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The Earth Prize 2023 competition: $5,000 prize for the three best Mentors

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The Earth Foundation is looking for university students passionate about sustainability and entrepreneurship to become MENTORS in The Earth Prize 2023 competition.

Following the successful first edition of The Earth Prize 2022 and a fantastic experience with our Mentors, The Earth Prize 2023 will now recognize not just one but three mentors with The Earth Prize Mentor of the Year award. The three best mentors, as voted by the competition’s Participants, will receive a $5,000 prize each.

The virtual mentoring will take place between September 1st, 2022 and January 31st, 2023 through The Earth Prize online platform. Mentors will contribute to the development of students’ innovative projects by offering them guidance on their projects and answering their questions.

If you know someone who might be interested in sharing their knowledge and making an impact, share this opportunity with them! You can find more information on The Earth Prize Mentors page.

Two postdoctoral position in Sweden

The first one is for a Postdoctoral researcher in sociology with focus on International expert organisations: the School of Humanities, Educational and Social Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in sociology for a fixed-term appointment.
Eligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in sociology or in related subject areas. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may however also be considered if special grounds exist (leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances).
The application deadline is 15 March 2019

For information and application use this link

The second position is Postdoctoral researcher in sociology with focus on Environmental expertise. The subject area of the position is sociology with a focus on international environmental governance. The work will form part of a research project on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary challenges for the intergovernmental expert organization IPBES, which synthesizes and assesses knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services. The project is part of the research conducted by the Environmental sociology group. For further information about this group, please visit its website.

Trees around literature: a call

“I’m interested in the particularity of each Tree – it’s ‘thisness’ (haecceitas)”, claims Canadian land-artist, photographer, and poet Marlene Creates, thus hinting both at the specificity of each singular tree and at the uniqueness of certain species at different latitudes. Literature, among other arts, such as film, photography, the fine arts, is one of those privileged terrains where Trees definitely enter our field of vision, our epistemic knowledge, our sensorial experience. In literary and artistic productions, Trees are ethically and aesthetically called into question (evoked, invoked, iconized, prized, iven attacked), with the aim to identify, describe, or allegorize their singularities and specificities, or to pay homage to their material, literal, cultural, ethnic, and symbolic meaning through a variety of textualities, including the new media.
Similarly, pioneering forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni reminds us that in order to be fully understood and appreciated Trees should be looked at in multiple ways, thus fostering the interplay of science and the humanities. Intertwining the symbolic with the personal, the scientific with the spiritual, the mythic with the functional, Nadkarni invites us to consider a Tree as axis mundi, an imaginary line that connects Earth and Sky, but also the individual with the communal. Trees, in fact, are at once single entities and part of a wider community and environment that secretly communicate with each other (Wohlleben 2016, Mancuso 2017) through their roots and a fungal network nicknamed Wood Wide Web.
Silently and invisibly, trees share information, register pain, learn things, and even protect themselves and each other to the point of becoming arboreal cybercrimes by hijacking the whole system and sabotaging their rivals. Finally, Trees are sites of naturecultural memory: their rings record generations of human and nonhuman encounters and narrations, together with their mutual interference in the shaping of our identities.

The aim of this one-day international and interdisciplinary colloquium is to  attract scholars, artists, experts in various fields to explore and assess the presence, value, and stance of Trees and Tree-like epistemic structures (arborescence vs ryzome, tree-shaped flows) in the Anthropocene.
It is intended that selected papers will be developed as chapters for an international publication.
Proposals from any discipline are invited and may address but are not limited to the following topics:
– Trees and their representations in literatures and the arts
– Metamorphoses of humans and non-humans into trees
– New (invented/fantastic) species vs extinctions of Trees
– Trees and identity, ethnicity, nationality

