This is the autumn 2008 newsletter of the HERODOT Network. This issue has updated news about the latest HERODOT network developments, lots of interesting geographical news, some research information and Calls for papers, funding information, lots of exciting resources for geography in higher education, partner search and conferences.
If you have any news, are involved in events, want provide feedback or you are prepared to promote the network, then contact Karl Donert.
This will be the final, full newsletter of the HERODOT2 (2006-2009) Project. Further news updates will be delivered through the HERODOT Community http://www.herodot.net/community/. To register for the community please contact Glenda Wall
HERODOT3 and Manifesto for the future, members of the network decided unanimously that a new application to continue the work of the network should be made in February 2009 and that we should develop our European Geography Association. So EUROGEO has been re-established as the European Association of Geographers. HERODOT Members will be invited to join as members in January 2009. The conference unanimously agreed its manifesto for the future.
HERODOT 2009 Conference, Ayvalik, Turkey
Monitoring Visit EACEA visited Liverpool in November on a monotoring visit to review the state and status of the HERODOT2 project. Network members were congratulated on their work and the high levels of activity.
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Action 4 project HERODOT was unfortunately not successful in its Action 4 project to connect to third countries under Erasmus Mundus n 2008.
Student competitions: The prizewinner of the 2009 HERODOT Student Poster competition, Justin Stook from Utrecht University, attended the ESRI Europe User conference in London in November 2008. Our thanks go to ESRI-UK for supporting this initiative. Click for further details
28-31 May 2009 HERODOT Conference, Celebrating Geographical Diversity, Ayvilik Turkey the themes will include environmental diversity, cultural, social and economic diversity, landscape diversity, geo-information diversity, Bologna diversity and teacher training diversity. Further information soon to be available soon on the HERODOT Web site. Pre-confeence excursions 26-28 May. The Call for Papers, workshops and round tables to follow soon.
8-10 July 2008 Learning with Geoinformation, Salzburg in the context of AGIT ’09. This joint AGIT/HERODOT event will take place with a full international track aimed at advances in education using geoinformation. For further information, see http://www.agit.at/
Protected areas in the EU lacking in quality
Tatra Mountains Unfortunately current developments in Slovakia's High Tatras National Park would appear to confirm the EEA's assessment. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is viewing with some concern the massive expansion of infrastructure in the protected area. It believes that the High Tatras run the risk of being reclassified from a national park to a protected landscape. More
Czech Republic to Lead EU On January 1 2009, the Czech Republic will assume the presidency of the European Union. The presidency of the EU rotates among member states and the looming presidency of the former Soviet satellite and non-Eurozone country is making some politicians in the rest of the EU nervous http://glclk.about.com/?zi=12/6A4P
New glacier law in Argentina October 22 -Argentina passed a new law of minimum budgets for the protection of glaciers and the periglacial environment. The new law creates a National Inventory of Glaciers which will be managed by the Argentinean Institute of Snow Studies, Glaciology and Environmental Science (IANIGLA) in coordination with the enforcing authority. Activities that are not prohibited by the law will be required to conduct an environmental impact study, evaluating any damaging effects on the glaciers, in order to be approved.
