Friday, August 11, 2017

Call for Applications for ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowships (AIRTF) for ASEAN Researchers

Call for Applications for ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowships (AIRTF) for ASEAN Researchers


Supported by ASEAN-India Science & Technology Development Fund (AISTDF)


Objectives: The AIRTF scheme is a fellowship scheme with the following objectives:

  • To promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN Member States to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D/ academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise.
  • To facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations.

As a spin-off, the Fellowship awardees may also have opportunity to get co-supervisors from India for their research projects for Ph.D. or Master's degree on their return to their home countries.


Number of Fellowships: Initially to start with 100 (One Hundred) Fellowships per year shall be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN Member States to get affiliated with Indian academic and R&D institutions. These Fellowships shall be equally distributed among ASEAN Member Country. Initially, 10 Fellowship shall be allocated for each ASEAN country. However, this number could be re-adjusted in accordance with the number of applicants from respective each ASEAN Member State.


Duration of Fellowship: The duration of the Fellowship will be for a period of up to six months. A minor variation in the duration would be allowed on recommendations of the Indian host Institute/ University depending upon the actual requirement of the research project as mutually agreed between the Fellowship holder and the Indian host institution.


Areas in Which Fellowships Are Available: The area/ topic of research for availing AIRTF must be ASEAN centric and must be aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI)-2016-2025. A copy of the APASTI is placed at Appendix-I. Fellowship will be offered for working in research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:

  • Science Policy / IPR Management / Technology Transfer & Commercialisation
  • Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI (e.g., Open Access Movement, Scientometrics, Open Science, Open Research Data, Open Innovation, Grassroots Innovation, etc.)

A suggestive list of Indian institutions along with the areas of research offered by them is enclosed as Annexure-I. The Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP) of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is one of the research centres identified to host AIRTFs. For further information/ scientific collaboration please contact the undersigned.



Further Details | Annexure-I: List of Indian Institutions | Annexure-II - Application Form


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Dr. Anup Kumar Das 
Centre for Studies in Science Policy 
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University 
New Delhi - 110067, India
Twitter: @AannuuppK | @IndiaSTS
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CfPs: The Indian Media Economy: Social Transactions in Digital India | 6-8 December | IIT Bombay, India

The Indian Media Economy: Social Transactions in Digital India (IME 2017)
6th-8th December 2017
Venue: IIT Bombay, India


Call for Papers
The reconfiguration of social, cultural, economic and political relationships in parallel with the pervasive application of digital technologies has been regarded as an epochal shift in the Western world. In India, the breathtaking rapidity and scale of digitisation provides us with an even greater remaking of human relationships. This is an era where rapid commodification proceeds in tandem with the spread of digital media devices. For ordinary people, social media platforms bring new economic opportunities along with the monetisation of the personal and the everyday. In this context, it is evident that the rise of a Digital India is being accompanied by new aspirations and understandings of modernisation, participation and development.
This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities for the media industries in the context of ambitious plans for a 'Digital India'. From the academic perspective, the event will explore the complexities of infrastructure provision, service demand and media labour in the changing landscape of 'Digital India', along with the instances and processes through which new sets of social, economic and political transactions are being established between citizen and state, markets and publics, cultures and commodities in the 21st century.
The symposium is co-hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Our key themes will be:
  • Digitisation in the Media Industries
  • Remediation of Markets and Currencies
  • Digital Media Commodities and Content
  • Digital Publics and Mediated Politics
  • Media and Development Infrastructure

Organising Committee:
  • Adrian Athique (University of Queensland)
  • Shishir Jha (IIT Bombay)
  • Vibodh Parthasarathi (Jamia Millia Islamia)
  • Sunitha Chitrapu (Sophia Polytechnic)
Our call for applications is now open. There will be a limited number of places, so timely submission will be essential as per the following schedule.
  • Submission of Abstracts (200 words): 1st September
  • Selection of Abstracts: 21st September
  • Submission of Papers (5000 words): 24th November
Please use skjha9[@]gmail.com and a.athique[@]uq.edu.au for all correspondence with the subject heading as "Proposal for IME 2017".

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CfA: CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science | Sao Paolo, Brazil | 4-15 December 2017

CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science
4-15 December 2017
ICTP-SAIFR, Sao Paolo, Brazil


About the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science
What can justly be called the 'Data Revolution' offers many opportunities coupled with significant challenges. High among the latter is the need to develop the necessary data professions and data skills.  Researchers and research institutions worldwide recognise the need to promote data skills and we see short courses, continuing professional development and MOOCs providing training in data science and research data management.

