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Science Communicator for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)

Closing date: 30 November 2005

Applications are invited for the position of Science Communicator for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). IGBP is an international research programme that provides scientific knowledge about the Earth System in response to the challenges of global sustainability. IGBP scientists study the interactions between biological, chemical and physical processes, and human systems. IGBP collaborates with other international programmes to develop and impart the understanding necessary to respond to global change. IGBP is organised under the aegis of ICSU and its 10-person Secretariat is headquartered at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
The Science Communicator will direct the communications efforts of IGBP, including internal communications amongst IGBP projects and project scientists, and outward communications with the wider science community, the education sector, policy makers, the media and the public. A key function of the Science Communicator is to assist IGBP in generating and communicating impartial, policy-relevant science.
The successful candidate will:
·     have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, and
experience in science communications or science journalism;
·     be capable of refining and guiding the implementation of a long-term
science communication strategy for a large and diverse international scientific network;
·     have highly developed interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in
a multi-cultural environment;
·     have demonstrated experience in effectively translating the results of
scientific research into forms appropriate for a range of difference audiences including policy makers, educators, the media and the general public;
·     be willing to undertake international travel;
·     be able to both work in and lead team efforts, and coordinate a
portfolio of communication activities;
·     be able to initiate and manage a large and complex workload to tight
deadlines and be responsible for communications outcomes; and
·     have demonstrated experience in planning and implementing media

The Science Communicator will be appointed initially for a 3-year period, will be an employee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and will report to the IGBP Executive Director. For further information take a look at or contact Charlotte Wilson-Boss.



Several positions for the CIFOR Climate Adaptation Project

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is seeking candidates for positions based in West Africa or Indonesia for its new Climate Adaptation Project, which covers three continents and seven countries. Goals of the project are:

* Evaluation of impacts of climate change and climatic variability on tropical forest ecosystems * Development of monitoring protocols to assess the impacts of climate change on tropical forest ecosystems * Development of tools for adaptation measures * Development of criteria and indicators for adaptive forest management
* Science-policy dialogue in and across three regions.

The position titles are as follow:
Climate Change Project Coordinator, West Africa Region (French
Climate Change Scientist, West Africa (Ph.D. and French required)
Climate Change Project Coordinator, Asia Region
Climate Change Senior Scientist, Asia Region (requires PhD and minimum of 10 years experience)

All positions require advanced degrees, either in biophysical or social science, and appropriate experience. Interviews will be scheduled in August and September either in Indonesia or West Africa. Positions are scheduled to begin by January 2006.

For these detailed job announcements and other positions currently available at CIFOR, please visit the following web site:




Several positions at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

The British Antarctic Survey, a component of the Natural Environment Research Council, is the UK's national Antarctic operator and has conducted Britain's scientific research in and around Antarctica for the past sixty years.

Their mission is "to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, survey and long-term observations, addressing key issues of global or fundamental importance that require access to the Antarctic or related regions."

Research is conducted at five Antarctic stations: Rothera, Halley and Signy on the continent proper, while King Edward Point and Bird Island are in the sub-Antarctic region of South Georgia. All operations and science programmes are executed and managed from their UK offices in Cambridge.

The BAS currently offers several job opportunities. They range from PhD studentships to open-ended appointments suitable for post-doctoral or higher-level.

For more informmation, please have a look at:




UNESCO / Keizo Obuchi Fellowships

Closing Date: 13 January 2006

UNESCO invites young postgraduate researchers in developing countries with a master’s degree (or equivalent) to apply for fellowships, each worth US$6,000 to US$10,000, through the UNESCO / Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme.
The programme - named after the late Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi who was known for his commitment to development issues - offers a total of 20 fellowships to researchers active in one of four fields: the environment, inter-cultural dialogue, information and communication technology, and peaceful conflict resolution. This is the sixth year running that Japan has awarded these grants. Applications must reach UNESCO Headquarters in Paris before 13 January 2006.
Researchers under 40 years of age may submit their applications to their country’s National Commission for UNESCO, which will select a maximum of two candidates. A special selection committee of experts in the four research fields concerned will review the applications in order to make proposals to the director-general. For more information, please contact Ali Zaid



TWAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research and Advanced Training

Closing date: 1 October of each year
The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) offers fellowships to young scientists to enable them to spend six to twelve months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of young promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster linkeages for further collaboration.
Eligible applicants for the fellowships are young scientists, who are citizens of a developing country, under the age of 40, who have recently earned (or are about to earn) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, working in the area of natural sciences, and employed by a research institution in a developing country.
Preference will be given to young scientists based at institutions that lack adequate research facilities.

More information:


IUCN joins ALCOA Foundation in launching fellowship programme 20 fellowships offered for conservation and sustainability research

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has been chosen as one of three leading Sustainability Institutes for the newly launched Alcoa Foundation's Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Programme. The Fellowship Programme is designed to provide a non-degree opportunity for qualified mid-career sustainable development practitioners from NGOs to conduct intensive applied research in the field of conservation and sustainability. In cooperation with the International Institute for Education (IIE), IUCN will assist in reviewing and selecting three to five practitioner fellows per year, for the five years of the program, to conduct research in the following areas:
1. The linkages of the cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and protected area objectives;
2. Biodiversity conservation or sustainable use of biological resources;
3. The implications for conservation of major demographic trends, including ageing, urbanization and population movements;
4. The implications for biodiversity of alternative new forms of energy;
5. Corporate biodiversity management and reporting systems (including indicators) and the potential for synergy between corporate social responsibility (CSR) investment in social development and conservation outcomes.
Experts from the IUCN will be assigned as mentors for the fellows working on these research projects and will also participate in various worldwide networking events.
Academic partners such as the London School of Economics or the University of Sao Paolo will host the fellows.
The Alcoa Foundation will support each fellow with a substantial annual stipend plus funding for a yearly meeting of the fellows. Individuals interested in further information about the fellowship programme are asked to contact the Institute of International Education take a look at




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