Call for Applications: Young Scientists Networking Conference

November, 2012

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the International Council for Science (ICSU), in collaboration with the German Research Foundation (DFG) are hosting a Young Scientists Networking Conference for Post-Doctoral Researchers Interested in Collaboration Between the Social and Natural Sciences

It is logical that the Grand Challenges of humankind associated with global environmental change call for an integrated approach of research and the consultation and acknowledgement of expertise from all faculties of the sciences. There is a need for the humanities, together with social and natural sciences to co-design international research programmes capable of solving future great problems. With the vision of a new social contract on interdisciplinary, integrated and, above all, innovative research that eventually help societies find answers to the problems of global environmental change – the DFG/ICSU/ISSC Young Scientist International Networking Conferences was launched.

Food poses one of the key challenges for human societies in the coming decades. Food Futures encompasses everything from what we eat and food security to the way we research and talk about food. Food is often a central theme in issues related to security, global health, demographics, geography, urbanities, culture and society, political systems, and local and global environments.

The ISSC and ICSU, in collaboration with the DFG, are planning to assemble a large group of young researchers with diverse research perspectives to reflect on Food Futures and debate relevant issues as part of a series of conferences on Integrated Science. The aim is to bring together creative multidimensional, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives to address such a complex topic like food systems. These early career scientists will ask what are and will be the challenges related to food, now and in the future, and they are expected to devise the next generation of research programmes and projects, looking for a suitable definition and means to reach global sustainability goals.

Young scientists are invited to submit applications for participation in a Networking Conference on Integrated Science.

The DFG/ICSU/ISSC Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science discussing the Future Earth theme Food Futures will take place in Villa Vigoni, the German‐Italian Centre for Cultural and Scientific Exchange at Lake Como in Italy, from 14‐19 April, 2013. The International Council for Science (ICSU), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) are inviting applications for participation by young scientists. The conference is kindly funded by the German Research Foundation.

Closing date for applications: 14 December 2012.

The Networking Conference is open to post‐doctoral researchers interested in the collaboration between the social and the natural sciences. The conference will bring together senior and leading scientists and researchers with a diversity of perspectives on food to identify top priority questions for future research on the topic. The meeting is designed to become the starting point for new international integrated science research on Food Futures. They will provide not only a chance to fully realise the overview of the state of the art in the topic/field, but also to interact and network with leading thinkers – forging new collaborations, and fostering new compelling integrated science. Travel expenses (economy trip) as well as cost for the stay at Villa Vigoni will be covered for successful applicants for the duration of the conference. Please note that the seminar will be held in English only. Candidates should indicate if this would be a problem for them.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.worldsocialscience.org/?page_id=3077