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From: Alexandros Samaras 
To: iapss_members@yahoogroups.com, iapss_staff@yahoogroups.com, iapsslist@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 21:51:56 +0100
Subject: [IAPSS_members] Opportunity Center – March 2008
OPPORTUNITY CENTER – March 2008

SCHOLARSHIPS
1. Master program: Peace and Security Studies, Hamburg, Germany
2. The Essex Opportunity Scholarship, The University of Essex, Colchester, UK

SUMMER COURSES
1. Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
2. 2008 ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop, Ljubljana, Slovenia
3. 2008 ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop, Ljubljana, Slovenia
4. Viadrina Summer University 2008, Viadrina University, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
5. Quaker United Nations Summer School, Geneva, Switzerland
6. International Summer Academy on Human Security, Graz, Austria

CONFERENCES
1. ThessISMUN2008, Thessaloniki, Greece
2. Economic Analysis of Trade Marks and Brands, Alicante, Spain
3. Balkan Case Challenge 2008, Vienna, Austria
4. BCC 2008 International Case Study Competition, Graz, Austria

COMPETITIONS
1. BCC 2008 International Case Study Competition, Graz, Austria
2. Shaping the city of your dreams

SCHOLARSHIPS
Master program: Peace and Security Studies 
Hamburg, Germany
Scholarship / Financial aid: available
Date: the academic year 2008/09 
Deadline: March 15th, 2008
Open to: international students
The postgraduate programme «Master of Peace and Security Studies – M.P.S.» at the University of Hamburg is a trans- and interdisciplinary programme of two semesters’ duration, combining theory-based education in the areas of peace research and security policy with a practice-orientated application of methods for research. The prime objective of the course is to provide highly qualified graduates from a national or foreign university and academically trained practitioners of a field-related vocational background with the fundamental basics of the discipline peace studies and security policy, as well as providing them with the instruments applicable for differentiated research in this field. Students will be prepared for a career in academic peace research, international organisations, the media or private companies, peace-keeping and monitoring, verification, development aid, mediation or arbitration, etc. The course is a joint programme of the University of Hamburg and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). The programme is further guided and partly implemented by a number of co-operating resident institutes of the «Cooperation Network Peace Research and Security Policy» (Kooperationsverbund Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik – KoFrieS).
Further information at: http://www.ifsh.de/IFSH_english/studium/mps.htm

The Essex Opportunity Scholarship
The University of Essex, Colchester, UK

The University of Essex is delighted to announce that it will be offering Essex Opportunity Scholarships for students from Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who enrol at the University of Essex in October 2008. An Essex Opportunity Scholarship is available to any student from Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania who:
a) meets the initial entry requirements of the University and is made an offer of a place at the University
b) holds Essex as their firm choice institution 
c) registers on an undergraduate (bachelor) degree programme. 
The undergraduate scholarship is available to Polish, Romanian, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuania nationals and other EU citizens who are residing in one of the above-mentioned countries prior to the start of their course (excluding UK nationals)
Official website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/prospective/finance/scholarships/opportunity.html

SUMMER COURSES

Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Scholarship / Financial aid: travel grants available, possilbly housing grants available
Date: June 30-July 2, 2008
Deadline: 1st of April 2008
Open to: advanced graduate students and junior faculty in modern Balkans
This workshop is part of the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and funded in part by the U.S.Department of State Title VIII program. The central aim of this three-day workshop is to bring together advanced graduate students, junior faculty and other professionals who focus on the modern Balkans in various disciplines to discuss their work and issues in the field. Although massive political change and theYugoslav wars regularly put the region on the front page of major newspapers throughout the 1990s, Balkan studies is still a relatively underrepresented field. The workshop’s objectives are to foster a supportive network of colleagues involved in this field and to explore recent research paradigms and resources. Comparative work is strongly encouraged. The workshop will provide a superb forum in which to investigate a variety of issues,
Website: http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/

2008 ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Scholarship / Financial aid: available
Date: July 23 to August 2, 2008 
Deadline: 14 April 2008
Open to: advanced graduate students, younger scholars, lawyers, and UN practitioners
Each year, ACUNS hosts a summer workshop on international organization studies, teaching, and research for advanced graduate students, younger scholars, lawyers, and UN practitioners, sponsored with the American Society of International Law. «Building the Knowledge Base for Global Governance»
The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL),in cooperation with the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana (which is part of the Centre for Social Innovation Vienna), with the support of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, are pleased to announce the eighteenth ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies.. Contingent upon funding, the workshop will run from 23 July-2 August 2008, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Completed applications must be received no later than Monday, 14 April 2008.Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.
Website: http://www.igloo.org/community.igloo

International Summer School Seggau 
Graz, Austria

Scholarship / Financial aid: partially available
Date: June 28th – July 12th 2008
Deadline: 21st of March 2008 
Open to: students from all over the world

This year’s Summer School will take place from June 28th to July 12th again at Seggau Castle (near Graz/Austia) and will focus on the topic «US EUROPE: Towards a multicultural continent». For two weeks, internationally renowned experts will be at the students disposal in order to disseminate specialised knowledge and stimulate discussions in workshops, lectures and seminars. In this international environment, students will be trained to understand and discuss dimensions of Europe beyond the European Union. Interdisciplinary meeting and cooperation of teachers and students, focussing on East- and South-Eastern Europe and dealing with the cultural and intellectual aspects and dimensions of current European integration. Shaping profiles of future executives in different areas such as politics, administration, economy, science and religion.

