May 15, 2012

CfP/Panel: Session on "Visual Narratives and Illuminated Manuscripts"

RSA, San Diego, April 4 - 06, 2013
Deadline: Jun 1, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Visual Narratives and Illuminated Manuscripts

A session at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 4-6 April, San Diego, California.

Drawing from the works on text and image from Visual Culture scholars, this panel aims to understand and analyze this multifaceted art form, the illuminated manuscript. All papers addressing the various aspects of the fraught and complex relationship between text and image in the illuminated manuscripts (from Medieval to the Renaissance period as well as Eastern illuminated manuscripts, i.e. Turkish, Arabic, etc.) are welcomed.

All papers from a variety of disciplines (Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Depts. of Languages & Literature, English, etc.) and approaches are encouraged. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches are especially welcome. Please e-mail an abstract and a brief curriculum vitae to Nhora Serrano and Martine van Elk at Nhora.Serrano@ csulb.edu and martine.vanElk@ csulb.edu as soon as possible, but no later than June 1, 2012.

This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach

For more information, see the conference website: www.rsa.org


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CfP: Savvy Journal, Special issue on "Curating: Expectations and C

Deadline: Jul 1, 2012

Contemporary African Art looks back at a vibrant history of'presentation tactics' and curatorial conceptualisation strategies within the different frameworks of biennials, independent projects,
museum exhibitions, and even ethnographic collections. Over the last 100 years, the ways of exhibition-making changed profoundly and particularly within the field of Non-Western art one can perceive a change of parameters of curating – especially since a generation of Non-Western curators decided to take over the reins and seize the sceptre, which was until the late 80s mostly in the hands of some Western curators, the Western art market and its critique. The debate on “how, who, and where to show” has increased fiercely in the last 20 years. So we now pose the questions again in a bid to deliberate on current curatorial theories and practices in the framework of Contemporary African Art.

What are the prominent issues of display and curating that inform and condition exhibition making? Which curatorial concepts (past or current) do you consider seminal and which improvable? Where and how do artists position themselves in exhibitions authored by curators and can artistic knowledge be implemented as method of curating? What are the relations between artists, curators, public and institutions? Is there a cognizable methodology in curating Contemporary African Art exhibitions with regard to Western or Non-Western curators? How do
non-governmental art project spaces on and beyond the continent influence and revolutionize the trajectories of curatorial practices? Can the curator effectively serve as broker or facilitator between art and audience?

The 4th edition of the SAVVY Journal will thus position itself as a knowledge-sharing platform, wherein ideologies and philosophies, sciences and economics, ethics and aesthetics of the curatorial practice discipline, and in general, the semantics of exhibition making will be elaborated upon. We put the finger on the pulse of time and want to explore the contemporary expectations and challenges of curating in general and Contemporary African Art in particular.

Therefore, we invite artists, curators, art historians, theoreticians and other intellectuals to submit texts, not exceeding 3500 words in length, treating the above mentioned issues.

Furthermore, we are interested in other articles such as artist-features, exhibition reviews and previews of circa 1500 words. For more information please visit www.savvy-journal.com

Submissions to: editorial@savvy-journal.com

Deadline: 01st July 2012

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CfBC: "Building A Competitive Public Sector with Knowledge Management Strategy"

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012
Building competitive public sector with Knowledge Management Strategy
A book edited by Dr. Yousif Al-Bastaki and Amani Shajera
University of Bahrain

To be published by IGI Global:
http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/732

Introduction
Today, knowledge management has become an agenda issue in various academic and professional journals. It has become recognized as a significant source of competitive advantage by many authors. Although the study of knowledge is as old as human history, it has only been
recognized in the last two decade as a crucial factor of organizational success. Knowledge management (KM) has gained much attention from both academics and practitioners; however, KM as a discipline is still in its infancy, especially in the public sector. Unfortunately, the public sector organizations that use KM practices without thorough knowledge and awareness of them will not reap their true and full benefits. Therefore, it is vital for an organization to understand the concept of KM and to align its KM strategy with the organization’ s strategy when starting a KM initiative, in order for it to succeed. Knowledge is continuously generated throughout an
organization. To be successful and remain competitive, organizations must ensure that knowledge is managed in the most effective manner. To achieve that, the proposed publication will cover and explore the different concepts, factors, strategies and practices that lead to the most effective and efficient way of utilizing, managing and sustaining knowledge management in public sector organizations as this will improve organizational learning and performance excellence.

Objective of the Book

The primary objective of the proposed book is to create an integrated and coherent book of knowledge management which will add value to the current research (by focusing on the remaining gaps), and which will contribute to a better understanding of the factors that influence
successful knowledge management in organizations, specifically in the public sector.

This publication will play a significant role in addressing the key issues, challenges and opportunities of knowledge management by increase its awareness in the public sector in a systematic and holistic way for both individuals and organizations. It will also provide a clear direction for the effective implementation of knowledge management initiatives/ programmes for improving organizational learning and performance excellence.

Moreover, it will form a new paradigm of KM in public administrations and will encourage the public sector to take a proactive attitude toward KM, to actually make it happen; thus resulting in a better decision-making capability which will support organizations in their journey towards becoming a knowledge organization. Hence, publishing this book will be of interest to researchers, academics, students and practitioners of KM, while also being of significance to everyone in the public sector.

Target Audience
The prospective audience for this book will be researchers, academics and practitioners from the following fields of research: knowledge management, excellence, total quality management, public
administration, information technology and human resource management and organizational behaviour.

This book aims to increase KM awareness in the public sector by providing a clear direction for the effective implementation of KM programs which would improve organizational learning and performance excellence. In this sense, the intended audience will include government officials at various levels, chief knowledge officers (CKOs), managers and any policy makers that are already working in the public sector, or for those considering working in this field.

There has been increased attention toward public administration degrees at universities and public administration institutes around the world. The number of students studying these disciplines/ degrees is also increasing; hence, this book will be very useful as an academic source for students completing these areas of study.

Knowledge management system designers and developers would benefit from reading such a book as they would gain an understanding of the different KM elements that are needed for developing effective and efficient knowledge management systems.

