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Australia China Council grants – Calls for Expressions of Interest

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NSW Premier Mike Baird launches China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) in Shanghai. 


“I encourage young people from across China and NSW to get involved in this exciting new initiative,” Mr Baird said.


“A new initiative will bring together 100 young innovators from China and match them with 100 bright young minds from Australia for a five-day innovation workshop as part of CAMP,” he said.

“This initiative reflects the essence behind the Vivid Ideas program, which promotes ideas, discussion and debate.
“Successful applicants will be asked to work together to consider challenges common to both countries before being given an opportunity to pitch their ideas to compete for grants, venture capital, and consideration in the Premier’s Innovation Initiative” Mr Baird said.

CAMP was recently recognised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia China Council (ACC) with a seed grant. ACC awarded funding to 33 projects in the new strategic priority areas of Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China.

“The China Australia Millennial Project is supported, among many other government and private sponsors, by the Australia-China Council as a new platform with significant potential to enable future champions of bilateral engagement to meet, build relationships and make practical contributions to Australia-China relations and broad global challenges”.
The Australia-China Council was established by the Australian Government to promote people-to-people connectivity between Australia and China. 

Calls for expressions of interest from Chinese and Australian innovators aged 18 – 35 are now open at Express interest today or share this with those who might be keen to.

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AECOM’s annual Urban SOS student competition – Registrations Open now !

AECOM launches its annual Urban SOS Student Competition - this year's theme is 'Towards a new industry'In its fifth Urban SOS student competition, AECOM seeks integrated design proposals that rehabilitate disused industrial and infrastructure sites in cities worldwide. Submissions should integrate urban, architectural, landscape, engineering, and environmental design to support the development of new industries, establish new centers of production, and strengthen the pre-existing urban fabric. Sites can be of any scale in any city worldwide.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate student at a university or college program in the design, architecture, landscape, urbanism, engineering, economic, geography, or environmental fields. Students may enter as individuals or in teams of up to four.
We will select three finalists and send them to New York City to present their schemes before an internationally renowned jury at the Center for Architecture. The jury will select a winning team and distribute a US$15,000 pot of prize money at their discretion. AECOM will donate US$25,000 in cash and/or in-kind technical assistance to advance implementation of the winning proposal.
Download the brief and competition rules and apply online.

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2014 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability


Tongji University is pleased to invite talented full-time university students to attend the “2014 International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability,” which will be held at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, from June 5 to June 10, 2014.

Supported by the UNEP and Tongji University, the “International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES)” had been successfully held in the last three years. Around 950 students from more than 50 countries took part in the conference, exchanged understanding and ideas on topics relevant to environment and sustainable development and issued “Global Youth Tongji Declaration.” These conferences made great contributions to the spread of concepts and practices of environment and sustainability among university students.

Participants: Full time university students (including undergraduate and post-graduate students).

Deadlines: the applicants should register online before April 30 (, fill in the resume form (in English) and upload their posters to the website above before April 25. We will announce the selected participants by May 15 and issue invitation letters afterwards.

No registration fee will be charged and Organizers will cover the local accommodation, and transportation during the conference in Shanghai. Field trips will also be provided by the organizer. A limited number of scholarships (round-trip flight tickets) will be offered to competitive participants. For more information, please check the official website of ISCES 2014: ,or contact:

Organizing Committee of 2014 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability

Address: Rm.903, Zonghe Building, No. 1239, Siping Road, Shanghai, China, 200092
Tel: 86-21-6598 1837 Fax: +86-21-65987790

Further Information here: 2014 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability Invitation Letter-1

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Urban Ideas Competition 2014 – Toronto


This is an open, international ideas competition whose purpose is to gather ideas to stimulate discussion and to get the community-at-large to start thinking about the future of Toronto and its relationship to its waterfront. There is no commitment to build the ideas.

Furthermore, entry is open to any potential participant, and not limited to design professionals; submissions by multi-disciplinary groups or teams are encouraged as well.

Total prize value is $5,000 for winning submissions (there will be a first, second, and third prize). Prominent judges will be involved; moreover, ideas will create significant exposure here in Toronto with all entries being displayed in high visibility locations throughout the downtown core.

Further details and submissions:

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Order of Australia (AO) awarded to Scientia Professor Deo Prasad


Congratulations to Scientia Professor Deo Prasad (CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living) who received an Order of Australia (AO) on Australia day 2014.

This is a wonderful recognition of his leadership in the field of sustainable development.

To read more about Deo’s award, visit:

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ENERGY GLOBE AWARD – Call for Submissions

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The ENERGY GLOBE AWARD honors sustainable projects and is given in the 5 categories fire, water, earth, air and youth. The price is presented as National and International Award (more information). Your submission will automatically be evaluated on the national and on the international level.

