The Baltic TRAM project offers companies free access to state-of-the-art analytical research facilities across the Baltic Sea Region, providing technical and scientific expertise to help solve challenges associated with developing new products or services. The project now accepts applications.
Companies selected for support will receive scientific advice tailored to their specific business needs. More precisely, they will be provided with free measurements of material samples on micro, nano- or molecular scale, and consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes. Through these services, companies will be able to upscale the knowledge of their materials’ properties and help improve their product portfolio or in-house manufacturing processes.
A network of Industrial Research Centers (IReCs) stand ready to provide support in the process. The IReCs are business-support units that can help applicants throughout the entire application process - from formulating a product or process challenge to designing follow-up activities that support the companies in applying the knowledge gained in their product or manufacturing processes.
Companies based in EU member states are eligible to apply. To initiate the procedure, contact a national Industrial Research Center (IReC) for consultations. More information about the process, as well as contact details to the IReCs is available here.
Baltic TRAM is an international project, partly funded by the European Union’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The overall objective is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialization strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive.
NORTHERN POLITICAL ECONOMY SYMPOSIUM 2017
Loma-Vietonen, Ylitornio, 26-27 September, 2017
First call for papers11.4.2017
Political Arctic/Arctic Political
The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Life in the Arctic has become politicized in many ways due to the effects and challenges posed by climate change, industrialization, urbanization and globalization to local communities and inhabitants. Across the region, conflicts over land use and natural resources accompanied by insecurity and uncertainty about the future are part of everyday life in the Arctic. Such conflicts are political, and occur without respect to the borders of states or boundaries of politically constructed regions. In contrast to much publicized and debated threats of an open, international, direct and even military conflict over Arctic resources, these often small-scale, local conflicts relate to unequal social arrangements, benefit sharing and risk distribution in connection to megaprojects and infrastructural development around the region, and they could also be called “structural violence”. Living in the Arctic, for both humans and non-humans, is nowadays a political question of coping with, adapting to and transforming changing conditions and circumstances, but also a starting point and object of political interventions of different scales, institutional arrangements and by a broad range of political actors. Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.
Will be confirmed in the connection of the second call for papers. The second call will be published in early June, 2017.
Deadline for proposals
Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information before July 31, 2017 by email to Monica Tennberg (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi).
The programme will include keynote talks, presentations by the participants and discussions on the basis of presentations. A symposium dinner will be organized.
The accepted papers and programme will be announced by August 15, 2017.
Deadline for registration
If you prefer to participate to the symposium without presenting a paper, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi).
Travel and accommodation
The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen, 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The organizers will arrange transportation for participants from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back. There is no fee for participation, but participants (except presenters) will cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Information about travel and accommodation arrangements will be sent to the participants. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.
Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi) and the symposium organizing team Tanja Joona (tanja.joona(at)ulapland.fi), Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi), and Hanna Lempinen (hanna.lempinen(at)ulapland.fi)
We invite you to take part in the 14th International Conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
RSEE-2017 Conference continues the tradition of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) to organize meetings of scientists, graduate and post-graduate students and professionals, where they discuss the results of basic and applied research on ecological economics.
The 14th conference in Petrozavodsk will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues in the field of sustainable development of countries and regions, methodology and practices of establishing and developing the economic mechanism of nature management and environmental protection, including payments for the use of natural resources and environmental impact, assessment and elimination of accumulated environmental damage, development of environmental target programs, management of ecological and economic systems, the problem of interactions between authorities, business and civil society, environmental safety.
Prospective thematic areas of the conference:
• environmental policy in Russia and around the world;
• economic instruments for regulating the use of natural resources and environmental protection;
• ecological and economic problems of development of northern and border regions;
• development of methods for estimation of economic damage from environmental pollution; elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
• interactions between authorities, business and the civil society in dealing with ecological and economic problems;
• environmental and economic problems of Karelia;
• the problem of resource- and energy-saving;
• the effectiveness of nature conservation activities;
• ecological-economic modeling in the field of sustainable development;
• economic environmental impact assessment and expert review.
Conference languages - Russian and English. Interpretation will be provided during sessions.
April 15: Submission of Abstracts (200 words) and Application Form (see below)
May 1: Acceptance notification and Second Announcement-Invitation with the rules for submission of Extended Abstracts (up to 4 pages) for publication.
May 20: Submission of Extended Abstracts, and Early Registration
June 15: Preliminary Program
For more information, please see the first announcement.
Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”
The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change
Call for research proposals 2017 "Ageing and place in a digitising world"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 03 OF APRIL AT 17:00 (CET)
This Call 2017 “Ageing and place in a digitising world” is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities to learn, and the use of technologies of all kinds. As it is conventional, with “older” we here broadly refer to anyone over the age of 50: from those who are still healthy and active to those in the final stages of life, whether living at home or in long-term institutions. This group is rapidly growing in the population and the experience of later life is changing for many people. Although many older people remain very active, as they age, they are increasingly likely to have particular needs in terms of their living environment. To participate in learning and to have access to new technologies -and to be able to use them- becomes even more important as we age as our conditions, prospects and abilities are changing.
The overarching aim of our JPI is to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, to enable less-active elderly to be more engaged in social life and more active contributors to wider society, and to do this in cost-effective ways. Also, it is important to recognise the diversity of older people and to ensure that practical and policy changes do not unfairly put them at a disadvantage on the basis of factors like gender, ethnic origin, social class, location or disability.
To achieve this, we need a better understanding of how to introduce changes based on a multitude of needs in older people. We are interested, therefore, in understanding the implementation of new technologies in an inclusive manner, to help finding new solutions which accommodate individuals´ needs, aspirations and limitations, as well as the ways in which they learn and interact with others.
Under the umbrella of the JPI MYBL, the 3rd Joint Transnational Call will be launched with funding from the following partner organisations:
- Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), Austria
- Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Austria
- Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium
- Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
- The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
- Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
- Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
- Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland
- Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italy
- Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness – State Agency for Research, Spain
- National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
- The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), Sweden
- The Swedish Innovation agency (Vinnova), Sweden
- The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The Netherlands
For more information click here.
Arctic Yearbook 2017
Call for Abstracts (deadline): 1 March 2017 (250-400 words)
Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2017 (4000-6000 words)
The Arctic Yearbook (www.arcticyearbook.com) is calling for abstracts for the 2017 edition.
The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume, which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum’s (NRF) and University of the Arctic’s joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.
This year’s theme is “Change and Innovation in the Arctic: Policy, Society and Environment”. This theme is understood broadly and aims to define and describe innovation as a response to, and as a means for, change in an Arctic context. What changes are precipitating different and new ways of doing things? What innovations are needed to improve the well-being of northern societies and environments? How do we transform knowledge into action?
Topics may include, but are not limited to: knowledge dissemination and transfer in/for the Circumpolar North including tacit knowledges and oral traditions; the interface between research, policy and markets/business in the Arctic; technological and other innovations for the entire North, e.g. in housing, transportation, infrastructure, energy, health and/or education; entrepreneurship, commercialization, and SMEs (Small & Medium Sized Enterprises) in the Arctic; STEM education for the North; the role of governments in promoting innovation; connectivity, broadly defined; local innovations and scalability; creative capital in rural, remote and northern communities; as well as innovations and changes in governance and institutions; and resilience as a response to change.
Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security will also be welcome.
Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to heather.exner(a)usask.ca. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2017. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2017. Publication is planned for October 2017.
We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.
Read more information on Call for Abstracts here.
The Calotte Academy 2017 'Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?' will be organized between June 1 and 11, 2017 in the European Arctic, starting in May 31 in Rovaniemi, Finland and finishing in June 11 Umeå, Sweden.
Abstract submission and PhD candidate funding application deadline: February 28, 2017.
The theme of the 2017 Academy is ‘Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?’. The focus is inspired by the fact that there is a growing global interest, even a hype, from many actors, also from outside, towards the Arctic region and its resources, as well as Arctic issues.
The planned schedule and route is the following: June 1 in Inari (Finland), June 2-3 in Kirkenes (Norway), June 4 travelling via Murmansk, June 5-6 in Apatity (Russia), June 7 travelling via Salla (Finland), June 8 in Tornio (Finland), and Haparanda and June 9-11 in Umeå (Sweden).
This is the first call for established researchers and early-career scientists, particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2016 Calotte Academy.
For more information see the attached file.
About the Calotte Academy
The international travelling symposium, Calotte Academy, organized since 1991, is an annual doctoral summer school for PhD candidates from the Arctic states, as well as from the observer countries of the Arctic Council (see Final Reports of the Calotte Academy). It is also one of the main annual gatherings of the UArctic-Northern Research Forum and Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security, as well as a sub-forum for the Northern Research Forum (NRF). Furthermore, the 2017 Academy will also act as an annual regional forum for a discussion on the GlobalArctic handbook (see www.globalarctic.org), and a training exercise for the Model Arctic Council 2017-2018, which will take place in October 2017 and 2018 in Finland. Finally, it is a pre-conference symposium for the ICASS IX People & Place in June 8-12, 2017 in Umeå. Sweden
More Information and Contact
For more information about the 2017 Calotte Academy please contact:
Prof. Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland. E-mail: lassi.heininen(at)ulapland.fi
Rector Liisa Holmberg, Sámi Education Institute, Inari. E-mail: lholmber(at)sogsakk.fi
Director Marianne Neerland Soleim, Barents Institute at UiT – Arctic University of Norway. E-mail: marianne.n.soleim(at)uit.no
Senior Researcher Ludmila Ivanova, Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of RAS. E-mail: ludmila_ivanova(at)mail.ru
The Program Committee of the 4th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference, June 12th–15th, 2017 Alta, Norway, invites researchers, social workers and other authors to submit abstracts for oral presentation for parallel sessions during the Conference.
