New initiatives such as ‘Make in India, ‘Skill India’, Digital India’ and ‘Start Up India’ call for harnessing science, technology and innovation to meet multiple objectives. The central role of innovation in furthering economic development and employment generation is obvious. The government and the political leadership have also shown eagerness to make India a global leader in science and technology so that the gains from S&T could result in positive outcomes in different sectors including industry, agriculture, health care and education. This necessitates using the potential of national innovation system comprising R&D institutions, including universities, technology institutions, industry, government and other policy making bodies.
RIS as a policy research think tank, is committed to explore and understand science-society connect. Keeping this broad perspective in view, RIS, in collaboration with India Habitat Centre (IHC), and prominent institutions working on S&T issues, including The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) and Vigyan Prasar has launched the Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum..
The STIP Forum has been founded with objectives, inter alia, of promoting informed debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. Keeping this in mind a monthly Lecture Series aimed at the broader public is being organized. The STIP Forum will also bridge the gap between the science and society through dissemination of information on developments in S&T as well as through kindling debate of societal aspirations and expectations from S&T and Innovation. Under the Monthly Lecture Series, a partner institution will take the lead to organize a lecture by a distinguished expert.
Topic of the Lecture
|Name of the Speaker and Chair||Date|
|1.||Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation||Speaker: Dr.R.Chidambaram, PSA, Government of India||26 September 2017|
|2.||Leveraging Technology and Orchestrating Policy for Future Urban Mobility||Speaker: Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman of Celeris Technologies
Chair: Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI
Discussant : Puneet Goyal, Municipal Commissioner of South Delhi
|30 October 2017|
|3.||Technology and Indian Foreign Policy: Trends and Opportunities||Speaker: Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, former Diplomat
Chair:Dr.R.Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India
|30 November 2017|
|4.||Reversing Climate Change with the Molten-salt Technologies.||Speaker: Dr. Frank Shu, Eminent Astrophysicist, Retired from UC Berkeley and the National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
Chair: Dr. Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
|21 December 2017|
|5.||Speaker: Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Former Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR), Govt of India and Ex. Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research
Chair:Prof. Vinod K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, GOI
|15 January 2018|
|6.||The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Imperatives for India.||Speaker: Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Director, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB)
Chair: Dr. Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM, President, India Habitat Centre
|27 February 2018|
|7.||Innovative financial models for scaling-up energy efficiency in India’||Speaker: Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
Chair: Shri Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner of India
|6 March 2018|
|8.||The Future of Toilet and Sewage Treatment: Innovation for Sustainability||Speaker: Prof. Kartik Chandran, Columbia University, USA and Prof. Chris Buckley, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Moderator: Dr. Chandra Bhushan, DDG, CSE
|18 May 2018|
|9.||Speaker: Prof. K. VijayRaghavan,Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
Moderator: Amb.Dr.Bhaskar Balakrishnan,Former Indian Diplomat and Science Diplomacy(Fellow), RIS
|19 June 2018|
|10.||Speaker: Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
Moderator: Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, Govt. of India
13 July, 2018
|11||Speaker: Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education & Director Genral, ICR
Chair: Dr. Rajender Singh Paroda, Former DG,ICR and Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Science (TAAS)
|7 August 2018|
|12||Frugal Innovation for Health Care||Speaker: Prof. Balram Bhargava, Secretary, DHR, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India & DG, ICMR
Chair: Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog).
|10 September 2018|
Speakers: Dr. Sune Kaur-Pedersen,Counsellor, Research & Innovation/Deputy Head, Innovation Centre, Embassy of Denmark, India, & Ms. Tania Friederichs, R&I Counsellor for India & Bhutan, Delegation of the European Union to India.
31 October 2018
|14.||IPCC's 1.5-degree Report and the Future of the Paris Agreement: A debate on Science and Politics of Climate Change||
Topic: IPCC's 1.5-degree Report and the Future of the Paris Agreement: A debate on Science and Politics of Climate Change.
|13 November, 2018|
|15.||"The Importance of Design in Building Sustainable Cities"||
||12 December, 2018|
|16.||"Science Movements in India"||
|10 January, 2019|