Tailored Opportunities: ICA 2018 Research Conference | Wageningen | July 4th – July 6th Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: innovation in enterprise and community

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Call for Scientific Papers and Posters for ICA2018 Research Conference

In 2018, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) European Research Conference will be held in The Netherlands. At this conference, scholars, representatives of cooperatives and policy makers will exchange the state of the art on building and strengthening cooperatives in different sectors and different countries.


Senior and junior scholars are invited to submit an extended abstract of around 1000 words (2 pages).

Requirement of the abstract?

Each abstract should contain at least the following information:

  • Context and problem statement
  • Objectives or research questions
  • Methods used
  • Key findings
  • Contribution to the scientific discourse


Deadline for sending in abstracts: 25 January 2017
Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2018
Deadline for sending in full paper: 1 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2018

The deadline for sending in abstracts and posters is 25 January 2018 and should be sent to ICA2018.mst@wur.nl.

Where: The Netherlands

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This call opportunity was obtained from our brother Beyene Tedla, Research assistant at Pennsylvania State University


Tailored opportunities: Call for papers 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference


The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland . The Conference focuses on the potential of technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South. Tech4Dev 2018 puts the challenges and the potential of the Global South in the center of discussions reflected by its title Voices of the Global South.  Accepted presenters will be fully funded and their accepted papers Papers  might be selected for submission to the Journal of Development Engineering (Elsevier) or for the Tech4Dev Conference Open Access Publication (most likely with Springer).

Tech4Dev provides an opportunity to:

  • Present your research at a unique multidisciplinary Conference focused on innovative technology for social impact in the Global South.
  • Network across disciplines and fields of technology, to promote the development, deployment, adaptation, and scaling of new solutions for the Global South.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with diverse stakeholders – academics, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, practitioners, and social scientists- interested in technological innovation in the Global South.
  • Participate in the fabulous social event of the conference that will take place in the Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Build capacity among students and young professionals to engage in multidisciplinary problem solving for social impact.Network across disciplines and fields of technology, to promote the development, deployment, adaptation, and scaling of new solutions for the Global South.

The Conference’s focus in centered around the following Core Thematic Areas and Crosscutting Themes:

  Core Thematic AreasTechnologies for Humanitarian Action
  1. Medical Technologies
  2. Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
  3. Technologies for Sustainable Access to Energy
  4. ICT for Development
  5. Technologies for Sustainable Habitat and Cities
 Crosscutting Themes
  • Strengthening the research-policy nexus in the implementation of the SDGs
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Quality (Rigorous) Impact Evaluations: Lessons from the academia and the field
  • Development Engineering: Training Global Engineers
  • Open science: an opportunity for the global south?
  • Heart Money – the role of venture capitalism in enabling social outcomes
  • Blockchain and the BoP: a disruptive technology for economic inclusion?
  • Development Engineering in the Private Sector
  • Building bridges among global high-tech hubs in the African context


Any one working in academia, research, development or practitioners who have technologies that might assist development.


Make online submission of abstracts here following the guidelines here 


Deadline for submission in on 5th January 2017.

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Tailored opportunities: Postdoctoral Fellow, Geospatial Data Scientist


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.
Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.
IITA and Bioversity International are recruiting an “Geospatial Data Scientist” to support geospatial data collection, analysis and modelling under a BMZ supported agricultural research for development project in Central Africa. The project aims to use citizen science and ICT to develop (cost-)effective and scalable decision support tools for advancing the prevention and control of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in East and Central Africa. The project has a 3-year timeline and will mainly take place in Rwanda; where the position is based. This project uses ICT-based and geospatial tools to (1) provide extension providers and farmers with decision-support on (cost-) effective BXW control, and (2) crowdsource data to develop a GIS-based early warning system to prevent the further spread of BXW. The postdoc will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the project, working closely together with the PhD researcher(s) and the Rwanda Agricultural Board.
Position Responsibilities
The postdoctoral fellow will undertake the following activities:
• Design, implement and monitor geospatial research in the context of a research for  development program.
• Collect, analyse and visualise geospatial data to develop decision support tools for pest and disease control and prevention.
• Geospatial modelling for simulation and prediction of pest and disease spread.
• Lead participatory and inclusive GIS-based tool design and testing with research and development partners.
• Collaborate with scientists and mobile app developers to improve geospatial data collection based on
principles of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.
• Design, develop and maintain information systems to implement procedures to avail geospatial data using mobile app- and web-based tools to end-users.
• Liaise with software and app developers to integrate prediction models into decision support tools.
• Conduct statistical analyses of experimental and survey-based agronomic, socio-economic and/or health data.
• Collaborate with data scientist to develop prediction models.
• Backstop GIS across the ongoing IITA and Bioversity International R4D project portfolio in Central Africa


