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The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Institute for Environmental Analytics – Free online course ‘Big Data and the Environment’

From Oct 30, 2017 12:00 AM to Oct 30, 2017 12:00 AM
A free online course entitled ‘Big Data and the Environment’ is now open for registration and starts on October 30th. It has high quality content from experts at the Institute for Environmental Analytics, as well as world-renowned collaborators, and the commitment is just 3 hours a week for 3 weeks.

The Aerosol Society - Fundamentals of Aerosol Science Course

University of Birmingham
From Nov 08, 2017 10:00 AM to Nov 08, 2017 06:00 PM
This established and highly recommended course provides an opportunity for both new and existing researchers to explore and understand aerosol science and improve or refresh their knowledge of some of the fundamental concepts.

CISL short course: Embedding Natural Capital

From Nov 20, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 21, 2017 05:00 AM
Within the theme of operationalising sustainability, this two-day professional development programme will give you the opportunity to understand how to identify and assess natural capital, create an effective natural capital strategy, and understand the natural capital risks and opportunities for your business.

Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London
From Nov 20, 2017 09:30 PM to Nov 24, 2017 04:30 PM
This course aims to provide those involved in disaster risk reduction with a clear understanding of the challenging dynamics of designing policies, mobilising resources and leveraging technology to reduce the risks and effects of disasters.

Free Impact training for NERC funded researchers

From Nov 30, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 30, 2017 05:00 PM
NERC are offering its funded researchers the opportunity to attend the training course ‘Fast Track the Impact of your research’, delivered by Professor Mark Reed on the 30th November in Newcastle.

NERC-affiliated short course: Evidence Synthesis for Environmental Policy (registration deadline: 14th November 2017)

Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, London
From Dec 14, 2017 09:00 AM to Dec 14, 2017 05:00 PM
This short course is aimed at PhD and early-career researchers interested in Integrated Environmental Management (IEM). It offers the opportunity to work with policymakers, learning about the methods and skills involved in synthesising evidence for policy.

NERC-affiliated short course: Geophysics for Environmental Scientists

Keele University, Staffordshire
From Jan 15, 2018 09:00 AM to Jan 19, 2018 05:00 PM
This NERC-affiliated course covers practical experience of geophysical data collection, analysis and interpretation under commercial conditions - a key skill for future research and/or commercial sector employment.

Short course: Development Economics for Non-Economists (application deadline 5th November)

Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
From Jan 15, 2018 09:00 AM to Jan 19, 2018 05:00 PM
This programme aims to equip non-economists working on issues of international development to engage better with economists and policy-makers on economic matters. Participants will learn how to identify, understand, apply, discuss, and if necessary challenge economics in development.

IDS course on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (application deadline: 5th November 2017)

Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
From Jan 22, 2017 09:00 AM to Jan 26, 2017 05:00 PM
Given that 90 per cent of recorded major disasters caused by natural hazards from 1995 to 2015 were linked to weather and climate change, many organisations are now building their capacity to understand what needs to be done differently to integrate adaptation to climate change with their work on disaster risk reduction (DRR). However, it is not always obvious how these two areas can fruitfully connect and operate in tandem within the wider context of development. This course organized by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, University of Sussex) provides participants with increased knowledge of the concepts and intersections of climate change and DRR, and the approaches, methods and tools that can be used to more effectively integrate climate change in DRR.

IDS course on Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice (application deadline: 5th November 2017)

Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies
From Jan 22, 2017 09:00 AM to Jan 26, 2017 05:00 PM
Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change. PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change. This course organized by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, University of Sussex) equips development professionals with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design, develop and conduct context-sensitive PAR

NERC-affiliated short course: Digital field mapping and modelling: using emerging technologies to reduce uncertainty in geological models

University of Birmingham, Birmingham
From Mar 26, 2018 09:00 PM to Mar 30, 2018 05:00 PM
The aim of this NERC-affiliated course is to enable geosciences graduates to adapt their skills to emerging technologies in electronic/digital field data collection and model building. The focus of the training is on the building, iteration and validation of a subsurface geological model with an emphasis on the use of an accessible and dynamic professional software suite.

The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


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