Politics, Ecology and Society in the Anthropocene

The XII National Conference of Environmental Sociologists in Italy, titled “Politics, Ecology and Society in the Anthropocene”, will be held on 26 and 27 September 2019, at the University of Salerno.
The Conference will be focused on the organization and reorganization of political, social, and ecological relations within the era that some scholars define as Anthropocene.
At the same time, this concept will be critically considered. On the one hand, it is recognized the degree of uncertainty that the general scientific debate highlights about this concept, developing a deep critique. On the other, it is highlighted the geographical, social and political homogeneity implied by this concept, as it places in the background the inequalities which characterize the socio-ecological relations over time – for example those linked to colonial and neocolonial, gender, and human and extra-human natures relations.
The concept of Anthropocene marks a field in movement, both from the point of view of the quality of socio-ecological relationships, and from the point of view of the epistemological and methodological aspects that drive research and knowledge production.
This turbulence is theoretically and empirically important, involving the intertwining of
politics, society and ecology in all the areas of socio-ecological relationships that are
considered relevant.
On this basis and in consideration of the multiplicity of  approaches and research fields that traditionally characterize Environmental Sociology in Italy, a call for panels is opened, in order to organize the Conference in a series of sessions.

We invite all interested scholars to submit proposals for thematic sessions by 25 January 2019, specifying the following contents:
1) Panel title; 2) name or names of organizers; 3) three keywords; 4) an abstract to present panel aims (max 3,000 characters).
Proposals can be submitted in Italian, Spanish, or English, sending them to the following e-mail address: 12congresso.sociologiambiente@gmail.com.

Panel proposals will be evaluated and published by 5 February 2019, followed by a call for Conference presentations until submission deadline (25 April 2019). Presentations (title, proponents, 3 keywords, and a 3,000 characters abstract) will be sent both to the Conference address (12congresso.sociologiambiente@gmail.com) and the thematic session organizers.
Accepted presentations will be notified by 15 May 2019. Conference program will be published by 30 May 2019.

Conference Scientific committee: Alfredo Agustoni, Aurelio Angelini, Marco Castrignanò, Enrico Ercole, Alfredo Mela, Giorgio Osti, Luigi Pellizzoni, Lauro Struffi, Enrico M. Tacchi, Anna Maria Zaccaria. Local Conference organizer: Gennaro Avallone

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Marseille, Global Responsibility, now

Global Responsibility, now ” is organized from 14-18 May 2018, by Kedge Business School in collaboration with the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) in Marseille, France. During this week, networks and initiatives from around the globe – local student organizations, regional interest groups, international partnerships and UN-level initiatives – will convene to move towards accelerating systemic impact.

For many years, the responsibility of higher education & learning institutions for building a sustainable world has been highlighted. All over the world, faculty, administrators, learning facilitators and students have developed initiatives at local, regional and international levels to help transform society, business and education. These initiatives have generated positive energy and goodwill, inspired further actions and innovations and led to undeniable progress. However the collective impact of these initiatives still somehow falls short of the deep transformation required at individual and collective level to make the change sustainable.

Networks and initiatives from around the globe, with representation at various levels – local student organisations, regional interest groups, international partnerships and UN-level initiatives – will convene 14-18 May and move towards accelerating systemic impact. The event will also work to strengthen and accelerate the global partnership for sustainable development with a specific emphasis on SDG 17.

The Sulitest Conference (15th May) is one of the highlights scheduled during the first days of the event. It’s focus is to gather for the first time all major players of the Sulitest community: university full players, partners, companies, regional chapters (RNEC), our advisory board and administrative council.

You can register here


Uqam EE course, admission until December 1st

The 1st of December is the admission deadline for the Second cycle on environmental education (UQAM, Québec University, Montreal). This training is for people involved in  integrating environment, education and citizenship issues. It focuses on the development of skills in the design, facilitation and management of environmental education and training projects in various intervention settings: at school, in the community, in the workplace, in the media, parks, museums, interpretation centers, in the context of international cooperation, etc.
The students are invited to explore the different dimensions of environmental education, including its importance and significance for human development and social transformation.

More information here

Submit a request of admission here


Post Doc position in Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is building a transdisciplinary team of researchers who engage in transformative sustainability science. The University invites applications for 3-year full-time post doc position in this team (the position is extendable to 5 years). Preference will be given to candidates who combine academic expertise relating to research on social-ecological-technological systems with a focus on water or land-use with practical experience in the implementation of scenario approaches, co-design processes, or citizen science. Familiarity with the field of Science Technology Studies is considered very helpful.
This position is part of the project NEXUS FUTURES that is funded by the Luxembourg Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures and the University of Luxembourg.  The project seeks to foster transformative learning for sustainable water and land-use governance by engaging stakeholders in collaborative systems mapping and scenario approaches, as well as by co-designing a citizen science tool set for use in river-partnerships and in schools (see attached project description).
As most project-related work with stakeholders is conducted in German and academic publications will be written in English, candidates have to be fluent in both languages. French is an asset, as most relevant policy documents and legislation in Luxembourg are in French.

The University is tri-lingual, one of Europe’s most international, and presents a safe space to acquire an additional working language. Luxembourg offers a very high quality of life, a very open international community, short paths to government, and a high degree of influence in the EU. The contract offers competitive compensation, excellent health care and rarely matched paid time off.

Applicants should submit online a letter of motivation, C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.
For further information and to apply read here.

Professor Wanted

SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, is seeking to recruit a professor to the Department of Environmental Communication.

The ad can be found here


Summer school on Geopark

The 1st International Summer University on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles wil be held in University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal) between 3rd to 22nd July 2017.

The UNESCO Global Geoparks are considered as “the territories of education, science and culture of the 21st Century”. In this sense, they are permanently associated with the protection, promotion and awareness of geological heritage, in a territorial development strategy which integrates the remaining natural and cultural heritage of the regions in a holistic and bottom-up approach, essentially focused on its inhabitants.

Taking into account this background, these UNESCO territories becomes highly strategic for the implementation of North-South, South-South and North-South-South cooperation projects, in order to contribute for the achievement of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Objectives. Also assuming that we are dealing with territories that follow the one of the UNESCO goals which is the well-being of people and reducing inequalities between countries, the UNESCO Global Geoparks meet the necessary conditions for the implementation of an effective sustainable development for its inhabitants.

The International Summer University on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles has been created in this framework, based in a new and multidisciplinary approach towards capacity building on these subjects. As educational offer hosted in the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal), this advanced educational and vocational training includes an intensive series of seminars and workshops during two weeks. This broad-spectrum educational initiative will be complemented with a strong practice component through mid-course field trips to Arouca and Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geoparks, Alto Douro Wine Region (World Heritage Site), Prehistoric Rock Art Site in the Côa Valley (World Heritage Site), Meseta Iberica Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, Bisalhães black pottery manufacturing process – UNESCO Intangible Heritage, Natural Park of Alvão and Azibo reservoir protected landscape. To reinforce and diversify the knowledge about UNESCO Global Geoparks reality, a post-course field trip will be offer to visit the following Spanish UNESCO Global Geoparks: Basque Coast, Catalunya Central, Molina y Alto Tajo and Sobrarbe-Pirineos.

With this International Summer University it is intended that participants can experience an innovative practice in which they can confront the theoretical knowledge with concrete realities and good practices in the management of the territories and in the implementation of diverse initiatives, particularly those with local communities’ engagement.

Objectives: provide a broadband training course for students, researchers, managers, staff members and civil servants, among others, on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles; create awareness about the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals and how these can be implemented and developed by the UNESCO territories; discuss the social relevance of the Top 10 topics within UNESCO Global Geoparks; share and review critically a set of examples about Education, Science and Culture initiatives developed in the UNESCO territories; impart knowledge, know-how and experiences on UNESCO territories management and touristic promotion; debate future perspectives for the development and affirmation of UNESCO territories.

Read the program here

12 PhD fellowships in sustainability processes in Germany

At the Leuphana University (Germany), faculty of sustainability, 12 PhD fellowships are offered within the doctoral program “Sustainability Processes” of the Robert-Bosch-Foundation.

Scholarships start October 1, 2017.

The invitation to apply for the scholarships is targeted at extraordinarily qualified young academics working in sustainability science or in a discipline related to the individual topic of the scholarship as well as a link or interest in sustainability science. The scholarships will first be awarded for one year and will be extended upon request, adding up to a maximum of three years. Periods with alternative financial support for a doctoral qualification prior to the scholarship will be taken into account. Candidates, who have already earned a doctoral degree, cannot be considered.

The scholarship is worth € 1,400 monthly (plus child benefit, if appropriate).

In addition, the scholarship requires enrolling in the doctoral programme at Leuphana University of Lüneburg as well as continuous and active participation in the programme of study. The application for the doctoral programme must be submitted after the applicant has been accepted as a scholarship holder. Admission to and enrolment in the doctoral programme must be finalized at the beginning of the scholarship term at the latest. The prospective scholarship holder will be expected to establish his or her place of residence in Lüneburg during his or her study.