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Webinar on Science Communication

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Research projects and individual researchers in all disciplines are exploring new modes of scholarly communication in order to engage a wider audience, obtain developmental impact, boost visibility, meet funder requirements, and maximise the return on research investment. Added to this, new trends around communicating a broad range of artefacts from the research process are playing an important role in fostering collaboration and professionalising different aspects of the overall research lifecycle. In short, the publishing or dissemination process can no longer be left solely to formal publishers and there is a need to develop internal capacity in order to engage more optimally with communication activity. This can be daunting for researchers who lack the time and expertise to engage meaningfully with this area of work.
This 2-hour webinar on June 30th will present a five-step model that can be applied by individual researchers or projects who wish to improve their international footprint and make the outputs of their work more visibile and available for use. Focusing on the curation, “packaging”, and dissemination of research, the discussion will pay particular attention to the needs of developing-country researchers who are working in diverse, multilingual, resource-constrained contexts

Why Science Communication?

This webinar is for researchers, librarians, publishers, academics – anyone involved in making research easily understood.

Research projects and individual researchers in all disciplines are exploring new modes of scholarly communication in order to

  • engage a wider audience
  • obtain developmental impact
  • boost visibility
  • meet funder requirements
  • maximise the return on research investment.

The Webinar

This 2-hour webinar will present a five-step model that can be applied by individual researchers or projects who wish to improve their international footprint and make the outputs of their work more visible and available for use

The Presenter

Michelle Wilmers

Michelle Wilmers

Michelle Willmers has a background in academic and scholarly publishing and has worked as a consultant and institutional project manager in scholarly communication, with a focus on the African and developing country context, since 2008.  She was a senior team member in the University of Cape Town Open Educational Resources initiative and Programme Manager of the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. She is currently the Curation and Dissemination Manager of the Global South Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project.

Topics

The 2-hour webinar will address the following topics:

(1) Strategic approach in terms of
-core mission
-stakeholder analysis, and
-contractual /grant framework.
(2) The curation process, with an introduction to Intellectual Property/copyright component, repositories, use of Colaboratorio, and metadata.
(3) Packaging research, mostly with a focus on editorial/language considerations and utilising different research products for different purpose.
(4) Dissemination, identifying channels, utilising repository and Colaboratorio infrastructure, self-publishing, and establishing a conversation around your research.
(5) Tracking usage and reporting.

Outcomes
Participants will be equipped with a variety of approaches to communicate the outputs of their work in more visible and available ways to various audiences
(e.g policy makers, stakeholders, funders, and media)

Register

Credit: Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network

Regional climate change meeting held in Saint Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the High Level Support Mechanism (HLSM) hosted a regional meeting for climate change negotiators and ministers with responsibility for climate change from Wednesday 16th September, 2015 to Friday 18th September, 2015 in Saint Lucia.

The meeting, which was requested by Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, at the last meeting of CARICOM Heads in Barbados, had three objections:

  1. Establish coherence among negotiators on the critical issues in the negotiations toward a new climate change agreement in Paris in December 2015;
  2. Apprise of the areas of convergence and divergence in the ongoing climate change negotiations;
  3. Prepare Ministers for a meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in New York today, Thursday ,24th September, 2015. The meetings is taking place on the eve of the Post 2015 Development Agenda Summit.

Saint Lucia holds lead responsibility for climate change and sustainable development within CARICOM.

Credit: St. Lucia News Online (Edited)

Regional NGO Moves To Advance Caribbean Climate Interests

Indi Mclymont Lafayette

PANOS Caribbean, together with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), will today launch a two-day climate change workshop geared at helping to advance the interests of Caribbean small-island developing states.The workshop, which is to see the participation of some 12 journalists and eight artistes from the region, is being held in St Lucia, ahead of this year’s international climate talks set for Paris, France in December.

The journalists and artistes, including Jamaica’s Aaron Silk, are complemented by participants from St Lucia’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science, and Technology – another partner in the workshop.

“The workshop is a prep meeting for Paris, pulling together a range of stakeholders, including popular artistes and journalists with the aim to come up with a strategy to bring attention to the small island position of ‘1.5 degrees to stay alive’,” said Indi Mclymont Lafayette, country coordinator and programme director with Panos.

“We really want to ensure that if an agreement is signed in Paris, it is one that won’t mean the death of small islands in the long run,” she added.

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), including CARICOM, have as far back as the Copenhagen Talks in 2009, called for a long-term goal to “limit global average temperatures to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to long-term stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations to well below 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide equivalent”.

At the time, science adviser to AOSIS Dr Al Binger predicted that given sea-level rise, residents of small island states would eventually have to ‘swim for it’.

“We need to improve our boat-building art [and] teach our kids to swim because sooner or later, we are going to have to swim for it,” he said.

Speaking more recently at the French Embassy-hosted climate change debate in Kingston this year, physicist and head of the Climate Studies Group Mona, Dr Michael Taylor, painted a grim picture for a Caribbean in a world where average global temperatures exceed 1.5 degrees.

According to Taylor, the two degrees advanced by developed country partners may prove “too much for us to deal with”, given warmer days and nights and more variable rainfall, among other impacts,now being experienced.

Meanwhile, Mclymont Lafayette said the workshop – having educated artistes about climate change and journalists on reporting on it – would seek to craft a communication plan to bring a broader set of stakeholders up to date as to what is at stake for the region.

