“The World Resources Forum (WRF) is an independent, international platform for debate on global resource consumption issues, advocating innovation for resource productivity. The WRF is building a bridge from the natural sciences and engineering to economics; it aims to equip political decision makers toidentify realistic policy options for sustainable growth.” (www.worldresourcesforum.org)

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Held for the second time in 2011, the World Resources Forum in Davoshas attracted a high-level selection of speakers, including Achim Steiner (Executive Director UNEP), Janez Potočnik (European Commissioner for the Environment), Jacqueline McGlade (Executive Director European Environment Agency), Ashok Khosla (President IUCN). The eventthis year stands under the title: “Shaping the Future of Natural Resources – Towards a Green Economy”. To increase the outreach of the event, the Mercator Foundation Switzerland together with the Swiss Study Foundation and oikos International invites students to participate as WRF Student Reporters:

Be a Student Reporter in a global sustainability forum!

As a ‘WRF Student Reporter’, you have direct access to the World Resources Forum, where you will experience three days of intense and high-level discussions and debates during the keynote sessions, workshops and evening dinners. On top of the conference experience, you will be part of a tailored training program facilitated by social media experts, including two virtual training sessions in July and August and pre-and post-conference workshops in Davos. You will work in an interdisciplinary team of ten international students that contribute to a multiauthor blog with text and visual content. In this blog, student reporters will summarise the discussions and open points and recommendations during the three days of the WRF for an international audience.
Arriving in Davos on September 17th, you can explore the Swiss mountains. On the 18th you will receive an introduction into reporting, writing and blogging for the web in specially-designed workshop. The day will conclude with a dinner with selected keynote speakers of the forum. On the 19th, the World Resources Forum opens and the reporting work of the Student Reporters begins. After three intensive days of journalistic work, supported by an editor, on the 21st you will wrap up your learning as a group to make sure you leave the WRF with knowledge and experience.

Application Deadline: 26 June 2011

The application is open for bachelor and master students that are enrolled at a Swiss University or members of an oikos chapter. Applicants should be fluent in English and have experience or demonstrated interest in social media. Applicants with special artistic, graphical and/or technological skills are particularly invited to apply. Participants will be requested to contribute to the two virtual preparatory meetings (in July & August) and to the preliminary workshop on the 18th of September.
The Mercator Foundation Switzerland covers the participant fee, accommodation and food during the entire program (17-22 Sept 2011). Travel to and in Switzerland is covered up to 200 CHF per participant.
Form: Check www.worldresourcesforum.org/wrf-student-reporters_webform to fill the application form.
Contact: Tim Lehmann, oikos PhD Fellow, tim.lehmann@oikos-international.org, +41 78 666 1043

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“WRF Student Reporter” is initiated by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and a joint project of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, the Swiss Study Foundation and oikos International.

The World Resources Forum is an initiative of Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in collaboration with the Swiss Ministry for Environment and other partners.