Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
12th to 15th June 2014
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan from June 12-15 2014. This international, intercultural and interdisciplinary academic conference on the social sciences is organised by IAFOR in conjunction with our global partners, including Waseda University (Japan), London University (UK) and Virginia Tech (USA).
Web address: http://acss.iafor.org
Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum
CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN
Abstract Submissions Deadline: February 15 2014
Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community...
Theme: "Individual, Community and Society: Conflict, Resolution and Synergy"
Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.
The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.
Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.
As it enters its fifth year, The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.
I sincerely hope that we will use this time together, not just for intellectual discovery and discourse, but to establish a common vision and to motivate each other to do our part in the creation of a better world.
We look forward to seeing you in Osaka!
Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
Chairman, IAFOR International Advisory Board
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Conference Chair
Dr Andrea Molle
Chapman University, USA
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences and 2014 Conference Programme Adviser
Dr Alex Petrisor
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment and 2014 Conference Programme Adviser
To submit a paper through the online system, please click on the submissions tab
IAFOR Global University and Institutional Alliance - Working Together
IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world's foremost institutions of learning.
For more information about IAFOR, as well as a full list of university and institutional partners, please go to www.iafor.org
Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference.
For more information about the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences, and the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, see our website.
ACSS 2014 will be held alongside the Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (ACSEE 2014), and registrants for either conference will be given the opportunity to attend sessions in the parallel event at no extra charge.
CONFIRMED FEATURED SPEAKERS:
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Featured Speaker
Mr Lowell Sheppard
Asia Pacific Director, HOPE International Development Agency
Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organization focused on working with the world's extreme poor in their quest to climb out of poverty. Aside from his 25-year involvement with Hope, Lowell has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects throughout the world. He was the chairman of the Whose Earth initiative in the United Kingdom, and was the founding chairman of Novimost, a non-government organization responding to the needs caused by war in the Balkans. He was also CEO of one of the United Kingdom's largest youth charities and an executive member of Spring Harvest, an annual Christian festival which attracts more than 60,000 people each Easter, and raises more than one million dollars for charities every year. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Mr Sheppard is the author of six books, which reflect his diverse intellectual interests, and life experience. His latest book, Boys Becoming Men, examines the importance of rites of passage, including adventures, for children becoming adults. Lowell is a noted public speaker, and has given lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and he is a former vice-chairman of the CSR Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Featured Speaker
Professor Jay Friedlander
Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business, College of the Atlantic, USA
Jay Friedlander is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, Maine and founder of COA's Sustainable Business Program. Fast Company, Princeton Review, The New York Times and others have recognized COA as a sustainability leader. Jay has been a frequent presenter at both national and international academic conferences on sustainability, enterprise and innovation, as well as to private sector gatherings such as the Yale-Goldman Sachs Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures.
Prior to joining COA, Jay was the chief operating officer for a natural and organic restaurant group; worked as a Fortune 100 strategy consultant; served in the Peace Corps in Mauritania; and broke fundraising records at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Jay holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Conference Co-Chair and ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Featured Speaker
Reverend Professor Stuart Picken
Chairman of the IAFOR IAB
Stuart D. B. Picken is the founding chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, he is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalization in East Asia. As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialized in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining and Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Air Lines. In November 2008, the Government of Japan awarded Professor Picken the Order of the Sacred Treasure for his pioneering research, and outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. The honour is normally reserved for Japanese citizens and is a mark of the utmost respect in which Professor Picken is held by the Japanese Government. Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken maintains his interests in Japan, as Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, and through his work with IAFOR. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, he lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
2014 Call for Application-CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Programme For PhD Candidates from Developing Countries
According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 140 students/scholars from the developing world will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.
This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars from developing countries (other than China) an opportunity to pursue PhD degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.
Under the terms of the new CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home-country to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). Visa fee will also be covered.
Thanks to generous contribution of CAS, fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (including accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 (approx. USD 1,100) or RMB 8,000 (approx. 1,250) from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all PhD candidates after admission. All awardees will also be provided tuition waivers
Any fellowship awardee who fails the qualification test twice will face the consequences including:
l Termination of his/her fellowship;
l Discontinuity of his/her PhD study at CAS institutions;
l Being conferred a diploma of completion instead of a PhD degree;
All the procedures will adhere to UCAS/USTC regulations and rules.
The funding duration of the fellowship is 4 years, divided into:
l Maximum 1 year study of courses and participation in centralized training at UCAS/USTC, including 4 months compulsory courses in Chinese Language and Culture.
l Practical research and completion of degree thesis at colleges and schools of UCAS/USTC or CAS institutes.
General conditions for applicants:
l Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2014;
l Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
l Be a citizen of a developing country other than China;
l Not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in China or in any developed country;
l Be financially responsible for any accompanying family member.
Applicants for PhD study should also:
Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC (http://english.ucas.ac.cn/Admissions/Pages/Article.aspx?ID=78 or
l Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester.
l Provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.
l Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.
Note: Applicants currently pursuing PhD degrees at any university/institution in China are ineligible for this fellowship.
1. Admission Application Form for International Students
2. Application Form for CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme
3. Notarized photocopy of the highest degree(This year's graduates provide a pre-graduation certificate)
4. Notarized photocopy of transcripts of previous higher education
6. Research proposal
7. Photocopy of the title page and abstract of each published academic paper
8. Two academic references from referees in relative research fields or one from a TWAS member
9. Photocopy of the first page of your regular passport
10. Copy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form
Note：All the mentioned documents should be in English or Chinese.
1. Before you apply, make sure there is one professor affiliated with UCAS/USTC colleges, schools or CAS institutes agreed to be your supervisor.
2. Send a soft copy of the application package to your supervisor, and ask your supervisor to fill in the comment pages in the “Application Form for CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme” and “Admission Application Form for International Students”.
3. Your host institute shall stamp the two forms, and send the soft copy as well as the hard copy of the whole application package to the UCAS Sub-Office. After UCAS Sub-Office checks the documents, it would submit the documents to the General Office.
4. The General Office would be responsible for the organization of primary and final evaluations.
DEADLINE FOR ALL MATERIAL AND APPLICATIONS:
28 FEBRUARY 2014
CAS is a national academic institution in China consisting of a comprehensive research and development network, a merit-based learned society and a system of higher education, focusing on natural sciences, technological sciences and high-tech innovation in China. It has 12 branches, 2 universities and more than 100 institutes with around 60,000 staff and 50,000 postgraduate students. It hosts 89 national key labs, 172 CAS key labs, 30 national engineering research centers and about 1,000 field stations throughout China. As a merit-based society, it has five academic divisions. CAS is dedicated to addressing fundamental, strategic and farsighted challenges related to the overall and long-term development of China. CAS and TWAS have had a close and productive relationship for many years, often involving TWAS's Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific (http://www.twas.org.cn/twas/index.asp).
Read more about CAS: http://english.www.cas.cn/
UCAS is a research-intensive university with around 40,000 postgraduate students, supported by more than 100 institutes (research centers, laboratories) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which are located in 25 cities throughout China. Founded in 1978, it was originally named the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the first graduate school in China with the ratification of the State Council., UCAS is headquartered in Beijing with 4 campuses and is authorized to grant doctorate degrees in 39 primary academic disciplines, offering degree programs in ten major academic fields, including science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, education and management science. UCAS is responsible for the enrollment and centralized management of the PhD candidates of the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme admitted by UCAS.
Read more about UCAS: http://www.ucas.ac.cn/
USTC is the first university established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1958. It is a comprehensive university including science, engineering, management and humanity science, oriented to frontier science and high technology. USTC took the lead in launching Graduate School, the School of Gifted Young, large national scientific projects, etc. It is now a prominent Chinese university and enjoys high reputation worldwide, and therefore is the member of the China 9 Consortium consisting of the top 9 universities in China. USTC is one of the most important innovation centers in China, and is regarded as “the Cradle of Scientific Elites”. USTC provides both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It has around 1500 faculty members, 7200 undergraduates, and 9000 graduate students (2600 PhD candidates). There are 14 faculties, 27 departments, graduate school and software school on campus. According to the world acclaimed university rankings, USTC has always been ranked among the best universities in China. USTC is responsible for the enrollment and management of the PhD candidates of the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme admitted by USTC.
Read more about USTC: http://www.ustc.edu.cn/
TWAS is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. In 1991, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) assumed responsibility for administering TWAS funds and personnel on the basis of an agreement signed by TWAS and UNESCO. In 2004, the Government of Italy passed a law that ensures a continuous financial contribution to the Academy's operation. Read more about TWAS:http://twas.ictp.it/
31 August – 5 September 2014, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Swiss Climate Research, the network of leading Swiss institutions in climate research and education, invites young scientists to join high-profile climate researchers in a scenic Swiss Alpine setting for keynote lectures, workshops, and poster sessions.
