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
5.     

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
9.

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
10.

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