Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: 31st International Energy Workshop (IEW), June 19th-21st, 2012 - Cape Town, South Africa
Submission of papers
The selection of submitted papers and long abstracts is directed and made by the IEW Program Committee, which includes, among others, the IEW co-directors and the 2012 co-organisers:
Programme Administrator, Emily Chenery: email@example.com
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with other international organisations involved in the Health & Environment policy process is looking for Good Practice Concepts on youth and children?s involvement.
For detailed information on the call please see the documents attached to this mail (http://groups.google.com/group/environment-professionals/browse_thread/thread/ad096ccab22ede3e).
In order to participate, please fill out the enclosed concept format, describing what children & youth are already doing in your country on environmental and health improvement, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 of November 2011.
Among all concept entries, the 8 best will be selected and will each receive 500, 00 USD to prepare and present their case on good practices on 2 ? 10 pages, before 20 of December 2011.
Please also feel free to forward this call to other young people and youth representatives who you think might want to participate and contribute their concepts.
With my best regards
WECF Germany e.V.
+49 89 23 23 938-17
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
ICIMOD sees Rio+20 as a very important moment to redefine Mountain Agenda considering progresses made and challenges evolved over last two decades. As one of the founding members of the Mountain Partnership Consortium, ICIMOD is working closely with all key institutions around the global promoting Mountain Agenda to make sure issues and positions of mountainous countries and regions are clear and are noticed by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) preparatory committee as well as concerned Major Groups. ICIMOD is working closely with Major Groups on ‘Children and Youth’, ‘NGOs’, ‘Local Authorities’, ‘Scientific and Technological Community’, ‘Women’, whilst maintaining regular interactions with others. As part of this preparation ICIMOD has organised number of discussions at Hindu Kush-Himalayan and Asia Pacific regional level aiming at different groups including youth and media. The list of events are provided at http://www.icimod.org/?q=4773.
We have found these activities very useful in understanding where do we stand, how can we make a difference and promote sustainable mountain development agenda, and in developing Rio+20 position papers on HKH and South East Asia-Pacific regions. Please find on the right the links (at http://www.icimod.org/?q=4773) to download ICIMOD reports submitted to the RIO+20 Secretariat.
For more information, contact:
Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD (Team Leader)
Dr Golam Rasul, Division Head, Economic Analysis/Policy Development Specialist (Green Economy and SMD Coordinator)
Mr Tek Jung Mahat, APMN Node Manager (‘Youth and Media engagement on Rio+20’ Coordinator and Overall Co-leader)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Presentation of course and participants
Kjersti Fløttum, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen
Trine Dahl, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication, University of Bergen
Karin Bradley, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology
Adeline Johns-Putra, Department of English, University of Exeter
Adam Trexler, Department of English, University of Exeter
Discussion of student papers on interdisciplinarity
Kristin Asdal, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), Oslo University
Frida Hastrup, Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
Maria Hellström Reimer, Art Culture and Communication, Malmö University
Alexa Weik von Mossner, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Fribourg
Monday, November 14, 2011
An award that rewards environmental actions
Do you want international recognition for your project? Would you like the chance to win a trip to Sweden? We are now searching for the 2012 winners of the Volvo Adventure (organised in partnership with UNEP). Could it be a team from your school, youth or community group network wining one of the awards this year? The Tunza Conference in Bandung showed us there are amazing projects in Indonesia that should be applying because they have a possibility of winning.
All you have to do is follow this link and register yourself and your group http://www.volvoadventure.org/env_register.aspx to get the free materials and have a chance to win one of the UNEP-Volvo Adventure awards. The groups whose projects are deemed to be the best this year will get an all expenses paid trip to Sweden. You can enter as many teams as you want. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to promote themselves as it looks good on school, job, and college applications.
There are several ways for a project to receive endorsements and international recognition for the efforts young people are making to solve environmental problems. The projects act as a gallery of all the ways that young people are finding to ensure they inherit solutions rather than problems. Anyone working with on a practical environmental project with young people aged between 13 and 16 years of age can enter. They need to be working in groups of two to five people and actively involved in devising and managing the project.
