New Project - Network news - HERODOT events
NEW PROJECT - Looking for partners HERODOT is looking for partners to join in our bid to establish a ‘Geoinformation in education” network. If successful, we will run conferences, workshops and seminars on the theme of ‘geoinformaion' in different sectors of education. Please let Glenda (email@example.com) know if you are interested in being a partner in this proposal. The deadline for participation is the end of September.
The HERODOT network continues to grow. With about 150 member organisations - the network has widened its scope well beyond Europe. We now have 20 partners from the Americas, Asia and Australasia. The network is keen to further extend contacts and its membership. Can you help? email: glenda at firstname.lastname@example.org
The HERODOT network bid for funding for activities in 2006-2009 was submitted before the deadline of March 1st - we are still waiting to hear whether it has been accepted. However our activities continue and we hope that you will continue to participate in them.
HERODOT recent activities
AAG Conference HERODOT was present and hosted a session at the AAG in Chicago. We have recruited a number of new partners from beyond Europe
IGU Congress and INLT Several HERODOT members presented papers at the IGU congress in Brisbane in July and some participated in the INLT conference which followed.
ESRI User convention Karl Donert was invited to attend the ESRI Education and main convention in San Diego in August.
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Collaboration in Cultures and Civilizations for Human Development
HERODOT will participate in this initiative which the IGU is undertaking in conjunction with other geographical and non-geographical organisations. Ten members of the network attended the initial conference in Rome in December 2005. One of the main strands will be in education. To find out more details visit the Home of Geography Web site http://www.homeofgeography.org
HERODOT/EUROGEO International Conference will take place in Toruñ, Poland, October 5–7, 2006 Teaching Geography in and about Europe
The Aim of the Conference is:
a) to bring together:
• teachers and teacher educators who are interested in teaching about the
Geography of Europe
• teachers, who teach Geography in English (not as their Mother Tongue)
• academics involved in Geography Teacher Training
• representatives of teacher development and training institutions
b) to establish a panel in order to:
• exchange practical ideas how to teach Geography and experiences
connected with teaching Geography in a Foreign Language
• some input about the techniques which can be used when teaching in a
• discussion of didactical resources available
• network with each other
Further details and the registration form are available at:
http://www.sop.torun.pl/ and select Torun conference
Joint HERODOT/IGU Conference: There will be a HERODOT/ IGU Commission for Geographical Education British Sub-Committee conference on the theme “Changing Geographies: Innovative Curricula” at the Institute of Education, University of London on 10-11 April 2007, with an optional London field excursion on 12 April to the site of the London Olympics included in the conference fee of £240.
Abstracts of papers to Glenda (email@example.com) by 1 December 2006. Full papers to be submitted by 31 January 2007.
Delegates will book their own accommodation, but information about this will be available in future publicity. For further information: Professor Simon Catling firstname.lastname@example.org, John Halocha email@example.com or Karl Donert firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNDING NEWS No. 10
provides information on funds available for Geographers. You can contact Karl Donert if you
want informal advice on any applications you are considering. HERODOT News
aims to provide members will useful information concerning opportunities to
access funds to further collaboration and for
projects. Funding workshops are planned in the future, contact Karl Donert if you would like to
WWF Kathryn Fuller Fellowships 2007-2008
World Wildlife Fund is announcing the opening of its 2007-2008 Kathryn Fuller Fellowship competition. Two post-doctoral fellowships will be awarded for a two year period to individuals with outstanding research proposals that are of fundamental and immediate importance to global biodiversity conservation.
Fuller Fellows can be based at any institution, including at World Wildlife Fund, and will co-advised by one academic and one WWF mentor. Fellows are provided a stipend of $50,000 per year, as well as a $15,000 annual research allowance. Applicants should have received a doctorate degree between January 2002 and January 2007. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2006. Offers will be made in the spring of 2007, with fellowships to begin in the fall of 2007.
For more information, application guidelines, and on-line application forms, please visit http://www.worldwildlife.org/sfn
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Development Youth Prize: Europe Cares for Africa
This competition is for pupils in Europe aged 16 to 18 to get a chance to both come to take part in the development days in Brussels and spend 5 days in Africa experiencing the life of those who make a difference in the life of African children. The deadline is scheduled for the end of September. They have time to express their positive suggestions about health, environment and education in Africa.
Register and contribute at: http://www.dyp2006.org/
National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic.
