[Ip-health] Global Congress 2015 Update - Dates, Theme and Tentative Tracks

Nehaa Chaudhari nehaa at cis-india.org
Tue Mar 17 01:12:39 PDT 2015

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Dear All,

As you might know, the Centre for Internet and Society, India 
(CIS-India) will be hosting the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual 
Property and Public Interest (the Congress) at New Delhi, India. Our 
institutional partner, and the venue for this year's Congress is the 
National Law University, Delhi.

Here are some important updates:

*Dates - 15th (Tuesday) to 17th (Thursday) December, 2015 (both dates 
inclusive) [and 18th (Friday) December, 2015]
*This year's Congress will be held over three days, from the 15th to the 
17th of December, 2015 (both dates inclusive). Additionally, the venue 
will be reserved for an extra day (18th Dec, 2015) to accommodate 
non-scheduled follow up discussions, spillovers and allow for 
individually organized meetings/discussion sessions

*The theme for the 2015 Congress is /*Three Decades of Openness; Two 
Decades of TRIPS*. /Discussions in all tracks, as well as cross track 
conversations will be tailored around this theme.
Tentative Agenda*
Day 1 of the Congress (15th December, 2015) will be open to all 
interested participants, including representation from the government, 
the judiciary, industry, academia, research/advocacy/policy 
organizations and any others. However, Days 2 and 3 of the Congress 
(16th and 17th December, 2015, respectively) shall comprise closed-door 
sessions, open only to participants registered/invited for the 
Congress.  An additional day (Day 4 - 18th of December, 2015) has been 
set aside for smaller meetings and discussions on existing or potential 
collaborations between participants; to continue conversations begun on 
Days 1, 2 and 3; or to have meetings/presentations/discussions which we 
might not be able to strictly accommodate within the agenda.

*Tracks and the 'Room of Scholars'
*Proposed tracks include the following:

    1. Openness
    2. User Rights
    3. Access to Medicines
    4. Intellectual Property and Development.

These may be modified based on funding and logistics. We shall be in 
touch with more updates on funding + proposed agenda for each track + 
track leaders as soon as possible.
This year's Congress will also feature an additional 'Room of Scholars'. 
As in the past three editions of the Congress, since discussions in 
track sessions might be tailored towards evidence based policy making, a 
need was felt to create a space for academic conversation as well. 'The 
Room of Scholars' has been conceptualized as that cross-cutting space, 
not restricted to a particular track. but as running along side them. 
The 'Room of Scholars' will be an opportunity for the presentation of 
longer, more detailed academic research papers.

*Venue - **National Law University, Delhi.
*National Law University, Delhi (http://www.nludelhi.ac.in/) shall be 
the venue for this year's Congress.
Google Map Location - 

*We're negotiating discounted rates with various accommodation options 
close to the venue. We shall be in touch as and when we have more updates.*
Dear All,

*Please feel free to get in touch with me via email 
(nehaa at cis-india.org) with your queries and suggestions; and I will be 
happy to share your thoughts with the rest of the team/connect you to 
someone else on the team. You may also get in touch with Swaraj Barooah 
(swaraj.barooah at gmail.com) who has come on board as manage and 
coordinate this edition of the Congress, as a whole.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Nehaa Chaudhari

Nehaa Chaudhari
The Centre for Internet and Society
G-15, Top Floor
Hauz Khas
New Delhi - 110016
Ph: +91 11 4050 3285
Fax: +91 80 2535 0955

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