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EUROGEO E-Newsletter: July 2014

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Map EUROGEO Conference 2015 Cappadocia

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, Francs

EUROGEO President Elected At Council of Europe

At the June meeting of the Council of Europe, Karl Donert, President of EUROGEO, was elected Vice President of the Commission on Democracy Social Cohesion and Global Challenges in the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs.

EUROGEO has been a member of the Council since 1987 and has continuously been present and represented there. The INGOs meet in Strasbourg at the same time as the Parliamentary Assembly. EUROGEO members wishing to know more should contact Karl Donert.

Council of Europe INGO meeting

Find out more about the Commission on Democracy Social Cohesion and Global Challenges and the INGOs at the Council of Europe.

Free Open Data Open Science Workshop

EUROGEO will hold a free Open Data and Open Science workshop on 29-30 October 2014 in Bruges, Belgium. The course is supported by a grant from the FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) Project ( for members, there is no fee for the workshop, so participants will only have to fund their travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses. for non-members of EUROGEO joining is easy and only 40 euros.


Find out more and register for the course at:

FOSTER is a two year project that aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to FOSTER OPEN SCIENCE in their daily workflow, thus supporting researchers optimizing their research visibility and impact, the adoption of EU open access policies in line with the EU objectives on Responsible Research & Innovation. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the Horizon 2020 research programme and perspectives of the open data and open science revolution.

The course will examine the open data and specifically the visualisation, presentation and dissemination of open research. It is aimed at participants, especially young researchers, who have little or no experience at using or working with geographic information systems - however, those with experience will be able to undertake more advanced activities to further develop their skills and understanding of open data.

The workshop will review opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020 and the application process, Calls and developing partnerships. Participants will explore open geospatial data, where is it found and examples of how it is used in different situations. The course will examine modes of geospatial data presentation and visualisation online including the use of ArcGIS Online and other digital earth tools and technologies. Participants will recognise the relevance of open data and how to convert their own information into open forms and promote it, in different ways, to citizens, civil society groups and decision makers. The use of apps to gather information and storytelling through maps will be introduced to enable research messages to be conveyed.

In advance of the course, participants will explore open data in their own institutions and countries. They will share their findings and discuss implications for their research. The workshop will then review alternative tools, data sets and the concept of open science and citizen science. The course then uses state of the art desktop software to analyse and interpret data and present findings. Participants work through a selection of European-focused exercises in different research and scientific fields, mining information from different areas such as the economics of genetically modified crops, to nature protection and hazards monitoring and interpretation.

The databank of cases will ensure something for everyone, with easy and more challenging exercises. Participants will also have the opportunity to gather data in the field and discuss ways and means of sharing this type of information. Elements like crowd-sourcing, real-time information, sensor data and other aspects will be touched on. Then, participants will work in interest groups to identify collaborative research areas, search for and identify open data sets and start to use GIS to explore the information they have obtained and how they might use this approach in training or supporting others in their research team or unit. Participants will review and evaluate their achievements and discuss and reflect on why open data and open science are important in research and in education in the geo-sciences. Apply for the course

Note the course will only take place if there are more than 12 confirmed applicants

EUROGEO 2015: Geography-Bridging Continents

EUROGEO will hold its 2015 Conference at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey on May 20-21st 2015.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Turkish Association of Geographers with the theme "Geography: Bridging Continents".

An all-day fieldtrip to Cappadocia is planned for May 22nd.

Cappadocia EUROGEO 2015

More information to follow here soon

Intercultural Dialogue Studentships

In the framework of the Anna Lindh Chairs for Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region programme, the ALF is selecting around 20 students to participate in: - The II Anna Lindh - La Caixa Chair Summer School at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, to take place from the 8th to the 12th of September 2014;

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The two-day Workshop at the Institute for Social and European Studies, in Koszeg, Hungary, to take place in the first week of November 2014, Applications should be received before 15 July 2014. To find out more:

EuroPlan International Masters course

EUROPLAN International Masters in European Project Planning and Management It is now possible to enroll in the third edition of the International Master in European Project Planning and Management. The teaching staff is composed by international experts with over 15 years of experience in European cooperation representing several European countries.

Mei Po Kwan EIUROGEO 2014 conference photo

The International Master has a total duration of 5 months (800 hours). The first two months of the Master course will be held in Florence (Italy), the following three months will be held in a in another European country in the framework of an international internship. The Master organize for all participants a three month internship abroad, to work as Assistant European Project Manager in organizations with long experience in European project management. For further information, please check: or contact

Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research

The Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research (INSPR, was recently launched INSPR promotes cross-disciplinary exchange in social movements research among approaches and disciplines. Geospatial Award photo

INSPR organises interdisciplinary events and meetings aimed at promoting multidisciplinary discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration on topics such as social movements, social protest, social change and political behaviour. INSPR is a central hub of interdisciplinary information on social protest and social movements and hosts information about current research, conferences, travel grants, collaboration opportunities and publications. For more information or to sign up to INSPR go to If you want to share information about conferences, calls for paper, or publications, send an email to specifying the necessary details.

Educating for Hope published

The new book from Professor David Hicks 'Educating for Hope in Trouble Times: Climate change and the transition to a post-carbon society' has been published. Details are availablefrom his web site. Innovative Learning book graphic

The book can be ordered here.

NASA World Wind Competition Winners

Winners of the SmeSpire Challenge to stimulate new business ideas originating from the INSPIRE implementation process were announced.

The two geo-ICT SMEs winners were: iScope and eLocust3D

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More competition information

Upcoming EUROGEO events

Open Data, Open Science: free workshop, Bruges, Belgium, 29-30 October 2014 More information

GIS Training course Bruges, Belgium, 27-31 October 2014 More information

Digital Earth tools and technologies Bruges, Belgium, 27-31 October 2014 More information

Digital Earth tools and technologies Ghent, Belgium, 17-21 November 2014 More information

EUROGEO Annual Meeting - 20-22 May 2015 -Ankara Turkey, details to follow here

European Journal of Geography Update

Issue 2 of the journal for 2014 was published in late December 2013, this was a special issue resulting from the EUGEO conference in Rome. The ToC has the following papers:


Visit to download articles


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The European Journal of Geography (EJG) is the main publication of the European Association of Geographers. It seeks to provide commentary and the latest research in all areas of geography and related subjects. The purpose of the journal is to promote the discipline and the work of geographers to decision makers. EJG is an important lobbying tool in Brussels and Strasbourg. Geographers need to have increasing influence in decision making circles and, based on their work and research, have many important things to say. Submission details for the European Journal of Geography can be found at

Geographical News Stories

Stories: EUROPE

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Bulgaria ravaged by deadly floods!
EU lawmakers back rights of indigenous groups to biodiversity
Euro Zone Entered Recession as Immigration to Germany Rises
Serbia starts EU membership talks
Water and agriculture in Europe


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Climate change threatens Tibet's rare Alpine plants
Could 2014 Become the Warmest Year on Record?
Explore Climate Data interactive map
Major El Niño starting
What do the European heat wave of 2003 and the Russian heat wave of 2010 have in common? Anthropogenic climate change?


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Agriculture and food production contribute up to 29 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions
Climate scientists must not advocate particular policies
Conservation scientists look beyond greenbelts to connect wildlife sanctuaries
Mumbai scoops global sustainable city project award for garbage site rehab
Rate of Deforestation in Indonesia Overtakes Brazil
Rivers help reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect
Water war bubbling up between California and Arizona
What are the sources and impacts of marine litter?


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An entire island nation is preparing to evacuate to Fiji before they sink into the Pacific
Displaced lifes: Escaping conflict, violence and disaster
EU's biofuels push at center of land-rights disputes
Geography of Isolation - Pacific Standard
Global land grabbing, and an inspiring example of resistance!
How indigenous people are turned off their lands
How many climate migrants will there be?
ICT seen as key to rural development, small-scale farming
Mapping the soul of the city: Melbourne - The Age
Mind the gap: why UN development goals must tackle economic inequality
New colonialism? The land grab in Africa
The death of the American mall
Unmarried motherhood in China
Using Twitter to map the cultural landscape
Visibility and Crime: Doing More Than Just Looking
Who Owns the Arctic
Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks


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The power of ice in destroying infrastructure
Collapse of Lusi mud volcano
Continuum of hydroclimate variability in western North America during the last millennium'
Downward spiral in volume of Arctic sea-ice.
Massive ocean discovered near earths core
Seismic Data Set Could Improve Earthquake Forecasting
Snow sensing helps predict water shortages
Sumatra quakes point to seafloor break-up
Taking the 'pulse' of volcanoes using satellite images
The challenges facing the vulnerable Antarctic
The frozen and refrozen terrain deep beneath Greenland 's ice sheet
USGS Flood data resources and Alert notification services
Using flood to analyse hiw Mississippi river diversion helped build Louisiana wetlands
Warm Snap Turned Antarctica Green Around the Edges 15m years ago
Web-graphics for Greenland Ice Sheet melting launched by NSIDC.


