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Call for applications: Young scientists networking conference

The second DFG/ICSU/ISSC Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science, on the topic of "Ecosystems and human wellbeing in the green economy," will be held at Villa Vigoni, Italy, from May 25-31, 2014.
Call for applications: Young scientists networking conference

30 young scientists met at Villa Vigoni in 2013 for the first young scientists networking conference. Photo: ICSU

A key theme of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in June 2012, was the promotion of a “green economy”. Future Earth, launched during Rio+20, is an ambitious new 10-year research programme which will provide the knowledge we need to tackle the most urgent challenges of the 21st century related to global sustainability, and that includes issues relating to transformations towards green economies.

The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the  International Social Science Council (ISSC), in collaboration with the International Network of Next Generation Ecologists (INNGE) and Institute for New Economic Thinking: Young Scholars Initiative (INET YSI), are planning to assemble a group of early career researchers with diverse backgrounds and research perspectives to reflect on ecosystems and human wellbeing in the transition towards green economies and debate relevant issues as part of a series of conferences on Integrated Science that are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The aim is to bring together creative multidimensional, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives to address the complex topic of how future societies deal with ecosystems and human wellbeing. Young scientists will debate issues relating to the topic, questioning key assumptions, theories and models underlying the current research on ecosystems, human wellbeing, and the transformation towards green economies; dynamics of governance, justice, authority at global and local levels; and the development of research methodologies to assess change in the transformations towards sustainability.

The conference is open to post-doctoral researchers interested in the collaboration between the social and the natural sciences. The conference will bring together senior and leading scientists and researchers with a diversity of perspectives to identify top priority questions for future research on the topic.

Closing date for applications: 7 January 2014.

Download the call for applications.

All queries should be sent to netconf@worldsocialscience.org

Watch the video from the 2013 young scientists conference, "Food Futures":

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