ITEC STIP 2024 open sessions

ITEC STIP 2024 open sessions

ITEC Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program - 2024

 
Keynote Sessions 
(open for all)
 
ITEC open sessions

“The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme,  ITEC  for short, is the leading capacity building platform of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Instituted in 1964, ITEC is one of the oldest institutionalized arrangements for international capacity building having trained more than 200,000 officials from 160+ countries in both the civilian and in the defence sector.”

IISc, Bangalore’s Science Technology and Innovation Policy course through the ITEC Programme will provide a forum for discussion on development of public policy to promote Science, Technology and Innovation. The course will include lectures, popular talks, group activities, roundtables, panel discussions, field visits and cultural immersion programs.

ITEC Programme on Science Technology & Innovation Policy

ITEC Programme on Science Technology & Innovation Policy

ITEC Programme

on

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

 
Poster for ITEC event

“The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme,  ITEC  for short, is the leading capacity building platform of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Instituted in 1964, ITEC is one of the oldest institutionalized arrangements for international capacity building having trained more than 200,000 officials from 160+ countries in both the civilian and in the defence sector.”

IISc, Bangalore’s Science Technology and Innovation Policy course through the ITEC Programme will provide a forum for discussion on development of public policy to promote Science, Technology and Innovation. The course will include lectures, popular talks, group activities, roundtables, panel discussions, field visits and cultural immersion programs.

The online information session, scheduled for 05 Jan 2024, 5 PM IST (Indian Standard Time), will provide details on this course on Science Technology and Innovation Policy. The link to register for this session is here. You will receive the meeting link to join the online information session, once you register.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Participants must belong to one of the ITEC countries. (S/he must be in the age group of 30-59 Years or as per the rule of ITEC programme)

2. Participants should have a Bachelor’s degree (from a recognized University) in any branch of Science and Engineering.

3. Participants should be senior scientists and technologists, science and technology policy makers, senior administrators, and Heads of National Academies.

Those interested to join this training program, please apply in this link. (to get in touch with the Indian missions in their respective countries for joining letter and visa)

OA Week 2023 Lecture MetaROR: Meta Research Open Review

OA Week 2023 Lecture MetaROR: Meta Research Open Review

MetaROR: MetaResearch Open Review

Theme: Community Over Commercialization
DST CPR, IISc is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: Meta ROR – 2023 Open Access Week
Time: Oct 27, 2023 05:00 PM (IST)

Background:

The DST-Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Indian National Young Academy of Science  (INYAS), JSD Tata Library, IISc, and Centre for Society & Policy, IISc are thrilled to announce a special lecture in celebration of the International Open Access Week 2023. Marking the seventh year in celebrating the international open access week by CPR at IISc, we are excited to invite you to the lecture titled “MetaROR: MetaResearch Open Review” aligned with this year’s theme ” Community Over Commercialization”. The lecture is focused on the “MetaROR” Platform- a community endeavor.

Celebrating its fifteenth year, the International Open Access Week stands as a global testimony to the movement for open access and open science. It aims to cultivate discussions and foster a broader embrace of open science as the standard in academia and research. Originally launched in 2007 as Open Access Day, a collaboration between SPARC and U.S. students, it has since expanded into an international phenomenon with events worldwide. This year’s theme, “Community Over Commercialization”, seeks to spotlight the pivotal role of the community in championing scholarly publishing, which is grappling with serious issues and needs urgent reforms.

This year’s event is even more special for DST-CPR as we are collaborating with the Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) to broaden the research community’s participation in this important discussion. Researchers worldwide grapple with the “publish or perish” dilemma, leading some to fall into predatory journal traps. The issue is especially severe in the developing world.  Under the umbrella of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), INYAS has joined hands with three other international science academies, Bangladesh, Benin, and the Czech Republic. DST-CPR is the knowledge partner of this project. One of the missions of the project is to push for change at the highest levels to safeguard academic quality and integrity. What’s better than to discuss the way forward for the scientific community during Open Access week.

We warmly invite you to join the conversation.

About MetaROR

To innovate scholarly communication and address challenges faced by the  Science and Technology Studies (STS) community, such as limited accessibility of literature and lack of community ownership, a collaborative group from diverse research backgrounds is introducing the MetaROR (MetaResearch Open Review) initiative. MetaROR, set to launch in late 2023, diverges from the traditional journal format. Instead, it embraces a publish-review-curate model, where works are initially made public on preprint servers before undergoing the review process. This approach not only expedites scholarly communication but also alleviates pressures on the peer review system by maximizing the efficiency of reviews. Unlike traditional platforms, MetaROR will be community-owned, emphasizing collaboration and interactivity among various research communities. The initiative seeks to foster dialogue and welcomes contributors to help shape this groundbreaking platform for STS and beyond.

More Information can be found here.

 

Speaker information:

André Brasil is a researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS | Leiden University), focusing on national evaluation systems, scientometrics, scholarly publishing, open science, responsible research and innovation (RRI) and diversity in science, especially concerning multilingualism and geographic inclusion. As part of his activities, he is a member of the UNESCO Chair for Diversity and Inclusion in Global Science and a research fellow at the Research on Research Institute (RoRI). André is also affiliated with the Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

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Courses offered by DST-CPR at IISc during January Term, 2023

Courses offered by DST-CPR at IISc during January Term, 2023

Courses offered by DST-CPR at IISc during January Term, 2023

PS 222 (1:0) January Term
PS 222 – Course Instructors 
  • Dr. B. Chagun Basha, Visiting Scholar, DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore 
  • Dr. Moumita Koley, DST-STI Postdoctoral Policy Fellow, DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore 
  • Prof. T.A. Abinandanan, Coordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore 
  • Invited Speakers.
STI Policy: Introduction and Contemporary Issues
About the course: This modular (1-credit) course, to be taught during the first half of the January Term, is designed as an introductory module in S&T policy with specific focus on Indian perspectives.
This course will provide:
– basic concepts and on-going debates in STI policy in India
– overview of governing institutions, stakeholders, and policy processes
– an opportunity to build deeper insights into some of the contemporary policy issues.
 
Topics: Fundamentals of Public Policy; Concepts in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI); Science as a social activity; Systems of innovation; Public policy and STI; Public / Government support and funding of science; Policy process: Evidence synthesis; Stakeholder consultations; Policymaking,
cross-linkages, implementation, assessment, evaluation.
 
Impact & Evolution of STI Policies in India; SPR-1958, TPS-1983, STP-2003, STIP-2013, Draft STIP-2022
 
Case Studies on: Challenges in policy-program translation and stakeholder ownership; Comparative case study on policy processes of SPR 1958, TPS 1983, STP 2003, STIP 2013 and 5th national STIP; AI Ethics / Cross-broader Data governance.
 
Debates on: Rethinking national research funding; Future of STEM workforce
 
Text / References:
1. Nichols, Rodney (2011): Review of “The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook”, edited by Kaye Husbands Fealing, Julia I. Lane, John H. MarburgerIII, and Stephanie S. Shipp. Review of Policy Research, p 28.
2. B. Chagun Basha (2019): “Understanding Science Policy Ecosystem in India”, The Wire, Nov 10,
2019.
3. Mukhopadhyay, Dipankar (2014):  Post-Independence Science Policy and Science Funding in India, Current Science, vol. 107, no.12, pp. 1983 -1987. 
4. National Research Council (2014): Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation: Improving Indicators to Inform Policy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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PS 223 (1:0) January Term
PS 223 – Course Instructors 
 
  • Dr. Moumita Koley, DST-STI Postdoctoral Policy Fellow, DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore 
  • Prof. Arul George Scaria, Associate Professor, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
  • Mr. Madhan Muthu, Director, Global Library, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat
  • Prof. T.A. Abinandanan, Coordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore 
  • Invited Speakers. 
Open Science: Policy and Practice
About the course: This modular (1-credit) course, is an introduction to policies to promote Open Science practices.
Topics: Historical accounts of open science and scholarly communications; Diversity of scholarly communication approaches in different disciplines; The current models of scholarly communications and copyright law; Copyright as user’s right, exceptions, and limitations relating to educational and research uses; The case against the current model of scholarly publication & future of scholarly communication; Importance of open science in STI ecosystem; Open science: policy & practices
 
Text / References:
1. Peter Suber (2013): Open Access 
4. Stuart Ritchie (2020): Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth. [Book’s home page: https://www.sciencefictions.org/ ]

Climate Change Research: The Transformative Role of Open Access to Data, 28th Oct 2022