The book will also be of value to a wider audience of readers who are interested in understanding KM, including public sector employees and anyone from other sectors that are interested in learning about knowledge management and the initiation of KM programs.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
- Introduction to knowledge management.
- The radical government shift to a knowledge based economy “knowledge organizations” .
- Critical analysis of the public sector’s knowledge management frameworks/models.
- Critical success factor of knowledge management: Testing the validity of the CSFs in the public sector.
- Knowledge management and IT infrastructure in the public sector.
- Leadership in knowledge management in the public sector.
- Toward a new paradigm in developing knowledge management strategies in the public sector.
- Building a supportive culture/structure for sustained knowledge management in the public sector.
- Human resource management as an essential part of knowledge management in the public sector.
- Change management strategies for successful knowledge management initiatives in the public sector.
- Knowledge management as the driving force to organizational learning and innovation in the public sector.
- Measuring the impact of knowledge management initiatives in the public sector.
- Investigating the influence of knowledge management on organizational excellence in the public sector.
- Benchmarking of knowledge management activities in the public sector.
- Building communities of practice and building knowledge networks in the public sector.
- Knowledge management case studies and best practices in the public sector.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 1st, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 1st, 2012 about the status of
their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 30, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This book is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Important Dates
June 30, 2012: Proposal Submission Deadline
August 1st, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
October 30, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
January 15, 2012: Review Results Returned
March 15, 2013: Final Chapter Submission
April 15, 2013: Submission of Manuscript to IGI Global

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Yousif Al-Bastaki
V.P for Information Technology, Administration and Finance
University of Bahrain
Bahrain, P.O.Box 32038
Tel.: +973 17438008 • Fax: +973 17449666 •Mobile: 973 39608082
E-mail: albastki@itc.uob.bh

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CfA: Visiting position, American Politics, University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh seeks a lecturer for a one-year visiting position in American Politics. The lecturer will teach a 3/3 load with 4 preparations (legislative politics x2, interest group politics x2, a special topics course of the instructor’s choice, and a capstone writing seminar, also on a topic of the instructor’s
choice). The salary is $45,000, plus benefits. We welcome applications from all candidates qualified to teach the requisite courses. However, the ideal candidate will possess both strong theoretical and substantive interests in the analysis of inter-relationships among executive,
legislative, and judicial institutions.

Candidates who will have completed the PhD by September 1, 2012 will be preferred. Please submit a cv, three letters of recommendation, research and teaching statements, evidence of
successful teaching (evaluations, sample syllabi), and a writing sample to the Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 4600 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15260, Attn: American Politics lecturer search. We will begin considering files on June 1, and hope to fill the position as quickly as possible.

Please contact me or George Krause (gkrause@pitt. edu) if you have any questions.

Best, cwb

Chris W. Bonneau, Associate Professor of Political Science
Review Editor, *Justice System Journal*
Department of Political Science
University of Pittsburgh
4600 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412)648-7267/ phone
(412)648-7277/ fax
cwbonneau@gmail. com
www.pitt.edu/~cwb7
View my research on my Google Scholar page:
*http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=O0uB13MAAAAJ&hl=en*


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CfP: Dada/Surrealism journal, special issue on "Exhibitions and Display Practices"

Deadline: Oct 1, 2012

The journal Dada/Surrealism invites submissions for a special issue on exhibitions and display practices.

We seek essays that illuminate the relationship of Dada and Surrealism to exhibitionary practices past and present, from studies of early artist-organized events to considerations of recent blockbuster exhibitions and museum installations. Submissions (from any discipline
or perspective) that consider other intersections of the concepts “exhibition” or “display” with Dada, Surrealism, their histories, or legacies are also welcome. For the full CFP and submission
instructions, visit http://ir.uiowa.edu/dadasur/vol21/iss1/ .

Abstracts due October 1, 2012.
Completed essays due March 1, 2013.

Inquiries to: Kathryn Floyd at kmfloyd@auburn. edu.

Dada/Surrealism is a peer-reviewed, open-access electronic journal sponsored by the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism and published by the International Dada Archive, University of Iowa Libraries.


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CfA: Praktika am Deutschen Forum fuer Kunstgeschichte in Paris

Application deadline: May 30, 2012

Student. Praktika am Deutschen Forum fuer Kunstgeschichte in Paris Bewerbungsschluss: 30.05.2012

Praktika am Deutschen Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris

Das Deutsche Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris in der Stiftung Deutsche Geisteswissenschaft liche Institute im Ausland (DGIA) bietet interessierten Studierenden der Kunstgeschichte die Möglichkeit, ein sechsmonatiges Praktikum zu absolvieren.

Die Praktikanten erhalten ein monatliches Stipendium sowie einen einmaligen Reisekostenzuschuss seitens des DAAD. Die Praktika beginnen jeweils zum 1. März und zum 1. September des Jahres. Voraussetzung für die Bewerbung ist der erfolgreiche Abschluss des Grundstudiums sowie die Einschreibung an einer deutschen Universität. Gute Kenntnisse der französischen Sprache sind erwünscht. Bewerbungen für den Zeitraum ab 1. September 2012 müssen spätestens bis zum 30. Mai 2012 eingereicht werden.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre schriftlichen Bewerbungsunterlage n (Lebenslauf, Kopien von Nachweisen der bisherigen Studienleistungen sowie ein Empfehlungsschreibe n) an:

Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte
Kennwort: Praktika
45, rue de Petits Champs
75001 Paris
Frankreich
sekretariat@ dt-forum. org

http://www.dtforum.org/index.php?id=34


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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Scientific Data Management in Cloud Computing Indiana University

The Data to Insight Center (D2I) at Indiana University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the area of scientific data management in cloud computing. The postdoctoral fellow will work on a newly funded NSF project that uses cloud resources for large-scale ensemble applications in the environment with attention to metadata and provenance capture and data reuse. The ideal candidate has a PhD in computer science, a strong research record, and experience in e-science interdisciplinary research. The candidate will have an opportunity to engage in other research projects of the Center including the HathiTrust Research Center and
the NSF funded DataNet project, Sustainable Environments Actionable Data (SEAD).

A PhD in computer science or a related field is required. Initial appointment will be for one year with potential for renewal for an additional year. Applications for the positions are accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled. Send a curriculum vita and contact information for three references to: Robert Ping, Pervasive Technology Institute, 2719 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN. Phone: 812-856-1064; e-mail: robping@indiana. edu. The position begins
immediately and will remain open until filled.

The Data To Insight Center is part of the Pervasive Technology Institute, a research-intense, world-class organization dedicated to advancing information and computing research at Indiana University. PTI is located in Indiana University's new technology corridor. Bloomington has been identified as one of the most cultural and livable small cities in the US. Over half of the US population lives within a day's drive of Bloomington, and the city is located only one hour from the Indianapolis airport. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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CfA: Intl Summer School on Regulation of Local Public Services, Univ. of Turin, Italy

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
ON REGULATION OF LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES
An international study experience on local regulatory issues
Turin, Italy
10th-21th sept. 2012

The School is designed to offer two weeks “full immersion” in user charges regulation of local public services (e.g. waste, water, public transport, district heating, sport facilities) and is addressed to undergraduate students at their last year, graduate students and officials from the Public Administration (municipalities, counties, regional bodies) and regulatory agencies.

The course lasts two weeks and is articulated in three parts:
- theoretical module
- industry analysis
- case studies (with a virtual regulatory final report prepared by attendants)

Applications and Deadlines
The application form will be on-line as from March 2012.
The deadline for the submission of the application form is the 15th of June 2012.
Admitted attendants will be contacted directly by email by the 25th of June 2012.

http://www.fondazioneambiente.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=146&Itemid=181

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CfP: 2nd Annual Young Researchers’ Conf. in Economics and Manage

2nd Annual Young Researchers’ Conference in Economics and Management
New Challenges in Governance
Amiens 25-26 October 2012

The second edition of the annual Young Researchers’ Conference in Economics and Management (CAJCEG) invites PhD candidates and recently qualified doctors to reflect on the changes and transformations of governance, following the multiple crises actors may have experienced.

