The second edition of the SNIS Incubator Workshops funding opportunity, which aims to create synergies between academic institutions and international organisations in Switzerland in view of possible future research project submission in the field of international studies, saw two very promising workshops as the winners. Both workshops resulted in the submission of pre-proposals within the call for projects 2015.
The two workshops have received a financial support of CHF 5'000 each and took place during the fall of 2014.
WHO’s Sexual Health? From Global Policies to Local Practices, from Gender to Minorities
Organised by Prof. Delphine Gardey, Director, Gender Studies Institute, University of Geneva; and Dr. Iulia Hasdeu, Researcher, Gender Studies Institute, University of Geneva
Date: 10 December 2014
The goal of this workshop was to identify the notion of sexual health, its main topics, problems and promoters. It furthermore aimed to define the notion of sexual health and to analyse its legal, medical, and civic meanings.
The invited experts and different representatives from the field of sexual health as key speakers contributed to identifying the different roles, goals and relations between the various actors active in the field of sexual health.
The workshop focused on social and political transformations reflected into the evolution of the definition of sexual health proposed by the WHO (1975 – 2006) and then continuously transformed by the national and political (civil society, educational, and public health) actors. The purpose was to understand and challenge the notion of “sexual health” and its policies in their historical and political mapping and to exchange with practitioners working in the field of sexual health.
Higher Education in Emergencies – The Potential of Open Educational Resources and Virtual Learning in Fragile Contexts
Organised by: Prof. Barbara Moser-Mercer, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva
With the participation of:
Date: 24 / 25 November 2014
The workshop was convened to shed light on the specifics of fragile contexts and their inherent constraints with respect to the delivery of higher education responses, particularly since standard responses are liable to be short-lived and/or reach only a very small number of interested and eligible learners (scholarship schemes). Despite recent disruptive change in higher education, particularly through the rapid development of massive open on-line courses (MOOCs), it was felt that this had not yet translated into truly democratic access to higher education. Despite extraordinary growth in ICT’s, access to information remains constrained by connectivity, language and cultural barriers, and providing access to information cannot be equated with the provision of education.
The workshop examined the education-fragility nexus with particular focus on access to higher education, quality of higher education, relevance of higher education offers, and management, with a specific focus on the potential of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to support Higher Education in Emergencies (HEiE) approaches that respected humanitarian principles and showed potential to scale.
The first edition of this newly created funding opportunity aiming at creating synergies between academic institutions in Switzerland and international organisations in Switzerland in view of a future research project submission in the field of international studies met vivid interest.
Three promising workshops that foster the collaboration between academics and international organisations will received a financial support of CHF 5'000 each:
Fat Chances? Weight Law, Health Governance, and Regulator's Fight against Global Obesity Workshop
organised by the Law Faculty of the University of Basel
Date: 3 April 2014
This one-day workshop gathered speakers of the University of Basel (Law Faculty and Basel Institute on Governance), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Obesity and the World Health Organization.
The workshop aimed at stimulating research in the area of international legal and regulatory frameworks to respond to newly realized global aspects of overweight and obesity and where they need to improve to ensure that governments fulfill both their societal obligations and their duties to the individual citizen.
Intelligent Agents: International Perspectives on New Challenges for Traditional Concepts of Criminal, Civil Law Data and Data Protection Workshop
Date: 7 February 2014
The workshop addressed the challenges posed to the law by current developments in the area of Intelligent Agents. Like other forms of innovative technology that came before, artificial intelligence had reached a critical level of development. The question whether there is a need for legal development in this area of technology needed to be discussed.
The workshop determined the current legal state relating to specific artificial intelligence issues and identify potential fields for political action.
The goal of this workshop was to launch an initial discussion on the liability of Intelligent Agents operating on the internet and to clarify the concept of liability among experts in the field from different countries.
Lawyers from Switzerland and Germany specialised in different areas of law and representatives of international organisations active in the domain, such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the United Nationals Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva discussed the topic.
Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building in International Economic Law, Negotiations and Dispute Settlement: Lessons learnt and Opportunities Ahead Workshop
organised by the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, in collaboration with team members of Standford Law School, TradeLab (Geneva based NGO/online platform) and the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, The Graduate Institute
Date: 6/7 March 2014
The workshops aimed at looking at efforts and methods utilized to date to increase development countries' legal capacities to engage in and actively participate in international agreements in the field of trade, investment and economic cooperation.
Experts of World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Center (ITC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have been invited to investigate on efforts and methods utilised to date, discussing lessons learnt and formulating best practices moving forward.
Special attention will was paid to new technologies such as online courses and platforms. Selected participants from outside Geneva have been included (World Bank, International Chamber of Commerce and ICC World Chambers Federation).
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