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UniPID Newsletter

September 2018

News and Highlights

UniPID News & Events
News on UniPID's FinCEAL Plus activities
  • Registration open for the FinCEAL Plus Final Seminar, which takes place at Think Corner, Helsinki, on 11 October 2018. The seminar is organized under the rubric Research and Innovation Cooperation with Africa, Asia and LAC - Future Prospects for Science and Policy. At the event, the project will take stock of the lessons learned and provide a platform for discussing the outlook and driving factors on the current and future cooperation with the target regions. Organized in two sessions, the first part of the event will focus on the external assessment of the FinCEAL initiative to determine the contribution FinCEAL has made to the Finnish STI landscape. The second part of the event will include the launch of three policy briefs which analyse relevant questions for each of the FinCEAL regions and the recommendations that can be drawn for future policy action. Read more at our website. Registration is open until 4 October 2018 here.
  • ASEAN-Finland Research Seminar Webcasting on 25 September 2018 at 9:00 AM (UTC +3). UniPID and FinCEAL Plus, University of Helsinki and the embassies of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Royal Thai Embassy, alongside the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Finland organize this high-level seminar. The event will be live-streamed, find the link on our website. Further information from Jarkko Mutanen
News from our members and collaborators
  • Open position at Aalto Global Impact: Project Specialist. The Project Specialist will be responsible for the coordination of the Strengthening problem-based learning in South Asian Universities (PBL South Asia) project funded by Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education programme. Deadline for applications is 21 September 2018. Read more and apply here.
  • World Food Day Seminar 2018 at the University of Helsinki 10 October 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry  in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and three regional research and development projects operating in Africa and supported by the Government of Finland organize this World Food Day seminar to share highlights and key findings. Please register here by 5 October 2018. 
  • Seminar: Human meets Machine - bright or bleak future? 18 October 2018 at Think Corner. The event, organized by the discipline of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, FSDR, Pekka Kuusi Ecofoundation and Demos Helsinki addresses the acute and challenging questions relating to digitalization and democracy, with special focus on the Global South. More information on Facebook.
  • SKY doctoral course - Decolonising Knowledge Systems in the Social Sciences: The Power of Silences 5-6 November 2018. The doctoral course features guest lecturer Swati Parashar from the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. The course is open for all Finnish and foreign doctoral students. Register for the doctoral school by 5 October here. More information from Elina Penttinen
  • The Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) Development Days conference “Repositioning global development: changing actors, geographies and ontologies” takes place from 27 February to 1 March 2019 in Helsinki. It will feature three keynote speakers, which will be announced in due course. The call for sessions can be read here, and further information found here.

Job / Research Opportunities

Project specialist. Aalto Global Impact. Deadline: 21 September 2018. 

Regional Finance Development Delegate to Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur. Finnish Red Cross. Deadline: 21 September 2018. 

Regional Finance and Administration Delegate to MENA and Europe based in Lebanon. Finnish Red Cross. Deadline: 21 September 2018.

Internship with UNFPA in Copenhagen. United Nations Population Fund. Deadline: 23 September 2018. 

Coordinator (in Finnish). The Finnish League for Human Rights. Deadline: 24 September 2018.  

Marketing and fundraising coordinator (in Finnish). Finn Church Aid. 24 September 2018. 

Digital Communications Officer. Médecins sans Frontières. Deadline: 24 September 2018. 

Finance Officer based in Phnom Penh. Finn Church Aid. Deadline: 26 September 2018.

EDUFI Internships for UAS and University students (in Finnish). Deadline: 26 September 2018. 

Administrative Officer based in Phnom Penh. Finn Church Aid. Deadline: 26 September 2018.

Internship with FIME (in Finnish). Finnish Institute in the Middle East. Deadline: 26 September 2018.

Campaign Assistant (in Finnish). Finnish Evangelic Lutheran Mission. Deadline. 26 September 2018.  

Regional development cooperation coordinator based in Dakar (in Finnish). Finnish Evangelic Lutheran Mission. Deadline: 30 September 2018. 

Regional chief based in Dakar (in Finnish). Finnish Evangelic Lutheran Mission. Deadline: 30 September 2018. 