Climate Change Research: The Transformative Role of Open Access to Data, 28th Oct 2022
DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc, Bangalore cordially invites you to the following seminar during International Open Access week 2022.Title: “Climate Change Research: The Transformative Role of Open Access to Data”Speaker: Prof. Govindasamy Bala, Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IIScDate: 28th October 2022, 3:30 pmVenue: ECE Golden Jubilee AuditoriumThis event is organised in partnership with Centre for Society & Policy, and JRD Tata Memorial Library, IISc Bangalore.
oaweek2022 lecture by Prof. G Bala, Title: Climate Change Research: The Transformative Role of Open Access to Data. This year we explored the potential of open access to research data.  How access to data made a transformative impact on climate-change research. This year’s OA Week event at IISc is the sixth in a series. CPR has been organizing events during international OA week since 2017.

https://youtu.be/q2RZ4sr72hU

 
 

R&D Policy and Priorities as Reflected in Public Funding of Higher Education Institutions in Israel, 02 Nov 2022

R&D Policy and Priorities as Reflected in Public Funding of Higher Education Institutions in Israel, 02 Nov 2022
DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series
R&D Policy and Priorities as Reflected in Public Funding of Higher Education Institutions in Israel
Date: Wednesday, 2 Nov 2022, 4 – 5.30 pm Indian Standard Time (1.30 to 3 pm Israel time)
Meeting link: https://bit.ly/3SuRCqo
DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series
R&D Policy and Priorities as Reflected in Public Funding of Higher Education Institutions in Israel
 
Wednesday, 2 Nov 2022, 4 – 5.30 pm Indian Standard Time (1.30 to 3 pm Israel time)
 
Meeting link: https://bit.ly/3SuRCqo
 
About the lecture:
Israel’s robust research and innovation (R&I) ecosystem is key to their economic growth and competitiveness. At 4.65% of GDP, Israel has the world’s highest R&D intensity.  The country stands out in all possible R&I innovation indicators. Highly trained STEM workforce is critical for maintaining this international competitiveness. In this lecture, Dr. Gury will discuss Israel’ s research funding model, higher education ecosystem, the weighed formula used for higher education research funding, and associated policy instruments.  
 
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Gury Zilkha
Dr. Gury Zilkha is an Economic and Organizational Consultant. Dr. Zilkha is a senior consultant to the Israeli council for R & D at the Ministry of Innovation Science and Technology. He served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Zilkha also served as the Director General for the Council of Higher Education and the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel between 1990 and 1997. During this time the higher education sector expanded, and many new institutions were added to the system. Dr. Zilkha has degrees in economics business administration and education from the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University and is a graduate of the Fulbright-Humphrey Program at Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.

Invited Talk on Quality Assessment of Science and Technology Policies, 24 August 2022

Invited Talk on Quality Assessment of Science and Technology Policies, 24 August 2022

 Invited Talk on “𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬”

Speaker: Bhavya Mehta, Consultant – S&T Policy, Centre for Civil Society.

Date & Time: 𝐖𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝟐𝟒 𝐀𝐮𝐠 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐, 𝟒 𝐏𝐌 

 

 

Open Science in South Asia, OSSAN Conference 2022

Open Science in South Asia, OSSAN Conference 2022

Open Science in South Asia, OSSAN Conference 2022

Date: 5 – 8 September 2022    |   Venue: Online & DST-CPR, IISc Bangalore

DST – Centre for Policy Research at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, is organising the Open Science South Asian Network (OSSAN) Conference from 5th to 8th September 2022. The conference aims to deliberate on the key issues and challenges that affect open science in the context of South Asia by providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to share the interesting findings from their studies and work in this area.


The conference will host keynote lectures, workshops, and panel discussions to provide a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure providers, policymakers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science, especially for the global south. For details on the speakers please check the conference website.

The Call for Abstracts is open

We are inviting Speakers and abstracts on the following themes:

  • Democratisation of Science
    • Citizen science
    • Traditional knowledge on open platform
    • Open archives
    • Open science infrastructure
  • Responsible Research assessment
  • Open Access, Open research data, Open Source
  • Open Science in Social sciences and humanities
  • Open Science frameworks and policies
The deadline for submissions of extended abstracts is August 16, 2022.

More information on the Call for Abstracts can be found here: 

https://sites.google.com/view/ossanconference/register-now/submit-your-abstract.

Selected abstracts would be published in the Book of Abstracts. Selected few would be invited for short presentations in the conference.

