Call for Presenters: 13th Asia Pacific Conference

This year's Asia Pacific Conference (APC) will be hosted by the Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) in Beppu, Japan, and is currently accepting abstract submissions for presentation at the conference. The theme of the conference will be "Societal Transformation in Asia Pacific: Charting the Waves of Change."

Date: 7-8 November 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 September 2015
Application Form: Click here.
Registration Fee: 10,000 JPY (Student: 5,000 JPY)

For those who wish to enter the Best Award Competition, they must also submit an extended abstract (up to 3,000 words) or full paper (5,000-6,000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when they apply.

Further details are in the attached document.

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

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.