Open Call For The 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School
The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and the ProSPER.Net Secretariat announces a call for applications for the 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS), to be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 3rd – 12th March, 2019.
Hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada under the theme ‘Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’, the YRS will give participants the opportunity to engage with issues related to Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in the context of the tropics, whilst developing research and communication skills, as well as further encouraging future professionals to work within the field. Participants will also develop an understanding of the issues and problems related to hazards and disasters within the context of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The YRS will consist of in-class components (lectures, practical/individual/group assignments, presentations, and discussion sessions) as well as field trips held in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.
Applications are open to PhD and Masters students from ProSPER.Net member universities. To see if your university is eligible, please check the list of ProSPER.Net members here. Note that applicants must obtain approval from their supervisor to apply.
To apply, please complete the 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School Application Form by 11:59pm on Sunday 9 December, 2018 (JST).
Applications: Applications are open for postgraduate students from ProSPER.Net member universities to participate in an interdisciplinary intensive Young Researchers’ School on ‘Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’.
Resource Persons: Sustainability experts from United Nations University - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and ProSPER.Net member universities will coordinate lectures, group work, and other activities.
Aims: Participants in the Young Researchers’ School will:
- Develop advanced knowledge and skills in sustainability research and practice, with a special focus on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation;
- Develop in-depth research design and planning skills;
- Enhance transferable skills on communication, presentation and group work;
- Become part of a network of sustainability researchers in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Young Researchers’ School will provide the participants with the opportunity to explore different dimensions of sustainability issues related to the current situation in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focusing on issues related to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, such as disaster mitigation and prevention, hazard and vulnerability analysis, ecosystem based disaster management, climate change mitigation and impacts, among others, specifically how policies and projects may provide integrative solutions to tackle sustainable development challenges.
Along with a series of lectures by resource persons and field trips, participants will be introduced to sustainability challenges faced by local communities and the innovative approaches that can be used to address these. Based on these lessons, students will develop individual solutions and find ways to promote sustainable solutions.
While the programme will focus on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, students interested in any topic related to sustainable development are encouraged to apply, and will receive mentoring on the development of their own thesis proposal.
Tasks will include:
- Small group work on research proposal development, integrating lecture and fieldtrip topics into proposal that addresses sustainable development challenge in the region
- Individual presentation development, using three minute thesis presentation to help students with their own thesis development
- Active participation in all lectures, group work, and field trips, engaging with resource persons and fellow students
- Research communication activities
The Young Researchers’ School will engage students in the joint investigation of sustainability issues and also help them develop the important research skills needed for interdisciplinary problem-based research. Workshops at the Young Researchers’ School will focus on research skills and strategies for effective research design and planning, including student research plan presentations.
Selection Criteria: Participants will be selected on the basis of written application according to the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme in a ProSPER.Net member university.
- Chosen a research topic for their PhD thesis work
- High level of understanding of written and spoken English language.
- An advanced understanding of sustainability and its relevance to their own research.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and contribute to community service activities.
- Limited seats are offered to Master students in ProSPER.Net member universities
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