (S&T). Over the years, NAST has successfully completed outstanding research and science promotion projects, and played a crucial role in providing objective, science-based advice on critical issues affecting the nation. As a part of objectives, the Academy is organizing the Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology to provide a milieu of sharing the progress made in science and technology.

NAST organized the first S&T conference in 1988. Since then, conferences have been held in every four years. Each conference is devoted to a different area of contemporary issues of science and technology and features numerous symposia and concurrent sessions. Past conferences have explored a variety of themes to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the linkages between science and technology and socio-economic development of the country. The Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology will devote to Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status.

Call for Papers
Those who are interested in attending the conference are encouraged to submit abstract of their presentation in a standard format along with the preregistration form at conference website ( The abstract of the papers presented in the conference will be published in the proceedings. The formal language of the conference is English.

Last date for Abstract Submission
: February 29, 2016

Further Details:



Ramila Raut

Member Secretary

Management Committee, SNCST 2016

Chief, Promotion and Publicity Division

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

Khumaltar, Lalitpur, GPO Box 3323, Kathmandu, Nepal



Tel: +9775547717, 5547715

Fax: +97715547713

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences| CUG Gandhinagar| 10-19 March

Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences

10-19 March 2016

Organised by: Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, New Delhi

Download: Notification and Application Form

Friday, January 29, 2016

Just Published "India Higher Education Report 2015" edited by N. V. Varghese & Garima Malik

India Higher Education Report 2015

Edited by N. V. Varghese & Garima Malik; Routledge, 2015, ISBN: 9781138121171, US$ 150.00.

About the Book

The unprecedented expansion of higher education in India and the proliferation of providers in turn have posed enormous challenges to equity, quality and financing of the sector. The India Higher Education Report 2015 traces the evolution of higher education and discusses the key role of committees and commissions whose reports and recommendations form the backdrop of contemporary developments. Authoritative and comprehensive, the volume examines a range of themes including equity, financing, employment, quality, and governance. It also engages with new and recent data as well as current issues and debates. The volume will be an important resource for academics, policy makers, civil society organisations, media and those concerned with higher education. It will also be useful to scholars and researchers of public policy, sociology and economics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. About the Contributors. List of Tables. List of Figures. List of Abbreviations. 1. Introduction N. V.Varghese and Garima Malik | Part I. The Higher Education Context 2. Higher Education Policy in India: Emerging Issues and Approaches Sukhadeo Thorat 3. Commissions and Committees on Higher Education in India: Perspectives and Recommendations on Major Issues A. Mathew | Part II. Equity in Higher Education 4. Quantitative Expansion of Higher Education in India P. Duraisamy 5. Perspectives on Social Group Disparities in Higher Education Govardhan Wankhede 6. Gender Representation in Higher Education: Going Beyond Numbers Karuna Chanana | Part III. Quality in Higher Education 7. Quality Assurance in Indian Higher Education-Role of NAAC Jagannath Patil and Latha Pillai 8. Research and Innovation in Universities in India: V.V. Krishna and Swapan Kumar Patra | Part IV. Diversification of the System 9. Diversification of Higher Education in India G.D. Sharma 10. Distance Education and Technology Based Education: An ICT Framework B.P. Sanjay | Part IV. Employment of Higher Education Graduates 11. The Employability of Tertiary-Level Graduates in India Santosh Mehrotra 12. Higher Education and International Migration Binod Khadria | Part V. Financing of Higher Education 13. A Decade of Ups and Downs in Public Expenditure on Higher Education in India J.B.G. Tilak 14. New Modes of Financing Higher Education: Cost Recovery, Private Financing and Student Loans Saumen Chattopadhyay | Part V. Private Higher Education 15. Emerging Trends in Private Higher Education in India Asha Gupta | Part VI Governance and Management 16. Regulation of Higher Education: Why and Whitherto R. V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar 17. State Councils of Higher Education: Expectations and Experiences M. Anandakrishnan 18. Institutional Autonomy and Leadership in Higher Education Sudhanshu Bhushan | Part VII Internationalization: International Students, Institution and Programme Mobility 19. Internationalization of Higher Education: Students and Institutional Mobility Rupa Chanda.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Invitation: TRCSS' International Conference on Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation | January 29-30 | JNU Convention Centre

International Conference on Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation

Organized By: South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN), TRCSS@JNU; STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) @University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Dates: January 29-30, 2016

Venue: Committee Hall, JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Aims of the Conference
In this conference we will consider the windows of opportunity for urban regeneration and renewal being opened up through growing concerns about various aspects of urban decay. We will explore possibilities for building upon alternative practices and creating new alliances as an integral part of transformative change for city region planning. Ultimately we will seek to support the strategies that governments and social movements can pursue to work toward regimes of urbanization that support sustainability. Through a combination of plenary presentations, case studies and working group discussions, we will work towards new (critical policy engaged) research and engagement agendas that will consider how transformations to sustainable urbanization will happen and through what mechanisms.
We will engage with the following cross cutting themes:
a) Ideas of green urban development (land use politics and city region planning)
b) Technology choice and innovation
c) Institutional Change - A shift from government towards new models of governance (Decentralization, PPP etc.)
d) Financing and incentives
e) The interface between formality and informality
f) Social mobilization and challenges of alliance formation for urban sustainability