Strategy

“We are looking at a strategy over the next few months of some of the things that could be done. [These include] the journalists to report on climate change; the artistes to use their performing platforms and media interviews to bring attention to the issues and the negotiators to work in tandem with them,” she said.

“It would be good if we could have an awareness campaign leading up to Paris and also while in Paris, have a side event that would really capture a lot of the issues and provide a gateway for hearing or having good discussions on the impacts on the islands,”Mclymont Lafayette added.

The workshop – done with co-financing from Climate Analytics, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre – forms a part of a larger Panos project for which they continue to fundraise.

That project aims promote civil society involvement in the discourse on climate change in the region, through, among other things, facilitating their participation in the upcoming Paris Talks.

Credit: Jamaica Gleaner

Young voices are heard in sustainability conversation

One carrier has come up with a novel approach to the issue of sustainable tourism that involves science, students and scholarships.

JetBlue recently launched a program to increase planning for sustainable tourism in the Caribbean region through grants to students who will focus on using science to improve the travel experience for customers and communities now and in the future.

The grants highlight the airline’s commitment to education and the environment and focus on the impact of climate change in the Caribbean.

For the first year of the grant, JetBlue partnered with the Center for Responsible Travel (Crest) to offer two student scholarships to attend Crest’s and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation’s conference, Innovators Think Tank: Climate Change and Coastal & Marine Tourism, held recently at the Punta Cana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic.

From a field of 90-plus applicants, two recipients were selected: Stefan Knights from Hugh Wooding Law School in Barbados and Katrina Khan from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago.

The conference revolved around the theme of how coastal and marine tourism must be planned, built and operated in the era of climate change.

“Too often conferences and think tanks are out of reach for students. These grants open the door to the community of students who have cutting-edge ideas about sustainable tourism,” said Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability for JetBlue.

“If tourism in the Caribbean is going to flourish through a changing climate and increased ecosystem pressures, the tourism industry and its brands are going to need support and ideas from universities and students,” she said.

The tourism industry can either be part of the problem or part of the solution in dealing with climate change, according to Crest Director Martha Honey.

“It is imperative that we engage the next generation in the solution. It’s time to take the blinders off much of our industry and get passionate young people involved in preserving not only tourism-related livelihoods and the environment but our very existence,” Honey said.

The outcome of the conference will be showcased in a video documentary titled “Caribbean ‘Green’ Travel” and in a publication, both scheduled for release late this year.

Credit: Travel Weekly

St.Lucia Hosts Two Critical Climate Change Conferences

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology in St Lucia, the OECS Commission and the High Level Support Mechanism are hosting two important meetings on Climate Change this week at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay. The first meeting, which concluded yesterday, brought together senior climate change negotiators from across the Caribbean over two days to discuss the major issues ahead of global negotiations that will should lead to the signing of a new international climate change agreement. The new agreement is expected to be signed at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris at the end of the year.

St Lucia is also host to a second meeting from January 28 to 29. The meeting will bring together Caribbean ministers with responsibility for climate change to address four main objectives:

  1. provide ministers with a status report on the climate change negotiations;
  2.  provide political guidance to CARICOM negotiators participating in the negotiations;
  3. prepare ministers for engaging in climate change negotiations during 2015; and
  4. identify and discuss priority political actions that are required at the national level to accelerate the national and regional responses to climate change.

These two meetings are critical in helping to formulate a coordinated regional approach to the myriad issues on climate change—particularly in the areas of adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, and climate financing.

Credit: Caribbean Hot FM

Bookmark TERI University’s ‘Climate Change and Response Measures’ Webinar

Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

TERI University, which is based in New Delhi, India, will host a webinar on “Climate Change and Response Measures” at 10am on April 5, 2013.

The webinar will feature a three part lecture by Professor Ramanathan, UNESCO Chair in Climate Science and Policy at TERI University.  Professor Ramanathan is also the Director of the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Learn more about his contribution to many areas of the atmospheric sciences, among other things, by viewing his prolific Wikipedia profile. His three 45 minute lectures  on  the ‘Science of climate change’,’ Impacts of climate change’ and ‘Mitigation and adaptation’ will each be followed by a Q&A session.

The University says the lecture series is “an opportunity [for] young minds to discover and learn about the issues that define several aspects of climate change. We believe that such a platform will provide the students a deeper understanding of the current global trends in climate and of methods to address the greatest challenge that mankind faces today.”

Register here to tune into the lecture. For more information view this flyer or email lectures@teriuniversity.ac.in.

New Study Shows Unprecedented Heat Spike

A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.

Research released recently in the journal Science uses fossils of tiny marine organisms to reconstruct global temperatures back to the end of the last Ice Age. It shows how the globe was cooling for several thousands of years until an unprecedented reversal in the 20th century. Read more…

**Source: Google News

Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan for “Delivering transformational change 2011-21″.

5Cs Welcomes High-level Delegation

Korean Delegation at the 5Cs

Korean Delegation at the 5Cs

The CARICOM Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) welcomed a high-level delegation from South Korea to its offices today for exploratory talks on green energy and sustainable development pilot programmes. The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The delegation met with the 5Cs following the signing of an agreement to further bilateral relations between Belize and South Korea. The agreement included funding of US$400, 000 for capacity building within Belize’s Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities.

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