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    Management Development Programme on "Reporting Sustainability in Business"

    Venue : TERI School of Advanced Studies
    Date : 20-21 August 2018

    Summary

    Sustainability reporting is the practice adopted by organizations for measuring, communicating, and being accountable to internal and external stakeholders for organizational performance towards the goal of sustainable development. "Sustainability reporting" is a broad term considered synonymous with others used to describe reporting on economic, environmental, and social impacts (e.g., triple bottom line, corporate responsibility reporting, etc.). As the stakeholders like government agencies, employees, investors, financial institutions, community, NGOs, consumers, etc., have become more demanding and demand for companies to disclose information on its social, environmental, and economic impacts is growing , it has become necessary for the companies to communicate and engage with all these stakeholders in the decision-process and hence sustainability reporting has emerged to be an important tool for stakeholder engagement and communication.

    This MDP is for Chief Sustainability Officers, CSR Heads, Finance Heads, and Strategic Planners, Analysts, Auditors, Asset Managers, and Consultants, Health/Safety/Environment Managers/ Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Public Relations, and HR Managers, Managers in IT/ Legal/Marketing/Operations/ Supply Chain

    A set of five modules will be covered during the two-day programme. Through case studies and other practical exercise, this MDP aims to equip the participants with the sustainability standards, reporting formats, and the practices of Indian firms. The pedagogy consists of experience sharing by corporates who are already engaged in preparing sustainability reports, case discussion on international sustainability reporting stories, and lectures by in-house faculty. The participants will get hands-on experience of working with various tools and techniques, such as stakeholder engagement, indicator development, and reporting.

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    Management Development Programme on "Gender, Equity and Water Management"

    Venue : Hyderabad
    Date : 22-23 August 2018

    Summary

    Gender mainstreaming has been part of the international discourse on Integrated Water Resource Management for many years. There have been several efforts and initiatives in making the water sector both more gender balanced and gender sensitive. However, critical challenges still remain to be addressed.

    This programme develops a good conceptual and theoretical understanding of gender, rights and equity issues among participants while providing them with exposure to the practical challenges in making the water sector more gender balanced and gender sensitive. The programme also aims to build capacities of participants with respect to gender equity by suggesting practical strategies to enable them to work for sustainable and gender sensitive management of water resources. The overall objective is to make the participants better informed and motivated to make changes within their overall sphere of influence as well as to emerge as stronger advocates for gender equity at a personal level.

    The programme comprises two days of intensive sessions. The pedagogy comprises lectures, case studies, short films, and group work to facilitate cross-learning and synthesis.

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    TU-DBT lecture series: Guest lecture by Dr. Peer Mittl, University of Zurich

    Venue : Conference Hall, TERI University
    Start Date : 4 September 2017
    End Date : 4 September 2017

    Summary

    Speaker: Dr. Peer Mittl, Senior Scientist at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich is delivering a talk on "Engineered Solenoid Proteins: tools for Structural- and Synthetic Biology" as part of our TU-DBT lecture series.

    Abstract:

    Solenoid proteins possess modular architectures comprising several repetitions of similar structural units. They are very abundant in natural organisms, since they are involved in many signal transduction pathways where they recognize one- and two-dimensional epitopes. The modular architecture supports this functionality, because the size and curvature of the paratope is easily adjusted by inserting or deleting entire structural units. These structural features are advantageous in vivo and can also be utilized for directed evolution experiments in vitro. Ankyrin and Armadillo repeats are two distinct structural units comprising two and three alpha helices that bind two and one-dimensional epitopes, respectively. Both types of repeats can be engineered in order to meet challenges in biochemical research.



    Designed Ankyrin repeat proteins (DARPin) are 2D-binders that can be selected from combinatorial libraries to bind almost any target protein with high affinity. Additional advantageous properties, such as high expression yield and temperature stability, make them attractive for the development of crystallization aids, to overcome limitations in crystallogenesis for structural biology, molecular clamps and scaffold proteins. Using a stiff linker several DARPin domains can be combined into a polyvalent peptide chain that can recruit several targets into a stable complex.



    Designed Armadillo repeat proteins (dArmRP) are 1D-binders that recognize flexible polypeptides. Models of dArmRPs suggest that dArmRPs and target peptides are anti-parallel and each Armadillo repeat recognizes two adjacent amino acids from the target. We utilize this unique architecture for the development a modular peptide recognition system, where the affinity of the binder can be easily adjusted to meet the requirements of the application.



    In summary, dArmPRs and DARPins are two examples of engineered solenoid proteins with high potential for applications in basic research, clinical diagnostics and disease treatment.



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