Call for Papers: P2CG symposium “Pastoralism in the course of global change”


P2CG calls on research and development stakeholders to contribute to the exchange of knowledge. The submission of a communication proposal is made in the form of a short text in french or english of 900 words or 2 pages maximum, with structured plan and bibliography.

The texts of the proposals are to be deposited via the P2CG platform until 30 june 2017.

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Recommendations in terms of formatting proposals are to be downloaded via the link

The scientific committee will evaluate each of the proposals and validate its positioning on one of the thematic axes by proposing to the authors to present it in the form of a summary, short communication (10 ‘) or poster.

A commented review on the proposals will be adressed to each author in the 30 september 2017.

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The originality of P2CG lies in the broad and ecosystemic approach of pastoralism that includes both resources, animals and practices that humans and pastoral societies implement daily in confronting the realities of change. These societies are waiting for prospective visions regarding adaptations to be conducted. With particular emphasis on scientific communities and actors interacting in pastoral and coastal areas in both East and West Africa, the Colloquium will focus on sharing on:

  • the current pastoral dynamics and prospects in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • the state of knowledge, knowledge, shared representations on pastoralism in the face of socio-economic, ecological and climatic issues;
  • the existing and future methods and tools for improving the support and management of pastoral systems;
  • the current arrangements and needs for knowledge transfer in pastoralism. 

The P2CG symposium “Pastoralism in the course of global change” aims to:

Situate the major mutations faced by livestock, breeders and systems, in the plurality of perceptions of operational, institutional or scientific actors

Clarify the challenges, obstacles and opportunities that pastoralism encounters,

Assess the stakes for the future in terms of:

  • contribution to the economy and food in the emergence of concerns such as agro-ecology, globalisation, poverty alleviation and security;
  • adaptation to climate change and mitigation of climate effects;
  • resilience to vulnerability, poverty and risk
  • technical and organisational innovations;
  • ecosystemic contribution to the production of services;
  • support by public policies,

Explore jointly the alternatives around which breeders, research, public organizations and policy makers could guide their future actions.

In aims to promote the emergence in Africa of a genuine network of information exchange, training and partnership between civil society and the regional and international scientific communities involved in teaching and development through research on pastoralism, the PPZS ( ) organize, As part of its activities, this international science-society colloquium on the theme:

“Pastoralism in the current of global changes: stakes, challenges and prospects”

The Pastoralism and Drylands Partnership Platform PPZS is a joint R&D initiative associating researchers and teachers from the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA), of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), the Ecological Monitoring Centre (CSE), and the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD).

More information is available on the symposium website.

Registration Open: Mediterranean Symposium on Smart City Applications (SCAMS 2017)

SCAMS 2017

The Mediterranean Symposium on Smart City Applications (SCAMS 2017) is a multidisciplinary international conference organized by the Mediterranean Association of Sciences and Technologies (MediAST) in collaboration with the Laboratory of Computer Science, Systems and Telecommunications (LIST) and the Faculty of Sciences and Techniques of Tangier (FSTT).

Smart City is a new approach that covers clean technology and emerging information technology and their application in fields of urban services, healthcare, transportation, security, sustainability, industry, and other domains.

SCAMS will take place in Tangier, Morocco from 26-27 October 2017.

The Symposium is a forum for scientists, health researchers and industrial engineers to discuss and exchange experimental or theoretical results, novel designs, work-in-progress, experiences, case studies, and trend-setting ideas in the area of smart city. Papers with new research results and new products or concepts are encouraged for submission.

The Symposium is the next event of the highly successful International Workshop in Smart cities and innovative systems SCIS’16 held in Tangier October 2016.

All accepted papers for presentation will be included in in the ACM – International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available in ACM Digital Library.

SCAMS proceedings, which will be indexed by : Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS and DBLP


Call for Applications: CSAG Winter School 2017

The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) based at the University of Cape Town will be running its annual course: Winter School: Using climate information for adaptation and policy development, from 24-28 July 2017.  This 1 week intensive course has been developed specifically for participants from developing country and aims to take participants through the full spectrum of climate and climate change related topics. These include understanding:


  • Climate dynamics
  • Risk and vulnerability framing
  • Climate modelling theory
  • Climate change projections
  • Climate adaptation frameworks
  • Downscaling methods
  • Adaptation planning, policy and decision making


This course is of benefit for professionals who are dealing with decision and policy development incorporating climate and climate change issues within many sectors including Government Departments and Ministries, City Councils and Local Municipalities, NGO’s, corporate organizations and environmental consultancies.