Working Groups (WGs)
With these themes in mind, three conference working groups (WGs) will bring together diverse disciplinary and sectoral perspectives to bear in discussing priorities for a forward looking research and engagement agenda. The focus of the three working groups is as follows:
WG-1: Environment, Health and sustainable cities: what next for the Nexus?
WG-2: Growth and Urban Sustainability
WG-3: Social Mobilisation and Sustainable Urban Transformation

29th January, 2016, Friday
9:00-9:30 AM | Tea / Coffee
9.15–9:30 AM | Registration
9:30–10:00 AM | Introductory Session
10:00–11:30 AM | Session 1 | Current urban sustainability research by JNU and STEPS Centre
11:30–11.45 AM | Tea/Coffee
11.45–1:30 PM | Session 2 | Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Approaches
2:30–4:00 PM | Working Group formation
4:00–4:30 PM | Tea/Coffee
4:30–5:30 PM | Working Group Activities Begin
30th January, 2016, Saturday
9:30–10 AM | Tea / Coffee
10- 11 AM | Working Group activities
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Tea/Coffee
11:30 – 1:00 PM | Working Group activities continue
2:00–3:30PM | Preparation of working group reports
3.45–6:00 PM | Reporting back on amended position paper and priority for future research agendas & concluding remarks

Further Details

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today | South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) Launch event | IIC New Delhi

South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) Launch event

January 28, 2016; 6.00 – 9.00 PM

Venue: Lecture Room – II (Annexe Building), India International Centre, New Delhi

6:00 PM- 7:15 PM | Inauguration: SASH&KN
Chair: Nitin Desai; Co-Chair: Prasenjit Sen
Speakers: Pranav N Desai; Dinesh Abrol; Fiona Marshall; Ian Scoones; Sunita Narain; P. Sainath
Concluding Remark: Nitin Desai and Prasenjit Sen

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM | Launch of Friends of Sustainability
Chair and Moderation: Ritu Priya
Speakers: Miloon Kothari, Usha Ramanathan, Tikender Singh Panwar, Dipak Gyawali, Priyanie Amersinghe, Partho Datta, and Felix Padel
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Open Discussion
9:00 PM | Dinner

*Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU is a collaborative initiative of four Centres within the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, namely Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) and Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies (CIS&LS). One of the major initiatives of the TRCSS, JNU is South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)  a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre. STEPS Centre is a joint venture of Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. 

Launch of South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)

Launch of South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)
Organized by:
Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies @ JNU; STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) @University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Date: January 28, 2016 (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m.
Venue: India International Centre, New Delhi, India

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Journal of Scientometric Research (@JSciRes) - New issue online

[Apologies for Cross Postings]

Table of Contents - Journal of Scientometric Research (J Sci Res)

2015 | September-December | Volume 4 | Issue 3


The research publications of members of European national noncommunicable disease health advisory committees [pg. 124]
Elena Pallari, Grant Lewison
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Impact of collaboration on Indian forensic science research: A scientometric mapping from 1975 to 2012 [pg. 135]
J John Jeyasekar, P Saravanan
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Publics, issues, and nanotechnology in Indian news media [pg. 143]
Koen Beumer
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A citation analysis of the research reports of the Central Mining Institute. Mining and Environment using the Web of Science, Scopus, BazTech, and Google Scholar: A case study [pg. 153]
Magdalena Bemke-Switilnik, Aneta Drabek
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Social media research: A scientometric assessment of world publications output during 2001–2014 [pg. 161]
BM Gupta, SM Dhawan, Ritu Gupta
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Applying the ecological Shannon's diversity index to measure research collaboration based on coauthorship: A pilot study [pg. 172]
Ari Voutilainen, Mari Kangasniemi
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Highly cited publications output by India in materials science published during 2003–2012: A scientometric assessment [pg. 178]
BM Gupta, SM Dhawan, Ritu Gupta
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Information processing and management using citation network and keyword analysis to perform a systematic literature review on Green Supply Chain Management [pg. 195]
Fernanda Strozzi, Claudia Colicchia
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Handbook of Innovation Indicators and Measurement [pg. 206]
Anup Kumar Das
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Multimedia ontology: Representation and applications [pg. 208]
Bidyarthi Dutta
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Nanotechnology and Development: What's in it for Emerging Countries? [pg. 210]
Sujit Bhattacharya
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Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) publishes special issue on "Philosophy and Teachings of SR Ranganathan"

Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) publishes special issue on "Philosophy and Teachings of SR Ranganathan"
2015, Vol 62, No 4,  
ALIS is an open access journal established by Dr SR Ranganathan in 1954.

