Call for nominations for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land for Life Award

Deadline: 28/Feb/2017

On the theme “Land and Human Security”, the 2017 Award aims to identify and honour individuals or organizations that showcase effective and creative sustainable land management approaches. These approaches should contribute to stability and security for communities who have suffered from the impacts of land degradation and desertification.  In particular, they should be helping communities at risk or forced to abandon their homes due to insecurity deriving from environmental degradation

The UNCCD Secretariat has the pleasure to invite qualified nominators to propose outstanding candidates that demonstrate qualities and results that have been contributing to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality goal at national or international level following the selection criteria. We are in particular interested in the potential nominees who have been contributing significantly to solve or reduce the issue on of forced migration due to environmental degradation.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Deadline: 15/Mar/2017

The importance of science-based evidence for policy making is increasingly recognised by decision makers and finds resonance in academia. In order to enhance the science-policy link, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is offering a new collaborative Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme to higher education institutions to benefit from a strategic, win-win collaboration with the JRC.

The scheme will allow universities to gain a better understanding of research needs throughout the policy cycle while at the same time providing the JRC with innovative research input and exchange of information with leading academic institutions in the field.

The objective of the CDP is to establish strategic collaborations in these fields with higher education institutions characterised by research excellence and international reputation in the field in order to:

  • train a new generation of doctoral graduates in science and technology with a focus on the science-policy interface, able to understand the research needs at different stages of the policy cycle, capable of providing scientific support to policy and of using transferable skills in science communication and knowledge management.
  • co-develop, co-host and co-supervise doctoral studies between higher education institutions and the JRC
  • strengthen collaboration between the JRC and higher education institutions by promoting mutual enhancement of related skills and competences, combining existing knowledge and capacities, and enhancing networking in key scientific areas.

The call for expression of interest to participate in the CDP pilot is open and the application deadline is 15.3.2017. Soil and land use change is one of the six thematic fields proposed for this scheme. More information and application forms in: