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Fourth World Social Science Forum
Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018

The series of World Social Science Forum is one of ISSC’s flagship activities. The WSS Forum gather researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy. The three Forum held in the past nine years have achieved great success, making this series highly prestigious and influential.

The World Social Science Forum2018 is dedicated to security, currently one of the most pressing concerns of societies worldwide. Over the course of four days, the participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability. Presenters will look into approaches, trends, and responses from different sectors. The WSS Forum2018 will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions

For more information, see http://www.wssf2018.org/.

Call for papers – The 4th Asian Population Association (APA) Conference 2018
Conference date(s): 11 July 2018 to 14 July 2018

The Asian Population Association Conference has strongly become a major international event drawing over 1,600 participants from over 50 countries around the globe. The Conference is held every three years, providing opportunities for experts and students to share and discuss their scientific study of population issues, including but not limited to: Fertility, Reproductive Health, Mortality, Child Health, Migration, Refugees, Population Ageing, Labor force and Employment, Population and Education, Poverty, Population and Development, Gender Issues and Techniques of Demographic Analysis. The fourth APA Conference will be hosted at Shanghai University.

The call for abstracts has been extended to 15 October 2017. More information is available at http://www.asianpa.org/component/content/article/78-apa-activities/454-scientific-programme.html.

Call for Proposals - Cities and Climate Change Science IPCC Conference
Conference date(s): 05 March 2018 to 07 March 2018

The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy, aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities. Registration is free and funding is available for participants from developing countries.  Proposals should be linked to one or more of the four conference themes:
 

  • Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action)
  • Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)
  • Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities)
  • Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

In order to ensure vibrant input and discussions at this conference, Cities IPCC partners would like to encourage submissions from scientists, academics, urban practitioners and policy-making communities. For any questions email: info @citiesipcc.org. More information about the conference can be found at www.citiesipcc.org.  Deadline: 16 October 2017.

IPCC AR6 Call for Authors and Expert Reviewers
Contribution deadline: 23 October 2017

As an IPCC observer organisation, Future Earth is pleased to be able to share the Call for Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Review Editors for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report (AR6).  Nominations from experts from a range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and backgrounds are invited.

As always, the IPCC strives to include a mix of authors from different regions and from developed and developing countries and a balance of men and women, as well as between those experienced with working on IPCC reports and those new to the process.  Author nominations for AR6 are particularly encouraged from non-academic experts and practitioners and experts from the Global South.  Furthermore, as this assessment report aims to be more integrative across the Working Groups, people with a proven ability to operate across two or three of IPCC's Working Group areas are especially encouraged to apply.  Finally, as AR6 (particularly Working Groups 2 and 3) will focus more on human-social aspects of climate change, experts in the social sciences should feel encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should examine the chapter outlines for Working Group I , Working Group II , and and Working Group III for AR6 and submit your nomination suggestion to Kaela Slavik (kaela.slavik @futureearth.org), Science Officer - Synthesis and Foresight, Future Earth, by 23.59 CET 23 October 2017

Nominations include a short CV (PDF format, strictly less than 4 pages) together with a completed form (see Working Group I , Working Group II, or Working Group III for the relevant form). Future Earth will then formally submit the suitable and complete nominations to IPCC before their submission deadline on 27 October 2017.

Funding/Study/Work Opportunities

NASA-MSU Awards
Submission deadline: 18 December 2017

With support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University (MSU), NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards are given to students, postdocs, and junior researchers (e.g., assistant professors) to cover expenses associated with attending the meeting of US-IALE (U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology), which will be held during April 8-12, 2018, in Chicago, USA (http://chicago2018.usiale.org/).

The application materials include a cover letter, application form, abstract (as it was submitted to the US-IALE meeting site), resume/CV, and budget.  Applications are judged based on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial needs, and professional backgrounds and goals.

Presentations (oral or poster) should focus on telecoupling (environmental and socioeconomic interactions over distances, such as human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, sound/noise transmission, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism). Topics may include applications of the telecoupling framework to address issues across landscapes or coupled human and natural systems (e.g., dynamics, pattern, process, structure, function, and sustainability). For more information about telecoupling, please see http://csis.msu.edu/telecoupling .

Applicants from around the world (except former award recipients) are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is 18 December 2017.

More information about the NASA-MSU Program is available at the web site http://csis.msu.edu/education/nasa_msu_award  and the application form is available at http://csis.msu.edu/form/nasa-msu-app.

INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme
Submission deadline: 15 November 2017

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.

In line with this mission, INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. Each grant recipient will manage and conduct a project of their choice in line with the priority research theme outlined in the Call for Applications. Successful applicants will become INGSA Research Associates for the period of the grant (March 2018 - February 2019).

Submission deadline: 15 November 2017
For more information, see http://www.ingsa.org/grant-programme/.