Call for proposals International Conference Human and Environmental Security in the Era of Global Risks
Call for proposals of upcoming International Conference which will focus this year on the hot topic: "Human and Environmental Security in the Era of Global Risks" (HES2015). The meeting will be held on November 25-27, 2015 in Agadir (Morocco).
Twelve funded doctoral fellowships in environmental humanities in Europe: Leeds, Munich, Stockholm
The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe research group (visit) is now seeking applicants for twelve PhD/doctoral researchers:
Four PhD fellows at the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the University of Leeds (deadline: May 1, 2015)
Four doctoral fellows at the Rachel Carson Center at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Deutsches Museum (deadline: May 15, 2015)
Four PhD fellows at the Environmental Humanities Lab at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (deadline: April 20, 2015)
These are fully-funded positions beginning in October 2015 to participate in a jointly-organized European program with events and training hosted by each of the partners for all twelve researchers.
Summary of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) took place from 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. (See more) Participants discussed and adopted the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, an internationally agreed plan to make the world safer from natural hazards. In addition to intergovernmental negotiations on the details of the successor agreement, the conference comprised ministerial roundtables, high-level multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, working sessions and many other events organized in and around the conference venue at the Sendai International Centre.
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South Africa Summer Program
The Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI), South Africa, plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. Their programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. In a rapidly globalizing world, these experiences are invaluable to the success of students in the global job market.
For the summer of 2015, they have programs scheduled in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe, including the United States of America.
IAMCR Climate Communication Research Award 2015
Applications are now being received for the 2015 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship. Funded by IAMCR and awarded in collaboration with the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), the US$1,000 award seeks to encourage a wide range of researchers to think creatively about new directions for research.
Media/communication researchers with interest in climate issues are encouraged to apply, from all fields of media/communication, and all career stages. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.
The deadline to apply is May 4, 2015.
For details about the award and how to apply, visit
Call for Book Chapters: Pedagogy of Environmental Communication
Co-Editors: Tema Milstein (University of New Mexico), Mairi Pileggi (Dominican University of California), Eric Morgan (New Mexico State University)
We are seeking chapter and assignment/activity submissions for an edited book on the scholarship of innovative and effective teaching and learning in environmental communication. Each semester, more environmental communication courses are added to higher education curricula. Overwhelmingly, those of us who teach environmental communication are developing the courses for the first time for our academic homes. While there have been numerous communities formed through professional associations to assist those of us who teach environmental communication and a few textbooks, the goal of this volume is to reach a wide community of environmental communication scholars and practitioners to provide a resource that helps organize and integrate diverse pedagogical practices, connect and inspire those interested in environmental communication learning, and feature thoughtful, creative, and highly effective approaches to environmental communication pedagogy.
The book will have an international and diverse focus to represent the range of environmental communication learning spaces and approaches, as well as the range of global and local issues our teaching engages. The book currently has interest from a top publisher and the editors are entering the second proposal stage.
Thirteenth Session of the UNCCD Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention
The thirteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened from 25-27 March 2015, in Bonn, Germany. CRIC 13 was preceded in Bonn by meetings of the Regional Implementation Annexes, from 23-24 March 2015. Approximately 200 people, including representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations, attended the meeting.
CRIC 13 delegates assessed the implementation of the Convention against its five operational objectives: advocacy, awareness-raising and education; policy framework; science, technology and knowledge; capacity building; and financing and technology transfer. Discussions on these topics were informed by a preliminary analysis of the information contained in reports from affected and developed country parties, as well as other reporting entities, where appropriate, on operational objectives of the UNCCD’s Ten-year Strategy (2008-2018). The CRIC also reviewed financial support for the implementation of the Convention, and the formulation, revision and implementation of action programmes in view of the post-2015 sustainable development framework.
As he opened the meeting, CRIC Chair Philbert Brown (Jamaica) called on delegates to develop targeted, actionable and measurable recommendations, and stressed the need to take into consideration the ongoing post-2015 development agenda negotiations, in particular the proposed target on achieving land degradation neutrality. While the percentage of reports submitted for the review process was high (approximately 95% of affected country parties and almost 70% of developed country parties submitted their reports through the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS) online platform, the gaps in implementation left some CRIC participants questioning whether the Convention was collecting the right information to spur further action, and whether other tools, such as studies on the costs of inaction in addressing land degradation, enhancing synergies with the Rio Conventions, or adopting a global target such as land degradation neutrality, could enhance implementation.
The CRIC 13 draft report included 115 paragraphs of recommendations for further consideration at the 14th meeting of the CRIC and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), which will convene in Ankara, Turkey, in October 2015.