About the Conference

NISER Bhubaneswar is organizing a national conference on Science, Technology and Society with the following objectives:

  • To enable systematic and cross-disciplinary discussions related to science, technology, and society in the larger context on social development
  • Presentation and discussion of various issues in social development with a special focus on scientific and technological advancement and its relation to society, fostering interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in Science and Technology that are socially relevant.
  • Topics will include and not be restricted to transition for scientific developments to technological developments and impacts of technological development on various aspects of society; ethics and human values, social issues, environmental concerns, and government policy; Social problem solving of Science and Technology, digital Society, e-governance, science communication and international competition, etc

The deliberations will engage the scholars and practitioners interested in the nature of knowledge and the role of expertise in modern societies. It brings together social scientists working at the intersections of science, politics, and public policy, as well as those in the sciences and engineering, medicine who have a serious interest in exploring these areas with representatives of other disciplines.

The conference also aims at bringing together academicians and research scholars engaged in relevant areas of theoretical empirical research. Mid career professionals and young social scientists are also encouraged to present their research findings and work in progress

More information regarding the conference can be viewed on the conference website http://www.niser.ac.in/sts2017

NISER welcomes research papers that fall in the broader area of Social Development with specific or concealed reference to Science, Technology and Society. All those who are interested in submitting papers for the Conference should send the softcopy of the full paper and the abstract (300 words) to pranay@niser.ac.in. More information can be obtained at http://www.niser.ac.in/sts2017 For accommodation and other local logistical details, please contact the local organizing secretary, Dr Pranay Kumar Swain at pranay@niser.ac.in or sts2017@niser.ac.in

The last date for submission of papers is 20 June 2017. Communication about the acceptance of papers will be conveyed to the authors by 30 June 2017.

  • To enable systematic and cross-disciplinary discussions related to contemporary issues related to development
  • To leverage the opportunity of an intense discussion on various aspects of interface areas of Science, Technology and Society
  • To establish/reinforce academic network
Only one author of the accepted paper will be reimbursed the travel expenses of return AC II tier rail fare. The registered authors will also be provided with complimentary accommodation on NISER campus. As there are a limited number of rooms available with us, no request either for accommodation of non-registered or accompanying persons will be entertained. Registration has to be completed in advance through the conference website and on-the- spot registration will not be allowed. Those interested in staying in hotels can do so in Bhubaneswar city on their own expenses. In such case to transport facility will be provided for the delegates to reach the conference venue.


National Institute of Science Education and Research, under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), has been established with the aim of embedding scientific rigor within larger pedagogic practices in the country. The academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, a deemed research university that oversees academic programs at Institutions that are part of the DAE. NISER campus is situated over 300 acres of land in Jatni town, 25 Kms from the Bhubaneswar railway station and 20 kms away from the airport. Other Institutes of national importance IIT Bhubaneswar and AIIMS, Xavier University are in the general neighborhood. The Khurda Road railway junction is in the immediate vicinity. The Institute started functioning from the permanent campus in July 2015, nine years since 28th August 2006, when the Prime Minister of India, Shri Dr. Manmohan Singh, announced the proposal for its establishment. The Institute at Jatni campus was formally inaugurated and dedicated to the nationa on 7th February, 2016, by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi.

A primary objective of the Institute is to train and nurture human resources in the Sciences for the knowledge economies of the future. NISER has five schools namely School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemical Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Science, School of Mathematical Sciences and School of Physical Sciences. In the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics, English, Psychology and Sociology subjects are offered to the Integrated MSc students as well as PhD scholars are admitted in these subjects. Also watch a short video clip on NISER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj3COHpdWW4

About Bhubaneswar

Popularly known as the temple city, Bhubaneswar bears an architectural legacy. The Capital city of Odisha is located at approximately 20o N and 86o E in the Eastern coastal plains at an average altitude of 45mtrs from the sea level. Before the modern city designed by the German architect Otto Königsberger gained it geo-political significance, Bhubaneswar had always found a significant mention in Indian History dating as back as to the 1st and 2nd century AD.

Konark's Sun Temple on the sea and Puri , two of India's top world heritage monuments are just over an hour's drive away. Together with Bhubaneswar they form the golden triangle, one of the most visited destinations of India. The country’s largest brackish water lake, Chilika is equally distant and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the state. Important places to visit in and around Bhubaneswar include Lingaraj temple, Mukteshwar temple, Rajarani temple, Bindusagar lake, Planetarium, Museum of Natural History, the Tribal museum, the Handicraft Museum, Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical garden, the caves of Udaygiri, and Khandgiri, the White Pagoda and Rock edicts at Dhauli, etc. Fast growing as an educational hub, it caters to more than 1.4 million people today. A generally peaceful city, Bhubaneswar is one of the greenest of the country. In July, we expect the weather in Bhubaneswar to be pleasant with clear skies. Typical average high and low temperatures are expected to be 32 o C and 26 o C respectively. The airport at Bhubaneswar, recently elevated to an International one, is very well connected to major cities of India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Varanasi, Lucknow, Raipur, etc


Registration is mandatory for attending the conference. However, there is no registration fee. Online registration link will be activated on the conference website by second week of May 2017. One of the authors of the accepted paper will be allowed to register for the conference. However, as many co-authors can attend the conference at their own expenses.

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Organizing Committee

Prof. V Chandrasekhar, Patron, Director, NISER
Dr. Pranay Kumar Swain (Organizing Secretary), Chairperson School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), NISER
Dr. Joe Varghese, Reader-F, School of HSS, NISER
Dr. Debasish Pattanaik, Asst Professor, School of HSS, NISER
Dr Rooplekha Khuntia, Asst Professor, School of HSS, NISER
Dr Amarendra Das, Asst Professor, School of HSS, NISER


Accommodation or Local Hospitality

Mr Hiralal Das
Email: hiralal@niser.c.in