Science Communication Intern for IIASA (Austria)

Applications are now open for our 2016  Science Communication Internship, in the IIASA Communications, Library, and Media department. 


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is currently accepting applications for its summer 2016 Science Communication Internship. The internship begins on 1 June and ends on 31 August. The internship covers the cost of travel to Vienna from the awardee’s home, and a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the internship.

 The successful applicant will design a summer project centered on communicating the science of the YSSP, with the goal of publishing their work in IIASA publications, including blogs,website content and articles for our magazine, Options.  Interns may also have the opportunity to assist with video production, photography, media events, social media, and other communication activities.


  • A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome.  In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to nationals of IIASA member countries. We encourage applications from developing countries.


  • Experience writing about science for the general public, via blogs, newspapers, university web sites, or other outlets
  • Experience with or interest in social media, video, photography, or other multimedia is a plus
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.


Please send the application, including the materials listed below, to applications will not be considered):

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • One writing sample of no more than 800 words, about a scientific topic and aimed at a general audience. Examples: Article for a newspaper or magazine, blog post, op-ed,
  • One letter of recommendation

Deadline for receipt of applications: 11 January 2016

The stipend is Euro 3,930 for the three months. The successful applicant may be able to live in the dormitory with the PhD students attending the Young Scientists Summer Program but this is space dependent and cannot be guaranteed. See here general information on working at IIASA. And here for frequently asked questions but note this page has been designed for attendees of the Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the science communication intern.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact:


Christmas is coming

Our teachers organized some dynamic and fun sessions where, besides practicing the language in a real context, we learned about Christmas traditions in different countries. We played Bingo, had some Christmas Quizzes and did many different activities. Our students had a wonderful time!


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EVS in Austria: youth work and media

Key facts:

Project location: Bad Ischl, Salzkammergut Area in Austria

Project Duration: September 2016 to April 2017 (9 months)

Participants: Above the age of 18, interest in youth work and media

Language skills: Basic level of English or German

Activities: Work at a youth centre & a local radio station

Accommodation: private room with bathroom facilities in the city centre


About the project:

Rural areas in Austria are often lacking a European or transcultural perspective: although migration is a relevant topic, migrants are mostly invisible and excluded from public discourse, and the many advantages of a Europe without borders are not as perceptible in everyday life as in urban areas. This is why the EVS-Project CommEUnicate! aims at creating a European discourse among young people in the Salzkammergut region.

The youth organisation “Jugendzentrum YOUZ” invites a young volunteer to become an active part at the youth center, work with young people from the area and accompany them in their everyday life for nine months. This volunteer will become an “ambassador” for his or her culture and impart cultural knowledge to local young people. In order to have a broader platform, the project will cooperate with a local community radio “Freies Radio Salzkammergut”: the volunteer will acquire basic skills to produce radio content and broadcast a number of radio shows about his or her cultural perspective, European experience and other youth-related topics.


The volunteer will become part of the team at the youth center YOUZ, which entails a broad range of activities such as organizing smaller events, motivating young people to take part in them, talk to them regularly about their life and give counsel if needed, etc. (In total 25 hours a week)

Apart from that, the volunteer will be in charge of creating a regular radio show (bi-weekly or monthly) about topics relevant to him or her, as well as other creative activities (recording jingles, station IDs, interviews, etc.). The language of this content is up to the volunteer.  (In total 7 hours a week)

In the first month of his or her stay, the focus will be on acquiring the skills needed for these activities (small workshops, getting to know both organizations, etc). A possibility to learn German will be provided throughout the entire duration of the project.

Aims and impact:

  • Create a European awareness among young people through making transcultural communication part of everyday life
  • Impart new language and communication skills to a volunteer, while simultaneously providing a platform to apply these skills on a daily basis
  • Exchange of communicative and social competences between the local community and the volunteer
  • Creating friendships despite language and culture barriers
  • Making the cross-cultural experience of a young person accessible to a broader public
  • Decrease stereotypes, prejudice and racism through creating a cultural discourse in the rural area of the Salzkammergut

About us:

The „Jugendzentrum YOUZ“ is a non-governmental, independent youth center run by the “Jugend- und Kulturverein”, which is its registered society. On the one hand the YOUZ is a meeting point for young people between the ages of 13 and 20, where they can spend their leisure time (playing pool, darts, board games, listening to their music, just hanging out etc.) without having to buy anything, but at the same time be under a minimal form of supervision and having adults to talk to about difficulties, questions, events in their life and so on. On the other hand, the youth center organizes various activities and events that are relevant for young people and are part of youth culture or other sub-cultures, such as concerts, creativity workshops, poetry slams, political discussions etc. Last year in October we celebrated our ten year anniversary where we looked back on great projects and committed young people, with a lot of local politicians and other supporters.

The team consists of two youth advisors, Daniel Lahnsteiner and Andrea Csiki-Keil, and usually one or two local volunteers. Opening times are Wednesday to Saturday in the afternoon and evening.

