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UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme

2017-2018

Friday 23rd February, 12pm to 2pm, room 2.49
Publishing for Academic Journals
Dr Aiora Zabala, Associate Editor for Nature Sustainability

Lunch will be provided

If you’ve trained as a scientist, you know that part of the learning curve involves understanding how to write a scientific paper and have it published. We are delighted that Dr Aiora Zabala will be providing a workshop to provide you with key advice and foundation on where to start as well as insight into the academic journal world.
Aiora is an Associate Editor for Nature Sustainability. She handles manuscripts across the social sciences, including environmental policy, economics, development, psychology, geography and GIS. 

Please register in advance

Fast Track Impact Training, Wednesday 14th March

In conjunction with Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC, Cambridge Immunology SRN, and the Bioscience Impact Team we are delighted to announce 30 places are available for impact training from Fast Track.  

Closing date extended to Friday 23rd February 2018

Cambridge Enterprise Consultancy 101 workshop and networking lunch
Wednesday 28th March 2018

Hicks Room, University Centre, Mill Lane

Register now!

Are you considering becoming a consultant? Perhaps you are already consulting, but want to learn more about how to work more effectively, get the best price for your skills or simplify admin work?

Cambridge Enterprise is delighted to be offering this free workshop in how to effectively manage consultancy projects, sharing expertise on best practice, tips on making life easier and trouble-shooting for some of the key issues faced by consultants.

This is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills, providing a refresher for academics already acting as consultants or an introduction for those considering consultancy in the near future.

The workshop will include:

  • Benefits and impact of undertaking consultancy work
  • Experience sharing and a Q&A panel with academics experienced in consultancy
  • Issues surrounding confidentiality, intellectual property and liability
  • How Cambridge Enterprise can help you undertake consultancy more effectively

This workshop is designed for all levels of experience, whether you are already acting as a consultant or are considering doing so.

*We welcome applications from anyone who is currently employed by the University. Undergraduates and PhD researchers will not be eligible to attend at this time.

Please register here to secure your place.

WEBINAR: 15 Feb 2018

Mangrove Forest Restoration and Management: Social & Governance Dimensions

Join USAID LandLinks and a panel of experts, for an interactive online discussion on Mangrove Forest Restoration and Management: Social and Governance Dimensions.

Mangrove research and programming activities have primarily focused around the biophysical and ecological dimensions associated with planting and protection, while the social dimensions of mangrove management have centered largely as a means to forest conservation and protection. However, little attention has been given towards the need for mangrove forest restoration and management as a means toward improved and sustainable livelihoods.

This webinar will open the conversation about the need for a shift in thinking about mangrove forest restoration and management to be a means toward improved and sustainable livelihoods. We will discuss the preconditions that are necessary to successful mangrove management, including tenure and governance arrangements, and provide a learning space that encourages broad participation and discussion between USAID missions, implementing partners and the global community of mangrove experts.

Hear perspectives on these important issues from mangrove experts in the field, including:

·         Global Study of Mangrove Governance: Dr. Esther Mwangi from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR);

·         Vietnam Coastal Spatial Planning and Mangrove Management Experiences: Dr. Nayna Jhaveri from USAID-funded Tenure and Global Climate Change project;

·         Ghana Coastal Sustainable Landscapes Experiences: Dr. Steve Dennison from United States Forest Service (USFS); and

·         Mozambique USAID-funded Coastal City Adaptation Project (CCAP) Experiences: Dr. Salomao Bandeira, Olanda Bata and Casimiro Antonio.

WEBINAR DETAILS

Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:00-10:30am EST  

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Mapping Morality in Global Health

An interdisciplinary conference

26-27 June 2018 at the University of Cambridge, College of Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

The conference will bring together scholars from across a range of fields (ethics, politics, history, theology, economics, epidemiology) and a range of global health practitioners (scientific researchers, public health officials, clinicians) to discuss some of the most pressing questions of morality arising in contemporary and historic global health enterprises. Already confirmed speakers include Peter Redfield, David Heymann, and Lindsey McGoey.

We are currently accepting abstracts for papers discussing any and all questions of morality/ethos/ethics relating to global health. We welcome abstracts from all disciplines. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and need to be emailed to flj22@cam.ac.uk by the 9th of February along with your name and department/group affiliation.

General conference registration for will open on the 14th of February on the conference webpage: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/27450

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 - 16:00 CET / 10:00 AM EST

Join the forth free DE-US.net webinar on 

Climate resilient investment finance after the Bonn-Fiji Commitment to urban action - 22 FEB

Due to legislators’ short terms of office, the public sector tends to focus on immediate needs, rather than longer-term investment. As a result, generating commitments to infrastructure investments is always difficult. Anticipating and responding to political and economic threats to infrastructure from climate change is even more challenging. Investments in resilient infrastructure can both mitigate climate risks and improve adaptive capacity. After one of the warmest calendar years on record, the DE-US webinar series returns to the issue of attracting needed investments. 

