Call for podcast and Twitter Poster Conference at iLEAPS Early Career Scientists Network


Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Process study (iLEAPS) is Early Career Scientists Network. Special iLEAPS Africa month would like to invite applicants to give a podcast interview or to present a poster on the twitter poster conference day.

Sign up form on the iLEAPS website is here and if you sign up you can be contacted about all future events.

Here are the details about both events:


The Network invites scientists to have a discussion about their research, a list of questions that will be provided before and then it’s just a case of chatting with one of the iLEAPS committee team about the work you are doing to create the podcast. It is a relaxed discussion and will be pre-recorded so you have the opportunity to listen to the podcast too. The podcast will be shared on the iLEAPS website for the wider community to listen too. The discussion can be set up at a date convenient to you during October and November. 

Poster conference

This will be hosted on twitter. Early career scientists are invited to upload their poster onto twitter on the 26th November.

Here is the link:


Applicant should be early career scientists whose work is related to biosphere-atmosphere interactions


November 26, 2020


The posters will then be judged, and a small prize awarded for the best poster. It gives chance for early careers scientist to connect with the wider iLEAPS audience.

We also have a Facebook page

Twitter account

Please let me know if you would be interested in either event and we are happy to answer any questions about iLEAPS that you may have.

Please forward to other researchers who you think may be interested in joining ileaps.

Tailored Opportunities: Competitive Call for Success stories on inclusive innovations for livestock based food systems


Africa is increasingly becoming a key player in acquiring, generating and applying knowledge to development challenges. Yet more needs to be done to make technology and innovation play its part in the quest for transformation and diversification of the African economies. Strategic documents such as the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and Agenda 2063 emphasize the need for Africa to move towards a modernized and productive agricultural sector through the use of science, technology and innovation.

The need to drive the agenda on generation, adoption and upscaling of inclusive innovations in Africa is pertinent. Inclusive innovations create impact and are often considered game changers that go beyond the pure invention process. Within the livestock sector, they are known to create positive economic and social impact for users. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, adopting and uptake of digital applications that address various food systems and target low-income communities would be considered a strong entry fulcrum to push inclusive innovations.

As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources through the “Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa – Live2Africa” is calling for submission of success stories on existing inclusive innovations that have brought about tangible impacts and transformation in the various livestock value chains in Africa.

The aim of the call is to enable the sharing of experiences and impacts of select innovations that are gender sensitive, climate smart and environmentally friendly. The main objective is to allow member states to share information and create awareness on existing transformative innovations with an aim to raise adoption levels and upscale the highlighted innovations within the continent. The innovations and /or technologies should be specific to the priority regional livestock value chains namely; Poultry (Egg and Meat) Value Chain for Central and Western Africa; Dairy Value Chain for Eastern and Northern Africa; Eastern and Southern Africa – Meat and Live Animal Value chain.

The success stories submitted should be centered around livestock based systems and around four key challenges to which inclusive innovation should be enhanced: climate change; sustainable natural resource management; food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition; and job creation, with a focus on vulnerable communities including youth, women, pastoralists, etc. Focus should be on key cross-cutting innovations that address critical gaps in livestock development (e.g. gender equality, investing in youth, inclusive communities, infrastructure gaps).


Researchers; Agribusiness entrepreneurs (Start-ups, Incubators and accelerators); Academia, innovators, Youth association members, Women association members, national extension officers/agents, Veterinarians, animal production experts, animal breeders, animal geneticists, digital app innovators, (applicable across the entire value chain); marketers, small-holder farmers etc.


 The application deadline is October 30, 2020


Please submit you application to the Director of AU-IBAR, Kenindia Business Park, Museum Hill, Westlands Road, PO Box 30786-00100 Nairobi, Kenya or email at and cc: and; clearly indicating in the subject line “Call for Success stories of inclusive innovations for livestock based food systems”.


The successful articles will be published in various continental knowledge and information sharing platforms and social media channels. In recognition of all successful articles, innovators will receive an award in recognition of the innovations.

For more information please visit the link here

Tailored Opportunities: Summer School 2021: Landscape Ecology in Sustainable Development


Issues of social-ecological sustainability, systems resilience and social equity benefiting from nature ́s contributions to people continue to occupy a prominent position in the global development dis-course of tropical regions particularly in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Landscape Ecology as an interdisciplinary marriage between geography, biology, ecology and social sciences provides a valid scientific foundation to harness the role of biodiversity for a sustainable livelihood and suggest adequate governance instruments to achieve the SDGs. The VW-summer school series intends to train participants on the knowledge and skills of how landscape ecology can contribute to improve the status of achieving the SDGs and the AU Agenda 2063 objectives. The summer school will entail joint engagement of scientists and practitioners from urban, regional and national planning as well as from governmental institutions who are engaged in socio-ecological system development from multiple perspectives.


