Call for Applications: International Climate Protection Fellowships

For young climate experts from transition and developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s fellowship programme allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change. Up to 20 fellowships will be granted, funded under the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative.


  • Bachelor’s or equivalent university degree completed less than 12 years ago
  • extensive theme-related work experience or a successfully completed doctorate in the field of climate protection
  • mentoring agreement signed by a host in Germany
  • clearly visible leadership potential


  • monthly fellowship amount between €2,150 – €2,650
  • three-week introductory seminar, several-day training course, reception at the Federal Environment Ministry
  • up to 2 months intensive German course
  • family allowances, lump sum for travel expenses

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2017. The fellowship will commence on 1 March 2018.

For detailed information please visit:

Call for Applications: World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge

Academics, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, universities and nonprofits have a larger role to play than ever before in addressing global climate issues through the creation and implementation of solutions. The shift to climate-resilient economies can occur only if the millions of decisions which are made across the globe on a daily basis are taking climate change factors and effects into account. The World Bank needs your help in identifying and developing big data solutions which can help better understand the impacts of climate change, address its connected issues and positively influence decisions.

Join the World Bank as they launch a global call to find big data solutions that address issues pertaining to two critical challenge areas:

1) Food: food security and nutrition 2) Landscapes: forestry and watersheds

Who can participate?

This Innovation Challenge is open to individuals, students and entrepreneurs as well as start-ups, university labs, private companies, nonprofits and public sector agencies legally established in member countries of the World Bank Group (see:

For more information or to apply, go to:

Deadline to apply is 9 November 2016.

Call for Nominations: WCRP Prizes

WCRP-GCOS-WWRPData coordination and model development prizes 2016

The WCRP/GCOS* International Data Prize and the WCRP/WWRP** International Prize for Model Development, recognize the need to advance climate observations and their coordination and recognize the essential role model development plays in weather and climate science, respectively. For more information and the nomination form click one of the links above. Nomination deadline: 1 October 2016.


* Global Climate Observing System
**World Weather Research Programme

Call for Proposals: Indigenous Peoples’ and Communities’ Pavilion at COP22


The “Indigenous Peoples’ & Communities’ Pavilion: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Action” (Pavilion) at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech from 7-18 November 2016 will be located within the civil society ‘Innovations Zone,’ adjacent to the COP 22 Blue Zone negotiation space. The Innovations Zone will be accessible to the general public without the need for accreditation.

The purpose of the Pavilion is to facilitate the effective representation of indigenous peoples and communities by providing a dedicated gathering space to meet to coordinate on messaging and advocacy strategies; to convene events like presentations, policy dialogues, panel discussions, publication launches, etc. to advance discourse on indigenous peoples’ and communities’ solutions to climate change; and to be a center for learning and knowledge exchange on indigenous peoples’ and community issues in the climate context. The Pavilion will be a highly-visible platform for communicating and amplifying messages of indigenous peoples and communities during the COP 22 negotiations.
Here is a short video on the activities of Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion at COP 21 in Paris:


Proposals to the programming of this space are open to indigenous peoples, communities and partners (CSOs, NGOs, governments, multilaterals, etc.) from around the world to promote and exchange indigenous, local and traditional knowledge and management practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation among themselves and with the media and the general public.

There will also be an exhibition space for indigenous peoples and communities to showcase cultural practices, traditional knowledge, management practices and action against climate change.

Pavilion Themes

The thematic focus of the Pavilion will be the contribution of indigenous and traditional knowledge, technologies, and management practices to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Pavilion will have a specific focus on the role of indigenous peoples and communities in managing natural resources and ecosystems (including tropical and dryland forests among others) in ways that demonstrate the potential of indigenous peoples and local communities to mitigate, adapt to and demonstrate resilience to climate change.

What services are available at the Pavilion?

The Pavilion offers space to host events, including seating arrangements and basic audio-visual set-up (screen, microphone, projector) as well as on-site technical support. Interpretation to English, Spanish and French will be provided.

A limited number of photographs will be selected for display in print. Other photographs, as well as photograph collections, exhibitions, films, and other displays will be accepted at the exhibitor’s expense and accommodated on a rotating basis.

Costs for event or exhibition materials, catering, marketing and other promotional materials, printing, and transport are the responsibility of organizers.

Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible and priority will be given to those received by 13 September 2016.

Read more about the Pavilion and how to apply for events/exhibitions here.

Job Vacancy: Executive Director of IAI

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is searching for a new Executive Director to be based in Montevideo, Uruguay.  The position announcement can be downloaded here.

More information can be found here:

As per the Agreement Establishing the IAI, the Executive Director cannot be a citizen of Uruguay, the host country for the Directorate, however applicants from all other countries are encouraged.

Deadline to apply is 7 October 2016


Call for Registration: 20 years of digital knowledge sharing

From dial-up to the data revolution: Learning from 20 years of digital knowledge sharing for global development

Thursday 15 September 2016 – Friday 16 September 2016 at the Institute of Development Studies: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

This is a milestone learning event to celebrate 20 years of the Eldis project.  Since 1996 Eldis and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have been pioneers and innovators in the use of digital technologies to support access to knowledge on global development. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary Eldis has had to continuously adapt and evolve to stay relevant in a changing global landscape and rapidly expanding digital world.

IDS is using the occasion of this 20th anniversary to host a gathering of practitioners and thinkers to reflect on the key lessons from the first 20 years (or more) of digital knowledge sharing in global development and to examine the challenges and opportunities for our sector moving forward. The two day workshop aims to:

  1. Share learning on the current ‘state-of-the-art’ in digital knowledge sharing theory and practice.
  2. Identify opportunities and build collaboration around the future role of digital knowledge sharing platforms and portals globally.
  3. Share experience of the challenges that remain in trying to achieve equitable and effective visibility and accessibility of knowledge in digital spaces.

The workshop will feature speakers and participants from leading global platforms and projects. It is targeted at knowledge brokers, communications professionals, librarians and researchers with an interest in how digital technologies and online spaces support knowledge generation, sharing and use in the context of global social and economic development.

Further details of the programme and registration instructions

A registration fee is charged to cover core expenses. Some subsidised places and other options are available.

Call for Registration: 9th Knowledge Cities World Summit

The 9th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2016) will be held 12-13 October 2016 in Vienna, Austria, organised by the City of Vienna / KMA & the World Capital Institute.  The theme is “Advancing Knowledge for Development.”

Download the current status of the Programme.

Vienna, Austria received the Most Admired Knowledge Cities (MAKCi) Award in 2015. The “Vienna Knowledge City” is a holistic concept of a City that combines knowledge, art and crafts, intellectual heritage, innovative business and quality of living. After painful destruction and loss of knowledge during two world wars, Vienna regained its position as a world-leading Knowledge City at the heart of Europe and of the United Nations.

Since Vienna is willing to be an example for others who wish to follow the same path, the theme of ‘Knowledge for Development’ is selected as the overall theme of KCWS-2016.

The Summit aims to contribute to the discussion on the importance and trends of knowledge-based development theory and practice. Academics, professional practitioners, civil servants and policy-makers of the world are included in the discussions from a wide range of disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences with the summit delegates. In addition to significant academic and professional presentations, the Summit will also provide opportunities for practical exercises in workshops and small group sessions in innovative formats.

As part of the KCWS-2016, a “PhD Consortium” is planned to provide postgraduate research students an invaluable opportunity to present, discuss and get feedback on their research projects from the international experts of their fields. The Summit will be organized as part of the ‘Knowledge Week Vienna’ other events on the topic of Knowledge Management and Knowledge-Based Development will also take place during the week. The ICKM International Conference on Knowledge Management (10-11 October 2016), the KCWS 2016 and the International Conference K4Dev – Knowledge for Development (14 October 2015) will form a unique opportunity to meet the global knowledge community and to enjoy the diversity of perspectives that form the knowledge society as a whole.


