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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).


21.10.2014  |  Anderes
Building a culture of science in Sub-Saharan Africa
In March, SciDev.Net organised focus groups in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa to use as the basis of a report on science and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Participants included senior science communicators, policymakers, scientists, academics and NGO officials. Topics discussed included creating the right environment for science and innovation, and how best to ensure the dissemination and uptake of evidence and research results for equitable development and poverty reduction. Participants also helped generate insights into emerging trends and capacity building needs within their areas of specialisation.


20.10.2014  |  Ankündigung
Call for pilot activities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
Researchers from Switzerland belonging to a university, a university of applied sciences, a university of teachers’ education or a public research institute are eligible to apply. Grants for the following instruments are available: - People exchange - Conferences and workshops - Seed funding for initiating larger joint activities The maximum grant sum for one project is 10’000 CHF. Deadline for application is 23 November 2014.


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.


17.09.2014  |  Anderes
Deconstructing Carbon before UN Climate Summit
Charged up by activists mobilizing for the UN Climate Summit in New York next week, the Global Footprint Network delved into their carbon Footprint data to see if they could shed light on the very intractable debates swirling around nations’ responsibilities for reducing emissions. The picture is interesting and not so simple.


09.09.2014  |  Anderes
Open and collaborative science’s role in development
The three-year Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network – OCSDNet – intends to nurture an interactive community of open science practitioners and thinkers who are highly cross-disciplinary and will bring a diversity of perspectives on the role of openness in science and development.


09.09.2014  |  Anderes
Cape Town’s Across Africa online postgraduate courses
The University of Cape Town, or UCT, is sharpening its online learning strategy and is making moves to attract more students across Africa. The university has launched a series of postgraduate programmes that will bring together online education and face-to-face learning.


08.09.2014  |  Ankündigung
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars
The Swiss Government awards postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded universities or recognized institutions. Three years’ PhD scholarships and 12 months’ research scholarships at doctoral or postdoctoral level are available. The call for 2015 is now open.


19.08.2014  |  Publikation
The impact of research on international development
Governments of low-income countries and international development donors are increasing their funding for research at least in part on the assumption that research has positive impacts on socioeconomic development. Four pathways are commonly cited to describe how research will contribute to development:


04.08.2014  |  Anderes
Tackling global problems together
Knowledge is the key to growth and social transformation. Sharing knowledge therefore gives developing countries more independence. In Switzerland, principles of cooperative research have been brought updated. An Article in D+C (Development and Cooperation) by Jon-Andri Lys and Alex Schulze


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).