Endorse the Rainbow paper: The paper sets out five steps to making interculturalism our new human norm and proposes five sets of recommendations: Educating, building capacity by organisations, monitoring for sustained policies, mobilising across boundaries and resourcing of Intercultural Dialogue. The recommendations are addressed to civil society organisations and public authorities at all levels in Europe, using the European Union as the point of access. You are invited to sign up at http://www.rainbowpaper.labforculture.org
Google enlists public to map fast-changing world. More
International Recognition of Kosovo Portugal, Macedonia, and Montenegro joined the countries that recognize Kosovo as the world's newest independent country, More
More Deaths Than Births in Europe expected by 2015, More
New independent states: Russia Recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia as Independent http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/9634
Water resources under threat in the Himalayas Climate change is threatening the water reserves of East Asia. An estimated 50 percent of the water from the Himalayas comes from glaciers, permafrost zones and the snowmelt. The Roof of the World provides the run-off for the seven biggest rivers in Asia, with a catchment that is home to more than a billion people. In the Himalayas, the mean temperature is rising by 0.3 degrees every ten years. That is twice as fast as the global average. And the glaciers are melting at a far faster rate that hitherto assumed. In addition to local phenomena such as floods and mudflows, there is also an increasing risk of famine and military disputes over water resources and energy supplies. Climate change is also reflected in today's precipitation patterns: more intensive rain and snowfalls during the monsoon period are leading to more frequent flooding, while precipitation is lower than ever before in the dry periods, and agriculture above all is suffering from extreme droughts. More
Deep erosion new hypothesis
Researchers in the south-east of the Tibetan plateau have found that the moraine dams created during glacier fluctuations have over the millennia helped to slow down the erosion effect of large rivers known as downcutting. This new hypothesis, which has just been published in the science magazine Nature, is founded on the notion that tectonic lift alone is not solely responsible - as has previously been assumed - for ensuring that the Tibetan plateau has been preserved to this day. Glacier fluctuations also slow down the erosion process. After a glacier has receded, moraines can obstruct the course of rivers. Often a natural dammed lake then forms between the moraine and the glacier, storing up rubble and containing deep erosion. At the same time the lack of rubble discharge in the river courses situated below the plateau means that the downcutting effect is amplified there. Given this new hypothesis researchers believe that moraine dams will also limit downcutting in the upper courses of mountain streams in the Alps. http://www.wsl.ch/news/
Mountain Research Initiative launches new Newsletter. The first issue of MRI NEWS has just been published. MRI is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). It is hosted at the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern/CH. Information and to order the Newsletter: http://mri.scnatweb.ch
Early warning system for water scarcity in the Alps
The kick-off for the cross-border project "ALP-WATER-SCARCE: Water Management Strategies against Water Scarcity in the Alps" took place in Annecy, France in mid-October as part of the INTERREG Alpine Space Programme. The objective of ALP-WATER-SCARCE is to create an early warning system for water scarcity in the Alps, based on modelling and long-term monitoring as well as a stakeholder forum. The monitoring is to focus on 28 pilot regions in the project countries. The findings are to lead to improved short- and long-term water management in the Alpine region. The lead partner for the three-year project is the Mountain Institute; the 17 project partners come from Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Rhône Glacier to melt away by 2100 Scientists at the Écoles Polytechniques Fédérales de Lausanne/CH and Zurich/CH have used complex computer simulations to predict that the Rhône Glacier in the Canton of Valais/CH will have disappeared by 2100. And depending on assumptions for future climate trends, this may happen even sooner. The new computer is said to enable much more accurate forecasts than previous estimates, which were more qualitative. Climate data and the Glacier's mass balance since 1874 were analysed for the simulation, with the results then projected into the future. http://actualites.epfl.ch/presseinfo-com?id=609
EU measures on climate change When the time comes for the new European Commission to take office in 2009, it is possible that the EU will appoint a Commissioner for Climate Change, according to the environmental news service ENDS Europe Daily. You and your students can play an active role now already can participate in the EU Internet consultation "Towards a comprehensive and ambitious post-2012 climate change agreement". The on-line hearing gives individuals and organisations an opportunity to state their views on various items of the Bali Road Map. It is hoped that this public consultation exercise with stakeholders and the general public will lead to a sustainable global climate protection agreement for the period after 2012. Source and online consultation: More information
Earth Charter Oneness Book Project
Have you ever experienced moments of deep connection with the world around you? Do you have stories or photos that illustrate the oneness of life? You are invited to become part of the Earth Charter Oneness Book Project. Deadline March 2009.
Geography of Food: The Mediterranean Diet Disappears, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/world/europe/24diet.html?_r=1
Permafrost may not completely disappear, study says http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/science/23obsperm.html
Follow the Box The BBC is tracking the path of a shipping container around the world for a year. Their project is called The Box. Read more You can follow its path (with a GPS-based map) around the world as it carries various cargo.
