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Calls for proposals
Terra Viva Grants Directory

List of grant progams related to agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources in developing countries.

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Symposia and conferences
11th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium

ASDS 2020 will be under the banner of “Protecting the roots of plant health”. Pre-symposium workshops and field trips will feature topics such as, pathogen-plant-microbe interactions, overcoming Fusarium wilts, and on-farm biosecurity practices.
Location: Cairns, Australia
Dates: 24-27 November 2020
Abstract submission: from 30 March - 1 July 2020
For more information: http://asds2020.w.yrd.currinda.com/

ISHS-ProMusa Symposium

The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and ProMusa are joining forces with the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in organizing the XII International Symposium on Banana, on the theme of Healthy banana production systems for better livelihoods.  The symposium will provide a platform for scientists and other stakeholders to exchange their latest research results and insights on important topics, such as the prevention and management of new disease outbreaks, the use of the crop’s diversity and latest advances in breeding to deploy resistant cultivars in the fight against diseases, the integration of different management approaches at field and landscape level, the impact of various constraints and management responses in banana production on people’s livelihoods, and the exploration of novel post-harvest and marketing strategies.
Location: Kunming, China
Dates: 19-24 October 2020
Abstract submission:  http://www.promusa-yaas.com/mtweb/en/content/27
Registrationhttp://www.promusa-yaas.com/mtweb/en/content/41
For more informationhttp://www.promusa-yaas.com/mtweb/en/

Acorbat XXIII International Congress

The upcoming Acorbat International Banana Congress, which brings together representatives of the global banana trade from around the world, will be held at the Miami Airport Convention Center.
Location: Miami, USA
Dates: 29 April - 1 May 2020
For more information: https://www.expoplaza.ec/en/acorbat-2020/

International Conference on Banana 2020

ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana is organizing, in partnership with Bioversity International and the Society for the Promotion of Horticulture, the International Conference on Banana under the theme Innovations in Sustainable Production and Value Chain Management in Banana. It will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and threats faced by the banana industry, help to develop mitigating strategies and solutions, and identify research gaps.
Location: Tiruchirappalli, India
Dates: 22-25 February 2020
Deadline for abstract submission: 25 January 2020
Abstract submission: http://www.icb2020.in/abstract
Registration: http://www.icb2020.in/registration
For more information: http://www.icb2020.in/

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Training courses
IUCN Red List online training course
The International Union for Conservation of Nature  has partnered with Conservation Training to offer a self-paced course on the rules and standards used for IUCN Red List assessment. The course is free and open to anyone who wants to learn about the IUCN Red List assessment process and how to compile a scientifically rigorous IUCN Red List assessment.
Contact email: ctptraining@tnc.org

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Scholarships and awards
Cargill Global Scholars Program 2020

The agribusiness company Cargill is offering scholarships to undergraduate students interested in food security, agriculture, and risk management. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, or the USA — and attend university in those countries. Each Cargill Global Scholar receives an annual scholarship for up to two years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking.
Application deadlines in 2020: 3 March (India); 5 March (USA); 1 April (Russia); 28 April (China); 5 May (Indonesia); and 26 May (Brazil)
Online application: https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/application-management/
For more information: https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/scholarship/

Taiwan ICDF scholarships

Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) is offering scholarships to study in one of the 31 undergraduate or graduate programs offered by 21 universities, some of which are in agriculture. Applicants must be from one of the eligible countries. The selected students will receive a monthly allowance, plus travel and other costs.
Application deadline: 15 March 2020
Online application: http://web.icdf.org.tw/ICDF_TSP/WelcomeStart.aspx
For more information: http://www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=12505&CtNode=30316&mp=2

TWAS awards and fellowships

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

TWAS-Lenovo Award
TWAS is inviting nominations for the TWAS-Lenovo Award, which this year will be given for outstanding achievements in agricultural sciences. The recipient will receive US$100,000, a medal and a certification highlighting their major contributions. The people nominated must be nationals of a developing country and must have lived and worked in a developing country for the last 10 years. Self-nominations will not be considered.
Nomination deadline: 10 March 2020
Online nomination: http://onlineforms.twas.org/apply/97
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-lenovo-science-award

TWAS Awards
TWAS is inviting nominations for the TWAS Awards recognizing outstanding contributions to scientific knowledge in nine fields of sciences, including agricultural sciences. Nine awards of US$10,000 will be given to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years. Self-nominations will not be considered.
Nomination deadline: 16 March 2020
Online nomination: http://onlineforms.twas.org/apply/114
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-awards

Hans H. Ruthenberg - Graduate Award

Applications are open for the Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg-Graduate Award in recognition of outstanding diploma or masters theses in the field of food security. The academic degree must be from a university in Europe, but the language of the thesis must be German or English. The prize is endowed with €7,500.
Maximum age of applicants: 30 years
Application deadline: 30 April 2020
For more information: http://www.stiftung-fiat-panis.de/en/science-awards/hans-h-ruthenberg
Contact: info@stiftung-fiat-panis.de

Arturo Falaschi Fellowships

The International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is offering a wide range of postgraduate fellowships in the Life Sciences, including plant biology and biotechnology, to scientists from ICGEB’s Member States. The fellowships are for research at collaborating universities in Trieste (Italy), News Delhi (India), and Cape Town (South Africa).
Application deadlines 31 March 2020 at the earliest, depending on the fellowship
For more information: https://www.icgeb.org/activities/fellowship/

VLIR-UOS Training and Master Scholarships
VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training course or Master’s degree program at a university or university college in Belgium. The Master’s programs, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries and/or are relevant to developing countries in a more general sense.
Application deadline: There is no fixed deadline to apply for a VLIR-UOS scholarship.

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Travel grants
SEARCA travel grants

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offers Travel Grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientist, or graduate students in Southeast Asia.
Application deadlines: 7 December, 7 March, 7 June and 7 September for travel in the first, second, third and fourth quarter of the year respectively.
For more information: http://www.searca.org/index.php/scholarship/searca-travel-grants

Hayek Fund for Scholars

The Hayek Fund for Scholars covers an extensive array of both research and teaching related expenses such as, presentations at conferences, travel to academic job interviews or for research at archives or libraries, participation in seminars, distribution of an article, submission of manuscripts to journals or publishers. It is open to students and faculty interested in advancing the ideas of liberty within the social sciences and humanities disciplines. Applicants from the social sciences and humanities will be given preference and applicants working within the hard sciences are generally not accepted.
Application deadline: Four weeks prior to the start of the applicant's activity
For more information: https://theihs.org/funding/hayek-fund/

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Job opportunities
PhD position on genome editing

The successful candidate will elaborate new DNA-free approaches to edit banana and cassava genomes in order to improve quality traits (starch) as well as disease resistance in both crops. The project will build on molecular biology and bioinformatics components with excellence in tissue culture techniques for which innovations are also urgently needed in order to successfully implement CRISPR/Cas-based techniques. The candidate should hold a degree in biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, agricultural sciences or other relevant degree. The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience in at least two of the following research fields: molecular biology, tissue culture, bioinformatics, crop genetics, biotechnology, phytopathology.
Duration: 1 year (after positive evaluation, the contract can be extended for 3 additional years)
Application deadline: 29 February 2020
Online application form: https://webwsp.aps.kuleuven.be/esap/public/ui5_ui5/sap/zh_erc_esol_go/index.html?sap-ui-language=EN&vacaturenummer=55491233&toepassing=LGH
For more information: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55491233
Contact: Prof. Hervé Vanderschuren

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