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September 27, 2023

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT United Nations University

Bonn, Germany
(Consultant Contract – CTC)

Organizational Unit : United Nations University – Vice rectorate in Europe (UNU-VIE)
Applications to :
Closing Date : 08.10.2023

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September 6, 2023

International Germany Alumni Training Seminar | Tropentag Conference 2023

On behalf of the DAAD, the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln welcomes alumni from German universities and research institutions and the ITT to the presence phase of the

International Germany Alumni Seminar 2023

Biodiversity and food security nexus:
Species-rich tropical forests as core areas for sustainable agriculture.

Following a constructive and work-intensive online phase, the presence phase will start on September 12 with a welcome session by the ITT and the TH Köln, and alumni from 20 countries will discuss their groupwork results and finalize their contributions for the international Tropentag conference, which will take place at the on the Campus Mitte of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany from September 20-22, 2023.

Open Sessions at the Campus Deutz

On 14 September at 13:00 and on 15 September at 13:00, open sessions will be held at ITT (room ZO-4-8), and students, staff and alumni of ITT are welcome to participate in video pitchings, poster introductions, talks and discussions.

Two Pre-Conference Workshops

The second part of the presence session starts with the bus trip to Berlin on 18 September. On Tuesday 19 September, alumni will participate in the pre-conference workshop ‘Unregulated small-scale gold mining (galamsey) operations destroying farmlands, biodiversity and natural habitats: Exploring pathways for food security in Africa’ offered by John-Baptist Naah, Eric Nyarko and Sabine Schlüter. Thereafter, the welcome ceremony by the DAAD will start, a good opportunity for meeting with alumni of other universities.

On Wednesday, the alumni will take part in the pre-conference workshop ‘Integrating stakeholders‘ perspectives into scientific communication’ which will be led by Claudia Raedig and Sabine Schlüter. In this workshop, the alumni will introduce videos and posters produced during the seminar and discuss their work with workshop participants.

Tropentag 2023 Conference

After the workshop, the alumni will participate in the Tropentag 2023 Conference. ITT is looking very forward to receiving our future change agents for biodiversity and food security at our university, and joining with them at an international and interdisciplinary conference!

Tropentag Conference 2023

July 13, 2023

Workshop outlines a new global course on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management to combat desertification

Workshop Participants

Trigger Change! Innovative Agriculture Solutions for Land Restoration – A Global Course

The ITT at the Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems (TH Köln), in cooperation with Untited Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), hosted a week-long, intense workshop from June 5th to June 8th, 2023 which produced the outline of a new global course on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management to combat desertification.

This initiative is part of the UNCCD’s ongoing Global Land Initiative. With the participation of 20 academics from around the world, the workshop defined the outline and contents of the module, which will be delivered to Bachelor’s and Master’s level students as vehicles for land restoration.  It will contribute to a new generation of innovators in sustainable agriculture for land restoration.

The outcome of the blueprinting workshop includes the course outline, which covers the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Agriculture for Sustainable Land Management
  2. Agricultural Approaches to Sustainable Land Management
  3. Tools and Technologies for LD and SLM Assessment and Monitoring
  4. The Social and Economic Value of Restoration
  5. Catalysts for Innovation (in Start-ups)

Each module will be supported by case studies which will be a crucial element to enhance and make tangible the respective content. The course is expected to be available for the global audience in the first quarter of 2024. 

Impressions from the Workshop

June 14, 2023

Theory U / SPT Weekend-Workshop: Introduction to Social Presencing Theater (SPT): The art of making a true move

23-25 June 2023, Lindlar | Register until 15 June | few spots left | Funded by DAAD

Dear students and alumni

we kindly invite you to join the upcoming workshop, were we introduce you to a powerful method from Theory U: “The Social Presencing Theater. Discover your Source of Embodied Leadership”. It allows you to learn more about yourself, your current leadership challenge, and the systems in which you work.

Besides working together on the announced topic, you will have the chance to connect in a more personal way with ITT students. For more information please check the UGOITT website and the description below.

Please register until Thursday, 15.06.2023: REGISTRATION

We have few spots left. Accommodation for the workshop is funded by DAAD and therefore free of charge. The meals will be prepared in a self-organized way, where all participants get shifts in the kitchen with rotating tasks. Since the guest house is a yoga retreat center, we have to follow some house rules such as: no meat and no alcohol consumption for the weekend. More organizational details will follow upon registration. When applying to the workshops, please be open to these general organizational conditions. A 10,-€ refund is necessary for your binding room reservation. We will let you know, when to pay, after your first registration.

If you have questions, please turn to Ricarda Bruder.

Location: FindHof, An der Sülz 61, 51789 Lindlar

You can reach the guesthouse by public transportation. Participants will get detailed direction instructions.

Register now!


June 6, 2023

Call for Abstracts: Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC)

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) is thrilled to announce that the abstract submission process is now open! Join us at the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador on 21-23 of November 2023 to share your research and insights with experts from around the world.

This year’s conference theme, Coping with extremes: Impacts & Innovation for Adaption, will delve into the latest advancements, challenges, and opportunities in diverse facets of water security and its relationship to climate variability and climate change. We invite abstract submissions related to one of the conference themes:
1) Water and Climate: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovative Solutions
2) Water & Climate Resilience in Agri-Food Systems
3) Water Security: Science-Policy-Society Dialogue (Priorities & Implementation)

Don’t miss this opportunity to present your findings, engage in dynamic discussions, and expand your professional network. Submit your abstract now and be a part of the WSCC23!

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 July 2023

The conference is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD | Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) from funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)).

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