This year, the annual Young Researchers’ Conference arises as an opportunity for economics and management scholars to deepen and to extend their understanding of the numerous aspects carried by the polysemous concept of governance. The increasing number of actors, of decision levels, and of rationalities taking part in “governance”, be it in relation to companies, public organizations, national economies or to monetary unions. Two main axes, not necessarily exclusive or exhaustive, are put forward: corporate governance and European governance.

Deadlines:
May 15, 2012: summary Submission deadline
June 15, 2012: Acceptance/Rejectio n Deadline
September 15, 2012: Closing date for registration
October 25-26, 2012: Conference in Amiens

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/networks/lastnet/docs/Conference_Flyers/Amiens_CAJCEG_FLYER.PDF

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CfP: International Conference "Ageing in the light of crises: Economic crisis, demographic change, and the search for meaning Conference at Umeå University, Sweden, October 3-5, 2012

Ageing is often discussed in the context of crises, both at individual and at societal level. People might, for example, experience age-related physical decline or change in social role as crises. Public and academic discourses frame as ‘crises’ issues in volunteering, pension sustainability, or health care demand and supply in the context of aging societies. Discussion of economic crises and demographic change often portrays ageing as a struggle with dwindling
resources.

Even highlighting what are intend-ed to be positive approaches, such as active or successful aging, has been criticized as a potential source of individual crises, namely for those who, for a variety of reasons, are not easily classified as “productive” or “active”. But are these various linkages between aging and crises justified? Do they foster solutions or do they cause new crises? This conference brings together scholars from across Europe to discuss
developments in ageing and old age. Such developments could, for example, relate to:
- Older workers, retirement, and pensions
- Formal and informal care arrangements
- Active and productive aging
- Social inequalities and poverty in old age
- Effect of population ageing on generational solidarity and welfare states
- Effects of the economic crisis and of globalization on life-courses
- Images, attitudes, coping-strategies and ageing.

You can submit your abstract of max. 200 words until June 15, 2012 via the conference homepage
http://eventus.trippus.se/crisis2012

The conference fee is 500 SEK (60 Euros). Keynote speakers are Stefan Svallfors (Umea University, Sweden), Sara Arber (Surrey University, UK), Harald Kuenemund (University of Vechta, Germany), and Ricca Edmondson (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland). For more
information, visit the conference homepage or email Kathrin Komp: kathrin.komp@ soc.umu.se. Mid-term conference of the Research Network on Ageing in Europe - Organized in cooperation with the Department of Sociology at Umea University, Sweden, and the Swedish Gerontological Society

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May 14, 2012

100 Scholarships programme from Sri Lankan Government

Sri Lankan Government funded Scholarships for Foreign Students in the any subject (excluding Medical & Dental Sciences) for the Academic year 2012, Sri Lanka

Eligibility:

-Be citizens of the selected 48 countries

For Undergraduate Applicant:

Candidates with impressive results of an examination deemed equivalent to G.C.E. (Advance Level) Examination of Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for admission to universities in Sri Lanka.

For Postgraduate Applicants:

Applicants should have a first degree from a recognized university with good academic merits and for PhD studies a relevant postgraduate qualification, which is normally a Masters degree.

English Language Proficiency:

English is the medium of instruction. Accordingly, an applicant whose previous education has not been conducted in English must demonstrate a good command of English sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instructions, written assignments and participation in tutorials and discussions. Therefore applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English i.e. achieve a minimum score of TOEFL 525 or a score of IELTS 6.0 for undergraduate studies. For Masters or PhD the required marks should be a score of TOEFL 550 or a score of IELTS 6.5 and above

-Candidates with impressive results of an examination deemed equivalent to G.C.E. (Advance Level) Examination of Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for admission to universities inSri Lanka

-Scholarships are open for courses of studies other than Medical & Dental Science
-Places are limited for Engineering Sciences

-Candidates can request for more courses indicating their preferences as places are limited in some fields.

Scholarship Description:

Applications are invited from eligible foreign students to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels in Sri Lankan Universities. The award under the special 100 scholarships programme, made by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka, is for courses of study that will begin in October of 2012.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 June 2012

http://www.mohe.gov.lk/

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19 PhD Fellowships at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

PhD Fellowship Application Now Open For Non-Italians Educated Abroad

Sapienza University of Rome is offering 19 three-year full-time postgraduate fellowships for attaining PhD degrees in the University Doctoral Schools (listed in the appendix).

Applicants must be non-Italian, currently reside outside of Italy and have attained academic qualifications from non-Italian Institutions.

Each fellowship amounts to 19,800 Euro per year.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 May 2012.

For further information write to phdfellowship@ uniroma1. it.

http://www2.uniroma1.it/home/eng/120430_PhD.php

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Master Scholarships at University of Westminster, UK

Westminster International Scholarships

Amount: Full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.

Eligibility: You must be an international student from a developing country and hold an offer for a full-time Masters degree.

Criteria: Academic excellence, development potential and financial need.

Deadline: 31 May 2012

These generous awards are aimed at fully funding you if you are from a developing country and will study a full-time Masters degree at the University. Particular preference will be given to you if you can demonstrate how the knowledge you acquire from your studies will aid the development of your own country.

http://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/prospective-students/student-finance/funding/scholars hips/postgraduate/westminster-international-scholarships


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40 PhD Studentships at University of Brighton, UK

RESEARCH FUTURES AT BRIGHTON

Up to 40 new Doctoral College PhD studentships valued at £55,650 each

The University of Brighton's Doctoral College invites applications from around the world for one of up to 40 new PhD studentships available for entry during the 2012/2013 academic year.

The studentships offer funding to pursue research across a range of topics in the arts and humanities, life and physical sciences, and the social sciences. Each studentship will support full-time doctoral study over a three year period.

You will be part of our new university wide Doctoral College that fully supports doctoral studies within the university's research culture.

Our support for researcher development, recognised this year with the prestigious European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award, includes the annual The Future's Bright conference for early career and doctoral researchers.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the University of Brighton moved 21 places up the Times Higher Education quality league tables. Ninety-eight researchers submitted for Art and Design, securing 35 per cent world-leading activity, with another nine units of assessment recording world-leading research.

Transformative research
The University of Brighton is committed to delivering transformative research that has real-life positive impacts. We believe there are two types of research - applied research and research that is yet to be applied. To see a range of the university's research visit www.brighton. ac.uk/transformi ng

Funding information
Depending on your circumstances each studentship is worth up to £55,650 over three years and covers tuition fees for UK/EU applicants and includes a contribution of £14,300 per annum towards living expenses. We would also like to hear from suitably qualified international candidates. The award will be of the same overall value, to cover international tuition fees and a contribution towards living expenses. The university will be offering up to 40 studentships. The successful candidates will be selected on academic merit and the university reserves the right to offer less than the full 40 studentships.

