2016 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School Outcomes

The main goal of the Young Researchers’ School (YRS) is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to better understand the spectrum of challenges that underpin sustainable development. By assembling these young scientists together for an intensive two-week workshop, the school fosters the growth of a network of sustainability scholars and professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.

Below are the lectures of the 2016 YRS at TERI University, New Delhi, India on 1-12 February, 2016. The theme in 2016 was ‘Sustainable Energy for Transforming Lives: Availability, Accessibility, Affordability. For reports on the programme click here.

The programme provided specific knowledge regarding the theme energy. There were plenty of opportunities for research skills development, including research communication skills through activities such as the 3-minute thesis competition and the Our World workshop. The aim was to help students frame their research in a simplified manner and thus reach broader audiences. There was much interaction among participants and resource persons through group activities and field trips, that provided the context and content for students to develop a research proposal looking at how different policies and projects can be interlinked and provide integrative solutions for various sustainability challenges. A core team of 4-5 resource persons participated in the entire programme, to coordinate activities, facilitate group work sessions and take the responsibility of any decisions during the delivery of the researchers’ school.

Photos can be found on facebook.

Watch this video on the latest YRS.

1 February 2016

9:30-10:00Opening CeremonyWelcome remarksRajiv Seth, Acting Vice Chancellor, TERI UniversityMario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS
10:00-10:45Keynote Address  / talks by eminent speakers on energyAjay Mathur, D.G Bureau of Energy efficiency (TBC)Upendra Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Arun Kansal
11:00-12:30Panel discussion – Sustainable energy for transforming livesChair:  Amit Kumar, Dean, Distance and Short-term Education Programme, TERI UniversityPanelists: Raghunath Mahapatra, Vice President, Strategy, Welspun EnergyP. C. Mathani, Director, MNREDebajit Palit, Associate Director, Renewables and Environment, TERIDisha Banerjee, Director, Policy and Communication,  Smart Power India
13:30-14:00Programme Introduction Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IASFawzia Tarannum
14:00-15:30Movie I on Energy Use Efficiency/Conservation and DiscussionTERI and TU,Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS
15:45-17:15Movie II: Let there be Light on Energy Use Efficiency/Conservation and DiscussionTERI and TU,Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS

2 February 2016

09:15-10:45Lecture 1: Linking energy crisis with Climate ChangeRitu Mathur, Director, Green Growth and Resource Efficiency, TERI
11:00-12:30Lecture 2:  Energy security- global and local challengesAnil Kumar Jain, Advisor, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India)Aayog, Government of India
14:00-15:30Lecture 3: Energy accessibility and socio-economic impactMartand Shardul, Associate Fellow Social Transformation, TERI
15:45-17:15Lecture 4: Energy efficient stoves and lighting a billion lives initiative of TERIDebajit Palit, Associate Director, Renewables and Environment, TERI

Lecture summaries by students:

Lecture 1: Linking the energy crisis with climate change by Haitham Alkhalaf

Lecture 2: Energy security – global and local challenges

Lecture 3: Energy Accessibility and socio-economic impact by Haixing Meng

Lecture 4: Energy efficient stoves and lighting a billion lives initiative by TERI by Mazlina Zaira Mohammad

Related movies:

It’s high time

Jeevika – Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project

Keonjhar cooking stove film: Let’s build the future we want

Clean Cooking stoves

Know Your Goals Campaign


3 February

TERI Campus in Gawal Pahari & National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)

10:30-11:00Welcome and opening remarks – Contribution of TERI towards sustainable energy Amit Kumar, Dean, Distance and Short-term Education Programme, TERI University
11:00- 13:30Walk around TERI Campus and live demonstration of TERI’s initiatives§  Solar Lanterns§  Solar water heaters§  Photovoltaic panels§  Biomass  Gasifier§  Underground earth tunnels§  Energy-efficient lighting§  Waste-water recycling§  Biogas PlantSuresh, Facility Manager TERI, Gawal Pahari, N. K. Ram, Fellow,  TERI,  Alekhya Datta, Associate Fellow, TERI
15:00-16:30National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) Gurgaon (Govt of India’s initiative)Grid and off-grid solar systems Thermal , PhotovoltaicSolar Biomass Hybrid Cold StorageO. S. Sastry, Director General
17:30 -18:30Field Trip Synthesis Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS

 4 February

09:15-10:45Lecture 5: Research Method (Qualitative)Siti Das, Department of Policy Studies, TERI University
11:00-12:30Lecture 6: Research Method (Quantitative)Papiya Guha Mazumdar, Department of Policy Studies, TERI University
14:00-15:30Lecture 7: Reducing energy intensity of the Indian economyAjay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy EfficiencyRakesh Kumar Choudhary, Deputy Director, MSME
15:45-17:15Lecture 8:  Energy use efficiencyGirish Sethi, Director,  IEE, TERI

Lecture summaries by students:

Lecture 5: Qualitative research methods

Lecture 6: Quantitative research methods by David Sparks

Lecture 7: Reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy by Ranaporn Tantiwechwuttikul

Lecture 8: Energy use efficiency

Related movies:

A unit saved is a unit earned

Ring the changes

Fueling change

Telling a complete story with qualitative and mixed methods research

5 February

09:15-10:45Lecture 9: Energy policy and governance and Q & A Rakesh Kacker, Director India Habitat Centre
11:00-12:30Lecture10: Economics of renewable energy and Q&AAtul Kumar, Energy Technology System Analysis, TERI
14:00-15:30Research proposal development Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS
15:45-17:15Introduction to 3 minutes thesis presentation Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IASDaniel Powell, UNU-IAS

Lecture summaries by students:

Lecture 9: Energy policy and governance by Rui Wu

Lecture 10: Economics of renewable energy by Ram Kumar Singh and Manisha Singh

6 February Field trip 2 – Ferozabad/ Agra

7 February

16:00-17:00Workshop Session- Synthesis of Field TripDaniel Powell, UNU-IAS

 8 February Field Trip 3: Visit to Chandigarh

PEDA-Punjab Energy Development Agency and Bharat Bricks Factory in Chandigarh.

9 February

09:15-10:45Field trip synthesisChristopher Doll, UNU-IAS, TERI
11:00-12:30Research CommunicationDaniel Powell, UNU-IAS
14:00-15:30Group work  1
15:45-17:153-minute thesis practice
17:30-19:00Group Work  2

Related movie:

Plastic to Oil Fantastic

 10 February

09:15-10:45Lecture 11 – Community Engagement and Capacity Building to facilitate conservation / efficiencySoma Dutta, ENERGIA, lnternational Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy
11:00-12:30Lecture 12- Waste to energySuneel Pandey, Fellow, TERI
14:00-15:30Group Work 3 
15:45-17:15Group work 4 

Lecture summaries by students:

Lecture 11: Community engagement and capacity building to facilitate conservation / efficiency by Meenakshi Chaudhary and Saad Faruqui

Lecture 12: Waste to energy by Sourabh Manuja

Related movies:

A Bright Solution- Solar Sister (2012)

Cadence Mid-Kiln Technology for Mixing Alternative fuel with Mixing Air

How a waste-to-energy plant works

Landfill Methane Powers People’s Homes

Macpresse – Valencia Spain Algimia SCT

Tech Kiosk by Kopernik- Making Simple, Life-changing Technology Available Across Indonesia

11 February

09:15-10:45Life after PhDCristina Rumbaitis, Action on Climate TodayPreeti Agarwal, VIOM NetworksPooja Arora, TERIChristopher Doll, UNU-IAS
11:00-12:30Group work 5
14:00-15:303-minute thesis exercise
15:45-17:15Group work 6

 12 February

09:15-10:45Summary of lectures and evaluation
11:00-12:303-minutes thesis competition final
14:00-15:30Research Proposal presentation and Discussions
15:45-17:15Research Proposal presentation and Discussions
EveningGala Dinner