Please complete either
•the online submission form (preferred option)
•or download the submission form (PDF, 1218 kB) and send your project documentation and supporting materials by email to:
•or hardcopies by postal service to:
Mühlbach 7
4801 Traunkirchen
Austria, Europe

Submission deadline for the next Award is on 30 September 2013.
More info and submission forms:

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Free timber tutorials Building professionals are invited to attend


Free timber tutorials 

Building professionals are invited to attend a series of free timber-in-practice tutorials at St. Leonards, Sydney. Topics cover building-tall in timber, durability, sustainability and more — and winners of last year’s Australian Timber Design Awards feature prominently in all talks. 

Lunch is provided, and attendees will be eligible for CPD/CPE points.
The tutorials are delivered by WoodSolutions and will be held on the second Tuesday of every month.
For more information, please contact Jane Letteri: 02 8424 3702 or

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May 10, 2013 · 1:14 pm

Australia’s richest design awards – the Think Brick


Australia’s richest design awards – the Think Brick Awards – will be held in Sydney on Thursday, August 8 and architecture students are encouraged to enter the About Face category.  This year a trip to the 2014 Venice Biennale is up for grabs as are cash prizes totalling $1500. Entries for this category close in two weeks. Submission requirements and more can be found at

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May 6, 2013 · 10:41 am

Masters in Philosophy Scholarship at UNSW – Climate Change and Urban Forestry in Sydney



Arts & Social Sciences
School Social Sciences
Residency Domestic & International
Program level Masters of Philosophy (MPhil)
Value $26,670 pa
Tenure 2 years (maximum)

Research Project Background


The research project is to assess the social, economic and cultural aspects of urban trees in relation to climate change in Sydney.  The aim of the work will be to identify what promotes or works against the further planting of trees in Sydney’s suburbs.  This will provide a socio-economic perspective on the problem of increasing the urban trees in Sydney.


By 2036, Sydney’s population is expected to reach 6 million, an increase of 1.7 million since the 2006 ABS Census. This means Sydney will need to provide 770,000 more homes than in 2006. Much of this development will be suburban infill and redevelopment at higher density leading to potential losses of green space. The twin trends work against the well-documented positive impacts that green spaces and especially trees can have on the sustainability performance of suburban areas.  Trees and green spaces can reduce the need for storm water provision, prevent floods and save on air conditioning, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and improve biodiversity. Since more than 80% of Australia’s population lives in urban areas which will be affected by climate change and peak oil, there is an urgent need to understand the barriers that exist to further planting of trees in suburban areas. While a great deal of research exists internationally on urban forests, little work has been undertaken that is appropriate to Australian conditions, which include soils with a uniquely low nitrogen content and the frequent drought conditions to which Australian flora is subjected.

The purpose of the Contribution is to award a Scholarship for a Master of Philosophy by research at the School of Social Sciences, UNSW under the principal supervision of Dr Krishna K. Shrestha.


  • Applicants may be either new or existing students
  • Applicants must be enrolling full-time in a Masters in Philosophy (by research) at the School of Social Sciences, UNSW
  • To qualify for the Scholarship as a stipend applicants must be Australian or NZ Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents
  • International candidates may be considered for a tution fee only (no stipend) scholarship
  • Candidates may not concurrently hold other Awards (eg) APA / IPRS
  • Candidates will hold either an Honours or a Masters by coursework qualification in social sciences, geography, urban planning, anthropology, environmental management, sustainable development or a closely related discipline.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will show high academic achievement in an Honours or Masters by coursework program in social sciences, geography, urban planning, anthropology, environmental management, sustainable development or related discipline.

Candidates are requested to submit:

  • Brief (3-5 pages) research proposal
  • An academic writing sample
  • A brief statement outlining how their output will contribute to their academic field and the broader community
  • Curriculum Vitae including 3 referees.

Conditions of Scholarship

  • The Scholarship has the following conditions:
  • The scholarship is payable as a fortnightly stipend, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • The scholarship does not provide for any additional allowances.
  • Domestic students: the scholarship may pay a stipend only.
  • International students: the scholarship may pay tuition fee only.
  • Extensions to the scholarship will not be granted.
  • No additional paid leave entitlements are available.
  • Scholarship may be be suspended for 1 or 2 semesters with approval of the awarding panel.
  • The Scholarship must be taken up in the semester for which it is awarded. Take up may not be deferred.


Principal Supervisor:       Dr Krishna K. Shrestha, School of Social Sciences, UNSW

Associate Supervisors:   A/Prof. Phil MacManus, University of Sydney

Dr Marco Amati, Macquarie University

 Completed application forms and any supporting documentation should be scanned and emailed (preferably as a single PDF document) to the Graduate Research School (contact details below)

Denise Miles: UNSW Graduate Research School

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Indonesia to Host Asia Pacific Infrastructure Forum

Indonesia is scheduled to once again host Asia-Pacific’s largest infrastructure forum, The Indonesia International Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2012 (IIICE’12), which will be held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Sustainable and Inclusive Infrastructure Development 2012 (APMC-SIID’12) on 2-5 May 2012 at Balai Sidang – Jakarta Convention Center.

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