Interested?
To find out more about the range of topics available and our commitment to high quality research student support, visit www.brighton. ac.uk/2012studen tships.

Or, if you would like to talk to us, contact the office of Professor David Arnold, dean of the Doctoral College, on 01273 641107 or by email on doctoralcollegedean @brighton. ac.uk.

Applications close 8 June 2012.

Contact Address: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/2012studentships

http://www.brighton.ac.uk/researchstudy/2012studentships/?utm_source=advert%2Bredirect&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=Research%2BScholarships

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CfP: MANCEPT Workshops on Wellbeing and Public Policy, Manchester

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory - Ninth Annual Conference
Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester
5th - 7th September 2012

Workshop on Well-being and Public Policy: Call for Abstracts

David Cameron, in a recent speech on introducing national measures of well-being to inform public policy, claimed that the UK government is aiming to measure the progress of the nation, "not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving; not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life." In short, the UK government is looking to measure the nation's well-being in order to "help make a better life for people." Other governments and international organizations are also increasingly focusing upon well-being as a policy goal. This workshop will focus on whether, and how, public policy can and should be informed, in some way, by considerations of the public's well-being. There will be up to 12 speakers in total, who will be invited to give a 30 minute presentation, followed by a discussion. Potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

The role of well-being in public policy
The limits of political utilitarianism
Paternalism and well-being
The implications of different theories of well-being for public policy
The interaction between different measures of well-being and public policy

If you are interested to present during this workshop, please send to one or both of us an abstract of no more than 500 words with your full name and institutional affiliation before May 15th.

Convenors:
Sam Wren-Lewis (University of Leeds): samwrenlewis@ gmail.com
Tim Taylor (visiting research fellow, University of Leeds): phltet@leeds.ac.uk

Further details about the conference available at
http://manceptworkshops2012.wordpress.com/

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CfP: International Conference ICT for Language Training, Florence

CALL FOR PAPERS

International Conference ICT for Language Learning
5th Edition
Florence, Italy
15 - 16 November 2012

We would like to inform you about the 5th edition of the Conference ICT for Language Learning which will take place in Florence (Italy) on 15 - 16 November 2012.

The objective of the conference is to promote the sharing of good practice and transnational cooperation in the field of the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to Language Learning and Teaching. The conference will also be an excellent opportunity for the
presentation of previous and current language learning projects and innovative initiatives.

The Call for Papers is addressed to language teachers and experts as well as to coordinators of language projects and initiatives.

We would like to encourage you to submit an abstract of a paper to present during the conference. The abstract should be written in English (500 words) and sent via e-mail to conference@pixel- online.net no later than 22 June 2012. In order to prepare the abstract we kindly invite you to use the template downloadable from the following link:
http://pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2012/common/download/Template_abstract.doc

Important dates

>> 22 June 2012: Deadline for submitting abstracts
>> 20 July 2012: Notification of Acceptance / Rejection
>> 10 September 2012: Deadline for final submission of papers
>> 10 September 2012: Deadline for speakers’ registration
>> 15 - 16 November 2012: Dates of conference

At the ICT for Language Learning Conference there will be three presentation modalities: Oral and poster presentations (in-person) and virtual (for those who cannot attend in person)

An ISBN publication will be produced with all the papers of the articles that will be presented during the Conference.

For further information about the ICT for Language Learning Conference, please contact us at the following address: conference@pixel-online.netor visit the conference website: http://www.pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2012

Kind regards,
The Conference Secretariat

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CfP: 18th Intl Summer School "Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood

The Institute for East-Central Europe and the Balkans (IECOB) is pleased to announce an open call for representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) interested in participating in the

18th International Summer School
Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood
2nd - 15th September 2012

Cervia, Italy
Hotel Genzianella, viale Roma 85

The aim of the summer school is to help participants learn about democratic developments, human rights, sustainable development, green economy and European integration. The courses are particularly designed for participants belonging to CSOs / NGOs from the Western Balkans. The 2012 edition of the school will offer an arena forexchange of experiences as well as tools for strengthening the actions of activists in the Central and SEE Region, for fighting against
discrimination, within the broader framework of Diversity Management, and spreading a new sense of economic development, with a special reference to Green Economy and Sustainable growth.

Thanks to the support of the European Commission and the Central European Initiative, scholarships are available for CSOs representatives who are citizens of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Turkey. The call for applications is open until June 3rd, 2012. Interested applicants can register and apply on the website of the summer school: www.summerschools.it/CISSC

The full call for application is available at the relative section on this website http://www.iecob.net/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=364:general-information-on-18th-cei-international-summer-school-of-cervia&catid=90&Itemid=82.

For further information, contact:
Ms Dessislava Krasteva (dessislava.krasteva @unibo.it)
Ms Luciana Moretti (unibo.eurobalk@ unibo.it)

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May 11, 2012

19 PhD positions in Social Science, University of Trento, Italy

University of Trento, Italy
School in Social Sciences

The call for the School's doctoral programmes is available now.

DEADILE FOR APPLYING: 20 JUNE 2012 - 4PM (Italian time)

Eligibility applicants: candidates, regardless of gender, age and nationality, who hold a relevant MA degree, or who expect to complete their degree by September 28, 2012.

Applications must include a CV, a research proposal and at least two letters of recommendation. For some tips on how to write a research proposal, click here. Consult the respective call for a complete list of documents to be included in your application.

As all doctoral programmes are taught in English, proof of fluency in that language is a prerequisite for admission. We require at least C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent. Failing a certificate of knowledge of English language, during the oral examination the knowledge of English will be tested.

Scholarships: The School makes available a number of fully-funded three-year scholarships. In general, all our doctoral students are supported by a scholarship. Currently the School does not charge an admission fee.

Application: The application must be submitted online.

Admission procedures: The procedure consists of two steps and a third step for the doctoral Programme in Sociology and Social Research:

The Admissions Committee will asses all applications and produce a short-list of candidates who will go on to step 2.
The second step consists of a roughly thirty minute interview in English that will focus mainly on your research proposal and your knowledge of the field.

If you are applying for the doctoral programme in Sociology and Social Research, you will, in addition, be asked to sit a multiple choice exam. To prepare for this test you may want to read : Piergiorgio Corbetta "Metodologia e tecniche della ricerca sociale", Bologna, Il Mulino, English edition: "Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques", London, Sage

http://www.unitn.it/en/drss/16301/admission-and-enrolment
http://www.unitn.it/files/download/16301/call_2012_en.pdf

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7 PhD positions in Economic, U. Catt. Sacro Cuore, Italy

PhD in Public Economics
(http://scuoledidottorato.unicatt.it/defap)

Call for Pre-Applications
Academic Year 2012- 2013

The Graduate School in Public Economics of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Università di Milano-Bicocca invites Pre-applications from students whose breadth of academic experience and fitness for the specific field of study suggest the potential for scholarly achievement. The duration of the PhD Program is three years.

