Goran Shibakovski

Macedonia University St. Paul the Apostle

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Commented on Conferences 2023-2024
International Conference on New Findings in Humanities and Social Sciences on 27 - 29 March 2024 at Oxford, United Kingdom. This conference will cover the latest advancements in the fields of social sciences and humanities. From immersing in seminars, roundtables, and workshops to presenting your work or even getting published, we will provide a great learning and intellectual environment for all our attendees. Join in discussion and discourse with distinguished academics, researchers, scholars, industry professionals, university staff, and several others. https://www.hsconf.org/

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Commented on Scholarship opportunities for researchers, students from across Africa
The Embassy of India in Dakar, Senegal, that provides information about the ICCR Scholarships 2024-25 under India-Africa Maitri Scholarship Scheme. The scheme offers 100 scholarships to students from African countries who want to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, or PhD programs in selected Indian universities. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, living allowance, house rent allowance, thesis and dissertation expense, and return air fare. The scholarships are available for various courses, except medical, paramedical, fashion, law, and integrated courses. The applicants must be between 18 and 40 years old for undergraduate or postgraduate courses, and between 18 and 50 years old for PhD courses. They must also be meritorious, well versed in English, medically fit, and holders of valid passports. The deadline for applications is March 25th, 2024. More info at https://embassyofindiadakar.gov.in/pages.php?id=346

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Commented on Research on democracy
Call for applications for the Fellowship 2024: Voices, a programme that awards 10 fellowships in Central and South-Eastern Europe who have an idea for a long-form story that needs dedicated reporting, research, funding, and editorial support. The programme is run by BIRN, a network that covers topics such as democracy, human rights, justice, and corruption in the region. The theme for this year's fellowship is Voices, which invites applicants to explore the voices that are not heard or worth hearing in their societies, and how they can contribute to a bigger conversation. The deadline for applications is March 25th, 2024. https://birn.eu.com/news-and-events/fellowship-2024-voices-call-for-applications-open/

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Commented on Fake news, disinformation, conspiracy theories
Hive Mind, a learning space for digital activists, offers online courses on topics such as countering disinformation, digital security, positive narratives, media literacy, and online campaigning. The courses aim to improve the critical thinking skills, deepen the understanding of the mechanisms behind disinformation, show the users how to take control of the exposure online, and use technology to create positive change and mobilize supporters for their cause. You can enroll in the courses at your own pace and schedule. https://en.hive-mind.community/learning

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Commented on Fintech
Very helpful. The report "Fintech Megatrends 2024” unveils the fintech trends and predictions for 2024 through the lens of both corporate and venture perspectives. The report covers topics such as: The investment ecosystem in 2023 and 2024; The challenges and opportunities faced by fintech startups; The evolving business models and value propositions of fintechs; The regulatory shifts and implications for fintechs; and The exit environment and strategies for fintechs. The report also features insights from 11 leading fintech funds, as well as case studies of successful fintechs in different sectors. https://welcome.plugandplaytechcenter.com/fintech-megatrends-report

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Commented on Online networking events, workshops and grant opportunities
The 2024 careers conference for Oxford University DPhils and Research Staff, Careers Beyond Academia: Options and Pathways for Researchers, will take place from Monday 18 March - Thursday 21 March, online and in person at the Careers Service. Register for free and join online panel talks with PhD holders and former academic researchers speaking frankly about their daily working lives in a variety of sectors, attend in-person networking events with peers and employers, and take part in interactive workshops to help you identify skills and strategies for optimising your career preparedness. https://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/beyond-academia

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Commented on Grants & challenges
EURAXESS Smart Talks are excited to present “Decoding ERC Grants: Strategies for Success,” a two-part mini-series on the ERC Grant proposal process. The European Research Council (ERC) is the premier European funding organization for excellent frontier research. It gives creative researchers across Europe the support to run cutting-edge projects. The overall ERC budget is more than €16 billion (2021-2027). https://www.euraxess.bg/bulgaria/news/euraxess-smart-talks-decoding-erc-grants-part-1-effective-communication

