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10.04.2014  |  Publikation
Guidance Note - Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy
The Guidance Note builds on the experience of five "UN CC: Learn" pilot countries including Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda. It responds to the UNFCCC Doha Work Programme which mandates States to prepare a national strategy on Article 6 of the Convention, as well as to the demand by more than 50 countries which have expressed interest in developing a national climate change learning strategy.


09.04.2014  |  Anderes
The Global Development Lab - US innovation partnership
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is further “ramping up” its commitment to placing science and technology at the heart of development with the launch of a major innovation partnership.


08.04.2014  |  Ankündigung
Transformations to Sustainability - Call
Transformations to Sustainability is a new research funding programme that has just been launched by the International Social Science Council. This research programme is intended to make a major contribution to Future Earth, a global research platform that provides knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world.


03.04.2014  |  Publikation
Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (IPCC WG II)
IPCC Working Group II report published: The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report was approved, and the full report accepted, by the IPCC on 30 March 2014. The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world.


02.04.2014  |  Publikation
How to win the argument on climate change: a five-point plan
Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair of CDKN (Climate and Development Knowledge Network), offers a five-point plan on how to win the public and policy argument on climate change. Maxwell argues that a plan is necessary because climate change policy is contested, and – like all policy – has winners and losers.


02.04.2014  |  Ankündigung
Consultation on Switzerland’s current position on the post-2015 agenda
Current consultation spring 2014 - Have your say! Via the weblink below you can voice your opinion about Switzerland’s current position on the post-2015 agenda (until end of April 2014 - in English, German, French and Italian).


01.04.2014  |  Ankündigung
VakaYiko small grants
The VakaYiko Consortium is a three year project to build the capacity for use of research evidence by policy makers. Capacity in this context refers to the behaviours, skills and attitudes that enable the use of research evidence to support decision making. The VakaYiko small grants scheme supports practitioners in low and middle income countries to build capacity for research use.


19.03.2014  |  Ankündigung
Call for kick-starting projects with African countries
The funding line to finance kick-start activities with partners in Africa intends to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers by focusing on the following kick-starting instruments 1) Exchange visits 2) Joint seminars 3) Joint Workshops Financial volume: For the period of 2013 – 16, a total of CHF 480’000 is available for kick-start projects. Individual applications shall not exceed the amount of CHF 10’000.


18.03.2014  |  Anderes
Aiding Science
Swedish research aid policy 1973-2008: A new study has urged policymakers and aid organisations to be more aware of the different assumptions that underpin aid efforts aiming to build research capacity in developing nations. The research, published by LiU-tryck Electronic Press from Linköping University, Sweden, looked at the annual reports of the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Development Countries (SAREC) between 1973 and 2008 to analyse how they portrayed the relationship between research and development.


12.03.2014  |  Anderes
Combining the best of both toilet worlds
The Blue Diversion toilet, developed by Eawag - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, together with the Vienna-based design firm EOOS, has been awarded the innovation prize for the best applied research by the International Water Association (IWA). Now the team is looking for an industrial partner and investors, so that Blue Diversion can be mass produced.


10.03.2014  |  Anderes
What role do PhDs play in Africa's growth?
SciDevNet's new series brings debates around education and development into focus.


05.03.2014  |  Anderes
An appeal for an open european higher education area
Switzerland’s affiliation with the European higher education area is threatened in consequence of the yes-vote on the federal popular initiative “mass immigration” from 9 February 2014. In its initial reaction, the European Commission has excluded Switzerland from the 8th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and from the student exchange programme Erasmus+. The signers of this appeal call upon decision-makers in Europe and Switzerland to enable Switzerland’s participation in these important programmes, and voice their commitment to an open European and international higher education area.


27.02.2014  |  Ankündigung
SFIAR Award 2014 - Call for Applications
The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.


19.02.2014  |  Anderes
Veterinary medicine for neglected worm infections
A new study published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine' reveals that the health of millions of children with worm infections could be improved thanks to a veterinary drug. The study represents a vital contribution in the fight against worm infections – still largely neglected– in developing countries.


18.02.2014  |  Publikation
Integrating science into humanitarian and development planning and practice
A set of Guidelines on ‘Integrating science into humanitarian and development planning and practice to enhance community resilience’ has been developed by Melanie Duncan at University College London in collaboration with a number of contributors.


17.02.2014  |  Tagungsberichte
KFPE facilitates first Science–Policy Exchange event
A “Science–Policy Exchange” event was held on 13 and 14 February 2014 in Lao PDR to foster efforts to improve collaboration between researchers and decision-makers. Its purpose was to create a space for dialogue between the various parties, and to take stock of the current status of science–policy exchange in the country.


31.01.2014  |  Anderes
UN launched scientific advisory board
Ban Ki-moon urges bridging gap between science, policy: The United Nations must use science and technology to strengthen its policy-making on sustainable development, reducing inequality and eradicating extreme poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said launching his advisory board of scientists.


14.10.2013  |  Ankündigung
Health systems research initiative call 1
Providing evidence to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. This call for proposals is the first of three annual Health Systems Research Initiative calls, jointly supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT).