Planet Earth Institute (PEI): Africa Data Challenge The PEI promotes efforts to increase the scientific independence of Africa. The Africa Data Challenge welcomes ideas for projects that can help translate and transmit this agenda in relation to issues of data privacy, access, and availability in Africa. Initial ideas are invited on a broad spectrum of themes and areas. Eligibility: 1) Ideas should be delivered in the next 12 months for a budget of under £5 thousand; 2) Ideas must be designed to have a human impact (whether students, academics, civil society, government or other). Deadline for brief proposals: October 20. Source:

ACHI 2015: 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (February 22 - 27; Lisbon, Portugal) It was proposed as a result of a paradigm shift in the most recent achievements and future trends in human interactions with increasingly complex systems. Adaptive and knowledge-based user interfaces, universal accessibility, human-robot interaction, agent-driven human computer interaction, and sharable mobile devices are a few of these trends. ACHI 2015 brings also a suite of specific domain applications, such as gaming, e-learning, social, medicine, teleconferencing and engineering. ACHI 2015 continues a series of events targeting traditional and advanced paradigms for computer-human interaction in multi-technology environments. The conference covers also fundamentals on interfaces and models, and highlights new challenging industrial applications and research topics. All tracks/topics are open to both research and industry contributions. Submission (full paper): October 20. Source:

ICDS 2015 - 9th International Conference on Digital Society (February 22 - 27; Lisbon, Portugal) All tracks/topics are open to both research and industry contributions. Tracks: 1) Citizen-centric disruptive and enabling technologies; 2) Internet and Web services; 3) eGovernment services in the context of digital society; 4) eCommerce and eBusiness; 5) Citizen-oriented digital evidence; 6) Consumer-oriented devices and services; 7) Intelligent computation; 8) Networking and telecommunications; 9) eDefense for security and protection; 10) Intrusion Prevention and Detection Systems; 11) Enforced citizen-centric paradigms; 12) Web Accessibility; 13) Computational advertising; 14) Management and control; 15) Digital analysis and processing; 16) Mobile devices and biotechnologies; 17) Software and system robustness for digital society; 18) Consumer-oriented digital design; 19) Social networking; 20) Digital accessibility; 21) ICT support and applications for eCollaboration; 22) Cyberlaws. Submission deadline: October 20. General page:

SITE 2015 - 26th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (March 2 - 6; Las Vegas, NV, USA) The Conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to: 1) the use of IT in teacher education; 2) instruction about IT in: a) Preservice; b) Graduate Teacher Education; c) Inservice; d) Faculty & Staff Development. Proposals which address the theory, research and applications as well as describe innovative projects are encouraged. In consideration of presenters who may be unable to attend SITE in person due to funding or time constraints, Virtual Presentations have been added to the program with the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face (F2F) conference and with the capability to interact with session participants. By October 23 authors are requested to submit their full paper proposals. Source:

Consultation for ICT 4 Ageing Society Strategic Agenda The aim is to collect the opinion in the ICT & Ageing Sector regarding the future challenges and the necessary easures/policies to be promoted to leverage the ICT4Ageing market competitiveness, based on the four priorities identified by the network, in 2012, and outlined in this report. In this consultation, ICT4Ageing domain is understood as the overall market of ICT solutions addressing the challenges in prevention & screening; care & cure; and active ageing & independent living. The results of this public consultation will contribute for the definition of an “ICT for Ageing Society Strategic Agenda”, which is planned for December 2014, to be delivered to the European Commission as a public result of the AgeingWell Network. In this consultation, ICT4Ageing domain is understood as the overall market of ICT solutions addressing the challenges in prevention & screening; care & cure; and active ageing & independent living. Target-groups - Stakeholders operating in the ICT & Ageing Sector, including: a) Industry/ICT solutions providers; b) Health Services Providers; c) Investors; d) Public Authorities; e) Users Organisations; f) Clusters/Networks Deadline: October 24. Source:

Global Giving Open Challenge All organizations registered as non-profit anywhere in the world can participate in the challenge. You will have to mobilize supporters to raise $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors during this time and your project will get an opportunity to earn an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website. Top three (3) projects that raise the most funds will also receive supplementary cash bonuses from GlobalGiving of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively. The matching funds will not count towards to the $5000 threshold. The organization’s staff must have the ability to communicate with GlobalGiving in English, including translating documents. The organization should not discriminate in selecting its beneficiaries. October 24 – Application is due. Source:

