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Begins  August 31, 2009
Ends  September 4, 2009
City  Trieste, Italy
Category  Science: Ecology
Category 2  Social Science: History
Category 3  Social Science: Humanities
Venue  Abdus Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ITCP)

The research approach applied for reconstructing long-term changes in marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is relatively new and must be multidisciplinary while dealing with periods that date back well before the birth of “modern science”. Up till now, the activities carried out world wide in this research field have been characterized by a certain heterogeneity in terms of approach and methodologies. One of the main reasons is, among others, the many difficulties that emerge due to the different languages and backgrounds, which characterize humanities, social sciences, environmental and ecological disciplines. As a result, building a common base for communication and knowledge between these “separated” worlds is of great necessity.

The curriculum of the Summer School is therefore multidisciplinary and aims to reach the following outcomes:
- to strengthen the basis of multidisciplinary approach in the framework of marine environmental and ecological history studies with special emphasis to the Mediterranean Sea, including the Black Sea.
- to contribute to build up bridges between humanities, social sciences, environmental and ecological approaches especially in students and young scientists, providing a common language and a better understanding of reciprocal needs and potential.

Whereas humanities (history, archaeology, zoo-archaeology) and social sciences (anthropology) may provide valuable analyses and data regarding both historical insight of humans settlement and of the use of natural resources, the environmental and ecological disciplines may provide methodologies to analyze gathered and more recent data in the context of ecological theory and build up predictive models which might shed light on the possible trends in marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Electric Vehicles

Begins  May 27, 2009
Begins  May 27, 2009
City  Boston, MA, USA
Venue  Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Institutions of higher education and their students are becoming more aware of their collective impact on the environment. In addition, recent economic concerns combined with new administration and leadership in our government has created a push for more sustainable campuses and businesses. Some schools are committing to achieve carbon neutrality; others are promoting sustainability by greening buildings and operations, promoting recycling, and educating their students, faculty, and staff on sustainable lifestyles.

The benefits of achieving sustainability include mitigation of rising energy costs and meeting changing student expectations in an increasingly competitive marketplace. However, a truly sustainable campus can only be achieved comprehensively–it must include institution-wide support and address sustainable practices from a multi-departmental perspective. This conference will offer sustainability coordinators and those charged with organizing sustainability efforts across campus the skills to create a roadmap for promoting a culture of sustainability on your campus.

educational information

Begins:  July 9, 2009
City:       ATHENS, Greece

The Sports Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) in collaboration with the Panhellenic Association of Sports Economists and Managers (PASEM) and the Panhellenic Association of Fitness and Health Clubs (Gyms) organize their 5th International Conference in Athens, Greece, 9-12 July 2009 on Fitness, Health and Active Living.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students from all areas of applied and integrated health sciences, including physiology, health psychology, health promotion, epidemiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, training methods, nutrition, and physical education. This year’s theme will be PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN with two thematic sessions on: 1) Healthy Growth and Development and 2) Active Aging. For programs of previous conferences and other information, please visit the conference website For Books and Proceedings of previous conferences you may visit where you can download tables of contents and order forms.

Abstracts should be submitted in English by December 8th, 2008. Abstracts should not be longer than 300 words, and should have the follow structure: Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Selected (peer reviewed) papers will be published in Special Volumes of the Conference Books. Abstracts should be submitted by email only ( to: Dr. Nota Klentrou, Academic Member, ATINER, Greece & Professor, Department of Physical Education & Kinesiology, Brock University, Canada. Abstracts should include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s) and Affiliation of all authors, and the email address of the corresponding author. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in our conference books and/or contribute to the editing of a book, please send an email ( to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, Director, ATINER.

The registration fee is €250 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks, and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special cultural events will be organized.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers from all over the world could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, more than 100 international conferences were organized and more than 80 books have been published. The Institute is organized into four research divisions and 19 research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small- and large-scale research projects.

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