The candidate should have a finalised PhD in human geography, geospatial information systems (GIS) or geospatial modelling preferably applied in the field of agriculture.


Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/career


Deadline for application is 26th December 2017.

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Tailored Opportunities: 15 PhD positions available in MiRA EU-ITN

15 PhD positions are available at different research institutions and companies in Europe, participating in the Marie Curie ITN “Microbe-induced Resistance to Agricultural pests” (MiRA). All positions are open from April 1st 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Deadline for applications is January 14th 2018.

Read more aobut the backgorund for the project here.

General requirements for all ESR positions

At the time of commencement, it is required that the candidates have not been awarded a doctorate degree and are within the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. Furthermore, the candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the enrollment country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Candidates are required to spend part of their project period at other institutions in the the MiRA consortium on secondments, see details at individual posts.

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 1)

Ecological Sciences, The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK and Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK Project title: Does plant osmotic stress alter microbe-induced resistance to aphids in Solanum?

Apply here: https://www.cloudonlinerecruitment.co.uk/jameshutton/

PhD scholarship in plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 2) Functional Ecology Laboratory, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel Project title: Effects of eco-climatic adaptation of tomato and microbe genotypes on resistance- induction

Apply here: https://www.unine.ch/lef/home.html

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 3) Insect Biology Research Institute (IRBI), National Center for Scientific Research / University of Tours Project title: Impact of plant-associated Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) on insect endo- symbionts and consequences for resistance-induction and performance of tomato

Apply here: http://irbi.univ-tours.fr

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect ecology (ESR 4)

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Project title: Effect of phytopathogens and entomopathogens on microbe-induced plant resistance and performance

Apply here: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=146310

PhD scholarship in Plant-Microbe-Insect interactions (ESR 5) Department of Microbial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, NL Project title: Impact of microbial inoculums on microbiome composition and resistance-induction of host plants against insect pests

Apply here: https://nioo.knaw.nl/nl/vacatures-en-stages

PhD scholarship in -Plant Microbe Insect Interactions (ESR 6) Department of Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Granada, Spain Project title: Signaling in induced resistance modulation by beneficial soil fungi (AMF/Trichoderma) against chewing and sucking insects in tomato

The ​ ​application,​ ​in​ ​English,​ ​must ​ ​be ​ ​submitted​ ​electronically​ ​to​ ​mjpozo@eez.csic.es

PhD scholarship in Plant-microbe-insect interactions (ESR 7)

Department of Biology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Project title: Molecular mechanisms underlying interactions between microbe-induced resistance to herbivorous insects and pathogenic microbes

Apply here

PhD scholarship in  Molecular Interaction Ecology of Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions (ESR 8)

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena Project title: An integrated “omics” approach to unravel the impact of root symbionts on tomato direct and indirect defenses against herbivores

Apply here: https://www.idiv.de/about_idiv/career.html

PhD scholarship in – Plant Microbe Insect interactions (ESR 9) Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Project title: Impact of drought on plant resource allocation and its effect on intra and inter- organismal signalling between resistance-inducing rhizosphere bacteria and plant

Apply here: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=146310

PhD scholarship in Ecology of Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions (ESR 10) Department of Environmental Protection, Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Granada, Spain. Project title: Effect of resistance-inducing mycorrhiza on natural enemies of aphids in tomato

The ​ ​application,​ ​in​ ​English,​ ​must ​ ​be ​ ​submitted​ ​electronically​ ​to​ ​emilio.benitez@eez.csic.es

