Call for Paper International conference – Data Value Chain in Science & Territories

The International conference Data Value Chain in Science & Territories will take place onThursday 14 & Friday 15 march 2019 in Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University (near Paris): auditorium, multimedia library, 2 place d’Ariane 77700 Serris – City Center.


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One of the main challenges, in most fields, is to handle and process a huge amount of datacoming from a large spectrum of professional, scientific or open sources. This data, by nature heterogeneous and generated by people, systems, things (IoT) and intelligent networks, may be handled directly or transmitted by different remote operations.

This raises several technical and societal problems with respect to data coherence and quality, data privacy and protection, as well as the need to develop original techniques and powerful tools for collecting and processing large volumes of data.

In a multidisciplinary approach centred on Information and Data Science, the conference focuses on how to raise, retrieve, and build relevant datasets and knowledge from different fields to manage and optimise data evaluation and also aims at a transversal approach between different domains, techniques, processes, strategies and uses of data.

The contributions can report specific cases, generic models, constructivist and critical postures. Inter-disciplinary contributions, both in engineering or in human and social sciences are expected to discuss the paradigm of data as a source of information, knowledge, and various indicators.


Accepted articles will be published in Conference Proceedings with ISBN  by Comité Codata France in cooperation with University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and Cnam Paris.

Best papers may be published later in international specialised journals.

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Call for papers Data Value Chain in Science & Territories

Extended Abstract submission

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Release/announcement of SA Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation – 10 Sept. 2018

Science, technology and innovation enabling sustainable and inclusive development in a changing world

Also see the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (Please share news on adoption of strategies within tour countries with AOSP)

Twenty years after the adoption of the first White Paper on Science and Technology (DST) in 1996, the SA Department of Science and Technology began developing a new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), which was approved by Cabinet last week. The new document will ensure a growing role for STI in building a more prosperous and inclusive society.  It focuses on using STI to accelerate inclusive economic growth, make the economy more competitive and improve people’s everyday lives.

The White Paper to be read in full, but for now, pages 44 & 45 of the White Paper speaks to Open Science and Innovation (attached for now, until full text becomes available). Two paragraphs from the two pages:

The public now has 30 days to give input, followed by a summit in November. Following final integration of comments, it will be submitted to the SA Cabinet for final approval.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts for UbuntuNet-Connect 2018 extended to 31st August 2018

UbuntuNet-Connect is the Annual Conference of UbuntuNet Alliance that focuses on research and education networking activities in Africa. It is organised by UbuntuNet Alliance and hosted by member NRENs. The Conference brings together practitioners in the research and education networking community, researchers, policy makers, academicians, connectivity providers, and a pool of expertise from across Africa and beyond. In previous years, the conference has attracted sponsorship from leading commercial companies and service providers.

This year, UbuntuNet-Connect 2018, the 11th edition of the series of UbuntuNet-Connect conferences will be held in Zanzibar and will be hosted by the Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET), the NREN of Tanzania. The conference will take place on 22-23 November 2018.

See the Call for Abstracts at

For further information and sponsorship opportunities, contact

GYA Membership Call 2019 is open until 15 September 2018

Call for a GYA membership from 2019 is open until 15 September 2018 (13h:00 UTC).
Applications are currently being sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering social impact.

The GYA is a global organization that places a high value on its diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants receive consideration and will not be discriminated against with regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disabilities, or other factors. Applications from women, minority groups, researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and scholars working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors are particularly welcome.
More information on how to apply and our online application form can be found here:
About the Global Young Academy:
Founded in 2010, the Global Young Academy (GYA) is an international organization of young researchers with members from six continents. Members are elected for five-year terms. Each member is expected to participate in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GYA (the AGM 2019 will be held from 29 April-3 May in Germany) and to actively contribute to one or more of the organisation’s programmes. This includes participation, e.g., in policy development, promotion of the National Young Academies, or promoting science and education at the international level.

Grants for Early Careers and Experts – Join the 12th RDA Plenary, 5-8 Nov 2018, Botswana (part of IDW2018)

RDA Europe continues its series of support programmes for data researchers and practitioners and is now running 2 Open Calls to facilitate participation of 7 RDA Early Career Researchers and 5 Expert RDA members to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting in Botswana.

The second edition of International Data Week  (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana bringing together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe. Co-organized by the ICSU World Data System (WDS), the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’ and will combine the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.