Important Dates:
  • Call for Abstracts opens: July 15, 2022
  • Registration for the Conference and Workshops: July 31, 2022
  • Call for Abstracts closes: August 16, 2022
  • Last date to submit Financial Aid form: August 25, 2022
  • Registration for the Conference and Workshops closes: September 1, 2022
  • Conference Dates: September 5-8, 2022
Registration is Free. Certificate for Participation would be given.

For further details on the project please visit the project website: https://ossan2022.net.

Open Access Digital Publishing Platform

Open Access Digital Publishing Platform

Time for India's own open-access digital publishing platform?

Knowledge sharing is the key to research in academia, and scientific journals play a crucial role in that. It started with noble intentions and sponsorships from various learned societies almost 400 years ago. Then in the 1950s, Robert Maxwell turned scientific journals into a money-making instrument. Presently the academic publishing industry functions in a concentrated market filled with big players and driven by revenue. Elsevier, one of the biggest publication houses, earned aprofit margin of more than 35% higher than tech giants like Apple and Microsoft. The success of their business model hinges on the prosumer nature of the researcher. Even though technological advancements have shifted the industry to adopt the digital format, most knowledge is still paywalled. Initiatives likeBudapest Open Access Initiative, stresses self-archiving and open-access. The extortionatelyhigh article processing fee (APC) charged by publishing groups for open-access publication beats the purpose of equity and inclusivity. Academic communities in transitioning economies like India also face the added challenge of scattered community involvement in the peer-review process, which combined with theUS effect, breeds inequity.

Advancements in open-access practices have fuelled innovative approaches, especially in Latin America.Non-commercial models to scholarly communication like the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and Redalyc have emerged. They successfully function with decentralised electronic publishing platforms, no APCs, open-access repositories, and not for profit indexing services. On a similar adaptability approach, African Journals OnLine (AJOL) and Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL) also function in open-access mode.

Viewing the increasing acceptability and advocacy of open access, some dominant and young academic publishers such asF1000Research,eLife,Gates Open Research, etc. have also made subtle shifts in their operating model. Concepts like an open peer-review system removes the opaqueness of the peer-review by publishing the reviewer comments along with the manuscript. Preprint open-access repositories like bioRxiv, engrXiv, SocArXiv, etc., are also steering the changes in online paper archiving models.

Technological progression and open-access advocacy have trickled down to compel the publishing industry to evolve its business models and practices. Still, this hasn’t changed the management of peer-reviewed academic journals. Non-profit initiatives such as Public Knowledge Project, supported by Stanford University, the Simon Fraser University Library and various other development partners, have focused on strategizing and developing open software solutions to improve the online environment for better management, publication, and indexing of journals.

Indian academia, as a result of access and equity challenges, is falling prey to predatory publishing. Recognition biases coalesced with financial and infrastructure constraints prevent researchers from publishing in high-quality journals. TheUGC mandate of one compulsory publication as a pre-condition to PhD also fuels predatory publishing. This calls for the development of a digital open-access environment with minimal (funded by the research project) to no-APCs. There is already a precedent, the Open Research Europe by the European Commission. This platform encourages quick but quality open-peer-reviewed publications for research across all subject areas, stemming from Horizon 2020 funding.

India has many opportunities to leverage from its own digital publishing platform. The country is currently positioned third in the world in scientific publication with a 12.9% growth rate in scientific publications. India’s digital expertise at both individual and corporate levels is also well acknowledged. Only a few Tier 1 public sector universities at present can afford to make scholarly publication accessible to researchers. A potential solution discussed is One Nation, One Subscription (ONOS). But it will call for huge investments every year without addressing core issues like improving the quality of Indian research, more practical research evaluation matrices, and monetisation of public-funded research output by a few corporate publishers. Against this backdrop, a digital publishing platform will address access issues of publicly funded research in India. It can create a vibrant community of researchers enabling scholarly knowledge sharing and communication. Further, a digital publishing platform with a very firm stand on quality publication not only holds promises to provide fair and open-access avenues for Indian (and the rest of the world) researchers to publish, but associated analytics such as views, download, social media presence, etc. of a published article. This can open up new possibilities to judge the impact of research not based on the impact factor of a journal but the real impact of the said work.