In sum, this is because of the realisation that contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, inter-disciplinary research challenges – cannot effectively be done without a range of skills relating to data.  These skills include the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and annotation, etc, etc. The ensemble of these skills, we define as 'Research Data Science', that is the science of research data: how to look after and use the data that is core to your research.

The CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science has developed a short course, summer school, style curriculum that addresses these training requirements.  The course partners Software Carpentry (using the Shell command line and GitHub), Data Carpentry (using R and SQL) and the Digital Curation Centre (research data management and data management plans) and builds on materials developed by these organisations.  Also included in the programme are modules on Open Science, ethics, visualisation, machine learning (recommender systems and artificial neural networks) and research computational infrastructures.

The school has been successfully piloted at ICTP in Trieste in 2016 and 2017.  The vision of the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is to develop into an international network which makes it easy for partner organisations and institutions to run the schools in a variety of locations.  The annual event at the ICTP in Trieste will serve as a motor for building the network and building expertise and familiarity with the initiative's mission and objectives.  The core materials are made available for reuse and the co-chairs and Working Group team will provide guidance to assist partners in organising the school, in identifying instructors and helpers etc. The first school to expand this initiative will take place at ICTP-SAIFR (South American Institute of Fundamental Research), Sao Paolo, Brazil in December 2017.

Further information about the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science.

Short Report on the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, August 2016.

Programme for the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016.

Materials from the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016.

Programme for the Second CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, July 2017.



CfPs: ARJ Special issue on "Climate Change and Action Research: Creating Transformative Knowledge With Stakeholders"

Call for Papers: 
Action Research Journal (ARJ)'s Special issue on "Climate Change and Action Research: Creating Transformative Knowledge With Stakeholders"

Special Issue Senior Editor: Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D. Editor in Chief.

Special Issue Editor Team: Steve Waddell; Marina Apgar; Tom Wakeford; Karen O' Brien, Ioan Fazey, Rik Peters, Benito Teehankee.

Papers due to ARJ January 30, 2018

The science of climate change tells us that too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is disrupting climate patterns (IPCC, 2014). It is clear that we must halt catastrophic climate change and at the same time adapt to its near-term impacts. However, mobilizing social changes at the rate, scale, magnitude and depth that is called for has mostly confounded us. New understandings of the relationship between knowledge and action are called for, as well as a new approach to research (Future Earth 2013). The aim of this special issue is to highlight what Action Researchers can offer to meet this transdisciplinary, integrative challenge. We frame action research as broadly as possible to include scholarship-practice with a change agenda that encourages appropriate stakeholder engagement throughout, (Bradbury, 2015). Additionally, we encourage diversity of expression, from interweaving multiple epistemological voices to the arts – and more - because we understand that the conventional practices of knowledge creation (which separates production from application, scholars from stakeholders) is itself part of the problem that must be addressed. Questions that animate our interest include:
  • How do action researchers generate transformative knowledge creation within a domain that has been largely dominated by conventional natural sciences and economics? How can action researchers and conventional scientists work better together to navigate the power and politics of scholarship to realize epistemological complementarities required for meaningful outcomes? 
  • How can conventional science's research designs be re-designed/complemented/influenced by Action Research design?
  • How do subjective & intersubjective knowledge claims interweave with objective knowledge claims in a way that furthers a transformative change agenda in response to climate change? 
  • How are the material differences of specific spaces and places to be accounted for in what needs to be a global transformation? 
  • What are relevant examples and exemplars of transformative knowledge from which we can learn?
  • How is indigenous knowledge, traditional knowledge, knowledge democracy, and other excluded epistemologies to be included?
  • What is required for good exemplars of action research that link across scale (e.g., between a community base and institutionalizing powers)?
  • How do we develop truly integrated efforts that are actionable - combining the exteriorizing focus of systems thinking with the interiorizing focus on relationships, gender and racial power dynamics (etc) that can allow for authentic transformation to happen?
  • What happens when more attention is given to convening convivial and purpose-driven relational spaces as a prelude to transforming behavior, i.e., spaces that balance between agency and community to avoid the dulling of the radical spirit of transformation that many change agents carry?
  • What does planning look like in transformational efforts? How different is it from conventional ideas of planning in related spaces (such as international development)? Many action researchers assume planning needs to be more emergent and generative, but what does that really mean in practice?
We view this special issue on climate change and Action Research as a timely update to a theme that has been at the heart of Action Research since our inception as a journal. Indeed, the first special issue of the journal (in 2005) was on sustainability. As current ARJ editor-in-chief Hilary Bradbury explained in her editorial back then:
"In calling for articles to this special issue we wanted to draw attention to human dimensions of sustainability and social change. We believe that for too long the field of sustainability has operated with a technical-rational logic that leaves little room to attend to the more complicated behavioral and cultural aspects of creating a sustainable society. Some of humanity's most key tasks concern our capacity for better collaboration and learning. As a consequence of the lack of consideration these complex human issues have received in the field of sustainability, we see little uptake of great technical insights. Current patterns of behavior among individuals and within institutions and organizations have proven durable and quite difficult to change." (Bradbury and Waage, 2005). 
Over a decade later, these concerns are more urgent now. A call for more attention to human dimensions of sustainability and social transformation are precisely what motivate this call for papers on climate change.
ARJ makes every effort to be as inclusive of diversity as possible. Full drafts of papers should be submitted through on our online submission process (go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ARJ for details) no later than 31 January 2018. Please note: all papers should follow regular ARJ submission recommendations, which length of 5000–7000 words inclusive, using APA style. 