RDA Europe has opened two Calls for grant applications designed to facilitate the participation of Early Careers and Expert European RDA members to the upcoming Plenary meeting:

Early Careers Researchers and Scientists working with Data

RDA Europe is seeking applications from students and early career professionals from higher education or research institutions  with studies focusing on research data sharing and exchange challenges. The Early Career support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €1750.

To view all the call details and apply please visit

RDA Data Experts 

The RDA Plenaries are working events built around the RDA Working Group (WG) and Interest Group (IG) meetings. If you are a mid-career or senior data professional or scientist, interested or already committed to RDA activities you can apply for one of five grants of maximum €1800 to support your participation to the Plenary meeting.

To find out more visit

Application period closes for both Calls on the 30 August 2018, 17:00 CEST, and applicants will be notified of the outcome on the 21 September 2018.

RDA EU Early Career grants for 12th Plenary, 5-8 Nov 2018, Botswana (part of IDW2018)

RDA Europe ( continues its series of support programmes for data researchers and practitioners and is now running an Open Call to facilitate participation of 7 RDA Early Career Researchers to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting in Botswana, held during the International Data Week 2018 (


The second edition of International Data Week (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana bringing together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe. Co-organized by CODATA, ICSU-WDS and RDA, this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’ and will combine the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.


RDA Europe is seeking applications from students and early career professionals from European higher education or research institutions  with studies focusing on research data sharing and exchange challenges. The Early Career support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €1750 to cover travel expenses. To view all the call details and apply please visit
Application period closes on 30 August 2018, 17:00 CEST and applicants will be notified of the outcome on the 21 September 2018.

2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists : Nominations now open

Launched in 2010 by The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and OWSD, the Awards reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.

In 2010, this scheme included the selection of 11 early career women from developing countries, working in STEM subjects.  From 2013-2018, in order to provide more focus and visibility, the number of awards was reduced to 5 per year and scientific disciplines were introduced on a 3-year cycle.

Each year a total of five Awards are given to five women scientists at relatively early stages in their careers (up to ten years after receiving their PhD). One woman is awarded for each of the four OWSD regions (plus an additional winner from any of the four regions): Africa; the Arab region; Asia and Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; (see complete list of countries below).

The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are powerful role models for young women who are contemplating whether to remain in an environment that is often hostile to their needs and experience.

Find a list of all previous awardees here.

Subject areas are:

  • 2019 (selected in 2018) Biological sciences: agriculture, biology and medicine
  • 2020 (selected in 2019) Engineering Sciences: engineering, innovation and technology
  • 2021 (selected 2020) Physical Sciences: chemistry, mathematics and physics

Each winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting (14-18 February 2019 in Washington, 13-17 February 2020 in Seattle, 11-14 February 2021 in Phoenix). Lasting 5 days, the event is packed with networking opportunities. The winners receive their award at a special networking ceremony, as well as opportunities to attend workshops and sessions at the AAAS meeting, visits to local laboratories or institutions, and a celebratory dinner organised by the Elsevier Foundation.

For a full list of eligible subjects click here. Nominations open in June each year and close in September.


The nominee must be a female scientist; have received her PhD within the previous 10 years; and have lived and worked in one of the following developing countries during the three years immediately prior to the nomination:


Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem  Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique,  Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Arab Region

Djibouti, Palestine (West Bank & Gaza Strip), Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

Asia and Pacific

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Dem Rep, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Latin America & Caribbean

Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay


The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of international scientists, including members of TWAS, OWSD and ICTP, and chaired by OWSD. The assessment will be based on achievements in the field, with particular attention paid both to the nominees’ contribution to capacity-building in their region, as well as international impact. Winners will be informed of their selection in November.


Nominations are invited from senior academics, including OWSD members, TWAS Fellows, ICTP visiting scientists and staff, national science academies, national research councils and heads of departments/universities both in developing and developed countries. Please note that self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be made online; they must include the candidate’s curriculum vitae and full list of publications and be accompanied by two reference letters plus an additional supporting statement by the nominator (who cannot be one of the referees).



Deadline for completed 2019 online nominations: 23 September 2018

Successful candidates will be notified by November 2018 and will need to apply immediately for visas for travel to Washington, DC, in February 2019.


