Golden Climate Olympiad – International Student Science Competition Project in Africa

April 23, 2011

Hello everyone,

I would like to share with you an inagural international student science competition project in Africa: the Golden Climate Olympiad that promotes a global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability through basic science, engineering, and management.  Golden Climate Olympiad provides challenges and opportunities for students, to instill in them the skills and knowledge needed to be the leaders, scientists, and engineers of the future, agents who will promote and contribute to greater environmental sustainability throughout the rest of their lives.The Golden Climate Olympiad is a primary and high school science competition devoted to projects on environmental issues. It is organized by Light Academy Schools Kenya. The Golden Climate Olympiad science competitions will be held on the Light Academy Karen campus, Nairobi, Kenya, during 3rd and 4th June of 2011. Further information is available at the project website,www.goldenclimate.org or contact me on the addresses given below.



Fellowship Program for Dynamic Young People Leading Social Change

February 8, 2011

IYF Seeks Dynamic Young People Leading Social Change

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is in search of 20 young social entrepreneurs from around the world for its 2011 YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship Program!

Sponsored by the Sylvan Laureate Foundation, the YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship Program recognizes young social innovators for their outstanding achievements. Past winners have run a range of innovative initiatives and organizations, ranging from empowering low-income, rural women in Cambodia to make and sell silk products to creating a national network of youth activists for peace in Kenya.  Profiles of the 2010 Global Fellows can be viewed at: www.youthactionnet.org

The Global Fellowship is open to qualified candidates, ages 18 to 29. Applicants must be proficient in English and have founded/co-founded projects or organizations with at least one year of demonstrated social impact. This can include leading a new project within an existing organization. Winners will be announced in October of 2011.

The yearlong Fellowship includes:

  • A weeklong, in-person leadership retreat focused on dynamic peer-to-peer learning and collaboration;
  • Recognition for their efforts at the annual YouthActionNet® Global Awards Ceremony;
  • Networking with international aid agencies, NGOs, and corporate partners;
  • A robust package of yearlong support, including access to virtual learning sessions, personalized coaching, global advocacy platforms, and funding opportunities.

The deadline for applications is March 11, 2011. Application information is available at:www.youthactionnet.org.

 


10th International Student Summit for Sustainability

February 8, 2011

The Corporation Grupo Tayrona and World Student Community for Sustainable Development are organizing the “10th International Student Summit for Sustainability” that will take place in Bogotá – Colombia from 1st to 6th March – 2011 in Hotel Dann Colonial.

The Summit is a learning and exchange space for interaction between students and different stakeholders to enhanced understanding, inspired action and collaborative student-run projects focused on climate change. Delegates will have the opportunity to present poster and papers that will be compiled and presented in the next United Nations Conference of Parties COP17 in South Africa.

We are glad to invite you to participate in the upcoming Summit. Each participant should cover their flight to Colombia and the inscription fee that is $300 USD and cover accommodation and food.

.  I am annexing you the Paper and Poster format, the application format and the picture competion. I will appreciate your collaboration promoting this invitation in your university and in your country. Please contact me should you require any additional information related to the International Student Summit for Sustainability Colombia 2011.

Email: s3colombia@wscsd.org
Website: www.studentsummit2011.org

 


Scholarships available on world’s first MSc in Carbon Finance

February 8, 2011

Scholarships available on world’s first MSc in Carbon Finance

Applications are invited to join the MSc in Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School, for the academic year commencing in September 2011.

Three scholarships, each worth £8,000, have been donated specifically for this programme (in addition to various non-programme-specific scholarships). They are available to applicants from any country who have an excellent academic record and an in-depth interest in the subject area. Applicants must have received and accepted an offer of a place on the programme, and must apply for the scholarship no later than 31 May 2011.

