The fully online conference is approaching rapidly and the official website has now been launched,
UNESCO invites you to spread the word, and mobilize your networks to plan, organize and register local events (online or offline) to celebrate Global MIL Week
The communication materials related to other exciting components of Global MIL Week 2020, include:
You can also download and use visual materials under the Media Resources link
Revised dates for WBIMLC have been announced as December 9th - 11th 2020. The conference will be online, and both the Summit and WBIMLC 2020 will be held virtually for the first time.
Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC are invited. They should be prepared using the WBIMLC template .
Follow details from WBIMLC
The ECSJ2020 is a satellite meeting of Euroscience Open Forum ESOF2020 Trieste. This year the conference has moved online and will be available free of charge to viewers from all over the world.
The programme focuses on science journalism in a broad sense including societal issues and science policy. Topics of relevance, including communicating uncertainties and evidence-based policymaking in times of pandemic, will be featured, as will the work of science journalists during this period not only did not interrupt but became even more intense and important than ever. In addition to lectures and panel discussions, organisers will offer various special opportunities for personal online networking via virtual Hyde Park Corners and networking chatbots.
Key Sessions include:
Provisional Programme (updated to 22 August)
Attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.
AuthorAID, a global network of researchers, has opened enrolment to their latest online course ‘Research and Proposal Writing in the Sciences’.
Dates: 8th September to 2nd November 2020
The course lasts 8 weeks and is designed for researchers and scientists in less-developed countries, particularly those working in a scientific field (life sciences / natural sciences / other related fields).
It is suitable for early career researchers, or those with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals. (Researchers in the social sciences, please see below*)
Main topics include:
Complete information about the course along with enrolment instructions are available on the
INASP Moodle website. You will need to create an INASP Moodle account if you don’t already have one. Please follow the instructions carefully (you may need to click on the above link again after registering your account).
Please note that although this is an open course, enrolment may need to be limited in due course due to server capacity. Enrol in the course as soon as possible if you are interested.
*If you are a researcher in the social sciences or humanities you will still benefit from most of the content on the course, and are very welcome to join. AuthorAid also run another online courses on Research Writing in the Social Sciences.
The FameLab International Finals are going ahead in Autumn 2020 and will be held online to enable all countries to participate.
In partnership with the British Council, the competition brings the brightest young science minds from across the world to culturally share their experiences of science and compete for the title of the world’s best science communicator.
For updates on FameLab activity around the world, please check the British Council's webpage or contact in-country teams directly from their links.
NIDA will continue to share information as it becomes available.
FameLab: Science Communication Finals 2020 Official Statement
The Citizen Science & Open Science Community of Practice of the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGL) recently wrote a paper for UNESCO on ‘Global Citizen Science perspectives on Open Science’, where the views of 63 citizen science practitioners from 24 countries were synthesised responding to UNESCO’s key.
The full-text paper is available online and complements the two other projects of the CSGL, Citizen Science for the SDGs and the Global Mosquito Alert Consortium
Launched July 2020, the toolkit includes 5 days’ worth of activities to learn about climate and environmental issues, the communities they impact and how to take civic action. Prepared by the Earth Day Network the kit is designed for educators, parents and enthusiastic students (8-18 years). It features:
Resources and activities are arranged under broad headings:
Access the toolkit and download relevant material.
More resources available within the Education Resource Library
Special issue of the IFLA Journal. “Aims to look beyond standards and processes, engaging instead in the potential developing knowledge to guide information literacy practice across disciplines, contexts and environments.”
Information literacy: From practice to research and back again
Gaby Haddow and Min Chou
Knowledge visualization and mapping of information literacy, 1975–2018
Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha
Refining information literacy practice: Examining the foundations of information literacy theory
Michael Flierl and Clarence Maybee
Theory into practice: Challenges and implications for information literacy teaching
Playful learning for information literacy development
Curating knowledge, creating change: University Knowledge Center, Kosovo national transition
Mary M. Somerville, Anita Mirjamdotter, Edmond Harjizi, Elham Sayyad-Abdi, Michele Gibney,
Christine Bruce and Ian Stoodley
Adult learning theories and autoethnography: Informing the practice of information literacy
Studying visual literacy: Research methods and the use of visual evidence
Krystyna K. Matusiak
IFLA Journal: Volume 46, No. 2 (June 2020) Guest editors: Gaby Haddow and Min Chou
The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) has developed a series of activities and learning materials for Namibian school children, teachers and adult participants, in order to powerfully demonstrate the imminent necessity of adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
As part of the Environmental Literacy Project, the It's Time to... series has now been available for the past 5 years and aims to promote sustainability to a wide audience by making environmentalism come alive.
The It's Time To Grow: Environmental Learning Pack is designed for teachers to use in pre-primary and junior primary school grades and consists of four activity booklets for school children (sun, water, recycling and animals & Plants), a teacher’s book and four memory games to accompany each of the topics. The materials are currently available in six languages. English, Khoekhoegowab, Oshindonga, Otjiherero, RuKwangali and Silozi.
The impact of the programme in Namibia’s north east regions has been recently evaluated. Several visible environmental practices that participants had learned through workshops were found, including constructions using recycled materials, an energy audit and an additional memory game.
An article describing the monitoring & evaluation appears in the June issue of the NaDeet Newsletter and further information can be obtained from NaDEET Director or Programme Manager through sending an email to email@example.com
Details of the It's Time to series
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg), in collaboration with partners SNV and Farm Radio International (FRI), launched a new project “Veggies 4 Planet & People (V4P&P)” for Ethiopia and Kenya on 1 July, with support of the IKEA Foundation.
Vegetable consumption in sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest of any region in the world. To bridge the ‘vegetable gap’ people need opportunities to produce and market vegetables to generate income and contribute to an accessible, affordable supply of nutritious food.
‘Veggies 4 Planet & People (V4P&P)’ plans to establish 200 vegetable business networks (120 in Kenya, 80 in Ethiopia) to engage an estimated 4000 women and youth in market activities designed to close the ‘vegetable gap’ and improve livelihoods and nutrition.
V4P&P will engage ‘business champions’ to guide the formation of Vegetable Business Networks (VBNs) of women and youth as they pursue collective action in vegetable production and marketing in urban and peri-urban areas. The champions will facilitate their networks’ access to information, training, financial or other services, and input/output markets, and serve as liaisons with local governments.
V4P&P places special emphasis on regenerative agricultural technologies including biochar, compost, green manures, crop rotation and beneficial microbes to nourish the soil and reduce or eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It will be well positioned to capture rising consumer demand for traditional Africa vegetables.