  1. Be a PhD student, Postdoctoral student or early career scientist from based in Sub Saharan Africa or Germany. Landscape ecology scientists from Sub Saharan Africa may also be considered
  2. Who can consistently participate in the three planned webinar series


The deadline of this application is October 30 2020. The candidate should participate Webinar 1: December 2020; Webinar 2: March 2021; Webinar 3: June 2021 and who can physical meeting from 12th to 19th July 2021, Kampala, Uganda


Motivation and interest in landscape ecology

Brief CV (Maximum 2 pages)


The summer school series are fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, which will cover costs for travel, accommodation, VISA and meals physical meeting in Kampala in July 2021

Tailored opportunities: PhD position in sustainable plant protection at Leiden University

PhD candidate, Sustainable Plant Protection

Key responsibilities
Within the programme of the Dutch Science Agenda “Self Defense: Mimicking natural deterrent strategies in plants using adhesive spheres and volatiles” the PhD will be responsible for the  development and testing of bioassays with trichome mimics (adhesive spheres) for their efficacy in

reducing thrips damage on plants. The candidate will do so in close collaboration with PhD’s from WUR and RUG that will be responsible for the development of the mimics. Once optimal spheres have been developed

defense compounds and repellant volatiles will be included in the trichome mimics. Some of the research activities will take place in collaboration with Aeres University of Applied Sciences. The final goal of the programme is to develop a marketable product for sustainable plant protection against insect herbivores.

Selection criteria

  • Relevant biological background with basic understanding of chemistry;
  • Theoretical knowledge and practical experience with plant herbivore interactions;
  • A proven interest in plant horticulture;
  • Good team player willing to take the goals set by the programme as a lead for his work;
  • Innovative and Out of the Box thinker;
  • Excellent communication skills involving science, education, private companies and society;
  • Excellent English oral and writing skills;
  • Basic Dutch oral and writing skills.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a  full-time 1 year term position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2.395,-  to € 3.061,-  gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Peter Klinkhamer, email If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Sylvia Maas, email

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Sylvia Maas, email Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

Only applications received no later than November 10th can be considered.

  • CV;
  • List of courses and grading of the bachelor and master programme;
  • Pdf file of the bachelor- and master thesis;
  • Two references;
  • Statement of interest in the project and a statement about why you are an excellent candidate.    

Tailored Opportunities: Frontieri’s CSR, Competitive Partially Funded Scholarship Opportunity for Ethiopian PhD Candidates in all public Universities


Frontieri consult PLC, one of the leading consulting firms in Ethiopia. Frontieri highly believes, quality research output by researchers is important for an informed decision-making and to be able to identify major intervention areas. In the course of our engagement in research endeavors over the past 12 years and serving wide-ranging clients. We have learnt that there are many promising PhD candidates who despite having completed courses, are constrained by lack of adequate funding to undertake high quality research projects for the partial fulfillment of their PhD studies. In view of this understanding our unwavering commitment to support quality research output and to fulfill our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we have designed and launched a yearly Partially Funded Scholarship Program in 2019. Frontieri takes a great pleasure to announce its second national PhD partially funded scholarship opportunity The Partially Funded Scholarship initiative aims to support Ethiopian PhD students by breaking down barriers, opening doors, and offering access to financial aid and technical assistance.


The applicant shall be an Ethiopian doctoral candidates currently enrolled in one of the public Universities in Ethiopia

The applicant should clearly demonstrate scholastic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their local communities.

The applicant shall have proven professional achievements;

The applicant should have relevance, feasible and quality concept note;

The applicant’s research experience should be relevant to Frontieri’s research priorities i.e. Economics including Development Economics and Agricultural Economics; Agriculture; Rural Development; Sociology; Human Nutrition and Development Studies; and;

Expected contribution/impact of the proposed research in tackling societal problem(s) at the grassroots level.

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

When? Submission deadline for application will be on or before 28 February 2021


Nomination letter from the President, Academic/ research VP or their equivalents that shows the has already completed course work and ready for pursuing his/her research, and he/she does not have other source of funding.  

Scholarship application letter; Curriculum Vitae (CV); Registration slip for the current semester; Student copies (Master’s and PhD)

One or two recommendation letters signed by advisors and

A concept note containing a brief description of the background/ problem , rationale, objectives, a clear breakdown of and the data source and  methodology, tentative budget summary, and timeline  (maximum of 10 pages, 1.5 spacing and times new roman).

The application shall come through the public universities where they are studying in.

Eligible candidates are requested to submit scholarship application to their academic departments or colleges following the instructions and or guidelines set by each public university.

Each public university is humbly required to submit names of three most promising doctoral candidates through

The president, academic vice president and/or research vice president should sign the Nomination letter from the university

Submission deadline for application will be on or before 28 February 2021

If you have queries with regard to this partially-funded scholarship opportunity, please reach us through Or telephone number +251 11 647 81 29, +251 11 647 9517


Financial assistance of up to Birr 100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand birr);

Arrangement of free office space and provision of stationery materials;

Equipment and other supports needed for field data collection; and Other technical assistance as deemed necessary

Thank you Tesemash Tefera for you sharing this opportunity. Thank you Frointieri consult PLC for the commitment for fulfill the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Appreciated!