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Autumn Newsletter (No.3)
September 2003

Welcome to the Network's third Newsletter. This issue contains information on the second year of the project, provides updated news about Bologna activities, information about the member needs survey undertaken in March 2003 and the TUNING pilot project that HERODOT will undertake, If you are planning a bid to Socrates then read on .....

European Funding opportunities and a proposal for a new Thematic Pillar on Sustainability are also included. If you have any news, are involved in events or are prepared to promote the network, then contact Karl Donert or Glenda Wall.


Bidding Success - Web site
HERODOT has successfully applied for funding from the European Commission for the year 2003/4. The budget, work programme and activities are still being organised and full details will be sent in the near future.

The HERODOT Web site is being updated and improved, we would like to hear your views and opinions and information on any services you require.


New Thematic Pillar Proposed
Following the recent RGS-IBG Conference in London, a suggestion foir a new Thematic Pillar resulted from a session held there. The new pillar would look at the theme of Sustainabilityin the teaching of Geography in Higher Education. If you are interested in participating in this new proposal, then please contact either Martin Haigh or Karl Donert.


Thematic Pillars: Update TP1 - TP2 - TP3

TP1: Europeanisation (Leader: Olivier Mentz) - Malta meeting- Pilot survey - Tartu meeting - New Project proposal

A meeting of those interested in Europeanisation aspects of Geographical curriculum and structures in higher education was held in Malta in July 2003. The aims of this meeting were to produce a pilot questionnaire and survey methodology to compare Geography across Europe, by undertaking surveys of academics, Geography graduates and employers. The questionnaire takes the form of a list of subject specific and generic competences and skills which were agreed by the members of this Thematic Pillar. Following the pilot phase, HERODOT will seek to undertake the self-TUNING of Geography in Europe in order to establish an International Charter for Geography in Higher Education.

This pilot survey will be undertaken in the coming semester in 8 countries. If you are interested in piloting then contact the TP leader: Olivier Mentz.

This group intends to meet and present the results of the pilot survey to delegates at a pillar meeting in Tartu in June 2004 (likely dates 25-29 June 2004 - keep your diary clear).

Application for a new Socrates curriculum development project is being proposed from this Thematic Pillar. This proposal will be submitted in early March 2004. The project will seek to design and develop one or more distance learning modules (at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level) which would support the Europeanisation of the Gerography higher education curriculum. If you are interested in participating in this project and course development, then please contact the TP leader: Olivier Mentz

Olivier Mentz is now leading this Pillar, He is Assistant Professor in the department of Geography and its didactics at the University of Education in Karlsruhe. Where his main research areas are Bilingual Geography, Geography and its Didactics in France and Germany, as well as Europe as a subject in Geographical Education.

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TP2: Professionalism (Leader: Brian Chalkley) - need your help - base line survey

TP2 is undertaking a base line survey of existing staff and professional development and what is being done for geography staff in European countries. They need your help, please contact the TP leader to complete the short survey.

The TP2 theme focuses on the professional development of geography lecturers in higher education. It seeks to bring together geographers from different parts of Europe who have a common interest in this theme. Its primary aim is to disseminate good practice in professional development and in this way to enhance the quality of geography courses and improve further the learning experiences of geography students.

A second focus will be the promotion of geography graduates' employability. There was agreement at the London conference that enhancing graduate employability and careers is a key issue for geography in many European countries. To further improve the employment record of our students will require that geography lecturers share good practice on how best to achieve this. A programme of professional development is essential of geography academics are to design curricula and implement teaching and learning strategies which will prepare our students still more effectively for success in the graduate labour market.

In the light of the two priorities identified in London, the TP2 programme for this year will focus principally on considering whether geographers are unprepared for employability and whether academics are out of touch with how to advise students on available employment for qualified geographers. They intend to publish a paper on employment. Their follow up meeting is likely to be held in Sofia or Prague during Spring 2004.
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TP3: Exciting Geography (Leader: Ashley Kent)

This pillar is focusing on innovative learning and teaching issues. It will seek to produce case studies in support of good practice in Geography.

