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New Events this week

Now: The European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the OECD, have launched HEInnovate, a new online self-assessment tool for universities to measure how entrepreneurial they are. It enables institutions to assess their performance in seven areas: leadership and governance; organisational capacity; teaching and learning; pathways for entrepreneurs; university-business exchange; the internationalised institution; impact measurement.

Now: The new Europa search engine is now available on the European Commission's Europa Research and Innovation site. It also covers other relevant sites such as Horizon 2020 and the Space and Security sections of the Enterprise and Industry website.

By 21 April; 14-16 June: GSCIT'2014, the Global Summit on Computer and Information Technology, takes place in June in Sousse, Tunisia. The event hosts multiple conferences in different areas of computer and information technology. Submissions deadline 21 April.

By 21 April; 18-20 June: WSMEAP2014, the World Symposium on Mechantronics, Engineering and Applied Physics, takes place in Sousse, Tunisia in June. The event discusses major research issues in the specified fields and their applications in business markets, technical and industrial areas, from resource assessment to market and policy developments, drawing on leading experiences worldwide. Submissions deadline 21 April.

24 April: The ONE Conference Brussels 2014, Policies (R)evolution & Every European Digital, takes place in the Belgian capital, organised by the Observatory Network to Enhance ICT Structural Funds Absorption. Main thematic areas are: Monitoring ICT trends and providing decision-making support; ICT for governance; Turning data into value; New horizons and policies; Changing minds; Every European digital.

29 April – 1 May: REMINDER - Going Global 2014, organised by the British Council, takes place in Miami Beach Convention Center, Florida, US, around the themes Inclusion, Innovation, Impact.

By 30 April; 20-23 August: The 18TH IEASA Annual Conference on The Internationalisation of Higher Education in a World of Geopolitical Reorganisation takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August, organised by the International Education Association of South Africa. Proposals deadline 30 April.

By 1 May; 14-17 July: The 21st International Conference on Learning takes place in New York City, USA, in July, organised by The Learner and co-hosted by Touro College. Conference themes: Pedagogy and curriculum; Assessment and evaluation; Educational organisation and leadership; Early childhood learning; Learning in higher education; Adult, community and professional learning; Learner diversity and identities; Technologies in learning; Literacies learning; Science, mathematics and technology learning. Presenters have the option of submitting completed papers to one of the journals in The Learner Collection of journals. Proposals deadline 1 May.

By 1 May (and other deadlines); 15-17 September: WCE-2014, the World Congress on Education, is organised by the University of South Africa, UNISA, in Nelspruit, Pretoria, South Africa. Broad areas for discussion, each with a number of topics, are: Accessible world; Adult education; Art education; Business education; Course management; Curriculum, research and development; Educational foundations; Interaction and cultural models of disability; Learning/teaching methodologies and assessment; Global issues in education and research; Pedagogy; Research management; Ubiquitous learning; Research in progress. Deadline for research paper, extended abstract, case study, work in progress and report submission deadline 1 May (see second link for other deadlines).

5-6 May: The OECD Forum 2014, on Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, takes place in Paris, France. The themes of this public event are Inclusive growth; Quality jobs; Trust, 'exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to 'bounce forward' in addressing economic, social and environmental challenges'.

6 May: The International Workshop on Biotechnology in Energy Production takes place at the Technological Park in Mostoles, Madrid, organised by the IMDEA – Energia (Institute for advanced Studies in the field of energy). The aim is to address the framework of biotechnology research and the use of lignocellulosic wastes.

8-9 May: The 2014 EARTO Annual Conference, How can RTOs Support the Re-industrialisation in Europe? takes place in Vienna, Austria, organised by the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations and hosted by Forschung Austria.

13-14 May: The conference Renaturing Cities: Addressing Environmental Challenges and the Effects of the Economic Crisis through Nature-based Solutions takes place in Brussels, Belgium, organised by the European Commission's Directorate for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim is to highlight innovative tools, strategies and best practices in the field of nature-based solutions that European cities are adopting to combine tradition and modernity while addressing environmental challenges and the impacts of the economic crisis.

15-17 May: The conference Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Women Rectors across Europe, Role of Leadership in Structural Chances takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, organised by the European Women Rectors Platform and Istanbul Technical University.

