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9th Annual Colloquium of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems Le 19ième colloque de la commission « Le développement durable et les systèmes ruraux » de l’Union Géographique Internationale
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, 1-7 August 2011
Against the background of international trends and the recent experience in Ireland, the Colloquium will address a number of key themes of current concern in rural areas under the broad heading of The Sustainability of Rural Systems: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities. Abstracts are invited for papers that address the following themes and sub-themes, broadly defined, from theoretical and policy perspectives and that document processes of change in particular geographical contexts:

1. Land use, agriculture and food: issues of local sustainability in a global context
2. Heritage, tourism and environment: challenges and opportunities
3. Rural society, population and settlement under conditions of economic and social change
4. Governance and rural development: progress and prospects
5. Innovative approaches to employment in rural areas
6. Rural society and sustainable energy

Deadline for Abstracts: Thursday 31 March 2011

Abstracts should be submitted through the web page: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=114

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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience in spectroscopic instrumentation.

See here on the environmental research web for details

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From the Science daily blog. 3 images in different parts of the spectrum from the AQUA satellite of Ireland.

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The final reports from the nine ESA GSE Service networks are now publicly available on-line

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According to the Irish developer blog, Irish company Mandac, has won a large ESA contarct to expand on its wireless to go product. The device brings pay-as you go wirelaess to areas poorly served by broadband using a local node and satellite broadband services. AN irish example of SME’s and GMES.

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Tsunami

EsRi have agood online incident map of JApanese distaster– mapping mostly social media updates (youtube – twitter etc)
It seems that the disaster is continuing, with second reactor explosion and Tsunami warning.

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