Chief of Administration (in Finnish). Fingo ry (a conglomerate of Kepa and Kehys). Deadline: 1 October 2018. 

Consultant, Country Programme Evaluation for Kenya. Finn Church Aid. Deadline: 4 October 2018. 


Call for Proposals: Global Education Monitoring Report Fellowship. Deadline: 28 September 2018. 

Call: Mexican Government Merit Awards for International Students. Deadline: 28 September 2018. 

Call for Participants: Evidence Informed Policy Making - Water-Energy-Food-Health seminar. Deadline: 8 October 2018. 

Call for Sessions: FSDR Development Days 2019. Deadline: 31 October 2018. 

Call for proposals: Joint Nordic-UK Migration and Integration Research Programme. Pre-proposal deadline 15 November 2018. 

Funding Opportunities

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

Horizon 2020 Calls, Deadlines: various.


Blog: Where global resposibility meets internationalisation. EAIE.

SANORD 2018 Conference highlights the importance of education. University of Jyväskylä. 

UN Secretary-General Urges Leadership to Face "Dire Existential Threat" of Climate Change. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. 

Scientists Urge Immediate, Decisive Action to Tackle Deoxygenation in Oceans. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub.

Scant progress at Bangkok climate talks. SciDev.Net

The arduous path to make mHealth work at last. SciDev.Net

The myth of fake food, the lack of data and foreign shopkeepers in South Africa. Quartz Africa. 

Recap video from SDG Conference 2018 organized in Wageningen University, Netherlands. Wageningen University & Research. 
Upcoming Events - Finland
Suomen tavoitteet ja toiminta Unescon hallintoneuvostossa 2018-2021: Missä mennään? 26 September 2018. Helsinki, Finland. Sign up here by 21 September 2018. 

World Food Day Seminar 2018. 10 October 2018. Helsinki, Finland. 

FinCEAL Plus Final Seminar: Research and Innovation Cooperation with Africa, Asia and LAC - Future Prospects for Science and Policy. 11 October 2018. Helsinki, Finland. 

Asian Studies Days 2018 - Tackling sustainability challenges of runaway urbanization and water shortages. 17-18 October 2018. Espoo, Finland. 

Seminar: Human meets Machine - bright or bleak future? 18 October 2018. Helsinki, Finland. 

Annual Social Policy Conference - Global Social Policy and Wellbeing Mechanisms in Low- and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). 25-26 October 2018. Tampere, Finland. 

Responsible Organising #2. 13 November 2018. Helsinki, Finland. register here by 7 November 2018. 

Development Days 2019: Repositioning global development - changing actors, geographies and ontologies. 27 February - 1 March 2019. Helsinki, Finland.

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

eLearning Africa - 13th International Conference & Exhibition on ICT for Education, Training & Skills Development. 26-28 September 2018. Kigali, Rwanda. 

Third conference of the Law and Development Research Network. 19-21 September 2018. Leiden, Netherlands.
Open! A Science|Business conference on making innovation and research open to all. 29 September 2018. Brussels, Belgium. 

G-STIC 2018 - The Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference. 27-30 November 2018. 


World of migration course (in Finnish). 17 November - 15 December 2018. Opintokeskus Visio. 

Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development 2019. 16 January - 19 June 2019. Earth Charter Initiative. 

Leadership for Sustainable Change online course provided. Free enrollment. University of Helsinki and University of Tampere. 

DEVCO Academy courses and online learning resources. Provided by the European Commission. 


New Publications
Stepping Up Finland's Global Role in Education. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. August 2018. 

Critical Connections: Promoting Economic Growth and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia. World Bank Group. September 2018. 

Working wiith Smallholders: A Hnadbook for Firms Building Sustainable Supply Chains. World Bank Group. September 2018. 

Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa. World Bank Group. September 2018. 

What constrains renewable energy investment in Sub-Saharan Africa? A comparison of Kenya and Ghana. Institute of Development Studies. September 2018. 

Aiming high or falling short? A brief analysis of the proposed future EU budget for external action. ECDPM. September 2018. 

Tiina Kontinen: Learning and Forgetting in Development NGOs. Routledge. August 2018. 

Policy coherence for agricultural transformation in African least developed countries (LDCs). FAO and ECDPM. August 2018. 
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