19-20 May: The Teaching Effectiveness Seminar Latin America takes place in Bogota, Colombia, organised by AACSB International. In today’s increasingly competitive academic environment the college classroom remains in a constant state of flux. At this inaugural event exclusively for faculty members, participants network with colleagues from across the region and learn how effectively to leverage skills and knowledge to excel in the classroom as well as the research realm; and examine what is known today about learning and the characteristics of today’s students and how to ensure they, as stakeholders, are accomplishing their goals of succeeding in the classroom and beyond. The seminar is delivered entirely in Spanish and seminar materials provided are also in Spanish.

20-22 May: The 2nd Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting takes place at Convitto Della Calza, Florence, Italy, to showcase integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research. The event includes sessions representing recent advances on structural biology toward cellular biology, emerging methods and technologies, and results of biomedical importance. Young scienists who want to know where structural biology is and where it is going are especially encouraged to attend. Instruct is Europe's research hub for structural biology.

21-22 May: The CESAER HR Conference 2014, Human Resources in Academia, takes place in Delft, the Netherlands, organised by the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research HR Taskforce. Sessions include: HR development in academia – challenges between national structures and internationalisation: European perspective; Creation of an open and attractive European labour market for researchers; Nurturing researcher careers within universities; What makes a university attractive for talent? Why and how should universities educate the researchers that societies need?

27-30 May: The 5th International m-Libraries Conference 2014 takes place in Hong Kong, China, hosted by the Open University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on the theme m-Libraries: From Devices to People. Conference topics are: Best practice for the use of mobile technologies in libraries; Challenges and strategies involved in embracing mobile innovation for libraries; Mobile technologies and open education resources (OER); The impact of ubiquitous and wearable technologies on the future of libraries; Harnessing the future for teaching and learning with mobile technologies; Mobile technologies enhancing information access for all and pursuing the millennium development goals.

28-30 May: eLearning Africa, the 9th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, takes place in Kampala, Uganda, organised by ICWE GmbH and the Government of Uganda on the theme Opening Frontiers to the Future. The programme features: Case studies highlighting community-based ICT initiatives; ICT for large-scale, sustainable development and training; Stories and case studies from ICT programmes at higher education institutions; Use of ICT to support healthcare initiatives as well as training for healthcare workers; The latest innovations in ICT technology; Academic and evidence-based research from higher education and research institutions; Practical examples of successful ICT programmes in schools; The latest ICT tools for the support and development of teachers; Special sessions, interactive knowledge exchange sessions and plenary sessions.

2-3 June: ‘Leading People and Organizational Change’ is Seminar 1 of the Leading in the Academic Enterprise™ Series that takes place in Tampa, Florida, USA, organised by AACSB International. Every school faces succession challenges. Leaders appointed to roles including department chair, associate dean and assistant dean face the daunting task of stepping into a new role with new responsibilities. The seminar is designed to shift a mindset from that of an individual faculty member to a leader with responsibility for advancing the entire institution, engendering trust and respect across the entire community for institutional advancement.

3 June: The seminar Developing the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers takes place in London, UK, organised by the Westminster Higher Education Forum. The event looks at the challenges in increasing the number of young people who choose the STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – subjects and careers. Sessions look at how government and the higher education sector can encourage more young people to study STEM subjects at all levels of education, as well as ways to improve careers guidance for them.

10-12 June: REMINDER - AECHE, the 2nd Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education, takes place in Amman, Jordan, organised by the Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the European University Association, the University of Barcelona and the Association of Arab Universities. Under discussion are higher education development trends in the two regions, especially regarding student and staff mobility and its relevance in intra-regional and bi-regional cooperation. Conference themes include: Internationalisation through regional cooperation and mobility programmes; The role of student and staff mobility in educating the citizens and employees of tomorrow; Development, management and strategic interest of joint degrees; Role of leadership in building institutional partnerships and incentivising student and staff mobility.

13-16 June: The Association of Commonwealth Universities HR Management and PR Network Conference takes place in Glasgow, UK, under the theme Steering Institutional Strategy: The Critical Roles of HR and PR. The conference examines the role that HR and PR professionals can and should play in helping to articulate and steer institutional strategies, focusing on the strategies to be adopted and the competencies required by HR and PR professionals in addressing the challenges facing higher education.

17 June: The seminar UK Health Life Sciences – Prospects for Innovation, Investment and Global Competitiveness takes place in London, bringing together policy makers with industry stakeholders to discuss what more can be done to support innovation, skills and growth across UK health life sciences; and to consider the next steps for developing an effective life sciences ecosystem, what more can be done to attract talent to the sector and latest initiatives to tackle barriers to investment and innovation. Also present are representatives from pharmaceuticals, bio and medical technology industries, universities, NHS partnerships, investors and commentators.