Link to join the Webinar on Feb 22 (no reistration required): https://deus.clickmeeting.com/climate-resilient-investment-finance-after-the-bonn-fiji-commitment-to-urban-action?_ga=2.22006264.23862043.1517216176-1927965931.1504692295

Environment Europe is pleased to announce that there are still places available at the Oxford Spring School in Ecological Economics will take place 02 - 08 April 2018. Please apply before the deadline of 01 March 2018.

http://environmenteurope.org/education/10

The School will take place at St Hilda's College, Oxford and will address key elements of the new economy transformation, exploring the cutting edge methods and policy applications in ecological
economics, with a particular focus on Green Economy for Countries, Cities and Regions: Ecosystems, Economy, Policy. With a clear sustainable development focus, it will draw on the expertise of a range of disciplines: economics, ecology, physics, environmental sciences, finance, politics, international relations, sociology, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability. The course will be composed of theoretical and applied modules and will address the key elements of the environment-economy interaction: the foundations of ecological economics, methodological approaches, finance for the green economy, ecological conflicts, the story of REDD, economic instruments, regulation, environmental taxes, environmentally extended input-output analysis, multiple criteria methods, as well as renewable energy, regenerative cities, ecosystem service and case studies from around the world. The Summer School will feature interactive simulation games. 

Call For Papers

Special Issue on Geographical Environments

Environmental geography may be defined as that branch of geography  which studies the characteristics, compositions and functions of different components of the natural environmental system, mutual interdependence  of different components, various processes that link the components, the interactions of different components with each other and among themselves and consequent responses in spatial and temporal context in terms of ‘geoecosystem’ as well as interactions of technologically advanced ‘economic man’ with different components of natural ‘geoecosystem’ and resultant modifications and changes in the natural geoecosystem leading to environmental degradation and pollution, the techniques and strategies of pollution control measures and management of ecological resources. 

In this special issue, we intend to invite front-line researchers and authors to submit original research and review articles on exploring geographical environments.

Now Open for Submissions

Nature Sustainability is a new online only journal launching in 2018. It will publish articles that further our understanding of how we organize our lives in a finite world and the consequences for human well-being.

In order to face the challenges ahead, integrated knowledge about the Earth, social and technological systems is required. Nature Sustainability is responding to this need by publishing significant original research from a broad range of natural, social and engineering fields about sustainability.

A Call for Papers

We invite submissions that inform policies and offer possible solutions. More information and a Guide to Authors can be found here.

You can also follow us on Twitter @naturesustainab or join us on Facebook.

The Global Trees Campaign invites applications for student grants to support Masters research focused on tree species conservation

Over 10,000 tree species are threatened with extinction. Of even greater concern, over 1,900 species are listed as Critically Endangered – likely to go extinct unless urgent action is taken now to save them. The Global Trees Campaign is a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It is the only international programme dedicated to saving the world’s threatened tree species.

For the second year running, the Global Trees Campaign, in collaboration with the Conservation Leadership Programme, is investing in early-career conservationists interested in tree conservation through the implementation of a student grants scheme. From now until 28th January 2018, GTC is accepting applications from Masters level students for support in meeting the costs of a research project addressing a question relevant to the in situ conservation of a threatened tree species.

Students interested in applying for a student grant should review the Call for Proposals document to check their eligibility. For those that are eligible, an application form is available to download from the Global Trees Campaign website.

Prospective applicants who have an existing idea but who are unsure about the best way to develop their research, or are new to tree conservation, are invited to contact the Global Trees Campaign team (globaltrees@fauna-flora.org) ahead of the deadline for help and advice. The GTC team will be available to provide advice up to 12th January 2017, help requested on project design will not be guaranteed assistance after this date. The deadline for submitting a formal application is 23.59 (GMT) on Sunday 28th January 2017

Fast Track Impact

Fast Track Impact have launched three new research impact guides (and published a couple of blogs and a peer-reviewed article) in the last month, that I though you might be interested in:

For those of you interested in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF), Fast Track Impact have recently published a couple of blogs on ways to identify additional impact case studies and how to design a whole institution REF impact internal review

Big Data and Sustainable Development

We are delighted to announce our free open learning hub on Big Data and Sustainable Development developed with Data-Pop Alliance.  This is an open social learning environment on CLANED to facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity building on Big Data and Sustainable Development. The first module on "Data-Driven Society" was developed with inputs from Prof. Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, MIT Media Lab and Data-Pop Alliance Academic Advisor.

