Young LOICZ Forum ( YLF 2011)

Enhancing Capacities for Global Change Mitigation in Asia-Pacific Coastal Zones

At its international Open Science Conference (OSC) on Capacity Building in the Asia-Pacific Region: Coastal Systems, Global Change and Sustainability, LOICZ will address the integration and future perspectives of changing coastal areas. In order to build strategic capacities for sustainable coastal zone management and effective responses to global environmental change in the Asia-Pacific region, LOICZ is organising a special event around the OSC: the Young LOICZ Forum (YLF 2011) Enhancing Capacities for Global Change Mitigation in Asia-Pacific Coastal Zones for early-career scientists and managers. This well-targeted training programme offers the opportunity to enhance soft skills as well as to learn about drivers and pressures on coastal systems and thus to better define their future professional role in coastal management. It provides the next generation of scientists and decision makers with knowledge and practical skills that they can apply in their own country and an opportunity to interact and network with their peers.

What is the YLF 2011?

The YLF is a well-balanced combination of OSC sessions and specific targeted activities for early-career scientists and young coastal managers, including training workshops and practical exercises. It brings together senior scientists, international organisations, and early-career scientists and young coastal managers from various countries for both formal training and open discussions on relevant global environmental change topics. The training programme includes tutorials, exercises, and open-discussions to provide cross-disciplinary learning; original workshops provide both practical skills and scientific knowledge. Special attention is given to career advice, including acquiring transferable and soft skills, training-through-research and one-to-one mentorship (one senior scientist will be appointed to each YLF participant). A job shop offers the opportunity to network with and meet potential employers; field trips and social events will support cultural understanding. Other features are the YLF statement ‘The Future we Sea’ and a carbon offset activity. On the basis of the performance in and produced outcome of the different training units, awards will be given to the best YLF participants. The ‘YLF champion’ will be awarded to attend the OSC ‘Planet under Pressure’ in London in March, 2012.

Where is the YLF 2011?

The LOICZ OSC 2011 is integral part of the Young LOICZ Forum. The YLF 2011 takes place from 8-15 September, 2011, in Yantai, China.

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