  • Knowledge cities and regions (including creative, sustainable and smart cities)
  • Knowledge clusters, hubs, precincts and districts
  • Knowledge economy and society
  • Knowledge management and intellectual capital
  • Knowledge workers and communities
  • Knowledge, creativity, science, innovation and technology policy
  • Knowledge-based businesses, industries and services
  • Knowledge-based development
  • Knowledge-based urban development

*Other topics relevant to the Summit will also be considered

Read more about the conference and register at:

Job Opening: Communications Specialist at the International START Secretariat

START International, Inc. in Washington DC (USA) is seeking a communications specialist to implement strategic and consistent messaging and branding across all START products as well as work on the 2017 25th Anniversary activities. Job description is below, or available as a PDF download.

START’s central mission is to increase opportunities for research, education and training that strengthen scientific capacities in developing countries to understand, communicate and motivate action on critical global change challenges. START achieves its mission through promoting ‘research-driven capacity building’, an approach that emphasizes experiential learning by doing, particularly by early-career scientists, in which targeted skill building and networking opportunities are infused within the research experience. START’s portfolio of programs and activities include research grants and fellowships, knowledge assessments and syntheses, advanced training institutes and workshops, curricula development, multi-stakeholder dialogues and learning forums, and regionally based strategic actions that advance global change education and research.

Skills and Experience

START is looking to hire a seasoned communications specialist to work on an hourly basis to implement our communications strategic plan. This position will manage all internal and external communications efforts, ensuring a singular message and voice for all products. Specifically, this position will:

  • Manage the content, display, and functionality of the START International, Inc. website and work with an external website consultant to update the site.
  • Maintain the organization’s social media presence
  • Develop new and improve current communications materials, incorporating products such as the electronic newsletter and an online magazine
  • In collaboration with program staff, develop and write content for all publications
  • Develop fundraising communication messages
  • Work with an external communications consultant to develop and pitch stories to various media outlets
  • Oversee all communications related to START’s 25th Anniversary including a retrospective publication
  • Maintain active relationships with relevant media contacts
  • Manage START’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM); currently a Neon database by Z2 Systems.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, or related area
  • Minimum 4-6 years of experience
  • Experience with event planning, communications, and fundraising/marketing preferred
  • Ability to work independently, across cultures and within a small team
  • Flexibility in schedule and work environments with the expectation that they will be available for video conference on a regular basis
  • Experience in science communication to various stakeholders, including a general understanding of global environmental change and the sustainability community where this organization is situated.

Questions about this position and responsibilities related to the communication specialist position may be directed to Margaret Chapman, Director of Finance and Administration at START (
To apply, please send a one-page statement of interest, a resume, three samples of communication products you’ve produced and contacts of at least three references to Applications must be received no later than 24 August 2016.

Call for Registration: Webinar on Sustainable Innovation in MENA

UNEP’s Climate Action group is hosting a webinar on sustainable innovation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Wednesday 7 September 2016 12:00 – 13:00 GMT (+1).  Read more and register at:

This MENA region faces myriad sustainable development, challenges, including excessive fossil fuel reliance, accelerating levels of desertification and water scarcity. These issues are only exacerbated further by climate change, increasing vulnerability to its impacts.

Given the growing urgency around the need to address these development pressures, MENA is increasingly embracing opportunities for green economic growth. Morocco recently unveiled the first phase of the world’s largest CSP solar power plant in the Ouarzazate desert, Dubai Municipality have just introduced green building ratings and Masdar will soon trial a solar powered desalination plant.

Held ahead of the Sustainable Innovation Forum in November during COP22, this webinar will unite policy makers, investors and green innovators from MENA to highlight the key challenges and opportunities for green economic growth.

Discussion points:

  • What are the most promising low carbon development opportunities in the region?
  • Where is investment readily available? What are the barriers to increased investment opportunities?
  • How will green economic growth keep pace with growing climate change and population pressures?

Who should attend the webinar?

  • National and regional policy makers
  • Green technology developers
  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Renewable energy experts
  • Sustainable development agencies
  • Industry associations

Why attend?

  • Understand the latest low carbon investment opportunities in MENA
  • Learn about successful projects to date and how these can be scaled and replicated
  • Discover the ways in which policy makers plan to regulate and support emerging green industries
  • Join the discussion on driving low carbon, sustainable development in the region