You may access the Open Learning Hub here http://bit.ly/CLANED-BD.

Email us at sustainable-development@unssc.org should you have questions or suggestions. 

BiodivERsA

BiodivERsA is pleased to announce the publication of a new policy brief entitled “Action on invasive alien species should better anticipate climate change effects on biological invasions in Europe”, based on the combined results of the WhoIsNextINVAXEN and Resipath projects. This 4-page brief presents key recommendations on measures for the implementation of the Alien Invasive Species policy by Member States and the European Commission. These projects have demonstrated how the use of distribution modelling tools under different climate scenarios to inform invasive alien species risk assessment would be an efficient and reliable tool to focus and prioritise global and national efforts against biological invasions. The brief further introduces the example of a continent-wide early detection and rapid response system for invasive alien garden plants in Europe under different climate scenarios.

  • Download the BiodivERsA Policy Brief "Action on invasive alien species should better anticipate climate change effects on biological invasions in Europe"
  • Download information sheet about competences consulted and work procedure for this briefing

Please feel free to further distribute this brief, and in case of any questions, please contact Frederic Lemaître, BiodivERsA science-policy interfacing officer (frederic.lemaitre@fondationbiodiversite.fr).

Conservation Evidence

Conservation Evidence have published a new report on Primate Conservation - Global evidence for the effects of interventions. You can find it on their website: https://www.conservationevidence.com/synopsis/

And, a reminder that our latest PCLG Digest is now online with many open access articles: http://mailchi.mp/7fe45dd85f4c/pclg-journal-digest-septoct-2017

Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy

An international science-policy symposium to support negotiations on the Convention on Biological Diversity's post-2020 strategy and the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

We are rapidly losing Earth’s wild species and wild spaces, with global vertebrate populations having declined by two-thirds by in the last 40 years.  Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have pledged to protect at least 17% of land and freshwater and 10% of our oceans by 2020.  The plan focuses on areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services in systems of effective, equitable and ecologically connected protected and conserved areas.  Beyond these milestone targets, conservationists, scientists and policymakers are grappling with the question of how much space needs to be conserved - and how - in order to sustain humans and the rest of life on earth.  Over the next few years, governments will be reviewing the current Strategic Plan and considering a new strategy to meet the vision of conserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services and a healthy planet for all by 2050, as part of the wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

See full flyer

This symposium will be hosted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and National Geographic Society (NGS), in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), BirdLife International/RSPB, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD).

Call for posters

The organisers invite proposals for posters to be exhibited at the symposium.  To submit a proposal, please fill in the poster proposal form via the webpage and email it to jennifer.howes@zsl.org before 31 August.

For all enquires contact Jennifer Howes, Scientific Events Coordinator:

jennifer.howes@zsl.org; Tel 020 7449 6227.

Science story-telling workshop

18 January 2018, Mill Lane, Cambridge

Stories are how people understand the world, and we all need to communicate to succeed in what we do. Mastering the art of a good story, weaving together facts and emotion, allows you to do this with maximum impact!

In this half-day workshop, our US partners from the internationally acclaimed Story Collider will combine their hard-won stage experience in storytelling to help you understand how narrative can enrich your science engagement, and connect to an audience. You'll be introduced to a combination of creative techniques and empirical science to gain a new appreciation of narrative, but most importantly, you'll work under the guidance of the team to brainstorm, develop, and refine your own stories.

The skills you learn will not only be useful for engaging the public with your science, but will also help you flourish in presentations to peers. Participants are encouraged to apply to share their stories stage at Cambridge Junction as part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival in March 2018!

Register here!

Please contact the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Public Engagement team with any queries at scipe@stemcells.cam.ac.uk

The workshop is kindly supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust, MRC and Graduate School of Life Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Researchers from the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Graduate School of Life Sciences may be given priority if demand for places is high. Final confirmation of your slot will be sent by email by 5 January 2018.


Rising Stars Public Engagement training

The Rising Stars course offers training in public engagement for research students and early career research staff at the University of Cambridge. Rising Stars is multi-disciplinary and completion of the course counts as transferrable skills training.  The course consists of six sessions and attendance at all sessions is required. Participants are responsible for planning, organising, delivering and evaluating public engagement activity with the opportunity to participate in Cambridge Science Festival in March 2018. 

We welcome applicants from all subject areas on this course. 