Online application is now open on our website –<> and early application is encouraged as places are limited. Only online applications submitted through the form on this website will be accepted.


The first round of applications will close on the 19th May 2017.  These applications will then be reviewed and successful candidates will be notified by the 26th May 2017. All first round applicants will be given a preference for space.


The final deadline for applications will be 9th June 2017. All remaining applications will then be reviewed and successful candidates will be notified by the 16th June 2017.


Please be aware that places on this course are limited to a maximum of 23 and as demand for these places are quite high, we urge interested individuals to apply early.




The course fees (excluding accommodation and transport) for 2017 are as follows:

  • Full course fee (South African residents) = R 13750
  • Full course fee (international participants) = US$950

A limited number of sponsorships are available for applicants. These sponsorships are primarily for candidates from less developed countries, especially those from Africa.


For more information or queries please email

Request for Proposals: SNAPP Science to Solutions Funding

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Announces 2017 Request for Proposals to Fund Science to Solutions Teams

Request for Proposals Due Date: June 7, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT
Website: For inquiries email:

How can the protection of nature help secure food, energy and water – and enhance the quality of life – for 10 billion people? The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) takes on this key challenge and believes that successful solutions cannot be achieved by any single organization acting alone. Whether you focus on human health or ecological health, adaptation to climate change or a humanitarian crisis, SNAPP announces its 2017 Request for Proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams, and invites you to be a part of the solution!

Just as human and natural systems are bolstered by biodiversity, people tackle complex problems more readily in diverse environments. SNAPP provides funding to bring together teams of 12-18 people from diverse organizations that we refer to as working groups. SNAPP working groups meet intensively in 3-4 in-person collaborative sessions (lasting 3-5 days each) over the course of 18-24 months. Strong leaders with open minds and flexible facilitation styles guide the teams to tackle questions at the heart of sustainable economic development, human well-being, and nature conservation. Between sessions, team members collaborate remotely to publish research, develop implementation tools and products, and support decision-makers’ use of the results.

We fund science that makes things happen. SNAPP working groups include experts from any academic discipline to synthesize data relevant to their work, from indigenous knowledge to satellite imagery or anything in between. They also include key people poised to make changes in the humanitarian, development and conservation sectors and influence policy at national and international levels.

Are you interested in natural solutions to climate change? Sanitation and water security? So are we! While this year’s Request for Proposals remains open to globally important issues at the interface of conservation, development and human well-being, proposals centered around these climate and sanitation themes are especially welcome. More information on proposal preparation can be found below in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Please take note of a very important point – SNAPP funds the convening of working groups but does not cover salary of individual working group members.

Proposals will be evaluated by SNAPP’s Science Advisory Council and Board of Governors based on their inclusion of:

  •   Direct path to impacting policy or practice and broad applicability of results
  •   Clear and intriguing science questions
  •   Diversity in sectors, disciplines and members
  •   Cost-effective use of SNAPP funding and leveraging of other funds

SNAPP’s founding partners include two international nature conservation organizations and a science synthesis center – The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Including members from The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society in your proposal is strongly encouraged but not required. The default location for meetings of working groups is NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA.

Apply for funding from now through June 7, 2017, 5pm PT and join the ranks of SNAPP leaders whose influential science to solutions include (as four examples):

Questions? See the full RFP below or contact SNAPP at: Tel.: (805) 893-7551

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Invitation to REDD+MRV webinar series

Invitation to REDD+MRV webinar series:

You are warmly invited to join our free webinar series, which introduces the latest tools and methodologies for REDD+ MRV, in the themes of monitoring forest area and area changes, and the associated carbon stocks and changes. Tools to assist with data management, MRV stocktakingand involvement of communities will be covered. Remote sensing approaches for detection of deforestation, cloud computing, and accuracy assessments are also included.

Participants will: 
– Increase their capacity in REDD+ MRV, planning, data management, analysis and reporting
– Learn about the latest freely available tools and methodologies
– Receive a certificate for participation in at least 6 of the webinars

Timing: Individual live and interactive webinars of 1.5 hours each, held between April and June 2017. The first webinar is 19th April 2017.

Go to our website for more information and to register for the webinars:

Location: You can login from anwhere with an internet connection to join the webinars.

Presenters: GOFC-GOLD, GFOI, FAO UN REDD, WB FCPF, Winrock International, Wageningen University, Boston University, and others to be confirmed.

Organizers: GOFC-GOLD and World Bank FCPF

Please circultate to those who may be interested in this announcement.

