EUSJA study trip do Ruska – přihlášky do 31.5.2014

This trip is organized as a part of the All Russia Science Festival programme dedicated to EU-Russia Science Year has been announced for 2014. The Festival will be in October 10-12, but the programme includes different events during the whole year, also the last week of September will be a study trip for EUSJA members to visit some research centers of Russia, to meet Russian scientists and science journalists. The trip is organized by All Russia Science Festival team, Lomonosov Moscow State University and other research centers, Russian association of Science Writers and Journalists.

The detailed programme will be sent out later. But here are the research centers we shall visit for sure. These are:

– Lomonosov Moscow State University which will celebrate its 260 anniversary in 2015 – to visit one of the most powerful supercomputer center of Europe, to learn about university space satellites including the satellite “Lomonosov” ready for launch, to lean about the new projects in nanotechnology, biomedicine and other researches in collaboration with European science centers, to see the new campus of Moscow University under construction, to find out the history of Russian universities and science and so on;

– Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna – to visit the labs which are the part of European mega science, to learn about the synthesis of new chemical elements in JINR, to see a new collider NICA under construction (so called “younger sister of LHC”);

– Institute for Space Researches of RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences) – to learn about the new studies of Mars and Moon, coming launches of space vehicles in collaboration with ESA, the history of Russian space programmes;

 Institute for Biomedical Problems of RAS – to learn about international experiments for Mars (e.g. experiment “Mars-500” – simulation of the flight to Mars), special trainings for the astronauts and so on;

– Vavilov Institute of General Genetics of RAS – we shall visit some very interesting labs and learn about the new researches of Russian geneticists (genetic identification, genographic project etc), we shall visit also Nicolai Vavilov Museum, the outstanding scientist who was imprisoned and killed as “enemy of the people” – to learn about the repressions in science.

There are some other visits to be confirmed, for example, we want to show you the Space Mission Control situated in Korolev, a city named after Sergei Korolev, the chief designer of the first space rockets. The Space Mission Control is a place to watch the launchings of space ships, to direct the flight of the International Space Station. We are planning also the bus tour through the city of Moscow, the discussion with Russian members of EUSJA and with the students studying in the new programme of science journalism in Lomonosov University.

The conditions as following: arrival at September 23, evening of 23-th – reception, the days of 24, 25, 26 and half day of 27-th – the programme of the trip. The trip will end on Saturday September 27 after the lunch. As usual with EUSJA trips, the journalists have to take care of their flights. The organizers will cover 4 night hotel accommodation, meal, transfers during the programme.

We invite up to 25 EUSJA members. The deadline for applications is May 31

. Applications must be sent via national associations to huzvarova@ssc.cas.cz. Please write in a body of a letter the list of your nominees (name, media, e-mail, for free lancer – which media works for), and attach the application forms. You may change your ranking, add or cancel the applications before the deadline, so do not wait till the last day please.

 

We have to organize the visa invitations what takes a long time (about a month when all the papers are collected n the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), so please ask your applicants to fill in the attached form punctually. The visa invitations will be sent via e-mail and then – via postal mail as some consulates ask the origin of the invitation. So it is very important to mention a relevant postal address.

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Application form for EUSJA study trip to Russia:

September 23-27. Applications must be sent via national association to violae@mail.ru.

Deadline – May 31.

1. Name and surname (according passport) –

2. Country of residence –

3. Nationality –

4. Media –

5. Address of employer –

6. Position –

7. Home postal address –

8. Telephone and fax –

9. E-mail –

10. Passport N –

11. City of Consulate (where you will apply for visa) –

12. scan of the 1-st page of passport (scan sent via e-mail) –

Please write also a full postal address (if this differs!) which our officers will use to send you

the visa invitation.

Přihlašte se na setkání s novináři: Kampus NUPHARO (do 13.5.)

Srdečně vás zveme na novinářské setkání, kde vám přestavíme novinky týkající se budování technologicko-inovačního campusu Nupharo, který je unikátním projektem v rámci centrální Evropy i z globálního pohledu. Poprvé veřejně přestavíme použití unikátních technologií campusu; speciální produkty a služby i harmonogram stavby.

Tiskové setkání se uskuteční ve středu 14.5.2014 od 10 hodin, na adrese Václavské náměstí 57, Praha 1 v prostorách Squire Sanders.

Prosíme o potvrzení účasti nejpozději do středy 13.5.

 Těšíme se na setkání.

 ROBIN CUMPELIK

Nupharo  |  Marketing & Communication
mobile: (+420) 774.517.137+1 (415)602.1517

Vaclavske nam. 813/57  |  110 00  Praha 1  |  Czech Republic

From consumer trends to climate change: Why SE Asia is shifting to a ‘green economy’

President Yudhoyono to deliver keynote address

at Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta on May 5

29 April 2014 — The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, will join a who’s who of VIPs from across Southeast Asia and beyond at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta next week.

President Yudhoyono will deliver the keynote speech on 5 May, kicking off two days of discussions, during which more than 120 speakers and 1,700 participants will explore ways to better manage the region’s forests and landscapes in the pursuit of green growth.

Southeast Asia’s recent economic growth has come largely at the expense of natural resources. Even now, each month in Southeast Asia, an area of forest three times the size of Jakarta is stripped of its trees. But with natural capital dwindling, climate change looming and the population growing, countries are looking for alternative strategies for development.

“Green growth” breaks away from the “environment vs. economy” dilemma, by seeking development strategies that are good not only for the economy but also for the environment and society — at a time when consumers are increasingly demanding that companies and governments look at more than the financial bottom line.

Consider:

  • One global NGO campaign against environmentally unsustainable practices cost a Southeast Asian corporation five multimillion-dollar contracts. 
    Banks and businesses must think differently to achieve sustainability and manage new risks. What should investors do? What are some innovative ideas for financing?
  • In 2011, Norway cut its palm oil consumption by two-thirds following a campaign linking palm oil to deforestation.
    Can Southeast Asia’s massive palm oil industry make good on recent “no-deforestation” pledges? Can governments make sure they honor these pledges?
  • In the past decade, more than 100 companies have stopped purchasing from a leading Southeast Asian paper pulp company on environmental grounds.
    How can businesses and governments support the paper pulp industry — a pillar of the regional economy — while minimizing damage to the environment?

Among the 120+ speakers at the Forests Asia Summit at Jakarta’s Shangri-La Hotel are:

  • 10 Ministers and Deputy Ministers from across Southeast Asia
  • Executives from 25+ companies, including Golden Agri-Resources, APP, Nestle, Cargill
  • Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
  • World-renowned scientists in the fields of forestry, agriculture and development
  • Leading NGOs and indigenous groups
  • Top donors, including the World Bank, ADB, Norway, USAID

 

Media register for free: www.forestsasia.org

Press trip ITER 2014

Dear media representative,

with the ITER project making visible progress, we would like to invite you to see the construction site in Southern France with your own eyes and to get the latest information on the world’s largest international scientific collaboration first-hand. The ITER Organization offers then media representatives a two-day program that includes a commented tour of the work site, as well as in-depth information on the science, engineering and the organization of the ITER Project.

 

We offer ten media representatives a two-day package that includes:

  • a two-day program with an on-site tour, lectures and interviews;
  • visit of industrial company CNIM, Toulon;
  • hotel accommodation for two nights in Aix-en-Provence;
  • all meals;
  • transport from the hotel to ITER Headquarters and back (you have to organise and pay your travel back and forth to Aix-en-Provence).

 

Attached please find the program which provides detailed information on the status of the ITER Project, its goals, objectives and challenges. We look forward to taking our guests on an extended tour of the construction site where the foundation works for the ITER machine and its support facilities are in full swing. We also offer the chance to visit the industrial firm of CNIM in Toulon where 70 of the massive radial plates for ITER’s magnet system are currently taking shape.

 

Applications should be sent to the Head of ITER Communication, Michel Claessens (Michel.claessens@iter.org). All applications will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Background:

 

ITER—designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power—will be the world’s largest experimental fusion facility. Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars: when light atomic nuclei fuse together to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, abundant and environmentally responsible energy source.

 

ITER is also a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. Europe will contribute almost half of the costs of its construction, while the other six Members to this joint international venture (China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA), will contribute equally to the rest. The ITER Project is under construction in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, in the south of France.

 

More information on ITER can be found at: www.iter.org

 
Michel Claessens, Ph D
Head of Communication and External Relations

Office of the Director-General
ITER Organization, Building HQ/552, ODG, Communication
Route de Vinon sur Verdon – 13115 St Paul Lez Durance – France
Phone: +33 4 42 17 66 13

Mobile: +33 6 14 16 41 75

Follow us on Twitter @M_Claessens

Monetizing Energy Storage: New Business Models & New Entrants

Ve dnech 14. a 15. května hostí Lucemburk konferenci  Energy Storage 2014.

Zde si můžete stáhnout program konference.

Svou účast potvrdili zástupci následujících organizací: ABB, Acciona, Alliander, Boeing Research & Technology Europe, Calbatt Srl, Clean Horizon, DNV GL, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, EDF Energy, ELIA System Operator SA, EnBW, ENEL, Evonik Industries AG, Philippe & Partners, NEST AS, RWE AG, SINTEF Energy Research

Den před konferencí, 13. května, se uskuteční exkurze na přečerpávací elektrárnu Vianden.