Selection Procedure

No more than 14 students are admitted to the PhD Program. The 7 highest ranked will be offered a 3 years 13,600 Euros (gross) scholarship. The monthly allowance can be increased up to 50% (for a maximum of 18 months) for our PhD students visiting one of our partner institutions abroad.

http://scuoledidottorato.unicatt.it/defap_2396.html
http://scuoledidottorato.unicatt.it/defap_DEFAP-Pre_Application_2012-13.pdf


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May 10, 2012

Offre de bourse d’étude aux étudiants étrangers pour l’année universitaire 2012-2013

Bourses d'étude
Année universitaire 2012-2013

Par l’intermédiaire de la Commission fédérale des bourses, la Confédération suisse offre aux étudiants désirant continuer leurs études à l’extérieur des bourses (1500 bourses) d’études universitaires (Universités suisses, Écoles polytechniques fédérales). Ces bourses sont destinées à des étudiants déjà titulaires d’un diplôme universitaire (pots gradués). Elles doivent leur permettre de parfaire leurs connaissances en Suisse ou d’y faire des travaux de recherche dans des domaines auxquels les universités suisses accordent une attention particulière.

L’offre est valable pour tout étudiant ayant obtenir de résultats brillants. Elle n’est pas valable pour des études en cours d’emploi, à temps partiel ou à distance.

Les dossiers de candidature font l’objet d’une sélection préliminaire par les autorités nationales compétentes et la représentation diplomatique suisse. La représentation diplomatique suisse transmet les candidatures sélectionnées à la Commission fédérale des bourses pour étudiants étrangers (CFBE) qui effectue la sélection définitive. C’est ensuite le Département fédéral de l’Intérieur (DFI) qui octroie les bourses sur la base des propositions de la CFBE.

Lieu d’études
Les bourses sont octroyées pour des études dans les Universités suisses ou les Écoles polytechniques fédérales.

Durée de la bourse
Les bourses sont offertes pour une année académique de neuf mois (9 mois).

Finances de cours et taxes d’inscription
La Commission fédérale des bourses ne prend pas en charge les finances de cours et/ou taxes semestrielles. En principe, les Universités ainsi que l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zürich exonèrent les boursiers fédéraux des taxes semestrielles mais pas systématiquement des taxes d'inscription aux programmes de Masters. Si tel est le cas, il appartient aux boursiers de prendre en charge les finances de cours et d’inscription.

Conditions préalables pour poser sa candidature
Les candidats doivent prouver leurs capacités et avoir un but de formation précis. Ils devront joindre à leur dossier de candidature un plan détaillé et précis des études ou de la recherche qu’ils envisagent d’effectuer en Suisse.

Lors du dépôt de leur dossier, les candidats doivent tenir compte des possibilités d’études offertes par les universités suisses.

Pour ce faire, ils peuvent obtenir de plus amples informations disponibles auprès de notre représentant basé pour cette année en Afrique au Bénin à l’adresse mail :secretrangere@hotmail.fr . Ils devront également tenir compte des possibilités d’insertion professionnelle dans leur pays une fois leurs études achevées.

Avant de déposer sa candidature
Le candidat doit prendre contact avec le secrétariat pour fournir certaines informations.
L’institution d’accueil ou l’ambassade de Suisse peuvent refuser le dossier si le candidat n’a pas établi ce contact préalable.

Une demande de bourse devient alors caduque. Les éventuels frais de dossier ainsi que tous les autres frais liés à l’inscription aux programmes sont entièrement à la charge du candidat.
Les candidats qui sont déjà entrain d’effectuer une première année en Master dans l’une des universités ou Hautes écoles suisses ne sont pas éligibles pour une bourse de la Confédération suisse.
Les candidats doivent avoir une maîtrise suffisante de la langue d’enseignement française, anglaise, allemande ou italienne, pour bénéficier pleinement de leurs études en Suisse. Dans certains cas, ils devront aussi justifier une maîtrise suffisante de l’anglais.

Délai de dépôt des candidatures pour 2012-2013:
Les dossiers de candidature doivent être adressés au secrétariat au plus tard le 20/05/2012.
Chaque dossier doit contenir les documents suivants dans l’ordre indiqué:
a) un formulaire de candidature (Faire une demande au secrétariat à l’adresse mail :
secretrangere@hotmail.fr)
b) photocopie du baccalauréat ou d’un certificat équivalent
c) photocopies de certificats délivrés par les établissements d’enseignement supérieur fréquentés, photocopie du dernier diplôme universitaire obtenu (avec les notes) légalisées;
d) une lettre de motivation;
e) un curriculum vitae;
f) une photo d’identité
g) un certificat médical (à fournir après par le secrétariat);
h) photocopie de la carte d’identité/ passeport


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May 9, 2012

Summer School on Diversity Management 2012, Univ. of Kaunas

SUMMER SCHOOL
"Intensive Course On Diversity Management"
At The Vytautas Magnus University Of Kaunas

JULY 10-23, 2012
With the co-financement of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme – ERASMUS - Intensive Programme (IP)

Call for application is open for the second edition of the Erasmus Intensive Programme on Diversity Managment which will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, from July 10th to July 23rd, 2012. The course is designed for 35 students and 15 teachers coming from 5 different European universities. The overall aim of the course is to explore the subject of diversity; the specific objectives will be as follows presenting the participants some relevant topics and theory related to the regulation and management of diversity and to the prevention, management and/or resolution of crises and conflicts; developing perceptions and the analytical skills of the participants; training the participants with methods and techniques for the management of
diversity and for the prevention, management and/or resolution of conflict.

http://www.iecob.net/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=381&Itemid=76

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18th International Summer School Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood 2nd - 15th September 2012

Cervia, Italy
Hotel Genzianella, viale Roma 85

The aim of the summer school is to help participants learn about democratic developments, human rights, sustainable development, green economy and European integration.

http://www.iecob.net/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=371&Itemid=87
http://www.summersc hools.it/CISSC

Deadline: June 3, 2012

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CfA: Bucharest Summer University 2012 (with scholarships), DL 15.06.2012

The Students Senate of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies ASE invitesyou to:

BUCHAREST SUMMER UNIVERSITY
-8th edition -
12th August - 26th August 2012

We are pleased to invite you to the 8th edition of Bucharest Summer University! If you are willing to spend your summer in a challenging way by mixing academic, social, and intercultural activities, then this is your opportunity!

The topic of this year's edition of Bucharest Summer University is:
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE BUSINESSES

Lectures will be held by national and internationals speakers in this field and will tackle subjects such as: Critical Reflections On Creativity And Innovation, Creativity And Innovation In Different Industries,Traditio nal And Emerging Forms Of Creativity And Innovation.

We guarantee you one of the best intercultural experiences, as you will have the chance to meet students and speakers from all over the world. You will also get a glimpse at the Romanian lifestyle, culture, traditions and parties, as we have prepared for you a one week-end trip around Romania and many more other fun activities.

