LIRA 2030 Africa

Call for pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa

The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the ISSC, has  launched a call for funding pre-proposals under the 5-year Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030) programme.

The SDG 11 recognises the central role of urbanisation in sustainable development, and calls for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. To stimulate and deliver the new knowledge required in the practice of sustainable urban development, LIRA 2030 Africa launches a call for pre-proposals to identify research projects that will explore the development of new approaches and strategies towards the innovative re-thinking of urban futures – in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 17 April 2017 (18:00 CET). Note that submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online application form. Please make sure that you have carefully read the list of requirements before submitting your pre-proposal.

For more information, be sure to visit the World Social Science website.

Herrenhausen Conference 2017

Dangerous Landscapes? Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities November 27-29, 2017, Hanover, Germany

The Herrenhausen Conference “Dangerous Landscapes” will specifically examine trans-disciplinary, community-based and emerging approaches to disaster risk reduction in low-income communities. The conference will address integrative and affordable forms of prevention and counteractions that could be part of everyday life of threatened low-income communities.

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for PhD students or early Post Docs (max. 5 years since PhD, all subjects) researching on challenging projects in the field of disaster risk reduction strategies in rapidly urbanizing regions of the developing world. Applicants can win one of 30 grants to take part in the conference  in Hanover, Germany.

The deadline for submitting applications is 31 March 2017. If you wish to attend the conference, you can register online by clicking here.  Please note that are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. So spread the word!

If you have any queries about the conference, contact the Volkswagen Foundaiton at

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017

Transdisciplinary Research and Education — Intercultural Endeavours September 11-15, 2017, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 is co-organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. The overall objective of the conference is to strengthen communities of transdisciplinary research and education, and to create visibility for theoretical, empirical and transformative advances.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions is 1o March 2017.

With the focus on interculturality, participants will get the opportunity to explore transdisciplinary research and education as intercultural endeavours concerning epistemologies, world-views, practices, and place-based differences. It is here that representatives of different world regions, institutions, cultures, and communities will be brought together to take a culturally sensitive look at transdisciplinarity. For more information, visit the Network for Transdisciplinary Research website.

For questions about the conference, please contact Leuphana University:

Re-Imagining Urban Futures

Imagine a city that’s not addicted to fossil fuels. How would that change the way we live, work, and move around?

The Urban Futures Studio proudly presents the Post-Fossil City Contest. We’re calling on artists, designers, architects, urbanists, authors, photographers, filmmakers and all-around creative thinkers and doers to envision the city in a post-fossil era. Proposals in any shape or form are welcome: from illustrations, 3D models and essays to videos, products and interventions.

The deadline for submissions is February 24 2017. The jury, including architect Winy Maas, City of Utrecht alderwoman Lot van Hooijdonk, and scientist Maarten Hajer, among others, will select the ten best proposals.

The makers of these proposals will receive €1,000 to further develop their ideas. The finalised works will be included in the Post-Fossil City Exhibition in Utrecht, which opens on June 15. From these ten, the jury will select a winner, who will be awarded €10,000.

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