The concept of research excellence is ubiquitous, but its meaning depends on context (Source: Nature).

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Do you want to support initiatives to mitigate climate change? Do you want to support women's roles in society and in policy decisions? Do you want to support science? Homeward Bound aims at equipping a strong global collaboration of 1,000 women with a science background to influence and lead policy and decision making as it informs the future of our planet within 10 years. 
I have been selected to be one of the 70 women that will have the honor to form Homeward Bound's second edition. We are women from around the world with scientific backgrounds that want to take action and have an impact towards a more sustainable world. We are undertaking a year-long state-of-the-art virtual program to develop our leadership and strategic capabilities, using science to contribute to and elevate the broader societal conversation about the role of women in leading the world to a more sustainable future.
The program will culminate with a three-week expedition to Antarctica, in February 2018. During the trip we will receive a 12-day state-of-the-art leadership and strategic planning training delivered by Kit Jackson, Fabian Dattner, and other experts in their fields. We will also be part of a 6-day cutting edge science education program incorporating the most up-to-date and relevant research about the state of our planet delivered by leading Australian academics.

f you can and want to support this cause and my participation in this enriching and inspirational collaborative project I would truly appreciate it. If you can't support me with funds but you believe in this initiative, please contact me to learn more about it.

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The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals in the 28 European Union Member States (HELP in the 28) supports legal professionals from the EU in acquiring the knowledge and skills on how to refer to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the Charter), the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Social Charter (ESC). Furthermore, they will get familiar with the European jurisprudence. It also reinforces the HELP Network of National Institutions (NTI) and Bar Associations (BA) in the EU.

Under this programme, four new courses are developed, based on EU priorities: Data protection and privacy rights; Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia; Labour rights; and Right to the integrity of the person (bioethics). The courses are then adjusted to the national legal systems and languages before being piloted in -at least- 13 EU MS. Following this, the courses are transferred to the self-learning part of the free HELP e-platform.

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2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention).
On this occasion an international conference will be held on 24-25 October 2017, in Strasbourg, under the auspices of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

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It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell. By Stephen Buranyi (Source: The Guardian).

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Horizon 2020’s system of rigid calls and heavy auditing discourages high-risk, high-impact projects, says Ángeles Rodriguez-Peña, as she bows out as head of COST (Source: Science Business).

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In its April issue, FEBS Newsletter gathers information on the upcoming FEBS Congress, to be held from 10 to 14 September in Jerusalem; You will also find information on other FEBS activities and events scheduled for 2017.

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For 8 years, the Innovation Prize rewards project holders in the field of Healthcare (Biotech, Medtech, E-Health). Open to young start-ups (< 8 years old) and academic laboratories, this competition became a main Life Science event, involving 38 countries and 259 participants in 2016.

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DLSP Director's Corner (INCLUDE Issue 5)

Over the last several years, Keystone Symposia Fellows have embraced peer collaboration and peer mentoring activities as important pathways for professional development. Establishing and sustaining a sense of community and strong scientific networks are especially critical for underrepresented (UR) biomedical researchers, who can often experience feelings of social and professional isolation. An article by Gary [...]

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Welcome to issue 39 of Science in School. Understand how scientists hunt for astroparticles, be inspired by a group of LGBT scientists and teach about the science of energy drinks.

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The FEBS News issue introduces our big event of 2017, and features a few of the outstanding researchers lined up as speakers. We hope you will join us in September for this wonderful opportunity for face to face exchange of knowledge and ideas across the molecular life sciences!

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Science Connect marks the next phase of ESF's role in supporting science within the European Research Area. It has been born out of deep understanding of the science landscape, funding context and needs of the research community at this critical juncture.

Their suite of services includes: Peer Review; Evaluation; Career Tracking; Programme and Project Management and Administration; and the hosting of Expert Boards and Virtual Institutes. All delivered by a highly qualified, international and interdisciplinary team, with access to an invaluable network of international academics, science policy experts, key decision-makers and stakeholders.

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