[NEES] Seeding the Future Conference, Dickinson College, October 14-15, 2011

For all you foodies and farmers, great opportunity below.


From: North East Environmental Studies Group [mailto:NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu] On Behalf Of Leary, Neil
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2011 10:14 AM
To: NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu
Subject: [NEES] Seeding the Future Conference, Dickinson College, October 14-15, 2011

Dear NEES Colleagues – your participation is invited in our upcoming conference on college farms and gardens. We have a great line up of speakers from schools near and far that are known for strong programs that utilize farms and gardens to enrich undergraduate education. Four concurrent conference tracks are offered that will cover the nuts and bolts of running a college farm or garden; teaching and learning on the farm and in the garden; starting and sustaining college farm and garden programs; and building community connections and markets. Please consider attending. Please also encourage your students to submit posters, or submit a poster of your own. Some details are provided in the message below, more is on the conference website. 

The conference, hosted and organized by Dickinson College, is cosponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC). Registrants from PERC member schools receive a discount. 

Hope to see you at the conference!

Neil Leary

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Seeding the Future


Dickinson College is pleased to invite students, faculty, farm staff, higher education staff and community members with connections to college farms and gardens to a premiere conference on the creation, management, and growth of college farm and college garden programs!

Seeding the Future Conference

Cultivating the College Farm 

from the Field to the Classroom

Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

October 14th-15th, 2011


Join us for a ground-breaking conference on beginning, improving, and utilizing farms and gardens in undergraduate liberal arts education. 

From creating compost to developing new courses, learn how to cultivate opportunities for local, sustainable food integration across your curriculum, campus and community. 

The conference includes skills workshops and tours at the Dickinson College Organic Farm, presentations, discussions and exhibits that feature faculty, students, farmers and staff from many different colleges that are using farms and gardens in their education programs. We have already confirmed presenters from Dickinson College, Warren Wilson College, Delaware Valley College, Messiah College, Middlebury College, Penn State University, Gettysburg College, Cornell University, and Chatham University among others.

Seeding the Future includes four educational tracks to allow educators, farm/garden staff, and organizers to gain knowledge at every level.  Attend sessions and workshops from each track, or customize your own track for a unique educational experience that meets your needs and interests!  


Registration ends September 30, 2011. The first 50 General Registrants will receive a $25.00 discount. Student rates are available. Please reserve early to guarantee your space. Click on the above link to register now.

Students, faculty, college farm staff and others who connect college farms and gardens to undergraduate learning are invited to submit abstracts to present their work in a poster session. Deadline for poster abstract submission is September 9, 2011.

Posters and postcards are available upon request to advertise at your institution. Contact us with desired quantity and your mailing address if interested. Forward this e-mail to anyone you know who may be interested.

Come join us for an informative, educational exchange on college farms and gardens on October 14-15, 2011.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time with questions.  

We look forward to seeing you at Seeding the Future. 

  Dickinson College
Center for Sustainability Education & The College Farm
Conference Contact: Lindsey Lyons


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[ECN] Sustainability Solutions Initiative Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

For those of you who are done with PhDs or almost done. 🙂


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From: Environmental Communication Network List [mailto:ECN@listserv.syr.edu] On Behalf Of Gesa Luedecke
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 8:37 AM
To: ECN@listserv.syr.edu
Subject: Re: [ECN] Sustainability Solutions Initiative Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

Dear subscribers,

my apologies for spamming your account! My mail was meant to be addressed to Laura Lindenfeld.

Gesa L?decke

On Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:26:27 -0400
Laura Lindenfeld wrote:
> Please circulate (see attached PDF):
> > The University of Maine is conducting a search for >Sustainability Science Postdoctoral Fellows. The >successful candidates
> will join Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative >(SSI) funded in part by a 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR >grant.
> SSI includes a team of 50+ faculty and 25 doctoral >students from a range of disciplines and multiple >academic institutions
> statewide. SSI’s innovative research program integrates >coupled natural and human systems modeling, stakeholder
> engagement, and solutions-oriented research activities. >Organized under a theme of landscape change, SSI
> supports multiple research projects focused on >urbanization, forest ecosystem management, and >climate/energy challenges.
> Collectively, these projects speak to various >sustainability science challenges and present a unique >opportunity
> to advance the field of sustainability science. A major >thrust of SSI is to produce a new generation of >scientists
> who are equipped to work across disciplinary boundaries >and adept at collaborative, problem-solving work that >spans
> research and practice. SSI is recruiting a cohort of >Postdoctoral Fellows with tentative start dates ranging >from Oct.
> 2011 to April 2012. These initial appointments will be >for a one-year duration with an opportunity for renewal.
> Responsibilities:We seek postdoctoral fellows who can >align themselves with one or more ongoing research teams
> and are willing to assume broad research >responsibilities. The postdoctoral fellows will be >expected to participate in
> ongoing team projects and SSI-wide research activities; >core research responsibilities will include planning and >completion
> of research tasks, preparation of manuscripts for >publication in collaboration with SSI researchers, and >presentation
> of research findings at public and professional >meetings. Fellows will also have the opportunity to >contribute to
> the development and implementation of SSI curricula and >mentoring programs for graduate and undergraduate >students.
> Qualifications: A Ph.D. with specialization in >biological or earth sciences, communication, engineering, >mathematics,
> natural resource management, public policy, social >sciences or a closely related technical or scientific >discipline is required
> by the time of appointment. Preference will be given to >candidates with experience working on interdisciplinary
> research teams.
> > Applications: Candidates must demonstrate the capacity >to support their research programs, produce high-quality
> scholarship and publications, and advance the SSI >research program. Applications must include all of the >following
> materials for consideration: (1) a written statement >(2-3 pages) that summarizes both the candidate’s research >goals
> and interests in sustainability science and the >candidate’s capacity and plan for completing the >Fellowship responsibilities;
> (2) curriculum vitae; (3) undergraduate and graduate >transcripts; (4) a sample of research (e.g., >peer-reviewed
> publications); and (5) names and contact information of >four professional references. Please send materials in >PDF
> form to carol.hamel@umit.maine.edu or in hard copy form >to Carol Hamel, Senator George J. Mitchell Center, 5710
> Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. >Review of applications will begin August 31, 2011.
>For more details on SSI, visit the project website at: >http://www.umaine.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/
> The University of Maine is an equal >opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to >maintaining an intellectually
> and culturally diverse faculty and staff.
> > Sustainability Solutions Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows >Program
> Supported by National Science Foundation award >EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.
> Senator George J. Mitchell Center . 5710 Norman Smith >Hall . Orono, ME 04401 . 207/581-3244 . umgmc@maine.edu
> > Laura Lindenfeld Sher
> Associate Professor
> Department of Communication and Journalism and
> The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
> 432 Dunn Hall
> University of Maine
> Orono, ME 04469
> > > ——————–
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Gesa L?decke
Dipl. Umweltwissenschaftlerin / Environmental Scientist

