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    Newsletter November 2020
02 November 2020
Table of contents
Editorial
To promotors and co-promotors: Ideas and requests from your PhD candidates to increase social cohesion and work efficiency ››
SENSE News
Prestigious Green Talent Award for SENSE PhD candidate Glory Edwards (WUR-ESA) ››
Upcoming courses and discussion groups
Active Bystander intervention training, 24 November 2020 ››
Overview of PhD / postdoc courses November – January ››
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses ››
Discussion groups ››
Upcoming Events
Designing societal impact within the alpha and gamma sciences (in Dutch), 26 November 2020 ››
Upcoming PhD Graduations
Tips
Athena's Angels- 4 women in Academia ››
InScience: Dutch International Science Film Festival, 11-15 November 2020 ››
Synergy Award '21: call for PhDs!, deadline 16 November 2020 ››
Incentive (NWO) Grants for Women in STEM, deadline 31 December 2020 ››
Invitation to Nominate for the Volvo Environment Prize 2021, deadline 10 January 2021 ››
Pilot fund "Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!", deadline 15 January 2021 ››
Job vacancies
Postdoc to strenghten the role of inter- and transdisciplinary research, Wageningen University, deadline 15 November 2020 ››
Vacancies at SENSE partners ››
SENSE highlights
To promotors and co-promotors: Ideas and requests from your PhD candidates to increase social cohesion and work efficiency 
Prestigious Green Talent Award for SENSE PhD candidate Glory Edwards (WUR-ESA) 
Active Bystander intervention training, 24 November 2020 
Postdoc to strenghten the role of inter- and transdisciplinary research, Wageningen University, deadline 15 November 2020 
Editorial

In previous years November was the month to proudly present which SENSE researchers had made it to the Sustainable 100 of the Dutch newspaper Trouw. Recently Trouw decided to focus on civilians and NGOs who have made a significant contribution towards a more sustainable society. When it comes to sustainability, society is the playing ground where changes actually have to be implemented. SENSE has known that from its founding as a graduate school: it is for this reason that one of the pillars of our mission is to be a “Bridge for sustainable solutions at the science-practice interface”. Therefore I want to draw your attention to the initiative by SENSE partner WIMEK (Wageningen University) to appoint a postdoc to strengthen the role of inter- and transdisciplinary research. You can apply to this interesting and challenging position until the 15th of November.

Society does not only exit outside the walls of the university. The university is part of it, and problems in society occur in university as well. Also on the university behaviour among members of the academic community can be toxic, and the position of PhD candidates and postdocs is a vulnerable one. Therefore SENSE partner WIMEK took the initiative of developing an “Active Bystander intervention training”. The training is organised at Wageningen University, but open to all SENSE PhD candidates.

Last, but absolutely not least!, we want to give our warm gratulations to SENSE PhD candidate Glory Edwards (WUR) who won a prestigious Green Talent Award.

Stay strong and healthy in these challenging times!
Marjolijn Dannenburg, SENSE communication officer
 
To promotors and co-promotors: Ideas and requests from your PhD candidates to increase social cohesion and work efficiency
During the A1 course that was held 26-20 October, SENSE PhD candidates discussed ways of tackling COVID challenges. We are really missing the chance to have informal meetings about anything in the corridor and hall ways, talking about current and past experiences and learning from them. But we have come up with suggestions to try and to improve this social cohesion and overall project management support. Please find the suggestions in the pdf file below. We encourage you to discuss this internally, and to implement the ideas you and your chair group enjoy best.

On behalf of the A1 participants and lecturing team,
Peter Vermeulen
  
General advice from PhD candidates on Communication between supervisors and PhD candidates (pdf) ››
SENSE News
Prestigious Green Talent Award for SENSE PhD candidate Glory Edwards (WUR-ESA)
Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research. The award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

Glory Ikponmwosa EDWARDS (Nigeria), PhD Student in Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, works on developing scenarios for pathways to a sustainable rice system in Nigeria. She develops these pathways from a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods including stakeholder participation leading to the development of a fuzzy cognitive map; scenario development linking with the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways; and land use modelling.
Read more ››
Upcoming courses and discussion groups
Registration is open for the courses below. Due to COVID-19 they will probably be re-organized in such a way that the courses can be held online. However, there is a chance that they will be postponed.
 