-Two-week Summer University for 80 students and 15 teachers. 
-2 lecture series, 6 parallel seminar modules, excursion to Graz 
-Discussions with guests from the area of culture and politics 
-Accreditation via ECTS – credits (2 ECTS for participation & final exam; 4 additional ECTS for seminar paper) There are places available for eighty students from all over the world. The International Summer School Seggau is funded through grants given by sponsors and donators from all over Europe. For that reason it is possible to reduce the tuition fee for students to the amount of Euro 360.- (reduced fee Euro 180.-). This tuition fee includes the Summer School programme, meals, housing and a printed report. Travel arrangements have to be made and paid for individually.

The deadline for applications is the 21st of March 2008 (date of receiving!)!
Applications have to be send via normal mail (snail mail) – applications via email will NOT be accepted.
Please find more detailed information on the International Summer School Seggau 2008 as well as application forms on the internet:
http://international.uni-graz.at/seggausummerschool

Viadrina Summer University 2008
Viadrina University, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

Scholarship / Financial aid: 25 fellowships available for foreign participants
Date: 16 June – 03 July 2008
Deadline: 1st March 2008
Open to: advanced students and young researchers from the social sciences, economics, humanities, and law
The Use and Abuse of Power.Cultures of Corruption in the Modern World 
Corruption is one of the most disturbing problems of modern societies. Recent scandals in business, politics and sports have demonstrated that even the most advanced societies are strongly affected by corruption. New empirical research has disproved classical modernization theories which linked patronage, clientelism and other corrupt practices to traditional formations. While there is a growing specialized literature on corruption, there is a lack of general theories and comparative research explaining this phenomenon. Why are some societies and cultures more affected by corruption than others? What are the long-term economic and social consequences? Is corruption really increasing, or is there rather a growing awareness of this phenomenon? And finally: How can leaders in politics and business effectively prevent and fight corruption? Viadrina Summer University combines multidisciplinary findings with a strictly comparative approach. It connects discussions from economics, anthropology, history, law, sociology, and political sciences and explores empirical findings in past and present. The main focus of the curriculum will be on Europe and the transitional societies in the former socialist countries. However, examples from other parts of the world will be analyzed as well.

The site of the university: http://www.kuwi.euv-frankfurt-o.de/de/

Quaker United Nations Summer School, Geneva, Switzerland

Scholarship / Financial aid: undefined
Date: 6th to 18th July 2008 
Deadline: 17th March 2008
Open to: young people of all nationalities

The Summer School aims to provide an introduction to the work of the UN and its role in contributing to a more peaceful world. Subjects such as disarmament, trade, human rights, refugees, and North-South issues will be explored. There will be talks and visits from UN workers, Non-Governmental Organisations and Diplomatic Missions as well as informal discussion sessions and visits to the UN itself. The work of the United Nations specialised agencies will also be examined and, where possible, visits will be arranged to, for example, the International Red Cross, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The group will be given a general introduction to the organisations by people working within them and will be encouraged to further their understanding by asking questions and contributing to discussion. Participants will be able to take an active part by chairing sessions which are particularly related to their interests. In the programme, emphasis will be given to formal and informal discussion sessions, to give opportunities for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the issues being studied.

Deadline for applications – 17th March 2008
Website: 
http://www.quaker.org.uk/Templates/Internal
http://www.quaker.org.uk/

International Summer Academy on Human Security
Graz, Austria

Scholarship / Financial aid: full or partial scholarships available for a limited number of participants
Date: 20 – 30 July 2008
Deadline: 15 April 2008
Open to: postgraduate students, young professionals, young researchers, representatives of NGOs

International Summer Academy on Human Security. Special focus on the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on the peace-building process in the Western Balkan region. The Summer Academy is part of the project HUMSEC – Human Security in the Western Balkan region: the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on the peace-building process of the region realised in the 6th Framework Programme. The project is designed to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between transnational terrorist and criminal organisations in the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region. Through the organisation of an annual summer academy, the HUMSEC network aims to bring the scientific discourse closer to civil society, to strengthen democratic principles and to raise awareness by means of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship of the threats that transnational terrorist and criminal organisations bring for the peacebuilding and reconstruction process in the Western Balkan region.