Fakult?t Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften /
Department Sustainability Sciences

Institut f?r Umweltkommunikation /
Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communications

Leuphana Universit?t L?neburg
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21335 L?neburg

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[ECN] 3 Year PhD funding: Public Engagement with Cleantech Innovation, Dublin City University

PhD program in Dublin, Ireland (see below)


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From: Environmental Communication Network List [mailto:ECN@listserv.syr.edu] On Behalf Of Padraig Murphy
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 9:29 AM
To: ECN@listserv.syr.edu
Subject: [ECN] 3 Year PhD funding: Public Engagement with Cleantech Innovation, Dublin City University

Dear all,

Please distribute as you deem appropriate.



Energy Sustainability@DCU – 3 Year PhD Public Engagement with Cleantech Innovation Scholarship in the School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland

Dublin City University (DCU)is a leader in clean technology and innovation in Ireland. The university provides a strong alliance of industry, academia, design, NGOs and local communities working towards energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Energy Sustainability@DCU is a new university-designated research initiative (UDRI) that combines cleantech, social and community enterprise with public/media engagement in society. This multidisciplinary research initiative is a unique collaboration between the physical sciences and the social sciences and humanities. Energy Sustainability@DCU aims to pull together DCU’s energy research and innovation. It will also produce a protocol for anticipatory technology assessment, a foresight analysis of emerging sciences and technologies for environmental, ethical and other social dimensions in a mediated and publicly transparent process. This protocol will be of potential interest to government departments, state agencies, high-technology companies, higher education institutions, research institutes, environmental NGOs, and other civil society organisations, any of whom may have an interest in engaging in science and technology foresight with a social perspective. A scientifically- engaged public is essential if all stakeholders are to participate meaningfully in decision-making processes for clean technologies contributing to An tSli Ghlas- The Green Way, north Dublin’s green innovation hub.
In this highly interdisciplinary research position, the successful candidate will:
*Map out the ‘macro’ level of sustainable behaviour and practice, drawing from ecological/environmental discourses, and from any of climate change science, future cleantech policy, risk communication, science studies/science communication. The focus will be on social media, blogs and traditional media and fictive ecological texts that form the ‘future imaginary’ for emerging clean /green technologies for future products/solutions.
*Organise and coordinate focus group sessions for public stakeholders on the ‘micro’ level , informed by sustainable practice theories, and to inform research, design and innovation processes in start-ups/product development in Energy Sustainability@DCU and along the innovation pathway of An tSli Glas- The Green Way
*Bridge the gaps between local action, behavioural/consumption practice and product design on the ‘meso’ level via strategic university innovation networks and social media channels that increase social sustainability- including management of a central web resource for Energy Sustainability@DCU- as well as environmental and economic sustainability of cleantech products
*Conduct the research in the School of Communications, DCU (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), with a strong link to the School of Electronic Engineering , and the Energy Design Lab in the National Centre for Plasma Science Technology/Rince Institute(Faculty of Engineering and Computing). The Supervision Committee will be drawn from both Faculties. High research output is expected of the researcher in a range of environmental policy and science studies publications
Essential requirements for candidates:
– Proven desire to achieve in postgraduate research that connects the social and natural sciences
– Strong project management and administration skills
– Excellent theoretical grounding in science communication or science and technology studies
– Proven ability in creating synergies: organising public engagement events, motivating individuals and organisations to collaborate, achieving targets
– Prominent social media user

An advantage, but not essential:
– Background in emerging technology, as practising scientists and /or policy/regulation of hi-tech sector
– Background from within either of: innovation studies, consumption studies, behavioural sciences, science studies, science communication, science policy, public engagement with science and technology
– Web design skills
Please submit a 1-2 page expression of interest with accompanying CV to pat.brereton@dcu.ie. The initial closing date is Friday August 5th 2011. Interviews for this scholarship are expected to take place in August. These dates are dependent on the emergence of a suitable candidate.