Sarah Carter
Contact for GOFC-GOLD REDD+ MRV capacity building activities
Wageningen University
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Call for Pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa

Call for pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa With the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. As part of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in Africa.


The SDG 11 recognises the central role of urbanisation in sustainable development, and calls for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. To stimulate and deliver the new knowledge required in the practice of sustainable urban development, LIRA 2030 Africa launches a call for pre-proposals to identify research projects that will explore the development of new approaches and strategies towards the innovative re-thinking of urban futures – in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government.

We are particularly interested in research projects that are:

  • Exploring ways of linking SDG 11 with other SDGs, e.g. identifying  systematic linkages and synergies between economy, energy, environment, and social outcomes in the urban systems and assessing potential co-benefits and trade-offs that can lead to coherent and mutually reinforcing policies on urban development.
  • Developing urban governance models that are inclusive and that recognise the existing linkages within cities, and also their impact on the wider world.
  • Investigating innovative approaches of participatory integrated urban planning, reducing inequalities in urban areas; reducing environmental impacts and resource foot­prints of cities; improving quality of urban environments, promoting transition towards sustainable urban mobility and inclusive public transport systems.
  • Exploring innovative ways of providing services in cities (e.g. clean drinking water, sanitation, energy, health, and housing) that are inclusive, accessible, affordable and resilient to climate change and natural disasters energy.
  • Devising metrics for tracking progress on SDG 11, and exploring monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
  • Exploring approaches of systematic collection and sharing of relevant, accessible and timely urban data that will help to understand how key urban indicators are responding.
  • Understanding skills that are needed in the African context to ensure that the SDG 11 is realised.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa that bring together African scientists from different scientific disciplines and  key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, policy makers, the private sector, civil society,  urban planners, engineers and citizens) in research co-design and co – production.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 17 April 2017 (18:00 CET). Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online application form.

Please read carefully the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal.

Following the call, 35 pre-proposals will be selected, representatives of which will be invited to attend a training event on integrated research, which will take place on 28 August – 1 September 2017 (place tbc). This training aims to strengthen scientific capacity to undertake this form of research, to enable researchers to build meaningful inter- and trans-disciplinary projects, to support the development of full proposals and to strengthen science communication skills. Applicants should be aware that if their pre-proposals are selected, they are expected to attend this training. The programme will cover associated travel and subsistence costs.

Participants of the training will then be given about two and half months to submit full proposals (deadline is 20 November 2017, 18:00 CET). In January 2018, ten collaborative research projects across Africa will be awarded with up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.

Key dates:

Issue of the call for pre-proposals

27 February 2017

Submission deadline for pre-proposals

17 April 2017  (18:00 CET)

Selection decision of pre-proposals

End of June 2017

Training on integrated research

28 Aug – 1 Sep 2017 (place tbc)

Submission deadline for full proposals

20 November 2017 (18:00 CET)

Funding decision

End of January 2018


Call for Applications: INCLINE/USP & IAI School of Advanced Science

INCLINE/USP and IAI School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation (3-15 July 2017, Sao Paulo – Brazil) 

The objective of the School is to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge on climate change science and related topics: Observations and future projections; impacts; vulnerability; adaptation and mitigation; and the Paris Agreement: how to reach the 1.5°C target, including aspects of public policy. Participants will discuss with renowned scientists important themes of the three IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Groups, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context.

Audience: 100 graduate students and early career scientists. Priority will be given to candidates currently enrolled in graduate programs (Masters/MSc and Doctoral/PhD courses). We encourage applications from students from different academic disciplines (natural, social and human sciences, engineering) provided their academic work and study is related to the themes of the school and related topics.

For further information, please visit the website:

Call for Applications: APEC Climate Center Research Fellows

The APEC Climate Center ( was established with the endorsement of APEC Senior Officials in 2005. Its mandate is to provide climate information services to the 21 APEC member economies in order to promote human security and protect life and property from the hazards associated with extreme climate events. Since its establishment, APCC has steadily gained momentum in becoming a leading provider of various climate forecast products and capacity building programs in the region. Currently, APCC is expanding its areas of research and services to cater to wider socio-economic needs and interests.


