OpenCon 2014

When: 15th – 17th of November, 2014

Where: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: 25th of August, 2014

 

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research CoalitionSPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2014 in Washington, DC you can find on the following link: www.opencon2014.org/apply. The application form includes the option to apply for a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to many accepted participants.

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Course: Agent based modeling and simulation

When: 20th – 30th of October, 2014

Where: Rostock, Germany

Application Deadline: 20th of August, 2014

 

The course aims at introducing students to agent-based modeling and simulation and offers four important skills: simulation skills, an agent-based modeling language, software skills (NetLogo), as well as strategies for designing agent-based models and implementing simulation experiments. This course is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Vienna Institute of Demography and the University of Southampton.

 

There is no tuition fee. However, students are expected to pay their own transportation and living costs. A limited number of scholarships are available on a competitive basis for outstanding candidates and for those applicants who might otherwise not be able to come.

 

URL: http://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/education_career/international_advanced_studies_in_demography_3279/courses_3762/agent_based_modeling_and_simulation_abm_abs_3765/default.htm

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Course: Companion Modeling: Principles and applications with a special focus on facilitation

When: 21st – 26th of September, 2014

Where: Wageningen, The Netherlands

 

Companion Modelling, or ComMod, is a participatory modelling approach that uses role-playing games and simulation models to tackle complex issues in the fields of renewable resources and environment management. ComMod promotes dialogue, shared learning and collective decision-making, strengthening the adaptive management capacity of communities facing wicked environmental problems. A ComMod approach is iterative and evolves with the participative process whereby stakeholders are involved in the definition and design of the questions, models, simulations and outputs. It involves constant back and forth steps between the model, the field and the negotiation table.

 

The course will focus on:

– Concepts e.g., wicked problems, socio-ecological systems, complex systems, participatory modelling, simulation strategies.

– Methods and related tools e.g.,: system representation, participatory mapping, model conceptualization, agent-based modelling, role-playing games, participatory simulation and scenario assessment, brainstorming, debriefing and evaluation, facilitation and conflict management.

 

URL: http://www.pe-rc.nl/database/Courses%20and%20Activities/PE-RC%20postgraduate%20courses/Companion%20Modelling.htm

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General Guidelines for research ethics

Research is of great importance – to individuals, to society and to global development. Research also exercises considerable power at all these levels. For both these reasons, it is essential that research is undertaken in ways that are ethically sound.

 

General guidelines for research ethics cannot replace subject-specific guidelines, but should serve as a gateway to the principles and concerns of research ethics, including for institutions and individuals who are not themselves researchers.

 

URL (Norwegian): https://www.etikkom.no/Aktuelt/Aktuelt/Nyheter/2014/Forskningen-far-sin-Var-Varsom-plakat/

 

URL (English): https://www.etikkom.no/en/In-English/Publications/General-guidelines-for-research-ethics-/

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Science and You 2015 – Call for Participation

When: 1st of June – 6th of June, 2015

Where: Lorraine, France

Application Deadline: 15th of September, 2014

 

Science & You 2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Journées Hubert Curien (JHC) international conferences which bring together experts in science communication. An international outlook and multidisciplinarity have been the key values of the JHC from the very start. The last edition, JHC 2012, brought together 600 people of 67 different nationalities, and more than 30 disciplines were represented. Associated with the 2012 edition, a training event in science communication for PhD students of all disciplines and from all over the world provided a two-day course for 120 students. The 2015 edition aims to go even further, with the addition of a Forum open simultaneously to conference attendees, business professionals and the general public. A series of scientific, technological and industrial culture events linked to this main event will take place throughout the Lorraine region.

 

URL: http://www.science-and-you.com/en/science-you-2015-call-participation-open

 

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