Exciting Geography has three sub-groups:
1. What is exciting geography?
Using geography to enhance thinking.
3. ICT and CAL in geography

1. Exciting Geography are seeking to determine answers to the questions: What does a geography of Europe need to make it exciting? What is exciting in geography? What is exciting in the geography of Europe? They are devising a framework of investigation in order to investigate these questions. Contact the group leaders to find out more: Iris Pauw and Adwin Bosschaart
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2. Thinking Geography plan to develop an e-Book on the approaches to enhancing thinking through Geography. The following sections have already been proposed:

  • Assessment and geography
  • Thinking and understanding
  • Enhancing children's investigative skills through field studies
  • Experimental work in school geography
  • Helping teachers to work with pre-conceived ideas through problem based learning
  • Thinking and values in tertiary level education
  • Children's collaborative mapping: talking through spatial thinking

Contact the group leaders to find out more: Costas Constantinou, David Owen and Shelagh Waddington
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3. ICT and CAL in Geography are planning to establish a European database with:
a) the computer assisted geography teaching and learning methods and activities and
b) useful web links that provide information on the subject. If you want to participate, please contact the group leaders Harry Rogge and Gregor Falk
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HERODOT has been linked with the new Thematic Network EEGECS (for higher education departments of Geodetics, Cartogaphy and Surveying). This network has submitted an application under the ALPHA Programme to link universities in Europe with those in Latin America. If you are interested in joining EEGECS, contact eegecs@upvnet.upv.es

INLT stands for International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education. It was established at the AAG conference in Hawaii in 1999. Papers were published in JGHE July 2000. There is a listserv and a twic yearly Newsletter. Members of HERODOT, who have not already done so, should join. It is free. See http://www.glos.ac.uk/gdn

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HERODOT Network Growth
The HERODOT Network now stands at 103 partners, including 10 geography related organisations, representing 29 countries within Europe and three countries beyond.

The Network is urgently looking to expand its links internationally. Please ask any new potential partners to contact Glenda Wall for memberships forms. An expansion form has been e-mailed to all partners and there is also a copy available on the HERODOT web site.

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This section provides up-to-date information on bidding for Socrates funds. Do you want to visit other universities? Develop joint programs or projects? Then look here. You can contact Karl Donert if you want informal advice on any applications you are considering. Some new projects are being planned, see the looking for partners section. Other specific project opportunities occasionally become available.

Socrates/Erasmus - Looking for partners - Other funding opportunities

HERODOT News aims to provide members with useful information concerning opportunities to access European Commission and other funds to enable further collaboration and for projects.

HERODOT wants to establish a partner search function, if you wish to find partners for a new project or to find places for your students to undertake a European study or work placement exchange overseas - if you want to include your information in the partner search, then please email Amanda Plumb.

Socrates/Erasmus - Looking for partners - Other funding opportunities

Are you applying for Socrates Funding 2003/2004?
The actions are as follows: Comenius (schools), Erasmus (higher education), Grundtvig (adults), Lingua (languages), Minerva (Open and Distance Learning). Contact Karl Donert if you want informal advice on any applications you are considering.

Other opportuntiies will include Observation and Innovation in Education Systems and Policies, Joint Actions and Accompanying Measures.

The Call for Proposals 2004 and the Socrates Guide for Applicants (pdf) should be read in conjunction with one another. Together they contain all the information needed in order to apply for Socrates grants.

ERASMUS deadlines
Curriculum Development Projects - deadline 1 March 2004 (Start 1 October 2004)
Intensive Programmes - deadline 1 March 2004 (Start 1 October 2004)
Mobility of Students and Teaching Staff - apply to your International Office - national agency

Preparatory Visits for all Actions - Contact your National Agency
All application forms and further information

Socrates/Erasmus - Looking for partners - Other funding opportunities

PARTNER SEARCH - Women rights - EU-South America - native cultures

Looking for partners (Women and Fundamental Rights)
for a new interdisciplinary thematic network on Women and: Fundamental Rights, Places of Socialization and Growth, Health and Sexual Freedom, Scientific Research, Labour Market, contact Mrs Rita Saraò, International Relation Office, University of Foggia r.sarao@unifg.it

Looking for partners (Europe-South America)
The EEGECS Thematic Network (European Eduaction in Geodetic Engineering, Cartography and Surveying) are looking for partners interested in participating with a new application to work with Latin America (ALFA Program). The main aim is to create a large network, with many institutions taking part as partners. They propose to create an inter-university institute, which could be a bridge between Latin America and Europe, in order to exchange ideas and information.

