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Monthly Report No.65 (December 17, 2015)

Dear AC21 members,


Greetings from the AC21 General Secretariat!


The year 2015 is about to draw to a close, and another new year will be upon us with many events and projects.

Here are the last updates and news for this year.



1) AC21 International Forum 2016 to be held in Chemnitz, Germany -- Call for Papers has been released!


Call for Papers for the International Forum (IF) 2016 was announced this week and sent out to each AC21 member university via email dated December 13, 2015, from the Technische Universität Chemnitz.


It can also be found at the following websites:

[TU Chemnitz's website] http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/ac21.

[AC21 website] http://www.ac21.org/english/activities/int_forum/2016


Please note that the AC21 International Forums are open to non-AC21 members. AC21 and TU Chemnitz encourage as many proposals as possible from within and outside the AC21 network!


The AC21 International Forum (IF) 2016 will be hosted by the Technische Universität Chemnitz from April 30 to May 3, 2016, under the overarching theme "Networks of Innovation for the Transformation of Society through Science", along with the following four sub-themes:

1) Finding the "best practices" for creating networks with scientific, economic, political or societal partners in a global context; 2) Building "chains of innovation" for development in science, economy, and society;

3) Stimulating innovation and a "transfer culture" within trans-disciplinary, cross-sector networks; and

4) Identifying key innovation drivers and creating framework conditions and infrastructures.


Additionally, one of the special attributes of the IF 2016 is that the forum is scheduled to be held in the week commemorating the jubilee, as 2016 marks the 180th anniversary of TU Chemnitz which was founded in 1836.



2) Invitation to the AC21 Steering Committee (STC) Meeting and General Assembly (GA)

All AC21 member universities should have received last month the invitations to the STC Meeting and GA to be held in Chemnitz on April 30, 2016, and May 3, 2016, respectively, along with the reply forms. Please return the completed reply forms via email by TOMORROW, December 18, 2015, to the General Secretariat's email address: office@ac21.org


This year's GA will decide the three new STC members who will serve a four-year term from 2016 to 2020, as well as hold a vote on the host universities for the 2019 and 2020 events. Calls for nominations and proposals for each of these positions were sent out to all the AC21 members on November 30, 2015. Submission of responses to these calls will be due on January 8, 2016.



3) Application for the Special Project Fund (SPF) 2016 is open until Jan 31, 2016

Academics of an AC21 member institution are eligible to apply for this grant program provided by the AC21.

Those who wish to apply for the SPF should consult their university's AC21 Communicator(s) and obtain the SPF guidelines and application form for the 2016 round. They are also available for download at:



We look forward to receiving many inspiring applications that will enhance the AC21 research collaboration.



Thank you for your continued support of AC21 and its activities.

If you would like to share news or events with the other members through this Monthly Report, please send them to the AC21 General Secretariat at office@ac21.org.


Warm regards,

AC21 General Secretariat


E-mail: office@ac21.org

URL: http://www.ac21.org

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