The APEC Climate Center (APCC), located in Busan, Korea, is looking for motivated researchers for the positions described below:


Job Postings                                                                   


Interdisciplinary Research


POSTING I. Climate Risk Management and Disaster Risk Reduction

–  Application of seasonal forecasting and regional climate change projections in the assessment of climate change vulnerability and risk

–  Management and systematic reduction of climate-induced hazards and disasters (such as costal inundation, typhoon, flooding, etc)

–  Climate-sensitive interactions between economic, environmental and social systems within the context of decision-making procedures

–  International collaboration and policy development on climate risk reduction and management


Climate Sciences


POSTING II. Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction and Analysis for Climate Services

– Evaluation of prediction skill, predictability of models at S2S time scales and its understanding

– Development of subseasonal forecasting methods

– Climate impact assessment on various application sectors (water, agriculture, energy, public health, etc) at S2S time scales

– Experience with model evaluation and prediction/predictability analysis is preferred


POSTING III. Statistical Climatology (Downscaling)

– Improvement of statistical downscaling techniques of global climate prediction data including seasonal forecast and climate change scenario

– In depth analysis and understanding of the downscaled data for applications in various sectors (water, agriculture, energy, public health, etc)



DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS                                                       


–        Applicants should have a Ph.D. in relevant fields

–        At least 2 years of experience in a relevant field is preferred





Benefits include the partial coverage of health and other insurance (in accordance with Korean law), support for relocation to Busan, severance pay, performance-based incentives, and more.



TO APPLY                                                                      


Submit the APCC application form (Attachment 1) with a Cover LetterCurriculum Vitae, degree certificates, transcriptsthree letters of recommendation1) and Agreement to collect and use personal information (Attachment 2) to by 24:00 KST,    9 March 2017.


1) The three letters of recommendation should be signed and dated letters that outline your suitability for the position and must be sent directly by your referees via email. A list of references will not be accepted.


For more information, please contact


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Vacancy: Deputy Director, African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town

Deputy Director, African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town (UCT)

(Associate Professor or Professor level, 5 year contract)

Application information:

Closing date 28 Feb 2017

ACDI information:

UCT information:

Informal enquiries: ACDI Director, Prof Mark New,


The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) was established in 2011 at the University of Cape Town as a cross-faculty research, training and outreach initiative, working at the intersection of climate change and development.  The ACDI is hosted by the Faculty of Science, but is interdisciplinary in its scope, drawing expertise on climate and development issues from across and beyond the university. The mission of the ACDI is to “facilitate and substantially extend climate research and education at UCT, within the specific context of addressing the development challenges of Africa from an African perspective”.


ACDI is a dynamic and innovative initiative, and we wish to appoint a Deputy Director to help steer the organization over its second five-year term.  We therefore invite applications for a 5-year contract position at Full or Associate Professor level, for appointment no later than 1 July 2017.  The successful candidate should be an accomplished researcher/analyst and experienced manager in an academic and/or applied research environment. The main purpose of this position is to assist the Director in the overall management of ACDI to ensure that the organization can fulfil its academic mission, particularly through representing ACDI within the University and in engagements with partners, funders and potential funders. A secondary purpose is academic leadership in at least one of the priority research areas of the ACDI.


Responsibilities Include:

– Assist the Director in the strategic management of ACDI

– Maintain and strengthen relationships with centres and departments that are part of the ACDI

– Oversee the day-to-day management of ACDI, and its four portfolio managers

– Provide leadership and input on a select number of projects and programmes

– Oversee staff development and mentoring

– Represent ACDI within the University and externally at meetings and events.

– Maintain relationships with existing and new funders, and seek out new funding opportunities

– Conduct and publish academic research on a topic related to the ambit of the ACDI.

– Some teaching and post-graduate supervision on ACDI-related teaching programmes


Qualifications and Experience Required:

– A PhD in a field relevant to ACDI’s focus at the intersection of climate change and development

– A strong publication record in one or more fields that are relevant to ACDI’s research and training ambit

– Typically, ten years’ experience in an academic and/or applied research environment

– Significant management and/or coordination experience


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Call for Applications: Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence

The Alfred Wegner Institute is delighted to announce its 5th year hosting the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE); providing world class education, training and career development programs in oceanography.

The 10 month training programme will take place on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Wadden Sea island of Sylt, Germany.

Scholars will receive training in core research skills (project design, implementation, analysis and presentation) and specialized topics including remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions & modeling. Scholars will carry out an independent research project, mentored and supervised by an AWI scientist.

Applications are invited from ocean science trainees from emerging and developed countries. (Applications from emerging countries are particularly encouraged and 1-2 places will be allocated for developed countries).

A full scholarship will be provided by the NF-POGO CofE covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance.

Deadline for applications is *6th March 2017*. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May and the programme will begin in *October 2017*.

For further information including details of the application process see