5th report on Lisbon in education in five benchmark areas: Read more
Arctic, Political mapping The International Boundaries Research Unit at Durham University has produced a detailed and comprehensive map of territorial claims in the Arctic. The political geography of the Arctic has been the subject of great debate between countries that border the area as the ice melts and trade routes open and the opportunities for resource extraction become available. Read more
Securing the Future of the Uplands Natural England, through their Upland Futures project, has developed this set of ten principles (see link) to guide approach to decision making in the English uplands. They will use them to ensure that our decision making today will support the forthcoming vision for tomorrow's upland environment. Download pdf
ECONNECT: Nature without limits The kick-off for the EU project "ECONNECT - Restoring the web of life" took place in Vienna/A on 4 and 5 November. Over the next three years sixteen partners and four observers from all the Alpine States will be working to implement an ecological network across state borders and the confines of protected areas. Their aim is to contribute towards preserving Europe's unique biodiversity in the Alpine region, which is under threat from climate change and the fragmentation and destruction of habitats. Partners from various disciplines and different levels are taking on the challenge of overcoming the barriers in people's minds: they include administrations, scientists, and representatives of NGOs and protected areas. ECONNECT is co-financed by the EU as part of its Alpine Space Programme. http://www.econnectproject.eu
Creative Science 2009 will be the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. If you are interested in learning more about creative teaching in primary science education this resource might give you some inspiration. It is UK based, but could be adapted to your needs. It is a research summary from the National Teacher Research Panel, which reports on a project to teach science to Foundation Stage and KS1 children using a cross curricular approach through music. http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/viewArticle2.aspx?contentId=13315
Linking Asia & Europe How about sharing schools classrooms in cyberspace? Conceived in 1998, the Asia-Europe Classroom (AEC) is a unique structure that connects secondary or high schools in Asia and Europe. Through its activities, the AEC provides opportunities for collaborative learning and intercultural exchanges. It is a cyber-classroom shared by students and teachers to build stronger bi-regional networks and partnerships by implementing common online projects and participating in face-to-face exchanges. In early 2006, the Asia-Europe Classroom was renamed the Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET). http://www.aec.asef.org/index_static.html
Lifelong learning EU funding Information is published on recent developments under the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme and specifically on:
Darrell Posey Fellowship: Call for Proposals and nominations for the 2009 – 2011 Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights Small Grants Awards and the Field Fellowship, Submitted by Natasha Duarte, email@example.com
Google grants is offering grants from US$5000-US$100,000 for communiyt mapping projects: http://www.google.org/geochallenge.html
Mundus scholarships Large scholarships are available to study in Europe with prestigious Erasmus Mundus programmes in Special/Inclusive Education and Human Rights. Erasmus Mundus Special Education Needs offers 24,200 Euros scholarships (1 year) for study towards an MA at Roehampton University (London, UK), Fontys OSO (Tilburg, The Netherlands) and Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic).
African climatic change Dr. Gregory Greenwood (Director, Mountain Research Initiative) plans to form an "African mountain consortium" around the topic of Environmental change in Africa. This consortium would eventually be combined with researchers interested in lowland regions to apply for Framework 7 EU funds.
A school in Romania in a city near the Carpathian Mountains and we are interested in a Comenius project on the Environmental Education theme, or on Sustainable City Development, but our agency is reluctant to approve a project initiated by a Romanian school, they are looking for a coordinator school from an EU country with some experience in this field. Contact : Dumitru Letos, teacher, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Science Research Web site The European Commission launched a new website on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Research (SSH) http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences
Country reports online: Austria, Israel, Norway and the US The focus of the annual update, compiled with the help of policy makers in the 31 member countries is to present trends with regard to new technologies in school education.
International Mountain Day 2008 (IMD 2008) theme is "Food Security in Mountains: High Time for Action". website at: http://www.fao.org/mnts/intl_mountain_day_en.asp
Alpmedia Newsletter is the complete source of information on all matters relating to the Alps. http://www.cipra.org/alpmedia.
