NIAS Public Lecture: “Changing Social Relations between Science and Society: Challenges in the 21st Century” by Dr. V. V. Krishna, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1100hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012


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“Changing Social Relations between Science and Society:

Challenges in the 21st Century”



 Dr. V. V. Krishna

Professorial Fellow, FASS at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Date : Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

Time : 11.00 AM

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru 560012


Chairperson: Dr. M Sai Baba, Principal Scientist, Energy and Environment Research Program NIAS


Abstract: Social history of modern science, particularly the way it acquired social legitimacy, clearly depicts the science and society relationships emerging from the time of Galileo. The social institution of science has evolved as one of the most powerful, highly influential and sought out institutions. Knowledge as public good; peer review of science; prominence attached to open publications; and premium placed on professional recognition and scientific autonomy remained the hall mark of science for the last three centuries. Based on this ethos of science, the social institution of science evolved a unique social contract between science and society in the last six decades. Science as social institution acquired a relative autonomy and legitimacy in society. Some of the basic values of science are now threatened from several quarters. As we enter the second decade of twenty-first century, the social institution of science is undergoing a major transformation. Three major societal forces are influencing this transformation: (i) globalisation; (ii) climate change; and  (iii) the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What is at stake? Is there a significant change and disruption taking place? Is it transforming the very social institution of science and the social contract developed over three hundred years? And what implications this has for our contemporary and future society? The talk will raise some of the key issues and open for discussion.


About the Speaker: V. V. Krishna is currently Professorial Fellow, FASS at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has a PhD from the University of Wollongong, Australia and has more than 30 years of research, teaching and consultancy experience in science and technology policy studies, history and sociology of science and technology, innovation studies and science, technology and developing world in leading academic and research institutions in India, Australia, Singapore, China and Canada. He was Professor in Science Policy and Chair, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for more than 20 years. He held visiting faculty positions at the National University of Singapore; McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Maison des Science De l Homme, Paris; United Nations University, Japan; Western Sydney University, Sydney and Tsinghua University, Beijing. Over the years, he published over 40 papers and five books which include: Science, Technology and Diffusion of Knowledge: Innovation Systems in Asia-Pacific (Edward Elgar 2007); Scientific Communities in the Developing Countries, (Sage 1997). His latest book is on Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from Asia Pacific (Routledge 2017) He is Editor-in-Chief of ranked international journal Science, Technology and Society (Sage). He was member of various expert committees and been consultant at UNESCO, OECD, ILO and other international agencies. He contributed to World Science Report 1998 and UNESCO Science Report 2005, and to the ILO in 2001 for its programme on the informal sector. He served as expert on European Research Council’s Grand Challenges and European Union, Brussels, based networks on research and innovation policies since 1990s.


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All are welcome



For further information, please contact. Dr. M Sai Baba <>

Thursday, March 22, 2018