Course application deadline: Friday 12 January 2018

More details can be found at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/public-engagement/rising-stars-public-engagement-training

 


Big Data in environmental biology: Applying advanced statistics to explore and analyse large data sets in ecology and environmental science 

A free NERC funded four-day postgraduate skills training course analysing very large environmental and ecological data-sets with advanced multivariate statistics (including big data analysis) that aims to provide integrated training for those needing a skill set of statistical approaches for industry-specific applications in ecology and environmental science that is relevant to student research and employability needs.

The course aims to impart an in-depth knowledge of current analytical techniques in several important statistical and industry-relevant areas. The course is based wholly on R and features comprehensive, real-life projects and case studies, all demonstrated by expert facilitators.

A basic level of R is assumed, but further R skills will be taught through R Studio and other R packages. Students will learn how to carry out advanced regression and ordination/dimensionality reduction analyses on their own laptops as well as acquiring experience with mining Big Data-sets and creating personalised data visualisations in the widely-recommended graphics system ggplot2.

Throughout and integrated within the course, students will be required to execute real-life projects in the context of four case studies, ensuring practical and hands-on experience.

Programme details

Dates: 19 - 22 February 2018

Venue: Oxford University Department for Continuing Education


Climate Hack 2018

19 - 21 January 2018

Over three days , four University of Cambridge Museums, will be handing over control to teams of people to shake up how they share stories about climate change.

This is your chance to share your skills and help change the narrative of a Cambridge museum in a three day makeathon. As well a chance to try out your skills in a unique environment and collaborate with other specialists, at the end of the weekend, judges will give out awards and there may be the opportunity for successful prototypes to be developed further by the Museums.

We are looking for hackers, makers, storytellers, collections devotees, climate scientists, communicators and designers. You don’t have to be a professional in that area, but choose something you are passionate about and are confident with.
If you would like to register your interest in the Climate Hack, please complete the form below.

The Climate Hack is free to take part in but as this is a non-profit event, unfortunately we are unable to provide transport or accommodation. Food will be provided for the three days.

Further information: https://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/get-involved/climate-hack-2018


The motivation to experiment – an art and science exchange

An interdisciplinary meeting to explore how your work is viewed by others, gain new perspectives, and re-interpret how you can communicate your work using art.

On 27 February, the Biochemical Society and Central Saint Martins are coming together to investigate the differences and similarities in how artists and scientists approach their work. This collaborative and hands-on meeting will explore motivation and what we each mean by experimentation. 

The day will include show and tell sessions, small group discussions, and a chance to explore hands-on creative processes for looking at scientific research though new lenses. Students and tutors from the Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science programme will welcome us into their studio at their Archway Campus in London.

This day long course is free to attend for members and the Biochemical Society will contribute to reasonable travel expenses. Places on this course are strictly limited. Lunch will be provided.

To apply for a place at this event, please answer, in no more than 200 words, the following question: -

“What are the main motivating factors behind your work?”

(Why do you do what you do? What is it that gets you up in the morning? Why did you choose your field? What do you get out of your work? What does your work not provide you?)

and send your responses to james.brown@biochemistry.org.

Successful applicants will be notified at the start of 2018.


Public engagement: a practical guide

Involve the public. And involve them early.

A practical guide for researchers on involving the public in working out how to communicate research findings

Download free pdf

Published: 7 November 2017


From Elsevier Publishing Campus - Latest discussions:

How to drive public engagement with your article: introducing the new Sense about Science guide

 


Prism

DOWNLOAD

TOOLKIT FOR EVALUATING THE OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS 
OF SMALL/MEDIUM-SIZED CONSERVATION PROJECTS

WHAT IS PRISM?

PRISM is a toolkit that aims to support small/medium-sized conservation projects to effectively evaluate the outcomes and impacts of their work.

The toolkit has been developed by a collaboration of several conservation NGOs with additional input from scientists and practitioners from across the conservation sector.


Save the Date! 

The next Cambridge-Africa Day will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2018. Note the date and join us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Beyond do no harm: should conservation seek to be pro-poor?

A series of talks and panel discussion focusing on poverty and conservation, chaired by journalist Fred Pearce and hosted at the IIED offices London (80-86 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8NH)

Thursday 7th December 2017: 18.30-20.30hrs. Doors from 18.00pm.

