Harmonising science and society

The Centre for Society and Policy (CSP) is a policy research centre based at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Established in November 2018, as an interdisciplinary centre for science and technology policy, the centre explores interactions between science, technology, society, and development. The Indian Institute of Science has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the various disciplines of science and technology. With the establishment of a policy centre, the institute extends its impact of S&T research by looking at the multitude interrelationships between S&T research and policy.

The CSP today addresses several policy agendas including sustainable futures, intellectual property rights, genetic engineering and health, impact assessments, smart cities, livelihood and water futures, informal economic systems and art representation of science. The centre contributes to the theoretical knowledge on S&T policy as well. The centre has several visiting professors including Dr. Chintan Vaishnav and Dr. Ramchandra Guha. The centre has organised seminars by senior government experts like Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal (Principal Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, GoI), Mr. Rakesh Ranjan (Sr. Consultant, NITI Aayog, GoI) and Dr. Sanjay Mishra (Advisor and Head, KIRAN, Dept. of Science and Technology, GoI). The centre is committed to policy engagement and impacting policy at all stages of S&T research.

“Science in the 21st century is about expanding the social compact, that is, honouring the implicit agreement between science and society to work together for sustainability, and mutual benefit.”
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Prof. Anjula Gurtoo
Chairperson, Centre for Society and Policy

S&T Policy Events of Interest

Intellectual Property Models for Accelerating Sustainability Transitions

An Analysis of Sustainable Intellectual Property Models
Using clean energy for boosting circular economy

Policy Research in Science and Technology

Addressing policy agendas for cutting edge research
Sustainable futures, IPR, emerging technologies, urban development, entrepreneurship and more

Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence

28th February 2020 | Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, Bangalore

This panel discussion will explore strategic approaches to be adopted by India for accelerated diffusion of artificial intelligence considering its potential to transform economies. It will further focus on NITI Aayog’s three-pronged approach of national strategy on artificial intelligence. More particularly, it will examine important issues like ethics, bias and privacy issues relating to AI across sectors like agriculture, health and education.

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Panel Discussion on Data Economics and Policy

14th February 2020 | Venue: Faculty Hall Main Building, IISc Bangalore | Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm

This panel discussion will explore the economic, policy, legal, regulatory, standardization issues involved in using public data to generate public good. The data under consideration includes IOT data from smart city sensors, video data from surveillance cameras, legal and property records, data from cellular providers and similar. The Economist has (somewhat optimistically) estimated that this data will generate 1.7T$ of economic value by 2025. This panel discussion will examine the issues that are pertinent to making this claim a reality.

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Workshop on Communicating Research to Non-experts

18th January 2020 | Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, Bangalore

The need to acquire the skills to communicate one’s research to non-experts is being increasingly
recognized by all stakeholders involved in research and development – funding agencies, journals,
academic universities, as well as industries. Learning these skills is absolutely crucial today due to
three recent changes in the professional landscape of graduate students.

Registration open for highly motivated doctoral researchers from all disciplines

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Some Articles of Interest

Entrepreneurship should begin in school. By Professor Aravind Chinchure. The Hindu, Education Plus, February 10, 2020. Link

How do science and policy intersect? Harvard professor explains. Prof Jasanoff was interviewed by Haripriya of The News Minute, January 22, 2020. Link

Understanding the Science Policy Ecosystem in India. By B. Chagun Basha. The Wire, November 10, 2019. Link

How a Love for Animals Spurred a Change in Career: Featuring Mr KA Ponnanna. By Kavitha Harish. The Connect, IISc, March 28, 2019. Link

Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

26th to 27th July 2019 | Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, Bangalore

The workshop will equip academic institutions to set up their own incubation centre and IP Cell in the area of science and technology.

Registration open for institutions and academicians

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