International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC) has published its latest issue at http://www.i-jac.org
Personalised Learning - A Practical Guide, This guide is designed to help school leaders, school improvement partners and teachers explore key aspects of personalised teaching and learning and evaluate priorities for development. http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.aspx?DCSF-00844-2008
Longitudinal survey on children and citizenship Benton,T., Cleaver, E., Featherstone, G., Kerr, D., Lopes, J. and Whitby, K. (2008) Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS): Sixth Annual Report. Young People’s Civic Participation In and Beyond School: Attitudes, Intentions and Influences (DCSF Research Report 052). London: DCSF. Available online
BBC video The fascinating history of the "London Underground Map http://tinyurl.com/5tcz6f
Mountain forum news http://mri.scnatweb.ch/dmdocuments/Flash_October_08.pdf
US Election Maps Range of interesting available at:
Young People's Geographies Website http://www.youngpeoplesgeographies.co.uk/
Using ICT in Secondary Geography http://www.geography.org.uk/projects/ks4ict
Geographical Association Worldwise Quizzes http://www.geography.org.uk/worldwise
WildKnowledge http://www.wildknowledge.co.uk has a range of videos that show the sort of work that can be undertaken with their three main applications: WildForm, WildMap and WildKey. Their web portal allows users from around the world can share their data whether it be building surveys, river study data, interactive map trails or wildlife identification records.
EUROCLIO Newsletter (October 2008) http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
NewGeography.com! NewGeography.com is a site devoted to commentary and discussion about the futures of places. http://www.newgeography.com/
Educational Movies Award Winning Educational Movies Make Classroom Learning Fun http://www.brainpop.co.uk/support/presentation_movie.weml
Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) Newsletter. The first edition of the MRI News will appear twice a year and the next edition is planned for spring 2009 (deadline February 1st). http://mri.scnatweb.ch/the-mri/news/mri-newsletter.html Subscribe directly at http://www.mri.scnatweb.ch/
New eTwinning Portal for schools http://www.etwinning.net/
ElectroCity – An online computer game about energy generation and consumption which lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand. NB: New Zealand is nuclear-free, so nuclear power plants cannot be built in this country. However, this game is intended to provide players with a base knowledge of energy generation, so nuclear power is included. http://electrocity.co.nz/
National Geographic ‘Education update’ is the regular newsletter of National Geographic. It highlights educational opportunities and activities See more
Population Reference Bureau has released the 2008 World Population Data Sheet, an excellent annual reference to world population and trends. http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2008/2008wpds.aspx
New Book on Innovation: Fostering Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in European Regions *Walter Leal Filho, Marzenna Weresa (eds), Fostering Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in European Regions. Peter Lang Scientific Publishers, Frankfurt, September 2008, ISBN 978-3-631-58195-7, 235 pp.
Interactive Internet portal for sustainability in South Tyrol A sustainability monitor has been developed for South Tyrol, Italy and is now on-line. A total of 74 indicators relating to the environment, society and the economy have been developed to make sustainability quantifiable and to show the situation in the various municipalities with regard to sustainable development. A trilingual (de/it/en) book entitled "Sustainable South Tyrol?" has also been published containing a set of indicators with data relating to the ecological, societal and economic situation in all the municipalities in the region. http://www.sustainability.bz.it
New book on environmental law Lausche, B. J. (2008): Weaving a Web of Environmental Law - Contributions of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme. 563 pages. ISBN: 978-3-503-11045-2. http://esv.info/id/350311045/katalog.html
GeoInformatics newsletter http://fluidbook.microdesign.nl/geoinformatics/05-2008/
Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) http://www.cenn.org/
National Snow and Ice Data Center publishes a quarterly newsletter, NSIDC Notes. An electronic version of the Fall 2008 issue, number 65, can be accessed as a PDF file at http://nsidc.org/pubs/notes/
The impact of Web 2.0 applications European Schoolnet was among invited experts at the Learning 2.0 validation workshop organised by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPST) in Sevilla in October 2008. The objective of this one year long study is to assess the impact of Web 2.0 trends on the field of learning and education in Europe, and to propose avenues for further research and policy-making in Europe. Read more
iClass, another step towards the future of learning? After four and a half years, the iClass project - one of the largest projects funded by the European Commission DG Information Society to create an intelligent Distributed Cognitive-based Open Learning System for schools - came to an end in July 2008. The results have been gathered in a booklet titled ‘The Future of Learning? Results from the iClass project'. Read`more
