Job opening: Project Assistant

Project Assistant, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore


Brief Description of the Project:

Title- “Women in Science” (In collaboration with UNESCO)

With the aim to explore and understand the need and assets significant for promoting
Women in Science in SETI (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation)
ecosystem at national and global levels, the proposed study will attempt to examine
the assets and needs in resource allocation and prioritization for strengthening the
participation and promotion of women in science education and careers in Science in
some of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, namely, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia, Samoa, and the Republic of Korea. Further, the study will identify the gaps
and challenges existing in terms of resources, policies, and practices that hinder
women’s participation in Science in the selected countries and suggest plausible ways
forward in adopting and contextualizing global best practices in policy and practice,
towards realizing SDGs.

Duration: 3 months (starting from the 2nd week of January 2021)

Key Responsibilities:
● Conducting a literature review and a review of country profiles
● Supporting survey design and management
● Data analysis in the programming language R of survey data and other quantitative data
● Qualitative analysis of the data/responses from FGDs and Semi-structured interviews

Required qualifications and skills:

● Having a master’s degree in life sciences, social sciences, public policy, or any other related disciplines
● Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
● Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
● Good writing skills in English

Additional requirement:
● A candidate must have his/her own laptop and good internet connectivity

Application Instructions:
● Please submit your CV and a brief note on job suitability at
● Last date of submission 10th January 2021
● Likely interview/interaction date 12th to 15th January 2021

INR 30000/- will be provided per month for a period of 3 months.

Job vacancies

Senior Project Associate 


Duration: 6 months (extendable)  

Job Description: Research on the processes and outcomes of pre-draft and post-draft consultations for making the upcoming national STI policy. If required, support the post-draft consultation through online platforms. The candidate would also be expected to support the Centre and associated partners with various events and activities related to the broad areas of STI policy.  

Necessary Qualifications: PhD in Science/engineering/STI policy or related areas.  


Master’s degree in Science/engineering /STI policy or related areas with at least 4 years of experience of working in the relevant fields  

Desirable Criteria: Good communication skills to engage with different stakeholders. Editorial skills. Organisational skills. Experience in policy research. 


Project Trainee 1: 


Duration: 3 months (extendable) 

Job Description: Support STI policy-related activities of the Centre and its partners through online platforms. Trainees are expected to work with staff members to support the Centre in various events and other activities related to STI policy.  

Necessary Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Science/engineering/STI policy or related areas. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in STI policy.   

Desirable Criteria: Good language and communication skills. Familiarity with online communication and social media platforms. Organisational skills.  


Project Trainee 2: 


Duration: 3 months (extendable) 

Job Description: Support STI policy-related activities of the Centre especially in relation to data analysis and use of statistical tools for Quantitative analysis.  

Necessary Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering with expertise in data analysis. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in STI policy.   

Desirable Criteria: Expertise in platforms and tools like R, Stata, or SPSS. Experience in Quantitative analysis for policy research.  


Note: These are full-time positions. Work from home is encouraged for all these positions. The number of final selected candidates can be different from the advertised positions. Remuneration would be on par with the DST norms.  

Interested candidates can email a letter of motivation (1 page) and CV (max 3 pages) to with the subject as ‘application for senior project associate/project trainee (1 or 2)’. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2020. The short-listed candidates will be contacted for an online interview.

Seminar “Impostor Syndrome and Academic Training in STEM”, 03 March 2020

Seminar “Impostor Syndrome and Academic Training in STEM”, 03 March 2020

DST – Centre for Policy Research (DST-CPR)

Indian Institute of Science

Bengaluru – 560 012




Lecture Title: Impostor Syndrome and Academic Training in STEM

Speaker Name and affiliation: Dr. Devasmita Chakraverty
                                                          Assistant Professor                                                                                                       Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation                                                                                                     
                                                           Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Date and Time: March 03, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Venue: Biological Sciences Auditorium, IISc
Refreshments: 4:00 pm
Impostor phenomenon, popularly known as the impostor syndrome, is an internalized experience of intellectual phoniness. People who feel like impostors are typically bright, motivated and successful, yet have incorrect, unrealistic and self-defeating perceptions about themselves. They think that they are not smart enough and may not have a realistic sense of their competence . These self-perceptions affect how people navigate their career, take professional decisions, and seek advancement opportunities. Academic training in STEM is a time-intensive, complex process. Yet, research examining how those who feel like impostors navigate academic training is not well-documented. This talk will address how individuals in STEM describe their impostor experiences in relation to their doctoral and post-doctoral training. Women and underrepresented minorities, in particular, are more vulnerable to experiencing this phenomenon.

Biosketch: Devasmita Chakraverty is faculty of Higher Education at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Prior to this, she was faculty of science education at Washington State University. She has conducted one of the larger mixed-methods studies on the impostor phenomenon, surveying more than 900 people and interviewing more than 400 of them from various STEM and medical fields in the USA, including PhD students, postdocs, faculty, MD students, residents, and physicians. Dr. Chakraverty earned a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Virginia, M.P.H. from the University of Washington, and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Calcutta. She has conducted research in India, USA, and Germany. You can connect with her on Twitter @DevasmitaTweets. Preliminary findings from the impostor phenomenon research can be found here:

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
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

“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


“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:

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 [] (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


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.

Special Session on Science Diplomacy and Global Water Challenges, 26 September 2019

Special Session on Science Diplomacy and Global Water Challenges

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 is holding a special session on “Science Diplomacy and Global Water Challenges” on 26 Sept 2019. This special session is organized as part of the Water Future Conference 2019.