OWSD Secretariat

Phone: +39 040 2240530

Harnessing use of agricultural data to help smallholder farmers in Kenya manage climate change effects

This blog post was written by Boniface Akuku, who is currently the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).

The good or promising practice are about the various use of ICTs for agriculture or rural development. Following 2017 call for Good and Promising Practices in Agriculture this paper was selected for review and publication.

The paper asserts that development of an agro-weather tool and digitizing agricultural value chain is a promising practice for climate smart agriculture in Kenya. The author further contends that the various constraints and challenges facing smallholder farmers in Kenya can be addressed by harnessing use of data from agricultural researchers and meteorologists. In addition, improving access to these datasets as well as creating value and obtaining insight from the datasets can be achieved effectively by embracing a paradigm shift towards creating value from data through application of ICT and disruptive technologies.

Read the full paper

Requesting Your Inputs for integrating climate change topics in core curriculum

TROP ICSU ( is a global project funded by the International Council of Science. It aims to improve awareness of climate change and the science behind it among students by developing teaching aids for teachers at the high school (secondary school) and undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) levels.

These educational resources, with detailed step-by-step descriptions to use them in regular lectures (see:, are designed in such a way that in addition to bringing climate-related examples and case studies to the core curriculum, they also enhance conceptual understanding of the topics in basic science, mathematics and other disciplines.

There are more than 10 such lesson plans on our website that could be used by teachers of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Earth Science, Social Science,  etc.

Before we scale this up and expand our activities further, we would like to do a survey of teachers across the globe to get a feedback so that our efforts would be more effective in the long run.

The short survey would take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to respond to the questionnaire. We assure you that your responses will be treated as confidential.

The survey is available in several languages. Please choose your preferred language from the list below:

  1. English:
  2. Catalan:
  3. Chinese:
  4. French:
  5. German:
  6. Hindi:
  7. Italian:
  8. Japanese:
  9. Spanish:

We would greatly appreciate your help in forwarding the survey to a wide audience of teachers and teacher networks in regions across the world. The results of this survey will be posted on after collecting and analyzing the responses.

DAMDID 2018 Workshop on FAIR Data and EOSC Announcement

The acronyms FAIR Data and EOSC, emerging within the Europe Union, have achieved a global awareness. Now it is time to invoke a global discussion and to integrate views and experience beyond disciplinary and geographic boundaries. The FAIR principles on data require data to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable. While their seem to be practicable solutions to make digital objects (files, cloud objects, structures in SQL or No-SQL databases, spreadsheets, etc.) findable and accessible by assigning persistent identifiers and rich metadata to them, ways to increase interoperability and improving re-usability are not as evident. Different data organisations, data models and semantic spaces need to be explicitly described and mapped which is known to be very time consuming at this moment in particular since the data universe is changing rapidly. Conditions for re-usage need to be made explicit which are also difficult to formulate. And, all specifications need to be available in machine actionable forms to enable automatic processing which is the only way to scale up processing in data rich science in the future. A new culture of exchanging data and new methods are required to make FAIR data reality.

In addition, the European Commission started the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative to develop the eco-system of infrastructures that will help to realise a FAIR data domain for data intensive sciences. It needs to include salient infrastructure components and integrate different services as they are being developed by research disciplines, by existing infrastructure initiatives as well as by computer science driven initiatives in a highly interoperable manner. Obviously, EOSC is describing a process that is agile enough to adapt to the dynamic changes in our data universe and not a blueprint for a top-down designed infrastructure.

This workshop will bring a number of different key experts who were actively leading the agendas with respect to FAIR and EOSC and who come from different research disciplines including computer science with their views and expectations about FAIR and EOSC. In particular, ways to achieve a higher degree of interoperability and re-usability will be discussed. The workshop will also be a moment where experts from different regions will take the chance to discuss state and future of the FAIR action plan and the EOSC initiative, bring in their views and enrichments, and discuss active participation.

Therefore, this workshop will be a milestone not only for creating more awareness about FAIR and EOSC, but also in refining the current plans. In particular, we hope to get clarification of what Open Science means for he countries outside of the EU as well as Perspectives of the EC FAIR/EOSC initiative for involvement of all interested Stakeholders beyond EU.

For further information on FAIR and EOSC we refer to the following documents:


Lomonosov Moscow State University
October 9, 2018


Peter Wittenburg, Leonid Kalinichenko


Tentative version of the workshop program is available.