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Future Earth Initial Urban Research Activities: Request for Participation
Project leads of the Future Earth Initial Urban Research Activities are seeking interested participants to attend a workshop focusing on fine-tuning content and proposal development for the upcoming Belmont Forum Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI): Food-Water-Energy Nexus call and to explore other funding sources for two projects associated with the Future Earth Livable Urban Futures (LUF) initiative.
To be as inclusive as possible of the large, diverse urban research networks, wide participation in these projects are encouraged and welcome. Project leads of Urbanization, Food-Energy-Water Nexus Security and Extreme Hazard Risks (UNMASK) and Alternative Urban Futures within Planetary Boundaries (AUF) are currently seeking to build teams of interested participants from relevant urban communities and stakeholders, regions and disciplines to a) fine-tune the project ideas towards fully-developed proposals; b) identify funding mechanisms and solicit those sources; and, c) actively engage and carry forward the goals and objectives of the projects. For more detailed project descriptions, visit website: https://ugec.org/luf-rfp/.
Selected participants will be invited to join a small workshop to develop a funding proposal(s) for UNMASK and AUF. Those selected will be fully funded for the duration of the workshop including lodging, travel and meals. The workshop will tentatively take place between January 9-13, 2017 and potentially in London, UK; Boston, MA, USA; or New York City, USA.
Project leads seek applicants who have a strong commitment to working on assignments that will emerge at the end of the workshop until completion of the proposal (ca. 2-3 months). UNMASK seeks participants with expertise in urban ecology, climate and hydrology, urban studies, sociology, geography and social sciences, and participatory approaches to knowledge co-production. AUF seeks participants with background in social sciences and humanities and an expertise in urban planning, urban studies, scenario backcasting, participatory/co-production approaches, governance of sustainability transitions, and urban resilience.
Interested parties are asked to:
• Prepare a brief statement (no more than one page) describing the nature of your interest. This must include the relevant expertise and qualities they possess, the project (UNMASK, AUF or potentially both) of interest, and the proposal development components to which you can specifically contribute.
• CV (no more than 2 pages)
Successful applicants will be able to communicate a clear interest in the objectives outlined in this request for participation; demonstrate that their experience and disciplinary expertize best fits the needs of the project of interest; and clearly show how their participation will provide a substantial contribution. Regional and gender diversity is desirable and will be factors for consideration during the review process.
Please email the requested materials to Mark Watkins, UGEC Project Coordinator: mark.watkins @asu.edu
Deadline for submission is Friday, 28 October.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-November. If not selected specifically for this opportunity of the workshop there will be future opportunities for wider participation in the projects.
Report of the 5th Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP), Accra, Ghana
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The 2016 conference took place at University of Ghana, and was organized by the Regional Institute of Population Studies and the Climate Change Resource Centre. It aimed to facilitate 3 major goals:
• Enhance leadership that raises the profile of climate change through intervention research excellence, stakeholder engagement, knowledge sharing and impact on policy and practice;
• Enhance leadership that fosters a shared vision amongst researchers, stakeholders in development from different sectors, disciplines and levels of interest (local to international), and identifies pathways towards adaptation to climate change; and
• Enhance leadership that builds momentum and synergies to institutionalize sustainable development goals and adaptation strategies in creating space for innovation and research into use (RIU) and new pathways for scaling up adaptation practices
The book of abstracts is available at http://ccpopghana.org/images/stories/rips/BOOKOF_ABSTRACTS.pdf.
Open online course on Impacts of the global and climate change in Latin America – Inter American Institute for Global Change Research
The IAI will launch a free massive open online course (MOOC) “Impactos del Cambio Climatico y Global en America Latina” on November 7th, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh (COP-22). The course is taught in Spanish by 21 speakers from 22 institutions in 8 countries. It was co-funded by the Development Bank for Latin America (CAF), developed with the Tropi-Dry Network and the University of Alberta, in collaboration with the UN Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
This unique MOOC on the Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America includes background information, frameworks and real case studies in the social, biological and economic dimensions, which are required to promote sustainability in Latin America. It aims to provide users with a good understanding of current climate change science as well as analytical abilities in the following areas: impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, impact of environmental global changes, international mechanisms to cope with impacts on biodiversity and the economics of climate change. The goal is to raise awareness and communicate knowledge while promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals #4 (education), #13 (climate change) and #17 (partnerships for the goals). Pre-registration is available at www.cclatam.org.
The Global Land Project third Open Science Meeting (GLP 3rd OSM 2016)
The conference will take place in English. Authors should provide a short abstract (400 words max.) and a long abstract in English. The long abstract should be no longer than two pages and include the paper title, the authors' names, their institutional affiliations and their email addresses. The author should describe the main research question, the method used and the results obtained, and provide a short bibliography. He or she should also highlight the innovative aspects of the topic or the approach adopted. Authors may submit no more than one paper as lead author.
Registration is free of charge but compulsory, even for participants not presenting a paper or poster. Persons wishing to attend the conference can register from 15 May 2016 to 16 September 2016 via the dedicated platform: http://mutademo.sciencesconf.org/.
The Global Land Project (GLP) is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability. It represents the largest international research network in this field.
The upcoming third OSM 2016 will be organized by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences under the coordination of Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and International Project Office (IPO) of GLP.
The aim of GLP 3rd OSM 2016 is to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land system issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research, and facilitate review, theory building and application of science in practice. The call for presentation abstracts will open 15 February 2016. For more information please visit the conference website: www.glp-osm2016.org.
Call for short abstracts: 7th Conference of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP)
The VII Conference of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) will take place on 17-22 October 2016 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. The theme of the conference is “Unity and diversity of demographic processes: policy challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean in an international comparative perspective”.
The call for papers is divided into two stages. Stage one, short abstract submission, is now open and the deadline is 7 March 2016. Instructions are available here (Spanish and Portuguese only): http://126.96.36.199/~abeporgb/xxencontro/index.php/trabajo/normas/14.
Topics related to population and environment include: environmental vulnerability of traditional populations; population dynamics, space and environmental change; spatial analysis data and methods in the study of population, space and the environment; environment and consumption; vulnerabilities and environmental conflicts; demography in the global environmental discussion forums: IPCC, COP, ODS. A complete list of topics (Spanish and Portuguese only) is available here: http://188.8.131.52/~abeporgb/xxencontro/index.php/topico/sub-top.