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Thursday, November 8, 2012



*Future Earth newsletter
Future Earth is a new 10-year international research initiative that
will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and
opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting
transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. As
Future Earth enters the final months of the initial design phase, the
pace of work is picking up as we approach the end of the year. Read the
quarterly newsletter:

*Climate change CFP
The 'Transformation in a Changing Climate' conference aims to bring
together diverse perspectives on deliberate transformation in response
to climate change. The conference will serve as a creative, innovative
and inspirational gathering that catalyzes new insights on
transformation processes and the implications for research, policy and
practice. Such insights will contribute to international
transdisciplinary research initiatives, including Future Earth:

The organisers welcome papers that address the central issues and those
that cut across themes to look at the linkages between different scales
and dimensions of transformation. Particularly interested in
understanding relationships between personal, cultural and systems
transformation. Seeking papers that address questions such as:
- What types of transformation are considered necessary?
- What factors facilitate transformation in theory and in practice,
across different systems, sectors, and domains?
- What types of capacities and competencies need to be developed to
initiate and facilitate transformations that are both ethical and
- How does science itself need to change, and how can new approaches
to global change research contribute to transformation of both theory
and practice?

Submit abstracts of <250 words by email, in a Windows-compatible Word
format to
Deadline extended to December 1, 2012.

*CROP Scientific Committee 2013-14 nominations
CROP is an international programme of the International Social Science
Council (ISSC) for building alternative and critical knowledge on
fighting and preventing poverty. The Programme is jointly sponsored by
the ISSC and the University of Bergen (UiB) and incorporated into the
academic life of the UiB. The CROP Scientific Committee has been
created to provide guidance on scientific and academic aspects of CROP
and constitutes the main body for advising and formulating the overall
scientific goals of the Programme.

Nominations for the CROP Scientific Committee 2013-14 are now sought.
Received nominations will be reviewed by a committee established by the
ISSC and UiB, which will present a final list of nominees to the ISSC
Executive Committee for endorsement and formal appointment of the CROP
Scientific Committee for the period 2013-2014.

Ideal candidates are distinguished members of the international Science
and Humanities community with an outstanding track record in poverty and
development research. The call is open to potential candidates from all
parts of the world. We particularly encourage nominations of researchers
based in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Members of the Scientific Committee shall be committed to meeting (in
person or virtually) at least once per year and to engage actively with
the CROP Chair and Director as necessary and in between meetings. The
Scientific Committee will not be asked to oversee the day-to-day
management of the programme.

Deadline for Nominations: December 1st, 2012.
Visit for more information,and to download the
Nomination Form.

*2nd International Conference for the Social Sciences and Humanities in
While papers that address the conference's theme 'KNOWING PRACTICES' are
especially relevant, papers contributing to the advance of rigorous
social scientific and humanities approaches to HIV and take other
perspectives on the social sciences and humanities are also encouraged.
More information

*Call for Early career social scientists
The ISSC are proud to announce calls for applications for early career
scientists to become involved in two exciting initiatives:
- World Social Science Fellows Programme: Outstanding early career
social scientists are invited to apply to become World Social Science
Fellows and to start to develop new, interdisciplinary perspectives on
Sustainable Urbanization at a seminar in Quito, Ecuador in March 2013.
- ISSC/ICSU/DFG Young Scientists Networking Conference: Young scientists
are invited to apply for participation in a creative, multidimensional,
inter- and transdisciplinary conference on Food Futures in Como, Italy
in April 2013.
More info:

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