PhD scholarship in – Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 11) Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, The Netherlands Project title: Abiotic modulation of effects of mycorrhizae on plant indirect and direct defence against insect pests

Apply here: https://nioo.knaw.nl/en/job-vacancies-and-internships

PhD scholarship in – Plant-Microbe-Insect Ecology (ESR 12) INOQ GmbH, Schnega, Germany Project title: Using insects as vectors for inoculation of beneficial resistance-inducing microbes in plants

Apply here: www.inoq.de

PhD scholarships in Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions (ESR 13) Department of R&D Microbiology, Koppert Biological Systems, Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands Project title: The study of soil borne beneficial microbial consortia to contribute to the research on plant protection products for modern agriculture

Apply here: https://koppert.has-jobs.com

PhD scholarship in Applications of Plant-Fungi-Insect Interactions (ESR 14) Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Project title: Resistance-inducing benefits from root-associated entomopathogens: translation from lab observations to field application

Apply here: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=146310

PhD position in Research on Acceptance of Innovations in Agriculture (ESR 15) Department of Department of Agricultural and Food Market Research, University of Bonn, Germany Project title: Multi-Stakeholder acceptance of using beneficial soil microbes for crop yield and pest suppression in tomato and potato cultivation in Europe

Apply here: http://www.ilr.uni-bonn.de/central/jobs_d.htm


Tailored opportunities: Three Ph.D. studentships and one postdoctoral position on Biodiversity and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions

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Biodiversity and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions

We are seeking three highly motivated Ph.D. students and one postdoc to join a project assessing studies of plant-pollinator relationships in tropical and temperate environments. The research is focused on changes of general characteristics of pollination networks with environmental gradients, as well as on case studies of selected pollination systems. All the new team members will process already collected data and material, as well as actively participate on field sampling (at least two larger expeditions during the study/work) of data and their subsequent processing in collaboration with international specialists. The length of the study is 4 years, the length of the postdoc is two and half years.

The successful applicants will be supervised within the multi-disciplinary team (www.insect-communities.cz) at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, with a close collaboration with the Institute of Entomology and Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences. The fieldworks will be performed in Cameroon and/or Czech Republic. We have more than ten years continuous experience with various field projects in Cameroon. All senior members of our team have also worked in field in the Czech Republic since their studies.

What is required?

  • Enthusiasm in nature and ecological science

  • Ability to work as a team member, but also being independent

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Desirable (but not necessary) for all positions

  • Previous experience of collaboration in scientific projects evidenced by a (co)authorship of research papers or conference contributions


  • Attractive scientific topic in an established international team

  • Sufficient financial and logistical sources for the projects (currently we hold three large projects for pollination research)

  • 240,000 CZK net annual income for the Ph.D. students (combination of scholarship and salary) or 360,000 CZK net annual income for the post-doc (salary), plus various student/employee bonuses; both incomes sufficiently cover living expenses in the Czech Republic (the national average net income is ca. 260,000 CZK annually)

Application process?

All applicants will send a structured CV, contacts for three referees, and a cover letter stating their previous work, qualification (especially all field experience and less usual field/laboratory techniques) and motivation to our group email insectcommunities@gmail.com. Each application for the Ph.D. studies will include information to which position(s) it is related, one application for more positions is acceptable if the specific interests are described in the motivation letter. Any questions should be sent to the same email as well. The review of applications will begin on 20th February 2018 and will continue until the position has been filled. Selected applicants will be interviewed through Skype in the first ten days of March 2018. The Ph.D. positions are available from October 2018, the postdoctoral position from early summer 2018.

#1 Ph.D. position: Pollination networks in fragmented Afromontane grasslands

The main aim of this project is to reconstruct pollination networks in fragmented open habitats in Cameroonian mountains (Mount Cameroon and Bamenda Highlands). For these purposes, we use direct collecting and observations of visitors of all currently flowering plant species in communities, as well as video-recording of these interactions. Our aim is to reconstruct plant-pollination networks in grasslands on the whole community level under different seasonal, isolation and community composition conditions, and to disclose factors responsible for shaping of these interactions networks. The results will be directly comparable with similar dataset originated from the Czech Republic by the same sampling protocols allowing us to compare pollination networks in tropical and temperate regions. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Štěpán Janeček.

