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Call for Papers, Panels, and Posters - XVI Biennial IASC Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) - Deadline 15 October 2016

The local organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons welcome abstracts for papers, posters, and panels to be presented at this conference, to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 14 July 2017.

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Triodos Foundation new supporting member of IASC

As of June 2016, Triodos Foundation has joined the IASC as supporting member for the period 2016-2020. Triodos Foundation has over 40 years of experience within working with gift money for the purpose of a sustainable society and a greater quality of life. Triodos Foundation's aim is to stimulate national and international initiatives that instigate social renewal, especially in organic farming, development, the environment, sustainable energy, arts and culture, education and health care.

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FES launches survey in data collection and sharing in science - deadline 5 September 2016

The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), institutional supporter of the IASC, invites you to participate in a preliminary study by investigating how data collection and sharing in the scientific community works. Your responses will help FES to better understand how scientists manage their data and will contribute to building better tools and processes for data preservation and knowledge sharing. Please respond before 5 September 2016 via this link.

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Call for nominations President-Elect and Council Members IASC

In the fall of 2016, the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will hold regular elections for President-Elect and two Council Member positions. The Nominatimg Committee of the IASC therefore welcomes nominations for these positions.

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International Journal of the Commons announces winners of Elinor Ostrom Award for Most Innovative Paper 2015

The International Journal of the Commons, official publication of the IASC, recently announced that the Elinor Ostrom Award for Most Innovative Paper of the Year 2015 has been awarded to Daniel Wright, Krister Andersson, Clark Gibson, and Tom Evans for their contribution 'What incentivizes local forest conservation efforts? Evidence from Bolivia'.

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Call for Proposals for organizing IASC Biennial Conference 2019

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is now accepting preliminary proposals from individuals/organizations interested in HOSTING our 17th Biennial Conference in 2019.

IASC Biennial Conferences bring together commons scholars and practitioners from around the world. Very soon the organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the IASC (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) will be launching their call for papers, but the IASC Secretariat is already looking for enthusiastic organizers for the 2019 Biennial Conference, given the size of these meetings and the preparation it takes.

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Symposium 'De kracht van coöperativen in het beheer van commons' - Ghent - 8 September 2016

Coopkracht will organize on 8 September 2016, in cooperation with Coop-pharmacies, the research team Institutions for Collective Action of Utrecht University (supporting member of the IASC), Denktank Oikos (led by IASC-member Dirk Holemans),, WISE POWER, and the European Committeea symposium, entitled 'De kracht van coöperaties voor het beheer van commons' ['The power of cooperatives in the governance of commons'].

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GOVENPRO Conference on Environmental Commons (Paris, 15-16 Nov. 2016)

IASC-member Fabien Locher is the main organizer of the conference entitled 'The environmental commons: communities, practices and institutions. Historical approaches, France and the French colonial empire, 17th-20th centuries', which will be held in Paris, 15-16 November 2016. This conference, resulting from and supported by the GOVENPRO-project, will be devoted to the history of environmental commons in France and its colonial empire from the17th to the 20th century

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IASC endorses Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

The global call to action is a campaign of the Rights and Resources Initiative and multiple partners to support the communal land rights of indigenous people and communities. The campaign calls for doubling the land area legally recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous people and communities by 2020. On the 8th of march 2016, the International Association for the Commons endorsed and signed the "Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights" in The Hague, together with more than 300 organizations worldwide.

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3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons, Paris, 20-22 October 2016


Date: 20-22 October 2016 (extended dates!)

Venue: Paris (France)

Conference chairs: Séverine Dusollier, Tom Dedeurwaerdere

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Managing our Common Resources - Course series

Development of the ‘Commons Management and Governance’ Short Course Series continues with two courses being offered starting in September 2015 lasting 8 weeks. These are low-cost, distance learning short courses aimed at raising awareness and understanding of commons issues around the world.

The course will be delivered through distance- learning approaches making use of video and audio materials, readings, on-line activities, and group discussion forums, enabling participants to learn from one another as well as from the tutors.

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