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 November 2017
Upcoming events

Human Rights Workshop with Amnesty International Austria

Date: Friday 1st of December 2017
Location: OeAD, Vienna

The workshop is organised by the APPEAR Office and aims at providing an understanding on human rights and the Rights-Based Approach (RBA). It seeks to familiarise participants (mainly scholarship holders in Vienna) with the values, principles and approaches associated with RBA and their application in practice. A representative by Amnesty International Austria and Kalkidan Obse, former APPEAR scholarship holder at the University in Graz and now President at Dilla University in Ethiopia will be the speakers of the event.
>> Registration is still possible until 29th of November.

Film Days 2017 at "this human world" film festival

Date: 2nd and 7th of December 2017
Location: Top Kino, Vienna

The film days are organised by APPEAR in cooperation with the Commission for Development Research (KEF) and take place in the course of the Vienna-based International Human Rights Film Festival "this human world".
Empowerment of girls and women in West Africa as well as agricultural investments and land rights in Ethiopia will be the topics of this year's film days on the 2nd and 7th of December 2017 at Top Kino in Vienna. The films are followed by a discussion.
>> programme

Film Days 2017 - APPEAR project AAPLHRE

Date: Thursday 7th of December 2017
Location: Top Kino, Vienna

On the 7th of December two project team members from the APPEAR project AAPLHRE (a project that focuses on human rights education in Ethiopia) are invited to discuss the topics of the movies, which include land grabbing, big scale agricultural investments and land rights in Ethiopia. Former scholarship holder and now President of Dilla University Kalkidan Obse and APPEAR scholarship holder Elshaday Kifle Woldeyesus (PhD student at the University of Graz) will share their knowledge on current developments in Ethiopia in this regard.
>> Participation of AAPLHRE project at Film Days 2017
Results of 7th Call
The APPEAR Selection Board accepted five applications for funding:
- 1 Advanced Academic Partnership
- 4 Academic Partnerships

The newly selected projects will start by 1st January 2018 at the latest and will be presented on the APPEAR website.

This was the last call until the end of the current programme phase in 2020.
Scholarship holders
Learn more about what APPEAR scholarship holders have recently achieved, presented and published.

>> Activities of APPEAR scholarship holders

Two of the more recent achievements by scholarship holders are presented below.
Bruktawit Ejigu Kassa works as a volunteer for the Open Learning Initiative Courses for Refugees – OLIve, established by the University of Vienna, a programme that offers free academic courses for individuals with refugee or asylum seeking status in Austria who have an interest in pursuing university studies. Within this programme Bruktawit Kassa offers academic writing sessions, facilitates discussions and helps in administrative matters.
Girum Kinfemichael Gebremariam participated in the European Forum Alpbach. This forum annually organises an interdisciplinary conference in the Austrian Alps, which provides a platform for scientists, politicians and students of different disciplines coming from all over the world to discuss and exchange ideas. Girum Kinfemichael Gebremariam got a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation to participate in this year’s forum and he wrote a reflection on this year’s topic Conflict and Cooperation.
Alumni AudioLab
Alumni AudioLab is a monthly podcast series which started in mid 2017 and in which alumni of programmes administered by the OeAD talk about their lives and their research. They tell their stories, talk about their scientific ambitions, their motivations and their personal backgrounds. It is an open format for all those who are not only interested in science as such but also in the people behind it.
Up to now three former APPEAR or North-South Dialogue alumni have already participated.
>> Alumni AudioLab podcasts
AAL_6 – Alumni AudioLab with Rosalie Arcala Hall | Philippines

Rosalie Arcala Hall talks in this sixth issue about first experiences at university, especially her teaching experiences, which motivated her to stay in political science and not become a lawyer as initially planned. Her research interest was on the military and especially gender research. She came to Austria for the first time in 2006 as a North-South Dialogue Fellow and more than 10 years later she came back as an Ernst Mach Follow-up scholarship holder. In this issue of Alumni AudioLab she talks about her life, her research and the joys and efforts of an academic career.
>> listen to AudioLab
AAL_3 – Alumni AudioLab with Constantine Loum | Uganda

Constantine Loum from Northern Uganda talks in this third issue of the podcast about the reasons that brought him to Austria, the connections between medicine and society and about his time as adolescent in a civil war zone. Today he works as professor at Gulu University, where he teaches medical anthropology. The medical anthropology programme at Gulu University was developed within an APPEAR project, in which Constantine participated. 
>> listen to AudioLab
AAL_1 – Alumni AudioLab with Paul Yillia | Sierra Leone

Paul Yillia was the first OeAD alumnus to be interviewed for the new podcast series Alumni AudioLab. His path led him from his home in Sierra Leone in West Africa via several intermediate stops to Austria. Paul Yillia completed his PhD at Vienna University of Technology. This was the beginning of his career, which, as it continued, presented him with a variety of occupations, some of them even to his own surprise. Today, he is a leading expert in the organisation Sustainable Energy for All.
>> listen to AudioLab
APPEAR on air
The radio broadcasts are in German only.

