Category: Academic Talks

Opportunities in Germany: Research Collaboration and Beyond Webinar March 1st

Join the ACS International Center with IC Affiliates the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Chemical Society (GDCh) as they provide information on the research landscape in Germany. Hosts will discuss opportunities for research, funding and collaboration as well as internationally focused activities of the GDCh. This webinar is intended for all audiences.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, March 1 at 12pm EST.
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Ag Sector Council Seminar Feb 17 at 9am

February 17, 2016 9:30-11:00 AM EST

Join InnovATE online or in-person in Washington, D.C. for this month’s Ag Sector Council Seminar on Feb. 17, 9:30-11:00 AM EST. The seminar is “Building Linkages in Agricultural Education and Training through Systems Thinking.” The application of systems thinking to agricultural education and training (AET) is critical to sustainable agricultural development. By understanding complete AET systems and the connections within them, practitioners can account for more variables and better influence agricultural development outcomes. This approach can help any practitioner integrate AET within their work, particularly for gender, youth and workforce development.

AET systems include formal education (primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational/technical institutions) as well as nonformal education (extension and workforce development) and informal education (on-the-job training and day-to-day self-learning). The February Ag Sector Council Seminar will discuss the five AET linkages and demonstrate how they can be built into projects. These connections include those between:

  • Theory and practical instruction
  • Curriculum and workforce/industry demands
  • Educational institutions at different levels
  • Different management systems such as governmental, NGO and parochial
  • AET and extension systems

The discussion will also include examples of AET systems in practice. Presenters will showcase successful cases and how they are developed. Practitioners of all types of program will learn how to think through how their work can be bolstered by AET. AET practitioners will gain insights into other programs and the overarching role of AET in Feed the Future. Please join us for a lively discussion starting at 9:30 AM EST, and if you are in DC, for a coffee networking hour at 9 AM EST.

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New Horizons ICTAS Seminar on Tuesday, 2-4PM, November 11

Prof. Paul Struik from Wageningen University, NL, will visit campus on November 10-12. He will give an ICTAS New Horizons seminar  (“Institutional Change Towards Sustainable Intensification of African Agriculture”) on Tuesday, November 11, 2-4PM, at 310 Kelly Hall/ICTAS (the seminar itself will be 2-3, followed by informal discussion).


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For Faculty: Getting your program off the ground

Tuesday, October 28 
9:00am – 12:00pm

Drillfield Room, Inn at Virginia Tech

Join us for “Getting Your Program Off the Ground.” The session will be geared toward those thinking about leading a short-term study abroad program, currently with a program in-development, or first-time program leaders with a program in the implementation stage.
Feel free to join us for part or all of the event.
Part I:
Program Development Tips & Advice, 9:00am – 10:30am
We will hear the considerations, successes/challenges, and tips from several veteran faculty program leaders representing diverse college perspectives.

Part II: Program Administration, 10:30am – 12:00pm   
In part two, we’ll address program design considerations, program approval, and related university policies and requirements.

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USAID webinar

Beyond Fences: Policy Options for Biodiversity, Livelihoods & Transboundary Animal Disease Management in Southern Africa

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Distinguished Lecture by Pedro Sanchez May 28th

Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate, will present the Blaser Distinguished Lecture on May 28, 3PM, in Fralin Auditorium:

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USAID Webinar: Linking the Fate of the Oceans to the Future of Food Security

April 22, 10:00 to 11:30am.

Dr. Sylvia Earle. Dr. Earle will address the state of oceans in the 21st century and provide insights on how we can balance the need for food security with natural resource conservation.

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Talk: Understanding Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Eskinder Negash
Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Tuesday, March 19, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 pm
CPSVP, Norris 209
Understanding Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.
Prior to his appointment as Director of ORR, Mr. Negash served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Institute of Los Angeles. In 2009, Mr. Negash received an Outstanding American by Choice award from DHS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which recognizes naturalized U.S. citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their adopted country. In 2010, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) honored Mr. Negash as one of ten distinguished men and women whose stories of hope and transformation epitomize the refugee journey.

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Workshop on Crop Modeling and Decision Support at the University of Georgia

Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climactic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models
May 20-25, 2013 at the University of Georgia in Griffin, Georgia, USA

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Women in International Development Discussion Series February 29

“Niger: Community Development and Gender Relations in the Islamic Sahel”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)

526 Prices Fork Road Conference Room A, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Niger is a landlocked country in the northwest African Sahel. Its population is the fastest growing in the world, comprised of hospitable and hard-working people, and yet the country is ranked second to last on the UNDP human development index. Like many underdeveloped countries, Niger faces numerous interlaced problems that inhibit its development and victimize its people. Among them is gender inequality, an issue that Peace Corps Volunteers in Niger found to be inextricably linked to every other development concern in the country. During this presentation, a returned Peace Corps volunteer will reflect on her time in small Nigerien town where she lived and the effects that differing gender roles had on development projects as well as everyday life.  As a female volunteer, she had the unique opportunity to blur the gender gap while still experiencing the breadth and depth of the gender disparity throughout the Islamic-influenced, agrarian culture.

Sarah Lyon-Hill is a second year graduate student in the joint Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)/Masters International Program. Her studies focus on international development planning and insert a two-year Peace Corps service experience between the first and second year of graduate study. Between 2009-2011, Sarah served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. As a Municipal and Community Development volunteer, she worked with her local municipality and other community groups on several development projects dealing with health, women’s empowerment and early childhood education.

The WID program has sponsored a discussion series for the past several years, giving students and professionals an opportunity to share their research and discuss issues of women in international development. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend the discussions and bring their ideas and questions. For the complete discussion series schedule for Spring 2012, see:

Feel free to bring your lunch and encourage others to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

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