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Internship with the WIPO Traditional Knowledge Division in 2019

WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division is looking for an intern to work with us here in Geneva as soon as possible in 2019 for an initial period of six months, renewable for another six months. The ideal candidate would have a background in intellectual property (IP) law, an advanced degree (Master, PhD etc.) and an interest in the relationship between IP and traditional knowledge, genetic resources and/or traditional cultural expressions. Above all, she/he should have excellent research and writing skills in English, and, preferably, some project management experience. Deadline is November 16, 2018. For more information: http://www.wipo.int/jobs/en/internships/index.html?utm_source=WIPO+Newsletters&utm_campaign=5e592ce39c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_17_10_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bcb3de19b4-5e592ce39c-254898449


Tenure Track Professor University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences invites applications for a newly-established tenure-track position (20% outreach/engagement, 30% teaching, 50% research) in Tribal Natural Resources.
In collaboration with Minnesota-based Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota tribes and potentially other North American tribes and indigenous groups, the successful candidate will develop a strong and impactful state- and regionally-based research program with national to international relevance. We seek candidates who are highly collaborative, have cross-cultural experience, and who employ integrative approaches to research and outreach. This faculty member must be committed to co-formulation of integrative and collaborative research and outreach agendas in partnership with tribal communities. The focus of the research program will be to advance the integration of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western science systems. A successful candidate will have one or more focal areas of expertise in indigenous customs and knowledge, policy and law, treaty rights, management and co-management of fisheries and wildlife, sustainable forests, habitat protection and restoration, and ecology and conservation of indigenous aquatic and terrestrial biota. The successful candidate’s research will be pursued with a high level of engagement with tribal communities to develop lines of communication that can improve understanding of different ways of knowing. This faculty member will contribute to the academic programs of the college by teaching one undergraduate course every year, plus a graduate seminar every year. Courses envisioned relate to tribal natural resource perspectives and policies and on approaches for integrating TEK and natural resource science information. This faculty member will also be responsible for serving as an undergraduate faculty mentor and advising graduate students. The faculty member will be expected to participate in faculty governance and professional service, and to secure external funding to support research. All applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs

WIPO Intergovernmental Committee 38

December 10-14, 2018
Geneva, Switzerland
The 38th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) will meet December 10-14, 2018, to discuss traditional knowledge and cultural practices. A meeting of experts on these topics will open the session on December 9. Additional documents for the IGC 38 are available on the WIPO website: www.wipo.int

42nd Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnobiology

Vancouver B.C., Canada
May 8-11, 2019
https://ethnobiology.org/conference/upcoming
The annual Ethnobiology Conference brings together people from an extraordinarily rich variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographic locations, all seeking to understand the myriad interactions of human cultures with plants and animals, past and present, worldwide. It attracts academics, students, museum staff, government and non-governmental agency personnel, interested laypeople, and Native/indigenous community members. Relevant fields go from Anthropology to Zoology: animal husbandry, agriculture, archaeology, botany, chemistry, cuisine, ecology, education, ethnology, evolution, forestry, linguistics, mycology, nutrition, pharmacology, taxonomy, and much more. Participants come from around the globe—the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Britain, Europe, China, Indian, Australia, Southeast Asia—to enjoy what for most is the most exciting and energizing conference they attend all year. Sponsored by the non-profit Society of Ethnobiology, the conference is held in the spring, in a different location each year. Meetings are usually hosted by university campuses or museums in the United States, although they have been held twice in Mexico and once in Canada.

Rising Voices

May 15-17, 2019
Boulder, Colorado
The 7th Annual Workshop for Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences will be held May 15-17, 2019, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO.

Rising Voices facilitates cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability, and climate change. It has developed into a vibrant and productive cross-cultural network of Indigenous and Western scientific professionals, tribal and community leaders, environmental and communication experts, students, educators, and artists from across the United States, including Alaska, Hawai‘i, and the Pacific Islands, and around the world. At its core, Rising Voices aims to advance science through collaborations that bring Indigenous and Earth (atmospheric, social, biological, ecological) sciences into partnership, supports adaptive and resilient communities through sharing scientific capacity, and provides opportunities for Indigenous students and early career scientists through scientific and community mentoring.

Experience Ways of Knowing

Wild Center
Institute of Museum and Library Services and New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts
https://www.wildcenter.org/visit/inside/ways-of-knowing/
Three new exhibits called “Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address,” “We are From Akwesasne,” “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science,” and “Sacred Food” opened May 25, 2018, in the Ways of Knowing experience within The Wild Center museum in New York State.

Last updated: November 9, 2018