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Commented on Science Diplomacy
Core Skills for Effective Science Communication. Science communication is an essential but, luckily, transferable skill; this webinar is about helping you learn how to talk about science with your peers and regular folks. https://wbc-rri.net/core-skills-for-effective-science-communication/

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Commented on Family Studies
89% of the world’s population now live in countries with falling rates. In the U.S., marriage has declined by 60% since the 1970s, while median age for first marriages has increased for both men and women. “There are a couple of big factors here in play. One major factor is the changing economy”, said Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at University of Virginia. The phenomenon affects many countries in the world but it’s most pressing in east and south Asia, where marriage and childbirth are highly correlated. “Governments all over the world are worried because of economic implications”, said Dr Leng Leng Thang of National University of Singapore. The decline of marriage is turning into a demographic crisis for Japan which is the world’s third largest economy and home to the world’s oldest population. And a similar problem is troubling authorities in China, which registered the fewest marriages in 2022 since public records began. “By 2050, China's working population will be reduced by 10%, and not enough babies will be born to fill that gap. The dependent population, those who reach retirement age, will double” warned Dr Ye Liu from King’s College London. Watch the video to learn what causes increasing number of couples around the world to opt out of marriage. https://youtu.be/_H_RrMH4WV8?si=JJEhrqRsaJCBwiGe

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Commented on Conferences 2023-2024
International Conference on Research in Psychology, 27 - 29 March 2024. Oxford, United Kingdom. This conference is a prestigious event, organized to provide an international platform for academicians, researchers, managers, industrial participants and students to share their research findings with global experts. All full paper submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research depth, accuracy and relevance to conference theme and topics. Conference Call for Papers 2024: https://www.icrpconf.org/call-for-papers/

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Commented on AI & your research work
This article summarizes a research paper by Meredith Ringel Morris, a director of human-AI interaction research at Google DeepMind. The paper reports on the findings of interviews with 20 scientists from various disciplines, such as physics, immunology, sociology, and more. The interviews explored how Generative AI, which are AI models that can create new content such as text, images, or music, might affect the practice and education of science. The article highlights some of the opportunities and challenges that Generative AI could bring to the scientific community, such as novel methods, insights, and tools, as well as ethical, social, and technical issues. A list of some of the examples and applications of Generative AI in different scientific fields, such as chemistry, biology, astronomy, and psychology. These include generating new molecules, proteins, planets, and faces, as well as enhancing existing data, such as images, sounds, and text. https://montrealethics.ai/scientists-perspectives-on-the-potential-for-generative-ai-in-their-fields/

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Commented on MSCA International Cooperation 2024
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024. Deadline 11 Sep 2024. More info at https://marie-sklodowska-curie-actions.ec.europa.eu/calls/msca-postdoctoral-fellowships-2024

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Commented on Anti-aging research
This article claims that thin people have an active enzyme called AMPK that regulates their metabolism and helps them burn more calories. The article also suggests that anyone can activate this enzyme by following three methods: fasting, exercising, or taking a supplement. https://healthinsider.news/what-actually-makes-naturally-thin-people-thin-simple-fasting-diet-en/ Comments?

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Commented on Blockchain Technology & Web 3.0
This article from the Economist argues that as Facebook turns 20 in 2024, social apps are being transformed by new technologies, regulations, and consumer preferences. The article predicts that social apps will become more decentralized, diverse, and personalized, and that they will face more competition and scrutiny from governments and users. The article also suggests that social apps will have to adapt to the changing needs and expectations of their users, who are increasingly looking for more privacy, control, and quality in their online interaction. https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/02/01/the-end-of-the-social-network What is your opinion?

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Commented on Research on democracy
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University introduces the Fellows Academic Program, a research and training program for young scholars interested in exploring the ethical and political dimensions of democracy. The program offers a variety of seminars, colloquia, and conferences, as well as opportunities to interact with leading experts and practitioners in the field. The grant amount is 30.000 USD. Link: https://ethics.tau.ac.il/fellows_new/?tab=4