Winter School on Sustainable Waste Management

Deadline of Competition Submission: 30 September 2019 (Texas local time)

Participate in the Essay Competition for winning a full or a partial scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School Jan 2020. This is the only international, 2-week course about sustainable waste management, including modern landfills and landfill mining. It offers a good mix of theoretical lectures and practical site visits (have a look to the programme here!).

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DANGER! Predatory publishers

When looking for a conference or for a journal to submit your research, be aware of these predatory conferences and journals. Publishing with them is both economic and scientific fraud.

Junior academic faculty are particularly focused on opportunities to publish, given the importance tied to their promotion. They may, therefore, be most susceptible to academic spam emails (ASEs) from predatory publishers, which contain unsolicited requests for publishing manuscripts, presentations at organisation meetings and memberships on editorial boards. There have been documented instances of accepting flawed manuscripts or fake editorial board members” (Wilkinson et al, 2019)

List of predatory publishers:

List of predatory journals:

You can contribute the name of a predatory journal or publisher, either by
either email themsend them a tweet, or create an issue or pull request for the data files on GitHub. Be sure to include evidence of predatory behavior. They will investigate submissions to verify them, but more information helps them to verify more quickly.

Article for public recognition and Acknowledgements to the reviewers of the journal

Now journals seems to start also publishing a document with the list of reviewers for public recognition and Acknowledgements.

Related to the past post about “Get credit for reviewing manuscripts”

Acknowledgement to Reviewers of Materials in 2018

Materials Editorial Office, 2019 Editorial Acknowledgement to Reviewers of Materials in 2018. Materials. MDPI, St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland. Published: 8 January 2019, 12, 194; doi:10.3390/ma12010194.

Pint of Science 2019

Monday 20 May to Wednesday 22 May 

Pint of Science is an annual festival that takes place over three evenings in multiple cities around the world.

The aim is to present fun, interesting and relevant talks and activities based on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public, in a pub setting. For that, researchers prepare fun and engaging talks and demonstrations aimed at a non-specialist, general public audience and based on their real research. 

In Sheffield, topics like Have we got time to waste?, Sound and vision and The future of healthcare, among others, will be represented.

Two current lecturer posts – Sustainable civil and structural engineering – UK

Deadline for submitting applications: 24th of March.

Applications in the areas of infrastructure systems and civil engineering materials, overall applications from candidates with fresh ideas and the desire to make the world a better place, are welcome. Infrastructure systems could include areas of risk, resilience, complexity, economics, and smart and connect systems, with application to multiple infrastructure systems. Civil engineering materials to range from concrete, composite and new sustainable materials, to innovative construction processes, such as on-site robotics and automation.

All info here:

Women & science: movie + discussion

‘El enigma Agustina’ is a 2018 documentary about Agustina Ruiz Dupont, a fictional Spanish scientist that fought to break her way into the male-dominated scientific community of her time (1900-1930). The film is followed by a round table discussion about the topic ‘Women in Science: past, present, and future’, with the leading actors in attendance.

When? Friday 12 Apr 2019, 18:30 until 22:00.
Where?: Muntpunt, De Wolken +5, Munt 6, 1000 Brussels.

Book your place: Here

Organizer: Científicos Españoles en Bélgica (CEBE) in collaboration with FECYT (Fundación Española para la Ciencia Y Tecnología), the Spanish Embassy in Belgium (Spain Arts and Culture) & Muntpunt 

Innovation Summer School in Darmstadt, Jun-Aug 2019

Don’t miss out on this tremendous opportunity: the chance for brilliant international students to attend the 3-month Merck Innovation Summer School at Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt this June.The Merck Innovation Summer School is a paid 3-month intrapreneurship program (June-August 2019) that allows you to learn about intrapreneurship, meaning innovation in a corporate environment, and grow a seed idea into a “pitchable” innovation concept. The program is designed for PhD students and experienced Masters students and is fully integrated into the Merck Innovation Center.  Hurry up! the application deadline is coming very soon!

13 febrero – Feria Virtual de Carrera, organizada por ACNUR y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

La Unidad de Funcionarios Internacionales del MAUEC le invita a participar en la Feria Virtual de Carreras organizada por ACNUR y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, que tendrá lugar el 13 de febrero de 2019. Durante la feria podrá comunicar con responsables de reclutamiento de las organizaciones convocantes y obtener más información sobre las oportunidades que ofrecen en América Latina y el Caribe.

La feria está destinada a profesionales hispanohablantes con estudios universitarios nivel master o doctorado, buen nivel de inglés y una experiencia mínima de 5 años en alguno de los campos solicitados por los organizadores:

Administración de Programas y Proyectos, Arquitectura, Asuntos Económicos, Asuntos Humanitarios, Asuntos Políticos, Asuntos Sociales, Auditoría y Evaluación, Compras, Desarrollo, Gestión de Emergencias,  Educación, Información y Comunicación, Ingeniería, Logística, Medicina y Salud Pública, Seguridad, Migraciones y Refugiados, Relaciones Internacionales, , Informática y Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones.

Los profesionales interesados podrán participar desde sus ordenadores o dispositivos móviles en el lugar en que se encuentren.

La selección de los participantes se hará teniendo en cuenta los requisitos establecidos por las organizaciones invitadas.

Puede obtener más información y registrarse en

Responsible Research and Innovation: what really is it? what to write?

The Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist, hosted a round table on “Responsible Research and Innovation: a check-up” on March  2018. The full event was recorded and is available here.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has become a buzzword in European science in the last few years. Scientists must fill in the RRI section in their European project, and sometimes they do not know what to write there. Others are anxious to have the RRI tag attached to their communication and PR activities. But what really is RRI? Why is it needed? How could science and society benefit from this approach? The strict definition of RRI implies a radical change in the way of conceiving scientific projects from the very beginning, bringing a wide range of stakeholders (from companies to activists, from designers to patients…) in defining the scientific agenda. Are researchers prepared for that? What is the actual level of implementation of RRI in European science? What policies are there in place to facilitate this process?

Making science count in policy making

Representatives of the most important stakeholders participated in the round table:

  • Rosina Malagrida, La Caixa Foundation, RRI Tools project
  • Gerrit Rauws, Director at King Baudouin Foundation
  • Anne Loeber, NewHoRRIzon consortium

The round table is moderated by Dr. Michele Catanzaro (physicist, freelance science journalist for Nature, El Periódico, and other outlets).

This is a free on-line (only) event organized by the Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist.