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19.12.2014  |  Anderes
Agrarrohstoffe
Sie werden gewonnen, gefördert, verarbeitet und verbraucht. Dieses Dossier von Alliance Sud stellt aktuelle Hintergründe zum Anbau von und Handel mit Rohstoffen in den Fokus – von Bananen über Reis bis zum Tabak.


15.12.2014  |  Anderes
Transforming policy through science in Africa
Scientific evidence is regarded around the world as an increasingly important contributor to good government. This is as true of the global South, where governments face issues of sustainable development, poverty reduction and building healthy societies, as it is of the North. The problem is that reliable, evidence-based insights for policy are hard to find.


11.12.2014  |  Ankündigung
Workshop: 25 years of scientific cooperation with Eastern Europe
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the SNSF and the SDC began supporting scientists in Eastern Europe by funding research partnerships. Twenty-five years later, Switzerland and its partner countries are still reaping the benefits. The aim of the workshop on 20 January 2015 at the Kursaal in Bern is both to take stock and to picture what lies ahead.


09.12.2014  |  Ankündigung
Apply for Degree Programmes UNU-IAS
UNU-IAS (United Nations University - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability) offers postgraduate programmes leading to master’s or doctoral degrees to strengthen the capacities of academic and scientific communities around the globe, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition. Students accepted for the programmes will benefit from the unique opportunity to study in Tokyo at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. Both programmes are intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners wishing to develop an international career through employment in UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, civil society or the private sector.


08.12.2014  |  Anderes
Nature journals now free, as open access model gains steam
The public now has unprecedented access to dozens more research journals, including the prestigious Nature, as publisher Macmillan announced that 49 of its titles will be available through a free content-sharing model starting Tuesday. Under the terms of a one-year pilot program, journal subscribers and media outlets will be able to create links to articles from the journals — which also include Nature Medicine and Nature Genetics — on ReadCube, a platform for viewing and annotating PDF’s, and share them with anyone on the web.


08.12.2014  |  Anderes
Africa's hydropower future
Of the over one billion people living in its 54 countries, more than half of Africans lack access to electricity. Hydropower produces more than three-quarters of the world’s renewable energy each year, while across Africa it is responsible for 84% of all non-fossil fuel energy use. But in a continent rich in lakes and rivers, the opportunities for expanding hydropower are huge. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will tap into Africa's biggest source, the Nile. But what are the potential impacts and what does the future hold for hydropower in Africa?


08.12.2014  |  Ankündigung
swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research
The td-award is presented for excellence in the following categories: CHF 50'000 - distinguished achievement | CHF 20'000 - early career achievement | CHF 5'000 - life-time achievement (nomination)


05.12.2014  |  Ankündigung
African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships 2015 - CALL
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is pleased to announce the eighth call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF). The ADDRF Fellowship Program seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. The Program targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research. The overall goal of the ADDRF Program is to support the training and retention of highly-skilled, locally-trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region. The ADDRF will award about 20 fellowships in 2015 to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university.


03.12.2014  |  Ankündigung
Switzerland provides funding to the Green Climate Fund
Switzerland has reinforced its commitment to climate protection in developing countries as part of international cooperation. The Federal Council decided to contribute USD 100 million to the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).


03.12.2014  |  Publikation
Global Climate Risk Index 2015
Who suffers most from extreme weather events? Weather-related loss events in 2013 and 1994 to 2013


01.12.2014  |  Anderes
The importance of education for sustainable development
While the debate about sustainable development often ignores the importance of education – education also ignores its full role in sustainable development. A comment by Stephen Sterling in University World News


21.11.2014  |  Anderes
Ebola resources - where to start?
The unprecedented scale of the Ebola outbreak has prompted a number of online initiatives aimed at supporting the global response to the outbreak by providing access to relevant knowledge, news and other resources. This short feature highlights some of these initiatives – in particular the Ebola Response Anthropology platform, which was launched earlier this month and has taken a unique anthropological approach to the Ebola response.


21.11.2014  |  Publikation
Global Nutrition Report 2014
A consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and academics has released the first-ever comprehensive narrative on global health and country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition across the globe. The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) provides a global profile and country profiles on nutrition for each of the United Nations’ 193 member states, and includes specific progress for each country.


21.11.2014  |  Anderes
Transforming cities for sustainability
More people now live in urban than rural areas for the first time in human history. This growth challenges areas already struggling to provide services and cope with environmental pressures. How is planning and technology helping cities become more sustainable and reimagine their futures?


19.11.2014  |  Anderes
Ground-breaking Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya
Together with its partners in Kenya, CDE has just released the first-ever Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya. The atlas features high-resolution spatial depictions and analyses of data collected in the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census. The combination of geographic and socio-economic data enables policymakers at all levels, development experts, and other interested readers to gain a spatial understanding of different dynamics affecting Kenya.


18.11.2014  |  Ankündigung
Call for applications: Future Earth young scientists' networking conference 2015
Early career scientists are invited to submit applications to participate in next year's Future Earth young scientists' networking conference on integrated science.


18.11.2014  |  Anderes
Future Earth Engagement Committee announced
Jairam Ramesh will chair the Committee, which will provide leadership and strategic guidance on engaging societal partners with Future Earth, ensuring that Future Earth provides the knowledge society needs.


04.11.2014  |  Ankündigung
SNIS call for projects
The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs.


29.10.2014  |  Anderes
Eight new r4d projects approved
The funding decisions for the thematic research modules "Ecosystems" and "Food Security" have been made within the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d programme), the joint initiative of the SDC and the SNSF: in total eight new projects are funded.


28.10.2014  |  Anderes
Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Switzerland
Switzerland has ratified the Nagoya Protocol on 11 July 2014. The Nagoya Protocol and the amendments of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection Act (NCHA) came into force on October 12, 2014. The amendments in the Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection Act are published in the annex of the Federal decree on the approval of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic ressources and the fair and equitabel sharing of benefits arision from their utilization (Nagoya Protocol) and its implementation (Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection Act).


08.10.2014  |  Ankündigung
New open call in the r4d program
Call for proposals in the r4d Programme: 2nd thematically open call on global issues   The second call of the "Thematically Open research" module is launched. Interested researchers from Switzerland with their partners from Africa, Asia and Latin America are invited to submit their pre-proposals via the mySNF platform by February 6, 2015. The main focus of the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d Programme) lies on the generation of new insights and innovative approaches, solutions as well as on the application of research results into policy and practice through transnational research partnerships. In the focus of the programme are the reduction of poverty and global risks as well as the provision of public goods.


30.09.2014  |  Publikation
The Living Planet Report.
Humanity’s demand on the planet is more than 50 percent larger than what nature can renew, according to Global Footprint Network’s latest data, published in the 2014 edition of the Living Planet Report. The biennial report, produced by WWF in collaboration with Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, was launched.


23.09.2014  |  Anderes
Research on Open Educational Resources for Development
The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project aims to provide evidence-based research from a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The primary objective of the programme is to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries by better understanding the use and impact of OER.


23.09.2014  |  Anderes
ETH Zürich explores ‘future cities lab’ in Africa
Continental Europe’s leading research-intensive university ETH Zürich is exploring the idea of establishing a ‘future cities laboratory’ in Africa following the success of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability. And in a bid to reach out to the next generation of urban designers and planners, the Swiss university is launching a new MOOC to encourage a greener approach to building future cities – particularly in tropical and semi-tropical regions facing an urban population explosion of two billion more people over the next 25 years.