Further information at: http://www.humsec.eu/cms/

CONFERENCES
ThessISMUN 2008 Thessaloniki, Greece
Date: 30th April- 4 May , 2008
Deadline: 31st March, 2008
Open to: all interested students
ThessISMUN gives participants the possibility to enhance their diplomatic skills, extend their cultural empathy and develop their expertise in research, writing, public speaking and compromising as they represent the interests of the member states of the United Nations on the most pressing affairs in the global community and considering the fact that it stimulates real-life UN conferences and their Rules of Procedure. As a result delegates will be able to get closer insights into the United Nations working mechanisms, traditional negotiations, compromise and solving disputes. ThessISMUN is also a unique opportunity to explore Thessaloniki and Macedonia. In addition to the committee work, our conference offers a rocking social schedule, a convenient location near all city’s hotspots and great weather.
For further information: www.uom.gr/mun

Economic Analysis of Trade Marks and Brands
Alicante, Spain
Scholarship / Financial aid: undefined
Date: June 5th – 6th, 2008
Deadline: 14th April, 2008
Open to: Scholars from economics, business studies and law
The EPIP Association will hold a workshop on the economic analysis of trade marks and brands at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante, Spain. Analysis of trade marks has been largely neglected in the economics and business studies literature. Work on brands and brand building is more common, but this remains unconnected to analysis of the underlying property rights. Recently a growing number of researchers have become interested in empirical research on trade marks. This workshop will bring together those interested in the analysis of trade marks and brands from a theoretical and an empirical perspective. Scholars from economics, business studies, law and the intersection of these disciplines are invited to submit papers.
Among the issues to be covered are:
(a) Welfare analysis of trade mark protection and of brands
(b) Strategic effects of trade mark usage and brand building
(c) Value of trade mark protection
(d) Interaction of trade marks and other intellectual property rights 

Deadline for paper submission: 14th April, 2008. Acceptance of papers: 1st May 2008.
Websites: 
http://www.en.inno-tec.bwl . 
http://www.en.inno-tec.bwl.uni-muenchen.

Balkan Case Challenge 2008
Vienna, Austria
Scholarship / Financial aid: Full
Date: mid of April till mid of May
Deadline: March 31st, 2008
Open to: exceptional students
WUS Austria invites exceptional students from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo UNMIK, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, who study law, economics, political sciences, international relations, information technologies or related disciplines to take part in the BCC 2008. On an international level the BCC International Case Study Competition will be held between 6th of July and 11th of July 2008, Sub-Competitions will be held in the respective countries/region between mid of April and mid of May 2008 (please check under www.bcchallenge. org).

The around 140 winners out of all the Sub-Competitions will compete in the competition in Vienna. Prerequisite for participants to compete in the Sub-Competitions is a successful admission via an online process, following established criteria. Please find further details for the applications under www.bcchallenge. org

CALL FOR PAPERS
COMPETITIONS

BCC 2008 International Case Study Competition
Graz, Austria
Scholarship / Financial aid: available
Date: 6th – 11th of July 2008
Open to: students in law, economics, political sciences, international relations, information technologies
WUS Austria invites exceptional students from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo UNMIK, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, who study law, economics, political sciences, international relations, information technologies or related disciplines to take part in the BCC 2008. On an international level the BCC International Case Study Competition will be held between 6th of July and 11th of July 2008, Sub-Competitions will be held in the respective countries/region between mid of April and mid of May 2008. The around 140 winners out of all the Sub-Competitions will compete in the competition in Vienna. Prerequisite for participants to compete in the Sub-Competitions is a successful admission via an online process, following established criteria. 
At both competition levels students participate in of the four different disciplines:
-Business Case Competition
-Model European Council
-Law Moot Court
-ICT Case Competition
In addition, the Balkan Case Challenge 2008 facilitates recruitment processes during the Sub-Competitions and the BCC 2008 International Case Study Competition, where students present themselves to potential employers and representatives of international companies get the chance to recruit future staff from the region.
Applications are to be submitted online until 31st of March, 2008.
For further information: www.bcchallenge.org

Shaping the City of Your Dreams
Date: March 23, 2008 – Deadline for submissions
Think about the city you live in. What are the biggest opportunities and challenges for people living there? What needs to be done to transform your city into the city of your dreams? What could be your role, working together with your peers, in shaping the city of your dreams? You are required to provide an abstract of no more than one page. An abstract is a short summary in which you explain the aim, the methodology, the reasoning and the main conclusions of your paper. 
The abstract will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection. You may submit your paper and abstract in English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese Your essay may not be longer than 10 pages (4000 words maximum), 1.5 line-spaced.
For further information: www.essaycompetition.org/index_1

Special thanks to Gina Kosmidou, – Coordinator for Opportunity Center, for compiling the opportunities to inform members on prospective participation and openings.
You can also contribute to the development of the Opportunity Center by sending an e-mail to opportunity. center@iapss. org about important events you may get in touch with.
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