The National scholarship programme has been established for the support of mobility of students, PhD. students, university teachers and researchers under the terms of MINERVA programme. MINERVA is official governmental programme to pursue activities to support development of so called knowledge-based economy in Slovakia.
Within the framework of this programme living allowances for the stay in Slovakia can be granted to students, PhD. students, university teachers and researches. The next deadline for applications for the summer semester 2006/2007 will be on 15 November, 2006. Detailed information and application form is available at the Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA) website http://www.saia.sk/eng.
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Tourism Cares for Tomorrow Announces 2006 Worldwide Grant Program
Deadline: November 1, 2006
Tourism Cares for Tomorrow
As part of its mission, Tourism Cares for Tomorrow distributes charitable grants to worthy tourism-related non-profit organizations worldwide.
Geographical Association International Initiatives Fund
Deadline: October 20, 2006. Awards (usually £250-£750) are available for individual Geography educators or for GA members to travel and exchange ideas of good practice in teaching and learning. Each year some awards are also given to educators from outside the UK so they can attend the Annual GA conference (held in April 2007). For details and application form see the GA Web site at http://www.geography.org.uk/funding or contact Sarah Maude email@example.com
MyCOE Constellation Grants (US only)
My Community, Our Earth Partnership (US applicants only) will award 6 stipends of $1,500 each to support student participation in community-based projects using geographic methods or technologies for sustainable development. Successful projects will comprise a constellation of undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, and extension personnel in land grant and/or sea grant universities to jointly conduct a set of research/outreach activities during the period between November 2006 and April 2007. Awardees will be invited to present a paper in a featured illustrated paper session at the AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, April 17-21, 2007 (See http://www.aag.org/annualmeetings/SF2007/ill_paper.cfm). The MyCOE partnership will further facilitate the local teams of students, researchers, foresters, and extensionists through providing networking and mentoring support as needed through the MyCOE network. (http://www.geography.org/sustainable)
Eligibility http://www.csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/partners/state_partners.html). Students must be US citizens or permanent residents. Membership in the AAG is not a requirement. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Criteria: Proposals should be submitted through the Project Form (download from the web page at http://www.aag.org/GrantsAwards/mycoe_constellation.cfm)
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SOME GREAT RESOURCES (in no particular order)
World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day http://www.ramsar.org/wwd/6/wwd2006_index.htm is on the 2nd February each year
Urban Geography course
Joel Outtes (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a full course of urban geography in powerpoint in English which he would be happy to exchange for similar teaching material of courses in other fields and sub-fields of geography, planning and social theory.
Population patterns http://www.populationaction.org/resources/publications/mappingthefuture/
Population patterns illustrated by this map created by the US NGO Population Action International (PAI) in collaboration with the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University in the USA.
Smithsonian Global Sound http://www.smithsonianglobalsound.org/
"Smithsonian Global Sound" is a website created by Smithsonian Folkways that features musical recordings from around the globe. You can search by country,
cultural group, genre, instrument, language, or any combination of those five options.
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ISS Education Kit on the web
ISS Education Kit is now available to download in different languages. The resources is aimed at teachers of secondary school pupils aged 12-15. ESA has developed the kit using input from teachers. http://www.sarepta.org/en/objekt.cfm?aid=327&bid=325&oid=1916
Sarepta is a special service provided for schools by the Norwegian Space Centre
Article “Threats to Water Supplies in the Tropical Andes”
R.S. Bradley, M. Vuille, H.F.Diaz, W.Vergara. In: Science, Vol. 312, June 2006, pp 1755-6 Download the article:http://www.mri.scnatweb.ch/dmdocuments/bradley2006.pdf
Secondary School Geography Handbook published
The Geographical Association (GA) is pleased to announce the publication of its brand new Secondary Geography Handbook - for Secondary School teachers. Go to http://www.geography.org.uk/shop to find out more.
Powerpoints of UNEP's Atlas have been released for educational purposes
Download free at http://tinyurl.com/gang4 OR http://www.na.unep.net/OnePlanetManyPeople/powerpoints.html
One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment provides a comprehensive, visual presentation of scientifically verifiable information about changes in the global environment, shown through state-of-the-art remote sensing technology. A collection of 405 Powerpoint slides divided into Regional and Thematic sets covering 11 contemporary and dynamic themes - Introduction to the Planet, People and Planet, Atmosphere, Coastal Areas, Urban Areas, Water and Lakes, Forests, Cropland, Grassland, Tundra and Polar Areas and Extreme Events - and 6 geographical regions - Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and Polar Regions.
