Colombian Science and Technology News Agency Established
by Carolina Osorio Posada, NOTICyT, Bogotá
The Colombian Association of Science Journalism (Asociación Colombiana de Periodismo Científico, ACPC) recently established a news agency in Colombia dedicated to science and technology. This agency, called NOTICyT, has as one of its goals to sensitize Colombian journalism about the importance of the public understanding of science. NOTICyT has been sending weekly bulletins to the Colombian mass media since February, with a terrific utilization record. As of May 30th, 62 articles have been sent; 44 have been published in 12 newspapers around the country. Another NOTICyT goal is to train future science journalists. Therefore, four journalism students are working on a daily basis with real journalistic responsibilities. The ACPC recently received a networking award through Sigma Xi's Packard International Networking Initiative to support these efforts.
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Directory of Open Access Journals
The Directory of Open Access Journals, a project of the University of Lund Libraries, the Open Society Institute and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, was launched last month. This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. and aims to cover all subjects and languages. [Source: FOS NEWS].
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Did You Know?
European Public Awareness of Science (EuroPAWS) is accepting nominations for the 2003 Midas Prizes until June 30, 2003. These awards will honor the best television dramas broadcast within Europe bearing on science or technology.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) established the APC Betinho Communications Prize to recognize and document outstanding examples of how the Internet can make a real difference for the world's communities today. In 2003 the prize will recognize "people-centered information and communication technology initiatives" based in Latin America and the Caribbean. The nomination deadline is August 15, 2003. [Source: Digital Dividend Digest]
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS) are pleased to announce a new joint initiative offering fellowships for research on the theme of "Agriculture for Peace." The deadline for fellowship applications is August 15, 2003. Agriculture for Peace Fellowships are available to citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries that are 45 years of age or younger, holders of at least an MA degree or equivalent, and at the beginning of their research career. Researchers awarded a fellowship will receive up to USD 12,000 for the period of one year to carry out their research; will be invited to participate in a mentorship program that includes a one-month research stay at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Japan; and will benefit from a range of other supporting services provided by IFS and UNU/IAS.
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10th Latin-American Association of Technology Management (ALTEC) Seminar Knowledge, Innovation and Competitiveness: Challenges from Globalization; Mexico City, Mexico; October 22-24, 2003.
The Global Biodiversity Forum, GBF18-Cancun/WTO5: Biodiversity, Trade and Sustainable Development; Cancun, Mexico; September 5-7, 2003.
Sigma Xi's 2003 Forum, Science and Engineering: Keys to International Understanding; Los Angeles, California, USA; November 12-13, 2003.
For more information on any of the programs mentioned in this newsletter, please contact:
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