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Open call for 2014 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School

May 6, 2014

Dear ProSPER.Net members,

Warm greetings from UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat!

On behalf of Tongji University and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), ProSPER.Net Secretariat, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2014 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS), to be held at Tongji University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China from 15 to 26 September 2014.

The main goal of the YRS is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to better understand the spectrum of challenges that underpin sustainable development. By assembling these young researchers together for an intensive 2-week workshop, the school also fosters the growth of a network of sustainability scholars and professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.

The theme of the 2014 school is ‘Urban Planning for Sustainable Development: Water Resources and Ecosystem Management’. Discussions will be focused on policies and projects involving a) urban planning and green architecture, b) water resource management, treatment and safe water supply, c) wetland ecosystem and healthy agriculture and d) green economy and sustainable consumption. Through lectures and field trips where different projects will be presented, students will be able to develop research responses to several challenges that provide integrative solutions as considering urban planning, water resources and ecosystem management.

We ask ProSPER.Net members to invite PhD students who are working with sustainability-related research to apply for the school. A limited number of scholarships are available which will cover the costs of Young Researchers’ School tuition, return economy class travel, accommodation and most meals, except for travel insurance, which shall be the participant’s responsibility. We kindly ask each member to consider internal sources of funds available to support the participation of additional students.

Attached to this e-mail please find the following documents:

a) Invitation letter

b) Preliminary programme

c) Application form

Please send applications and advice on your level of support for nominated participants by 20 June 2014 to:yrs@ias.unu.edu

We look forward to receiving applications from prospective participants!

With best regards,

ProSPER.Net Secretariat