Upon successful completion of the academic course, you will earn 5 ECTS. There are 3 possibilities for you to apply for Bucharest
Summer University 2012, depending on the type of application you choose:

-- Send your standard application by 24th of June(If you
know for sure how you want to spend your summer, we have created for you the Fast Sign Up procedure. Send the required documents and you will get a response in 7 days maximum. The last day you can apply for this option is 15th of June);
-- Apply for a  partial scholarship by 24th of June;
-- Apply for a full scholarshipby 15th of June.

For more information regarding the application process, please visit our website: www.bsu.ase. ro. If you need further details or if you want to send your application please address Miss Maria Floriana Popescuat application@ bsu.ase.ro. In case of extra questions, please feel free to ask them via e-mail or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/bucharest.summer.university

The summer is back and so are we!

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60 PhD Grants in ICT, University of Trento, Italy

University of Trento

Announcement of selection
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SELECTION: 28th cycle – academic year 2012/2013

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
ELECTRONICS AREA
Number of positions: 9
Number of grants: 9

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
COMPUTER SCIENCE AREA
Number of positions: 53
Number of grants: 40

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AREA
Number of positions: 12
Number of grants: 11

Announcement of selection: published in Gazzetta Ufficiale nr. 27 of 6th of April 2012 available in Box Download

Application' s deadline to participate in the selection: 15th of May 2012

Contributions for the enrolment and the attendance: see Box Download

http://www.unitn.it/en/ateneo/2778/announcement-selection

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5 PhD positions in Mobile Comms, TU Ilmenau, Germany

The International Graduate School on Mobile Communications of the Ilmenau University of Technology offers open positions starting from July 1, 2012 or later

5 full-time research positions for doctoral students
and doctoral stipends.

The research positions are evaluated annually and have a duration of three years. The salary of all full-time positions corresponds to 13 TV-L (approx. 35,000 – 40,000 EUR per year) respectively as tax-free stipends.

The focus of the Graduate School is on interdisciplinary research on self-organization in mobile communication systems with respect to services, protocols, networks, and radio aspects. Self-organization describes the capability of complex systems to adapt rapidly and dynamically to varying constraints. Based on this approach, the Graduate School aims at the development of future flexible mobile communication networks, for instance, for the recovery and maintenance of communications and application- oriented services in disaster scenarios. The interdisciplinary research areas addressed by the Graduate School cover aspects of Computer Science (self-organisation, management, planning, simulation as well as security of mobile communication networks, cognitive systems and distributed data management) as well as of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (radio technology, information theory, modulation, coding, circuit technology, antennas and propagation) .

The Graduate School provides a creative and inspiring environment. It supports students to complete their Doctoral degree within a three years period. Further details can be found at www.gs-mobicom. de.

For all positions we request applications from graduates with
· an excellent Diploma or Master degree, preferably in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science,

· a high motivation to work in an international scientific team, and

· the commitment to complete the doctoral program within three years.

The Ilmenau University of Technology aims at establishing gender equality and hence encourages women to apply. Handicapped people with identical qualification, suitability, and competency will be considered with priority.

Applications in PDF format including the complete set of documents (see www.gs-mobicom. de) are invited by email to gs-apply@tu- ilmenau.de, mentioning the reference number 35/2012.

Further information can be obtained from the Administrative Manager of the International Graduate School, Dr. Mirko Kirschkowski, per email gs-mobicom@tu- ilmenau.de.

http://www.academic positions.eu/jobs/science-and-engineering/2012/5/2/5-volle-stellen-fr-wissenschaftliche-mitarbeiter-innen-als-doktorandinnen-doktoranden.aspx

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Master Scholarships at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2nd level specializing master programs:

- Automatica and control technologies
https://didattica.polito.it/master/automatica/

- E-Business and ICT for Management
https://didattica.polito.it/master/e-business/

- Optical Communication and Photonic Technologies
https://didattica.polito.it/master/optical/

- Navigation and Related Applications
https://didattica.polito.it/master/navigation/

- Wireless Systems and Related Technologies
https://didattica.polito.it/master/wireless/

Deadline: 17 May 2012

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5 PhD Scholarships in ICT, UNU (Macau)-U of Pisa (Italy)

Double degree PhD Programme in Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development of United Nations University and University of Pisa

The United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) calls for applications for its PhD programme in Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development which starts in September 2012. The programme is designed to train the experts who will become the intellectual leaders of this emerging field to have a deep appreciation of the issues of Sustainable Development and the manner of addressing them using current and future ICT. Graduates will be obtain an understanding of the UN perspective on sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals. The programme will consist of coursework and research. Coursework will cover essential concepts of sustainable development, as well as state-of-the- art ICT taught from the viewpoint of principles so that the inevitable changes in this rapidly advancing field will not render knowledge obsolete. Students will pursue research within the multidisciplinary environment of UNU-IIST, which provides diverse opportunities for hands-on research carried out in the field. The institute's activities in policy bridging will expose students to the issues involved in using science to support policy making.

Enrollment in the programme is on a full-time basis. The programme has a 42-month duration (seven semesters). Students are primarily located at UNU-IIST in Macau SAR China and spend at least one semester at the University of Pisa. In addition, students have the opportunity to carry out field work in one or more of the various locations of activity of UNU-IIST, depending on the chosen research topic.

Upon graduation, students will receive a double PhD degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Students will receive two distinct PhD diplomas from the United Nations University and from the University of Pisa.

Application, Admission, and Programme Requirements

Scholarships

�¡PhD Scholarship in Analytical Models for Learning Processes in FLOSS Communities
�¡PhD Scholarship in Formal Modelling and Analysis of Ecosystems
�¡PhD Scholarship in Policy-Driven Electronic Governance
�¡Two Scholarships in Software Engineering in Healthcare

Application Deadline: 31 May 2012

http://iist. unu.edu/academic -programs/ phd-program


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May 7, 2012

Open PhD positions at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

28th cycle Ph.D. call - 2012/2013

Deadline for application: 25th May 2012

(see the deadlines of the call)

The call
http://www.ricerca.polimi.it/index.php?id=4731

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24 PhD positions at LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy

LUISS Guido Carli University has activated the 28th Cycle of Doctorate of Research.

Application deadline: June 15th, 2012

Department of Economics and Finance
http://ricerca.economiaefinanza.luiss.it/en/news/2012/04/24/call-for-the-28th-cycle-of-doctorate-of-research-in-economics

Department of Business and Management
http://ricerca.impresaemanagement.luiss.it/en/news/2012/04/24/call-for-the-28th-cycle-of-doctorate-of-research-in-management

Department of Political Science
http://ricerca.scienzepolitiche.luiss.it/en/news/2012/04/24/call-for-the-28th-cycle-of- doctorate-of-research-in-political-theory

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May 6, 2012

12th Summer School on Image and Robotics (SSIR'12) June 25th

*CALL FOR PARTICIPATION*

*12th Summer School on Image and Robotics (SSIR'12)
June 25th to July 6th 2012*

Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Baja
California (CICESE)

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Web Site: http://www.image-and-robotics.org/SSIR-2012

Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Baja California (CICESE), The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA Rhône-Alpes), The French-Mexican Laboratory of Informatics and Automatic Control (LAFMIA), and the Mexican Network on Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMec) invite you to take part in the 12th Summer School on Image and Robotics (SSIR'12) to be held in Ensenada Baja California Mexico.

