ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 74 (March 2019)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School (YRS) recently wrapped up in Yogyakarta, Indonesia! It was an enriching ten days of engaging lectures, lively discussions, and fascinating field trips! Many thanks to our wonderful hosts, Universitas Gadjah Mada. See our update below for a full report of the event.

We are also pleased to share with you the great work our participants completed from the Leadership Programme at RMIT on Urban Sustainable Development, which was held in Melbourne, Australia in November last year. See their case study analysis and reflection assignments here.

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2019 Young Researchers' School Students Learn about Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change, and Community Adaptation

(Photo credit: Suriadi)

Twenty-one participants from across the Asia-Pacific region recently took part in the 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School (YRS), hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada, held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 3rd – 12th March, 2019.

The theme for this year's YRS, 'Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation', provided participants with the opportunity to engage with issues related to Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in the context of the tropics, as well as an understanding of the issues and problems related to hazards and disasters within the context of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The location for the 10-day School – in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, situated on the ring of fire and in one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world  – enabled students to see first-hand a city and community learning to live with disasters over time.

Read a full report of the YRS here, or take a look at the outcomes page here. A video can also be viewed here.

Upcoming Events

International Conference on Youth, Oceans and SDG 14

(Photo source: World Youth Foundation)

Organised by the World Youth Foundation, in collaboration with the Young Environmental Forum, International Youth Council and several other agencies, the International Conference on 'Youth, Oceans and SDG 14' will be held from 1-5 July, 2019 in Melaka, Malaysia. The event provides an opportunity for young people aged 18-25 years from around the globe to come together to discuss, find solutions, share best practices, and develop strategies on issues such as marine pollution, climate change related impacts on the oceans, sustainable blue economy, coral reefs, and fisheries, among others. On the last day of the event, participants will formulate a Global Marine Litter Awareness Campaign which will be adopted by the conference delegates. Early registration closes 31 May, 2019. Read more

Open Calls

2019 ProSPER.Net Joint Research Projects

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat announces a call for 2019 ProSPER.Net Joint Project Proposals. Proposals from participating institutions must assist in the implementation of the SDGs through research, with an outcome that leads to education and outreach through curriculum development and various learning initiatives. Applications need to be prepared with at least three ProSPER.Net members participating, following and using the ProSPER.Net Joint Project Proposal Guidelines and Project Proposal Application. The deadline for submissions is 31 July, 2019. Further details can be viewed here.

Closing Soon: 2019 ProSPER.Net Membership Applications

A reminder that applications for membership to ProSPER.Net for 2019 close at the end of next month. Membership is limited to higher education institutions located in the Asia-Pacific region that offer postgraduate education and research in sustainable development (SD) and in fields related to education for sustainable development (ESD). Read more about the application process and how to apply here. The deadline is 30 April, 2019 (11:59pm JST).

Call for Abstracts: 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG 2019)

Organised by the South East Asia Sustainability Network and the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, the '2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals 2019' (ICSDG 2019) will take place from 30-31 July, 2019, in Penang, Malaysia. Under the theme 'Achieving SDGs: Rising to the Challenge', the conference will provide a platform for sharing information, experiences and best practices in addressing sustainability challenges while also seeking collaboration and cooperation among organisations worldwide in achieving the SDGs. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 April, 2019. Read more

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This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat. The bulletin is a great way to share your activities, events and news as a ProSPER.Net member with the rest of the network. Feel free to send us any information you may deem relevant for the rest of the community by completing this form and emailing it to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information.

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