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Sustainability, Natural Resources & International Law Apr 27, 2018 from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM LG-17, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge,
Preceding the 78th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association (ILA) Conference in Sydney in August 2018, the ILA Committee on Sustainable Resources Management in collaboration with the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law is hosting an expert panel event on the role of international law in sustainable resources management.
Workshop Integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling in the Himalayas (application deadline: 20th January 2018) from May 02, 2018 09:00 AM to May 04, 2018 05:00 PM Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, India,
The India-UK Water Centre is inviting applications from Indian and UK water scientists to attend a workshop on Integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling in the Himalayas.
Development i-Teams: Adapting Polar Science for the Developing World (application deadline: 1st May 2018) from May 08, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 12, 2018 05:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how new ideas can help people in the developing world? Are you interested in what Cambridge can do to help? If so, then our Development i-Teams programme is for you!
Showcase on Global Public Health May 08, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Fitzwilliam College,
Improving rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses May 09, 2018 from 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM David Attenborough Building (Room 1.25a), University of Cambridge,
The Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) East Anglia Branch Annual Seminar will focus on reducing crop losses, especially in E Africa. The event is being co-hosted by Cambridge University’s Global Food Security initiative and CamPlantsHub. There will be two presentations, with time for Q&A discussions.
Consortium for the Global South and the Centre for South Asian Studies: Rethinking Rights in the Global South May 11, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, University of Cambridge,
This conference will explore alternative conceptions of rights in the global south. We intend to open up the idea of rights to a range of claim-making activities to destabilize the conception of rights as inevitably linked to the individual and the autonomous. How, for instance, have marginalised and oppressed groups sought to mobilise the language of rights to protect themselves and their ‘communities’ variously imagined? Moreover, rights claims can, and were, made in contexts of multiple sovereignties in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial societies. How, then, can experiences and ideas from the global south help us develop a more capacious understanding of rights?
Academic Delegation to the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (deadline: 23th April 2018) from May 13, 2018 09:00 AM to May 21, 2018 05:00 PM
Research Associates and Senior Research Associates are invited by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to participate in an explorative trip to the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Delegates will present on their research or area of expertise to local academic and research staff and research students, and discuss research at UCA. One aspect of the trip will be to identify areas of potential research collaboration.
Call for applicants for a 24-hour ‘pressure cooker’ at the Understanding Risk Forum in Mexico City (application deadline: 26th January 2018) from May 14, 2018 09:00 AM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM
Are you interested in the challenge of harnessing scientific information to reduce and manage natural hazard risk? This one-day event (24 hours) will host up to 20 young (under 35) professionals, researchers and students divided into interdisciplinary teams to test their innovative, creative, scientific and technological skills to co-develop risk communication solutions to real world challenges facing local decision makers.
Understanding Risk Forum from May 14, 2018 09:00 AM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM
Convened by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR), Understanding Risk is a global community of experts and practitioners with interest in the field of disaster risk identification, specifically risk assessment and risk communication.
ESRC course on Pathways to Sustainability 2018 (application deadline: 28th January 2018) from May 14, 2018 09:00 PM to May 25, 2018 05:00 PM Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton,
The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Social, Technological, and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre invites applications for its 2018 Summer School, which will take place from 14-25 May 2018.
Ocean Gliders: Autonomous Monitoring of the Marine Environment (registration deadline: 8th January 2018) from May 14, 2018 09:00 PM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM University of East Anglia, Norwich,
This 5-day Advanced Training Short Course will provide hands-on experience of ocean gliders using UEA's unique seawater tank, as well as the theoretical knowledge of how gliders and their sensors work. The training draws upon UEA's extensive experience of glider deployments worldwide. Lecturers include experts in physical, chemical and biological ocean science using gliders, as well as a highly trained glider engineer.
‘Why we should trust science (but not necessarily scientists)’ – Professor Naomi Oreskes May 15, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM Babbage Lecture Theatre,
University of Cambridge Cambridge Conservation Initiative is hosting Professor Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University (Tellus Mater Distinguished Fellow in Sustainability Studies).
IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (application deadline: 11th January 2018) from Jun 01, 2018 09:00 AM to Aug 31, 2018 05:00 PM
Since 1977, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has operated an annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Programme (YSSP) offering research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Funding is provided through IIASA's National Member Organisations which includes NERC in the UK.
International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology (BEEM2018): Technology Nexus for the Resonance of Nature and Humans from Jun 10, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 13, 2018 05:00 PM Daemyung Resort, Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, Korea,
This conference was specifically designed to stimulate new research activities in the technological fields of bioresources, energy, environment, and materials. You are encouraged to participate in the progress of the shares of research with eminent researchers through active discussion collaboration.
Mapping Morality in Global Health - an interdisciplinary conference (abstract deadline: 9th February) from Jun 26, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 27, 2018 05:00 PM
This 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.
Postcolonial Ecologies in the Global South: Explorations at the Culture/Nature Interface (registration deadline: 31st October 2017) from Jun 28, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 29, 2018 06:00 PM Cambridge,
The Consortium for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Global South invites all Cambridge researchers - from PhD students to senior academics- working on the culture/nature interface or on any other theme related to postcolonial ecologies in the Global South to participate in this workshop.
Ninth EDCTP Forum from Sep 17, 2018 09:00 AM to Sep 21, 2018 05:00 PM Lisbon, Portugal,
The theme of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)'s Ninth Forum will be Clinical research and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa: the impact of North-South partnerships.
World Social Science Forum 2018 (deadline for session proposals: 1st September 2017) from Sep 25, 2018 09:00 AM to Sep 28, 2018 05:00 PM Fukuoka, Japan,
The World Social Science Forum 2018 is the fourth in a series of international, interdisciplinary social science conferences focusing on contemporary global challenges. The Forum will address the issue of security for all people in an equitable and sustainable world.

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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