The Summer School is focusing on the theme "Linking land use, land cover, and climate". This theme has been chosen due to its paramount importance in terms of both scientific challenges and pressing societal concerns. The specific topics to be addressed include:
- Land cover dynamics and interactions with the atmosphere
- Linking disparate systems: from climate to impacts
- Rapid climate change and biotic responses
- Climate change and the 'safe operating space' of the planet.
The Summer School invites young researchers from all fields of climate research. The courses cover a broad spectrum of climate and climate impact research issues and foster cross-disciplinary links. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures and workshops with in-depth discussion in smaller groups. All summer school participants present a poster of their research and there will be ample opportunity for discussion.
Lecturers for keynotes and workshops (confirmed):
H. Bugmann (ETH Zurich, CH); M. Bürgi (WSL, CH); E. Davin (ETH Zurich, CH); J. Fuhrer (Agroscope, CH); P. Gregory (U Reading, UK); M. Grosjean (U Bern, CH); A. Holzkämper (Agroscope, CH); J. Overpeck (U Arizona, USA); J. Pongratz (MPI Hamburg, D); O. Rössler (U Bern, CH); S. Seneviratne (ETH Zurich, CH); W. Tinner (U Bern, CH); P. Verburg (VU Amsterdam, NL); R. Weingartner (U Bern, CH); N. Zimmermann (WSL, CH).
The Summer School is open to young researchers (PhD students and young Post-Docs) worldwide. Participation is highly competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 70. The registration fee (1200 CHF) includes half board accommodation, excursion, and teaching material. A small number of grants will be available for students from developing countries (i.e. non-OECD countries).
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 DECEMBER 2013
Successful applicants will be notified in February 2014.
Detailed information and the application form are available at <http://www.oeschger.unibe.ch/education/summer_school/2014/>
Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
University of Bern
Zahringerstrasse 25, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland,
Sunday, November 10, 2013
To apply for these positions, please consult the details of the application process at:http://forrestfleischman.weebly.com/potential-graduate-students.html.
This website also contains much more detail about the research projects & the programs at Texas A&M. Applications are due January 1st.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Apologies for cross-posting!
Abstract submission for 4th iLEAPS Science Conference 2014 is now open!
Instructions, abstract template and submission form can be found at http://www.ileaps-sc2014.org under Abstract submission menu. We encourage you to submit an abstract to one of the Conference sessions:
1. Influence of land use and land cover changes on atmospheric chemistry and on the exchange of reactive compounds
Conveners: Laurens Ganzeveld, Kirsti Ashworth
2. Physical, chemical and biological processes regulating the tropical forest interface with the atmosphere
Conveners: Paulo Artaxo, Alex Gunther, Andi Andreae and Hugh Coe
3. Biogenic emission of reactive gases from terrestrial and marine sources
Conveners: Dan Yakir, Ilan Koran, Yinon Rudich, Tanja Suni, Emilie Brevière, Megan Melamed, Greg Foster, Leonor Tarrason
4. Extreme events and environments
Conveners: Francesco Loreto, Dan Yakir, Jaana Bäck, Markus Reichstein, Sebastian Leuzinger, Paulo Artaxo, Sirkku Juhola
5. The use of soil-vegetation-atmosphere observations and modeling for state-of-the-art sustainable agricultural and horticultural applications
Conveners: Anne Verhoef, Weihong Luo
6. Greenhouse gas exchange and other land-atmosphere-interactions under human management from urban to agricultural systems: processes, measurement, and modelling
Conveners: Jianwu Tang, Yanling Wang
7. Land-based geoengineering
Conveners: Sonia Seneviratne, Hannele Korhonen, Julia Pongratz, Olivier Boucher, Andy Pitman
8. Boundary layer processes in land-atmosphere interactions
Conveners: Laurens Ganzeveld, Jordi Vila
9. Interactions among aerosols, clouds, precipitation, and climate
Conveners: Daniel Rosenfeld, Johannes Quaas, Niku Kivekäs
10. Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX)
Conveners: Sergei Zilitinkievic, Aijun Ding, Hanna Lappalainen, Tuukka Petäjä
11. The role of land use and land cover changes in global and regional climate
Co-sponsored by GLP and AIMES
Conveners: Peter Verburg, Almut Arneth, Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré, Bart van den Hurk
12. Integrated Fire Research for the Earth System
Co-sponsored by IGAC and WMO
Conveners: Johannes W. Kaiser, Melita Keywood
13. Response mechanisms of hydrological processes under changing environments
Conveners: Liliang Ren (IAHS Vice-President)