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Are we asking the wrong question? Reflections on geoliteracy and education
Geolocated News Is Going To Change The News Business
Going Places with Spatial Analysis: David DIBiase showcases the free MOOC beginning this autumn


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36 great tools for data visualisation
Coordinate Systems Tutorial Videos
Educators Gain access to Environmental Data with NOAA View
Exploring Three Decades of Violent Storms
July updates for ArcGIS Online are in and significant for educators
Marine Missions app for young students in ocean conservation:
The World at 7 billion', where do you fit in that? Lots of population resources.
Tour de France teaching resources
What does it mean to be poor?
World vegetation index from NASA satellite imagery, April 2014



A history of Wimbledon in maps
Spatial Analysis of Cattle and Shoat Population in Ethiopia

Fellowships, Tenders and Grants

A huge number of grant opportunities are available under Erasmus+ and H2020.

Peter Jones memorial award Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association GB
This recognises a postgraduate student for a research publication that has made a major contribution to knowledge in estuarine science, technology and management. Award amount max: 500 GBP Closing date: 30 September 2014

Some H2020 Calls

H2020 Call for integrating Society in Science and Innovation Deadline 2 October 2014

H2020 Call for making Science Educaction and Careers attractive for young people, Deadline 2 October 2014

H2020 Call Excellent Science Individual Fellowships Deadline 11 October 2014

H2020 Earth Observation - 2015 LEIT Space, Deadline 24 November 2014

H2020 Call Europe as a Global Actor, deadline 15 January 2015

H2020 Blue Growth: Unlocking the potential of seas and oceans, Deadline 24 February 2015

H2020 Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe, deadline 10 March 2015

H2020 Blue Growth: Unlocking the potential of seas and oceans, Deadline 11 June 2015

H2020 Call for making Science Educaction and Careers attractive for young people, Deadline 16 September 2015

Other Calls

ife Climate Change Action Projects to develop and implement innovative ways to respond to the climate change challenge across Europe. Call for proposals The deadline for project submissions is 16 October 2014.

The Ove Arup Foundation invites applications for its smaller project grants. These support projects that are consistent with the education purposes of the foundation in the built environment. Previously funded projects include events, training programmes, workshops and institutional development initiatives. Funding is not available for individuals.

Global exploration fund for northern Europe research grants, National Geographic Society, US This supports hypothesis-based scientific research and is awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences. The average award is 20,000 euros.

European Space Agency invites applications from European university students for sponsorship to attend a range of conferences

Sustainability project grants Grants are available in four different areas of focus; environment, empowerment, education and sustainable design. Programs or organizations applying for funding must serve communities where Alcoa has operating plants or offices. The minimum grant request is $15,000.

Call for proposals Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus +, submission on various dates depending on Action

EDA: Earth observation and fuel dependencies - call for proposals

Europe for Citizens There are a range of different actions in this funding stream. Visit the following website for more information, including deadlines and dates:

COST: open call for research network funding

None at this time

CyberGIS Fellows program:

Migration fellow programme Institute of Migration - Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Finland. This aims to foster research and to promote professional development in the field of migration research, to advance international research connections and mobility among researchers, and to promote internationalisation of science. The programme is open to scholars from both Finland and abroad and it covers travel and accommodation costs for short stays at the institute. Closing date: 31 Aug 14

Grants for networking initiatives Irish Marine Institute These support short inward or outward visits aimed at fostering research collaboration and technology transfer, such as H2020 pre-application meetings or attendance at marine-related conferences and training courses overseas. Grants are worth up to 750 euros.

Grants for workshops and conferences Irish Marine Institute, IE These provide support for the organisation of national and international marine conferences and workshops in Ireland. Grants are worth up to 1,500 euros.

Calls for papers
Journal of Economics and International Business Management JEIBM
Conservation Science is considering papers for inclusion
Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
E3 Journal of Environment Research and Management
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology
European Educational Research Journal
European Journal of Geography
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)
International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design,
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) Review
Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences (JABS)
JABS Journal of BioUrbanism (JBU), architecture, planning, and built environment
Journal of Digital Humanities
Journal of Global Studies in Education
Journal of Learning Analytics
Net Journal of Social Sciences
Open Geography Journal
Prime Journal of Social Science
RIGEO: papers in education geography
Ubiquitous Personal Learning Environment (UPLE)

Geographical Events
A list of 2014 events and conferences are located on the main EUROGEO Web site: Click here

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