Active Bystander intervention training, 24 November 2020
Ever wondered what you could to intervene when you see unwanted behavior occur to others? In this course, you will learn tactics that you can use to act.

Racism, bullying, sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviours contribute to a toxic culture. The impact they have on people can be hugely detrimental – leading to stress, anxiety and mental health problems. As we are seeing in the news, it can be deeply corrosive and damaging if these behaviours and attitudes are normalised over time. That’s why it’s essential for everyone to know how to speak up when problems arise.

This training gives you the skills to challenge unacceptable behaviours, including those which may have become normalised over time.
Read more ››
 
Overview of PhD / postdoc courses November 2020 - January 2021
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses

In case you are interested in either participating or teaching a course that is currently not in the programme, please do not hesitate and contact us with your suggestions.

More upcoming courses ››
 
Discussion Groups
More discussion groups ››
Upcoming Events (new announcement)
Due to COVID-19 events are being re-organized to digital editions.
 
Designing societal impact within the alpha and gamma sciences (in Dutch), 26 November 2020
On this online congress (in Dutch) the measurement and stimulation of the societal impact of the alpha and gamma sciences will be thoroughly evaluated by a series of experts. The new Impact Strategy of the Erasmus University will moreover generate new starting points for the measurements, development and demonstration of societal impact that are usable for science but also for its societal partners. The congress will focus on the question how we can optimise synergy between societal issues and research within the alpha and gamma sciences.
Read more (in Dutch)››
    
More upcoming events ››
Upcoming PhD graduations
Overview of PhD graduations upcoming period
  • Samuel Assefa Heban
    Participatory Agent-Based Modelling for Sustainable Watershed Management in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia
    3 November 2020, Wageningen University, Soil physics and land management 
  • Kaspar de Leeuw
    Open Culture Chain Elongation for Branched Carboxylate Formation
    3 November 2020, Wageningen University, Environmental Technology
  • Raoul Apelete Kodjo Kpegli
    Flow characterization and modelling of a South Benin artesian aquifer system: effects of hydraulic and storage properties and recharge on simulated heads across the artesian zone
    4 November 2020, Wageningen University, Soil physics and Land Management
  • Arjan Droste
    Understanding the urban atmosphere through conceptual modelling and opportunistic sensing
    4 November 2020, Wageningen University, Meteorology & Air Quality
  • Moises Covarrubias Perez
    The Nexus City: Researching connectivity between networks and flows of urban food, energy, and water
    5 November 2020, Wageningen University, Environmental Policy
  • Akosua Sarpong Boakye-Ansah
    Pro-poor strategies in urban water provisioning: what Kenyan water utilities do and why they do it
    5 November 2020, IHE Delft, Water Governance
  • Timo de Ruijsscher
    Aligned with the flow - Morphodynamics in a river trained by longitudinal dams
    6 November 2020, Wageningen University, Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management
  • Marmar Badr Mohamed Ahmed
    Climate Change and Development Impacts on Groundwater Resources in the Nile Delta, Egypt
    6 November 2020, IHE Delft, Water Engineering
  • Khalid Elnoor Ali Hassaballah
    The impacts of land degradation on the hydrology and morphology of the Dinder and Rahad rivers, and interlinkage to the ecohydrology of the Dinder National Park, Sudan
    9 November 2020, IHE Delft, Water Engineering
  • Ahmed Ragab Abdelrady Mahmoud
    Effectiveness of Bank Filtration for water supply in Arid Climate: A case study in Egypt
    10 November 2020, IHE Delft, Water Supply
  • Diego Tomás García Mendoza
    Modulatory effects of cadmium on the immune system of small mammals. An in vitro, in vivo and field approach
    13 November 2020, Wageningen University, Toxicology
  • Azar Zafari
    Integrating Tree-Based Kernels and Support Vector Machine for Remote Sensing Image Classification
    18 November 2020, University of Twente, Department of Geo-information Processing
  • Imme Benedict
    Atmospheric moisture transport and river runoff in the mid-latitudes
    20 November 2020, Wageningen University, Meteorology & Air Quality
  • Bunyod Holmatov
    Environmental footprint of different energy systems
    26 November 2020, University of Twente, Water Management Group
  • Chakaphon Singto
    Participatory Integrated Assessment of Water Resource Projects in Thailand
    30 November 2020, Wageningen University, Soil physics and land management
More upcoming graduations ››
Tips
Athena's Angels- 4 women in Academia
Many people assume that men and women have equal opportunities to be successful in an academic career. Yet women continue to be approached and treated differently than men, in ways that impact on their scientific career prospects. The website of Athena's Angels is designed to elucidate the specific challenges women have to overcome to realize their scientific ambitions , and where possible eliminate these.
Four female full professors have united under the name Athena’s Angels, to defend the interests of women academics. The mission of Athena’s Angels is to offer men and women truly equal opportunities to advance in their scientific career. What is needed to achieve this?
Read more ››