Note: We do our best to host translations of the accepted English manuscript on our companion website. Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and French are of special interest. 

Note to authors:
  • Read our Author Resources and more which describe - in a way considered more transparent than most - what we look for from authors: http://journals.sagepub.com/page/arj/authors-resources.
  • Pay close attention to the Choice-points for quality. Be aware that ARJ, as a rule, is not inclined to accept contributions that remain ungrounded in practice with stakeholders. Be sure to read previous issues so you have a better sense. 
  • Direct brief, preliminary questions to editor in chief, Hilary Bradbury, hilary@hilarybradbury.net
  • All detailed inquiries - including request to review drafts, are welcome but must use the peer review system when seeking any feedback. This ensures that nothing gets lost.
  • Include the words Climate Change Special Issue as a subtitle for your paper upon submission.
  • Our companion AR+ website, actionresearchplus.com, enables the publication of material in multimedia format, including video; we welcome submissions that take creative advantage of this opportunity.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

New Book | Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from the Asia-Pacific | edited by V. V. Krishna

Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from the Asia-Pacific
Edited by V. V. Krishna, Routledge India, 2017, Hardback, 428 pages, ISBN: 9781138213470.

Summary: This volume looks at the role of universities in the National Innovation Systems in economies of the Asia Pacific. It examines the tremendous growth of human and knowledge capital made possible by teaching and research excellence in major universities, along with how universities are being re-positioned as frontiers of innovation in the National Systems of Innovation. The chapters assess the impact of globalisation and innovation together with the emergence of 'new' knowledge sites extended to the Asia Pacific region.
With contributions by experts and academics and key case studies, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers in higher education, development studies, public policy, economics, business and resource management, Asian studies as well as policymakers.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Jennie Lang
1.Introduction: Three Missions of Universities and their Role in National Innovation Systems – Experiences from Asia-Pacific | V V Krishna 
Japan, Australia and New Zealand 
2. Changing University-Industry Links in the Japanese National Innovation System: Towards Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development | Fumi Kitagawa 
3. Globalisation and the future of Australian universities | Sam Garrett-Jones and Tim Turpin 
4. Changing role of research and Innovation in New Zealand Universities | Shantha Liyanage and Antonio Díaz Andrade 
China and India: Emerging Economies 
5. Research and Innovation in Chinese Universities | Weiping Wu 
6. Indian Universities in the National Innovation System | V.V.Krishna and Swapan Kumar Patra 
South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore: Newly Industrializing Economies 
7. University-industry R&D Collaboration in Korea's National Innovation System | Lee, Kong-Rae 
8. University-Industry-Government Linkages: the case of Taiwan Ching-Yan Wu and Mei-Chih Hu 
9. Research and Innovation in Asian Universities: Case study of the National University of Singapore | Seeram Ramakrishna and V V Krishna 
South East Asian Countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam 
10. University-Industry Linkages and Innovation Activities in Malaysia | Rajah Rasiah and Hema Subramonian 
11. Universities in Thailand's National Innovation System: Their Contributions on Industrial and Technological Upgrading | Richard F. Doner, PatarapongIntarakumnerd and Bryan K. Ritchie 
12. Role of universities in the national innovation system of the Philippines | Raymund B. Habaradas 
13. Higher Education Institutions in Indonesia: Access, Innovation and Research | R. Alpha Amirrachman 
14. The Roles of Universities in Vietnam's National Innovation System | Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Nguyen Phuong Mai, Doan Quang Hung and Dao Ngoc Tien 
15. Asia Pacific Universities in National Innovation Systems: Concluding Synthesis | V.V.Krishna

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trialogue 2047 - Solutions for Solid Waste Management in India | Development Alternatives | 28th July, at 4:00 pm

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Greetings from Development Alternatives!

