Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Food Safety & Security Summer Institute at Tel Aviv University

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the

Food Safety & Security Summer Institute at Tel Aviv University!


Program Overview

The Summer Institute in Food Safety & Security provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of global food security issues. Intensive theoretical and lab courses will be taught by leading experts from Israel and around the world.

The courses will meet the growing need for a new generation of well-rounded academics and policy makers, who have expertise in a specific field, with broad knowledge of biology, public health, law, international development, and more.

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Food Security (3 credits)
  • Food Security and Public Health (2 credits)
  • Plant signaling in changing environments (2 credits)
  • Food Security Policy and Economics (2 credits)
  • Bioethics (2 credits)
  • Plant Molecular Breeding (3 credits)*

* This is a lab course; prerequisite course requirements exist and registration is limited.

Who should apply?

The Food Safety & Security Summer Institute is open to graduate students from any institution of higher learning worldwide, and for professionals in relevant fields.

Practical Details

  • All courses are taught in English and will take place on July 5-24 2015. Each course is one week in duration. Students successfully completing the Summer Institute courses will receive academic credit, a Certificate of Participation, and an academic transcript acceptable at universities worldwide.
  • Tuition costs are $900 for the lecture courses, $1200 for the lab course. Scholarships are available, including for those signing up for more than one course. Students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply for scholarships.
  • A limited number of dormitory rooms are available for program participants.
  • Application Deadline: May 22, 2015


Apply Now: international.tau.ac.il

For additional information:

International Workshop: Youth Action on Climate Change, 21- 24 May 2015, Malaysia

Warm greetings from World Youth Foundation.

On behalf of World Youth Foundation (WYF), "an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations", i am pleased to announce that WYF will be organizing an International Workshop on Climate Change "Youth Action on Climate Change" from 21st – 24th May 2015 at Melaka, Malaysia.

We expect the outcome of this International Workshop to enhance and empower young people to discuss, understand, share, find solutions and develop strategies on issues pertaining to youth and climate change that can be implemented at country level. Further information on this event is available at http://cc.wyf.org.my. Please be advised that the early regimentation will close on 15th February 2015.

We would also be pleased if you could share details of the event with relevant stakeholders in your mailing list.

Warm regards,

Ms Varsha Ajmera
Chief Operations Officer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

International Workshop on Climate Change 'Youth Action on Climate Change, Malaysia

On behalf of World Youth Foundation (WYF), "an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations", we are pleased to announce that WYF will be organizing an International Workshop on Climate Change "Youth Action on Climate Change" from 21st – 24th May 2015 at Melaka, Malaysia.


Having taken into account the seven Millennium Development Goal, and the outcome document for Rio+20, "The Future We Want" and the UNSG Synthesis Report on Post 2015, the World Youth Foundation desires to enhance participation of youth through strengthening their voices, perspectives and contributions into this matter.


We expect the outcome of this International Workshop to enhance and empower r young people to discuss, understand, share, find solutions and develop strategies on issues pertaining to youth and climate change that can be implemented at country level. Further information on this event is available athttp://cc.wyf.org.my

Kind regards,




Ms. Varsha Ajmera

Chief Operations Officer


Come join us for the International Workshop on Climate Change , 21 - 24th May 2015 
World Youth Foundation  P.O.Box 584, 75760 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +6062320911 / Fax:+ 6062323911/ Website : www.wyf.org.my
To join the World Youth Foundation Egroup please visit :
The World Youth Hostel, World Youth Hotel are located within the World Youth Foundation Complex which is owned by World Youth Foundation   
THINK GREEN… please consider the environment before printing this email.

Climate Variability and human impacts in Central and Eastern Europe during the last two millennia, Gdansk, Poland 17 - 19 June 2015

IGBP PAGES International Conference
Climate Variability and human impacts in Central and Eastern Europe during the last two millennia
Gdansk, Poland 17 - 19 June 2015

Dear friends and colleagues,

We would like to remind you that the deadline for abstract submission for this IGBP PAGES conference is 31 January 2015.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited for the following Sessions:
1. Historical  climatology & documentary data
2. Climate reconstructions from natural archives
3. Past climate modeling, data-model comparisons
4. Proxy calibration
5. Past human impacts on the environment

More details can be found on the conference website <http://www.climate2k.ug.edu.pl/> .

