The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation (MESRI) have launched a visiting fellowship program to welcome young researchers wishing to carry out their research in France as part of a “One Health” approach.

Researchers must:

  • hold a doctoral degree for less than 5 years at the date of submission of the application,
  • be exclusively of foreign nationality,
  • not have resided in France after September 1, 2020.

The research stay in France must begin in January 2022. Within the framework of the present call, 40 scholarships will be awarded. The call for applications, which specifies in particular the broad scientific scope of the expected profiles, is published on the Campus France website:

[THAILAND] 9-11 June – Online workshop: “Current studies on past biodiversity in South-East Asia”

[THAILAND] 9-11 June – Online workshop: “Current studies on past biodiversity in South-East Asia”

[THAILAND] 9-11 June – Online workshop: “Current studies on past biodiversity in South-East Asia”

pastbiodivsea21 : Current studies on past biodiversity in South-East Asia

Source: https://pastbiodivsea21.sciencesconf.org/ 


Dear colleague,

we are inviting you to the workshop “Current studies on past biodiversity in South-East Asia” that will be held June, 9th-11th, 2021. It is a follow up of the “Paleobiodiversity in South-East Asia” session that was organised during the 5th International Paleontological Congress in Paris in 2018. It is designed to answer the need for an international social and scientific event considering the growing interest in the international scientific community regarding the dynamic of past biodiversity in what is considered as one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots today. The workshop will welcome presentations covering all geological and historical periods, from the deep to the recent past. It is therefore open to topics in paleobiology, paleontology, evolution, anthropology, phylogeography, extinction and diversification processes. We shall accept reviews, but the priority will be given to original studies and recent discoveries.

Because of the current sanitary crisis, the workshop will be held online. The participation to the workshop is free of charge, but participants must register here. The call for communications will open from March 20th and abstracts must also be submitted here by May 11th. The booklet of abstracts will be available a few days later. Sessions will be held in the afternoon (Bangkok time zone) in order to allow a maximum of worldwide participants to take part in the event. Each session will start with a 30 minutes keynote paper regarding recent discoveries about past biodiversity in South-East Asia (a list of keynote presentations will be available on the website soon). Communications will be allotted 20 minutes time slots, including questions. Early career and student scientists are particularly welcome. The scientific board will vote to award the Diversity prize to the best presentation.

In order to facilitate communications and interactions during the meeting, we will use zoom and discord for oral presentations and poster sessions via chat rooms (https://discord.com; https://zoom.us/). These applications are freely available and multiOS but it will be mandatory to install these two applications on your computer or alternatively to test that they work properly on your internet browser. A test session will be organized one week before the workshop with the organizing comity.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

The organizers

[MALAYSIA] 18 March – Webinar : Food Modernity and Diversity in Asia

[MALAYSIA] 18 March – Webinar : Food Modernity and Diversity in Asia

[MALAYSIA] 18 March – Webinar : Food Modernity and Diversity in Asia

Food modernity in Asia

Source (english version): OCHA

Source (french version): OCHA

The Webinar on Food Modernity and Diversity in Asia will give the floor to key researchers from two major research programmes conducted in Asia and promoted by Taylor’s University (Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia): the « Asian Food Barometer » and « Eating Out in Asia ».

These programmes are led by the Chair of “Food Studies: Food Cultures and Health », headed by Prof. Jean-Pierre Poulain. Created jointly by the University of Toulouse (CERTOP-CNRS and ISTHIA) and Taylor’s University, develops, in collaboration with researchers from the countries concerned, works on « food modernity in Asia ». Starting in Malaysia, the exploration has spread to other countries over the years (Indonesia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan…).

Online Webinar, March 18, 2021: 9:30AM – 1PM (French Time)

Register for the webinar here

Food modernity is studied through the transformation of food practices, the changing boundaries between home and away-from-home food, the emergence of new expectations of eaters and the entry of new actors in the food system. These transformations are the consequence of several converging phenomena such as the change in household size resulting from the demographic transition, urbanisation… They are concomitant with the emergence of a middle class, the increase in life expectancy… as well as the rise in health concerns with the increase in overweight or obesity or the environmental impact of food choices.

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic society and the societies of South-East Asia include the practices of different religions and various diasporas (notably Indian and Chinese). These contexts are therefore characterised by a great diversity of religions, beliefs and « secular » dietetics which influence food through prescriptions, values and taboos. They thus make it possible to analyse changes under the influence of both socio-economic and ethno-cultural factors.

The results of this research on food feed into the discussion on the « compressed modernity » (i.e. very rapid) that Asian countries have been facing for the last few decades. Compressed modernity reflects the fact that what Europe or the United States have experienced in a century and a half (urbanisation, economic development, rise of a middle class, transformation of family structures…) has taken place in some countries in less than two generations.

The analysis of these changes opens dialogues with the worlds of :

  • Economy on the reorganisation of markets and food systems.
  • Public health and the understanding of the causes of the rise in non-communicable diseases.
  • Public policies on food.

