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Newsletter (No.17)

November 2008

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.

HERODOT News - HERODOT events - Geo-news - Funding - Research - Geo-Resources - Conferences

 

HERODOT News

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
The date for the HERODOT conference will be 28-31 May 2009.
Pre-conference Excursions 26-28 May 2009
Conference 28-31 May 2009
Further information and Call

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.

Have you seen our news feeds? These feed physical, human and GI news into the community home page - access the HERODOT community

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

Forthcoming Network Events

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/

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Geo-News

Protected areas in the EU lacking in quality
According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) more than half of the protected species and habitats in the EU are under pressure. Worldwide, just under 17,000 species are on the Red List, i.e. threatened by extinction. The situation is particularly poor in habitats such as wetlands, dunes and open grasslands. According to the EEA the picture is slightly better when it comes to conservation efforts in Alpine and Mediterranean regions. The primary problem does not appear to be the number of protected areas, but their lack of quality and status. That is why the report believes special emphasis has to be placed on the management and evaluation of existing protected areas in order to put a halt to the slow deterioration of the habitats. More

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.
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

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

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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

EU: Legally enforceable right to clean air The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that citizens have a legally enforceable right to clean air. More - Even 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/
Reference: Korup, O., Montgomery, D. R. (2008): Tibetan plateau river incision inhibited by glacial stabilization of the Tsangpo gorge. Nature, 455 (7214), 786-789

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.
ALP-WATER-SCARCE: http://www.alpwaterscarce.eu, http://www.institut-montagne.org, http://www.enviscope.com/15816-penurie-eau-Alpes-recherche.html
The ALPLAKES project was also conducted as part of the Alpine Space Programme and completed in 2008. ALPLAKES established an international network aimed at promoting sustainable protection for lakes and lakeside areas and also for developing ecotourism. Among other results the project produced a publication entitled "Alpine lakes. A common approach to the characterisation of lakes and their catchment area". This extensive volume summarises the results of ALPLAKES and features 18 lakes in the Alpine region. The English publication is available both in print and as a PDF file.
ALP LAKES: http://www.alpinespace.org/alplakes.html
Publication: http://www.irealp.it/346,Projects.html

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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.
The Call: Earth Charter International invites you to reflect upon moments when you have suddenly felt a deep sense of oneness or connection with the world around you. We are seeking personal stories and photos on this theme of connection from a great diversity of ages, cultures, religions, and walks of life. Submissions will be selected from every region of the world, and published in a book to be released internationally in 2009. For full details and the Youtube version of the Call, please visit: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/publication/

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.

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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

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Funding News

Lifelong learning EU funding Information is published on recent developments under the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme and specifically on:

  • submission deadlines for the new 2008 call
  • the Erasmus and Jean Monnet programmes
  • the call for experts

http://ec.europa.eu/education/llp/doc848_en.htm

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, isecoordinator@gmail.com
In 2009 the International Society of Ethnobiology will award two small grants, and one Field Fellowship. In 2011 we will award another two small grants, and possibly an institution-based fellowship (the latter depends upon available funds). For more information on the Program, and to get updates on the work of Fellows and Small Grants recipients from 2004-2008, please visit us online at: http://www.ethnobiology.net

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).
Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Practice offers 42,000 Euros scholarships (2 years) for study towards an MA at Roehampton University (London, UK), Gothenburg University (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Tromso University (Tromso, Norway).
Both programmes are also looking for visiting scholars who have gained experience in research in the appropriate fields. They would receive 13,000 Euros for a 3 month stay in at least two of the partner countries.
The deadline for all applications is 14 December 2008 for entry in August 2009. Full details (including application forms): http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/admissions/erasmusmundus/index.html

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.
He reports that it is likely that the EU FP7 Environment work program, due out in September 2009, will contain a call for a small to medium scale collaborative project ( up to 3.5 million Euro) emphasising improved seasonal forecasts and decadal climate change predictions, and better understanding of climate impacts on agriculture and water management in Sub-Saharan Africa. The proposal must have "strong involvement of the African research community". If interested, please contact drexler@giub.unibe.ch

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:dumiletos@yahoo.com

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Research

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

Calls:
Spatial Cognition and Computation, Special Issue on You-Are-Here Maps. Creating Spatial Awareness through Map-like Representations. Submitted papers will be refereed by the usual standards of Spatial Cognition and Computation. Instruction for submitting a manuscript can be found on the journal’s website. Submissions will be handled through the submission system, Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hspcc), and should not exceed 6000 words. Deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2009.
Mobile and Contextual Learning, A special issue of ALT Journal, Research in Learning Technology, Full details of how to submit can be found at:
http://www.alt.ac.uk/docs/altj_mobile_and_contextual_learning.pdf
Next Generation Digital Earth, by 31st January 2009
The International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research invites papers dealing with any aspect of Digital Earth and its future, from technology to societal context. An editorial published in the journal earlier this year (More information) and based on discussions at a Vespucci Initiative workshop in Florence in June identifies some perceived requirements and a related research agenda. Instructions on how to submit and formatting requirements are available here:
Articles should be no longer than 8000 words including abstract and references
When submitting the paper on-line, please select the “Next Generation Digital Earth (Under Review)” Section of the Journal
Bentham Open, are one of the leading international publishers for Open Access journals devoted to various disciplines in science and technology. Please refer to Bentham Open’s website at http://www.oa-earth-sci.org/AllOpenTitles for a current list of publications calling for papers.

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Geo-Resources

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

Earth Learning Ideas website http://www.earthlearningidea.com and posted on the blog http://earthlearningidea.blogspot.com

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:
http://www.electoral-vote.com/
,
http://politicalmaps.org/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/30/election-results-electora_n_139361.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/states_map/index.html

Young People's Geographies Website http://www.youngpeoplesgeographies.co.uk/
The site aims to bring together school geography and ideas from academic geography to look at practical ways in which young people and their geographies can support the ongoing process of curriculum making in school.

Using ICT in Secondary Geography http://www.geography.org.uk/projects/ks4ict
The site contains 10 projects ideas organised into curriculum areas - a further 15 will be added in the coming weeks.

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

Bentham Open publishes open access journals in Earth Sciences (http://www.oa-earth-sci.org). Queries should be addressed to info@oa-earth-sci.org

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

Geography of the last glacial period from the Palaeomar Project http://www.scotese.com/moreinfo16.htm The prroject home page http://www.scotese.com/Default.htm

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

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Conferences

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: seaga2009@hotmail.com

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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
Peace, Human Rights and Religion, Center for Human Rights Studies of Mofid University. With the Cooperation of UNDP in I.R. Iran and Some Other National and International Organizations Qom – Iran, http://chrs.mofidu.ac.ir/

28-31 May 2009 HERODOT Conference, Celebrating Geographical Diveristy, Ayvalik, Turkey, pre-conference excursions 26-28 May 2009, further details http://www.herodot.net

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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.
Deadlines: Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: December 19th, 2008, Authors Notifications: January 14th, 2009, Camera-ready, full papers: February 11th, 2009

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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