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Call for applications: Training course on Scientific Writing and Communication with focus on neglected and underutilised species of plants

 International Foundation for Science (IFS), Bioversity InternationalRegional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and Institut de Recherché et de Développment sur la Biodiversité des Plantes Cultivées, Aromatiques et Médicinales (IRDCAM) would like to annouce a call and invite young scientists who are nationals of Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal to submit a manuscript and apply to a training course on "scientific writing and communication with a focus on neglected and underutilised species (NUS) of plants"  between November 25-29th, 2013.The course will be conducted in English and held  in Cotonou, Benin. The cost of the course, travel, accomodation and daily living for the successful candidate will be covered by the organisers.Objectives and course contentThe course objective is to provide young NUS scientists with the skills and tools for writing and editing scientific papers intended for peer review, as well as communicating research evidence to inform agricultural policy development and the media.The course will improve your communication skills (both scientifically and with media) and sharpen your ability to present your research results in various forums.The course will specifically develop knowledge and skills for:
  • Use of electronic resources for literature research
  • Finalising manuscripts so that they can be accepted for publication in a scientific journal
  • Peer-review and editing scientific manuscripts
  • Communicating research results to ‘popular’ target groups such as policy makers and media
Who should apply?Applicants eligible for this call should:
  • Be nationals of and living in Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria or Senegal
  • Be national scientists attached to a university, national research institution or a research oriented and not-for-profit NGO
  • Be under 35 years (men) or 40 years (females) of age
  • Have at least a Master's or equivalent degree
  • We particularly welcome applications from female scientists.
  • Have conducted research on regional priority NUS of crops/fruits, and be in the process of publishing the results in a scientific journal. Please refer to the list of priority species and research themes (Annex 1 on the attached document)
Applications should include:
  • Application form (download form here).
  • An abstract of a draft manuscript that you are preparing or that you have submitted but which you did not get published.
  • Curriculum Vitae
Applications should be sent via email to the International Foundation for Science (IFS): nus@ifs.seNB: Write subject line: ‘Scientific Writing Course’. Deadline for applications is 28 October 2013Unfortunately, late applications cannot be considered. Only selected participants will be notified.  
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