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)


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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Panel discussion on open innovation

Panel discussion on open innovation

DST-CPR, CSP, IISc Bangalore and Open Science South Asian Network (OSSAN) invites you to

From Science to Innovation: Pandemic stories from IISc and Beyond

DST-Centre for Policy Research, CSP, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Open Science South Asian Network (OSSAN) are organizing an event (panel discussion) that focuses on open innovation that happened within the institute and among civil society organizations during COVID-19. The purpose of this event is to bring together academics in IISc and innovators from civil society organizations (Makerspaces) to discuss the open innovation strategies that have led to the development of innovative products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 18th, 2023

10:00 IST- 15:45 IST
Biological Sciences Auditorium

To attend online, Please register

The event would be held on February 18, 2023, at Biological Sciences Auditorium (& online) from 10:00 to 16:00 hours. The event is entitled “From Science to Innovation: Pandemic Stories from IISc and Beyond” and it will focus on the role of open innovation in the development of innovative products during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tentative agenda

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DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series: Biosafety and Policy: Frontiers and Challenges

DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series: Biosafety and Policy:  Frontiers and Challenges

DST-CPR, IISc Policy Lecture Series

Lecture 5

Biosafety and Policy: Frontiers and Challenges

3rd February, 2023

04:00 PM IST

Online via Zoom


The landscape of evolving challenges from emerging infectious diseases is shaped by multifactorial interactions. Factors like climate change, demographic shifts, conflict and enormous cost of the pandemic on the economic health of developing nations are some of the factors. Biosafety and biosecurity are integral and essential elements factoring in National health preparedness and capacity strengthening. The conventional approach towards public health challenges is thus being reshaped from pandemic lessons-learned. The regulatory frameworks for biosafety by countries are being integrated globally through formal and informal mechanisms. The global commitments are firmly shaping up. A collated effort in addressing issues of antimicrobial resistance, emerging zoonotic infections, surveillance, developing and strengthening national laboratory systems are need-hour factors in the challenge. The problem identification and solving are being addressed through more innovative mechanism viz. the “Action Package Concept” of the Global Health Security Agenda. The UN sustainable developmental goals being central to the objective. The talk will review the evolution of biological threats, elements of biosafety policy framework with relevant examples and look at future directions in this challenging area from a national and international context. 

About the speaker

Professor Atanu Basu

Prof. Atanu Basu is scientist G with the ICMR- National Institute of Virology (NIV, Pune) and heads the Department of Electron Microscopy & Pathology. His group is focused on research projects related to virus pathogenesis, electron microscopy of viruses and pathophysiology of viral hemorrhagic fevers. Dr. Basu is an alumnus of the Presidency college Kolkata, the University of Florida Gainesville USA, the University of Pune and a Fogarty Fellow of the National Institutes of Health USA.
He is a member of the World Health Organization biosafety Technical Advisory Group (TAG-B) and has been a part of the Indian delegation to the UN Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). He serves in National and international advisory capacities in areas of biosecurity and has a strong research focus on emerging infectious diseases and global health security. He is a passionate academician and former adjunct professor of IIT-Mandi. 

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Virtual book launch : Towards a Global Core Value System in Doctoral Education

Virtual book launch : Towards a Global Core Value System in Doctoral Education

Invitation: Virtual book launch event at DST-CPR, IISc Bangalore

January 30th, 2023

16:00 IST- 17:30 IST
19:30 JST- 21:00 JST

Register to participate

You may register for the online book launch by clicking here until January 28th. We will send a zoom link by January 29th. Please indicate your disciplinary background and where you are coming from.
This is an open-access publication. To download a free digital copy, please click here

This event is sponsored by:

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,
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.
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/ ]



OSSAN IDEATHON 2022, Open Science South Asian Network

Registrations are open now. Submission deadline: 15th January ,2023


IOpen Science practices are yet to get momentum in the South Asian region. Considerable digital, technological and knowledge divides exist between and within South Asian countries. The adoption of open science practices holds a significant promise of progress for the STI ecosystem of this region. But with the promise of a better ecosystem come immense challenges as well. Developing policies for open science, investing in open science infrastructure, transforming scientific culture and incentivisation and investing in capacity building are some of the essential and primary requirements.

To address the challenges of fostering an open scientific framework and culture within this region’s STI ecosystem, we are organising OSSAN IDEATHON 2022, a first-of-its-kind event that aims to invite tangible solutions to facilitate open science in the region of South Asia. Students, academics, developers, Open Science enthusiasts, practitioners, researchers, and academics from diverse academic and professional backgrounds from South Asia are invited to share their unique, creative ideas on a set of challenges to facilitate Open Science in South Asia and build a foundation for collaboration among South Asian countries through innovative projects, applications and infrastructures.

We are inviting ideas and solutions on the following themes:













The OSSAN IDEATHON 2022 invites submissions from undergraduate students to postdoctoral researchers in all disciplines, including science, technology, engineering, arts, humanities, and social sciences.


  1. OSSAN ideathon is an individual/team-based event with not more than 5 people in a group. Teams can comprise participants from single/multiple organizations/institutions.
  2. All individuals/teams will be allowed to submit a maximum of one idea on any theme/s mentioned.
  3. Choosen problems should be relevant to solving Open Science challenges in South Asian country/s or they should promote Open Science collaboration in the South Asia region.
  4. Submissions of innovative ideas can be sent in the format of pdf with a content limitation of 1000 words (doc/docx/pdf) with optional supplementary material like videos of maximum 300 seconds and/or presentations of maximum 10 slides. For more information, please refer to this document submission guideline.
  5. The submitted ideas will be licensed with Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0/NC/SA) and all submissions will be published/uploaded as knowledge products on the OSSAN website. For more information on Creative Commons license, please click here.
  6. The only way to submit your ideas is through this google form. Submissions through any other means will not be admitted.
  7. The registration and submission will begin at 8:00 AM, 1st December and the deadline will be at 10:00 PM, 30th December Deadline extended to 15th January, 2023. We suggest participants submit their ideas before 10th January to avoid delayed submission due to technical problems.
  8. Please read the Code of Conduct before submitting your ideas.
  9. Plagiarism in any form will attract desk rejection of proposals/ideas

This is an online event and registration is free. All entries would be reviewed by a jury and top three entries would be given prizes. All participants would be given e-certificates for participation. 

For further details, visit https://ossan2022.net/ideathon/

Alignment and misalignment between research agendas and societal needs: why do diversity and inclusion matter? Policy lecture with Ismael Rafols

Alignment and misalignment between research agendas and societal needs: why do diversity and inclusion matter? Policy lecture with Ismael Rafols
DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series

Alignment and misalignment between research agendas and societal needs: why do diversity and inclusion matter?

Date: Thursday, 24 Nov 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM Indian Standard Time 
Meeting link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87542197249?pwd=U1NsNDFwcTJTTHZuYzlnR1dWcVZ5QT09


Science, Technology, and Innovation are assumed to contribute to the well-being and Sustainable Development Goals. However, there are debates on the extent of this contribution. In this presentation, he explores the degree of alignment of research priorities with societal needs in topics such as disease types, mental health, and rice research. Bibliometric evidence suggests that research is relatively concentrated on topics relevant to the Global North, aligned with economic interests and academic prestige. In the face of these findings, he argues that more epistemic diversity is needed to address global challenges and that the participation of stakeholders in priority settings may help in pluralizing research agendas.

The speaker

Ismael Rafols, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University

UNESCO Chair on Diversity and Inclusion in Global Science


Ismael Rafols works on developing novel approaches to S&T analysis, using mixed methods for informing evaluation, foresight, and research strategies. His current focus is on thematic diversity and inclusion in research and policy priorities for social issues such as rice research, bird flu or obesity, or Sustainable Development Goals.

Ismael has been involved in initiatives on ‘responsible metrics, such as the Leiden Manifesto, the EC Expert Group on Open Science Indicators, or discussions on inequalities in research across topics and regions. Previously, he had developed indicators and mapping methods for the evaluation of interdisciplinary research. He received an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU (Sussex), a PhD in biophysics from Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), and a postdoc in nanobiotechnology at Cornell University. Before CWTS, he worked at SPRU (Sussex) (2005-12) and Ingenio (CSIC-UPV) (2012-19).


Yegros-Yegros, A., Van de Klippe, W., Abad-Garcia, M. F., & Rafols, I. (2020). Exploring why global health needs are unmet by research efforts: the potential influences of geography, industry and publication incentives. Health research policy and systems, 18(1), 1-14.

Ciarli, T., & Ràfols, I. (2019). The relation between research priorities and societal demands: The case of rice. Research Policy, 48(4), 949-967.

Ciarli et al. (2022). Changing Directions: Steering science, technology, and innovation toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Report for UNDP.

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 



Job Opening: Programme Manager

Position: Programme Manager (Senior Project Associate/Project Scientist)

Number: 1 

Duration: 1 Year 

Job Description: 

The selected candidate would be a part of DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc (DST-CPR-IISc’s) programme management team and will provide organisational and management support to various current and future projects and activities of the Centre.  


  • Provide assistance in the overall management of Centre’s projects including financial management, event organization and record-keeping. 
  • Facilitate collaborations and partnerships with national/international researchers, institutes and programmes. 
  • Identify funding and career development opportunities for researchers and policy fellows affiliated with the Centre. 
  • Provide coordination support between the Centre, IISc and DST administrations.  
  • Provide subject-matter-expertise to researchers in preparation. of research grants. 
  • Provide outreach and communication support to the researchers 
  • Provide assistance in managing Centre’s website and social media engagements  

Necessary Qualifications:  

Bachelor’s / Master’s / Doctoral Degree in Science/ Social Science/ STI Policy/ Engineering/Technology from a recognized university.   

Desirable Criteria:

Training and Experience in programme management/grant management. Demonstrated organisational and communication skills; Good understanding of Indian S&T policy system.  

Application Instructions: 

  • Please submit your resume/C.V. with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability to coordinator.cpr@iisc.ac.inThe subject of the email should be ‘Application for Programme Manager’.
  • Resume/C.V. file should be named in ‘Your name_ Program manager _CV.pdf’ format and cover letter should be named in ‘Your name_Program manager_Cover letter.pdf’ format. 
  • Last date of submission 26th June, 2022. 

Remuneration:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience (as per DST guidelines – SR/S9/Z-05/2019) 

Note: The selected candidate would be expected to physically work from the DST-CPR office at IISc Bengaluru.