Table of Contents
Guest Editorial | by Jaideep Sharma |    199-202

  • Library Profession and Dr. Ranganathan | R Satyanarayana | 203-207
  • Ranganathan's philosophy in the context of societal development leading to a knowledge society | SB Ghosh | 208-212
  • Influence of Manu on Ranganthan's philosophy of library science: An overview | Partha Pratim Ray | 213-216
  • Revisiting contributions of Ranganathan in collection development | AS Chandel; Avijit Rai | 217-221
  • Ranganathan's contribution to bibliometrics | Bimal Kanti Sen | 222-225
  • Universal Decimal Classification and Colon Classification: Their mutual impact | Amitabha Chatterjee | 226-230
  • The Colon Classification: A few considerations on its future | KS Raghavan | 231-238
  • Save the national heritage: Revise the Colon Classification | MP Satija | 239-248
  • Web CC: An effort towards its revival | Parveen Babbar | 249-254
  • Ranganathan's elucidation of subject in the light of 'Infinity (∞)' | Bidyarthi Dutta | 255-264
  • Ranganathan and Dewey in hierarchical subject classification: Some similarities | Pijushkanti Panigrahi | 265-267
  • Principles for helpful sequence and their relevance in technical writings: A study | Shyama Rajaram | 268-273
  • Use of Ranganathan's analytico-synthetic approach in developing a domain ontology in library and information science | Shrabana Ghosh; Pijushkanti Panigrahi | 274-280
  • Developing a banking service ontology using Protégé, an open source software | Kaushal Giri; Pratibha Gokhale | 281-285
  • Revisiting Ranganathan's canons in online cataloguing environment | Rosalien Rout; Pijushkanti Panigrahi | 286-289
  • S R Ranganathan in Google Scholar and other citation databases | Anup Kumar Das; Sanjaya Mishra | 290-298

Book Reviews
  • Multimedia Ontology: Representation and Applications [Book Review] | Anup Kumar Das | 299-300
  • Organizing Knowledge: Then and Now [Book Review] | Anup Kumar Das | 301

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Audio Recording of CSSP Talk "Trademark and Trade Dress Protection: Impact on International Trade" delivered by Gargi Chakrabarty on 25th January

 CSSP  Talk

"Trademark and Trade Dress Protection: Impact on International Trade"


Dr Gargi Chakrabarty

Associate Professor (MHRD Chair on IPR)

National Law University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

 Delivered on Monday, 25th January 2016.

Listen to Audio Recording of the Lecture.  


Just Published "Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: The People’s President, The Missile Man of India" by P Sikka

Dr. APJAbdul Kalam: The People's President, The Missile Man of India

By Pawan Sikka, Uppal Publishing, 2016, ISBN: 9788176580885, INR 795.00.


About the Book

Bharat Ratna, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) rose from humble beginnings to become India's top missile and space scientist and its first technocrat President (2002-2007). Earlier, the former President was actively involved in India's civilian space programme and defence missile development efforts. Dr Kalam, a political to the core, endeared himself to the youth, particularly students, with his almost evangelical-type appeal to strive for creativity, righteousness and courage. Even eight years after he left his august address, he continued to shower students and citizens alike, within India as well as abroad, ignited their minds with his innovative ideas and theories. He collapsed while delivering a talk on the livable planet earth, at the IIM Shillong, on 27 July 2015 at the age of 83. He was a great son of India. This book is a collection of glorious tributes paid by his fellow scientists, technocrats and colleagues, political leaders, media professionals, friends and admirers touching upon the various facets of his life and work and his contributions as a defence and space scientist, administrator, educator, author, great human being etc. He gave wings to their dreams. A very useful and inspiring book for the younger generations, students, researchers, historians of science, policy-planners, libraries etc., providing them with an insight into the life and work of the noble soul Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, as well as his patriotic feelings for carrying out the indigenous scientific and technological efforts towards the socio-economic development of India of the 21st century. He dreamt of India to emerge as a developed nation by 2020. Dr. Kalam will be a role model for millions of young men and women in the country fired by the ambition of achieving greater things in life.

About the Author

Dr. Pawan Sikka (b. 1944) is a former Scientist-G/ Advisor, Government of India, Ministry/Department of Science and Technology, (DST) New Delhi, and has had held various senior technical positions there, during his dynamic years, 1974-2004. Dr Sikka received the benefit of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's guidance, during 1995-2002, in the preparation of India: Vision 2020 technical reports, by the Technology Information Forecasting Assessment Council (TIFAC), as well as the promotion of indigenous technology towards their commercialization and wider domestic applications in India, at the Technology Development Board (TDB), New Delhi. He has received his MSc, PhD and DSc degrees in Physics. As a British scholar, he was awarded the Visiting Fellowship, for the academic year 1984-85, for studying the management of new science and technology policy related issues, at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Dr Sikka is a well-known science and technology policy analyst and is widely published and travelled in India and abroad.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CSSP Talk "Shaping cultures of prediction: Knowledge, authority and the construction of climate change" by Matthias Heymann, Denmark | 29th January

 Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

 Invites you to a

Talk on

Shaping cultures of prediction: Knowledge, authority and the construction of climate change


 Matthias Heymann

Centre for Science Studies,

Aarhus University, Denmark.

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

Time:   3:00 P.M.

Date:    Friday, 29th January,  2016

Abstract: Computer simulation was adopted quickly in the atmospheric sciences since the early 1950s. Successes in weather and climate simulation increased the attraction and authority of this approach. A growing number of groups, first in the USA, later also in Australia and Europe, engaged in the development and use of climate models. Already in the late 1970s, climate modeling had become a dominant resource for the production of knowledge about climate. In this presentation I will present a historical account of climatology and climate modeling and argue: First, climate modeling and simulation have significantly changed the science of climate and the very understanding of the term climate; second, climate models initially served heuristic purposes to investigate and better understand atmospheric processes. Since the 1970s, climate prediction became a predominant role and a new culture of climate prediction emerged.

