The « conseil de fondation » of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) wishes to increase the number of graduate students from Swiss universities working in collaboration with the CSRS in West Africa, and it is pleased to announce the first session of its W Müller Award to help to finance this collaboration. The award is open to graduate students (MSc and PhD) registered at Swiss universities and planning to conduct their projects (at least in part) in West Africa in close collaboration with a team of the CSRS in one their research areas. These are: (i) environment and health, (ii) food security and nutrition, and (iii) biodiversity and conservation. (Please see http://www.csrs.ch/ for more details of the research at CSRS.) The project must be in line with the strategic plan of the CSRS. The “conseil de fondation” will award up to 5’000 CHF per project from its W Müller fonds; in 2016-17 two projects will be funded.
Optimizing irrigation with low-cost wireless sensor networks
Section : SIE
Duration : 3 mois
Availability: September 2016 or as soon as possible
Hosting structure : Info4Dourou2.0 in Palestine & CODEV (Cooperation & Development Center) at EPFL
Project description :
Research project “Info4Dourou 2.0” focuses on the usage of low-cost wireless sensor networks to optimize irrigation in arid regions and to collect data for environmental planning and natural resources management. The system has been tested in several micro irrigated perimeters in Burkina Faso since 2012, with very promising results concerning water savings and yield optimization. It now being deployed in Palestine, in collaboration with Alquds University.
The internship goals can be summarized as follows:
- Assist the research team in Palestine currently working on applying the Info4dourou2.0-system on tomatoes in Tulkarm and dates in Jericho)
- Do own research about topics related to the Info4dourou2.0-project (to be discussed with CODEV)
- Field work. Perform soil and water analysis, analyze collected data
- Get knowledge about the situation and challenges Palestinian farmers experience
- Be open to present the work in universities and other interested institutions
English speaking fluency. French and/or Arabic a plus. Hebrew is also an asset. Previous experience of developing country/ies necessary.
Student will have to be able to take own initiatives, be flexible and push work forwards if necessary.
Support will be given to the intern by :
-CODEV (Clémence Bouleau, project coordinator)
– Supervisor Amer Kanan (Head of Environmental Department at Al-Quds University)
– The research assistant employed in the project and volunteers involved in the project
– Before the trip the intern will be instructed and given advice about the work. This includes information about the special security situation and practical issues.
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