Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum and Monthly Lecture Series

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.


Lecture No. 

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

Technologies and Strategies for Achieving Excellence in Health Care for Indian Masses.  

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

Science, Technology and Innovation in Building a Knowledge Economy

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

Future of Science, Technology & Innovation 

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


STIP Forum Lecture: Pulse Revolution for Addressing Protein Malnutrition

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 SpeakerProf. 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

Science, Technology and Innovation for Development: Role of Science Diplomacy. 

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.
Chair: Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Science Diplomacy Fellow, RIS and Former Ambassador

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.
Speakers: Shri Rajani Ranjan Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, Earth Sciences and Climate Change, TERI  &  Dr. Navroz K. Dubash, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and Coordinator, Climate Initiative.
Moderator: Dr. Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE


13 November, 2018
15. "The Importance of Design in Building Sustainable Cities"
  • Topic : "The Importance of Design in Building Sustainable Cities"
  • Speaker:  Prof Helen Lochhead, Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney
12 December, 2018
16. "Science Movements in India"
  • Topic : " Science Movements in India"
  • Speakers :
    1. Prof.V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Swadeshi Science Movement
    2. Dr. D. Raghunandan,   All India Peoples Science Network
    3. Prof. Dinesh Abrol, Delhi Science Forum
    4. Mr. Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, VIBHA 
  • Chair :  Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar, VC, JNU


10 January, 2019
17. "Science, Technology, and Society: The Challenge of Reaching Out"
  • Topic : " Science, Technology, and Society: The Challenge of Reaching Out"
  • Speakers : Prof. M. Sai Baba, T.V. Raman Pai Chair Professor National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangaluru
  • Chair :  Shri Gauhar Raza, Leading Science Communicator and Former Scientist, CSIR
15 February 2019
18.   Development of Solar Energy in India
  • Topic     : Development of Solar Energy in India
  • Speaker : Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi, Director General, National Institute of  Solar Energy (NISE)
  12 March 2019
19. Response to emerging infectious diseases in the context of urbanization and global warming: where is the Science gone?
  • Topic : Response to emerging infectious diseases in the context of urbanization and global warming: where is the Science gone?
  • Speakers : Dr. Olivier Telle, Researcher at CNRS, France, currently affiliated with Centre de Sciences Humaines, Embassy of France, India. 
  • Chair :  Dr. Dinakar M. Salunke, Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi
22 April 2019
20. Relationship between S&T and Evolution in Methods of Knowledge Production
  • Topic     : Relationship between S&T and Evolution in Methods of Knowledge Production
  • Speaker : Prof. Ravi B. Grover, Emeritus Professor and Former VC, Homi Bhabha National Institute and Member, Atomic Energy Commission.
7 June 2019

21st STIP Lecture: Why India Needs to Strengthen its Quality Infrastructure?

  • Topic     : Why India Needs to Strengthen its Quality Infrastructure?
  • Speaker : Shri Gauhar Raza, Leading Science Communicator and Former Scientist, CSIR
12 July 2019
22 Financing Renewable and Clean-tech
  • Topic     : Financing Renewable and Clean-tech
  • Speaker : Mr. Manish Chourasia Managing Director, Tata Cleantech Capital Limited
  • Chair :  Shri R. R. Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow and Programme Director, TERI
12 August 2019