About the Speaker: Matthias Heymann is Associate Professor for the History of Science and Technology at the Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus Unversity, Denmark. His research focuses on the history of environmental science and technology. He led a Danish-US research project on the history of science and technology in Cold War Greenland (2010-2013) and currently leads the project "Shaping Cultures of Prediction: Knowledge, Authority, and the Construction of Climate Change". He is Associate Editor of Centaurus and Domain Editor of WIREs Climate Change for the Domain Climate, History, Society, Culture.

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinators, CSSP Lecture Series


CfPs: Transforming Innovation: Science & Technology for Social Needs | SPRU's 50th Anniversary Conference | 7-9 September, UK

Transforming Innovation: Science and Technology for Social Needs
SPRU's 50th Anniversary Conference
7-9 September 2016, University of Sussex, U.K.
SPRU has been at the forefront of thinking on science, technology and innovation policy for over half a century. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, we believe that innovation policy has the potential to help tackle some of the world's most central challenges, such as sustainable development and inequality. Over three days, we will explore what the future of innovation policy looks like and invite policymakers, practitioners and other leading thinkers to join us for a lively discussion at the SPRU 50th Anniversary Conference to be held over 7-9 September 2016. The first day of the conference will be more policy and practitioner focused, with the second and third days as the academic conference. Participants are encouraged to attend all three days. We are pleased to now call for proposals for Days 2 and 3.

Call for Proposals
Innovation is critical to the future of our economy and societal prosperity. This conference will explore the nature, determinants and direction of innovation and its contribution to meeting future global challenges in multiple domains such as economic stability, food security, healthcare provision, resource use, water supply, waste management, energy supply and climate change.
Responding effectively to these interconnected challenges requires a fundamental rethink of how we organize, govern, direct and accelerate innovation so that it contributes to long-term sustainable development, economic progress and social justice. Innovation refers to individual technologies as well as R&D, but also to larger technical systems and infrastructures, social, institutional and policy innovations, political processes and the interconnections between these. Innovation is the outcome of interactions between multiple bodies, including firms, intermediaries, public sector organisations, civil society groups and users of technology.
With a view to creating an engaging conference, the Programme Committee invites participants to take an active role in constructing an exciting and challenging programme. We seek high quality proposals for a range of main and parallel sessions that address the overall conference theme and topics listed below. We are open to ideas about doing things differently. We invite researchers and stakeholders from business, policy and civil society to submit ideas related to the future of innovation policy on a range of topics, including the following:
  • What factors (social, economic and political) have shaped science, technology and innovation policy over the last half-century, and what factors are likely to shape it over the next 50 years?
  • What long term structural adjustments and transitions are underway in the economy and society and how are these both driven by innovation and a source of future transformation of innovation?
  • Is innovation policy equipped to tackle today's most pressing challenges and how can it be changed to meet those challenges?
  • How can infrastructure be transformed to meet social and environmental objectives and how can knowledge and intellectual property be managed in this process?
  • What explains the structure and dynamics of innovating firms and industrial systems and how can innovation capabilities be enhanced?
  • What are the relationships between finance and innovation and how can finance be redirected to address key sustainable development concerns?
  • How can we ensure that innovation is 'inclusive'?
  • What does inclusive innovation look like at the local, national, regional level and what is the role of grassroots initiatives?
  • How can we ensure that marginalised communities are involved in this process?
  • How can we improve collaboration between firms, governments and civil society on innovation?
  • What new governance structures are needed and how could they emerge?
  • How well do we govern dual use technologies in our quest for a more peaceful and sustainable world?
  • What can we say of the relationships between innovation and (in)security?
  • How can we assess and map the quality and impact of research and innovation?
  • What is the role of expert scientific advice in the governance process and how can scientific uncertainties and controversies be dealt with more effectively?
  • What lessons can we draw from experiences in fostering innovation in developing countries?
  • What new development agendas are emerging?

What are we looking for at SPRU's anniversary conference?
Global perspectives: we seek participation, perspectives, insights and examples from all over the world
Active engagement: with stakeholders from business, civil society and government in as many sessions as possible.
Contributions from a wide range of sectors and technologies: including food, water, energy, mobility, healthcare, water, biotechnology, the creative economy, digital technologies and others.
Reflections about the development of innovation studies: its status, achievements, direction and how it can respond to a transformative change agenda.

Please see the guidance below on criteria for submissions.
We seek three types of proposal:
  • Individual research paper proposals: These are standard academic papers addressing the conference themes. Proposals should include a 600 word abstract that provides information about the question, theory, method and findings, plus a brief biography of each author (10 lines each maximum). Full papers will be required three weeks prior to the event.
  • Research session proposals: These are 90 min sessions comprising three original research papers on a common theme, with an invited commentator and chair. Non-academic authors and commentators are welcome, and we encourage PhD student-led sessions. Proposals should include a 500 word description of the session and how it relates to the conference themes, plus 600 word abstracts of each paper. Biographies of all participants should also be included, including the invited commentator and Chair (10 lines each). Full papers will be required three weeks prior to the event.
  • Dialogue session proposals: These are 60-90 minutes sessions, intended to stimulate debate about the topics covered by the conference and the challenge of transforming innovation. Proposals should include a 600 word description/framing of the session, including the proposed format and issues to be covered, plus a brief (10 line each) biography of each participant. This type of session thus does not require full papers, only discussion paper elaborating the proposed framing. We strongly encourage proposals for new and innovative formats.
  • Submission via email to:
  • Format: PDF or Microsoft Word
  • Digital file names should follow the format: organiser (or author) last name, plus either IP for Individual Paper, RS for research session, and DS for Dialogue session. E.g. Schot_IP. Further details about the conference fees and accommodation arrangements will be available in due course, including early bird discounts and fee-subsidies for select participants.
For more information contact:
Nora Blascsok, Research Support and Communications Assistant, SPRU,
Deadline for submission is 1 March 2016. Participants will be informed of the outcome by 15 April 2016.

