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Restoring Fukushima


Posted on: 2015-03-17 15:09:49     |      Institution: University of Tokyo

In March 2011 an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant took place. Researchers from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences (GSALS) at the University of Tokyo were providing assistance to the affected region. In order to help revive the areas of farming industry, experts from different fields started to volunteer immediately after the accident. Indeed, they still continue to conduct on-site survey and research work together with local residents and collecting accurate data regarding the conditions of radioactivity and its dispersion. They continue working on evaluating the damages and its effects. Research showed that radioactive cesium was absorbed onto the soil. Therefore, decontamination methods began to be found as ways with the minimum negative impact on local soil fertility. Researchers started to disseminate accurate data to the public, and moved from the basics of agricultural science to the future of Fukushima.


WIEGO Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

website WIEGO

Posted on: 2015-02-01 15:21:08     |      Institution: Harvard Kennedy School

WIEGO is a global network with the aim of securing financial support to those with low income works, especially women, in the informal economy. WIEGO believes in the equality of economic opportunities and rights of all human beings. WIEGO makes a change in this field by creating capacity on informal worker organizations, expanding the workers’ knowledge, and influencing local, national and international policies.


Sprinkles Global Health Initiative. Supplefer Sprinkles


Posted on: 2015-05-08 00:28:38     |      Institution: University of Toronto

Dr. Stanley Zlotkin of paediatrics and nutritional sciences wins a CIDA Nutritional Information Dr. Stanley Zlotkin of pediatrics and nutritional sciences won a CIDA Nutritional Information Project for his work on Supplefer Sprinkles. It is a powder with no taste and affordable for low income families. The iron supplement helps eliminate childhood anemia in developing countries. It’s very easy to use: it comes in small sachets, like packages of sugar used in coffee, and it can be added to any food. Adding only one Sprinkles sachet to a child’s meal can improve that child’s health.


INCLUD-ED Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion from education in Europe

website INCLUD-ED

Posted on: 2014-10-31 10:00:00     |      Institution: University of Barcelona

INCLUD-ED main objective was to analyse educational strategies that contribute to social cohesion and educational strategies that lead to social exclusion, within the context of the European knowledge based society, providing key elements and lines of action to improve educational and social policy. The project identified Successful Educational Actions transferable to different social contexts that improved learning in European schools. INCLUD-ED is the only research in Social Sciences highlighted by the European Commission among the ten success stories of the Framework Programme of Research, particularly for the added value for society.


Atapuerca project


Posted on: 2014-10-30 10:45:00     |      Institution: Atapuerca Fundation

The Atapuerca project started in 1978, with a number of excavations and findings in the province of Burgos, Spain. The team concentrates more than 150 multi-disciplinary specialists who have been working in the archeological site of Atapuerca since then. In 2007, they discovered the first human bones of the Homo Antecessor species. The discovery of this jawbone confirms the presence of humans in the Sierra de Atapuerca more than 1,200,000 years ago, the oldest period known in Europe to date. These findings were published in Nature in 2008 and presented to the international scientific community. In 2010 the Museum of Human Evolution was founded, with great social and economic impact in the region.


RECOUP Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty

website RECOUP

Posted on: 2015-04-17 17:06:49     |      Institution: University of Cambridge

Poverty often leads to inferior educational outcomes, which then play a major role in determining the future incidence and extent of poverty. The aim of RECOUP is to study the mechanisms that drive this deprivation cycle, as well as to identify the policies needed to ensure that educational outcomes benefit the disadvantaged. It was a five-year research programme under which six collaborative projects were conducted worldwide addressing social issues such as disability, youth, gender, health, citizenship and education. In the research program, more children than ever before - particularly those from poor households - have been moving through schooling and training to become working youths and adults. Their fortunes were affected not only by their educational experiences, but also by the broader context of welfare and opportunity.


VIPPRU Ukuphepha Initiative: Demonstrating African Safety

website VIPPRU

Posted on: 2015-03-07 18:45:48     |      Institution: University of South Africa

One of the projects that VIPPRU is working on is the Ukuphepha Initiative. One of the major concerns of public Health and development in South Africa is the prevention of violence and unintentional injury. However, there is a big lack of programs that demonstrate safety promotion in the country, as well as the absence of research in the local science base and injury prevention sector. The Ukuphepha project wants to initiate, implement, evaluate and maintain safety promotion demonstration programs in 5 low-income neighborhoods in South Africa.


ALACs Promotion of Participation and Citizenship in Europe through the "Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs)" of Transparency International

website ALACs

Posted on: 2015-01-11 19:10:00     |      Institution: Universitat Konstanz

With the focus on the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) of Transparency International (TI), the leading CSO against corruption, the project objectives were: enhancing civil society participation raising anti-corruption effectiveness, and developing the advocacy for legal change at the national and EU level. Based on the insight that citizens participation and the values of integrity, accountability and transparency were crucial components of fighting corruption the project was designed to promote the ALACs both as a management tool of a bottom-up anti-corruption work and citizens participation mechanism. Combining action-research and practical implementation the project was designed as a process of organizational learning intended to have direct impact on the work of Transparency International and its partner organizations in Europe and all over the world.


Changing Land-Atmosphere Feedbacks in Tropical African Wetlands


Posted on: 2015-04-11 01:08:45     |      Institution: University of Oxford

The research addresses the following key questions: How does the presence of tropical wetlands affect rainfall at the regional scale? Are wetland emissions of CH4 strongly dependent on seasonal and inter-annual hydrological variability? How will wetland seasonality and associated emissions of CH4 alter under environmental and climate change scenarios? In the context of climate change, warming due to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 concentrations will likely increase to 78% wetland emissions of CH4, most of which will come from tropical regions. Current rapid global CH4 concentration increases have been associated with natural variations in the extent of flooding in tropical wetlands. The lack of strong information on how tropical wetlands modulate fluxes of heat, water and trace gases to the atmosphere currently block progress in predicting the effects of global environmental change.


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