This conference is co-sponsored by
PAGES 2k Network and Euro-Med 2k <http://www.pages-igbp.org/workinggroups/2k-network/intro/>
PAGES Varves Working Group <http://www.pages-igbp.org/workinggroups/varves-wg/intro/>
PAGES LandCover6k <http://www.pages-igbp.org/workinggroups/landcover6k/intro/>
PSRP Climpol <http://www.climpol.ug.edu.pl/>

Confirmed Invited Speakers include:
Ulf Büntgen (CH), Rudolf Brázdil (CZ), Janusz Filipiak (PL), Marie-José Gallard-Lemdahl (SE), Juan-Jose Gomez-Navarro (CH), Martin Grosjean (CH), Ivan Hernandez-Almeida (CH), Zoltan Kern (HU), Andrea Kiss (HU), Mariusz Lamentowicz (PL), Isabelle Larocque (CH), Juerg Luterbacher (DE), Anneli Poska (EE), Rajmund Przybylak (PL), Olga N. Solomina (RU), Wojciech Tylmann (PL), Bernd Zolitschka (DE)

A few travel stipends are available for young scientists from Central and Eastern Europe.

Kind regards

University of Bern
Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Director
Falkenplatz 16
3012 Bern, Switzerland
<mailto: martin.grosjean@oeschger.unibe.ch>
Tel. +41 (0)31 631 31 47
Fax +41 (0)31 631 43 38
<http://www.oeschger.unibe.ch/> (Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research)
<http://www.climatestudies.unibe.ch/> (Graduate School of Climate Sciences)
<http://www.giub.unibe.ch/> (Paleolimnology, Research Group)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Call for Applications, Boehm Media Fellowship to Attend the Opportunity Collaboration, Mexico 2015

Boehm Media Fellowship

Boehm Media Fellowships provide journalists, storytellers, authors, bloggers, writers, editors, filmmakers, and other media experts at the helm of social innovation with a major focus on poverty alleviation the opportunity to participate as Delegates to the Opportunity Collaboration. We define media as any means of mass communication that not only tells a story but also makes an impact whether by print, digital publications, film, photography, television, radio, podcasts, social media and/or multimedia productions.

The purpose of the Boehm Fellowship program is three-fold (a) open doors, minds and networks for fellows (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with the knowledge and skills of leading media innovators and experts (c) cultivate greater potential to create social impact through the media. The Boehm Media community is comprised of affiliates, fellows and senior fellows from around the world.

New! Opportunity Collaboration Boehm Media Resource Packet

Click here for a collection of resources and tips compiled by the Boehm Media Fellows. This is a working document that is updated regularly. We encourage you to download the resource packet and if you encounter any issues please contact boehmfellows@gmail.com. ​

Eligibility Criteria

Successful Boehm Media Fellowship applicants are high-impact media experts committed to economic justice and poverty alleviation with a demonstrated interest in innovative social change through entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Financial need is a primary consideration. Applicants from organizations with adequate resources are less likely to be selected for a Boehm Media Fellowship. The Boehm Media Fellowship is committed to diversity on all levels including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, geographic region, experience level, and media focus.


Boehm Media Fellows receive a $3,200.00 scholarship. Fellow pays $750.00 registration for 5-day program, accommodations and meals. Full scholarships will be considered for individuals from developing countries.

The all-inclusive Fellowship includes all on-site costs for housing and meals (5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day), gratuities, airport shuttle, etc. All Fellows are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare and for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa from the Mexican government, if required. The Opportunity Collaboration provides Fellows with a formal invitation letter for use with immigration authorities.

Application Process & Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Late applications will not be considered unless an opening becomes available. All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application by March 31st.

Applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2015 via the online form. All fellows will be notified by March 31, 2015. Once notified that an application is approved, the applicant has thirty (30) days to accept the Boehm Media Fellowship and register at the Opportunity Collaboration website. By accepting the Fellowship the Fellows agrees to the above terms and conditions.

More Info on Opportunity Collaboration


Call for Applications: 2015 Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Conservation Team Awards are now open

CLP aims to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in high-priority places with limited capacity to address conservation issues. This partnership initiative, including BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been helping young conservationists across the world to achieve their goals for 30 years. The programme works toward its aims by offering awards, training and mentoring support. CLP offers three levels of Conservation Awards:

• Future Conservationist Awards: Approximately 18 awards of up to $12,500 each
• Conservation Follow-up Awards: Approximately 2 awards of up to $20,000 each (available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners)
• Conservation Leadership Awards: 1 award of $40,000 (available only to previous CLP Follow-up Award winners)

The application deadline for full proposals is 23rd February 2015 for ALL applications. Those applying for Conservation Follow-up and Conservation Leadership Awards must submit a Logical Framework and the Final Report of their previous CLP project as part of their application materials. Awards will be announced in April 2015

In 2015 CLP will only be accepting proposals for projects to be implemented in the following 22 countries: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.