Media Advocacy Materials for Free and Compulsory Education in Sindh & Punjab: A call by Plan Pakistan The major objective of the call is to develop and launch media (advocacy and awareness raising) campaign with focus on advocacy on immediate need of developing implementation Plan for Punjab & Sindh Free and Compulsory Education Act, girls’ education and increase in budgetary allocation for education. Media Campaigns: 1) TVC (television commercials) & Talk Shows Production and Airing; 2) Radio Jingle & Talk Shows; 3) Newspaper articles. Key Messages: a) Free & compulsory education for all; b) Corporal punishment; c) Quality education; d) Parents awareness on subjects & their engagement. Firms registered with PBA and APNS are eligible to submit proposals. Proposals must demonstrate work in the education sector and education proejcts in project areas. Applicants must: 1) have demonstrable expertise on child rights and gender equality; 2) have track record in developing and conducting various types of media campaigns and number of campaigns for development sector; 3) have experience in developing campaigns in local languages especially Sindhi & Sraiki. Deadline: October 24. Source:

SIE 2015 - Symposium on Innovation-Entrepreneurship and their relationships with Cybernetics and Informatics (March 10 – 13; Orlando, Florida, USA) Concepts, theories, methodologies, and technologies related to Cybernetics and Informatics are sources of and provide support for innovations and, hence, entrepreneurship of non-ICCT (Information, Communications, and Control Technologies) innovations. Reciprocally, entrepreneurship and innovations are required for transforming ICCT research into innovations, which integrate this research to Society, legitimizing and economically justifying it. Hence, we can notice the present implicit and potentially "explicitable" (not yet documented or consciously thought or practiced) cybernetic relationships between "entrepreneurship and innovations" on one hand and "Cybernetics and Informatics" on the other. To make explicit this kind of relationships is one of the main purposes of SIE 2015. Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are both accepted. Submissions deadline: October 28. Source:

2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work The Awards recognize individuals ages 15 to 29 who lead innovative development projects in themes that include agriculture, small enterprise, skills training, climate change, environmental protection, sustainable livelihoods, and poverty reduction. The program selects regional winners from each of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Winners are awarded grants to advance their projects. Application deadline: October 30. Source:

8th Global Conference: Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity (March 14 – 16; Lisbon, Portugal) Interculturalism stands at the interface between the individual, local groups, societies and cultures. These compete, conflict, co-exist and trigger reactions and responses on a number of levels including the social, the economic, the political and the personal. These are reinforced through language, the media, cultural events, social institutions and migration policies. Amidst all these dynamic and static forms of interaction, identities are built and consolidated. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by October 31st. Source:

RMIT University - PhD scholarships on digital or media ethnography RMIT is a global university of technology and design with deep industry links. Our research focuses on innovative solutions to solve critical global problems affecting communities and the environment. RMIT offers a variety of research scholarships to give our candidates opportunities to pursue excellence in their research while furthering their academic and career goals. Applicants with first class Honours or equivalent qualifications, who are interested in undertaking ethnographic research on issues around media, communication, voice and listening are encouraged to apply. For further information please contact Professor Jo Tacchi - Applications deadline: October 31st. All mailed applications must be post marked by the application closing date. Application details:

TWAS Research Professors in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) A number of TWAS Fellows will be offered appointments as TWAS Research Professors for a period of five years, during which he/she will be expected to visit the host institution in a LDC three times for a minimum stay of one month each time. TWAS provides travel support while living expenses are covered by the host centre. NB: Only TWAS Fellows are eligible for appointment. Requests need to be submitted by research groups/scientific institutions in LDCs. Deadline for receipt of applications at TWAS Secretariat is October 31st. Source:

Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 competition The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is accepting entries from all African innovators for the 4th edition of the IPA competition - a total of USD 150,000 to 3 winners. The prize encourages Africans to develop creative ways to overcome everyday challenges. The IPA is calling for a multi-sector approach to build an innovation ecosystem that can speed up African economic growth. The prize also promotes the efforts of young African men and women pursuing science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities that aim to contribute to sustainable development in Africa. Categories: a) Agriculture and Agribusiness; b) Environment; c) Energy and Water; d) Health and Wellbeing; e) ICT applications; f) Manufacturing and Services Industries. Eligibility: 1) the proposed product must be unique and should have potential contribution to socio-economic development in Africa through increased efficiency and cost savings; 2) the product must have originality, marketability, scalability, and social impact; 3) in case of tangible technical/scientific products, the technical specifications must be grounded on established science and sufficiently address any anticipated product risks. Deadline: October 31st at 23h59 GMT. Source:

UNESCO World Heritage Center: Requests for International Assistance 2015 Grants under the World Heritage Convention are to help protect the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites. Requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental department or ministry. The limits on funding vary with the type of request (e.g., technical cooperation, training and research, promotion and education, preparatory assistance, emergency assistance). Deadline for submitting requests: October 31. Source:

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction Nominations of leadership worldwide in reducing the risks of natural disasters are invited. Eligibility for the award extends to individuals, community groups, civil society organizations and NGOs, government agencies, and the private sector. With support from the Nippon Foundation, the award provides US$50 thousand to the laureate. The 2015 prize will be awarded at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. Deadline for nominations (English, French, Spanish): October 31. Source:

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN): Research Development Fund (RDF) 2014 The WUN is a global alliance (of research intensive 17 universities on 5 continents) whose mission is the fostering of international collaborative research. In particular, WUN is committed to the development of interdisciplinary research collaborations addressing recognisable global challenges. The WUN / RDF offers grants of up to £15,000 (average £10,000) to foster partnership in the network, including new members, and support research collaborations in the following WUN Global Challenges: 1) Responding to Climate Change; 2) Public Health (Non-communicable Disease); 3) Global Higher Education and Research; 4) Understanding Cultures; 5) Other Research. Applications are open to researchers from WUN member institutions. Closing date: at 5pm GMT on October 31st. Source:

8th Global Conference: Visual Literacies (March 18 – 20; Lisbon, Portugal) Recently, the concept of visual literacy has grown from seedbeds of ideas in a small subset of disciplines into a movement of thinking and practice that touches nearly all fields of research. The exponential growth in the digital world is only one example of how visual literacy has become an integrated component of modernity. This interactive inter-disciplinary conference seeks to examine, explore and make multi-disciplinary connections to all issues surrounding visual literacy in regard to current theory and praxis. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in fields such as popular culture, architecture, cinema, youth culture, education, semiotics, art history, visual arts, fine arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, critical theory and theology. These disciplines are indicative only as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and vocation in which visual literacy plays a part. Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited for submission. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by October 31st. Source:

Call for applications - PhD on digital or media ethnography Applicants with first class Honours or equivalent qualifications, who are interested in undertaking ethnographic research on issues around media, communication, voice and listening, are encouraged to apply. Topics particularly welcomed include: 1) Digital media and social change; 2) Participation, voice and listening in development (especially in India); 3) Domestic and/or sensory ethnographies of media. Applications close on October 31st. Application details: Source:;ID=uwpmk8bd4bkbz

McGill Echenberg Fellowships to Participate in the 2015 International Forum for Young Leaders: “Human Rights and Leadership” (October 11 - 17; Montreal, Canada) The Forum brings together young individuals who have demonstrated their passion for implementing innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and offering them an opportunity to interact and benefit from each other’s experiences. To be eligible to apply for the fellowships, you must: 1) Be under 30 years of age as of July 31, 2015; 2) Hold a university degree in any field; 3) Possess high oral proficiency in English; 4) Have shown leadership, innovation, creativity, and/or entrepreneurship in your area of focus. Deadline: October 31st. Source:

WLEC 2015 - 6th Annual Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference (March 1 – 3; Bangkok, Thailand) It is a three-day program, which consists of three components: study session “women’s leadership and empowerment of disadvantaged groups”, presentations of submitted papers and open discussions. It is open to those interested in gaining leadership skills and new knowledge as well as those who want to share their own achievements. Proposals are accepted on a rolling admission basis as long as space is available. Source:

10th Global Conference - Creative Engagements: Thinking With Children (March 22 – 24; Lisbon, Portugal) This interdisciplinary and global research project seeks explore the concept of genuine ‘engagement’ in regard to areas such as learning, development and meaning making within the overarching framework of ‘creativity’. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by October 31st.