We are pleased to announce the 20th Trialogue 2047 - Solutions for Solid Waste Management in India, in partnership with Green Economy Coalition, on 28th July 2017 from 4:00pm- 6:00pm  at Development Alternatives (B-32 Tara Crescent, Qutub Institutional Area).

To know more about the event please visit: http://devalt.org/UpcomingEvents.aspx?Lid=5Please drop a line for your participation to library@devalt.org.





Please feel free to contact for any clarification.
Regards,
Ramita Rawat
Coordinator, Resource Centre
Development Alternatives
B-32, Tara Crescent, Qutub Institutional Area
New Delhi - 110016
Ph: +91-11-2654-4100, 2654-4200, Fax: +91-11-2685-1158
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ALIS Article | Science in pre-independent India: a scientometric perspective | by S K Patra and Mammo Muchie

Science in pre-independent India: a scientometric perspective
by Swapan Kumar Patra and Mammo Muchie
Annals of Library and Information Studies, 2017, 64(2), 125-136.
Abstract: Scientific publications and different types of collaboration pattern in pre-independent India are mapped using scientometrics and social network analysis tools. Publication data of Indian authors published before 1947 are downloaded from the Scopus database of Elsevier science. The study traces the literature growth patterns, core journals, productive authors, authorship collaboration patterns, productive institutions and their collaboration patterns. The result shows that maximum literature was published in the year 1936. The growth of publications during the mid-1930s was evident as many scientific institutions were established by that time. The subject-wise maximum activity was observed in chemistry followed by agricultural and biological science. Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences was the most preferred journals. Universities played the prominent role in scientific research. Some private institutions with 'nationalistic' enthusiasm, for example, Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute for Cultivation of Science were very productive institutions and also prominent in institutional collaboration. These institutions started in the colonial period continue to be the pillars of modern science in India.
Keywords: Colonial Science;Scientometrics;India;Social Network Analysis;History of Science

ABDR Article | Role of Innovation System in Development of Biotechnology in South Africa | by S K Patra and Mammo Muchie

Role of Innovation System in Development of Biotechnology in South Africa
Swapan Kumar Patra and Mammo Muchie
Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, 2017, 19(1), 3-30.
Abstract: South Africa is among the African countries that have taken initiatives to develop biotechnology industry to meet the persistent challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. This study analyse the Biotechnology Innovation System of South Africa using the three building blocks of sectoral system of innovation (SSI). It also benchmarks South African performance with that of other BRICS countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Although the South African biotechnology market is quite small compared to other BRICS countries, its potential to grow is high. The scholarly publication patterns from the Medline database show that the knowledge base in this sector is small compared to other countries. However the South African scholarly papers are highly cited. This shows their relevance at the global level. The patent portfolio is also very small and limited to a few technological categories. The publication and patent portfolios show that university research output is not readily being translated into commercial products. Although there are many examples of university spinoff firms in biotechnology, findings from this study emphasis the need for a stronger university-industry relationship to encourage innovation for entrepreneurial start-ups. 
Keywords: Biotechnology, South Africa, Sectoral System of Innovation, developing countries, Global South

Monday, July 24, 2017

EPW Commentary | 'Development' and 'Modernity' in the Global South | by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

'Development' and 'Modernity' in the Global South
by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
EPW Commentary, 2017, 52(27).
The terms "development" and "modernity" have been used widely and diversely during the past several decades, and continue to be evoked extensively in the present time. Development is projected as the path to modernity, a unique and inevitably desirable state for all human societies.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Call for Participation | MOOC on Understanding the Blue Economy | Starts July 2017

Call for Participation | Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Understanding the Blue Economy | Starts July 2017
The online course is offered through the University of Seychelles and available to learners globally.

The Commonwealth of Learning, in collaboration with the University of Seychelles' James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute, is offering a free online course on the Blue Economy. The course, titled "Understanding the Blue Economy," is aimed at individuals new to the concept and has six units:
Unit 1: The Blue Economy: An emerging concept
Unit 2: Ecosystem Services
Unit 3: Fisheries and Aquaculture
Unit 4: Emerging High Technology Sectors
Unit 5: Tourism
Unit 6: Maritime Transportation and Services
The course will focus on developing new and improved sustainable business models related to the use of coastal and ocean resources. It fits well with Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals which aspires to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. 

The course is flexible, free and will be run by the University of Seychelles, starting on 10 July 2017. Depending on a learner's weekly commitment, they will be able to complete the course between 8 to 10 weeks.