Further Details:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

STEPS Summer School 2016 on Pathways to Sustainability: Apply now

STEPS Summer School 2016: Apply now

Applications are open for our 5th Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability in May 2016. The application deadline is 27 January.

The Summer School brings together 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.
Complete the online application form
Download the brochure (pdf)

About the Summer School
The STEPS Centre Summer School aims to bring together an exceptional group of people who are exploring ideas and research methodologies for 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.


  • "Wonderful opportunity. A fantastic group of participants, and the very knowledgable faculty treated us as colleagues on this journey towards sustainable pathways together." 2014 participant
  • "Beautiful to have 24 nations in the same room thinking and discussing global to local issues!" 2013 participant
  • "Academically it enhanced my methodological thinking, professionally, it enhanced my perspectives of career aspirations. Personally, it was very humbling to learn from the multiple talents of the participants." 2013 participant
  • "It was challenging, stimulating and also fun, exciting and very engaging. I never expected to have so much time to speak with STEPS staff." 2013 participant
  • "I liked the fact that it really was an open space in which everyone's (teachers AND students) ideas and experiences could be shared and critically engaged with. I really valued how much everyone respected each other's thoughts and ideas"  2012 participant

How it works
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is the main venue. IDS is on the edge of the Sussex University campus, set in the middle of rolling countryside but with good transport links to Brighton. The programme includes lectures and discussions, 'walkshops' – longer discussions held on walks through the surrounding area – social events, and a chance to play the African Farmer game. The Summer School also includes some time in smaller groups, where participants get to reflect and discuss their own work, led and mentored by members of the STEPS Centre. The discussion in these groups goes towards a mini-conference, planned and run by participants themselves, with support from the STEPS team.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

You Start Dying Slowly | by Pablo Neruda

You Start Dying Slowly |
By Pablo Neruda

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don't know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice…

(Pablo Neruda, Spanish poet won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

আর একটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো

আর একটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো --
সাড়ে আট-টায় ঘুম ভেঙ্গে যায,
সকাল বড্ড তাড়াতাড়ি হয় -
রাত-টা আর একটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !
ধীরে সুস্থ্যে   মুখ ধুয়ে, 
আয়েশ করে চুমুক চায়ে -
লিকার-টা আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হতো !
খুলছে মগজ  খবর কাগজ,
তিনের পাতায় জবর খবর -
কেচ্ছাটা  কিন্তু আরেকটু হ'লে ভালই হতো !

ঠিক নয়-টায় টয়লেট পায়,
কনস্টিপেশন বড্ড ভোগায় -
হোলো - কিন্তু আ-রেক-টু হলে ভালো হ'তো !
স্নানের পরে  খাবার পাতে,
গরম ভাত ঘি-এর সাথে -
ঘি---টা আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !

প্রতিদিন অফিসেতে লেট,
চিন্তা কী -  আছে তো রিবেট
ঘন্টা-খানেক - তবে আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !
কাজ কম -  তাই গল্প দেদার,
তি-ন-টে  ডি এ বাড়ছে এবার -
অনেক ডিউ -  আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !
মাইনের ওপর উপরি পাওনা,
নেহাৎ সেটা কম হয় না -
এ বাজারে - আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !
কাজের ফাঁকে  টিভি-তে খেলা,
তিনশো  রান যদিও মেলা -
বলা তো যায় না, আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !

ফেরার পথে মদের ঠেক,
বউ-এর ভয়ে জাস্ট দু -পেগ -
নেশা-টা --- আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !
বাড়িতে আজ টেনশন হবে,
ছেলের আজ-ই  রেজাল্ট দেবে -
নি-রা-নব্বই, ইশশ -আরেকটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !
শোবার আগে টিভি দেখা,
ভিজে কাপড়ে নাচছে ওরা 
অনেকটা-ই যাচ্ছে দেখা -
তবে আরেক-টু  হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !

ঘুম ভেঙ্গে যায় গভীর রাতে,
ও কারা হেঁটে যায় শ্মশান পথে,
ভাঙ্গা কোমর   দুমড়ানো পেট
বন্ধ বাগান   মিলের গেট ।
ওদের কথা ভাবতে মানা,
তবু স্বপ্নে ওরা দিচ্ছে হানা,
চামড়া আমার অ-নে-ক মোটা -
আর একটু হ'লে ভালো হ'তো !!!

