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SAI Event Topic : Science Technology and Energy

Nature Beyond Borders: Science, Society, and Conservation in India

START
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 01:30pm

END
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 03:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Science Technology and Energy Seminar

Mahesh Rangarajan, Professor, Delhi University; Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Political Anthropology Working Group

Mahesh Rangarajan is a researcher, author and historian with a special interest in environmental history and colonial history of British India. He appears frequently on Indian television as a political analyst. He is also a columnist in the print media writing on wildlife conservation, political and environmental issues. In 2010, he led the Elephant task force (Gajah) of the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests. The task force was formed to formulate measures for the protection of elephants in India. He has written several books and articles on politics and history of wildlife conservation, forest rights and environmental history. In the book, Battles over Nature, he analyses present-day conservation conflicts and finds their roots in India’s colonial past and in the governance system that was adopted as an independent nation state.


India’s Energy Scenario: View from the States

START
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 05:15pm

END
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Littauer Building, Room 324
The Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Littauer Building, Room 324
The Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Science Technology and Engeneering Seminar

Sudhir Kumar, Indian Administrative Service, Former Secretary of Power, Government of Bihar

Gulzar Natarajan, Indian Administrative Service, Former Managing Director, Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd., Government of Andhra Pradesh

Chair: Rohit Chandra, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School

 Co-sponsored with Harvard Kennedy School’s Sustainability Science Program.

 

 



The Power of Promise: Examining the Feasibility of A Rapid Expansion of Nuclear Energy in India

START
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 03:30pm

VENUE
Littauer Building, Room 324
The Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Littauer Building, Room 324
The Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Science Technology and Engineering Seminar

M. V. Ramana, Nuclear Futures Laboratory & Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University

Chair: Matthew Bunn, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Nuclear power has been held out as possibly the most important source of energy for India. And the dream of a nuclear-powered India has been supported by huge financial budgets and high-level political commitment for over six decades. Nuclear power has also been presented as safe, environmentally benign and cheap. In his book, The Power of Promise, Dr. M.V. Ramana makes a historically nuanced and compelling argument as to why the nuclear energy program in India has failed in the past and why its future is dubious.

Cosponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard Kennedy School Project on Managing the Atom


Something Old, Something New: Maladies of India’s Energy System and Possible Remedies

START
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 05:15pm

END
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 06:45pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Science, Technology, and Engineering Seminar

Varun Rai, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty Fellow, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP), University of Texas at Austin
Discussant: Laura Diaz Anadon, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Co-Faculty Chair, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Associate Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy program, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Director, South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Cosponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Dr. Varun Rai is an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group. His principal research interests are in innovation and diffusion of energy technologies; energy and development; and climate change policy. He is a Faculty Affiliate at UT Austin’s Energy Institute and at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy. Dr. Rai received his Ph.D. and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University with specialization in energy systems and technologies and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.


Water and Climate Change Seminar Series

START
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Water as a Platform for Development: A Student Panel from a Summer in Pakistan

Chair: John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering Harvard University
Harvard Student Panelists: Laila Kasuri, Anjali Lohani, Erum Khalid Sattar, and Hassaan Yousuf 

View the full discussion on Vimeo.


Water and Climate Change Seminar Series

START
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

“Prehistorical and historical changes in hydrology and settlement in the Indian Subcontinent: What happened and what can we learn?”

Liviu GiosanAssociate ScientistGeology & Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Chair: John BriscoeProfessor of the Practice of Environmental Health, HSPH; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmenta Engineering, SEAS


Water and Climate Change Seminar Series

START
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Himalayan Glaciers, Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security

 

Henry J. Vaux, Jr., Professor of Resource Economics, Emeritus Chair, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, University of California Riverside

Chair: John BriscoeProfessor of the Practice of Environmental Health, HSPH; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, SEAS

Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Read about the event here!

Himalayan Glaciers, Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security from The South Asia Initiative on Vimeo.


Water and Climate Change Seminar Series

START
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

The Future of Water Security in the Indus River Basin: Risks and Opportunities


Casey Brown
Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair: John BriscoeProfessor of the Practice of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Center for the Environment

The future of Pakistan is closely tied to the future of the Indus River.  Pakistan relies on the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world, the Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS) for its basic food security and water supply for all sectors of the economy. The agriculture sector supported by this system plays a critical role in the national economy and livelihoods of rural communities. Water security is thus critical to the future of Pakistan.  The Indus basin, like other complex river basins, faces a common set of institutional and policy challenges, including international treaty tensions over upstream development, sectoral conflicts across water, agriculture, environment, climate, and energy agencies at the national level, low water productivity in agriculture, and inter-provincial water competition.  Amid this context the basin faces a variable and potentially changing climate. The study uses a variety of methods to assess plausible futures for the Indus and Pakistan’s hydro-economy.  This study will present a hydro-economic model of the Indus River within Pakistan that simulates river and canal flows, water use and economic activities with a distributed, partial equilibrium model of the local scale agro-economic activities in the basin. Results suggest that the current governance mechanisms have significant effects on the provinces’ ability to adapt to changing climate conditions, inflicting different economic costs under both high and low flow conditions. Alternatively, a governance mechanism that prioritizes national scale water productivity over provincial and scale water allocation largely mitigates the effect of possible climate changes. Tradeoffs between the competing national and provincial scale are explored in the context of water governance mechanisms that facilitate adaptation to a changing climate.

For the write-up of this event, please click here.


Knowledge Exchange Platform: Frontiers in Neuroscience

START
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:30am

END
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 07:00pm

VENUE
IIT Delhi Campus

ADDRESS
IIT Delhi Campus
Delhi, India

Join Venkatesh Murthy, Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Pawan Sinha, Professor of Vision & Computational Neuroscience, MIT, and speakers from industry, government and business for a day long conference on the landscape of neuroscience, as part of this summer’s Resonance Knowledge Exchange platform on focused on building research and business for the advancement of neuroscience.

Made possible through a collaboration between MIT, Harvard, and IIT Delhi, the goal of this initiative is to introduce talented Indian students to the exciting gamut of brain science. 25 highly talented students from across India have been chosen following a highly competitive selection process to participate in a two-week immersion workshop that will allow them to explore some of the most exciting research topics in neuroscience.

More information about the Resonance initiative can be found here. Click here for more details and to register for this public event.


Water and Climate Change

START
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:30pm

END
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Water Diplomacy in South Asia: Managing the Science, Policy and Politics of Water Networks through Negotiation

Shafiqul Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering; Professor of Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Bernard M. Gordon, Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering; Tufts University
Chaired by John Briscoe, Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, HSPH; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, SEAS

Water Diplomacy in South Asia: Managing the Science, Policy and Politics of Water Networks through Negotiation fromSouth Asia Initiative on Vimeo.


Water and Climate Change Seminar Series

START
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:30pm

END
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Indus River Basin Research: Emerging Challenges and Directions

James Wescoat, Aga Khan Professor of Architecture, MIT
Chaired by John Briscoe, Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, HSPH; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, SEAS