What is required?

  • a MSc degree in biology or related fields (in summer 2018 at the latest)

  • Ability to lead a field research in challenging conditions of tropical environments

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Reasonable knowledge of insects and/or plants

  • Experience with standard entomological sampling methods

  • Basic knowledge of French

#2 Ph.D. position: Organization of Afrotropical plant-bird pollination communities

The aim of the project is to study plant-bird interactions along the tropical altitudinal gradient of Mount Cameroon in different seasons, filling the knowledge gap in the Afrotropics. The main target is to gain complex plant-bird interaction matrices together with explanatory matrices related to abundance of flowers, energy supply, plant-bird morphological trait matching, and spatio-temporal overlap of interacting organisms. The project includes both traditional observation of bird-plant interactions and DNA analyses of pollen loads from bird bodies. We expect that the PhD student will be responsible mainly for the pollen collection in the field and the following DNA analyses in our laboratory. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Štěpán Janeček, Dr. David Hořák, and Dr. Robert Tropek.

What is required?

  • a MSc degree in biology or related fields (in summer 2018 at the latest)

  • Ability to lead a field research in challenging conditions of tropical environments

  • Experience with molecular methods

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Experience with field ornithology and/or botany

  • Experience with any next generation sequences approaches

  • Basic knowledge of French

#3 Ph.D. position: Plant-pollinator interactions along a temperate altitudinal gradient

The aim of the project is to study changes in plant-pollinator networks in seminatural temperate forests along an altitudinal gradient in the Czech Republic. Pollination networks will be reconstructed in several different elevations of the Giant Mts. using standardised video-recording of all flowering plant species in communities. We will focus on analyses of changes of the plant-visitor networks along the altitude, but also with season. The results will be directly comparable with the similar dataset being currently sampled on Mount Cameroon by the same sampling protocols allowing us to compare pollination networks in tropical and temperate regions. The student is expected to join the tropical networks sampling as well. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Štěpán Janeček.

What is required?

  • A MSc degree in biology or related fields (in summer 2018 at the latest)

  • High communication and organisation skills

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Experience with plants and/or insects

#4 Postdoc position: Changes of pollination networks characteristics along various environmental gradients

The postdoc will be collaborating on several our projects from both tropical and temperate regions. She/he should be mainly responsible for the network analyses and comparisons of various datasets of plant-pollinator interactions on the community level. Nevertheless, she/he is expected to join also other aspects of our pollination research based on her/his skills, including field sampling, samples identification, measuring and analyses etc. She/he will have an opportunity to join our field sampling in both Cameroon and Czechia. The postdoc will be jointly led by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Štěpán Janeček.

What is required?

  • a Ph.D. degree in the relevant field (in early spring 2018 at the latest)

  • advanced skills in ecological networks statistical analyses

  • Enthusiasm for statistical revealing of ecological enigmas

  • Reasonable publication record

Desirable (but not necessary)

  • Reasonable knowledge of insects or plants

  • Experience with trophic interactions research

For  detailed information please visit this link:http://www.insect-communities.cz/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/PhD_postdoc_2018_Eng.pdf


Tailored Opportunities: AuthorAID Travel grant

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The travel grants are for early-career researchers to travel to international conferences to present their research and the workshop grants are for experienced researchers or administrators to organize a workshop on a topic related to research communication. Future calls for AuthorAID travel and workshop grants will be announced on the website.


  • A citizen of and living and working in a country on the list of eligible countries. Exceptions are made for refugee academics, so please make this clear on your application.
  • You should not have received a grant from AuthorAID in the past two years.
  • You should be a first-time presenter

What is required?

  • You should be ready to complete the online application form in a single session, as partial applications cannot be saved. Before you begin an application, we suggest you read the PDF copy of the application form and prepare your responses to the questions that require some thought.

Benefit?  USD 1500

When? The application deadline is 3rd of January 2018

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