History and Philosophy of Science Winter [Northern Summer] School | Philosophical and Historical Dimensions of Biological Individuality

History and Philosophy of Science Winter [Northern Summer] School | Philosophical and Historical Dimensions of Biological Individuality

July 18-21, 2016

University of Sydney

We invite applications from graduate students and early-career researchers in the history, philosophy, and social studies of science and biomedicine, and related fields, for a four-day (southern-hemisphere) winter school focusing on philosophical and historical dimensions of biological individuality. This is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in some of the more exciting recent developments in the philosophy and history of biology, those seeking to integrate historical and philosophical approaches in the interdisciplinary analysis of science, and anyone wanting an advanced introduction to biological theories of individuality and self.

The nature of biological individuality has excited considerable debate and controversy during the past decade or more. The problem of what constitutes a biological individual is an old one, but philosophers and historians recently have refreshed and transformed the conceptual field. In this winter school we bring into conversation leading historians and philosophers of biology who have studied different aspects of the problem, and have diverse opinions on the matter. In particular, we hope to explore similarities and differences between the individual of evolutionary theory and the organismal or physiological individual posited in, for example, developmental biology or modern immunology. That is, we ask how the individual of natural selection might be related to, or distinguished from, physiological concepts such as the immunological self or other temporally framed entities.

Until recently, evolutionary questions have dominated discussion of biological individuality. Which units function as distinct members of an evolving population? How do new levels of individuality emerge through evolution? Increasingly, however, philosophers and historians have come to focus on other forms of individuality, such as physiological individuality, which involves identifying individuals by their organizational and functional properties rather than their capacity to play a role in evolutionary processes. Microbial communities are a compelling application for this organismal approach, whether considered in their own right or as a component of a holobiont (a multicellular organism and its microbial symbionts). Organizational perspectives on individuality shift the focus (or enlarge it?) from how entities replicate themselves to how metabolic and developmental processes allow recognition, maintenance, and propagation of selves. In the light of these developments, it may make sense to think of a biological individual as an interactive process without a single, unified telos.

We are looking forward to discussing these issues and many others, according to the interests of participants. Through a mix of seminars, small group discussions, and case studies, graduate students and early-career researchers will find themselves on the frontiers of knowledge of biological individuality. The workshop faculty will illustrate their arguments with examples of their own recent and forthcoming research. We expect participants to shape these discussions and to contribute ideas and examples from their own studies. Additionally, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy Sydney's harbor, beaches, food, and cultural activities.

Participating faculty:

Lynn K. Nyhart (University of Wisconsin-Madison), a distinguished historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century biology, author of Modern Nature: The Rise of Biological Perspective in Germany (2009), and co-editor of Biological Individuality: Integrating Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Perspectives (forthcoming).

Alan Love (University of Minnesota), director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, a leading philosopher focusing on conceptual issues in evolutionary and developmental biology, giving special attention to the epistemology of scientific practice (e.g., "Individuation, Individuality, and Experimental Practice in Developmental Biology" [forthcoming]).

Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney), a leading philosopher of biology, who has written extensively on concepts of biological individuality, genomics, and developmental biology.

Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney), an historian of science and medicine, whose inquiries into concepts of the immunological self, and biological individuality more generally, resulted in Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity (2014).

Applicants should send a CV and a brief description (maximum one page) of their research interests, and how they relate to the topic of the Winter School, to (with a subject heading "Winter School Application"). Closing date is May 30, 2016. We will take care of accommodation expenses and most meals for the period of the Winter School, but participants (or their institutions) will have to cover their own transport costs.

The Winter School is supported by the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, and the International Research Collaboration Fund of the University of Sydney. 

Call for Applications: 2016 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: "Decolonizing Science in Asia"

Department of Asian Studies                                                                                 


School of Languages and Literatures                                                       Office:  814-867-3260
College of the Liberal Arts                                                                       Fax: 814-863-3528

The Pennsylvania State University                                                           E-mail: asianstudies[at]

102 Old Botany Building                                                                         Web site:

University  Park, PA  16802-6203                                                          


2016 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute

"Decolonizing Science in Asia"


Pennsylvania State University invites applications for its annual Asian Studies Summer Institute, to be held June 13-17, 2016. This year's Institute, co-directed by Prakash Kumar (Penn State), Projit Mukharji (University of Pennsylvania), and Amit Prasad (University of Missouri-Columbia), is on the theme of "Decolonizing Science in Asia."


The Institute is a weeklong structured program wherein participants will discuss their own work and engage with emerging theoretical and empirical works on the topic. The conveners will compile a list of leading works to be discussed at the workshop.  Penn State will cover housing and meals, and offer an honorarium to help defray travel costs (USD 400, 600, 800 to participants from east coast, Midwest, and west coast, USD 1000 to participants from Europe, and 1350 to those from Asia). Applicants must have completed their PhDs between August 2010 and August 2015, or be advanced graduate students who have completed a major part of their dissertation.


We embrace "decolonization" as a historiographical and methodological stand to create a space for thinking of Asian humanities on its own terms. Investigating science in "Asia," where the latter is both physically situated and dispersed through the diasporas, we intend to de-center the west as a starting point of analysis. Considering multi-scalar and entangled processes of scientific practice and knowledge, we plan to 1) develop new conceptual frameworks and methods for understanding spaces and sovereignties; 2) explore the salience of themes central to Asian Studies such as questions of national state formation and citizenship, regions, identity, the postcolonial moment, selfhood, cultural meanings, public sphere, and subalternity; and 3) investigate vernacular traditions, the multiplicity of subject positions, and the equally heterogeneous process of "meaning-making." We thus seek to decolonize science from previous teleologies within which scholars framed particular histories of science in Asia as simply exemplifications of "modern science" that allegedly emerged in Europe. Particularly strong works will be considered for publication in Verge: Studies in Global Asias ( 


Interested participants should send the following documents in a single PDF file to Sue Stewart (sxs6[at] by March 1.

