Sophia Lecturing - Research Grants

Sophia University has established a Science and Technology Exchange Committee (STEC) to promote the interchange of science and technology with academic institutions in Asia. One of their programs to to promote such academic exchange is offering "SOPHIA LECTURING - RESEARCH GRANTS" to a number of selected applicants each year. 

The Graduate School of Science and Technology has one interdisciplinary graduate program. It has eight divisions. These programs aim to bring to light new scientific information and technological developments in all their academic divisions. The programs also aim to be interdisciplinary to foster a common regard for their effects on people, the society, and the global environment.

The first stage of the programs maintains a consistency with undergraduate instruction by combining crossdisciplinary knowledge and a specialty with the goal of cultivating highly educated people who can contribute to people and the society. The second stage aims to produce researchers who can execute independent research in one or more academic fields.

The departments and programs can be viewed here

For further information, please refer to their website. For additional assistance, you may contact them through their website or at +81-3-3238-3539. 

Also attached is the invitation from Sophia University.

Food Security Center Excellence Scholarships

The Food Security Center (FSC) has announced its call for this year’s Excellence Scholarships for full PhD (37 months) and Short-term Scholarships (up to 3 months) for visiting postdoctoral researchers and Sandwich program (both MS and PhD) students.

The FSC is based at the University of Hohenheim and is one of five excellence centers of the EXCEED program supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.

The Excellence Scholarships is open for students from developing countries who are interested to pursue the PhD program on Global Food Security at the University of Hohenheim starting September 1, 2015. On the other hand, the Short-term Scholarships will support outstanding researchers from developing countries to conduct their research either at the University of Hohenheim (South-North) or at a national or international research institute in a developing country, such as one of the CGIAR centers (South-South).

The application deadline for both categories is July 6, 2015. For other details and application forms, please refer to the appropriate link at https://fsc.uni-hohenheim.de/77676?&L=1.

SEARCA is a strategic partner of FSC and I am coordinating all FSC-funded activities at SEARCA, so you can also direct to your questions at +63 49 536 2290 


Reposting: Call for Papers (First National Food and Nutrition Security Conference)

The University of the Philippines Los Baños-Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food Security (UPLB ISCFS) is re-announcing the Call for Papers for the First National Food and Nutrition Security Conference on 12-13 October 2015 at the Crimson Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Interested oral presenters are requested to submit papers following the conference theme "The Philippine Food and Nutrition Security Agenda: Setting Strategic Directions and Actions" in the following topics:

Thematic areas for paper presentation:

  • Production issues on Food Security
  • Marketing and Post-Harvest
  • Governance of Delivery Systems on Food and Nutrition Security and Food Safety

Authors are requested to submit their abstracts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please take note that the deadline for submission of papers is on 28 August 2015.

More details are attached below.


Guidelines Governing the PCAARRD-GIA and PCAARRD-monitored DOST-GIA Funded Programs and Projects

Attached is a copy of the approved "Guidelines Governing the PCAARRD-GIA and PCAARRD-monitored DOST-GIA Funded Programs and Projects" which shall cover new and ongoing programs/projects effective 1 May 2015. The new PCAARRD-GIA guidelines considered all existing PCAARRD issuances, memos, procedures and were harmonized with the DOST-GIA guidelines as appropriate.

This, together with the forms and templates will be made available on PCAARRD's website. We shall update with the link once available. A booklet on the same document will also be disseminated. Meanwhile, please ensure that program/project leaders will be given a copy of the documents.

Special Seminar with World Renowned Conservation Biologist

The  UPLB Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce a special seminar with Professor Eberhard Curio, world renowned conservation biologist from Ruhr University Bochum  (RUB) on  1-5 September 2015


The seminar is open to both credit and non-credit students,  and the public who may wish to enrich their appreciation of conservation biology. Research specialists from other institutions may wish to schedule appointments with Professor Curio for consultations on their pending publications or research topics on conservation biology.  


Professor Curio's  seminar will cover the following topics:
  • Review of literature: conservation biology
  • Data preparation, collection and management
  • Graphic design and statistics
  • Publication of research and linguistic difficulties
  • Dissemination of results
  • Wildlife rescue, rehabilitation & release
  • Predator – prey relationships
  • Mutualisms
  • Seed dispersal
  • Ants and leaf damage
  • Invasive species:   marine toad 
Students who will take the course for credit need to register in the following subject: WLDL 291 Special Topics  - Conservation Biology
Tentative Dates: 1-5 September 2015 (5 days) with Professor E. Curio 
                             10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Seminar, discussions & reports: 11:00 AM to 12:00NN; 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM  (2 lectures per day; equivalent to 3 units credit. When Professor Curio returns to Germany, Prof. JC Gonzalez will continue with the seminars.
Venue:    TBA (to be arranged)

Field work:  Supervised field work for thesis/research students
Tentative Date: 8-12 September 2015 (5 days tentative)
Venue:   Inner forest areas in Northern Panay -- Sibaliw Research Station  
Sibaliw location maphttp://www.panaycon.org/Pages/maps.html
 
Click here for tips on access  to the Sibaliw research station are provided in this bird watch blogspot.
Click here for a National Geographic article which provided highlights on Sibaliw biodiversity research.
Samples of field research in Sibaliw here and here.


Research proposals for seminar presentation by students shall be screened and approved by Prof. E. Curio/Dr. JCT Gonzalez.   Interested students must register at A218  and submit a 3 to 5 page seminar proposal with the following details: 

  • Title
  • Statement of the Research Problem
  • Analytical Framework
  • Review of Literature (at least three most important published studies on conservation biology)
  • Proposed research design
  • Bibliography
  • Contact details (name, address, mobile number, email address)

Students taking the course for credit shall be graded based on seminar performance.
Deadline of seminar abstracts: 15 August 2015.
Please email the course coordinator, Dr.  JCT Gonzales at 
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For the field work,  participants are expected to provide for their accommodation,   subsistence, air travel and related expenses  through faculty or staff development grants,  sponsorships and other personal resources. 

 
 
Brief profile of Professor Eberhard Curio

Prof. Curio is globally famous for his work on preserving endangered species,  such as the Visayan writhed-billed hornbill  (Aceros waldeni;   local names:  dulungan,  kalaw)  in the deep mountains of   Sibaliw,   Northern Panay where he spent more than 20 years doing research. He is also instrumental in discovering new species of flora and fauna such as freshwater and arboreal crabs;  and most recently,  a rainforest landhopper Curiotalitrus curioi.

The last significant stands of primary, low elevation rainforest in the bio-geographic region of the West Visayas, located on the northwestern peninsula of Panay, is habitat of a range of highly endangered, partly endemic species of frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals.   It is one of the hotspots with the highest conservation priorities in the world, both in terms of the number of endangered flora and fauna per unit area, and the degree of threat these species confront. Philippine biodiversity per unit area is globally unsurpassed.

For more information about the scientific  work of Prof Curio,  please visit the Panay Eco-Conservation website at www.panaycon.org.