Since 2012, Ocha has been a partner in these research programmes at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur.

This work is in line with two of Ocha’s main areas of focus: modern food and the evolution of models.

[AUSTRALIA] RMIT set to lead a €9 million innovative global doctoral training program in Europe

[AUSTRALIA] RMIT set to lead a €9 million innovative global doctoral training program in Europe

[AUSTRALIA] RMIT set to lead a €9 million innovative global doctoral training program in Europe

Source: RMIT

Taking the top spot with a score of 99% out of over 66 funding proposals in Europe, a €9 million RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) COFUND proposal has been approved for funding by the European Commission.

The REDI doctoral training program, which is funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND grants scheme, will be led by RMIT Europe and support 41 new PhD positions with academic and industry partners in Europe.  

The successful award will significantly boost research links between Europe and Australia through industry-linked doctoral training positions in business, arts and sciences. 

PhDs will be dual awarded by RMIT and the project’s academic partners, with the establishment of these multiple co-supervision agreements expected to generate many more collaborative PhDs long after REDI concludes. 

RMIT Europe’s Executive Director Marta Fernandez said the five-year program offers unique intercontinental and intersectoral doctoral training opportunities for early-stage researchers.  

“We will be working with a network of 24 academic partners across 11 countries,” she said.  

“PhD students will also spend time on placements with the program’s 40+ industry partners in Europe as well as complete a 12-month secondment at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.   

“An annual gathering at RMIT Europe in Barcelona will serve to bond the community of multidisciplinary and multicultural researchers through engagement in transversal skills and training workshops, among other activities,” Fernandez said.  

“This is a tremendous program that will enable early-stage researchers to gain a wealth of intersectoral skills, experiences and relationships that will catapult them into their chosen research careers.” 

RMIT researchers who contributed to the impressive successful funding award and who will also supervise the PhD students include Associate Professor Andrey Molotnikov, Professor Anne-Laure Mention, Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell, Dr Daniel Lester, Associate Professor Elizabeth Grant, Professor Flora Salim, Dr Gerrit De Waal, Professor Ivan Cole, Associate Professor Jenny Zhang, Professor John Fien, Professor John Thangarajah, Professor Laurene Vaughan, Distinguished Professor Leslie Yeo, Professor Mark Easton, Dr Mauro Baracco, Distinguished Professor Milan Brandt, Associate Professor Nitin Mantri, Professor Pier Marzocca and Professor Xun Yi.

More details here




Application deadline: March 31, 2021

Please find below the third call for applications for Associate Directors of Studies (DEA) 2021. DEA 2021 an international mobility program inviting foreign scientific personalities from all continents.

You can find the online application form, the details of the call, admission and selection conditions here. (The page is in French). https://www.fmsh.fr/fr/international/30872 




The Agropolis Fondation-Louis Malassis International Prize for Agriculture and Food was created in 2010 and takes place every two years.

As has been the case for three editions, the Agropolis Fondation-Louis Malassis Prize will be coupled with the “Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security”, in partnership with Olam International, a world leader in the food industry and food processing. For the first time, 2021 will also be the occasion for Agropolis Fondation to join forces with the Swiss Foundation Biovision and to launch a 3rd International Scientific Prize: the Shift Prize for Transformative Agroecological Research for Development.

These three Prizes are intended to reward those who have contributed in an exemplary manner, through their training, research or development activities, to promote innovations to improve sustainable agricultural and food production systems and thus contribute to meeting the food challenge and fighting poverty. All three prizes are open to the international public and private scientific community (except for large companies) and civil society organisations.

The Agropolis Fondation-Louis Malassis Prize rewards three categories:
• the “Distinguished Scientist” category
• the “Young Promising Scientist” category.
• the “Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development” category.

The Young Promising Scientist Prize comes with a €5,000 cash prize and a €15,000 worth of scientific mobility grant to any of the research labs that are part of Agropolis Fondation’s scientific network. The Distinguished Scientist and the Outstanding Career winners receive €20,000.

The Olam Prize, rewards an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, accessibility, affordability and adequacy of food, in line with UN SDG#2: Ending Hunger. The winner will receive US$ 75,000 which is to be spent on furthering the research project and/or scaling up its impact. The rewardee will also have the potential to work with Olam to develop the practical application of their innovation in the company’s supply chains or with Olam’s R&D teams.

The SHIFT Prize awards aims to recognize collaborative research for development projects and initiatives that have made an exemplary contribution to agro-ecological transformation of food systems through their transdisciplinary research. The winning project or initiative will receive €20.000 unrestricted funding to support its further development and strengthen its impacts. The winners will be part of a community of champions that support agroecological transformations via policy dialogue and will have the opportunity to showcase their work in high-level discussions. They will also have access to a global platform aimed at connecting diverse research for development stakeholders, including CSOs, donor organizations and policy makers in addition to research institutes.

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 15 March 2021 at midnight (Paris time).

For further information : https://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/International-Scientific-Prizes

Contact : Océane Trevennec : trevennec@agropolis.fr