Friday, August 10, 2012

Chair, First Year: Announcement of the Advisory Committee and a Call for Nominations

MEMORANDUM                                                                                                                                  2012/13-02                  

To:           Chairs and Directors                                                                     
From:     Cristina Amon

Date:      August 8, 2012

Re:         Advisory Committee, Chair, First Year
                (a)    Announcement of Advisory Committee Membership
                (b)    Call for Nominations

Professor Kim Pressnail is ending his term as Chair, First Year, effective September 30, 2012. The following Advisory Committee has been established to recommend the selection of a Chair, First Year:

Professor Grant Allen, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Professor Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (Chair)
Professor Bryan Karney, Associate Dean, Cross-Disciplinary Programs
Professor Mark Kortschot, Chair, Division of Engineering Science
Professor Susan McCahan, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Ms. Barbara McCann, Registrar, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
The Committee welcomes nominations for the position of Chair, First Year.  Nominations, along with the justification for them, should be submitted to the attention of the Dean by email: by Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Humboldt Colloquium - November 2-14, 2012

Session for Early Career Researchers
Humboldt Colloquium
“Excellence in Research”
2-4 November 2012, Toronto
Call for Papers

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from Germany and countries around the world. To this end, it grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards annually to individual researchers who become life-long members of the international network of more than 25,000 alumni, the socalled “Humboldtians” (

As a gathering of the Humboldt community in Canada, the Humboldt Colloquium will celebrate the German-Canadian partnership in research and will explore current trends in the making and funding of excellent research in all fields of research in both Germany and Canada. We are expecting about 250 participants, roughly 200 Humboldt alumni and 50 early career researchers from leading universities and research institutions across Canada.

As a part of the colloquium, a special session for early career researchers will take place on the afternoon of 3 November at the Hyatt Park Regency Hotel.

The session will give prominent space to early career researchers from all fields, allowing them to present their current work to more senior and established Canadian researchers with strong international experience and connections and to seek personal advice on sponsorship opportunities for international collaboration from the representatives of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and its partner organizations, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Max Planck Society (MPG).

Advanced PhD students and scientists and scholars who received their PhD degree fewer than 6 years ago are invited to submit an application to participate in the three-day colloquium and present a short paper during the workshops on 3 November and/or a poster during the poster session.

Applications are accepted  until 7 September under the following link:

The preliminary program and general information and advice for the presentation are also available at this site. The conference language is English.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Humboldt alumni as well as staff of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The selection of the participants will be based on the abstracts, biography and list of publications submitted. All applicants will be notified by the first week of October.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will cover the costs for the participation of early career researchers in the three-day program (coffee breaks, meals, conference materials). Those attending from outside Toronto will receive a lump-sum conference allowance of 150 CAD to help cover travel and accommodation costs.

Fall DeMset 2012: International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology - November 13 - 16, 2012

We invite you to submit a paper/abstract to The 2nd International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology: Fall DeMset 2012, to be held on November 13 - 16, 2012 in Orlando, Florida, USA (

The submissions deadline is August 22nd, 2012 (Check for collocated events and for potential extension of the deadlines)

Submissions for *Face-to-Face* or for *Virtual* Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

Suggested Major Areas or Tracks are the following:

Qualitative Modeling
Quantitative Modeling
Hybrid Modeling
Educational Research, Design, and Modeling       
Research Education                               
Design and Models                                
Design via Interactive Modeling                  
Design Research                                  
Research through or for Design                   
Research Design                                  
Action-Research and Design                       
Design and Modeling Methodologies                
Design and Models of Material Objects            
Organizational Design                            
Complex Systems Design                           

At any of the two URLs given above you can find information with regards to:

   Pre- and post-conference virtual session
   Virtual participation
   Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods
   Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average
   Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers
   Best papers awards
   Publication of best papers in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference printed and electronic proceedings)


DeMset 2012 Organizing Committee

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