Please take the time to register, and then put your project in this year's gallery of projects that are helping solve environmental problems around the world.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
October 13-20, 2012
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center
Colorado Springs, CO
Application Deadline: February 29, 2012
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA
As our understanding of climate change and its far-reaching ramifications continues to grow, it is imperative for climate change researchers to form strong collaborative bonds that reach across disciplines and other boundaries. Every year the DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts a symposium for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collaboration while laying the foundation for dynamic, communicative collegial networks that are better-equipped to understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.
During the week-long symposium, the 30 invited DISCCRS Scholars will have the opportunity to present their research, hone interdisciplinary communication and teambuilding skills, and discuss emerging research and trends. Scholars will also have the chance to talk about the societal and professional challenges involved in climate change research, with each other and with established researchers invited to serve as mentors.
Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of research scientists. The selection committee will favor applicants who plan to engage in interdisciplinary research careers in any subject relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts or its solutions. We encourage applicants from the natural and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields, so long as their research focus relates to climate change, its impacts or its solutions. Although the emphasis is on the U.S. research system, we welcome applicants from all countries who are interested in learning about the U.S. research system or connecting with U.S. researchers. Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA.
Symposium application instructions:
In addition to our annual symposia, DISCCRS provides online tools for catalyzing interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration:
Please display and distribute the poster as widely as possible!
Online Ph.D. Dissertation Registry: Join over 2500 climate change researchers by registering your Ph.D. dissertation and adding your abstract to our fully searchable database. You can also browse the registry to see what other climate change researchers have been doing recently.
Electronic newsletter: With timely climate change job listings, news stories, funding opportunities and more, our weekly e-newsletter is automatically provided to anyone who registers their Ph.D.
You can also subscribe online. http://disccrs.org/subscribe
Career Resources: In addition to the registry, our website includes a wealth of valuable resources for finding a job, developing your professional skills, locating funding opportunities, crafting grant proposals and more.
AAG, AERE, AGU, AMS, ASLO, ESA, ESS-ISA, STEP-APSA, TOS, USSEE
Collaborative Grant Numbers: SES-0931402 to the University of Oregon
and SES-0932916 to Whitman College
Grant number NNX10AJ53G to Whitman College
Organizers: Ronald B. Mitchell and C. Susan Weiler
Thursday, November 10, 2011
12th IAEE European Energy Conference
"Energy Challenge and Environmental Sustainability"
Venice, September 9th - 12th, 2012
The geopolitical events that are changing the international context and the costs of energy supply in most of the European countries and world industrialized nations, make us believe that there will be significant changes in the energy sector during the next years.
The oil markets and the petroleum products will be characterized by high volatility and instability, with rising prices; the gas market will be more open and less tied to oil prices: the coal market, as well as the renewables market will be in strong recovery.
The nuclear accident in Fukushima has brought uncertainty about the development of nuclear power in many countries where this source was present or was being considered as a future resource, thus leading to a closure or a stand-by of many nuclear power plants. This will have two effects: the first is a greater reliance on fossil fuels for electricity production, the second is a negative impact on the environmental sustainability and on the future monitoring of the climate change on our planet.
As usual there will be a lot of concurrent sessions organized that should cover a broad spectrum of energy economics topics. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 9, 2012, so please do not wait any longer to submit your abstract at the following link http://www.iaeeu2012.it/pages/abstract.html. The abstract may be up to two pages in length and should include: (1) overview (2) methods (3) results (4) conclusions. A sample abstract may be found by visiting the conference website.
The high-level program committee, headed by professor Carlo Carraro, President of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, will confirm paper acceptance by May 22, 2012. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will need to submit their full-length paper by July 1st, for the conference on-line proceedings.
Learn more about the conference by visiting http://www.iaeeu2012.it.
Phone: +39.06.3227367; Fax: +39.06.3234921
Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, 29-31 May 2012, USA
Climate change is one of the most important environmental, social and economic issues facing the world today. Despite growing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some impacts such as higher temperatures, more intense floods, droughts, wildfires, and rising sea levels are now inevitable. We must plan for and adapt to these changes, to minimize the negative impacts and enhance the benefits to natural systems, societies, and human activities and well-being. This challenges decision making at all levels, from individuals to governments, as well as in business and industry.