Friday, March 29, 2013

FW: Call for Applications, Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics

Call for Applications

Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics

Deadline: 15 May, 2013


The Department of Agri-food and Environmental Systems Management (DiGeSA) at the University of Catania, in cooperation with the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and with the support of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), organise the Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics.

The 2013 Summer School will take place from the 1st to the 7th of September in Belpasso, a city in the Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy. The theme of this Summer School is "Frontiers in Economics of Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction - Financing Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation".

The School will bring together researchers and policy experts from the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) fields, to learn about and discuss the advantages and pitfalls of economic and financial policy instruments that serve both purposes, and to share experience and lessons learned.


Dr. Swenja Surminski, Grantham Research Institute and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics
The role of insurance in reducing climate and disaster risks

Prof. Jeroen Aerts, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Amsterdam
Trends and adaptation options in Flood risk management

Dr. Laurens Bouwer, DELTARES
Projections of future risks from weather-related extreme event

Dr. Reinhard Mechler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and University of Vienna
Economics and economic instruments for building resilience

Dr. Carlos Mario Gomez, University of Alcala' de Henares, Spain
Water markets and other market-based policy instruments for addressing water scarcity and droughts

Dr. Gonzalo Delacàmara, University of Alcala' de Henares, Spain
Water markets and other market-based policy instruments for addressing water scarcity and droughts

Dr. Jaroslav Mysiak, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Euro Mediterranean Center for Climate Change
Economic policy instruments for flood risk management


The Summer School is targeted to doctoral and post-doctoral students.
Admission is conditional on the presentation by each student of his/her doctoral work; therefore PhD students who want to apply need to be advanced in their PhD and need to have written at least one substantive chapter. It is not necessary that PhD applicants have completely finished their thesis.

Application is restricted to 2013 EAERE members, both European and Non-European citizens. Given the highly interactive activities planned at the Summer School, the number of participants is limited to 20.

There is no participation fee. All applicants can apply for a scholarship.
For further information on application and funding please access the Summer School Website at or contact the Summer School Secretariat.

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore 8, I-30124 Venice, Italy
Tel.: +39.041.2700438 - Fax: +39.041.2700412
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Two weeks to Goldschmidt2013 abstract and field trip deadline


August 25 - 30

Florence Italy
(Abstract and Field Trip deadline April 12)

Dear Goldschmidt Delegate,

Goldschmidt2013 is approaching, and there is not too much time left before the deadline for abstract submission, field trip bookings and applications for grants and assistance (April 12th). A final reminder will be sent out one week before the deadline, but it was thought that it might be helpful to send one now, especially for those delegates who will attend EGU in April.

All dates and deadlines for the conference can be found on the website. This page also gives the dates for the next three Goldschmidts. Goldschmidt2014 will be in Sacramento, California (June 8-13, 2014); Goldschmidt2015 will be in Prague (August 16-21, 2015) and Goldschmidt2016 will be in Yokohama, Japan (June 26 - July 1, 2016). Please put these dates in your diary and plan to join us.

Lots of important information and a quick overview of all the conference has to offer can be found in our short video.

Most of the other information you need was sent to you in February, but we have repeated it below in case this should be more convenient.

Goldschmidt2013 will be a wonderful conference. We do hope you will be able to join us.

Bernard Wood
Janne Blichert-Toft
Massimo Coltorti
Chris Ballentine
Andreas Kappler
Martin Frank

for Goldschmidt2013

The Goldschmidt conferences are now the most important forum for the discussion of recent results in geochemistry and related fields. Florence is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world. It is with great pleasure that we have been able to bring these two together this year. We hope you will enjoy it.

The abstract submission and registration pages for Goldschmidt2013 are now all live. Abstract submission will remain open until April 12th, and early registration will end on June 25th.

Abstract Submission:
200 sessions in 24 themes covering the whole range of geochemistry and related fields have been organised, and there are three general sessions for the science that does not fit into these. Each delegate may submit one abstract as presenting author; keynote speakers alone of these delegates may submit two abstracts. Abstracts should be completed on the templates provided, and should be no longer than a single column if they are to be accepted. Full instructions on how to submit an abstract are available on the website.

Forms for registering for Goldschmidt2013 are now open. Delegates may obtain a lower registration rate by being a member of the European Association of Geochemistry, the Geochemical Society or the Geochemical Society of Japan (EAG, GS or GSJ); note that membership should be valid at the time of the conference. To rejoin one of the societies, please visit the EAG, GS or GSJ websites, or (perhaps more conveniently) simply pay the non-member rate for Goldschmidt2013 which will provide EAG membership for the following 23 months. Membership of the EAG or GS will include a subscription to Elements magazine and EAG membership will also include a subscription to Geochemical Perspectives.

Assistance and Grants:
A limited amount has been made available to support graduate students and delegates from low-income countries. Application forms will be available from 1 March and will close on 12 April.

Workshops and Field Trips:
A range of exciting workshops and field trips has been arranged around the conference. Registration for field trips will close on the Abstract deadline (April 12th). Registration for workshops will remain open until June 25th, where abstracts for the workshops are invited, these should be submitted directly to the workshop organisers, and arrive no later than April 12th. Space on many of the field trips and workshops is limited, so delegates are advised to register early.

Social Events and Tours:
A wine and cheese tasting event, a classical concert, and a conference banquet have been organised for delegates. Details of these can be found through the social events pages, and places can be booked via the registration pages. Space at some of these is limited, so we recommend early booking. Florence is famous all over the world for its unique beauties and for having been the cradle of Renaissance. We have therefore arranged for a range of interesting and thematic tours to be available to give delegates the chance to visit the most famous monuments, such as, for example, the Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, the David by Michelangelo etc. together with hidden corners and the unexpected art treasures that only Florence can offer. These are being arranged by a local agency, Bloom, and details are available from the website, booking will be available from the middle of March.

There is a wide range of hotel accommodation near the Convention Center. Some of this accommodation will fill quite quickly, so early booking is recommended. Delegates may arrange their own accommodation, or book it through the Bloom agency in Florence if they prefer. Bloom's site will enable delegates to book their accommodation at three, four and five star hotels selected at very good rates and centrally located, delegates will have the register on the Bloom site to use this facility. Downtown apartments and nice farmhouses near the city center will also be available for bookings for delegates who prefer to be independent, or to bring their family for a great vacation. Information will also be available for group hotel reservations: please email Bloom at for further details. Economy student accommodation has also been arranged, and can be booked as part of the registration process before June 25th.

There is a wide range of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Convention Center. However, the conference has also arranged for economy boxed lunches, or more substantial buffet lunches to be available for delegates. These can be booked during the registration process before June 25th.

Travel and Visas:
Travel to Florence is very easy, and the Convention Center is located near the center of the city, and immediately adjacent to the main railway station. Flights can be conveniently taken either direct to Florence, or to Pisa which is less than 1 hour away by train. Delegates requiring visas to enter Italy (Schengen Zone) should complete the relevant sections of the registration form once payment has been made; letters of invitation will then be sent from Italy by the Bloom agency. It can take embassies a considerable time to process visa requests, so delegates are advised to register early.