NRF – TWAS Doctoral/Renaissance Doctoral Scholarships Call for 2017

May 22nd, 2016 No comments

NRF-TWAS/African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowship Call for 2017

Closing date: 29 June 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for 2017 in the following two categories:

  • NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowships
  • NRF – TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships

The application deadline is 29 June 2016 for funding in 2017. Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za and follow the application process set out in the attached call/framework document and funding guide.

For details, please visit, http://www.nrf.ac.za/content/nrf-–-twas-doctoralrenaissance-doctoral-scholarships-call-2017.

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Reef Rescuers: Coral Gardening as an MPA Management Tool

May 7th, 2016 No comments

Time Change: May 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM HST, May 11 at 8:00 AM SCT (UTC +4:00)

In 2010, the NGO Nature Seychelles launched the USAID/UNDP-GEF- funded Reef Rescuers: Restoring Reefs in the Face of Climate Change Project. This large-scale coral restoration project seeks to repair coral bleaching damage in selected sites around Praslin and Cousin islands, Republic of Seychelles. Dr. Phanor H Montoya-Maya, former Technical & Scientific Officer of the Reef Rescuers Project, discusses the effectiveness of this work on restoring coral reef ecosystem services, and building reef resilience and resistance to bleaching. This webinar highlights the need to consider large-scale coral reef restoration as a cost-effective tool to include in the MPA manager’s toolbox. Please register

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NRF – TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Call for 2017

April 28th, 2016 No comments

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), which is based in Italy and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for the NRF- TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017.

These fellowships are open to permanent residents from eligible developing countries other than South Africa.

The application deadline is Tuesday, 07 June 2016.  Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

For all information pertaining to this Call, please refer to the attached documents: 

NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Framework / Grants Management and Systems Administration and NRF- TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Application and Funding Guide 2017.

Please Note:

Designated Authorities (DAs) at the Research Offices of the different Institutions have until Tuesday, 21 June 2016 to validate the applications.  Institutions must set their own internal closing dates, so as to enable internal validation by institutional DAs prior to submission to the NRF.

Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact an NRF contact person listed below:

 

  • Ms Nompumelelo Thwala, Project Leader: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD), Telephone: 012 481 4232. E-mail: nompumelelo.thwala@nrf.ac.za
  • Ms Melissa Govender, Professional Officer: Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA), Telephone: 012 481 4311.  E-mail:  melissa.govender@nrf.ac.za

 

Kindly advertise these funding calls and disseminate the call information throughout your institution.

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Call for Applications for NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017

April 28th, 2016 No comments

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2017 in the following categories:

DST- NRF- Free-standing Postdoctoral Fellowships (local and abroad);

DST- NRF- Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships; and

DST- NRF- DHET – Scarce Skills Development Fund: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Successful applicants must undertake full-time Postdoctoral research.  The Fellowships cannot be held concurrently with any salaried full-time employment.

The application deadline is Monday, 13 June 2016.  Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

For all information pertaining to this Call, please refer to the attached Frameworks for each of the three funding instruments as well as the Application and Funding Guide

 Please Note:

Designated Authorities (DAs) at the Research Offices of the different Institutions have until Monday, 27 June 2016 to validate the applications.  Institutions must set their own internal closing dates, so as to enable internal validation by institutional DAs prior to submission to the NRF.

Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact an NRF contact person listed below:

  • Ms Nompumelelo Thwala – Professional Officer: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD). Telephone: 012 481 4232. E-mail: nompumelelo.thwala@nrf.ac.za
  • Ms Melissa Govender – Professional Officer: Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA) Telephone: 012 481 4311.  E-mail:  melissa.govender@nrf.ac.za

 

Kindly advertise these funding calls and disseminate the call information throughout your institution.

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New ‘Traditional Fishing Methods’ book

April 25th, 2016 No comments

A book, ‘Traditional Fishing Methods of Africa’, by Prof Mike Bruton has just been published and is available from the publisher, Cambridge University Press.

This book is an illustrated overview of an aspect of Africa’s cultural and technological heritage that has largely been ignored its traditional fishing methods. An astonishing variety of innovative fishing techniques has been developed by African fishermen to catch fishes and shellfishes using their intimate knowledge of the distribution and behaviour of fishes and the dynamic properties of aquatic environments. These methods include spears, bows-and-arrows, poisons, fish barriers, traps, baskets, nets, artificial reefs and fish aggregation devices, and the canoes, dhows and boats used to deploy them. Many of these traditional methods harvest fishes sustainably but they have been replaced by ruthlessly efficient ‘modern’ gear, such as multi- and monofilament gillnets, giant seine and trawl nets, insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets, explosives and synthetic poisons, that are devastating fish stocks. An appeal is made for the recognition of the value of traditional fishing methods whose extinction would represent a loss of valuable indigenous knowledge.

For more information about the book, download its information flyer.

WIOMSA Newsbrief: 20 years old and counting!

April 21st, 2016 No comments

This year marks the 20th year since the rollout of the first issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief in 1996. In these two decades, the WIOMSA Newsbrief has remained committed to ensuring that it is one of the main communication channels between the Association and its membership as well as its partners. The Newsbrief has focused on presenting news and activities of the Association and those of its members and partners. These have included reports on research activities, coverage of events (courses, workshops, symposia, WIOMSA elections and WIOMSA General Assembly) and forthcoming opportunities. The Newsbrief is regarded as a one-stop source for news, research development, information and announcements.

