Seminar “The making of India’s first indigenous STM: What lab studies can tell us about S&T policies in India”, 10 Decemer 2019

Seminar “The making of India’s first indigenous STM: What lab studies can tell us about S&T policies in India”, 10 Decemer 2019

DST-Centre for Policy Research

in association with

Department of Materials Engineering

Indian Institute of Science

                                          presents a Seminar

Title  : The making of India’s first indigenous STM: What lab studies can tell us about S&T policies in India

                             

Speaker & Affiliation : Prof. Pankaj Sekhsaria

                                           Centre for Technology Alternatives

                                           for Rural Areas (C-TARA),

                                           IIT-Bombay

Date & Time : Tuesday,  10th December  2019, 3:30 pm
Venue :  Lecture Theatre, Department of Materials Engineering, IISc
Abstract:
Instrumental Lives – an intimate biography of an Indian laboratory’ (Routledge 2019) is an account of instrument making at the cutting edge of contemporary science and technology in a modern Indian scientific laboratory. For a period of roughly two-and-half decades, starting in the late 1980s, a research group headed by CV Dharmadhikari in the the physics department at the Savitribai Phule University, Pune, fabricated a range of scanning tunneling and scanning force microscopes including the earliest such microscopes made in the country. Not only were these instruments made entirely in-house, research done using them was published in the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals, and studentswho made and trained on them went on to become top-class scientists in premier institutions.
The book uses qualitative research methods such as open-ended interviews, historical analysis and laboratory ethnography that are standard in Science and Technology Studies (STS), to present the
micro-details of this instrument-making enterprise, the counter-intuitive methods employed, and the unexpected material, human and intellectual resources that were mobilized in the process. It locates scientific research and innovation within the social, political and cultural context of a laboratory’s physical location and asks important questions of the dominant narratives of innovation that remain fixated on quantitative metrics of publishing, patenting and generating commerce.
Speaker Bio:
Prof. Pankaj Sekhsaria’s research interests lie at the intersection of science, society, technology and development. He has a Phd in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Maastricht University  and is currently Associate Professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay. He has written extensively on environment, wildlife and development issues particularly on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. His two most recent books include his debut novel ‘The Last Wave’ (HarperCollins India 2014) and ‘Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story’ (HarperLitmus 2019), which is a collection of 20 years of his journalism on the islands. Instrumental Lives tells the story of the scanning tunneling and scanning force microscope laboratories in Pune university that he studied as part of his doctoral project.  
Refreshments: 3:15 PM

All are Welcome                                                                          

Seminar “The making of India’s first indigenous STM: What lab studies can tell us about S&T policies in India”, 10 Decemer 2019

Seminar “The making of India’s first indigenous STM: What lab studies can tell us about S&T policies in India”, 10 Decemer 2019

DST-Centre for Policy Research

in association with

Department of Materials Engineering

Indian Institute of Science

                                                                         presents a Seminar

Title  : The making of India’s first indigenous STM: What lab studies can tell us about S&T policies in India

                             

Speaker & Affiliation : Prof. Pankaj Sekhsaria                                                                      

                                           Centre for Technology Alternatives

                                            for Rural Areas (C-TARA), IIT-Bombay

 
Date & Time : Tuesday,  10th December  2019, 3:30 pm
Venue :  Lecture Theatre, Department of Materials Engineering, IISc
Abstract:
Instrumental Lives – an intimate biography of an Indian laboratory’ (Routledge 2019) is an account of instrument making at the cutting edge of contemporary science and technology in a modern Indian scientific laboratory. For a period of roughly two-and-half decades, starting in the late 1980s, a research group headed by CV Dharmadhikari in the the physics department at the Savitribai Phule University, Pune, fabricated a range of scanning tunneling and scanning force microscopes including the earliest such microscopes made in the country. Not only were these instruments made entirely in-house, research done using them was published in the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals, and studentswho made and trained on them went on to become top-class scientists in premier institutions.
The book uses qualitative research methods such as open-ended interviews, historical analysis and laboratory ethnography that are standard in Science and Technology Studies (STS), to present the
micro-details of this instrument-making enterprise, the counter-intuitive methods employed, and the unexpected material, human and intellectual resources that were mobilized in the process. It locates scientific research and innovation within the social, political and cultural context of a laboratory’s physical location and asks important questions of the dominant narratives of innovation that remain fixated on quantitative metrics of publishing, patenting and generating commerce.
Speaker Bio:
Prof. Pankaj Sekhsaria’s research interests lie at the intersection of science, society, technology and development. He has a Phd in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Maastricht University  and is currently Associate Professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay. He has written extensively on environment, wildlife and development issues particularly on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. His two most recent books include his debut novel ‘The Last Wave’ (HarperCollins India 2014) and ‘Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story’ (HarperLitmus 2019), which is a collection of 20 years of his journalism on the islands. Instrumental Lives tells the story of the scanning tunneling and scanning force microscope laboratories in Pune university that he studied as part of his doctoral project.  
Refreshments: 3:15 PM