The symposia/workshops are based on assumed Abstracts on the following topics:
a. Healing and social work practice with individuals and families
b. Restorative practice
c. Community work and empowerment
d. Indigenism and transition in social work education
e. Indigenous based knowledge and research
f. Decolonization and anti-marginalization
Read more on the UArctic website.
Call for Papers. Media in the Circumpolar Region – A Comparative Perspective. Abstracts need to be submitted before January 15 2017. Final papers are expected for early June 2017.
The media is a significant player in shaping popular understandings of the Arctic region. With new stakeholders involved in circumpolar affairs, a “global Arctic” scene also translates into a growing interest from the media in many languages, whether from Arctic states (English, French, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Russian) or non-Arctic states (Chinese, Korean, Japanese to name only a few). Few studies, however, seek to empirically demonstrate when and how media influences understandings of the Arctic region and, by extension, political decision-making.
To address this research and analytical gap, we hope to initiate comparative discussion and enhance collaboration across different national communities of scholars about how the Arctic is represented in the media. Our call for paper solicits theoretical as well as empirical contributions, and we will welcome both quantitative and qualitative studies.
Read more on the UArctic website.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of the Arctic are pleased to announce The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 to be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, May 8-9, 2017. Proposal deadline: November 15, 2016 - Final program will be ready in February 2017.
Read more on the UArctic website.
The HuSArctic project (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland) calls for papers for an international conference with a focus on the Barents region and its environment, sustainability and development, organized in March 25-28, 2017 in Enontekiö, Finland and Kautokeino, Norway. Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2016.
For further information, please visit the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland website.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs invites cluster organisations, other business network organisations, technology centres and science parks interested to team up around specific industrial thematic areas, in the context of industrial modernisation.
Through a dedicated call for the expression of interest, the aim is to mobilise European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3). This call is linked to the establishment of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation and Investment and is envisaged to strengthen industry participation and inter-regional collaboration in the implementation of smart specialisation strategies.
For further information, please visit the European Cluster Collaboration Platform website.
On 11-12 October 2016, the new research unit RAS at the Law Department of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) will together with SDU’s Centre for War Studies convene a 2-day conference to explore the future of the Arctic Council. Deadline for abstracts: June 6, 2016.
This conference will take stock of the accomplishments, challenges and future prospects of the Arctic Council. With a particular focus on international legal aspects and political issues, academic experts and stakeholders will explore whether the Council has lived up to its commitment to the well-being of the inhabitants of the Arctic, the protection of the Arctic environment and sustainable development and whether it is ready to oversee and coordinate the consequences of climate change for Arctic both when it comes to its people, wildlife, resources and security.
For more information, please visit the University of the Arctic (UArctic) website.
NordForsk launches a call for proposals within the programme "Gender in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area". Application deadline is 27 April 2016. The funding will be granted for a period of five years. Maximum amount for applications is MNOK 25.
The call is open to international consortia of researchers and research groups from various sectors, including institutions of higher education, e.g., universities and other research institutions, and other organisations with a strong research focus. The formal applicant must be a legal entity based in one of the countries co-funding the programme. The consortium must involve partner institutions from at least three Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden or Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands), i.e. institutions based or headquartered in one of these.
Please find further information here.
Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. This year the it will be held on 1.–11.9.2016. The festival programme is curated and individual event organizers can apply for the programme through the open call. The open call for programme entries is open until May 27.
Further information here.
Artist-led contributions to the cultural value agenda: developing theory, methods and policy insight
The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick and a-n The Artists Information Company are pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship to commence October 2014 working on a project entitled ‘Artist-led contributions to the cultural value agenda: developing theory, methods and policy insight’.
The PhD will be supervised by Dr Eleonora Belfiore of Warwick University with Susan Jones, Director of a-n, as the designated non-HE supervisor.
This studentship will cover full-time University tuition fees and include an annual tax free stipend at standard AHRC rates (currently £13,726 a year). In addition, a-n will provide up to £1,000 pa to cover travel and research expenses to a total of £3000 over the studentship and up to £5000 towards fees to cover self-employed artists’ loss of earnings to contribute to research focus groups or interviews.
Deadline for applications: 25 June 2014.
Interviews will be held at Warwick University on 8 July 2014.
For more information, plese see: Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, The University of Warwick
Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Eleonora Belfiore (e.belfiore(a)warwick.ac.uk).
The biggest design festival in the Nordic region, Helsinki Design Week, will be held 4 – 14 September 2014. Now you too can play a part in making Helsinki Design Week happen! Submit your event proposal by filling in a form at http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/registration/form/ by May 30th.
The Helsinki Design Week 2014 theme is all about Taking the leap, gathering up the courage to jump into something new and turning your ambitious ideas into reality. Leap in and show us what you can do! Helsinki Design Week is a multi-disciplinary festival; all kinds of design-related events are welcome for our programme.
For more information about the Helsinki Design Week, please visit http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/
Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics
Call for papers -deadline April 15th 2014
This is a call for papers to be submitted for the second and third issues of the refereed journal Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics. We are open to new, innovative approaches to the study of the different aspects of development in the region.