Sister Networks and Sub-Networks

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The strength of WAYS lies in its ability to provide a robust, high-tech, online science knowledge platform for other, more focused groups and associations. Here are some of the groups that use the WAYS hosting service:

GIRAF - IFFD (French and German)

Une association de jeunes chercheurs, doctorants et post-doctorants en littérature, sciences humaines et sociales dont les travaux concernent la France et les pays de langue allemande.
GIRAF a été fondé à la suite de la première université d’été franco-allemande qui s’est tenue à Berlin en juillet 2002.

- mettre en place un réseau d'informations (bourses, postes, rencontres, colloques, parutions...)
- contribuer à favoriser les échanges scientifiques entre les jeunes chercheurs
- créer et entretenir un vrai dialogue avec les différentes institutions française et allemandes

- mise en ligne de nos travaux et projets de recherche sur notre site
- organisation d'un atelier annuel sur un thème interdisciplinaire: à Lille en 2004: "Tabous et transgressions de tabous"; à Berlin en 2005: "Centre et périphérie" (voir rubrique Actualités)
- rencontres mensuelles

Permafrost Young Researchers Network

The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) is an international organization established under the patronage of the International Permafrost Association (IPA) fostering innovative collaboration, seeking to recruit, retain and promote future generations of permafrost researchers. Initiated during the 4th International Polar Year (IPY), PYRN directs the multi-disciplinary talents of its membership toward global awareness, knowledge and response to permafrost-related challenges in a changing climate. PYRN was officially founded in November 2005 at the International Conference on Arctic Planning (ICARP II) and grew steadily since then to now reach more than 400 permafrost researchers and educators in the world on behalf of the International Permafrost Association. It built partnerships with large organizations such as Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) and the IPA, and got acknowledged by the International Polar Year (IPY) as an official activity.

Strategic Training Initiative in Research in the Reproductive Health Sciences

Our aim is to build on existing outstanding training programs in the reproductive health sciences (RHS), within each of the methodological pillars. For some students, our transdisciplinary training modules may simply serve to supplement traditional training. For other students, transdisciplinary research may be the central focus of their research training program. STIRRHS aims to support both types of student.

We aim to develop new approaches to knowledge transfer and uptake in the RHS. Team members with expertise in the evaluation of educational and approaches will allow us to work closely with students and other mentors to identify the most effective teaching and learning methods. The new communication technologies have the potential to revolutionise how students and teachers interact. These information dissemination strategies will be made available to the broader health care community through our web-site and our collaboration with professional and community organisations. We hope to achieve our objectives by networking Canadian and international mentors who are content experts in the RHS with experts in the areas of pedagogical evaluation, and to those in E-learning.

As part of core curriculum, we will invite STIRRHS students to participate in debates concerning the fundamental professional and social responsibilities of the researcher. We will provide opportunities for them to reflect on the special ethical and social challenges that are faced by RHS researchers. STIRRHS has established five transdisciplinary teams of mentors to address key health problems in the RHS (preeclampsia, preterm birth, at-risk sexual behaviour, assisted reproductive technologies, and appropriate use of obstetrical technologies). These teams will provide unique transdisciplinary training opportunities for STIRRHS students. STIRRHS has also identified several "cross-cutting perspectives" including: pedagogical innovation, gender perspective, active community participation in research development, and the responsible conduct of research.

Mother-Child Health International Research Network

The Mother-Child Health International Research Network provides tools aimed at promoting scientist-to-scientist communication and collaboration among maternal and child health scientists working in Developed and Developing countries.

We expect that the Mother-Child Health International Research Network with its website: will help combat the crippling scientific isolation experienced by so many aspiring scientists, and in the process, help improve their productivity. With more successful local health research, better health care leading to better health can be predicted for mothers and children - particularly those in low-income countries.

DISCCRS (coming soon on WAYS)

The Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse), connects natural and social scientists engaged in research related to climate change, impacts and solutions. The goal is to broaden perspectives and establish a collegial peer network to address climate challenges at the interface of science and society.

DISCCRS includes this website with a searchable database of PhD dissertation abstracts, along with resources concerning early career development and climate change, impacts, and solutions. PhD graduates who register their PhD dissertations are automatically added to the DISCCRS news, a weekly electronic newsletter with time-sensitive information. Annual DISCCRS symposia bring together a select group of early career scientists interested in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The DISCCRS IV Symposium will be held in the Tonto National Forest outside Phoenix, Arizona -- participants will provide oral and poster presentations in plenary format, hone interdisciplinary communication and team skills, and discuss emerging research, societal and professional issues with each other and with established researchers invited to serve as mentors. Participation will be limited to 34 early career scholars identified by an interdisciplinary committee of research scientists based on review of submitted applications.


Quebec Training Network in Perinatal Research (QTNPR)

CIHR-Quebec Training Network in Perinatal Research (QTNPR) Programme is an innovative, sustainable inter-university transdisciplinary research oriented training programme in reproduction, perinatology and early infant health.

QTNPR serves to facilitate collaboration across the spectrum of disciplines, beginning with the basic sciences to include clinical research exploiting our large cohorts and clinical trials, and population health and health services research, with the close links to government policy makers and with the active approach to knowledge translation.

QTNPR develops educational paradigms that place Mentors and students at the interface between disciplines and pillars (between basic science and clinical research, and between clinical research and health services research) and favours the development of skills and attitudes required for translational research and interdisciplinary collaboration by taking advantage of our outstanding mentorship and pedagogical expertise and by consolidating and structuring linkages between pedagogical leaders of these complementary networks and projects.

Sustainably improved livelihoods, worldwide, through dynamic agricultural research for development (ARD)

Mission: To serve as a global platform through which young professionals can express their ideas and realise their full potential towards a dynamic agricultural research for development.


  1. Facilitate exchange of information and knowledge among young professionals across disciplines, professions, age and regions
  2. Broaden opportunities for YPs to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates
  3. To promote agriculture among young people (activities still under discussion)
  4. Facilitate access to resources and capacity building opportunities