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The Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) offers approximately 35 scholarships each year to outstanding research scientists at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels to support their full-time research efforts at a Singapore university or research institute. The research fields supported by SMF include: economics; engineering; information technology; physical and materials science; life sciences; and environmental science, renewable resources and water. SMF scholarships are open to all nationalities, and the deadline for applications and submission of supporting documentation is 31 December 2004.
Entries are currently being accepted for the 2005 Aventis Prizes for Science Books. The Prizes celebrate the very best in popular science writing for adults and children and are managed by the Royal Society, the U.K. national academy of science. Each year a General Prize is awarded to the author of the best science book for adults, while a Junior Prize goes to the author of the best children’s science book. Books to be entered must be in the English language and available for purchase in the U.K., but there are no restrictions on the nationality or residency of the author or publisher. Entries must be submitted by the publishers and received by 7 January 2005. [Source: International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology listserv (PCST-L)]
UNESCO is calling on young, developing country researchers with advanced degrees to apply for the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Program. The program grants a total of 20 fellowships of US$6,000–10,000 each year to researchers in one of four areas, including environment and information and communication technologies. The applicants must apply through their respective country’s National Commissions, and the application must be received at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris by 14 January 2005.
Applications are being accepted until 15 January 2005 for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Young Scientists Summer Program 2005. Each summer, the program brings together about 50 graduate students from around the world to work on policy-related research related to their graduate studies. Students in math, engineering, and natural and social sciences work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on interdisciplinary, global change-related projects within the Institute’s three theme areas.
The Royal Society of New Zealand is currently accepting preliminary proposals for Marsden Fund research grants. Emphasis is placed on originality, high-quality research, encouraging the best researchers and raising the international profile of New Zealand research. The projects must be either carried out in New Zealand or, if their nature demands that they be carried out elsewhere, by New Zealand-based researchers. Preliminary proposals should be submitted by 10 February 2005.
The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) created the Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud International Prize for the Promotion of Scientific Research to encourage research that could lead to important scientific advancement in specified topics. The current topics under consideration are environmental protection and the combat of desertification; petrochemical, metal and plastic industries; and water and agriculture technologies. Entries for this prize should be submitted prior to 28 February 2005. [Source: SciDev.Net]
The World Food Prize recognizes the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The US$250,000 prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply: food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership, and the social sciences. The deadline for nominations each year is 28 February 2005.
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Meeting on Nordic Science Outreach; Copenhagen, Denmark; 12–13 January 2005
Education for a Sustainable Future; Ahmedabad, India; 18–20 January 2005
International Conference on Research Trends in Science and Technology; Beirut & Byblos, Lebanon; 7–9 March 2005
Science in Society Forum 2005; Brussels, Belgium; 9–11 March 2005
Sixth International Scientific Forum: Aims for Future of Engineering Science; Hong Kong, China; 23–30 March 2005
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