International Workshop on Science and Technology Diplomacy For Developing Countries

The Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) announces the organisation of a 4-day International Workshop on ‘Science and Technology Diplomacy For Developing Countries’ with the Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC).

Introduction

A country’s march towards modernisation and economic empowerment is closely linked to the development of science and technology (S&T). However, the world is getting multi-polar with various countries joining hands on specific issues and it is not uncommon during the dialogue between them that S&T related issues prominently figure in the controversies and disputes and more specifically, get reflected in trade and commerce arrangements. Thus in the present global scenario not much option is left with a country but to abandon the political differences with the partnering countries and collaborate in S&T in order to best serve its own interest. While S&T can help the diplomatic negotiations on many global issues with serious foreign policy implications, the scientists too need the help of the diplomatic community for accessing S&T resources and expertise of various countries.

‘Science & Technology Diplomacy’ is a complex mix of science & technology and the diplomatic process, and good S&T diplomacy requires the integration of S&T and foreign policy communities to create a platform for these two groups to work together. The negotiators of most bilateral, multilateral or regional arrangements are therefore required to include the scientists, academicians, researchers, diplomats, government policy makers and non-governmental organisations, who all should have a deeper understanding of the nuances and implications of science and technology on commerce and trade as well as the political scenario of the countries and regions involved. Moreover, the exchanges of views are expected to have a finesse that overtly may not express it, but meet the 'hidden' agenda to take care of the country's own interests.

However, most countries, particularly the developing ones, ignore the above aspect and tend to thinly spread their limited financial and human resources to understand international S&T diplomacy and apply it in practice with subtlety. To sensitise on this vital issue, the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) announces the organisation of a 4-days International Workshop on ‘Science and Technology Diplomacy For Developing Countries’ jointly with the Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC) Islamic Republic of Iran to be held at Tehran, Iran during 13-16 May 2012.

The aim of the workshop is to exchange views and collectively evolve the ideas and practices to be followed while executing the S&T diplomacy within individual NAM and other developing countries and concerned organisations and agencies.

Objectives of the Workshop

The international workshop will provide a forum to the participants to deliberate on S&T diplomacy with the objectives:

-To discuss core concepts of S&T diplomacy for developing countries with special emphasis on the role of S&T policies on sustainable development;
-To discuss the current status on S&T diplomacy in various developing countries;
-To provide national bodies with international best practices and learn lessons in S&T diplomacy in developing Countries;
-To discuss the mechanisms of sharing the capabilities and experiences of the NAM and other developing countries;
-To promote international cooperation among NAM and other developing countries on the subject and promote South-South, and also North-South, cooperation in S&T.

Workshop Topics

Topics to be covered in the Workshop are grouped in the following areas:

(i) Science & Technology Diplomacy: Concepts, Dimensions and Global Experiences
(ii) Science & Technology Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
(iii) Science & Technology Diplomacy and International Cooperation
(iv) Science & Technology Diplomacy and Indigenisation:
(v) Transfer of Technology
(vi) Commercialization of Technological Products

Programme of the Workshop

The International Workshop will be held during 13-16 May, 2012. The tentative date-wise programme is as under, but a detailed session-wise programme schedule will be made available to the participants in due course.

- May 12 Evening: Reception
- May 13 FN: Inauguration
- May 13 AN: Technical Sessions – Presentations of Papers
- May 14 FN Technical Sessions – Presentations of Papers
- May 14 AN: Technical Sessions – Presentations of Papers
- May 15 FN: Closing Ceremony
- May 15 AN: Departure to Shiraz
- May 16 Evening: Return to Tehran
- May 17 Departure of Delegates

About the Organisers

NAM S&T Centre

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre; www.namstct.org) is an inter-governmental organization with a membership of 45 countries spread over Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. The Centre was set up in 1989 in New Delhi, India in pursuance of the recommendations of various NAM Summit meetings for the promotion of South-South cooperation in science and technology. The Centre undertakes a variety of programmes, including organisation of workshops, symposiums, meetings and training courses and implementation of collaborative projects and offers short-term research fellowships to the scientists from the developing countries in association with various Centres of Excellence. The Centre also brings out technical books and other scientific publications in different subjects. These activities provide opportunity for scientist–to–scientist contact and interaction; familiarizing participants on the latest developments and techniques in the subject areas; identification of the requirements of training and expert assistance; locating technologies for transfer between the members and other developing countries, dissemination of S&T information etc. The Centre also encourages academic-research-industry interaction in the developing countries through its NAM S&T-Industry Network.

Centre for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC)

The Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation of I.R. Iran Presidency (CITC; www.citc.ir) is an Autonomous Government Center under the Hon. President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, It was established in 1984 with the aim of providing scientific and industrial consultation. Subsequently it has been developed to improve international cooperation in new technologies and is active in study and research in different fields of technology, and cooperates with related centers of the country to attain technology development, knowledge economy and increasing of K-economy share in national economy. The main activities of CITC are:

-Promoting of new and important tools and concepts in the field of technology such as: National Innovation System, Technology Foresight, Technology Rights, Venture Investment, Technology Management and Laboratory Networking
- Organising and coordinating S&T activities
- Promoting International Cooperation in the field of advanced technologies
- Supporting High-Tech Start-ups and SMEs including Incubators, Science and Technology Parks and Venture Capital Funds
- Attribution and cooperation in the preparation of national documents such as the Tenyear National Document for Nanotechnology (Future Strategy), National Document for Biotechnology, National Macro Policies on Technology Development and National Document for Fuel Cell Technology

Participants

The Workshop has been primarily designed for the scientists, academicians, researchers, diplomats, government officials and non-governmental organisations from the member countries of the NAM S&T Centre and other developing countries who are engaged in policy making, international cooperation and other areas and may sit on international dialogue table where science and technology may be an element for discussions.

The selection of the participants will be strictly based on merit and the quality of the resume of presentation material to be submitted along with the completed Nomination Form. A precondition for participation in the Workshop is that the participants must submit the final manuscripts of their papers (in MS Word) at least a fortnight before the commencement of the Workshop.

Resource Persons

Resource persons for the workshop will comprise eminent experts from Iran, India and other countries.

Submission of Nominations

Applications for participation (excepting those from Iran) are required to be submitted in the prescribed form to the NAM S&T Centre as early as possible but latest by Monday, 9th April 2012.
Iranian scientists should send their applications directly to CITC, the Iranian co-organisers. The form should be completed in all respects and no column should be left blank.
The submitted application must contain an extended abstract of the presentation to be made in the workshop.

Presentation of Paper

Each selected participant will be required to present a country status report and/or a research/scientific paper on any of the themes appropriate to the workshop.

Publication of Proceedings

The country status reports, scientific/research papers and other study material presented during the workshop will be compiled along with the learned articles from other authors and will be brought out in the form of a publication. All applicants are required to submit the extended abstracts of their proposed presentations to be made during the workshop along with the completed nomination form. Those finally selected to attend the workshop will be required to submit the full manuscript of their papers/country reports as per the Centre’s prescribed guidelines at least 15 days before the commencement of the workshop i.e. by Friday, 27th April 2012.

Local Hospitality, travel etc. within Iran

All foreign participants will be received at the Tehran International Airport and will be transported to the venue of the workshop. Local hospitality, including accommodation, meals and local transport during Saturday, 12th May to Thursday, 17th May 2012 (i.e. commencing from one day before the workshop and for an additional day after its conclusion) will be arranged by the CITC, Iran. The participants will have to make their own arrangement of stay beyond these days and therefore they should arrange their flight schedules accordingly. Travel arrangements for the foreign participants for Tehran – Shiraz – Tehran on 15th to 16th May 2012
will also be made by CITC.

Financial Arrangements for Travel

This is being conveyed separately to each member country of the NAM S&T Centre and other developing countries.

Entry Formalities, Immigration and Health

Participants of the workshop must be in possession of a current passport and valid visa for entry into Iran. The embassies / diplomatic mission of Iran located in the country of the participants should be approached for obtaining an entry visa. CITC, Iran will facilitate the issuance of a visa by providing the participants with an official letter of invitation. Participants of the workshop from yellow fever endemic countries must ensure that they obtain a Vaccination Certificate before arrival in Iran.

Individual participants or their governments / institutions will be required to bear the
following costs:

-All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for passport and visa, required medical examinations and vaccinations and miscellaneous expenses such as internal travel to/from the airport of departure in the home country.
-Salary and other related allowances for the participants during the event.
-Cost of medical insurance to cover the period of their participation in the Workshop.
- The organisers will not assume responsibility for the following expenditure in connection with the participant’s attendance in the Workshop:
-Insurance, medical bills or hospitalisation fees.
- Compensation in the event of death, disability or illness of participants.
- Loss of personal belongings or compensation for damage caused by climatic or other conditions.
-Travel or other costs incurred by the dependents that might accompany the participants, or because of overstay.

Contact Details

NAM S&T CENTRE
(i) Prof. Dr. Arun P. Kulshreshtha
Director and Executive Head,
NAM S&T Centre,
Zone-6A, 2ndFloor, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003, INDIA
Tel: +91-11-24645134, 24644974
Fax: +91-11-24644973
E-mail: [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected]
Website: www.namstct.org

(ii) Mr. M. Bandyopadhyay
Senior Expert & Administrative Officer,
NAM S&T Centre,
Zone-6A, 2ndFloor, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003, INDIA
Tel (O): +91-11-24645134, 24644974
Tel. (R): +91-11-29941203
Website: www.namstct.org

Center for Innovation & Technology Cooperation (CITC)

Eng. Ali M. Birang,
Manager of International Affairs,
Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC),
P.O.Box: 14155-4671,
Tehran, IRAN
Tel: (+98 21) 61000
Fax: (+98 21) 61006100
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Website: www.citc.ir

In order to avoid confusion, interested scientists from countries other than Iran may in the first instance please correspond only with the NAM S&T Centre, and not with CITC, Tehran. All such applications will be initially processed by the NAM S&T Centre. Scientists from Iran may however submit their requests to the CITC

From 13 May 2012
Until 17 May 2012
Tehran, Iran
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