To learn more, please refer to the complete Call for Applications (attached). Interested applicants should visit the CLP website (www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org) for detailed guidelines, FAQs, and application form. CLP staff and alumni are available to answer questions and provide application support up to two weeks before the deadline.

7th EMPOWER International Youth Conference on Youth, Doha, Qatar, 12-14 March 2014

From: Abdalla M. Dewan 

Invitation to the 7th EMPOWER International Youth Conference on Youth, Doha, Qatar, 12-14 March 2014

Youth Development for Peaceful Societies


Dear Youth Leaders and Activists,


Reach Out to Asia "Part of Qatar Foundation" will be organizing its 7th International youth conference EMPOWER under the theme "Youth Development for Peaceful Societies". The three days event will focus on the important role that youth around the world can play towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals especially those related to education and peaceful societies. Kindly find attached a brief about the conference and the them. the link to the online registration is:  http://www.reachouttoasia.org/en/event-details/empower-2015/registration-form . Targeted participants are active youth in related conference themes, who are aged between 18 and 26 , and who are able to communicate in English and/or Arabic. Kindly note that a limited amount of sponsorship scholarships will be provided based on gender and regional balances.  We look forward to your active participation and to see you in Doha, for any inquiries please feel free to contact us at rotaqvol1@qf.org.qa  


For further information about ROTA, please follow the below link:




APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 30th January, 12 PM GMT



Best Regards,





Abdalla Dewan
Youth Development Specialist

Direct + 974 4454 1639
Mobile + 974 3369 2009
P.O. Box 5825, Doha, Qatar
Tel + 974 4454 1603
Fax + 974 4454 1636

New report - Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Integration: Achieving a better balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions


It has been mandated that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) currently under negotiation at the United Nations should achieve an appropriate balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

As a timely contribution to the post-2015 development agenda negotiations taking place at UN Headquarters in New York this week, Stakeholder Forum, in a study commissioned by the German Council for Sustainable Development, has examined integration in the proposed SDGs.

The draft set of SDGs presented in the final report of the United Nation's Open Working Group (OWG) include most of the highest priority objectives of the world's economic, social and environmental agendas and in that sense achieves a degree of balance. The individual goals are not, however, so well balanced within themselves. Some are clearly primarily economic goals, others social and some environmental.

Using stakeholder proposals, this paper puts forward options for building upon the proposed SDGs and achieving better balance of the three dimensions of sustainable development within the goals.

Download the report here

Produced by:                                                                                                     Funded by:

Climate Strategies & The Stanley Foundation INVITATION & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Global Climate Policy Conference 2015







Global Climate Policy Conference 2015




New Delhi, 30th April and 1st May 2015

Climate Strategies and The Stanley Foundation (TSF) have pleasure in inviting you to take part in the second Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC) that will be held in New Delhi, India on Thursday and Friday, 30th April and 1st May 2015.

The GCPC 2015 is part of a wider engagement process "Global Research-Policy Interface Climate 2015. Strengthening the Research-Policy interface in the international climate negotiations" with the following goals:

·         Identifying key questions behind the most likely roadblocks for the Paris COP;

·         Collecting, developing and communicating analysis of the main realistic options for answers;

·         Creating an "Exploratorium" for new ideas that could help with negotiations;

·         Defining the issues and what analysis tells us, in a clear final document for negotiators and stakeholders

The conference will bring together researchers and analysts from academia and think-tanks, together with negotiators and other practitioners and focus on:

·         Exploring new economic, social and political ideas that could help with negotiations;

·         Analysing concrete options to remove obstacles on the way to Paris.

Similarly to the year before the focus of the agenda will be informed by submissions and contributions. The output of the conference will be subsequently brought to the Business and Climate Summit in May 2015 and the Paris Scientific Conference Our Common Future under Climate Change in July 2015. Finally in the fall 2015 we will publish the "Analyst's Guide to the Paris COP".

The Global Interface Programme Committee will select four to six topics meeting the Project goals to be presented at GCPC2015 on the first day of the conference.

With this email we would like to invite and encourage you to:
- participate in the conference
(please fill in the attached form);
- submit a topic you would like to present at the conference (short, one page description suffices at this stage);
- forward this invite to researchers who are studying new, exciting topics.

Please submit your topics by the 9th of March, by emailing: eleonora.arcese@climatestrategies.org

We intend to confirm the participants and speakers of the conference by mid-March 2015. Please note that there is travel support available for presenters– subject to individual arrangements.

We look forward to your input!

