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The Third World Academy of Sciences has announced the initiation of a new award, the Trieste Prize, which is intended to be something similar to a "developing country Nobel Prize." The $100,000 award will honor researchers who reside and conduct their research in the developing world, and it will be sponsored by the coffee company Illy. The Trieste Prize will be awarded in different disciplines from year to year, and the first prize (2003) will be awarded in biological sciences. (Source: SciDev.Net)
As a partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Women's International Science Collaboration Program (WISC) aims to increase the participation of women in international scientific research. Small travel grants are awarded to U.S. scientists to plan and design new collaborations with researchers in one of many different countries. The next deadline is January 15, 2003.
The European Union's Heads of Research Councils has announced a new program to support young researchers. The European Young Investigators Awards program is designed to be a pilot for the possible establishment of a European Research Council. Outstanding young researchers from all over the world are eligible to apply for the five-year fellowships to conduct research in Europe. Applications will be transmitted by agencies and institutions from participating countries, and the European Science Foundation will manage the selection process. (Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has recently unveiled its pilot project (OpenCourseware) to give free, searchable access to MIT course materials via the Internet. More than 30 courses from 17 departments are already online.
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III World Conference of Science Journalists: Science Journalism and Human Development; São José Dos Campos (SP), Brazil; November 24-27, 2002.
Open Access to Scientific and Technical Information: State of the Art and Future Trends; Paris, France, January 23-24, 2003.
Seventh International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation: Connecting People, Ideas, and Resources across Communities; Monterrey, Mexico; June 10-13, 2003.
For more information on any of the programs mentioned in this newsletter, please contact:
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