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Call for Nominations – Early Career Scientists at Habitat III

In October 2016, 40,000+ people will meet in Quito, Ecuador for the largest cities summit in United Nations history – Habitat III. ICSU is now accepting nominations for Early Career Scientists to participate in the summit.

It will be a defining moment for the future of cities, and representation of the scientific community in this event is crucial to ensure that the New Urban Agenda is based on the best available evidence and coherent with other international frameworks (such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement), and science effectively contributes to its implementation. As the single largest gathering of urban stakeholders for decades, Habitat III will also be an important career-building opportunity for researchers embarking on a career in the urbanization space.

ICSU’s role is to ensure this representation – hence we shall be sending a delegation to Quito, and we want early career scientists (ECS) to be part of that delegation. Early career scientists can expect to take part in side events, networking events, dialogues with stakeholders, attending the negotiations, and to engage with the broader urbanization community. Scientists from Least Developed Countries and women are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

4 early career scientists nominated by ICSU National Scientific Members and International Scientific Unions will be selected by ICSU to participate at the Habitat III conference in Quito. If you would like to be put in touch with an ICSU Member organization from your country or discipline, please contact us at

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, early career scientists have to be nominated by an ICSU member, and be:

  • A researcher with no more than 10 years’ experience following his/her PhD or equivalent research experience, and under 40 years of age.
  • Research interest in or related to sustainable urbanization.
  • Familiar with urbanization in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Habitat III process.


To apply, please submit the following, in English, in one combined PDF:

  • A brief/condensed Curriculum Vitae of no more than 2 pages, including information about education, research projects and networks, publications, awards and prizes and other pertinent experiences.
  • A statement of a half page maximum outlining his/her perspective on Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda and what that means for his/her research.

Applications can be submitted electronically and in one file to If you would like to be put in touch with an ICSU Member organization from your country or discipline, please contact us at the same e-mail address.
Deadline for submission of applications: 1 August 2016.

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