Unfolding Futures: A Look into Research from the Lens of Development

Friday, June 26, 2009, 2:00-5:00PM
Admission: Free
Room 443, 4th Floor, Earth Sciences Building
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
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The development of a society is directly proportional to the the level of evidence based knowledge and its proper utilization. The developing countries like Nepal, despite being eager to be developed, are still unable neither to accumulate need based knowledge nor to properly utilize whatever is learnt. The goal of this conference is to explore the approaches in the promotion of research that can address the needs of the society, and to explore research areas that could enhance the development to meet their short term and long term goals. It is expected that the findings of this conference would be helpful in policy formulation in the area of promoting scientific research as a source of evidence based knowledge and as a means of addressing the real needs of the society.

We request that researchers, scholars and thinkers to submit their original contributions in the form of papers or presentations as agreed in advance to the editorial committee by May 30, 2009. The works would be thematically organized in the following two sessions.

  • Policy on Research and Innovation: Reclaiming the Age of Reasoning
  • From Nature to Humans: Sustainability, Equality, and Progress
  • Synthesizing Our Ideas: Policies on Education, Research and Innovation from Hearts, Reasons, and Experiences

Topics that could fit with these themes include, but are not restricted to, governance science, research, innovation, and education; inclusion, equity, and prosperity; identity, freedom, and unity.

Even if you don’t have a paper to submit, we encourage you to participate in the conference as a session chair or a discussant or an observer. Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange to send you a registration form.

For further information contact:

Govinda Dahal [gchapati[at] googlemail.com] +1-613-82902820
Surendra Adhikari [surendra.adhikari [at] ucalgary.ca]             +1-403-457-3165
Pramod Dhakal [pdhakal [at] gmail.com]             +1-613-596-6692                   +1-613-765-7153


2:00-2:10 Participant Introduction and Registration
2:10-2:20 Chair and Moderator: Dr. Binod KC
Welcome and Thematic Orientation
2:20-2:35 Mr. Bill Porochnuk, Former Director of Operations, SIAST
2:35-2:50 Dr. Upendra Mahato, President, NRNA-ICC
2:50-3:05 Prof. Dave Irvine-Halliday, Founding Chair, LUTW Foundation
3:05-3:20 Mr. Naresh Koirala, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates
3:20-3:35 Dr. Drona Rasali, Research Chair, CFFN
3:35-3:50 Dr. Raju Tuladhar, Lead Engineer, Thyssen Kropp
3:50-4:05 Dr. Pramod Dhakal, Executive Director, CFFN
4:05-4:55 Floor opens up for discussion and question answer
4:55-5:00 Closing Remarks: Dr. Binod KC, President, CNCA

About the Topic of Dscourse

Despite being eager to develop its infrastructure in all walks of life such as basic education, health and livelihood, Nepal, like many other developing countries, is unable neither to accumulate required level of need-based-knowledge nor to properly utilize the knowledge that is already acquired. Although urban centers in Nepal seem comparatively prospering in education and human resources, vast majority of rural people live in a poor state of literacy, income, health and livelihood. As the development of science and technology is even below the infancy level, rural people severely lack the knowledge and skills that are required to improve their daily lives. It has been witnessed that the development of a society is directly proportional to the production of evidence based knowledge and its proper utilization. However, in the context of Nepal, there is a stark contrast between what people really need and what is provided for them. The goal of this panel discussion is to look into the approaches in the promotion of research that can address such needs and to explore research areas that could enhance the development to meet the short term and long term needs of the people in the margins of the society. Therefore, we anticipate an exploration of challenges, opportunities and effective-approaches in addressing these issues through this panel discussion.

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