Best regards,

Andrzej Błachowicz                                                                                Todd J. Edwards

Managing Director                                                                                 Program Officer – Climate Change

Climate Strategies                                                                                 The Stanley Foundation            

andrzej.blachowicz@climatestrategies.org                                              tedwards@stanleyfoundation.org

Call for Applications, Global Good Fund Fellowship, 5th class of social entrepreneurs

Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

The Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 15-month program supporting the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs across the globe. The Global Good Fund  invests in these innovators by pairing them with executives who serve as Coaches, and by providing leadership assessment resources, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital.

for more info see http://www.globalgoodfund.org/

Our Methodology:

The Global Good Fund supports our Fellows in their natural work environments through a first-of-its-kind 360 leadership assessment tool, the 360 MIRROR, specifically designed for social entrepreneurs.  This tool is a behavior-based assessment of the skills and values associated with great leaders.

The results of the assessment and conversations with a Global Good Fund Leadership Development Consultant form the basis for a Leadership Development Plan to be implemented with support of a Global Good Fund Coach.

The network of Coaches includes leaders like Ted Leonsis, Owner & CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Tracy Fitzsimmons, President of Shenandoah University, Sami Inkinen, Co-Founder of Trulia, Lydia Thomas, former CEO of Noblis, and Pete Smith, CEO of Al Tayyar Energy.

The Fellowship Program consists of the following elements:

  • 360 MIRROR

  • Leadership Development Plan (LDP)

  • Coaching

  • Annual Summit

  • Targeted Funds

  • Peer & Subject Matter Expert Network

​Learn more about our Fellows and their Coaches on our Coaching Partnerships page.

For more on how we measure success, see our Impact Measurement page.

Candidates interest in applying for the Fellowship Program can learn more about the criteria and start the application process on our Apply page.



Fellowship Application

On January 15, 2015, The Global Good Fund will launch our 2016 Application to onboard our 5th class of social entrepreneurs. Candidates are encouraged to carefully review the below criteria prior to starting the application process. If you can answer 'yes' to every question below, please continue to Part 1 of the application.

Every candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership and growth potential;
  • The candidate must be at a critical point for his/her leadership or for the future of the enterprise;
  • Candidate is committed to social impact and is driving significant change in the his/her industry;
  • The enterprise that the candidate leads is at least one year old;
  • The enterprise must have at least one full-time employee in addition to the candidate;
  • Candidate is committed full‐time to running his/her enterprise;
  • Candidate is coachable and humble, meaning that he/she is eagerly embraces honest critique and feedback and has a desire to learn;
  • Ability to dedicate 15 months to The Global Good Fund Fellowship while remaining in his/her workplace;
  • Candidate must be willing to drive the Fellowship process and take ownership of his/her leadership development;
  • Candidate shows commitment to giving back; he/she actively mentors and invests in team members or other individuals;
  • The enterprise exhibits growth potential, meaning scale or depth of outreach;
  • The enterprise is moving toward a model of financial sustainability whereby 50% or more of the budget is covered through revenue generation. If this level has not been achieved, this goal must be a top priority for the candidate and his/her enterprise;
  • Under 40 years of age (if 40 or older, explain rationale for Fellowship).

The application is comprised of 4 parts:

Part 1

Due by July 1, 2015

Part 1 of the application consists of a preliminary questionnaire. This questionnaire is reviewed for fit with The Global Good Fund's Fellowship criteria. Candidates who meet the above requirements will be invited to participate in Part 2 of the application process.

Estimated time: 15 minutes

Part 2

Due by July 1, 2015

Part 2 of the application consists of an informal video recording that should be no longer than 3 minutes. In the video, the candidate must respond to the following:

  • Describe your motivation to set-up your enterprise;
  • Briefly explain what your enterprise does; and
  • Explain why you and your enterprise are unique and can address this specific problem area more effectively than anyone else.

Candidates who have already produced a video that responds to the above questions are encouraged to submit that previously recorded video. The Candidate's video will be reviewed and scored on a 1-5 scale, 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest. Candidates who receive a score of 3 or higher will be invited to complete Part 3 of the application process.

Part 3

Due by July 15, 2015

Part 3 of the application consists of a written section that assesses leadership, the enterprise and social impact. In addition, the Candidates must also submit a recent resume. Each written application will be read and scored by at least two reviewers. We will invite select candidates to participate in part 4 of the application process. Candidates will receive notification about advancing to Part 3 by September 1, 2015.

Part 4

Scheduled between September and October 2015

Part 4 of the application consists of a 2 hour virtual site visit with the Global Good Fund team. At this time, The Global Good Fund will speak to the Finalist Candidate, his/her core team members and community members. These visits will occur between September - October 2015. Finalist Candidates will also participate in the selection process whereby they will rate and score one another. Finalist Candidates will be notified about selection as a Global Good Fund Fellow by December 1, 2015.

For more info see http://www.globalgoodfund.org/