Information about EEGECS can be found at: http://www.top.upv.es/eegecs/main.asp
For more information, the ALFA website is: http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/projects/alfa/index_en.htm
Contact Francisco García García, eegecs@upvnt.upv.es

Partner Search (native cultures and literature)
A Framework 6 project is being proposed from Latvia, information about the project is available at: http://www.ku.lt/hmf/lietuviu/en-e-kult.php. New partners should register at: http://www.ku.lt/hmf/lietuviu/en-e-partner.php. Please contact Dr. Vytautas V. Sirtautas.

Socrates/Erasmus - Looking for partners - Other funding opportunities

Other Opportunities
Funding opportunities exist now in the following areas, click to find out more:
LIFE Projects
TeLearn Technology Enhanced Learning (Sixth Framework)
European Year of Sport 2004
UK Environment for Europe
Information Society Technology (IST-second Call)
Vocational and Professional Training
Culture 2000
Other Links

Coming soon: ERASMUS WORLD

Closing Date(s) October 31 2003 and November 30 2003
Objectives :
- LIFE Nature : Conserve natural habitats and wild fauna and flora
- LIFE Environment : Contributing to the development of innovative and integrated techniques and methods, Develop Community environment policy
- LIFE Third Countries: Assist the establishment of the means and administrative structures needed in the environmental sector, Develop environmental policy and action programmes in third countries bordering on the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas
- LIFE Nature Co-op : Exchange experience between LIFE-Nature projects.
Call text (pdf) - Background information
Guidelines :
- LIFE Nature - LIFE Environment - LIFE Third Countries - LIFE Nature Co-op
Application forms:
- LIFE Nature - LIFE Environment - LIFE Third Countries - LIFE Nature Co-op

Technology Enhanced Learning (TeLearn)
The Commission site for the Sixth Framework Programme:
Technology Enhanced Learning Project Fact Sheets.
Technology Enhanced Learning - Research and Development in Education and
Training Applications 1998-2002. Both publications can be downloaded here:

Cooperation with third countries in the area of immigration
Deadline: September 30 2003
Target regions or coutries :
Countries and regions of origin and transit in respect of which the EC has adopted action plans drawn up by the High-level Working Group on Asylum and Migration (with the exception of Afghanistan already covered by a parallel decision)
All useful documents for applying:

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Fieldwork and Sport? (Promoting the educational value of sport)
European Year of Education through Sport 2004
Projects between 500,000 and 4 Million € according the start
Deadline March 1 2004
Call text:(pdf)
Guidelines/ handbook/all useful documents:
Backround Information

UK Environment for Europe - Central and Eastern Europe (sustainability)
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is launching the new UK Environment for Europe Fund to coincide with the Kiev Environment for Europe Conference. Its goal is to promote environmental protection and sustainable development in Eastern and Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It specifically focuses on the outcomes of Kiev 2003. The Fund will be worth 2 million pounds in 2003/2004.

To find out more contact: CENN Caucasus Envrinmental NGO Network
e -mail: info@cenn.org Website: http://www.cenn.org

Information Society and Technology
The second IST Call under FP6 was published with a budget of €525m and a closing date of 15 October 2003. For more information visit the Cordis website at http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cfm?CALL_ID=74.

Vocational and Professional Training
The European Training Village team of Cedefop invites you to visit http://www.trainingvillage.gr

Culture 2000, is an EU funding programme offering support for arts and cultural
projects in the performing and visual arts, heritage and associated with books/reading
sectors. More information and newsletter.

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Pilot Programme on the impact of enlargement in border regions
Closing Date November 10 2003
- to improve the capacity of regional and local authority administrations to develop and manage sustainable cross border networks in the areas of youth, culture, health, social affairs, environment and civil protection, energy, transport and consumer protection including the organisation of people to people activities in these areas (i.e. local community or neighbourhood actions).

Concerned border regions:
— Finland: Etelä-Suomi, Uusimaa
— Italy: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto
— Greece: Anatoliki Makedonia-Thraki, Kentriki, Macedonia, Kriti, Notio Aigaio, Voreio Aigaio
— Austria: Burgenland, Kärnten, Niederösterreich, Oberösterreich, Steiermark, Wien
— Germany: Berlin, Brandenburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niederbayern, Oberfranken, Oberpfalz
Call text(pdf) - Guidelines (pdf) - Background information

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Socrates/Erasmus - Looking for partners - Other funding opportunities

Resources -
More Bologna - News from the European Commission - role of universities - Eurydice Bulletin - top