14. Bridging the gap between hydrometeorological and biogeochemical land-surface modelling
Conveners: Gordon Bonan, Joe Santanello, Eleanor Blyth, Sonia Seneviratne
15. Remote Sensing and data-assimilation in land-atmosphere interaction studies.
Conveners: Laurens Ganzeveld and Paul Palmer
16. Land-atmosphere-society interactions in developing countries
Conveners: Aliyu Salisu Barau, Martin Claussen, Adnan Abdulhamid , Jürgen Scheffran, Boyd D. Joeman , Tim Brücher
17. Scale and heterogeneities in land-atmosphere interactions and metrics definition
Conveners: Prof Pierre Gentine, Benjamin R Lintner, Kirsten L Findell
18. Climate – adaptation interactions – sustainable solutions for a changing planet
Conveners: Martin Wattenbach, Genxing Pan, Changming Fang
19. Open invitation for bottom-up ideas
Conveners: Tanja Suni, Aijun Ding, HC Hansson, Alex Guenther
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2014
Notice of abstract acceptance: 1 March 2014
All information at http://www.ileaps-sc2014.org
Call for Applications (deadline to apply is January 20th, 2014) Annual Darwin Scholarship Programme - Monitoring and Communicating Biodiversity August 20– 30th, 2014
Call for Applications (deadline to apply is January 20th, 2014) Annual Darwin Scholarship Programme - Monitoring and Communicating Biodiversity August 20– 30th, 2014
Young Scientists from around the world, probably working for a non-governmental organisation, government department or in a Biology or Ecology faculty at University. You should be under the age of 35 and studying at graduate or post graduate level or be a young lecturer or work for an environmental organisation.
The aim of the Darwin Scholar Programme is to develop “better naturalists” in the spirit of Darwin’s love of nature and observing the natural world. The Scholarship will focus on three areas: skills of observation and identification, skills of recording biodiversity and skills of communicating biodiversity to different target groups.
Funding the Scholarship...
The full cost of the 10 day scholarship programme is 1450 GBP per person. This covers the costs of all accommodation, teaching, and local travel in the UK during the programme. It does not cover the cost of international travel or getting to Preston Montford Field Centre in Shrewsbury and from Juniper Hall Field Centre near London.
The FSC will assist successful applicants in this process and provide suggestions of sources of funding and also letters of support for applications to grant organisations.
There will be a reduction in the course fee available to a limited number of eligible scholars up to a maximum of £625. For scholars who have been awarded a reduction in fee the cost of the programme will be 825 GBPs.
How do you apply?
We are looking for up to 25 scholars from countries across the world to join this 7th Darwin Scholarship Programme.
Before you apply please make sure that you are able to meet these criteria:
You are aged 35 or under;
You are studying for or have a degree in Ecology, Biology or related subject;
You are an undergraduate, postgraduate, postdoctoral student, young lecturer or work for an environmental organisation;
You can speak and read English well. This is very important. There will be no interpretation or translation facilities; and
You have the support of your University or other organisation for the Scholarship programme.
There is no application form. To apply you will need to send us:
1. Your CV
Your CV can be in any format that is usual for your country – but must include your home and work
addresses, email and telephone contacts, and skype address if you have one. You must also include the name of two referees we can write to. Please do not include reference letters with your application. Do try and keep less than 5 pages.
2. A short letter in English
Your letter should be of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want to take part in the
scholarship programme. It should provide the following information – why you want to become a
Darwin scholar, your personal assessment of your identification/observation capacity, your views on how well science is communicated to a wider audience and the role of scientists in education and what you will do with the new skills that you gain through the scholarship. You need to persuade us that you are the young, dynamic and enthusiastic scientist we are looking for from your country.
3. A letter of support
A letter from your University or organisation that states clearly that you have permission to take part in the scholarship programme.
4. Request for a reduction in the course fee
If you would like to apply for a reduction of up to 625 GBP please state why you consider that you are eligible in your short letter.
Your application should reach the Field Studies Council not later than Monday 20th January 2014. It is not necessary to have guaranteed funding before making your application.
Your application should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact person is Janet Jones
Friday, October 18, 2013
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