UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

If the last posting was too much on short-notice for you, here is another opportunity you might want to think about – this time very much in advance as the official call will be out only in the next couple of weeks with plenty of time to put together your application after that….

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“The Greening of Everyday Life: Reimagining Environmentalism in Postindustrial Societies”

Some of you may be interested in this call for papers for a workshop,”The Greening of Everyday Life: Reimagining Environmentalism in Postindustrial Societies.” It is sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and will take place in Munich, 19-21 June 2014. Travel expenses for invited participants will be paid by the Carson Center.
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Surviving the reading marathon

Again a wonderful piece of work from Inger (I wrote about her blog earlier here). This is such an important issue and things get even mre complicated if you delve into an interdisciplinary area such as sustainability…

The Thesis Whisperer

Recently @indecisionpersonified asked me a question in the Thesis Whisperer feedback forum:

“… I have just moved continents and been accepted into a PhD program and have six free months before I start. I was wondering whether you had any advice to give people like me on how best to use the time before starting a PhD in order to be prepared for a PhD!”

A great question topic for a post! Luckily @indecisionpersonified asked this question just as I was preparing a workshop called “Speedy Notetaking for the literature review and beyond”, one of our research masterclass series at the ANU. This workshop explores the connection between reading and making meaningful ‘chunks’ of thesis ready text, so I had some ready answers to hand.

file0001576504202At most universities the PhD  application process asks you to hand in a draft research proposal of around 5000 words. So it’s not…

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Summer School on transdiciplinary research

I simply have to forward this invitation. Not only is it about transdisciplinary research (and let’s be honest, how many such opportunities do you find these days?) but it takes also place in Lüneburg which happens to be the very place, where I spend most of my academic career. So if you are looking for a summer school that might give a boost to your research skills, this offer definitely will be worth to look at:

“Leuphana University Lueneburg is pleased to invite you to the International Td Summer School 2013 in Lueneburg, Germany.

The Td Summer School offers a 5-day intensive training (Td Training Module) in transdisciplinary research preparing researchers as well as practioners for joint research on societal challenges. Both, theoretical background and practical experiences in designing and applying transdisciplinary research methodology will be gained. A special focus is on broadening the participants’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary research towards a transdisciplinary approach. Subsequently, a 2-day special training on Constellation Analysis will be offered (Special Training Module) in cooperation with the Center for Technology and Society at Technical University of Berlin, Germany.”

The whole thing takes place from 1st of September onward and there is an application deadine at May 31st. They even have a few funding opportunities, for those with a tight budget…

But make yourself familiar with the deatails in the conference flyer which you can download here.

Reaching for the sky – publishing strategy part III

In ‘Build your own publishing strategy’ I wrote about different ways of choosing the right journal for your publication. Striving for excellence was the first option I described in more detail, as this indeed is the most common strategy you will be referred to as an early career researcher. While I would strongly argue for the need to critically reflect on the usefulness of such a strategy, I also see the need to consider such an approach in order to get noticed and further promoted. So, let’s consider what excellence means in terms of sustainability science and how we can identify those journals that are considered to be the right place to send high impact articles.
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A cultural history of sustainability

In “Sustainability Science in a nutshell”, one of the first posts in this blog, I wrote about some of the key literature of sustainability science and mentioned a couple of more general introductions to the concept of sustainability. What I could not do at the time writing was to introduce you to one of my favourites, for the simple reason that it was not out in English but only in German. This has changed by now, so it is about time to come back to this book. Continue reading