Please contact John Lesperance at jlesperance@col.org and Eugenie Khani at Eugenie.Khani@unisey.ac.sc for registration with following details: 1. Name, 2. Surname, 3. Country of residence, 4. Institution/organisation, 5. Email address, 6. Phone number, 7. Gender, 8. Date of birth. The deadline for registration is 5 July 2017. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

TRAI organizes Open House Discussion on Consultation Paper on "Approach Towards Sustainable Telecommunications" | 5th July, New Delhi

TRAI organizes Open House Discussion on Consultation Paper on "Approach Towards Sustainable Telecommunications"


IJHS Article "General Scientific Societies in British India" by BK Sen

General Scientific Societies in British India
by BK Sen, Indian Journal of History of Science, 2017, 52(2), 197-219. 
Abstract: British India gave birth to hundreds of scientific societies devoted to various sub-disciplines of science such as physics, chemistry and mathematics. However, some of them were devoted to science in general and played a significant role in science, society and scientific researches in India.Thirty three such societies are streamlined here with nature of foundation, objectives, publications and other details. The oldest of course is the Asiatic Society (1874) established in Kolkata and the latest being the Association of Scientific Workers of India (1947) inaugurated by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.They were established for popularization of science, promotion of science education, research, development of scientific terms in regional languages, translation of foreign scientific texts in Indic languages, and so on. Many of the societies perished for varied reasons. Some of them are existing till to date. 
Keywords: Scientific societies - British India; Scientific societies – India; Scientific societies – 18th century - India; Scientific societies – 19th century - India; Scientific societies – 20th century - India. 

Article "How well are we managing E-waste in India: evidences from the city of Bangalore" by A. Borthakur & M. Govind

Borthakur, A. & Govind, M. (2017). How well are we managing E-waste in India: evidences from the city of Bangalore. Energy, Ecology and Environment, doi:10.1007/s40974-017-0060-0. 

Abstract: As a toxic waste stream, E-waste poses serious challenges to the waste management initiatives in India. While the hazardous components of E-waste call for environment-friendly disposal mechanisms, the valuable and precious metal constituents necessitate adequate infrastructural provisions and responsible management programmes to avoid the loss of economically vital materials. Considering this duality, this paper is an attempt to evaluate the current E-waste disposal practices in India, particularly emphasizing on the city of Bangalore. Three sectors listed as 'bulk consumers' of electrical and electronic equipments under the recent E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016, namely (1) IT and electronics, (2) banking and (3) education, are considered for the study purpose. Our experience suggests that these bulk consumers adopt two different approaches to comply with the new EPR guidelines as enlisted in the E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016. These are: (1) IT companies like Wipro adopts a 'take-back system' where it is responsible for taking back the products originally produced in its various facilities from the consumers; (2) most of the banks and educational institutes take 'auction' as the measure by calling tenders from authorized E-waste recyclers with some banks embracing an 'E-waste exchange system', or complying through producer responsibility organizations (PROs) for responsible E-waste management in the city. However, we sense a lack of meticulous initiatives towards addressing the E-waste crisis largely prevalent across these sectors. We argue that ensuring responsible disposal behaviour is central in any successful E-waste management initiative. Further, we emphasize on the relative disinterestedness of the research community in addressing the issues concerning E-waste in India by carrying out a detailed bibliometric analysis on the topic. We conclude that a transparent system across these diverse sectors with adequate infrastructural provisions and administrative controls is the key to address India's E-waste apprehensions.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Writing Technology-Neutral Law: An Instructive Example | EPW Article

Writing Technology-Neutral Law: An Instructive Example
by Hans Verghese Mathews, EPW, June 2017.

Abstract: The regulation of "biotechnology" seems to present legislative difficulties of another kind. The Government of India proposes to institute a biotechnology regulatory authority—the Human DNA Profiling Bill 2015—for the purpose of collating the DNA information of citizens so as to strengthen the criminal justice process and system. However, the regulation of such technology needs to be technologically neutral and requires safeguards against any information abuse and exploitation on the part of the "experts" and "specialists" appointed to the new regulatory institution governing biotechnology.

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Vigyan Prasar invites applications for its Director position

Vigyan Prasar invites applications for its Director position

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Book | Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe | by Shobita Parthasarathy

Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe
by Shobita Parthasarathy, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 304 pages, ISBN: 9780226437859. 