CICESE is one of the 27 research centers coordinated by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and is a recognized scientific institution at a national and international level. It's main goal is to generate knowledge that may contribute to the solution of problems that affect Mexico’s social and economic environment. Its graduate programs rank
among the best in the country, and some programs are leaders in Latin America.

SSIR'12 will be a 2 week-long residential summer school. The courses on this school are primarily aimed at last-year engineering, master and PhD students on image and robotics related programs abroad.

SSIR'12 will be hosted this year by the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Baja California,

This summer school is the twelve in the series organized in the framework of the very active cooperation between French and Mexican researchers and institutions developing computer science.

The courses include general and fundamental knowledge for robot control and perception system design. This includes scene identification and modeling, robot localization, pattern recognition, path planning and execution and robot physical interactions. The formation will be articulated along four principal subjects:

- Perception: image processing and computer vision.
- Algorithmics: motion generation, execution and control.
- Mobile robotics.
- Learning and Bayesian methods.

No prior high knowledge of robotics nor computer vision will be required. Participants will attend to general lectures and talks on more specialized research areas, making it possible to concretely cover both research and practical subjects. Workshop sessions has been introduced in the program to allow a higher degree of interaction between students and instructors. In
workshops, voluntary students are invited to present the projects they are working on or they have already participated. Please check details for workshop proposal in the Summer School Web site.

The participation cost for the summer school are

-
- Students: $4,000 mexican pesos (MXN)
- Academics (non students): $8,000 mexican pesos (MXN)
- Industrial: $10,000 mexican pesos (MXN)

This cost will cover:

1. tuition,
2. study materials,
3. coffee breaks,
4. one meal on school days (Monday to Friday).

Students lodging will be provided by the SSIR 2012 organizing committee. A limited amount of rooms have been booked.

Please note that the maximum Summer School attendance is restricted to 60 participants. Selection of participants will be carried out by a Scientific committee.

*A limited number of scholarships will be granted to students. The application form can be found on the Summer School web site.*

http://www.image-and-robotics.org/ssir-2012

*Important dates*

Registration deadline. Please note that, if the number of registered participants reaches 60 (payment received) registrations could be closed before that date:

- June 17th if room is NOT booked
- TBA if room is booked

[image: -] Scholarship application deadline

- students from foreign (non-Mexican) institutions: May 11th
- students from Mexican institutions: May 18th

[image: -] Scholarship assignment:

- students from foreign (non-Mexican) institutions: June 4th
- students from Mexican institutions: June 4th

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May 3, 2012

PhD, Human behavior and smart-city data management and analysis, University of Trento

The dbTrento group of the University of Trento (Italy) is seeking 2 strong and motivated PhD candidates to work on topics related to "Human-Behavior and Smart-City Data Management and Analysis".

The research will be performed in the framework of the project "Human behavior understanding", in collaboration with Telecom Italia (the major telecommunications provider in Italy). The aim is to develop novel techniques for the efficient processing and analysis of real-world,
multi-source, big data. More details can be found here:
http://skil.telecomitalia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=90&Itemid=94

Interested candidates should possess good knowledge in the areas of databases, data management, and data analysis, and have a good command of English. Details for how to apply are at the end of this message.

The dbTrento group is active in several topics related to data management and offers an exciting working environment. http://db.disi.unitn.eu/

The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) is one of the leading and fastest-growing research institutions in Italy and Europe, and is now one of the six nodes of the European Institute of Technology (EIT). It is characterized by a young and international
faculty and by a large, international student population. http://disi.unitn.eu/

Trento is a vibrant city with a beautifully preserved historic center, consistently ranked among the best cities for quality of life in Italy. It offers a variety of cultural and sports opportunities all year around, as well as excellent food and wine.

The deadline for applications is *May 15, 2012, 13:00 CET*.

Interested candidates should apply online, and select the "Human behavior understanding by analyzing mobile phones and web usage patterns" project-specific grant:
http://ict.unitn.it/application/ict_doctoral_school

A CV, with names of 3 references, should also be emailed to Prof. Themis Palpanas.
http://disi.unitn.eu/~themis/

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CfP: 5th Conf. "Encounters with Cultural Heritage," Warsaw, DL 11.06.2012

Wroclaw, Poland, November 19 - 20, 2012
Deadline: Jun 11, 2012

Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer, Technical University of Wroclaw and Institute of the History of Art and Institute of History of University of Wroclaw are announcing call for papers for the Fifth Scientific Conference "Encounters with Cultural Heritage": "Digital Representation of the Artefact – methods, reliability, sustainability".

Digital technologies and in particular high-resolution digital imaging raise issues around the nature and place of the digital image in art analysis as a supplement, surrogate or alternative to the original artefact under investigation. There are still many unanswered questions
concerning various methods for communicating the original through an image (in the broadest sense of the term).

The conference organisers invite 20-minute papers that engage with the following topics:
- ICT developments in the area of image communication
- Legal aspects of the virtual documentation of museum objects
- Digital techniques for recording and documenting art and architecture
- Image metadata and paradata (as defined in the London Charter) 3
- Image retrieval systems for picture libraries, including query by image
- Copies and fakes in the age of digital reproduction and computer modelling in 2/3D
- The concept of the original in the age of digital reproduction Reliability of the digital image and virtual models Digital imaging and visualisation in restoration and reconstruction
of artefacts
- Internet browsers for 3D graphics
- Issues in digitisation of art documentation in traditional formats
- Long-term preservation of digital images

The importance of tools enabling on the one hand, the verification of both the content and reliability of visualisations, and on the other the sustainability of this kind of documentation, have lead to the recognition of the need for 'a set of proper principles. In response to this need the London Charter has sought to provide standards that ensure the continuing success and viability of digital visualization in cultural heritage. The advocacy of the principles set out in the London Charter is a key aim of this conference.

You can find full information about conference on website:
http://www.historiasztuki.uni.wroc.pl/konferencje/2012_cyfrowe_spotkania_5.html#k2


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CfP: CONFENIS 2012 Doctoral Consortium, Ghent, DL 15.06.2012

Call for Participation: CONFENIS 2012 Doctoral Consortium
Ghent, 17-19 September 2012 --
http://www.managementinformatics.ugent.be/confenis2012

Doctoral consortium of the 6th International Conference on Research and Practical Issues in Enterprise Information Systems (CONFENIS 2012), Ghent, 19-21 September 2012 -- http://www.confenis2012.be

CONFENIS is the annual international academic conference of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing Ð http://www.ifip.org) devoted to enterprise information systems. Enterprise information systems refer to a wide array of applications of IT systems that ranges from cross-departmental to cross-organisationa l systems. Such systems provide the information and controls required for directing, planning, running, measuring, and monitoring the activities of single or multiple (i.e., chains or networks of) enterprises. Typical examples of enterprise information systems are Accounting Information Systems (AIS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems, Business Intelligence (BI) systems, and Business Process Management Systems (BPMS). Following last year's CONFENIS doctoral consortium, Design Science in Enterprise Information Systems Research is the central theme of the doctoral consortium. The aim is to explore the Design Science approach to Information Systems research, integrating conceptual design thinking with information systems engineering research.

