Lens turns smartphone into a microscope: Costs only 3 cents

Title: Lens turns smartphone into a microscope: Costs only 3 cents
Source: ScienceDaily
Date (published): 04/05/2015
Date (accessed): 18/05/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Researchers have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a lens.

Women in Science

Title: Women in Science
Source: UNESCO
Date (accessed): 19/03/2014
Type of information: data source
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Just 30% of the world’s researchers are women. While a growing number of women are enrolling in university, many opt out at the highest levels required for a research career. But a closer look at the data reveals some surprising exceptions. For example, in Bolivia, women account for 63% researchers, compared to France with a rate of 26% or Ethiopia at 8%.

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013 - India

Title: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013 - India
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: Government of India Ministry of Science and Technology
Date (published): 15/01/2013
Date (accessed): 17/09/2013
Type of information: national strategy
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: India's new Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy was released in January 2013. It envisions placing India among the top five global scientific powers by 2020. It proposes to use STI for faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth with a focus both on STI for people and people for STI. It plans to boost innovation through research and development (R&D) driven by private sector participation, publishing more research papers, achieving gender parity in S&T and global cooperation.

Main objectives of Policy are:

- Budget: Increasing the R&D spending to 2% in next five years’ time through PPP; creating conductive environment for encouraging private sector investment in R&D.
- Manpower: Promotion of spread of scientific temper amongst all sections of society; attracting talented and bright minds towards careers in science, research and innovation; increasing the number of R&D personnel by 66% in next five years; creating environment for women to enter in R&D field; and setting up inter university centers, bringing together different disciplines of humanities and science together.
- Business: Identifying 10 sectors of high potential and putting more resources into them for STI; increasing by two folds the global share of high tech products; increasing R&D intensity in service sector, small and medium scale enterprises; sharing the risk on R&D investments with private sector; providing new financing mechanisms for entrepreneurs; creating a public procurement policy that favors indigenous innovations; achieving synergy between R&D policy for agriculture vs. STI policy.
- Climate Change: Active role in implementation of National Action plan for Climate Change (NAPCC); and providing incentives for green manufacturing.
- PPP: Setting up of a) a National science, Technology and innovation foundation to facilitate investments in S&T projects under PPP mode and large scale R&D facilities under PPP mode; establishing technology business incubators and science-led entrepreneurships; and treating private sector R&D institutions at par with public sector institutions for giving public funds.
- IPR: Modification of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for social goods and IPR generated under PPP; setting up of a regulatory and legal framework for sharing IPRs between Investors and inventors.
- Participation: Encouraging participation of all STI stakeholders including a) women and differently-abled and disadvantaged sections of society; b) NGOs who would play pivotal role for delivery science-tech-innovation outputs especially related with rural / grassroot level; c) State Governments by setting up state specific plans and strengthening the State Sci-Tech Councils / Boards and fine-tuning five-year plan schemes in response to rapid changes in S&T; d) International partners by forging strategic alliances both bilateral and multilateral.
Public awareness: Releasing white papers on new science projects to generate public awareness about the ethical / social / economic implications of science-tech-R&D initiatives.

Africa Analysis: The benefits of open source software

Title: Africa Analysis: The benefits of open source software
Author:Linda Nordling
Date (published):05/11/2010
Date (accessed):07/11/2010
Type of information: article
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
"Africa should embrace open source scientific software, cutting costs and boosting IT skills across the continent...In science, open source software users are still a minority, but such programmes are no longer the exclusive preserve of those who love to tinker with computers...Cash-strapped African universities could be fertile ground for such open source packages, yet few academics know they exist.
Many African governments and intergovernmental organisations, including the African Union, want to promote open source programming and software. But the political support rarely filters down to institutional level.
What is needed is an awareness campaign, perhaps driven by researchers themselves, to raise the visibility of open source software at the coalface of African science. Research funders should also come onboard, so that they can encourage applicants to use open source packages where suitable."

Science and Innovation for Development

Title: Science and Innovation for Development
Author Editor: Gordon Conway and Jeff Waage, with Sara Delaney
Pages: pp.
ISBN: 978 1 84129 0829
Publisher: UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)
Date (published):
Date (accessed):
Type of information:
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf, 29,1MB!)
Scientific education, knowledge and research are crucial to solving development challenges.

Science as a tool for providing evidence and discovering solutions has been neglected recently by many key decision makers, Science and Innovation for Development aims to play a part in changing that.

Download by chapters:

* Contents, foreword by Professor Calestous Juma, preface, about the authors (PDF 418KB)


* Chapter 1 - The Nature of Science and Innovation (PDF 1.15MB)
* Chapter 2 - Appropriate Innovation (PDF 1.72MB)
* Chapter 3 - Building Partnerships for Innovation (PDF 2.31MB)


* Chapter 4 - Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (PDF 4.71MB)
* Chapter 5 - Combating Hunger (PDF 2.38MB)
* Chapter 6 - Improving Health (PDF 3.84MB)
* Chapter 7 - Achieving Environmental Sustainability (PDF 2.71MB)


* Chapter 8 - The Science of Climate Change (PDF 4.86MB)
* Chapter 9 - Adapting to Climate Change (PDF 5.16MB)


* Conclusion (PDF 324KB

The Manchester Manifesto. Who Owns Science?

Title: The Manchester Manifesto
Publisher: Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester
Date (published): 25/11/2009
Date (accessed): 26/11/2009
Type of information: manifesto
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: is increasingly important to consider the question of “Who Owns Science?”. The answer to this question will have broad-ranging implications: for scientific progress, for equity of access to scientific knowledge and its fruits and for the fair distribution of the benefits and the burdens of science and innovation – in short, for global justice and human progress...It is clear that the dominant existing model of innovation, while serving some necessary purposes for the current operation of innovation, also impedes achievement of core scientific goals in a number of ways. In many cases it restricts access to scientific knowledge and products, thereby limiting the public benefits of science; it can restrict the flow of information, thereby inhibiting the progress of science; and it may hinder innovation through the costly and complicated nature of the system. Limited improvements may be achieved through modification of the current IP system, but consideration of alternative models isurgently required.

See also:
How science is shackled by intellectual property
John Sulston, Guardian, 26 November 2009
Who Owns Science? The Manchester Manifesto
open..., 26/11/2009

Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge

Title: Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge
Pages: 332 pp.
Publisher: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and United Nations Development Programme/ Regional Bureau for Arab States
Date (published): 27/10/2009
Date (accessed): 18/11/2009
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (several pdfs)
Foreword, team and table of contents
Chapter 1: The theoretical framework: Concepts and problematic of the knowledge society
Chapter 2: Arab knowledge performance environments: Expanding freedoms and building institutions
Chapter 3: Education and the formation of knowledge capital
Chapter 4: Information and communications technologies in the Arab countries: The pillars and tools of knowledge
Chapter 5: Arab performance in research and innovation
Chapter 6: Building the knowledge society in the Arab world: A vision and a plan
Annex 1: List of background papers
Annex 2: Project for a database on knowledge in the Arab region
Annex 3: Measurement of the Arab countries’ knowledge economy
Statistical Annex

See also:
Arab world 'long way' from knowledge society
Science and Development Network

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