Resources... Resources ... Resources
GE source a source of high quality Internet sites covering all aspects of Geography and the environment http://www.gesource.ac.uk
Geography Learning and Teaching support network (UK) http://www.gees.ac.uk
Guide to resources on Higher Education JISC resources guides http://www.jisc.ac.uk/resourceguides/
UK national larning and teaching projects http://www.ltsn.ac.uk/genericcentre/projectfinder
EDINA: the GEO data portal http://www.gogeo.ac.uk
Social Science Network - free abstracts http://www.socscinet.com
SARA - journal content alerts http://www.tandf.co.uk/sara

Naturopa: a free journal from the Council of Europe, latest issue - the European Landscape Convention, next issue War and Heritage, go to http://www.coe.int, email christian.meyer@coe.int

Geography in the News: free learning resources, news and views at http://www.geographyinthenews.rgs.org/

LTSN-GEES Information or resources on learning and teaching in geography, earth or environmental sciences can be obtained from the LTSN-GEES Centre http://www.gees.ac.uk/

Free Internet Training is available online at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/, teach yourself Internet skills, over 60 free Web tutorials online as part of the Virtual Training Suite

Interested in eLearning? Subscribe to the Learning Citizen Newsletter
The content of the July-September 2003 Newsletter included:
* A question of Pedagogy, Mobile learning as a tool for inclusion
* Technology Watch, Whole world in their hands
* eLearning Standards, Access on demand
* Perspectives of eLearning, The Silicon Valley as a model for eLearning
* Beyond Europe, Canadian eLearning Guidelines Protect Consumers
* Synergy with other initiatives, Warning up the cool to learning with Quiclearn
* Events
The newsletter can be downloaded directly from http://www.learningcitizen.net

Unlocking the archives of the RGS visit http://www.rgs.org/category.php?page=6hlf

Geography Discipline Network resources on Good Teaching, Key Skills and support for disabled students, visit the GDN Web pages http://www.chelt.ac.uk/gdn/

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Some interesting Internet links to check out (do
Educational Technology and eLearning for Development (focus on Southern Africa)
Imagination at work!
World Association for Online Education
CFP: Cooperation and Collaboration in Education (Singapore, June 2004)
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Social Science Information Gateway (lots of interesting links)
Eurotexte: The Translators' Portal (links to dictionaries, terminology, glossaries, etc.)
Information Technologies and International Development (new journal)
The Internet picture dictionary

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More Bologna
The HERODOT Web site has copy and links on Bologna, an explanation of the Declaration can be found at:
and http://www.bologna-berlin2003.de/pdf/bologna_declaration.pdf

An article by Prof. Graham Gaie (University of Glasgow) may be of interest to UK colleagues, "The Bolgna Declaration - Does it concern UK Universities?

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European Commission News

Ploteus Portal for European Education and Training
PLOTEUS, is an online service launched by the European Commission in March to help citizens find out about education and training in Europe.The new portal, named after the ancient Greek word for 'navigator', offers a vast array of useful free information by linking national education and training websites. In parallel with the EURES jobs database, it effectively opens up public sector sources of learning and employment opportunities throughout 30 countries.

As well as the detailed information on schools, colleges and courses of all kinds in it's learning opportunities and education systems sections, the portal provides practical help under the headings 'exchange', 'contact' and 'moving to a country'. This includes hints on matters such as finding a place to stay, living costs, the legal aspects of studying or working abroad, tax and social security. Visit the PLOTEUS Portal at: http://www.ploteus.net

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BERLIN UPDATE - European Commission consultation: the role of universities
The Commission adopted on 5 February a Communication on The Role of Universities in the Europe of knowledge. They are inviting anyone who has an interest in this matter on higher education to send a response on the Communication to the Commission up to the end of May this year. The intention is to prepare a short report to the Ministers of (Higher) Education in time for the Berlin Ministerial meeting of the Bologna process. Further action will be assessed at that stage. Visit the Bologna-Berlin Web site for the latest news http://www.bologna-berlin2003.de

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Eurydice Bulletin: 'Education in the News - Europe'
Headlines are as follows:
* Turkey to participate in education, training and youth programmes in 2004 - European Commission Press Release
* Debate on the future of universities in Europe - European Commission Communication
* Denmark proceeds with university reform
* Germany seeks to increase share of international postgraduates
* Sweden seeks to attract more foreign students with the launch of a new web site: http://www.studyin.sweden.se
* The future of higher education in England & Wales (Government white paper on the reform of HE in England & Wales)
* ICT government policies for education and training worldwide (searchable database)

The bulletin contains a collection of recent education news items, presented in alphabetical order by country. These have been collected from European education websites, the Times Educational Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement and other publications. The items also contain web sites where further information may be found about each topic.