All PhD students interested in learning more about Design Science research are welcome to apply for admission to the CONFENIS 2012 Doctoral Consortium. Participation is limited to 20 students. In case more than 20 candidates have applied for admission at the deadline (June 15, 2012) then participants will be selected based on the quality (i.e., relevance, soundness, clarity and maturity) of their research proposals (see admission procedure) and the potential benefit
of participation to the studentÕs doctoral research. Participants in the consortium should currently be enrolled as a PhD student at a university and conduct research in the area of Information Systems. It is not a prerequisite that students use or intend to use Design Science as part of their PhD project.

We are in the process of having the Doctoral Consortium approved as a 3 ECTS PhD course (to be confirmed). Participation in all activities (see program) is required for receiving the course certificate.

All participants are required to register for the CONFENIS 2012 conference. PhD students can register at a strongly reduced tariff of 295 Euros (see http://www.confenis2012.be). The Doctoral Consortium itself is free for PhD students enrolled at Flemish Universities (as the cost for these students is covered by their doctoral schools). Other PhD students pay an additional 100 Euros for participation in the Doctoral Consortium. This fee covers all distributed materials,
lunches (2), welcome reception and social event, and the doctoral consortium diner.

The doctoral consortium sessions will be held at the premises of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University (see http://www.feb.ugent.be)

Format and program

The doctoral consortium consists of a mix of lecturing and tutoring sessions. The doctoral consortium staff will teach a number of topics with respect to Design Science fundamentals ranging from the philosophical underpinning of the paradigm (e.g., ontology, epistemology, É) to the concretisation of the methodology (e.g., research design, research process, É) and experiences in applying it to Information Systems research (e.g., good practices, lessons learned, É). Staff includes recognized Design Science research experts like Professor Robert Winter (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) and Professor Guido Geerts (University of Delaware, USA). A reader with Design Science research in Information Systems must-reads will be
compiled and used as background material for these lectures.

During the tutoring sessions, the doctoral research proposals of participants are presented, analysed and discussed with the aim of providing feedback and suggestions from experts and peers. Students will be allocated to groups of each maximally 7 students and 2 Ð 3 doctoral consortium staff members (i.e., tutors). All tutors are professors having experience in supervising Design Science type of doctoral research in enterprise information systems.

Monday 17 September 2012
* 6.00 PM Ð 7.30 PM: Opening session by the doctoral consortium organizers
o Welcome and presentation of participants and staff members
o Objectives and organization of the course
o Introduction to the theme and basic concepts/terminolog y
* 7.30 PM Ð 9.30 PM Reception and social activity in Ghent

Tuesday 18 September 2012
* 9.00 AM Ð 12.00 AM: Lectures on Design Science research in Information Systems
* 12.00 AM Ð 1.30 PM: Lunch
* 1.30 PM Ð 6.00 PM: Tutoring sessions Ð presentation and discussion of research proposals
* 7.30 PM Ð 10.30 PM: Doctoral Consortium Diner in Ghent

Wednesday 19 September 2012
* 9.00 AM Ð 12.00 AM: tutoring sessions Ð presentation and discussion of research proposals
* 12.00 AM Ð 1.30 PM: Lunch
* 1.30 PM Ð 3.00 PM: Tutoring sessions Ð group discussions
* 3.00 PM Ð 4.30 PM: Closing session by the doctoral consortium organizers
o General impression of the presentations and discussions
o Sharing experiences between the groups
o Lessons learned
o What to take away from this doctoral consortium?
o Farewell
* 5.00 PM: official start of the CONFENIS 2012 conference

Admission procedure

Prospective participants need to submit a report describing their doctoral research project in the following format and structure:
* Format: single PDF file, font 12 points, 1.5 lines spacing, length between 5 and 10 pages (not including references). Proposals longer than 10 pages will be rejected!
* Structure (apart from the front page, the content of the sections is indicative, not normative)
o Front page including title of the doctoral research; candidate's name, affiliation (department and university) and full contact details; supervisor's name, affiliation (department and university) and full contact details; date of admission into your institute's doctoral program; executive summary of the doctoral research on maximum 15 lines.
o Context of the research: describe the broad problem/application area within which to situate your research; identify the main previous research related to yours; explain how your research relates to the research and/or expertise of your supervisor('s research group).
o Problem statement and goal of the research: describe the specific research problem addressed by your research; motivate its importance (i.e., significance, relevance) from a scientific and/or practical point of view; describe how and to what extent your research will provide a solution to the problem; identify the intended scientific contribution( s) of your doctoral research and state its/their originality/ novelty.
o Solution approach and related research: briefly describe the alternative solutions to the problem, including those contributed by previous research (as well as their limitations) ; present in broad lines your solution approach and motivate why this approach is adequate and/or better than alternative approaches.
o Methodology: describe the overall set-up (including assumptions and constraints), the process, and the research methods that are required to apply your solution approach to the research problem; provide for the different steps in your research plan sufficient details about
data sources, data collection and analysis techniques, applicable theories and research instruments, research procedures, evaluation and validation activities, etc.
o Results so far: if applicable, present a brief account of the research results so far.
o Planning and timing: provide a planning (i.e., research plan with steps) and timing for the part of the doctoral research that is not completed yet.
o References: provide a complete list of the literature referenced in the research proposal
* Send your proposal to geert.poels@ confenis2012. be

Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
Notification of admission decision: July 1, 2012

Upon selection, further details will be sent to participants.

Doctoral Consortium Organizers

1. Professor Geert Poels, PhD Ð Dept. MIS and Operations Management, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium
CONFENIS 2012 Program Chair
e-mail: geert.poels@ ugent.be

2. Professor Frederik Gailly, PhD Ð Dept. Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, and Information Systems, Faculty of Economic, Social, and Political Sciences & Solvay Business School, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
e-mail: frederik.gailly@ vub.ac.be

3. Professor Manu De Backer, PhD Ð Dept. Management Informatics, Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp, Belgium
e-mail: manu.debacker@ ua.ac.be

Scientific committee

1. Geert Poels (Ghent University) Ð chairman and co-organizer UGent
2. Robert Winter (University of St. Gallen)
3. Guido Geerts (University of Delaware)
4. Hans Weigand (Tilburgh University)
5. Michael Petit (FUNDP)
6. Monique Snoeck (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
7. Jan Verelst (University of Antwerp)
8. Mieke Jans (Hasselt University)
9. Steven De Haes (Antwerp Management School)
10. Stijn Viaene (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)
11. Frederik Gailly (Free University of Brussels) Ð co-organizer VUB
12. Manu De Backer (University of Antwerp / Ghent University) Ð co-organizer UA

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