We applied to become a hosting organization for the EVS for a number of reasons:

– we think that Bad Ischl (a small town of 14.000 citizens cosily settled between the alps and lakes) needs a more international/European aspect where we see the coming together of different cultures as an enrichment rather than a threat to our region

– we would appreciate a more international approach to our work with young people, because we think it is important to get into contact with people from all over the world at a young age to combat bigotry and prejudices

– we think that our organization can provide a great learning experience, especially for young people who think about choosing a career in the social sector

Where do teachers earn the most?

Where do teachers earn the most?

The answer is Luxembourg. This small European country is where teachers can expect to earn the highest wages, according to OECD research.


The 2013 data, from the OECD’s new report, Education at a Glance 2015, highlights average earnings for teachers in OECD countries across a number of variables, including teaching level and length of time in the profession. For the purposes of comparison, the following chart assesses average salary in US dollars for teachers with 10 years’ experience, who work in public institutions at the lower secondary level.

Teachers at this level in Luxembourg earn an average of nearly $100,000 a year, over a third more than German teachers, who take second place with just under $66,000. The top three is completed by Canada, where teachers take home $63,557.

European nations feature across the list, with the Netherlands (fifth), Ireland (seventh) and Norway (10th) all in the top 10. Australia, the US and Canada are the only non-European nations to appear.

The figures highlight the disparity in salaries around the world, with a difference in excess of $50,000 between first and 10th positions.


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Are you between 17 and 30 and willing to spend from 2 weeks to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer?

How does it work?

An EVS  project is a partnership between two or more promoting organisations. These organisations are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their project.

Volunteers participate in EVS through a Sending Organisation in the country where they live and a Receiving Organisation that receives and hosts them during their period of service.

Projects last from 2 weeks to 12 months, and as a volunteer you can work in a wide range of fields, such as culture, youth, sports, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation. At the end of your EVS period, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation and describing your project – theYouthpass.

You will receive free accommodation, food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part of your travel costs.

How can you apply?

If you are between 17 and 30 you have two options:

1. Contact an organisation  that is recruiting volunteers for a granted project OR

2. Contact an organisation to discuss starting a project

To contact an organisation, consult the database of accredited organisations.

You can check the list of eligible countries in the Programme Guide.

More information at European Youth Portal:

How to fill an application form to prepare an Erasmus+project proposal – Part 1


Are you going to submit an Erasmus+ project proposal in 2016? – If yes, here you have some videos that can help you prepare a successful project proposal

Application Form: A. General Information and B.Context.

Application Form: C. Participants.

Application form: D. Description of the Project and E.Participants’ profile

Application Form: F. Preparation.



These videos are part the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Erasmus+ Funding Opportunities for Youth.

EURES: Why is applying for a job getting so complicated?

EURES is a network of Public Employment Services in the European Economic Area and Switzerland that provides job-matching services for jobseekers and employers. On the EURES portal, there are over 1 400 000 vacancies and 1 100 000 CVs already registered.

This month EURES has published an article “An interview, a psychometric test and a questionnaire. Why is applying for a job getting so complicated? ” dedicated to the topic of apllying for a job. Learn the difference between a test and a survey and find pieces of professional advice on how to prepare for a psychometric test:


Maximising skills for jobs and jobs for skills

More than one in four (27%) European employees are in dead-end positions with skills higher than needed to do their job and limited potential to grow. At the same time, 22% of employees say that their skills have not developed since they started their current job. These are some of the findings of Cedefop’s European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey, which were discussed at a high-level conference in Thessaloniki on 7 and 8 December 2015.

In his keynote speech, world-renowned Professor of Economics at Harvard University Richard Freeman talked about robots and the future of work: is technology destroying jobs and skills?

World Bank’s Lead Education Economist Harry Patrinos, also a keynote speaker, provided international evidence on returns on education and skills.

The conference hoped to stimulate discussion and identify key policy priorities, challenges and applicable solutions to the skill mismatch problem, with particular emphasis on the role of public-private partnerships and of supportive public policies.

More than 100 experts in skills and skill mismatch, along with representatives of governments, social partners, education and training, and the labour market engaged in a series of discussions structured around two key thematic pillars:

  • future challenges for vocational education and training (VET): impact of technology and workplace change on skill needs;
  • fostering partnerships in the workplace: rising up to the challenge of skill mismatch.

The objective of the conference was to provide a basis for policies that can stimulate skill demand through innovation and better jobs, effectively matched to the skills of young and adult workers, as stated in theRiga conclusions – the revised priorities for VET agreed by the European Commission, Member States and social partners in June 2015.

Launched in 2014, Cedefop’s ESJ survey asked 49 000 adult employees (aged 24 to 65) across all 28 EU Member States how their skills and qualifications match the needs of their jobs. The survey is the first to look at skill mismatch over time, taking account of changes to people’s skills and their job tasks.

Evidence from the ESJ survey has just been published in a free downloadable report titled Skills, qualifications and jobs in the EU: the making of a perfect match?


The 2015 Education and Training Monitor is out

DG Education and Culture published one of their most awaited publications of the year – the 2015 Education and Training Monitor (DE, EN). The Monitor presents the latest evidence available on a number of issues directly related to ET 2020’s priority areas, such as educational poverty, education attainment levels, inclusiveness, quality and relevance.