Round table discussions with Swissnex & Danish embassy

Round table discussions with Swissnex & Danish embassy
DST-CPR members with Swissnex team


Round table Discussion with DST-CPR-IISc Team and Swissnex Members

28 Oct., 2021 

Joined by:

Jonas Brunschwig, CEO, Consul General, Swissnex Bangalore   

Lena Robra, Head of University Partnerships, Swissnex Bangalore  



Round table Discussion with DST-CPR-IISc Team and delegation from Denmark’s embassy

08 Nov., 2021

Joined by:

Eske Bo Rosenberg, Consul General, Head of Trade and Innovation Centre Denmark, Bangalore

Jakob Williams Ørberg, Councellor Innovation, Research and Higher Education · Royal Danish Embassy in Delhi

Rajeev Balamurgan, Trade Associate, Royal Danish Consulate General, Bangalore


Data Engineer/Architect

Position: Project Associate/Senior Project Associate (Data Engineer/Architect)  

Number: 1  

Job Description: The selected candidate would be a part of DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc (DST-CPR-IISc’s) STI Statistics team and will work on projects and activities related to STI indicators.  

Required Skillset:  

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office skills, particularly with Excel and its analytical tools/functions. 
  • Experience in text-based analytics, data extraction/ scraping techniques.  
  • Experience in one or more visualization tools (e.g. Tableau, Power BI). 
  • Experience in data management, data profiling and data cleansing. 
  • Experience in designing data architectures/pipelines and interactive dashboards.  
  • Knowledge of computational statistics; various measures and metrics of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) 
  • Familiarity with STI indicators and scoreboards would be an advantage.    

Necessary Qualifications: Bachelor’s / Master’s / Doctoral Degree from a recognized university; Specialization in Data Science would be an advantage.   

Desirable Criteria: Training and experience in advanced data handling tools and techniques; R/Python; web development; creative design skills; innovative ways of data & information representation. Good understanding of Indian scientific landscape.  

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit your resume/CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability to The subject of email should be ‘Application for Data Engineer/Architect’.  
  • Resume/CV file should be named in ‘Your name_Data_CV.pdf’ format and cover letter should be named in ‘Your name_Data_Cover letter.pdf’ format.  
  • Last date of submission is 8th November, 2021.    
  • Likely interview date for short-listed candidates would be between 15th to 24th November, 2021.

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

Job Opening: Project Associate/Senior Project Associate

Position: Project Associate/Senior Project Associate 

Number: 1 

Duration: 8 Months 

Job Description: The project associate shall work with DST-CPR, IISc research teams on two research projects– (a) ‘Research Assessment in Practice’ project in South Asia (in collaboration with CLACSO-FOLEC, Argentina and IDRC, Canada) and (b) ‘Open Science Partnerships and Open Research Data Practices’ project in India. 

Both projects entail a substantial primary fieldwork research component (including personal interviews and focus group discussions) as well as a policy outreach component (including preparing policy reports, conducting webinars, and engaging with stakeholders).  

Responsibilities: The project research associate is expected to work in collaboration with DST-CPR, IISc research teams. The key responsibilities of the project associate, in both projects, include: 

  • Conducting a scholarly literature review  
  • Designing fieldwork instruments (questionnaire guide for interviews/FGDs) 
  • Managing roll-out of primary fieldwork and policy outreach components 
  • Organizing and conducting semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions 
  • Analysing data/responses from qualitative fieldwork
  • Preparing policy reports and manuscripts for scholarly communication

Necessary Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Master’s degree (or higher) in public policy / science / social science / engineering, and a keen interest in science policy research. Doctoral degree is preferred but not mandatory. Doctoral candidates who have defended their dissertation and awaiting receipt of degree/diploma may also apply. 
  • Prior experience in conducting qualitative fieldwork (personal interviews / focus group discussions) or mixed methods research; and working knowledge of qualitative data analysis software platforms (such as NVivo and ATLAS.ti) 
  • Good communication and editorial skills.  
  • Demonstrable writing skills (in English). Advanced proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or Latex.

Additional requirements: 

  • Prior experience in STI policy research is desirable 
  • Prior knowledge with quantitative data methodologies is desirable. 
  • Prior experience of engaging with different stakeholders is desirable.

Application Instructions: 

  • Please submit your resume/CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability, and a recent writing sample (preferably a research article/working paper employing qualitative / mixed method research design) to subject of the email should be ‘Application for Project Associate/Senior Project Associate’. 
  • Resume/CV file should be named in ‘Your name_CLACSO_CV.pdf’ format,cover letter should be named in ‘Your name_ CLACSO_Cover letter.pdf’ format, and writing sample file should be named in ‘Your name_ CLACSO_writing sample.pdf’ format.
  • Last date of submission is 8th November, 2021. 
  • Likely interview date for short-listed candidates would be between 15th to 24th November, 2021. 

Renumeration:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Job Opening: Programme Manager

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

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/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/CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability to subject of the email should be ‘Application for Programme Manager’.
  • Resume/CV 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 8th November, 2021. 
  • Likely interview date for short-listed candidates would be between 15th to 24th November, 2021. 

Renumeration:  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 at IISc Bengaluru. 

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