Summary: Over the past thirty years, the world's patent systems have experienced pressure from civil society like never before. From farmers to patient advocates, new voices are arguing that patents impact public health, economic inequality, morality—and democracy. These challenges, to domains that we usually consider technical and legal, may seem surprising. But in Patent Politics, Shobita Parthasarathy argues that patent systems have always been deeply political and social.
To demonstrate this, Parthasarathy takes readers through a particularly fierce and prolonged set of controversies over patents on life forms linked to important advances in biology and agriculture and potentially life-saving medicines. Comparing battles over patents on animals, human embryonic stem cells, human genes, and plants in the United States and Europe, she shows how political culture, ideology, and history shape patent system politics. Clashes over whose voices and which values matter in the patent system, as well as what counts as knowledge and whose expertise is important, look quite different in these two places. And through these debates, the United States and Europe are developing very different approaches to patent and innovation governance. Not just the first comprehensive look at the controversies swirling around biotechnology patents, Patent Politics is also the first in-depth analysis of the political underpinnings and implications of modern patent systems, and provides a timely analysis of how we can reform these systems around the world to maximize the public interest.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter One: Defining the Public Interest in the US and European Patent Systems
Chapter Two: Confronting the Questions of Life-Form Patentability
Chapter Three: Commodification, Animal Dignity, and Patent-System Publics
Chapter Four: Forging New Patent Politics Through the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debates
Chapter Five: Human Genes, Plants, and the Distributive Implications of Patents
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Major Events Related to the US and European Life-Form Patent Controversies
Appendix 2: Methodological Note

Current Science article | Plagiarism, Research Publications and Law

Plagiarism, Research Publications and Law
by R. Saha, Current Science, June 2017, 112(12): 2375-78. 
AbstractPlagiarism in scientific research has, in recent times, become a topic of discussion and concern in India. The core level of discussion has largely been driven by ethical considerations rather than by the relevant laws existing in the country such as the Copyright Act. Ethics can mean different things to different people and therefore issues related to legitimacy of one point of view as against another will always remain debatable. Punitive actions purely based on ethics may not be acceptable to all and may be difficult to implement, unless supported by law. Plagiarism is stealing someone's intellectual property, which is legally and morally untenable. In addition, it can cause economic disadvantage to the original author. The issue of plagiarism needs to be handled at a much higher level of academic, legal, political and social debate for enhancing the image of Indian research.
Keywords: Copyright, intellectual property, law and ethics, plagiarism, scientific research. 

Call for Participation: 1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India | 6-8 September | New Delhi, India

1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India

6-8 September 2017 | New Delhi, India

Organized by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany | MNRE, India; Ministry of Power, India| Energynautics GmbH, Germany

The 1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India is endorsed by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Energynautics, Germany.
The Government of India has set the very ambitious goal to install 175 GW of renewable energy generation capacity by 2022. Grid integration thus becomes a very critical challenge to successfully accomplish this target. This international conference aims to connect international experts and Indian stakeholders to jointly discuss the latest technological, regulatory and conceptual developments in this field.

About the Conference
The Conference provides an International Forum to:
  • Discuss technical and economic issues of the large-scale integration of solar and wind power including the recent advances in transmission technologies (AC and DC)
  • Discuss worldwide project experiences
  • Discuss innovative ideas and present results from ongoing research
  • Stimulate interdisciplinary thinking between renewable energy and power transmission and distribution industries, as well as universities
  • Identify subjects requiring more research efforts
Proposed Preferential Topics
  • Project experience related to wind/PV/CSP/storage grid connection
  • Innovative Smart Grid solutions with wind/solar power and storage
  • Experience with large-scale integration of wind/PV/CSP/storage power into power systems
  • IT technology for the integration of wind/solar power and storage
  • Wind/PV/CSP/storage power monitoring and prediction systems
  • Wind/PV/CSP integration study experience
  • Wind/PV/CSP/storage power plant performance for plant operation and interconnection with the grid
  • Protection aspects of wind/PV/CSP/storage
  • Wind/PV and storage in distribution grids (distributed generation)
  • Wind/solar integration study methodologies and data requirements
  • Modelling of inverters and wind/solar power plants for system inte-gration studies including methods of testing and verification of compliance with requirements, and technologies (on grid side and power plant side) to facilitate integration
  • Wind/PV/CSP/storage system models for interconnection and planning studies
  • Design and operation of hybrid systems with wind/PV/CSP/storage
  • Modelling wind/PV/CSP/storage plants output variability and assessing the impacts
  • Power balancing methods and solutions, e.g. balance markets, to manage wind/solar power variability in power systems
  • Evaluation of rules and mechanisms for integrating of wind/PV/CSP/storage in electricity markets
  • Demand forecast with distributed wind/PV and storage
  • State-of-the-art wind/solar resources forecasting and opportunities for improvement
  • Interconnection standards for wind turbines, wind power plants, solar systems, solar system models for system planning and interconnection studies
  • Market design and regulatory issues related to Variable Renewable Energy (VRE)
  • Power system balancing with high share of VRE
  • Solar/wind power generation forecasting, scheduling and related applications
  • Load/demand forecasting
  • Power system balancing with high share of VRE
  • Ancillary services from RE and Non-RE sources
  • Flexibility of the conventional power plants
  • Grid codes and interconnection guidelines related to wind and solar power plants
  • Compliance testing for grid codes
  • Demand response in smart grid context
  • Virtual power plants
  • Communication, control and coordination between control centres
  • New and emerging features of power systems with high share of VRE