Session Details:

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, Bengaluru, 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

A talk and discussion on The draft National Education Policy 2019 and higher education

The DST-Centre for Policy Research (IISc) 


Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS), Karnataka

invite you to

A talk and discussion on

The draft National Education Policy 2019 and higher education


Anita Rampal

Professor (Retired) and former Dean

Faculty of Education

University of Delhi


Venue : Lecture Theatre, Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Date : Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Time : 5.30 pm
The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 is now in the public domain and is open for discussion. The talk would critically engage in the key areas of the draft NEP-2019 as an education policy directive. The talk would particularly deliberate on the draft NEP with respect to higher education, institutions and research.
About the speaker
Professor Anita Rampal works on education. She recently retired as Professor from University of Delhi and was former Dean at the Faculty of Education, University of Delhi. She worked for the last four decades, towards better mathematics and science education in India – at different levels of policy, practice and research, leading the national curriculum revision process for all primary school subjects, as Chair of the Textbook Teams. Her research interests are in the areas of science learning, the language of science, adult numeracy, primary mathematics, assessment, mathematics teacher education and achievement and equity. She has a long involvement with the people’s science movement and currently serving as a national executive committee member of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti and All India People’s Science Network.

Call for Participation: Workshop on Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies (with a specific focus on Scientometrics)

Call for Participation:

Workshop on Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies

(with a specific focus on Scientometrics)

organized by

The DST-Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru

in association with

The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, The Netherlands

25-29 March 2019


About the Programme

The DST- Centre for Policy Research (DST-CPR) at Indian Institute of Science, in association with the United Nations University -Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is conducting a 5-day capacity-building program on Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies (DEIP) (with a specific focus Scientometrics). DEIP provided by UNU-MERIT is proven to be popular since its inception in 2004, for policy makers in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy, particularly in developing countries.  In this edition – DEIP 2019 Bangalore – DST-CPR is joining hands to bring-in complementary expertise, with a specific focus on STI data with relevance to the local policy needs.

Topics and Format

The workshop aims to cover the topics in the form of lectures, panel discussions, hands-on trainings and group presentations. The topics include,

Measurement: Standards and Manuals (Frascati and Oslo) – data-collection methodologies – applying the manual standards in OECD vs Non-OECD countries – R&D statistics and innovation surveys questionnaires – bibliometric databases – Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, local repositories – tools and techniques- data mining and curation- existing techniques and alternate models – issues related to data standardization -ensuring accuracy, accessibility, availability and international comparability.

Indicators: S&T indicators – innovation indicators – S&T vs innovation indicators composite/cross-cutting indicators – scoreboards and indexes – bibliometric indicators (macro, meso and micro levels) – “the bibliometric toolbox” – quantitative and qualitative evaluation – opportunities and limitations – research evaluation – what can and cannot be captured (measured and evaluated) through the available indicators? – challenges and need for new form of Indicators.

Policy Relevance:  Applications (uses and abuses) of indicators in various stages of policy process (evidence for policy framework) – uses and abuses of bibliometric indicators – applications of bibliometric analysis – HEI/ University ranking frameworks – sectorial research performance evaluation – funding policies – in S&T and Innovation policies. – S&T policy vs innovation policy – policy indicators – Innovation (eco)system approach – forecasting and impact assessment.

About the Speakers

The sessions will be conducted by distinguished professors and experts from organizations including, the United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, The Netherlands, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France and the DST-Centres for Policy Research (DST-CPRs).

Target Participants

The Programme targets entry/mid-level scientists and officials in relevant government agencies who use STI data for various policy, program and scheme planning and implementation. Also, we encourage policy researchers/scholars who use/work on STI Indicators/ Scientometric Analysis to apply.

Practical Details

How to Apply

Online application link:

Important Dates

The last date for application: 24th Feb 2019

Programme dates: 25-29 March 2019


The selected participants will be asked to register for the workshop through a Demand Draft of Rs 1000 in favor of The Registrar, IISc.

Financial Support

The travel and accommodation of selected participants might be partially/fully supported based on the availability of funds.

Programme Coordination

Professor Antony Arundel

UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Dr. B. Chagun Basha

DST-CPR, IISc, Bangalore, India 


Contact Details

DST-Centre for Policy Research

Centre for Society and Policy (CSP)

Indian Institute of Science,

Bengaluru 560 012, India  |+91-80-2293 3415


Seminar “A Public Library of India” 28 December 2018

Seminar “A Public Library of India” 28 December 2018



“A Public Library of India”

Venue: Seminar Hall, Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Date : 28 December 2018 (Friday) | Time : 4.00 pm

DST Centre for Policy Research

Centre for Society and Policy

Indian Institute of Science

invites you to the seminar in the Policy Lecture Series entitled 

A Public Library of India  


Carl Malamud
President and Founder, Public.Resource.Org

at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 28 December 2018, in the Seminar Hall of the Centre for Society and Policy (next to the Health Centre), IISc.

Abstract: Carl Malamud, founder of Public Resource, will speak about his efforts to make more information from India and about India online. He’ll discuss the Hind Swaraj and Public Library of India collections he maintains on the Internet Archive, efforts underway to increase high-quality digitization efforts throughout India, and his vision for a true Public Library of India effort, an effort that would take a decade and a national commitment to accomplish.

Speaker Biosketch: Carl Malamud is the Founder and President of Public.Resource.Org, a nongovernmental organization based in the United States. He was previously founder of the Internet Multicasting Service, a nonprofit that started the first radio station on the Internet and was responsible for making the SEC EDGAR database available. He is the recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard, the Pioneer Award from the EFF, and the Bill Farr Award from the First Amendment Coalition.

Author of 9 books (including “Code Swaraj” co-authored with Sam Pitroda), Malamud works actively in India as well, and is engaged in a Public Internet Litigation suit to make Indian Standards available to the public at no charge.

All are Welcome.