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Humanitarian Crises and Disasters Risk – InfoRM 2016

The analyses on the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters in 2016 for 191 nations were carried out by applying the Index for Risk Management – InfoRM, an open-source risk assessment tool designed to support decisions about crisis and disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

Sounds of a tree at the World Climate Summit COP21

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) are presenting a joint research project at the World Climate Summit in Paris. The audio installation converts the physiological noises of trees into audible sounds.

November 30 to December 11, Paris: United nations conference on climate change

COP21 is the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is the annual meeting of all countries which want to take action for the climate. It will be held in Le Bourget, France, from 30 November to 11 December. The aim of the conference is to build a “Paris Climate Alliance”, capable of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and adapt our societies to existing disruption.

People’s Honesty Varies Between Countries

Research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has found that people’s honesty varies significantly between countries. It also suggests that honesty is less important to a country’s current economic growth than during earlier periods in history.

New Master in Peace and Conflict studies at Umeå University, Sweden

Starting with autumn 2016, peace and conflict studies will be offered as the main subject also at Master’s level, Umeå University.

Neutrosophy and Neutrosophics

Romanian mathematician Florentin Smarandache has coined the words "neutrosophy" and "neutrosophic". He defined the neutrosophic set and refined it to n components. For two years now, Professor Smarandache coordinates a high specialized international journal.

Eva Egron-Polak interview: ‘Equity and internationalisation are both important for different reasons’

Eva Egron-Polak is the Secretary-General and Executive Director of the International Association of Universities (IAU). Internationalisation and equitable access to higher education are two of her top interests in the field of higher education policy. I have met Eva Egron-Polak in Bucharest at the International Conference on Internationalisation and Equity in Higher Education, and we had a short discussion pertaining to the event topic.

BOOK REVIEW: "Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS"

Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS, edited volume by Mcgranahan, G., Martine, G., Earthscan: London and New York, 2014, 273 pages. Reviewed by Ulpia Botezatu

BOOK REVIEW: “Informed Cities: Making Research Work for Local Sustainability”

Informed Cities: Making research work for local sustainability, edited volume by Marko Joas, Kate Theobald, David McGuinnes, Cristina Garzillo and Stefan Kuhn, Earthscan: London and New York, 2014, 192 pages. Reviewed by Ulpia Botezatu

INTERVIEW | Dan Neafus, Denver, USA - Immersive Media and Science Communication

What makes it possible to journey through the eye of a needle? Or, take a long walk among human body cells? Or, even, a quick trip to the dark side of the Moon, visiting some craters - Spiru Haret crater included -, and come back in time for a relaxing meeting with friends?