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UniPID Newsletter

April 2018

News and Highlights

UniPID News & Events
  • UniPID hosts a panel at the Spring Forum for International Affairs. The panel discussion explores the status of global responsibility in the Finnish international strategy for higher education and research at the Spring Forum for International Affairs, organized 17-18 May 2018 at Jyväskylä. Read more here.
  • UniPID and partners host sessions at the SANORD conference organized at the University of Jyväskylä 15-17 August 2018. Register for the conference here by 31 May to get early bird discount. 
    • UniPID and Finnish National Agency for Education (Opetushallitus) host a panel under the rubric How to Create Equal Partnerships within Nordic-Southern African Cooperation?
    • UniPID and National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) co-organize a workshop titled Students' academic citizenship and rights in North-South academic collaboration
  • Rolling call for UniPID DocNet membership open! If you are a doctoral student dealing with development topics or themes, consider applying for DocNet membership. More information and application form can be found here.
News on UniPID's FinCEAL Plus activities
  • ENRICH in China are holding a webinar on the science, technology and innovation funding landscape on 24 April 2018. The webinar be presented by Alessio Petino who is one of the authors of the excellent 'Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national S&T funding programmes' which describes the five main pillars of the Chinese national funding system for science, technology and innovation, explaining the rules for international participation and proposing recommendations for European stakeholders. See webinar programme and registration here. Apply for a travel grant from FinCEAL if you're interested!
  • FinCEAL+ Grants still available - apply now! Researchers can apply anytime for any of the following: Travel Grants, Event Grants, Project Preparatory Grants and Research Visit Grants. The planned activity must be related to cooperation with African, Asian or LAC partners, in any of the FinCEAL+ regional thematic areas. We encourage interested researchers to apply for grants as soon as possible, as the Call will most likely be closed by summer 2018. More information here.
News from our member universities
  • Aalto the first university in Finland to sign Sustainable Development Goals Accord. By signing, the institution commits to promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals in its teaching, reserarch, innovation activities, and campus development. Read the full article at Aalto University website.
  • Aalto Sustainability Day on 18 May 2018. The event, organized at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus aims to tackle complex ecological and social challenges through systemic disruptive innovations. Read the full description and register here.
  • PhD course at the University of Eastern Finland: Environmental collaboration and conflict resolution -The crossroads of forestry, ecosystem services and wildlife. The course runs from 20 to 24 August, and is organized at the University of Eastern Finland Joensuu campus. Read more and apply here by 13 May 2018! 
  • SANORD 2018 Conference registration is now open! We are happy to announce that registration is now open for SANORD 2018 conference. The event, hosted by University of Jyväskylä, takes place on 15-17 August 2018. Get to know the conference themes and programme here. Register before 31 May to get the early bird rate! 
Job / Research Opportunities

Development Policy Advisor, Energy (in Finnish). Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Deadline: 23 April 2018.

Senior Inspector (in Finnish). Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Deadline: 24 April 2018.

Regional Programme Support Delegate. Finnish Red Cross. Deadline: 25 April 2018. 

Coordinator for the Changemaker-network (in Finnish). Finn Church Aid. Deadline: 25 April 2018. 

Project developer and writer. The Finnish Refugee Council. deadline: 30 April 2018. 

PhD scholarship: Adaptation to Climate Change - Exploring the Scope for Reducing Climate Risks and Supporting Sustainable Development. Technical University of Denmark. Deadline: 30 April 2018. 

Communications Expert (in Finnish). Finnish Red Cross. Deadline: 2 May 2018. 

Executive Project Manager (in Finnish). Finnish Evangelic Lutheran Mission. Deadline: 4 May 2018. 

Expert, Climate Policy (in Finnish). Kepa. Deadline: 7 May 2018. 

Digital Design Associate and Webmaster. United Nations University UNU-WIDER. Deadline: 17 May 2018. 

Green Talents Award 2018 to support young researchers in the field of sustainability. Deadline: 23 May 2018. 


Call for Papers: 2nd Mediterranean Forum for PhD Students and Young Researchers - R&I for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security. Deadline: 18 May 2018. 

Call for Abstracts: FOOD 2030 - Towards sustainable agri-food systems. Deadline: 18 May 2018. 

Call for nominations: South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) 2018. Deadline: 18 May 2018. 

Panel Discussions at 26th CLACSO General Assembly. 17-18 November 2018. 

Funding Opportunities

FinCEAL Plus Rolling Call for the Partnership Support Instrument. No deadline. 

Academy of Finland and its partners offer various grants to researchers (in Finnish). Deadlines: various.

Horizon 2020 Calls, Deadlines: various.


Signing of agreement with MFA and NDF launches new phase for EEP Africa. Nordic Development Fund.

EU-African clinical research scheme faces fund-raising struggle. Science Business. 

Study: 95 percent of the world's population breathes unhealthy air (in Finnish).

Prediction: Finland's development cooperation share of GNI will continue to decrease (in Finnish).

New publication from the Prime Minister's Office: How can the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation increase the economic and societal impact of RDI funding in Finland?" Valtioneuvoston kanslia.  

African research in danger due to low prioritisation. SciDevNet. 


Women researchers of the developing world are discriminated against due to both gender and background (in Finnish). Teija Laakso/

Upcoming Events - Finland

Remittances: Economic and non-economic contributions sent by international migrants. 8 May 2018. Helsinki, Finland. 

Botswana Business Breakfast Event. 9 May 2018. Helsinki, Finland.

Sustainability Science Days 2018. 16-18 May 2018. Helsinki and Espoo, Finland. Register here. 

Aalto Sustainability Day. 18 May 2018. Aalto University, Espoo, Finland. Register here.

Finnish-Eritrean HEI ICI collaboration: celebrating results for quality higher education. 21 May 2018. Helsinki, Finland. Registration required.

STI Forum 2018 - Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs. 5-6 June 2018. New York.

LDRN PhD Course 2018: Resilience and Equality - questions for the North and the South. 11-15 June 2018. Turku, Finland. 

PAD - Participatory Development through Art conference. 15-17 August 2018. Rovaniemi, Finland.

11th Annual SANORD 2018 Conference: Academic Citizenship Recognition, Resilience or Resistance? 15-17 August 2018. Jyväskylä, Finland. 

Upcoming Events - International 

Webinar: EU-China R&I collaboration - The Chinese Perspective. 24 April 2018. Online. Register here.

European Development Days. 5-6 June 2018. Brussels, Belgium. 

Africa Innovation Summit 2018. 6-8 June 2018. Kigali, Rwanda. 

DSA2018: Global inequalities. 27-29 June 2018. Manchester, United Kingdom. 

Rethinking Development: Development Research 2018. 22-23 August 2018. Gotherburg, Sweden. 

Nordic Africa Days. 19-22 September 2018. Uppsala, Sweden.

Third conference of the Law and Development Research Network. 19-21 September 2018. Leiden, Netherlands. 

New Publications

Briefing note: What is the European External Investment Plan really about? ECDPM. March 2018. 

Sailing new waters in international cooperation - On the way to framing future EU engagement with more advanced developing countries. ECDPM. March 2018. 

Involving Science Academies & Africa's Regional Economic Communities in EU-Africa Policy Dialogues. CAAST-Net Plus. March 2018. 

Research Fairness Initiative Reporting Guideline. CAAST-Net Plus. March 2018. 

Mission-oriented research & innovation in the European Union - A problem solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth. European Union. February 2018.

The Relevance of Circular Economy Practices to the Sustainable Development Goals. Institute of Development Studies. February 2018.

Focus on Migration: Moving backward, moving forward? Great Insights Magazine Volume 7, Issue 1. ECDPM. February 2018. 

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