19-20 June: The 7th Annual Meeting of the EUA-CDE, the European University Association's Council for Doctoral Education, is hosted by the University of Liverpool, UK. The theme is Doctoral Education: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, and the main questions the meeting will address are, what are the global trends in doctoral education? and how can and should universities react?

24-27 June: OERASIA, the 2nd Regional Symposium on Open Educational Resources, Beyond Advocacy, Research and Policy, takes place at the Wawasan Open University in Penang, Malaysia. The main aim is for the regional OER community to share, exchange, collaborate and promote mutual interests in learning technologies, especially in innovations such as OER, MOOC, SOOC. Broad themes are: Collaboration; Innovation; Content; Impact; Quality.

By 27 June; 9/10-12 December: The SRHE Newer Rsearchers' Conference takes place on 9 December, and the SRHE Annual Research Conference on 10-12 December, in Newport, South Wales, UK, organised by the Society for Research into Higher Education on the theme Inspiring Future Generations: Embracing Plurality and Difference in Higher Education. Research domains are: Academic practice, work, careers and cultures; Access and widening participation; The digital university and new learning technologies; Employability, enterprise and graduate careers; Higher education policy; International contexts and perspectives; Learning, teaching and assessment; Management, leadership, governance and quality; Student experiences. Proposals deadline 27 June.

2 July: The OECD Global Forum on Development, Innovating for Development: Rethinking Structural Challenges for Post-2015, takes place in Paris, France, organised by the OECD Development Centre and Development Co-operation Directorate in cooperation with the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate. Questions the conference addresses include: What is the potential for innovation to unleash new sources of growth and overcome structural bottlenecks to development? What strategies and policies work best to support innovation and productivity growth? What are innovative approaches to support developing country efforts at achieving more inclusive development? What kind of innovation can best deliver inclusive development and reach the poor? The 2014 edition of the OECD Development Centre's Perspectives on Global Development, focusing on productivity for development and the middle-income challenge, will be launched during the forum.

7-9 July: REMINDER - EDULEARN14, the 6th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, takes place in Barcelona, Spain. Broad conference topics are: Education - Experiences in education; Career development and training; Experiences in research; International projects; General issues; Technology in education - E-learning; Computer-supported collaborative work; Emerging technologies in education; Educational software and serious games; E-content management and development.

By 22 July; 3-4 October: The 7th International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies takes place at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, USA, in October. Conference themes are Pedagogies; Institutions; Technologies; Social transformations. Proposals deadline 22 July.

24-25 July: The International Conference on Leadership and Management in Higher Education for Sustainable Development takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, organised by the SEAMEO Regional Training Center (SEAMEO RETRAC) for senior administrators, professors, educational experts, practitioners and others from international and Vietnamese universities and other educational organisations. The conference areas of focus are: The changing face of 21st century leaders; Institutional autonomy and accountability; Building culture of excellence and achievement; Expectation in learning and teaching; Building links between institutions and communities/enterprises.

By 25 July; 13-15 November: The 9th European Quality Assurance Forum Changing Education – QA and the Shift from Teaching to Learning is co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, and hosted by the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, in November. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups. The deadline to submit contributions is 25 July.

By 29 July; 10-11 October: The 6th International Conference on Science in Society takes place in Vancouver, Canada, in October, sponsored by Science in Society and Common Ground Publishing. Conference themes are: the values and politics of science; The social impacts and economics of science; The knowledge systems and pedagogies of science. Final call for papers 29 July.

10-13 September: ICESTI 2014, the 1st International Conference on Engineering, Science and Technology Innovation, takes place in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. This first event in a series of conferences provides access to up-to-date knowledge from industrial and academic worlds, sharing best practices in the field of engineering, science and technology towards sustainable development.

By 28 September; 28-31 October: The 14th International Academic Conference takes place in La Valletta, Malta, organised by IISES, the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences. Conference tracks are: Business and economics; Quantitative methods; Social sciences and humanities; Teaching and education; Health and welfare; Environment and sustainable development; Law in society; Energy resources and policy. Abstract and paper submissions deadline: 28 September. (See also entry for 13-16 April.)

10-12 November: The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014, Learning Today for a Sustainable Future, takes place in Okayama, Japan, organised by UNESCO and the Government of Japan. The event marks the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and carries out a stock-taking of the Decade and celebrates its achievements. It brings together key groups such as UNESCO ASPnet schools, youth and higher education institutions and provides inputs and recommendations to the World Conference on Education.

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