All are Welcome

Lecture”Unlocking the doors to knowledge repositories: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Interventions”, 25 October 2019

Lecture”Unlocking the doors to knowledge repositories: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Interventions”, 25 October 2019

On the occasion of International Open Access Week 2019,

We are pleased to invite you to an engaging lecture and interactive session with

Prof. VijayRaghavan, FRS

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

on

“Unlocking the doors to knowledge repositories: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Interventions”
Date & Time: 25 Oct 2019, Friday, 4.00 to 5.30 pm (High Tea: 5.30 pm)
Venue: Biological Sciences Auditorium
The session will be chaired by,
Prof. Ajay K Sood, FRS
President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Science
Kindly, RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2J753Mt

Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon. Price barriers should not prevent students, researchers (or anyone) from getting access to research they need. Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate.

International Open Access Week [www.openaccessweek.org] (October 21-27, 2019) is a global, community-driven week of action to open access to research and knowledge in general. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. This is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge.

This event is jointly organized by the Centre for Society and Policy, DST-Centre for Policy Research and JRD Tata Memorial Library at IISc.

All are cordially invited.

“Unlocking the doors to knowledge repositories: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Interventions”, 25 October 2019

“Unlocking the doors to knowledge repositories: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Interventions”, 25 October 2019

On the occasion of International Open Access Week 2019,

We are pleased to invite you to an engaging lecture and interactive session with

Prof. VijayRaghavan, FRS

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

on

“Unlocking the doors to knowledge repositories: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Interventions”
Date & Time: 25 Oct 2019, Friday, 4.00 to 5.30 pm (High Tea: 5.30 pm)
Venue: Biological Sciences Auditorium
The session will be chaired by,
Prof. Ajay K Sood, FRS
President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Science
Kindly, RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2J753Mt

Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon. Price barriers should not prevent students, researchers (or anyone) from getting access to research they need. Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate.

International Open Access Week [www.openaccessweek.org] (October 21-27, 2019) is a global, community-driven week of action to open access to research and knowledge in general. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. This is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge.

This event is jointly organized by the Centre for Society and Policy, DST-Centre for Policy Research and JRD Tata Memorial Library at IISc.

All are cordially invited.

Lecture: Gender Inclusion in India’s S&T Ecosystem: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Interventions

Lecture: Gender Inclusion in India’s S&T Ecosystem: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Interventions

Centre for Society and Policy 

in association with 

DST – Centre for Policy Research, IISc

invites you to the lecture entitled

Gender Inclusion in India’s S&T Ecosystem: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Interventions

by

Dr. Sanjay Mishra 

Advisor/ Head (KIRAN)

Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

Prof. Anjula Gurtoo, Chair, Centre for Society and Policy, IISc, will preside.
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Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, IISc (near Health Centre, IISc)
Date & Time: Monday, 30 Sept 2019, 4.00 to 5.30 pm
                         Refreshments: 5.30 pm

           

About the lecture:

The lecture will briefly elucidate the gender differential in science and technology ecosystem starting from education to employment. There has been healthy progress in improving gender parity in some sectors particularly in educational fields; however, gender parity in S & T workforce has been a matter of concern.  Further, the new initiatives and funding opportunities from the DST will also be discussed.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Sanjay Mishra is serving as Advisor and Head of KIRAN division in the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. He also looks after INSPIRE MANAK program – a flagship scheme to reward innovative ideas among school students.  Before joining DST, he held various academic positions including professorship in Shiv Nadar University (Delhi, India), Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia), and Institute of Engineering & Technology (Lucknow, India). He pursued his doctoral research at the University of Oxford (1999) and postdoctoral research at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA. He is a recipient of various national and international recognitions and awarded for his academic excellence. He has 27 peer reviewed journal publications and 35 conference papers, and 7 book chapters for his credit.

All are cordially invited.

Special Session on “Science Diplomacy and Global Water Challenges”, 26 Sept 2019

Special Session on “Science Diplomacy and Global Water Challenges”, 26 Sept 2019

As part of the Water Future Conference in Bengaluru, we organized a special session on “Science Diplomacy and Global Water Challenges” on 26 Sept 2019.

Session Details:

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Title of the Session: Role of Science Diplomacy in Addressing Global Water Challenges

Date: 26 Sept 2019 (Thursday) | 16.30 to 19.30 IST | Hotel Sheraton – Grand Ball Room 2, Bangalore, India

Science Diplomacy, as a practice, is gaining prominence around the world as part of the emerging multi-track diplomacy system. It functions at the intersection of ‘internationalization of science’, ‘science and technology as a foreign policy tool’ and ‘scientific evidence for global policy’. The relevance of non-state, non-diplomatic actors is constantly increasing in international engagement, particularly, towards addressing some of the pressing challenges that the world faces today. Globally, the water crisis has been raising alarm – prolonged droughts, fluctuating agriculture patterns and associated food and energy security challenges, cities running out of the water, issues related safety and accessibility of drinking-water and water-borne health problems, etc. Addressing these challenges require interventions at every possible level – ranging from appropriate policies, having access to necessary know-how, technology transfer and absorption capacity, and, community practices and interventions.  In today’s interconnected world, with a tightly-knit value chain around the globe, water-related challenges inevitably require international engagements – global challenges require global solutions! This special session aims to discuss the role and importance of various stakeholders (diplomatic and non-diplomatic) in a comprehensive Science Diplomacy Framework in addressing global water challenges. 

About the session:

The session

  • Gathers experts and practitioners working at the crossroads of “international S&T engagement” and “addressing water challenges” at different levels – government/diplomatic, industry, academia and civil society. 
  • Aims to deliberate on the role(s) played by various stakeholder, and
  • Facilitate a discussion towards building a holistic, sector-specific science diplomacy framework by creating strong inter-linkages among the stakeholders in different tracks.

 

Lead speakers include,

Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth

András Szöllősi-Nagy, Chair, Water Future & Professor, Institute for Sustainable Development Studies

Anik Bhaduri, Director, Water Future & Professor, Australian Rivers Institute

C H Chandrasekhar, Senior Head – South & East, Wastewater BU, Larsen & Toubro

Gert Heijkoop, The Consul General of Netherlands in Bangalore

Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Lecturer in Science Diplomacy, University College London

Moderator: B. Chagun Basha, DST- Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Fellow, DST-CPR-IISc

This special session is organized by the DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc Bangalore in association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangalore and Sustainable Water Future Programme.

Lecture: Gender Inclusion in India’s S&T Ecosystem: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Interventions

Lecture: Gender Inclusion in India’s S&T Ecosystem: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Interventions

Centre for Society and Policy 

in association with 

DST – Centre for Policy Research, IISc

invites you to the lecture entitled

Gender Inclusion in India’s S&T Ecosystem: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Interventions

by

Dr. Sanjay Mishra 
Advisor/ Head (KIRAN)
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
Prof. Anjula Gurtoo, Chair, Centre for Society and Policy, IISc, will preside.
______________
Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, IISc (next to the Health Centre, IISc)
Date & Time: Monday, 30 Sept 2019, 4.00 to 5.30 pm
                         Refreshments: 5.30 pm

About the lecture:

The lecture will briefly elucidate the gender differential in science and technology ecosystem starting from education to employment. There has been healthy progress in improving gender parity in some sectors particularly in educational fields; however, gender parity in S & T workforce has been a matter of concern.  Further, the new initiatives and funding opportunities from the DST will also be discussed.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Sanjay Mishra is serving as Advisor and Head of KIRAN division in the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. He also looks after INSPIRE MANAK program – a flagship scheme to reward innovative ideas among school students.  Before joining DST, he held various academic positions including professorship in Shiv Nadar University (Delhi, India), Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia), and Institute of Engineering & Technology (Lucknow, India). He pursued his doctoral research at the University of Oxford (1999) and postdoctoral research at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA. He is a recipient of various national and international recognitions and awarded for his academic excellence. He has 27 peer reviewed journal publications and 35 conference papers, and 7 book chapters for his credit.
All are cordially invited.