Hardie Wren Development Initiatives (HWDI) is soliciting applications for its second Innovation in Science Literacy Award (ISLA).
This year’s Award will reward a proposed and creative pilot project of no more than one-year duration, which addresses a local problem in a disadvantaged community with a measurable and sustainable increase in science literacy.
Applications from all disciplines are invited but preference will be given to those short-term projects which are focused on traditionally non-dominant members of society including women, minorities and the very poor.
The recipient of the Innovation in Science Literacy Award 2018 will receive £1000.
Details and application forms. Closing date: 30th June 2018
Working with vegetable famers, agricultural communities, public and private sector organizations, interested groups and individuals, WorldVeg strives to achieve lasting positive impact on the nutritional status, incomes, and well-being of people - particularly in Africa and Asia - based on quality, long-term complementary partnerships in vegetable science and development.
The Centre’s science for development agenda, including experiences of science literacy, is implemented through three outcome-oriented flagship programmes:
and one cross-cutting flagship programme:
WorldVeg’s work and impact are continuously informed and improved through discovery research, piloting innovations, and scaling best technologies.
View the profile on WorldVeg, including a summary of results and hypertext links to their resources and publications (some available in languages other than English, e.g. Français, 中文, tiếng Việt, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Swahili, Khmer, Myanmar, ภาษาไทย, हिन्दी भाषा, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ, தமிழ் மொழி, తెలుగు, 한국어, Española, العربية, русский, Fulfulde, नेपाली and বাংলা) and HARVEST - the WorldVeg library catalogue and document archive, containing over 53,000 records.
The Società Geologica Italiana (Italian Geological Society) is inviting members of the global scientific community, geology enthusiasts and professional multimedia storytellers to prepare a creative, informal video, to explain research, passions or new ideas regarding the Earth, to the wider public of non-specialists.
There are 3 categories:
The 1st prize video in each category will win € 1000,00, free annual SGI (Società Geologica Italiana) 2019 membership and a contribution to travel and accommodation expenses for the award ceremony. The 2nd prize in each category will win € 500,00 and free annual SGI 2019 membership. There are also 2 Special Awards of € 700 each.
Contributions may utilise, for example, animations, stop-motion, cartoons, time-lapse, interviews, music, poems. They should focus on the wonders, dangers and surprises of an adventurous, geological journey, which could take place indoor, outdoor, in a lab, in the mountains, at sea or in the outer space.
Produce the video by utilizing your preferred recording and editing techniques. Tell your story according to one of the contest’s available categories.
By May 20, 2018 fill the online form with all the requested information and indicate the link, from where to download your video.
For contributions that pass the preliminary evaluation by the Selection Committee, the video will be published on the SGI website and on the contest’s "On the Rocks" YouTube Channel. Contributors will be invited to share their video with friends, through contacts and social networks, to get more likes for their video on the YouTube channel.
June 1, 2018: 18 selected videos will be announced and using a tutorial invited to improve their video. Those videos not selected will be evaluated by the Council of the SGI and considered for a Special Prize of the SGI.
June 24, 2018: final date by which the 18 selected videos need to resubmit their videos.
July 9, 2018: you might be a winner! The Panel of Judges will choose the winners of the contest "On the Rocks" by July 9, 2018.
July 20, 2018: the Honorary Committee and the Italian Geological Society will designate the winners.
September 12, 2018: are you the "On the Rocks" winner? The Award Ceremony will take place during the Congress of the Italian Geological Society in Catania on September 12, 2018.
September 12-14, 2018: are you a participant of “On The Rocks? Your video will be screened throughout the Congress of the Italian Geological Society in Catania on September 12-14, 2018.
Similar to many other countries, Chile faces a scientific and informational literacy gap. Two years ago, the Chilean group EtilMercurio identified the challenge and started to bridge the void by tackling scientific misinformation and misconceptions and reviving social interest about important and current scientific topics.
This multidisciplinary group is working by dissecting current subjects with a rigorous scientific approach, ‘digesting’ the information – often difficult to fully grasp – and translating it into short, simple, pragmatic concepts to facilitate their comprehension to a wider public.
The aim is to share information in an accurate and objective way, with peer-reviewed references and citations, providing food for thought and motivating critical thinking in different stakeholder groups, especially decision-makers and citizens.
But they have also created a special ‘formula’: giving a humoristic slant to their articles and posts, featuring memes and GIFs. This has turned out to be a successful strategy to engage interest and make science a more accessible, pleasant and intriguing subject of discussion.
Their active role in communication and popularisation of science have made EtilMercurio an important voice in both local and national scientific debates, from vaccination policies to the current abortion law, and recently drawing the international attention to a case of ethics of science.
Through their website and social media, the group has created a new and innovative way to share knowledge, empowering individuals to make informed choices and reformulating the scientific dialogue in a participative and democratic way.
The annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week will be celebrated this year from 24 to 31 October 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania under the theme “Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers and Change Makers”.
Topics for papers and presentations should be within the fields of MIL and their connection to MIL Cities as dynamic environments of media, information and technology as well as innovative ways to advance MIL development among people.
The organisers are particularly interested in the multiple literacies and stakeholders, youth critical civic engagement, creative and sustainable cities, voter education, informed citizenry and online participation, freedom of expression, media pluralism, diversity, dialogue, and tolerance. A full list of sub-themes can be found here and detailed rationale here.
In addition to the Feature Conference, Global MIL Week 2018 also features a Youth Agenda Forum to take place on 26 October at the University of Latvia in Riga.
Follow the Global MIL Week 2018 official website for updates.
Public and private funded projects, non-governmental and governmental organisations, companies, universities and schools active in STEM education are invited to join the call for action for the STEM Discovery Week 2018
The tagline for this year’s campaign is “say yes to STEM”.
On 12 April, The Wiki Project Med Foundation, Internet-in-a-Box, HealthPhone and Children for Health announced the launch of an offline distribution system developed to deliver life-saving medical and healthcare information to people seeking to care for themselves and their families, particularly in low-resource settings where there is no, or inadequate, contact with trained, well-informed health workers.
This latest Internet-in-a-Box compilation is geared specifically to South Asia and contains:
The Medical and Health Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) South Asia Edition device is “a complete single-board computer with an in-built Wi-Fi hotspot that allows for easy distribution of information in places where access to the Internet is limited, controlled, not affordable or simply unavailable. Within a range of 50 to 100 meters, up to 32 people at any one time can connect to the device with a mobile phone or computer to access and download its content, free of any charge. It also functions as a mini app store in that those connected to it can download and install a number of offline apps. IIAB does not offer a connection to the Internet or to content beyond that stored in the Box itself.
Full details including an order form (please note costs of the hardware, taxes and shipping Indian Rupee 1,999/ US$30)
Further information on the Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) programme , which also includes:
Main article: Internet-in-a-Box/Content
Future editions include:
On 6 April 2018, the Information Literacy Group of the UK's library and information association CILIP launched their new definition of Information Literacy:
"Information Literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society".
Updating the 2005 version, the Group aimed to make the new definition more ambitious and better reflecting the role of information literacy in society.
A brochure exploring what information literacy means in different contexts is available to download.
Second Call for papers issued. Conference main themes and topics include:
Abstract submission deadline: 04 May 2018
Notification of abstracts acceptance: 14 May 2018
Full Paper submission deadline: 01 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 08 June 2018
Dissemination of final programme by: 10 June 2018
Abstracts & papers are to be sent on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Padraig Kirby M.A., Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland
UNESCO and The L'Oréal Foundation have selected five outstanding women scientists from Argentina, Canada, China, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to receive the 2018 Women in Science Awards in life sciences on 22 March in Paris.
Professor Heather ZAR , South Africa, “For establishing a cutting-edge research program in pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma, saving the lives of many children worldwide.”
Professor Meemann CHANG, China “For her pioneering work on fossil records leading to insights on how aquatic vertebrates adapted to life on land.”
Professor Caroline DEAN, United Kingdom “For her groundbreaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement.”
Professor Amy T. AUSTIN, Argentina “For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes.”
Professor Janet ROSSANT, Canada “For her outstanding research that helped us to better understand how tissues and organs are formed in the developing embryo.”