1. An abstract of 1500 words outlining research project and clarifying its connection to the Institute theme.

2. A sample of current work.

3. A current c.v. (no longer than 2 pp).

4. A letter from a principal advisor about the advanced status of work (in the case of graduate students).

Decisions will be made by April 1, 2016. Any inquiries with regard to the Institute may be directed to Prakash Kumar (puk15[at]

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

World Bank releases "World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends"

World Bank releases "World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends"


JNU Workshop on Plagiarism and Reference Management | 12-13 February

Central Library, JNU is organizing

Workshop on Plagiarism and Reference Management

(For Research Scholars of the University)

at Committee Room, Central Library, JNU, New Delhi on 12th–13th Feb, 2016

About the Workshop

The workshop aims to sensitize the participants on 'Issues related to Plagiarism' and how the power of reference manager can be used in their research activities. The focus of the workshop is to provide hands-on training on "Mendeley – a free reference manager" to the participants.

Plagiarism is considered as a form of misconduct in scholarly communications. You, as a researcher, must have heard about it; or you might know what it is. However, there exists ambiguity about it in academic community. When does plagiarism occur? Is there any established percentage to determine when plagiarism has taken place? Is there a rule of thumb to determine plagiarism? Are there different types of it? What may be the consequences if plagiarism is detected? How to avoid it? This workshop aims to address these types of questions.

Use of reference manager can be a powerful addition to your research activities. Mendeley is a free Reference Manager and Academic Social Network that can assist you in managing references, research papers (PDFs), annotating your PDFs, taking searchable notes, citing while you are writing, automatically creating bibliographies, syncing your account between multiple computers, collaborating, and discovering new research in fields of interest.

Come to learn how you can avoid plagiarism and use Mendeley in your research workflow.

Workshop Objectives

The objectives of this workshop are to make you learn:

  • What is plagiarism and how to avoid it?
  • What are the different styles of referencing?
  • How Mendeley can help in managing references?
  • How to get Mendeley working on your computer?
  • How to add and manage research papers in your Mendeley Library?
  • How to import references and add associated paper to your library?
  • How to highlight and take notes? How to use searchable notes?
  • How to cite and create bibliographies while you write?

Who can participate?

Research Scholars of Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy.


Registration is free. However, seats are limited (at most 100); therefore, prior registration on first-come, first-served basis is necessary. Please click on the following link to fill the Online Registration Form

Workshop Agenda
12-02-2016 (Friday) 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Timing Activity
02:00pm - 03:15 pm What is Plagiarism and how to avoid it?

by Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur, University Librarian

03:15 pm - 03:30 pm Plagiarism: Intricate Doubts and Simple Answers

by Dr. Shiva Kanaujia, Deputy Librarian

03:30 pm - 04:30 pm Training Session on
Turnitin – Originality Check Software and
iThenticate - Plagiarism Detection Software

04:30 pm - 05:15 pm Training Session on EndNote - Reference Management Software

by Mr. Alok Jha, Thomson Reuters

Hands-on training will be provided in two separate sessions
(by Mr. Sanjeev K Sunny and Mr. Babar Raees)

Group A - First Fifty Participants
13-02-2016 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Timing Activity
10:00 am - 10:30 am Mendeley: features and functionalities

by Sanjeev K Sunny, Assistant Librarian

Hands-on: Registering, downloading and installing Mendeley

10:30 am - 11:30 am Hands-on:
  1. Adding and managing PDFs
  2. Adding and managing references
  3. Highlighting and taking notes in PDFs
11:30 am - 11:45 am Tea Break
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Hands-on:
  1. Installing MS-Word Plug-in

Citing and Creating bibliographies with Mendeley Cite-O-Matic

12:45 pm - 01:00 pm Open Discussion
Group B - Rest of the Participants
13-02-2016 (Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Timing Activity
02:00 pm - 02:30 pm Mendeley: features and functionalities

by Sanjeev K Sunny, Assistant Librarian

Hands-on: Registering, downloading and installing Mendeley

02:30 pm - 03:30 pm Hands-on:
  1. Adding and managing PDFs
  2. Adding and managing references
  3. Highlighting and taking notes in PDFs
03:30 pm - 03:45 pm Tea Break
03:45 pm - 04:45 pm Hands-on:
  1. Installing MS-Word Plug-in

Citing and Creating bibliographies with Mendeley Cite-O-Matic

04:45 pm - 05:00 pm Open Discussion

Workshop Coordinators
Mr. Sanjeev K Sunny
Assistant Librarian, Cyber Library
Central Library, JNU

Training Programme on Research Issues & Methods in Innovation Systems & Sustainable Development| 14-20 March| CDS, Kerala, India

Training Programme on Research Issues and Methods in Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development
14-20 March 2016
Venue: Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Applications are invited from PhD scholars and young university/college teachers for a 6-day training programme including interactive sessions
during the INDIALICS 2016 conference. Those alreadyregistered for PhD may please apply with a brief write up (about 1000 words) on their research problem. Those who have cleared JRF but not registered for PhD are especially welcome. All the selected candidates will be provided with local hospitality and travel cost as per UGC norms.The application may be submitted to on or before 31 January 2016.