"Transformation unserer Welt": Die SDGs und ihre Umsetzung in Österreich
Radio broadcast about universities' roles in achieving the SDGs.

Nachhaltiges Reisen in Entwicklungsländern – frommer Wunsch oder realistisch
Radio broadcast about sustainable tourism in the Global South with a specific focus on the South Caucasus region.

Medizinanthropologie: Über die soziokulturellen Aspekte von Gesundheit
Radio broadcast about medical anthropology and the socio-cultural aspects of health.

Nicaragua: Lehren, Forschen und Reisen im Land der Seen und Vulkane
Radio broadcast about teaching, researching and travelling in Nicaragua.

5 years of Welt im Ohr - anniversary broadcast
Radio broadcast with a selection of the "Welt im Ohr" 5-year anniversary celebration, which took place at RadioCafe in Vienna.

Mein Land? Dein Land? Unser Land? Deren Land?
Radio broadcast about current developments in Ethiopia with regard to the land administration system and land rights.

OE1 Dimensionen – die Welt der Wissenschaft
Two radio programmes broadcast on the national radio station ORF OE1, presenting higher education cooperations between  Austria and the Westbank and Gaza Strip.
Food for thought
INASP’s gender mainstreaming in higher education toolkit
This toolkit was produced by INASP and the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.
Additional information on the incorporation of gender perspectives into higher education projects can be found in the section gender mainstreaming on the APPEAR website.
Open Access
An article by Doris Bauer (KEF) about the importance of Open Access was recently published in the latest edition of the (in German).
Additionally, the APPEAR website dedicates a whole section to Open Access, including a general introduction to the topic, remarks on the incorporation of Open Access within the programme, its requirements, accepted models, etc.
>> Open Access article
A report from the EADI Nordic Conference 2017
The article "cooperation in an unequal space" by Julia Lichtkoppler (APPEAR Office) was published in 104 (in German).
This year's conference was dedicated to the topic Globalisation at the Crossroads – Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries. APPEAR and KEF financed projects participated in the academic panel with the title "Cooperation in Global South-North research partnerships: Challenges, needs, and good practices of collaboration with partners and stakeholders". They shared their knowledge and experience on the question to what extent and based on which factors projects successfully cooperate with relevant stakeholders and contribute to science that is focused on societal transformation and sustainable development.
>> conference website
Calls and funding databases in Austria
Call for Papers | Deadline 1st of December 2017
The Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna invites you to join the 4th conference of the network "Africa-related research in Austria", which will be held at the Department from the 19th to the 21st of April 2018.
The conference aims to encourage the exchange between all those who work on Africa-related topics in Austria and is not limited to academics.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1st of December 2017.

Ernst Mach Follow-up Grant (EZA) | Deadline 1st of February 2018
Continue your scientific cooperation with Austria and apply for a short research stay in Austria. Former scholarship holders of the OeAD from Non-European Developing Countries who have a doctorate degree and who are now pursuing research or teaching at a higher education institution or university in a Non-European Developing Country are eligible. The maximum age is 50 years.
>> more information
Grants Database
Grants is an Austrian database for scholarships and research grants. It provides students, graduates and researchers information on scholarships and grants.

Euraxess is a platform for researchers, entrepreneurs, universities and businesses to interact with each other. The platform covers mobility issues for researchers and entrepreneurs, allows universities and businesses to find the right talent, and connects people, projects and funding.
Public events and publications by APPEAR projects
"Tropical Agro-ecosystems Conference" - co-organised by AER project
13th -16th of December 2017, in Uganda
The team of the AER project - a project that focuses on research and community outreach in agro-ecology in the Rwenzori Region in Western Uganda - will participate in the "Tropical Agro-ecosystems Conference" which will take place on the Ssese Islands in Lake Victora, Kalangala District, Uganda.
The conference is co-organised by the AER-Team from Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).
>> more information
International Social Work Conference
19th -22nd March 2018 in Kigali / Rwanda
The conference is organised by the team members of the PROSOWO II project, a project that focuses on social work education in East Africa.
The conference is open to Social Work academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and other social welfare/social development sector at a nominal fee. 
>> more information
APPEAR Workshop at the 7th Austrian Development Conference
The workshop with the title "Human Rights Education at universities and in civil society – examples from the University of Graz, Addis Ababa University and Amnesty International Austria" took place within the framework of the 7th Austrian Development Conference: Socio-ecological transformations now!
Bernadette Knauder and Elshaday Kifle Woldeyesus presented the project AAPLHRE that focuses on human rights education in Ethiopia, including the human rights education initiatives at Addis Ababa University. Daniela Schier presented the work of Amnesty International Austria and talked about awareness raising of the Austrian civil society concerning human rights.
>> conference website
SCARA project in the 104
"On knowledge, the mobile phone and agriculture" is the title of the article that was published by a team member of the SCARA project, a project that targets agricultural education and research with a specific focus on means of ICT and development of technologies that are tailor-made for small-scale-farmers (article in German). The article highlights the growing demand and use of mobile phones and the countless possibilities for their effective use in agriculture. 
>> more information
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