The MSc in Carbon Finance focuses on the business opportunities and financial flows driven by society’s response to climate change. Graduates will be equipped for a career in carbon markets, climate change investment, consulting, or related policy and regulatory roles. The programme includes specialist courses in energy finance, carbon markets, climate science and policy, carbon accounting and low-carbon investment, as well as a group-based carbon consulting project and individual dissertation. Courses are taught by leading researchers and practitioners with extensive experience of energy, carbon and financial markets, and students will benefit from interactions with the University of Edinburgh’s other world-leading Masters programmes in Carbon Management, Carbon Capture and Storage, and Environment and Climate Change Law. Applicants with some work experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information see http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/msc/carbon-finance

Francisco Ascui
Director, MSc in Carbon Finance
University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9JS, UK

Email: francisco.ascui@ed.ac.uk

http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


Conference: Challenge the Best / University of St. Gallen

January 14, 2011

"Challenge the Bestinvites you to have an impact on our future by being the intuitive, unconventional and smart student thinking out of the box.

On the 28th of March, the Student Union of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, will bring together outstanding professionals and honourable personalities with 40 students from across Europe to discuss:

“The European Mosaic of Human Diversity – the hidden potential”.

The conference will start with a highly interesting preparation seminar for the students during which solutions will be developed. The ideas from the seminar will then be discussed in small workshops (8-10 students per main guest) and subsequently presented at a public panel debate. The outcome will be forwarded to European policy makers such as former NATO-Secretary and EU-commissioner Javier Solana.

Visit www.ChallengeTheBest.org , learn more about our event, apply on-line and get invited to this uniquely output-driven event with probably the most intensive contact to the achievers of today that a conference can offer.


Challenge the Best – Think out of the box

January 14, 2011

Challenge the Bestinvites you to have an impact on our future by being the intuitive, unconventional and smart student thinking out of the box.

On the 28th of March, the Student Union of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, will bring together outstanding professionals and honourable personalities with 40 students from across Europe to discuss:

“The European Mosaic of Human Diversity – the hidden potential”.

The conference will start with a highly interesting preparation seminar for the students during which solutions will be developed. The ideas from the seminar will then be discussed in small workshops (8-10 students per main guest) and subsequently presented at a public panel debate. The outcome will be forwarded to European policy makers such as former NATO-Secretary and EU-commissioner Javier Solana.

Visit www.ChallengeTheBest.org , learn more about our event, apply on-line and get invited to this uniquely output-driven event with probably the most intensive contact to the achievers of today that a conference can offer.


Fellowships: Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change

January 10, 2011
*CALL FOR APPLICATIONS*
Spring 2011 Postgraduate Courses on *Building Resilience to Climate Change*

28 February – 25 March 2011 / Tokyo, Japan

www.isp.unu.edu/cecar

*DEADLINE: 21 January 2011*

The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for the new intensive 4-week postgraduate programme on  “Building Resilience to Climate Change” developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR).

The new courses, conducted at UNU-ISP, cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include:

·         climate and atmospheric science,
·         impacts assessment,
·         climate and society,
·         ecosystems resilience,
·         risk and uncertainty,
·         integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation,
·         community-based adaptation strategies.

Students also will receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing software.

*FELLOWSHIPS*

A limited number of fellowships (covering tuition fees and living expenses) are available for outstanding students from developing countries and who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance. All students are expected to pay for their own travel expenses to and from Tokyo.

*ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION*

The programme is open to Master’s and Ph.D students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme and who have already identified their thesis topic prior to arriving in Japan.

Applicants must provide:

·         a completed Application & Fellowship Form with photo and
signature;
·         proof of enrolment in a master’s or Ph.D. degree programme;
·         original transcript of academic record;
·         a detailed proposal of their research topic, and explain how it
will link their current university thesis topic to that of climate change;
·         TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English-language proficiency for non-native speakers or those who do not have an academic degree in an English-speaking country; and
·         minimum of two references; one from their supervisor and one from another faculty member.

For detailed information on the application and admission procedures, and to
download the application form, please visit the UNU-ISP website at:

http://isp.unu.edu/cecar