Springer Nature's Conclave on "Research and Innovation in Science for sustainable Development of India"
Monday, October 10
ITC Maurya, New Delhi
"Art is I; science is We." - Claude Bernard said a lot across a span of six words, and it is with these words that Springer Nature's insightful panel discussion on the future of research in India, for India began.
Springer Nature, being a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, could have only been trusted with the onus of presenting such a hard-hitting, brainstorming session with luminaries of the likes of Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin of Institute Of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Mr. Vipin Tyagi of C-DOT, Dr. V. Ramagopal Rao of IIT Delhi, and Mr. Derk Haank (CEO, Springer Nature) gracing the panel.
Mr. Derk Haank introduced the report - The Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars - to an audience comprising partners from the research, science and education communities, business leaders and government representatives. The conclave, organised by Springer Nature brought together this diverse audience for a thought-provoking discussion on the role of science and innovation in supporting sustainable development in India.
Rising Stars uses the power of the Nature Index, which tracks the research of more than 8,000 global institutions published in a group of 68 high-quality natural science journals, which have been independently selected by scientists.
While India makes its mark, the index finds that it is Chinese institutions that are leading the world in rapidly increasing high-quality research outputs. 40 of the top 100 highest performers across the globe are from this scientific powerhouse, with 24 of those showing growth above 50% since 2012.
The United States – which remains the largest contributor to high-quality scientific papers overall – is second, with 11 entrants into the top 100 despite many starting from a high base. Nine institutions feature from the United Kingdom, eight from Germany and four from India.
The four institutions from India among the top 100 featured in the index are the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Chemistry made up more than half (51%) of India's scientific contributions to the index in 2015. 36% was from physical sciences, 9% from life sciences and 4% from earth and environmental sciences.
China spent 1.4 trillion yuan (approximately $ 209 billion) on research and development (R&D) in 2015, or 2.1% of GDP. India, in comparison, currently spends around 1% of its GDP on R&D.
Also awarded at the Conclave, was Young Talent - a student from Amity International School - Vaishali Tikoo - for devising a tool for children with learning disabilities.