- Adrian Martin/Ina Lehmann: Philosophical perspectives on the pro-poor governance of ecosystem services

- Dilys Roe/Phil Franks: From pro-poor to equitable conservation
- Janet Fisher: Contemporary perspectives on poverty in conservation organisations
- Chris Sandbrook: What do 7000 conservation professionals think about conservation and people? Results from the future of conservation survey

Any questions, please let email: janet.fisher@ed.ac.uk

 


Parasitic and Neglected Tropical Disease Network

Wednesday 13th December, 5pm-7pm, Downing College (Howard Drawing Room)

Meet researchers interested in infectious disease/immunology and global health from across all six Schools of the University of Cambridge


WEBINAR ON CLIMATE RESILIENCE

Join us for this timely webinar with Dr Tristan Kershaw as he gives an overview of his IOP ebook Climate Resilience in Urban Environments. This new book is one of the first to look at the resilience of whole cities as the world?s population has changed from 70% rural to 70% urban in the space of just 100 years. It looks at risks for urban areas, including those risks to human health as well as building integrity.

The webinar will last 45 minutes and will include a live Q&A session. Live online December 4th at 3 pm UK time or afterwards on demand.

 


CECAN Seminar: Evaluation in follow up and review processes of the SDGs: future vision and current practice

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015 puts follow-up and review processes at the heart of global and national efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It says the follow-up and review processes will be informed by country-led evaluations and data which is high-quality, accessible, timely and reliable.

Stefano D’Errico, will be talking about the role and current use of evaluation in assessing the SDGs and will present findings from research conducted by IIED and EVALSDGs on M&E processes reported by the Voluntary National Reviews submitted by  64 countries to the High Level Political Forum in 2016 and 2017.


UN Environment Free online Course – Global Framework for a pollution-free planet

This 4-hour self-paced course covers the impact and cost of pollution on the planet and on your own life. It describes the international response to the challenges posed by pollution, including the role of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and the opportunity offered by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate from UN Environment.

Download the Flyer 

 


Co-creation for Global Challenges 

The following events are part of the focus of Global Challenges Initiative in facilitating the dialogue and co-creation between Cambridge researchers and end-users in the developing world. 

Workshop on User-Centred Design in Developing World Contexts – 10th January (application deadline: 15th December). This workshop will introduce the principles of user-centred design and explore the specific challenges and opportunities that commonly arise when using this approach to co-create innovative responses to global challenges. The workshop is open to post-graduates and early career researchers, from different research backgrounds, interested in user-centred design for the benefit of the bottom half of the world’s population. To apply please send a CV (max. 2 pages) and a letter of motivation outlining your interest and how you hope to apply learnings from the workshop to Sophie Mower (sophie.mower@centreforglobalequality.org). 

 


Masterclass in Design Methods for Global Challenges – 11th January. This Masterclass will explore the similarities and differences between particular disciplinary approaches to co-creation with end-users in developing world contexts. One-to-one discussions between expert practitioners from different disciplinary and practitioner communities and established Cambridge researchers in fields within the EPSRC remit will be organized. To register for the event, please complete the online form.

Please note that a Technology for Development Graduate Sandpit – 15th January (application deadline: 11th December), aimed at Graduate students and Early Career Researchers, will take place after these two co-creation-oriented events. Winning teams of the competition sandpit will be awarded bursaries to undertake field trips to develop and test their ideas in real developing world situations. Please apply by completing the application form and submitting a CV (max. 2 pages) to winton@phy.cam.ac.uk.

C-EENRG News

Dr Tibisay Morgandi, Postdoctoral Fellow at C-EENRG, University of Cambridge, has published an original collection of State bilateral agreements regulating State activities in the field of energy. The database (available at www.energybilaterals.org) contains over 600 bilateral agreements from the 1940s to the present day, and is updated on a regular basis. This database is part of a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Philomathia Foundation and the University of Cambridge.

The database has several purposes:

To raise awareness of the existence of these agreements

To provide access to the text of the agreements (downloadable in pdf format)

To systematise the agreements, by key-word searches, according to the followings fields:

Energy resource and/or activity covered (eg transportation of hydrocarbons by pipeline)

Model of bilateral State cooperation involved (determined by factors such as the share of costs and benefits and the legal nature of the supervising organs)

Title, parties and date of conclusion of agreement

To show this information by means of interactive maps

Global Alliance, Global Wetlands

5th December, 2017

Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (CCRU) has been awarded funding for a collaborative project with University of California Berkeley and the National University of Singapore

Professor Tom Spencer and Dr Iris Möller have secured one of five Global Alliance funding awards for a project titled 'Opportunities for ecological adaptation to flood hazards in major global cities: London, Singapore and San Francisco'.

Pani, Pahar Waters of the Himalayas

This collaborative project explores the changing landscapes and escalating water crises of the Indian Himalayas.  Combining academic research led by Professor Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs at theDepartment of Geography (including collaborators in India and Nepal) with contemporary work by photojournalist Toby Smith and curated archival prints from the University Library and Centre for South Asian Studies.

  

 

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