Newsletter of the European SAVE Foundation
The European SAVE Foundation (Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe), containing the latest reports from the field of conservation of endangered livestock breeds and agricultural plants is available from the "actuality" page of their website:
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Geo Connection New Website and magazine
Available in 2 editions GEOconnexions is a leading publication for geospatial professionals. There is easy access to current and archived issues of the magazine (now with pdf downloads) as well as daily updated news, on-line articles, recruitment and education sections. Visit http://www.geoconnexion.com
Integrating sustainable development principles: report
Integrating sustainable development principles into professional practice: initial training requirements for environmental scientists. The report of this project is now available at: http://www.gees.ac.uk/projtheme/esd/esd.htm
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Volume 18, Number 1. Special issue on: Future Directions for Service Learning in Higher Education, is now available at: http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/current.cfm
Hazards Conference 2006 papers
The HAZARDS-2006 conference was held from 22 to 24 June 2006. Papers and abstracts are available at the conference site http://hazards2006.geology.upatras.gr/
LIFEnews No.06/06, June 2006
LIFEnews deals with environmental capacity building in certain countries outside the EU. Tthe full issue is available at:
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Linking and Learning Europe
On 31 May 2006 the Linking and Learning Europe (LLE) project came to an end. It created learning objects and teaching modules for schools on Europe.
All the modules teachers designed are now stored in a repository:
Mountain GIS Portal
This platform is aimed at sharing and exchanging geographic information and
knowledge resources of mountain ecosystems and services. Visit http://www.icimod-gis.net,
Human Development International
The Human Development International Webteam invites the submission of fresh articles (news and feature stories) about human development issues like women, children, health, environment, etc., whether in a local or global viewpoint, which will be published at http://www.humandevintl.com/
Conceived with the steering bodies of the Alpine Convention, DIAMONT aims to relaunch the System for Observatioin of and Information on the Alps. The DIAMONT project newsletter is available for download at: http://www.uibk.ac.at/diamont/pubicrelation/newsletter.htm
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ESA-school-atlas available for purchase, EUR 24,80 (without postage)
Conservation Across Borders. Charles C. Chester. For more information visit: http://islandpress.org/chester 272 pages | $29.95 paperback | $60.00 hardcover
L'Espace politique: a new geographical journal
The National French Committee of Geographers has launched a new online review called L’Espace politique. This journal's aim is to promote the theoretical understanding of the political space. The articles will be mostly in French but also in English The journal will begin in autumn 2006. The IGU Commission on Political Geography has supported the initiative. Those interested in the initiative should contact Emmanuelle Chaveneau, Secrétaire de redaction, 1, rue Marie et Louise 75010 Paris, France – Tel +33.1.47.00.88.62; E-mail:email@example.com
What is Europe Day?
This official web site, available in the 20 official EU languages, provides you with basic information on Europe Day, the speech pronounced by Robert Schumann on 9 May 1950, and also some downloadable posters to decorate your classroom on Europe Day.
More general information about the EU:
Learning Objects to Teach European Citizenship
The learning objects stored in this database are available in 25 languages and may be used for collective or individual learning focusing on European citizenship.
A full list of the objects, grouped by languages is available here:
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The Spring 2006 Newsletter of Infomapper (for schools and teacher education) has been available at: http://www.webbased.co.uk/infomapper/newsletters/Newsletter_March_2006.pdf
Mountain Forum Online Library
The new Mountain Forum Online Library is now live! It includes full-text documents formatted in a standard manner and available for downloading in MS Word format. There are separate sections for: Full-text documents, Bibliographic references, Periodicals, Reference material, Web resources. http://www.mtnforum.org/rs/ol.cfm
Pakistan Journal of Geographic Information Systems
The Pakistan Society of Geographic Information Systems (PSGIS) is pleased to announce the first issue of its electronic journal PSGIS, more Information is available: http://www.psgis.org/ejournalFeb2006.html
Time for Citizenship
A website is run by primary schools in the UK and Ireland, and is co-ordinated by Liam McGurrin, Headteacher in Sheffield. Because of the support of their sponsors, it is a free resource.
GLOCHAMORE (Global Change and Mountain Regions) project strategy
The full strategy in colour:
in black and white:
The Spring 2006 issue ofMountainRise has been available at http://mountainrise.wcu.edu/archive/vol3no1/issue.html.