OECD Education at a glance 2008: indicators The annual report on education released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides a comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems. http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/23/46/41284038.pdf
Progress towards the Lisbon objectives in education and training The annual European Commission working document shows indicators and benchmarks concerning education and training in the EU countries for the year 2008. http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/2010/doc/progress08/report_en.pdf
January 2009 "Cartography and Geoinformatics for Early Warning and Emergency Management: Towards Better Solutions" Symposium, Prague, Jan. 2009, http://c4c.geogr.muni.cz/index.html
13 January 2009 Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Employer Engagement Conference, University of Chichester, http://www.chi.ac.uk/swapshop/
16 January 2009, Teacher Training Network ESCalate Event: Reflecting on Reflection: to develop and extend our understanding of reflection, University of Gloucestershire, http://escalate.ac.uk/5159
19-22 January, 2009 Commission on Cartography and Children, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic during the Symposium on Cartography and Geoinformatics for Early Warning and Emergency Management. Detailed information on the website of the Symposium http://c4c.geogr.muni.cz/
21-23 January 2009, International Dimensions of Climate Policies; Bern/CH; language: en; organiser: NCCR Climate. Information: http://www.nccr-climate.unibe.ch/conferences/climate_policies/
29-31 January 2009 CEP® CLEAN ENERGY POWER; Hamburg, DE; language: de, en; organisers: Landesmesse Stuttgart. Information: http://www.cep-expo.de/index.php?id=7&L=1
12-13 February 2009, Peace with water Faire la paix avec l’eau - Fare Pace con l’Acqua - Frieden mit Wasser, Brussels, European Parliament, organised by the World Political Forum in collaboration with European Parliamentary Groups and the European Research Institute on Water Policy (IERPE) (Belgium). The main objective of “Peace with Water” is to define and approve a proposal of World Water Protocol (WWP), based on the prevention of conflicts, the promotion of the right to water for everybody and the safeguard of the world water patrimony for a responsible and effective management of water as common good, also in the interest of all the living species and of future generations (beyond a not well defined anthropocentrism). http://www.theworldpoliticalforum.org/
14 February 2009, SEAGA (South East Asian Geographers) event, International Forum on Cities and Climate Change – Society and Policy Responses, Registration fee is $100 per person. The registration package includes a tea break, lunch, and a forum kit. http://www.seaga.co.nr/ Email: email@example.com
10-12 March 2009 International Congress: Climate Change; Copenhagen, DK; language: en; organiser: University of Copenhagen. Information: http://climate.ku.dk/congress/
3-4 April 2009 International climate-conference; Bolzano, IT; languages: de, fr, it, sl; organisers: Association "Alpine town of the year". Information: http://www.cipra.org/en/cc.alps/cc.alps/?set_language=en
5-11 April 2009 16th EUROCLIO Annual Professional Training and Development Conference “Taking the Perspective of the Others: Intercultural Dialogue and Teaching and Learning History”, Nicosia, Cyprus. http://www.euroclio.eu
13-14 May 2009 Call for Papers, Fifth International Conference on Human Rights
28-31 May 2009 HERODOT Conference, Celebrating Geographical Diveristy, Ayvalik, Turkey, pre-conference excursions 26-28 May 2009, further details http://www.herodot.net
8 July 2009, Call for papers Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Cumbria Study of Higher Education Network in collaboration with Northumbria University Centre for Excellence in Assessment for Learning, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK, http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Services/CDLT/C-SHEN/Events/ExternalEvents.aspx
8-10 July 2009 Learning with Geoinformation - Call for Papers Within the framework of AGIT 2009 and in cooperation with the Herodot network and the international GI-Forum - a full three days track themed around geoinformation in education. http://www.agit.at/
10-13 July 2009, Call for Papers/Abstracts and Invited Sessions Proposals for The 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management: KGCM 2009, http://www.2009iiisconferences.org/kgcm. It will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA.
19-21 August 2009, 8th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL) 2009, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, http://www.hkws.org/events/icwl2009/
26-27 October 2009, Sustainable Innovation 09 Towards a Low Carbon Innovation Revolution Farnham Castle, Farnham, UK, Conference papers: please email to SI09@ucreative.ac.uk, fax or post up to 500 words describing your proposed paper by 2nd March 2009. Website: http://www.cfsd.org.uk
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