You can download a copy of this bulletin from: http://www.nfer.ac.uk/eurydice/factfiles/factfileeur.asp#ednews (click on the words 'current issue')

EUROFOCUS is a series of briefing papers which summarise current issues in education and training in Europe. These briefing papers provide information from a UK perspective on one or more European countries or on European Community education policy.

Latest issue is: Citizenship Education across Europe - pdf (2002)

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Some Other News

Peruvian Mountains "Cordilleras Hermanas", is a Web site created by students from two Peruvian universities: Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and Universidad Agraria La Molina (UNALM), their WEB site is: http://www.lamolina.edu.pe/cordillerashermanas/

Teacher training grants The Geographical Association present awards to attend their Annual conference in the UK (normally in April) If you are interested in applying for one of these, then contact Tony Binns, chair of the GA International Committee.

INLT Newsletter Issue 7 of the International Network for Learning & Teaching of
Geography in Higher Education (INLT) Newsletter is now available on the Web at http://www.glos.ac.uk/gdn/inlt/issue7.htm. Contents include:

Journal of Geography in Higher Education is seeking articles (JGHE)
* General information (Aims and Scope, Subscription Rates, etc.)
* Publishing for JGHE
* JGHE Prize

International Journal of Fieldwork Studies free online journal, can be found at http://www.virtualmontana.org/ejournal/

A range of RGS-IBG grants for fieldwork and research are available from http://www.rgs.org/grants, or contact Grants Office, RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR, UK grants@rgs.org

Inclusive Curriculum Project aims to develop, disseminate and embed resources for supporting disabled students studying Geography and environmental sciences. The project will continue until the end of 2005. For further information, contact Mick Healey, Project Director mhealey@glos.ac.uk

Conferences and Events 2003/4

27 September - 3 October 2003 World Climate Change Conference, Moscow, Russia

24-27 September, 2003, The Asociación de Geografos Españoles (Spanish Geographers Association) XVIII Congress:Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona "Geographies for a Global Society: Diversity, Identity and Social Exclusion". The four groups of the Congress will discuss : Territory and social change, Diversity and integration in the new Europe, Landscape and sustainability and New issues in territorial planning and management. At the same time, four Round Tables are planned on : The Bologna challenges in geography teaching; Geography and Society; From Postmodernism to the new Cultural Geographies and Innovation, Networks and fluxes in terriritorial studies. Information : http://www.age2003.com

1-4 October 14th Festival of Geography at Saint-Die-des-Vosges,France. Theme is Water and Geography, there is Cafe Geography, exhibitions, round tables, the special invited country is Germany To find out more visit http://www.ville-saintdie.fr or http://fig-st-die.education.fr

24-27 October 2003, Urban Tourism, Mapping the Future, Glasgow, UK

14-19 March 2004 100th AAG Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA

5th-7th April 2004, Geographical Association: Annual Conference
University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. There will be a special event on Europe and Enlargement Contact: ga@geography.org.uk and visit the GA Web site http://www.geography.org.uk for further information.
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Green Week
Green Week 2004 intends to bring people together to debate, as a follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg on key environmental issues of sustainable consumption and production, renewable energy and climate change and water. You can now register on-line at
http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/greenweek/index_en.htm for Green Week!

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15-20 August 2004, International Geographical Union Congress, Glasgow, UK, One Earth One World, HERODOT will be widely represented there and this will be a good opportunity to meet and forward our work

17 August 2004 RGS-IBG at the IGU, Glasgow, UK, a shortened RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2004 will be held on the middle day of the IGU conference. Call for innovative sessions 15 November 2003, abstract submission 31 January 2004, early registration by 1 March 2004

17-20 August 2004 BGRG International Geomorphology Conference, Glasgow, UK, Theme: Geomorphology and Sustainability

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Project Research Assistants: Glenda Wall and Amanda Plumb
Liverpool Hope University College, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD
Tel: 0151 291 3346/3897 Fax: 0151 291 3116
E-mail: wallg@hope.ac.uk and plumba@hope.ac.uk