Registrace na konferenci probíhá na tomto odkazu.

 

Do kina na disertaci!

Převzato od kolegů z Ábíčka:

Nezvyklou formou byla publikována doktorská disertace Michala V Šimůnka z Kabinetu dějin vědy Ústavu pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR. Jeho práci si totiž vybral jako podklad pro nový film Eugéniové režisér Pavel Štingl, který ho premiérově uvedl letos na jaře v rámci festivalu Jeden svět. Odborným poradcem pro film byl Marco Stella, kurátor Hrdličkova muzea na Přírodovědecké fakultě UK. V hodnocení ASEP či RIV se sice tento počin mladých badatelů neodrazí, ale zato působivou formou seznámí tisíce diváků s tím, jaká zvěrstva v minulosti napáchala myšlenka elitářského šlechtitelství aplikovaného na člověka a rasové teorie.(http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct24/kultura/268352-eugeniove-veda-slechti-cloveka-pro-ci-dobro-lidstva/)

NOMINUJTE REPORTÉRA – Cena v oblasti informování o rakovině (do 30.4.2014)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The European School of Oncology (ESO) is seeking nominations for its annual Best Cancer Reporter Award which honours excellence in cancer journalism. The Award is presented each year to a consumer journalist (staff or freelance) reporting for print, online, and broadcast media who has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing public understanding about cancer.

2014 Best Cancer Reporter Award winner will receive a prize of €5,000. The runner up will receive €2,500. Special Merit Awards will also be given to journalists who the jury believe have excelled in different areas of cancer journalism. In addition, articles from the award-winning journalists will be published in ESO’s Cancer World magazine (www.cancerworld.org)

Do you think that you should be rewarded for your critical and accurate reporting on cancer?

If so, submit a nomination form to ESO by April 30, 2014. 

 For full details and a nomination form visit
http://www.cancerworld.org/Media/BCRA.html
or contact Corinne Hall
+39 02 85 46 45 22+39 02 85 46 45 22
mediaservice@eso.net

Grant na ESOF pro studenty žurnalistiky

Travel grant for science journalism students

EuroScience Open Forum 2014 invites10 science journalism students from around the world to apply for travel grants.

It is expected that 250 media representatives will be at the ESOF2014 science forum in Copenhagen from 21-26 June 2014. You should be one of them!

The successful grantees will get free private acoomodation in Copenhagen during ESOF2014 trough our ‚Human Hotel‘ programme, and up to €750 to help cover the costs of accommodation for the remaining nights and travels to and from Copenhagen.

V případě zájmu kontaktujte Marinu – huzvarova@ssc.cas.cz

 

Aktualizovaný program pro ICT Estonsko – přihlášky do 7.4.2014

ICT in Estonia – A study trip to Tallinn and Tartu, 14–17 May 2014

Updated with further details

  • PŘIHLÁŠKY DO 7.4.2014 pošlete na adresu Mariny Hužvárové: huzvarova@ssc.cas.cz

The Estonian Association of Science Journalists and the Estonian Research Council are inviting fifteen European Union of Science Journalists‘ Associations (“EUSJA”) science journalists to a study trip to explore Estonian computer science and e-society systems, from 14–17 May 2014. On the two-and-a-half days of the trip, journalists will meet with outstanding information and communication technology (“ICT”) researchers in Estonian universities, visit successful ICT businesses and get acquainted with Estonia’s unique e-government solutions.

Program itinerary at-a-glance

• Wednesday, 14 May: Arrival in Tallinn & Welcome Dinner

• Thursday, 15 May: Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University, Skype, TransferWise

• Friday, 16 May: University of Tartu, Positium, Regio

• Saturday, 17 May: ICT Demo Center, Discussion & Departure

Presentations

Thursday, 15 May, Tallinn

Tanel Tammet, Department of Computer Science, Tallinn University of Technology Crowdsourcing and big data analysis. People produce large amounts of data during their everyday activities: moving around, taking photos, sending messages and writing reviews. Analysing this data in clever ways can lead to unexpected and practically useful information not available otherwise. The

Estonian projects http://sightsmap.com and a related project analysing massive positioning data from mobile phones employ statistics, learning and AI techniques to combine and categorize raw crowdsourced data. Another Estonian project http://dlineage.com analyses and visualizes relations and dependencies in large database systems such as those of banks and electric utilities. Both these systems and big data analysis systems in general rely increasingly on new AI methods combining probabilities with logic to enable handling imprecise and uncertain knowledge of everyday life in the real world. The http://whitedb.org project targets such needs with an ultra-fast probabilistic-rule-enabled database.

Rain Ottis, Department of Computer Science, Tallinn University of Technology

Power and conflict in cyberspace: the Estonian experience. A brief overview of the cyber attacks against Estonia in the spring of 2007 and changes in the Estonian cyber security landscape since then.

Einar Meister, Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology 

Estonian speech technology. Speech recognition and synthesis have reached an impressive level for major languages such as English. But Einar Meister and his team are busy helping to get speech technologies for Estonian, a language of just a million speakers, up to speed.

Tobias Ley, Institute of Informatics, Tallinn University

Social semantic technologies for scaling informal workplace learning. Professionals predominantly learn at the workplace in the context of their work tasks. Tobias Ley and his team are looking for ways to use social semantic and mobile technologies to capture, make sense and share experiences that people make during everyday work.

Dan Bogdanov, Cybernetica AS

Sharemind. The ingenious data analysis system, Sharemind, performs computations on confidential data without compromising privacy. It does not even see the data that it processes. So it can, for example, warn satellite owners about orbital collision risks without revealing the exact trajectories.

Skype

Developed in Estonia and now owned by Microsoft, Skype allows peer-to-peer communication by voice, video and instant messaging over the Internet. In 2013, Skype users spent more than 400,000 years, cumulatively, on international Skype-to-Skype calls.

TransferWise

Created by some of the same people who built Skype, this company is poised to spark a financial revolution that waves goodbye to the unfair exchange rates of the old banking system by offering a clever new way to send money abroad.

 

Friday, 16 May, Tartu

Jaak Vilo. Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu

Big data in small Estonia. Estonia has seen growth in data science – from biobanking the DNA to mobile positioning; from business model discovery from logs to e-health or marine data mining. Activities range from academic excellence to startups. Jaak Vilo will cover some of the activities in this area.

Reedik Mägi, Estonian Genome Centre, University of Tartu

Perspectives of genomics. An account of the increasingly IT-intensive science of genomics in Estonia and elsewhere.

Krista Fischer, Estonian Genome Centre, University of Tartu

From genomic research to personalized medicine. Looking for ways to compute and communicate individual genetic risk.

Kristjan Vassil. Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu

The impact of internet voting on political participation. The Estonian e-voting experience offers an unprecedented resource for political scientists to study online voting behaviour, e.g. the effect of online voting on voter turnout.

Rein Ahas, Department of Geography, University of Tartu

Erki Saluveer, Positium LBS

Using mobile positioning data in planning and public administration. The ubiquitous mobile device, characteristic of the information age, is used by scientists to get valuable information on the movement of people, helping to make sense of social patterns. Human geographer Rein Ahas’s team has created a positioning method that yields usable data, yet respects privacy.

Regio Ltd (Reach-U)

Demograft. Regio created the first live positioning service in the world: in cooperation with Ericsson, it started developing the E-112 solution for locating emergency callers in 1999. Today, they are one of the largest providers of location-based services to mobile operators globally. On the visit they will demonstrate the location analytics platform Demograft.

Saturday, 17 May, Tallinn

ICT Demo Center. This non-profit organisation showcases the nation’s ICT solutions (the electronic ID and digital signature, e-Governance, e-Business, e-Healthcare, e-School, etc.) all in one facility and provides visitors with hands-on examples of what they are and how they work.

Discussion. Another opportunity to freely discuss the outlooks and challenges of Estonian e-governance solutions etc with specialists, activists and leaders.

 

 

Facts and comments about e-Estonia

X-Road is the backbone of e-Estonia. It is the invisible yet crucial environment that allows the nation’s various e-service databases, both in the public and private sector, to link up and operate in harmony. In December, Estonia agreed with Finland to implement the X-Road source code as a foundation for the Finnish national data system. Estonia essentially functions as a global cyber power.

– Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Estonia may represent the future of governments, at least in the Western world.

– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

http://bit.ly/1pvIQUX

In 2005, Estonia became the first country in the world to have country-wide elections where citizens could cast binding votes over the internet. Since then, a total of six e-elections have been held, with the share of e-votes reaching 24 per cent of the total cast in the general elections of 2011.

See more on www.e-estonia.com

Estonia is a country that holds a leading position at the global level in information technology and cyber security.

– Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

http://bit.ly/1fXpMtp

 

Practical information

Accommodation for three nights (14–17 May), meals, and transportation during the trip will be covered by the organisers. However, participants are responsible for their travel expenses to and from Tallinn, including airport transfer.

You will stay at the PK Ilmarine hotel (www.pkhotel.eu, Põhja pst 21b, 10414 Tallinn), just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. If you would like to extend your stay, we can help you book your room for an extra night (or two).

Please make sure to arrive at the hotel lobby at 6:30 p.m. Estonian Summer Time (CEST+1) on Wednesday, 14 May, to set off for the Welcome Dinner. The programme will end at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 17 May.