THIRD SCIENCE CONCLAVE: An Interaction with Nobel Laureates

An Interaction with Nobel Laureates
December 08-14, 2010
(Supported by MHRD & DST, GoI)

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A) is organizing the Third Science Conclave: An interaction program of Students, Young Teachers and Scientists with Nobel Laureates and eminent national and international Academicians, Scientists, Technologists and Industrialists during 08-14 December, 2010. The objective of the Interactive Sessions is to inspire and motivate the bright students to take up studies, researches and professional research careers in Basic Sciences in order to promote the scientific developments and innovations in the country.

The Toppers of Undergraduate/Postgraduate Courses, Research Scholars and Young Teachers/Scientists who have not attended the 1st & 2nd Science Conclaves and are desirous to participate in the Third Science Conclave may contact their Institutional Heads and get their applications sponsored and mailed by September 15, 2010 to the Science Conclave Secretariat, IIIT-Allahabad on the prescribed format available at




Bioprotocols Online

SciClips launched a unique database of bioprotocols for researchers. Researchers will have free access to these bioprotocols which have been extracted from published journal articles and patents/patent applications.

There are thousands of protocols on molecular biology, proteomics, biological imaging, virology, immunology, stem cells, drug discovery, immunoassays, cell biology, epigenetics, genomics, plant biology, microbiology, tissue microarrays and more. In addition to this, there are new sections on high throughput screening (HTS) and biopharmaceutical assay protocols. All the protocols are linked to the articles or patent/patent application .

Please follow this link to see the complete list of our bioprotocols online: http://www.sciclips .com/sciclips/ bio-protocols. do

Science Communication through Print Media

Short-Term Training Course on Science Communication through Print Media

3-5 March 2010

Organized by
Training Division
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi, India

Broad course contents:

  • Science popularization in the Indian context
  • Basics of popular science writing for magazines and newspapers
  • Research communication versus popular communication
  • Science communication through R&D newsletters, reports, etc.
  • Creation of information resources, e.g. encyclopaedic publications, etc;
  • Use of modern IT tools in science communication;
  • Role of graphic arts in popular science communication
  • Production of S&T publications

COURSE FEE for participants from:

  • India Rs. 1200/= (Without Accommodation); Rs. 1600/= (With Accommodation)
  • SAARC/ Vietnam US$ 80 (With Accommodation)
  • Other Countries US$ 110 (With Accommodation)

How to apply:
Application form is available at or can be obtained by sending an email to Filled in application form along with the appropriate course fee is to be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Director, NISCAIR” and sent to In-Charge (Training), Education and Training Division, NISCAIR, 14-Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi – 110067

Dr. Narendra Kumar,
In-Charge, Training Division,
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)
14, Satsang Vihar Marg
New Delhi-110 067
Tel: +91-11-26965094/+91-11-26863617
FAX: +91-11-26862228
E-mail: training[at]; narendrakumar[at]

Further Details

National Rankings by Output in Sciences and Social Sciences, 1999-2008

Rank Name Papers
1 United States of America 2,999,344 31.8 38.2
2 Japan 806,008 8.5 8.0
3 Germany 775,787 8.2 7.7
4 England 687,778 7.3 7.2
5 China 586,664 6.2 1.5
6 France 555,113 5.9 5.7
7 Canada 420,636 4.5 5.0
8 Italy 400,229 4.2 3.2
9 Spain 296,892 3.1 1.8
10 Russia 279,904 3.0 4.5
11 Australia 271,311 2.9 2.3
12 India 242,222 2.6 2.5
13 The Netherlands 234,947 2.5 2.3
14 South Korea 222,348 2.4 0.4
15 Sweden 176,642 1.9 1.8
16 Switzerland 170,842 1.8 1.5
17 Brazil 161,716 1.7 0.7
18 Taiwan 147,430 1.6 0.6
19 Poland 134,068 1.4 1.0
20 Belgium 127,307 1.3 1.0

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters’s Essential Science IndicatorsSM database, January 1, 1999 through October 31, 2008.

The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 1999 through October 2008, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Here our ranking in all fields of the sciences and social sciences is by papers produced. For articles with multiple authors from different nations, each nation receives full, not fractional, publication credit. Essential Science Indicators tabulated a total of 9,445,252 articles and reviews for the period indicated. The world percent figure is calculated for each nation based on that total. The percent shares of these top 20 nations sums to 102.8%, which reveals multinational coauthorship.

Essential Science Indicators surveys publication and citation data over a decade, with bimonthly updates. To contrast the world share figures for these nations for 1999-2008, Thomson Reuters’s consulted its National Science Indicators database, which covers the period 1981-2007, and checked the world share figures for these top 20 nations for 1989-1993. As the table above shows, the United States, Canada, and Russia have lost world share, comparing 1989-1993 with 1999-2008, whereas China, South Korea, Brazil, and Taiwan have increased their world shares of science and social science papers dramatically.

Visit Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters for more information.

India: Science and Technology 2008

India: Science and Technology 2008

Publisher: National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, India; 2009.

The country is entering the age of knowledge when increasing returns would be ubiquitous. The democratic governance structures of this country have evolved, over the course of six decades, sets of complex institutions systems and practices that bind or otherwise relate S&T to the other spheres. With about four thousand research and development organizations, large organized systems of knowledge production, millions of knowledge-workers and an even larger number of citizens trying to engage in knowledge-based activities ranging from agriculture through semi-skilled workers to industrial workers, coupled with the fact of the country being especially gifted with immense diversity in natural resources – the opportunity set of potential outcomes are immense and invigorating.

The long twentieth century in Indian S&T based developmental experiments, in particular at grass roots, has thrown up immense volumes of data, facts and artifacts. A crucial issue emerges. The country very badly needs a strong mechanism to capture data related to S&T and innovation right from the regulatory or executive levels to source-points where S&T output or innovations get generated.

This Report presents several facets of Indian S&T. In lieu of attempting the development of a set of traditionally known indicators of S&T, the attempt here has been to capture multiple facets of Indian economy and society where S&T makes contributions. With unstated theoretical bases, contributors presented research conclusions in the form of several portrayals. Given the fact that S&T interfacing the economy and society has very large dimensions this Report could take up only a handful. Such a collage offers albeit a picture of where Indian S&T is located.

The report is the first of its kind from this country. It is targeted at a wide readership ranging from policy makers and advisors to academic readers as well as the common person. The contents of the report are:

Read Full Report in PDF

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Indo-US Research Fellowship Awards: 2009

Indo-US Research for Indian Researchers

Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) committed to the common goal of promoting science and technology through devised programs and to nurture contacts between scientists and technologists at an early career stage jointly launch the Indo-US Research Fellowship Program for Indian Researchers. The objective of the Indo-US Research Fellowship Program for Indian Researchers is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers in USA.

These awards will provide an excellent opportunity to young Indian scientists and technologists of all disciplines, under the age of 40 years to interact with the American scientific community and get first hand information of the developments taking place at the international level and acquaint themselves with new scientific research methods and to collaborate in a larger research project. It will enable young Indian researchers to carry out a clearly defined research project at a place of their choice in USA upto a period of 12 months. The individual availing this fellowship would be called as an IUSSTF Research Fellow.

Eligibility Criteria for Indo-US Research Fellowship

Academic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in engineering, technology or equivalent or Ph.D. in science or technology or equivalent or M.D. degree in medicine or equivalent.

Applicants must provide proof of independent research work in internationally recognized academic journals.

Age: Upto 40 years as on 31 December 2009

Employment: A permanent position in a public funded R&D lab/ S&T institution (non-private)/ recognized universities/colleges in India

Area of Work: Area proposed by the candidate should be clearly defined as:

(i) Atmospheric and Earth Sciences
(ii) Chemical Sciences
(iiii) Engineering Sciences
(iv) Life Sciences
(v) Medical Sciences
(vi) Mathematical and Computational Sciences
(vii) Physical Sciences

Promising applications in areas other than the above areas may also be considered.

Place of work: The fellow should be accepted by the US scientific/technological institution, which is internationally recognized as an outstanding institution where major work in the identified area is in progress. There should be willingness on the part of the American institution to accept and extend necessary support to the candidate for the work proposed.

The candidate should himself/herself correspond with their proposed host institution abroad for placement. Candidate is required to produce evidence, in the form of a letter of acceptance from the US institution to be visited along with merits/uniqueness of that host institute in the proposed area.

Note: The candidates who have availed any other overseas fellowship to USA for a period of more than three months through any Government/public funding agency during last two years will also not be considered for this fellowship.

“The IUSSTF Fellow will be entitled to fellowship amount of US $ 3000 per month.”

“IUSSTF Fellow will also be entitled to a personal contingency grant of upto a maximum of Rs. 50,000 to cover for visa, airport transfer, medical insurance etc. Medical insurance expenses, visa fee, airport transfer charges will be met by the fellow from out of this personal contingency grant.”

IUSSTF Fellow will also be permitted to travel within USA to attend conferences or visit other institutes of interest with the approval of the advisor at the host institute. The Fellow will be entitled to avail one of the following grants for this purpose.
i) Grant of $ 600 for fellowship period upto 6 months
ii) Grant of $ 1200 for fellowship period beyond 6 months

Air-tickets for all the selected IUSSTF Fellow would be provided directly by the IUSSTF travel desk by economy class and shortest route from their place of work in India to the place of the American host institute and back. As a rule, reimbursements will not be provided for air tickets purchased directly.

Rules governing payment of salary, leave, medical, gratuity, GPF and pension etc. of the organization/ institution/ university to which the fellow belongs would continue to be applicable. No liability on any of these accounts will be borne by IUSSTF.

The candidate selected for the award of the Indo-US fellowship should commence their research with six month period from the date of award announcement. Failure to do so would render the fellow forfeit the award.

Application Guidelines

1.  Application should be submitted in the prescribed format
2.  Application should not be more than 20 pages maximum including CVs
3.  Application should be forwarded through the head of organization/ department where the candidate is employed
4.  Scanned copy of acceptance letter from host institution in USA

Application should be submitted electronically as single word/ pdf file to:
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

For immediate answers to your queries, please contact:
Dr. Smriti Trikha
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum
12 Hailey Road, Fulbright House
New Delhi- 110 001
Ph: 91-11-42691700; Fax: 91-11-23321552

Submission deadline: 31 December 2009