Call for Abstracts: Agriculture for Development Conference 2015

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SwedenSwedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) and Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) are pleased to announce call for abstracts for the Agri4D 2015 Conference. It is a two day event for researchers and professionals working with and /or interested in agriculture for development. PhD students senior scientists, experts from social, political, soil, crops, natural resources and animal science, economy, forestry, horticulture, veterinary medicine etc are encouraged to apply.

Abstracts submission is opened for;

  • presentations of results or ongoing activity in research for oral presentation in sub-sessions or with posters (all posters will have oral presentations)
  • presentation of networks, research groups, organization and general ideas with posters (all posters will have short oral presentations) Read more by clicking here.

Agricultural research for development conference – Agri4D – 2015
At a time when the Millennium Development Goals will expire, and the United Nations has been engaged in a global consultative…

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30 tips for successful academic research and writing

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Next month I am running a workshop on academic publishing for early career academics. As part of preparing for the workshop I jotted down some ideas and tips to share with the group which I thought I would post here. In the process of writing 12 books and over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters over a career which has mostly been part-time because of juggling the demands of motherhood with academic work, I have developed some approaches that seem to work well for me.

These tips are in no particular order, apart from number 1, which I consider to be the most important of all.

  1. Choose something to research/write about that you are passionately interested in. I find that most of my research and writing tends to spring from wanting to find out more or understand more about a particular phenomenon that intrigues me. In explaining it to…

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My new ebook! – Popular Science Writing

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I just published a new ebook!

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This is a short book about popular science writing but this is not a “How to” manual that will get you published. I am after all, rather new at this, with only one published popular science book, as you will soon see. However, I do know firsthand that success in the writing business is a quite blended mixture of education, research, ability, erudition, dedication, honesty, motivation, with a generous portion of sheer luck, among many other factors. I am merely expressing my thoughts and ideas on the matter, so again, please do not take my words as ultimate truth. Some of the things that I talk about here may be applied to both “traditional” publishing or to self-publishing; this latter one is easier than ever!

In this book I want to share some of my experiences since I have been writing popular science. This…

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Post 2015 Sustainable Development Process: An opportunity is looming in the MENA region…

Citizen's Observations and Reflections

I had the chance of participating in a couple of regional MENA/Arab consultation meetings on environment and sustainable development, and reviewed many reports issued on the subject.  The latest report on the Arab High-level forum on sustainable development discussed the regional progress toward achieving the MDGs and highlighted the regional priorities toward the post 2015 agenda among other regional considerations.

MENA mapThere is seldom a report that did not highlight peace and security, water scarcity, demographics and poverty as contextual key themes for a regional sustainable development agenda. Likewise, there is an overall affirmative tone that describes the progress achieves on the different fronts of the MDGs. In my post below, I am more interested in having a closer look at what constitutes key enablers that are fundamental for the Arab governments to address in embarking into the post 2015 development era.

Prevailing economic mindset that leads development

Evidently sustainability has…

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#NoXenophobia #SpeakOutXeNOphobia !!

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#xeNOphobia has harnessed our bothers and sisters and time is now to act!

Each and everyone of us must be bothered at the welfare of another human being, you are reading this message now, you are a human being, you can also be passionate about Justice and Human Rights if you are not yet that. While some of South African Citizens’ issues are genuine for instance the issues of illegal immigrants and their impact on lawlessness and other issues, South Africa MUST remember that its own liberation came as a result of it getting help from other African countries, therefore it does not have to quickly forget that.

We have witnessed brutal burning of our brothers and sisters alive, this is not acceptable on every level. Our Presidents have also not prioritised this and their silence is deafening! We need to raise our voices quickly and now.  Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia…

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17 Reasons why academics should blog

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  1. To disseminate research.
  2. Towards supports journalism.
  3. Towards a book. Even a thesis or paper.
  4. Thought leadership.
  5. Reputational. A career move for others to know what you have to say, for media and academia.
  6. To express a personal opinion rather than that of your subject expertise or institution.
  7. Social media marketing – to promote your work, as a lecturer, educator and professional academic writer.
  8. To support students: a place for lecture notes and reflection on lectures and tutorials.
  9. For followers and fans.
  10. PR for the faculty – though corporate blogging is directed, needs to be on brief, and is ideally undertaken through the communications department.
  11. Recruitment to the faculty, course and module.
  12. As part of a learning community. As a like mind.
  13. To take part, to be a player and participant.
  14. Tenure
  15. To develop digital literacy skills.
  16. In different formats: not just text and images, but video and audio too of lectures…

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PhD Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program

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Escalating PhD training in Africa: RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship Programme Escalating PhD training in Africa: RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship Programme

Over the years, universities in Africa have sought opportunities to send their staff for post-graduate training abroad in a bid to strengthen research and training, at very high costs. The loss of faculty for 4 to 5 years has negatively affected universities. In order to meet the growing demand for Doctoral level scientists in Africa, the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme was initiated by RUFORUM Vice Chancellors[1] to improve the quality of higher education at African Universities by increasing the proportion of academic staff with PhD qualifications, contributing to locally relevant research and reducing the time away from the home institution. The initiative was officially launched by the African Union Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology, H.E. Dr Martial De Paul Ikounga on 25th July 2014 at Maputo, Mozambique during the RUFORUM Fourth Biennial Conference. The specific…

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