Leveraging the funding opportunities of other institutions, allows OFI to play a role in mobilizing knowledge and supporting the access to global resources that helps generate broad benefits for science, policy, the economy and our environment.

Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence 

The Alfred Wegner Institute is hosting the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE), providing world-class education, training and career development programming in oceanography.

The ten-month training program will take place on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Wadden Sea island of Sylt, Germany. Scholars will receive training in core research skills (project design, implementation, analysis and presentation) and specialized topics including remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions and modelling. Scholars will carry out an independent research project, mentored and supervised by an AWI scientist.

Applications are invited from ocean science trainees from emerging and developed countries. A full scholarship will be provided, covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance.

Deadline for applications is March 9, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May and the program will begin in September 2018.

For further information including details of the application process, visit AWI's web site ...

Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Development of a risk assessment model for livestock feed in the context of animal and human health risks (occupational exposure, food safety) 

Location: Ottawa or St-Hyacinthe (QC)

Hosted by: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Language(s) accepted: English, French

The aim of the project is to develop a risk assessment model to be applied in establishments, including vehicles, where farm animal feed is manufactured, stored, packaged, labelled and/or transported (e.g. rendering plants, commercial feed mills, farm-based animal feed manufacturers). The goal of the risk analysis is to determine the health risks for the animal population and/or the transfer of risk to human health (through consumption of animal by-products, occupational exposure) from feed (or ingredients) given to livestock. This analysis will be based on the guidelines of recognized international animal and human health organizations (e.g. OIE, WHO, FAO, Codex Alimentarius). The project is inspired by a similar analysis model developed by the CFIA for food establishments, i.e., the Establishment-based Risk Assessment (ERA) Model. The project, hosted by the CFIA Science Branch, will include the following steps: identification of hazards and their risk factors to be considered (including a scientific literature review), development of a questionnaire for the establishments and inspectors assigned to the animal feed sector, risk factor weighting through the consultation of experts and the development of an algorithm. These elements will become the backbone of a risk-based inspection approach in accordance with the Feeds Act, the Health of Animals Act and related policies. The project will address animal health, human health and food safety issues related to activities in Canadian livestock feed establishments. It will also be used to demonstrate the use of the risk assessment model in the agri-food industry, upstream from slaughter and processing procedures. A significant training in animal health, public health (zoonosis), food safety and risk analysis is necessary. The candidate must also have a very good knowledge of animal population medicine, with a particular focus on the microbiological and chemical hazards associated with the production and distribution of livestock feed. Experience in communication and scientific popularization for industry would be an asset.

Policy activities

The fellow will join a technical committee composed of academic and CFIA experts. Under the direction of a senior CFIA scientist, the fellow will be responsible for a review of scientific and policy literature related to the targeted issue. He/she will then be able to draw up an exhaustive list of hazards (e.g. biological, chemical, physical) and the related risk and mitigation factors, which will be used in the overall risk analysis. The fellow will then lead an expert elicitation process (e.g. scientists, program leads, inspectors, quality assurance managers, veterinarians, microbiologists, chemists) to determine the weighting of the different identified risk factors using meta-analyses. The fellow will then be involved in the development and application of a pilot project to assess the performance of the model for a target livestock (e.g. beef). In order to successfully complete this step, the fellow will develop the methodological approach, including the sampling design (e.g. determination of the number of establishments required, choice of the establishments using a stratified random method). He/she will take part in different information sessions with industry associations, which will serve as a platform for discussions in order to explain the purpose of the risk assessment model, present the questionnaire and its importance for the model, describe the expected scope of the model results, discuss the timeframes for the different steps, etc. Once the pilot project is completed, the results will be reviewed by a scientific committee and the fellow will contribute to the adjustments of the feed establishment–based risk assessment model. Finally, he/she will prepare detailed internal reports and scientific communications (oral and written). The questionnaire developed to evaluate the feed establishments will form the basis of a diagnostic tool to support inspection activities. The model itself will serve as a tool for other branches within the CFIA (e.g. Policy and Programs Branch, Operations Branch) to allocate inspection resources according to risk.

Required expertise

The fellow must have, or have held on the anticipated start date of the fellowship, a DVM and a doctoral degree in microbiology, epidemiology, food science or in another relevant field. Experience in risk analysis within the context of animal health and/or food safety is a requirement, while in-depth knowledge of the animal industry would be a valuable asset. Experience in communication and scientific outreach targeting the industry will be an asset.

Application information can be found here ...