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29 November - 4 December 2017, Niamey, Niger

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The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme has opened applications for the second round of its Young Scientists Programme.

The overall aim of the programme is to develop a community of excellent young professionals that can provide support for policy-making decisions related to Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Please see the website for more information on the scheme and how to apply:

Applications must be received by June 30 2017

The IRDR programme is co-sponsored by the ISSC.

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) is the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists, held once every two years. This year, the 10th conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 16 to 19, and is being co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme.

GIJC17 incorporates this year’s African Investigative Journalism Conference and will feature more than 120 exciting panels, workshops, and networking sessions, ranging from cross-border collaboration and corruption to advanced data analysis. Here’s a chance to learn from the best in the field and enhance your skills with the latest tips and tools.

Read more: Fellowships To Attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference

I attended an academic talk this week on the politics of drones. The talk was not at all what I expected - I had hoped to learn more about the use of drones to combat poaching and other needed technology interventions for the ‘greater good’. I did also originally have my own ideas about drones being useful for flying mountains and doing mountain research at high level (I discussed this idea with the speaker and she said “Ha! I’d like to see anyone fly a drone in and around a mountain. It will be smashed in no time at all!”). So ended my fantasy about ‘quick fixes’ for mountain science.

Read more: AfroMont Editorial April 2017: Drone politics

Check out the Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) website for information about plants, products and the IPUF annual conference in South Africa. South Africa is one of the world’s mega-diverse countries with regards to plants, and there is a long term tradition of using plants for food, medicines, fibre and building material. Since IPUF's start up, the conference has attracted enthusiastic support from a diversity of interest groups and has been especially successful in promoting scientific research amongst young black students.

Read more: The Indigenous Plant Use Forum

201704 waterJust received this in my inbox today – although the actual WHO report was written in 2006. In 2006, WHO published a third edition of its Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater in agriculture and aquaculture. Sounds nasty, but we all know this is very important! In four volumes, these Guidelines propose a flexible approach of risk assessment and risk management linked to health-based targets that can be established at a level that is realistic under local conditions. The approach is backed-up by strict monitoring measures, for example to ensure that use of these types of material does not spread intestinal parasites and diseases like cholera. This would all be of vital interest to decision makers and practitioners in all parts of Africa, including mountains and their lowlands. If we can make water stretch further, then this would definitely make for less impact on the water basins, more water for ecosystems and perhaps could make agriculture more sustainable.

Read more: Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and grey water

Call for papers: Exploring the links between water, food, energy, and mountain ecosystems

The connections between food, water, and energy constitute a complex system that interacts with mountain ecosystems and factors of change. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that assess experiences of negotiating synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, and food; that analyze the dynamic interplay between these interconnected services and mountain ecosystems; or that offer agendas for future research or policy aiming at increasing the equitability and sustainability of trade-offs and synergies in mountain areas. Abstracts are due by 24 April 2017, full papers by 1 August 2017.

Read the detailed call for papers:

The MRD Editorial Team, MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment -