Promoting Innovation in Education

START promotes innovative approaches for education that emphasize experiential learning and that integrate teaching, research and practice. START is committed to working with universities, in particular, to support their potential to be active agents of change in helping society adapt to climate change and other impacts of global environmental change. Currently, START is working with partners at African universities to develop and implement strategies and activities for education that consider priorities for adaptation. Key elements of this strategy include developing new curricula on global environmental change, enhancing faculty and staff development programs to support excellence in teaching on global environmental change topics, and integrating teaching with research and research with practice. Recommendations from the START-led Forum on Education, Capacity Building, and Climate Change: A Strategy for Collective Action in Africa form the basis for these efforts. Programs and activities through which START is promoting innovation in education include a partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam’s Climate Change Research, Education, and Outreach Center, and a program on biodiversity conservation and climate change in East Africa.
  • Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters (FORIN) – Southeast Asia

    The IRDR International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) in Taipei, together with START, IRDR and ICSU, is pleased to announce the 2012 Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters (FORIN) - Southeast Asia. The Institute, to be held 12-18 March 2012 at the IRDR ICoE in Taipei, will provide approximately 15-20 young to middle-career researchers and practitioners from Southeast Asia with the enhanced understanding, skills and resources to design, organize and carry out FORIN related studies in their own countries.

  • Advanced Institutes for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)

    “Why, when so much more is known about the science of natural events, including extremes, and when technological capacity is so much stronger [than in the past], are large-scale and even small- and medium-scale disasters apparently becoming more frequent and …

  • African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP)

    The African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) program promotes innovative adaptation research in Africa. Alumni of the program represent a cadre of climate change specialists who are promoting and facilitating adaptation research, education, and decision making across Africa. Since the …

  • Climate Change Research, Education and Outreach Program

    More robust systems for generating, interpreting, and disseminating knowledge about climate change are essential for mobilizing decision makers across society to take actions that promote adaptation to climate change. Enhancing such knowledge systems requires significant and well-targeted investments in education …

  • Pan-Asia Risk Reduction Fellowship Program

    The Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program provides promising young researchers and professionals, working on urban and disaster risk reduction under global environmental change, with a unique opportunity for learning, training, and networking. Fellows are selected from Asia-Pacific institutions to participate …

  • 2002 Advanced Institute on Climate Variability and Food Security

    The Advanced Institute on Climate Variability and Food Security focused on the application of seasonal climate forecasts to improve agricultural food security. The intensive training component of the Institute was held at the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) facility in Palisades, New York from 8-26 July 2002.

  • 2003 Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emissions & the Global Carbon Cycle

    he Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emissions and the Global Carbon Cycle brought together young natural and social scientists, engineers, and urban planners to critically examine the environmentally significant interaction of cities and their environment, specifically the emissions of both long-lived GHGs and short-lived polluting gases and particulates. The intensive training component of this institute was held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado from 4-22 August 2003.

  • 2004 Advanced Institute on Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change

    The Advanced Institute on Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change is focused on utilizing selected analytic tools to build the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct research on vulnerability to global environmental change. The intensive training seminar was held 3-21 May 2004 at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

  • 2007 Advanced Institute on the Vulnerability of 

    START, in partnership with the Global Water System Project (GWSP), and with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the International Foundation of Science (IFS) invited selected Institute Fellow applicants to participate in the Advanced Institute on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, hosted by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft and the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • 2008 Advanced Institute on the Asian Monsoon

    START is responding to this need by creating learning opportunities for regional scientists with an Advanced Institute on the Asian Monsoon: Prediction of Change and Variability. In January 2008, twenty early-career meteorologists from across the Asia-Pacific region and North America met to attend a series of lectures on the Asian monsoon and to explore possibilities for collaboration.

  • Biodiversity Conservation under a Changing Climate

    University level multidisciplinary programs that facilitate learning about climate change challenges to biodiversity and ecosystem services are relatively scarce in the Albertine Rift region of Africa – a biodiversity hotspot that is increasingly under threat from natural and human-induced drivers …