Innovation Challenge to build an AI powered pre-print and publishing platform

Background

Currently, the scientific publishing system faces the problem of access and equity. Commercial publishing houses charge exorbitantly high article processing and subscription charges. Even though most of the research published is publicly funded and digital interventions have substantially reduced the processing costs, most of the scholarly knowledge still resides behind paywalls, not only for the general public but also for researchers generating academic content. The exclusion of the global south perspective and increase in the number of predatory journals have also escalated the debate on the knowledge-quality and effectiveness of the current process of knowledge creation and dissemination. 

The recently released draft UNESCO Open Science recommendations advocates for open access to scientific publication, unrestricted distribution, interoperability and long-term digital préservation and archiving.The draft of the 5th STI policy India also promotes open access to publicly funded research output.

With the belief that knowledge is a public good and must be accessible without barriers, we propose an open-access publication platform. One of the primary goals of this platform will be to foster unhindered access to scholarly publications, primarily through digital technologies. Working on the recommendations of various stakeholders, the idea is to build a robust digital platform that is transparent, efficient, cost-effective, and addresses the mainstream problems faced by both the scholars and editors.

Problem/Opportunity

The problem is one of access and equity. Access relates to both access to read and access to publish. A bulk of material is behind paywalls. Open Access publication is prohibitively expensive. Community involvement is scattered and peer review is difficult to find. Metric bases are cherry-picked by corporate interests, like impact factor, h-index, etc., and promoted in a way that it benefits those who are already at the top of the food chain (western, first world scholarship).

There is an opportunity to build a pre-print archive and an open national research publishing platform that solves the problems of access and equity. There are possibilities to attribute matrices on each article based on pragmatic research evaluation criteria that suit the needs of Indian funding agencies. This will encourage research that address the local challenges which usually are overlooked by the international community and benefit in one or more of the components of research content, namely:

Title, Abstract, Affiliation, Keywords, Bibliography.

Additional opportunities are available: A pragmatic approach to a publishing model that is digital first with an option to print, when and if needed, can leapfrog the platform ahead of all prior art.  

Challenge statement

Develop an automated, AI-powered digital open-access publication platform for accessible, equitable, and efficient dissemination of knowledge in academia.

Young Scientists Learning Open Science

Young Scientists Learning Open Science

Young Scientists Learning Open Science

25 November 2021 at  3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (IST)
Abstract

DST-CPR-IISc is happy to invite you for a digital conversation on “Young Scientists Learning Open Science”. This event is jointly organised by the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), DST Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance to discuss the implications of the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Science with & for society, and the Government of India’s STI Policy, with the special focus on:

1. Responsible Research and Innovation

2. Public engagement

3. Science communication

4. Inclusion of multiple epistemologies and experiential knowledge in scientific research

5. Ethical issues in open source publications, field research and Indigenous protocols

The pandemic for the past two years has brought the roles of science, scientists, and scientific research institutions into public debate. It has created a context where connections between science and society are needed to be anchored on a new framework of openness and mutuality.

As the policy brief of Open Science Beyond Open Access observes “There are three main dimensions of scientific openness: openness to publications and data, openness to society, and openness to excluded knowledge and epistemologies.” The final draft of the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation, which also incorporates these expanded meanings of ‘open science’, has now been adopted by the Member States this month in Paris. Similar ideas are adopted in the final draft of the 5th National Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy of the Government of India. The Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) policy of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, already makes mention of the need for engaging with diverse stakeholders to improve the impacts of science on society.

Likewise, the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers adopted in 2017 has particular value today, especially in the Global South, in recognising the role of science in promoting “common good” and in emphasising the use of results of scientific research and development with a spirit of responsibility towards humankind and the environment.

Such testimonials create a space for science and technology systems and institutions to change and become more “open”. New conversations among scientists, science communicators, scientific researchers and civil society have begun to emerge as the need for a robust ecosystem to make science work with and for society is becoming more apparent. The experiences of the pandemic have also generated more significant public discourse about the accountability of science to society. In many regions of the world, new ways of promoting public engagement with and for science have been practised through an enabling policy framework. The European Union’s focus on Responsible Research & Innovations (RRI) has integrated several such features. There is now a growing recognition to synergise knowledge production and dissemination on such critical issues as the environment, health and food systems. A large portion of which is being carried out on the ground by a host of civil society actors in the country through community-based participatory research  with the partnerships of academics with local communities.

Event Details

Date: 25 November 2021

Time: 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (IST)

Meeting link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RZt26NOxT5ubKz2dASotww