ProSPER.Net e-bulletin issue 80 (September 2019)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2020 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School! Please see the 'Open Calls' section below for more information.

In a few weeks, the Miyagi University of Education will be hosting the ProSPER.Net Joint Meetings (the 13th General Assembly and the 19th Board Meeting), to be held on 18 October, 2019, in Sendai, Japan. A report of the meeting will follow in an upcoming bulletin – please stay tuned!

If you have any news, upcoming events, or publications you wish to share via this bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Open Calls

Applications Open: 2020 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School

(Photo credit: NASA/Goddard/Rebecca Roth / CC BY 2.0)

The 2020 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School (YRS) will be making its way to Beijing, the People's Republic of China next year! Hosted by Tsinghua University and held from 9-15 March, 2020, the theme for the programme will be 'Big Data on Earth System Science for Sustainable Development'.

Applications are currently open to PhD and Masters students from ProSPER.Net member universities. To see if your university is eligible, please see the list of Members here.

Applications close Sunday 6 October, 2019. For further details and to apply, visit the 2020 YRS page here.

The Take Action Challenge

The Anatomy of Action initiative, a partnership project between the United Nations Environment Program and The UnSchool of Disruptive Design, sets out to define and communicate the most positively impactful actions that can be taken to add to the global movement around sustainable lifestyles to help achieve the SDGs. From 15-30 September, 2019, a digital ‘Take Action Challenge’ is being run, providing everyone with the opportunity to get involved and influence positive change in their community by making small lifestyle changes and sharing this via social media. The challenge will connect influencers, partners, and people, in order to engage and encourage more sustainable living. Find out how you can get involved here.

Call for Abstracts: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Special Issue on 'Slow Onset Events related to Climate Change'

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for a special journal edition on emerging understanding about slow onset events, climate change impacts, and loss and damage.

The editors of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) and the UNFCCC Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism are soliciting contributions for a special journal issue on environmental sustainability in relation to slow onset events. The overall aim of the special issue is to bring together literature review and synthesis articles that:

• Evaluate the nature of slow onset events and highlight emerging topics in the scientific literature on slow onset events

• Identify the gaps and challenges in understanding slow onset events and their local, national, and regional impacts, and possible approaches to manage these

Accepted papers will enhance the knowledge base and highlight potential approaches to assess and address slow onset events at the local, national and regional levels. The deadline for submissions is 15 October, 2019. Further details are available here.

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.

ProSPER.Net Secretariat 

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