Dr. Anup Kumar Das 
Centre for Studies in Science Policy 
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University 
New Delhi - 110067, India 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Call for Applications: ERPI Small Grants Call to Launch Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

Small Grants Call to Launch Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

Steps-centre.org | May 11th, 2017 | Nathan Oxley

 

The new Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) has launched with a call for small grants applications. The grants will fund working papers and fieldwork to generate new, empirical reflections and analysis on authoritarian populism and the rural world.

 

About ERPI

ERPI logoDeepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings across the world. Forms of 'progressive neoliberalism' — peddled inaccurately as social democracy — have failed to stem disillusionment, disenfranchisement and marginalisation. The rise of populist, nationalist movements — with racist, misogynist and isolationist characteristics — has been one very visible response. Such exclusionary politics are unravelling protections for women, racial minorities, disabled people, LGBTQ communities and many others. This type of populism depicts politics as a struggle between 'the people' and some combination of malevolent elites and racialized, unfairly advantaged 'Others'.

Yet the reactions to authoritarian populism are incredibly diverse, across and indeed within countries. In this Initiative, we are interested in changes ongoing in and in relation to rural areas that both give rise to a particular form of politics, but also offer alternatives. Whether in the US, across Europe, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Brazil or South Africa – and many other countries besides – various forms of reactionary nationalism have entrenched a narrow, sometimes violent, conflictual, exclusionary politics. This may be in the name of 'taking back control' in favour of 'the people', or putting one ideology and position 'first', while excluding others, generating tensions across society. All are responses to crises in contemporary capitalism, yet they are rooted in specific histories, institutional and social structures and political dynamics. Responses may be contradictory: for example shoring up a certain style of political power, while selectively offering progressive policies, whether free education, land reform or investment in rural communities.

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes across rural spaces that are giving rise to such political reactions today. We seek to understand – but not judge – the characteristics of the social base that give rise to such political dynamics. We also aim to explore how alternatives are being actively generated to regressive, authoritarian politics.  We seek to create the space for a debate about alternatives, documenting, analysing and theorising these in order to begin to outline new emancipatory politics that challenge narrow, exclusionary, violent and populist visions, analysing, sharing, supporting, deepening and scaling up alternatives.

 

Activities

With this call we seek to engage scholars, activists, and practitioners from across the world who are both concerned about the current conjuncture, but also hopeful about alternatives. As outlined below, we will initiate a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel we are inviting other, shorter contributions in a variety of media, helping to map out responses and alternatives.

The Initiative will hold a major conference in early 2018, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action. We will be encouraging publication of a series of papers in the Journal of Peasant Studies, as well as other popular and media outlets, as a focus for an intense, informed and radical engagement around this theme. We hope others in social movements, political formations, policy institutions, and elsewhere will participate, developing new visions that respond to the current moment.

 

1. Core Themes

We propose three core themes for the Initiative:

(i) The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences

(ii) Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics

(iii) Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling

 

2. What is to be Done? A Challenge for Scholar-Activists

The urgent tasks are numerous. Given the challenges, resistance must be big, wide and insurgent. Yet, the ranks of scholar-activists within academic institutions are relatively thin. However modest our capabilities and resources, we can nevertheless do something that can make an important contribution to wider, global resistance. Our contribution has two important characteristics. It is coordinated by a network of scholar-activists/activist-scholars largely working in academic and independent research institutions, in both the global North and South, and it brings insights to our analysis of and political action around the current conjuncture from longstanding work with a rural perspective. By doing this we hope that we can make a small contribution in sharpening our analysis of the global situation, and by doing so, help inspire more people to join in peoples' movements, community conversations and local innovations and experiments, wherever these may be.

 

3. Provisional Questions

Under our three core themes, some possible questions for further exploration are outlined here. These are indicative, and not restrictive. There are many, many more, so please do frame and explore them, as long as they broadly link to our core themes and wider political project.

 

4. What Are We Proposing?

Our initial aim is to kick-start a wide, informed conversation on the themes outlined above, creating a platform for onward debate and action. In this context, we are inviting both short contributions in a range of formats and research-based papers for a new Working Paper series that addresses the themes above. All contributions must be rooted in recent engagements in rural transformation and politics, speaking to particular contexts and experiences, from anywhere in the world. We encourage in particular collaborations between academics and activists/practitioners.

 

Call For Applications: Small Grants

We have a limited number of $2000 small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers, allowing perhaps additional fieldwork to supplement work already done. If you wish to apply for one of these grants, the deadline is 30 June 2017. Final papers are due at the latest on 1 January 2018. Please send a short application, including a one-page abstract, a half-page-word statement on a how you will spend the funds, and a half-page short bio of all proposed authors, including name, background, affiliation and country of residence – all these in one Word file. Applications should be sent to the email address emancipatoryruralpolitics@gmail.com, with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.

Beyond those contributing directly, we invite any researchers and activists interested in this area of work and keen to keep in touch to sign up, via social media and email. Please let people know about this Initiative!

For now, we can remain in touch via the Initiative's email address: emancipatoryruralpolitics@gmail.com. You can also follow the ERPI on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Coordinating Collective

Ian Scoones (STEPS Centre/IDS Sussex), Wendy Wolford (Cornell University), Marc Edelman (City University of New York), (Ruth Hall, PLAAS University of the Western Cape), Ben White (ISS, The Hague), Jun Borras (ISS, The Hague), Agrarian & Environmental Justice Program of the Transnational Institute (Lyda Fernanda, Pietje Vervest and Jennifer Franco), ICAS: Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Zoe Brent, Liu Juan, Natalia Mamonova, Elyse Mills, Tsegaye Moreda, Salena Tramel).

 

Source: https://steps-centre.org/news/small-grants-call-launch-emancipatory-rural-politics-initiative/

STEPS Centre launches free online course on Pathways to Sustainability


Announcing a new learning website from the ESRC STEPS Centre

STEPS launches free online course on Pathways to Sustainability

STEPS LearningThe ESRC STEPS Centre has launched a new online learning website for self-study and use in teaching.

The STEPS Learning site features a course on Pathways to Sustainability with video lectures, reading lists and questions, and a guide to linking research & activism.

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Course: Pathways to Sustainability

This course introduces the STEPS Centre's core conceptual approach, the Pathways Approach to sustainability, and how it can be applied in research and practice.

In six parts, it covers uncertainty and knowledge, policy processes, technology & innovation, planetary boundaries, resource politics and methodologies for sustainability appraisal.

It is fully open access and designed for users to study at their own pace, or as a resource for teachers.

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Guide: Research & Activism

How do scholars and activists understand and address the opportunities and challenges of linking research and activism? What are some of the approaches and platforms that can help? This guide was developed in collaboration with participants at the 2016 Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability.
 
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Video: About STEPS Learning

Ian Scoones, director of the STEPS Centre, introduces our learning website.
 
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Creating a new generation of sustainability professionals

The latest in our series of impact stories shows how, since its launch in 2006, STEPS has worked in various ways to connect research, action and training to foster the new skills and alliances needed to address the challenges of sustainability.
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Confronting authoritarian populism

A new open access paper in the Journal of Peasant Studies explores the rise of 'authoritarian populism' in rural areas, emerging in response to poverty, inequality and marginalisation. The paper also examines the potential for more emancipatory rural politics, based on collaboration, mutualism and solidarity across boundaries and social divides.
 
Written by Ian Scoones, Marc Edelman, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ruth Hall, Wendy Wolford & Ben White, the paper marks the launch of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI). This is a new initiative from the STEPS Centre, the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), PLAAS (UWC, Cape Town), Cornell University, City University of New York (CUNY), the Transnational Institute and Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS).
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Small grants: call for applications

A small grants call for fieldwork and working papers is currently live, with a closing date of 30 June. Researchers around the world are invited to join ERPI in exploring the current conjuncture, examining how authoritarian populism flourishes in diverse rural settings, and how resistance and alternatives to it are being generated for more emancipatory futures.
 
Small grants: apply

What drives infectious animal-to-human diseases?

A Tanzanian woman carrying firewood, accompanied by a goat

Infectious diseases traceable to animals are driven by climate change, land-use change and the massive expansion of towns and cities, according to contributors to a paper in a major new output from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, a STEPS Centre-led project.

One Health for a Changing World: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being is a Special Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. It is co-edited by Professor Ian Scoones, Director of the STEPS Centre, Professor Andrew Cunningham of ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and Professor James Wood of the University of Cambridge.

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