ICCSR Special Lecture by Thomas Piketty | January 21 | JNU Convention Center

ICCSR Special Lecture by Thomas Piketty

Date: January 21, 2016 at 11:30am

Venue: JNU Convention Center, JNU, New Delhi, India

Thomas Piketty is a French economist who works on wealth and income inequality. He is a professor (directeur d'études) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), professor at the Paris School of Economics and Centennial professor at the London School of Economics new International Inequalities Institute.

He is the author of the best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which emphasises the themes of his work on wealth concentrations and distribution over the past 250 years. The book argues that the rate of capital return in developed countries is persistently greater than the rate of economic growth, and that this will cause wealth inequality to increase in the future. He considers that to be a problem, and to address it, he proposes redistribution through a progressive global tax on wealth.

P.S: Hi. There is no registration needed. Once you send a mail to it will automatically register you.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Globelics Book "Natural Resources, Innovation and Development"

Natural Resources, Innovation and Development
by Allan Dahl Andersen, Bjørn Harold Johnson, Anabel Marín, Dave Kaplan, Lilia Stubrin, Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Raphael Kaplinsky
Globelics/ Aalborg University Press, 2015, ISBN 9788771123678.

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In this Globelics Thematic Review, the author team presents and discusses recent research on the relationships between natural resources, innovation and development, and suggests some implications of this body of knowledge for policy makers. The Review sets out to explore three interlinked questions with a particular focus on innovation and industry dynamics. First, to what extent is it currently possible for a country to develop on the basis of natural resources? Second, what are the main underlying mechanisms of resource intensive development paths? Third, how can such mechanisms be supported politically? The Globelics review considers a range of contemporary and historical studies and diverse theoretical positions concerning resource intensive development paths. The intention is to make it easier for analysts and policy makers to learn both from countries that in the past have succeeded in transforming their natural resource wealth into long-term development and from recent obstacles to resource intensive development encountered by some developing economies. The review furthermore considers whether a resource intensive development path is more or less environmentally sustainable than other forms of industrial specialization.

The purpose of the Thematic Review is to inspire future Globelics research and to influence policy. However, there is no intention of giving specific advice to donor and development organisations about the conduct of development aid and design of development strategies in the field of natural resources and development. The intention is merely to offer practitioners insight into an innovation perspective on development on the basis of natural resources. We hope that this review may inspire the design and development of new and effective policies for innovation systems and strategies for development.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

JNU Talk "The Use of Recent Advances in Electron Microscopy To Study Ribosome Structure" by Prof. Venki Ramakrishnan | 7th January

The Rutherford Memorial Lecture of the Royal Society

The Use of Recent Advances in Electron Microscopy To Study Ribosome Structure

by Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Venki Ramakrishnan

Date: 7th January 2016

Time: 03:00 PM

Venue: JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

The Rutherford Memorial Lecture of the Royal Society, named in honor of Ernest Rutherford FRS and first delivered in 1952, is an annual exchange lecture between university centres in the Commonwealth. One in three is given in New Zealand.

For the last hundred years, the main technique to determine the atomic structures of molecules has been X-ray crystallography. Recently, advances in both detectors and algorithms for data analysis has made it possible to reach ~3A resolution for biological macro-​molecules using single-particle electron microscopy. This has for the first time made it possible to obtain atomic models of these molecules without the use of crystals and with very small amounts and heterogeneous samples. I will discuss how my laboratory has used these advances to determine an atomic model for the mitochondrial ribosome de novo.

RSVP: Dr B Chandrasekar <>, Ph: +91-9899753575

Monday, January 4, 2016

JNU invites you to Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture "Rationality and Alienation" by Professor Akeel Bilgrami | 11 January | JNU Convention Centre

Dean, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Cordially invites you to

The Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture 2016

"Rationality and Alienation"

by Professor Akeel Bilgrami
(Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Professor, Committee on Global Thought; Director, South Asian Institute, Columbia University)

Monday, 11 January, 2016 at 4.00 P.M.
Venue: Auditorium- I, Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • Welcome: Professor C. P. Chandrasekhar
  • Distribution of Avani Bhat and Ranjan Roy Memorial Awards
  • Lecture: Prof. Akeel Bilgrami
  • Vote of thanks: Professor Praveen Jha
  • Tea
RSVP: Professor Praveen Jha, Chairperson, CESP, SSS, JNU
Tel: +91-11-26704421 email:

FW: Book release on 7th Januray 2016 at 4.00 PM in the Committee Room, SLS

Dear Colleagues,

As you are kindly aware that Dr. Jaishree Paul has written a book titled "Handbook of Disease causing Microbes" which is published jointly by Ane Books, New Delhi and CRC Press (Taylor and Francis).  The release of book will be held on 7th January 2016 at 4.00 PM in the Committee Room of SLS.  Prof. Prasenjit Sen, Rector will be the chief guest of the function.

All faculty members are requested to kindly attend the function.


Thanking you,

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,