InScience: Dutch International Science Film Festival, 11-15 November 2020
The year 2020 is not an ordinary year for anyone in the world. Including InScience. That’s why this edition is going to be different. But InScience 2020 will go on! This year the complete program consists of 3 parts: the film program in LUX, an online program, and a ‘best-of’ program in university cities.
Read more ››

Synergy Award '21: call for PhDs!, deadline 16 November 2020
Calling all social sciences and humanities PhD students who want to make a positive impact on society: submit your idea and enter the Synergy Award ’21!
The Synergy Award aims to connect PhD students with academic and non-academic professionals to explore the practical dimensions of their research. Four candidates will be invited to pitch their compelling impact ideas to a jury at Synergy 2021. Each pitch will also be broadcast to a live audience during Synergy ’21 on 4 February. Together, the audience and the jury will cast their votes to select the most exciting and innovative idea for societal impact. The winner will be granted a prize of €2,500 to kick-start the development of their idea. Progress made by the winning idea will be presented at the Synergy Award 2022.
Read more ››

Incentive (NWO) Grants for Women in STEM, deadline 31 December 2020
The aim of this grant is to retain women who are qualified in science or the engineering sciences. To this end, this grant will support women who are temporarily without funding but who, nevertheless, have good prospects of obtaining a permanent or more senior research position (from Tenure Track) in science or the engineering sciences.
Read more ››

Invitation to Nominate for the Volvo Environment Prize 2021, deadline 10 January 2021
The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation invites universities, research institutes, scientists and engineers as well as other individuals and organizations to submit nominations for the Volvo Environment Prize.The Prize consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and the Laureate is awarded a prize of SEK 1.5 million.
Read more ››

Pilot fund "Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!", deadline 15 January 2021
The pilot fund "Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!" supports scientists who make a structural effort in science communication. The Dutch minister of OCW (Education, Culture and Science) has made 1 Euro available for this purpose.
Read more (in Dutch; English translation available soon) ››
Job vacancies
Postdoc to strenghten the role of inter- and transdisciplinary research, Wageningen University, deadline 15 November 2020
Are you an enthusiastic scholar who can help us to strengthen the role of WIMEK in inter- and transdisciplinary research? And do you have a PhD degree such research, ideally in the domain of environment and climate, with demonstrated experience with academic publishing? Then this may be a unique chance for you!

The Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK) is one of the six Graduate Schools at Wageningen University. WIMEK seeks at developing an integrated understanding of environmental change and its impact on people, society and nature. WIMEK aims to be a front runner in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches.
Read more ››

Vacancies at SENSE partners
More vacancies
During the month new vacancies are regularly posted on the SENSE vacancy page.

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