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Many of the talks and poster presentations from the CIRMOUNT session, "Extreme Events in Western Mountain Climate, Resources, and Ecosystems", of the Dec 2005 American Geophysical Union meeting are available on the CIRMOUNT website at:
Research on International Education
There is a database of Research on International Education which can be browsed from: http://aei.dest.gov.au/AEI/PublicationsAndResearch/ResearchDatabase/
The Geography-Site http://www.geography-site.co.uk/index.html
A new site for Secondary Geography from David Robinson.
Mountain Research and Development Journal http://www.mrd-journal.org/
Has a recent sample issue and details for subscription.
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Traces of the last Ice Age in the Grimstad area
The Grimstad area has marked traces of the last Ice Age both with regard to huge moraine ridges and different types of landscapes. Use images from the SPOT satellite and different chart topics in order to try to provide an overview of traces of the last Ice Age in the Grimstad area. Then go into the field with the GPS in order to explore and register what has been observed in the classroom.
UK Government funded Action Plan for Geography
This is jointly and equally led by the GA and the Royal Geographical Society. Go to www.geography.org.uk/apg, a new Geography Teaching Today website will be launched in October 2006.
Massive chunk falls from Swiss mountain:
Monsoons may trigger major landslides
World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and CARE International has issued an alert against a serious environmental hazard in earthquake affected areas. This is on the hazard of landslides, especially in the wake of the coming monsoons. According to the experts working in the field, this was "the most serious geotechnical (landslides) threat worldwide at present".
The full text of alert bulletin and two pictures are available at: http://www.iucn.org/places/pakistan/ne54.htm
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UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification):
June 17 was World Day to combat Desertification. The World Day to Combat Desertification is celebrated every year on 17 June all over the world in order to highlight the fact that desertification is of global concern and to strengthen the visibility and importance of the drylands issue on the international environmental agenda.
See : http://www.unccd.int/
International Year of Planet Earth
The International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) was proclaimed by the United Nations. This UN Year is the core year of the 2007-2009 triennium during which the International Year of Planet Earth (Earth Science for Society) will operate. This will be the first ever UN Year for the Earth Sciences. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize activities to be undertaken during the Year, in collaboration with UNEP and other relevant United Nations bodies, the International Union of Geological Sciences and other Earth sciences societies and groups throughout the world. The Year will be used to increase awareness of the importance of Earth sciences in achieving sustainable development and promoting local, national, regional and international action.
For more details, please go to the Year’s website: www.yearofplanetearth.org.
Suggestions for developing national committees for the Year of Planet Earth can be downloaded from the Year’s website: www.yearofplanetearth.org.
Calls are open now for submitting international project proposals on the outreach programme and on selected science themes.
The International Polar Year (IPY, 2007-2008)
The polar regions are a unique barometer of environmental change and provide important insights into the health of the planet as a whole. The International Polar Year will be bipolar in focus, multidisciplinary in scope and truly international in participation. It will provide a uniquely comprehensive ‘snapshot’ of measurements for comparison with previous and future records to inform our knowledge of changing planetary processes. A Joint Committee has been established jointly with the World Meteorological Organization to oversee the implementation of this plan and coordination of activities.
The Future of Sustainability e-discussion
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is pleased to announce an e-discussion forum entitled The Future of Sustainability: Have Your Say! which will take place between now and September 15th 2006. For more information on the Discussion Forum and on how to participate please visit: http://www.iucn.org/en/news/archive/2006/08/future_sustainability.htm
The four themes are:
* Global Challenges to Sustainability
* Human Wellbeing and Sustainability
* The New Economy and Biodiversity
* Shaping the Future
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Global Warming Singes Western National Parks
Climate Disruption Threatens America's Treasures, a report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, released on July 25. Download the article:
Mediterranean Threatened by Development Pressures, Says Blue Plan Report
The results of the work of many experts from Mediterranean countries, is the new Blue Plan publication which provides analyses of the past, present and possible future, up to 2025, of the environment and development of the Mediterranean basin. The study also recommends solutions for minimizing damage
Read it at: http://www.planbleu.org/actualite/uk/aveniDurableMediterranee.html
Environmental Education Congress
The final document of the 3rd World Environmental Education Congress is now available at http://www.3weec.org.
Revue de Géographie Alpine
The new issue of Revue de Géographie alpine / Journal of alpine research (t. 94, vol 1/2006) focuses on "Governance and winter sports resorts". You can contact me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subscription and price list are available at:
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