Read this and other interesting articles from the latest issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief.

Call for Articles for the WIOMSA Magazine

April 18th, 2016 No comments

In 2016, two issues of theWIOMSA Magazine will be produced. WIOMSA is calling for articles on two themes:

  1.   Preparing for the Inevitable – Proactive initiatives to address the predicted impacts of climate change in the WIO. 

In the recent past the Western Indian Ocean region has experienced a plethora of research initiatives implemented at different scales, aimed at determining the potential impacts of climate change on coastal and marine ecosystems and coastal communities in general. Some of the information generated from these research activities has been used to develop adaptation measures and to support strategy development for adaptation. In addition, the information generated has been directed into reducing vulnerability to climate-related impacts and in assisting in building the resilience of coastal communities and environments. Training in strategic adaptive management has been conducted throughout the region, with trainees tasked with implementing adaptation strategies and actions in their own areas of operation. Some of the initiatives aiming at addressing impacts of climate change in the region are now five to ten years old and hence have sufficient data to determine whether they are making a difference on the ground or not. What are the lessons learnt during the planning and implementation of your projects? Has your project replicated or upscaled?

Secondly, many coastal communities that are vulnerable to climate change impacts have been dealing with climate variability for decades and have a wealth of knowledge about how to adapt; using their own local and indigenous knowledge and decision-making processes to take action. A number of institutions and research programmes in the region have been examining how local communities are adapting to climate change. The WIOMSA magazine is giving such organisations the opportunity to tell their stories about exploring the challenges to and opportunities for community based adaptation and to share the experience gained from community based activities amongst practitioners, policymakers, researchers, funders and the communities at risk.

  1. Building The Next Generation – Innovative educational and other programmes to develop the future marine conservationists in the WIO

Across the WIO Region, there is a multitude of coastal communities with high levels of dependence on their marine resources. Within these communities are many young people with a particular passion for the conservation and sustainable management of these marine resources in order to ensure a future for their communities. Some of these young people have real potential to become the marine scientists and conservation managers of the future. However, the road for them to gain the necessary experience and qualifications is long and challenging, and they need careful and consistent support. Almost all conservation agencies in the region are involved in the provision of environmental education programmes for their local communities, in particular in the schools, and it is these programmes which often spark the passion for the environment that can lay the foundation for future careers in conservation.

The WIOMSA magazine is looking for stories of innovative educational and student support programmes which are actively seeking to build this next generation of marine conservationists, who can inspire and lead their own communities and others in managing their marine resources sustainably.

Please share your stories of working with young people in your park, community, organization or school.

The deadline for submission of articles is 30th June 2016.

TRAINING PROGRAMME IN OCEAN GOVERNANCE FOR AFRICA

April 14th, 2016 No comments

International Ocean Institute Southern Africa is organizing a training course on Ocean Governance tailored to meet the needs of African countries. More specifically, the goal of the course is to meet ongoing need within the African region for awareness and training in the various disciplines associated with ocean governance that will contribute to building a sustainable core of experts on the continent.

The course is scheduled to be held from 12th September to 7th October 2016. The application deadline is 27th May 2016.

Download the Course Announcement and the application form. More details are also available from http://www.ioisa.org.

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Request for expression of interest for provision of consultancy services to conduct institutional support and technical backstopping for priority marine fisheries research in Tanzania

April 5th, 2016 No comments

The Government of United Republic pf Tanzania has received a Credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the cost of the SWIOFish program and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the consultancy “Institutional support and technical backstopping for priority marlne fisheries research in Tanzania

The objective of the consultancy services will be to provide technical backstopping to the SWIOFish -Tanzania Project Research Committee (PRC) in respect of priority marine fisheries research activities conducted under the SWIOfish project, with the aim of contributing a broader regionaVinternational perspective, experience and expertise in ensuring high quality research outputs.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) now invites eligible and qualified consultants firms to express their interest in providing the specified service. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff. etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

The deadline for submission of the expression of interest is 12 April 2016.

Download the full announcement.

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Marine Research Grant (MARG) Program: 2016 Call for Proposals is now Open!!!

March 10th, 2016 No comments

WIOMSA is calling for submission of proposals for its Marine Research Grant (MARG) Program. The MARG programme provides young and upcoming scientists with a reliable and flexible mechanism to turn their ideas into research projects and also offers opportunity for presentation of research results at various regional and international fora.

Please note that, applications can only be submitted through the online system. Only those applications submitted via this system will be processed. Applications should be completed and support documents uploaded at the WIOMSA website links provided:
i) For MARG I: http://proposals.wiomsa.org/the-marine-research-grant-programme-application-for-marine-research-grant-marg-i/
ii) For MARG II: http://proposals.wiomsa.org/the-marine-research-grant-programme-application-for-marine-research-grant-marg-ii/
iii) For MARG III: http://proposals.wiomsa.org/the-marine-research-grant-programme-application-for-marine-research-grant-marg-iii/

Please read the instructions carefully before completing the relevant form.

The deadline for submission of MARG I applications is 8th April 2016. Submissions for MARG II will be accepted from January to September 2016 while MARG III proposals may be submitted at any time. For MARG II and III grants, the acceptance of proposals will be dependent on the availability of funds at the time of submission.

For detailed instructions for applying for these grants, download the call for proposals and to apply visit http://proposals.wiomsa.org.

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