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Registration Field Trip to Austria

SIA students will be visiting Austria, Hungry and Solvenia from Mar.22 to Mar.31.
The estimated costs are just 170 EURO per person (highly subsidized by the Fulda University and Kassel University)

The link to the excursion


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PROMOS Stipendium und DemokratischesStipendium

Sie können sich bis 31. März 2012 um ein PROMOS Stipendium bewerben, wenn sie zwischen dem 01. Juli und dem 15. Dezember 2012 einen studienrelevanten Auslandsaufenthalt beginnen. Welche Maßnahmen förderfähig sind, entnehmen sie bitte der Homepage Der Förderzeitraum endet am 28. 02. 2013.

Gefördert werden kann max. 1 Semester. Studierende, die einen Aufenthalt über zwei Semester planen, können sich beim DAAD bewerben (Jahresstipendien).

Für ihre Bewerbung (außer Studienreisen) reichen sie bitte folgende Unterlagen bei Herrn Patrick Lajoie ein:

• 2-seitiges PROMOS-Bewerbungsformular

• Motivationsschreiben, dass die Sinnhaftigkeit des geplanten Aufenthalts in Bezug auf das bisherige Studium darlegt (max. 1 Seite)

• Übersicht über bisher erbrachte Prüfungsleistungen

• Tabellarischer Lebenslauf

• ggf. Abschlusszeugnisse in Kopie

• ggf. Sprachnachweise, Nachweis über außerfachliches Engagement, Nachweis über Vorbereitungsmaßnahmen (z.B. Interkulturelle Schulung etc.)

• bei Praktika: Bestätigungsschreiben der Praktikumsstelle mit Angabe der Tätigkeit

Anträge für Studienreisen von mindestens fünf Studierenden/Promovierenden und einem Hochschullehrer bitte mit folgenden Unterlagen bei Studium International (Patrick Lajoie) einreichen: Detaillierte Programmbeschreibung inklusive Zeitplan, Einladungsschreiben der ausländischen Hochschule, Teilnehmerliste, Darstellung der inhaltlichen Vorbereitung der Teilnehmer (z.B. durch verpflichtenden Besuch eines Seminars).

Alle Informationen, Formulare etc. finden sie auch auf der Homepage:

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Middle East Organic Product Expo 2012 Dubai

The 10th Middle East Natural & Organic Product Expo – MENOPE 2012 is being organized during Nov 27th -29th 2012 at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai. UAE. The event is organized with the support and patronage of Dubai Municipality, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, IFOAM etc.

The strategic location of Dubai also attracts the trade community from neighboring countries mainly from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman , Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Africa etc. other than Dubai (UAE). Middle East and GCC – Arab region – is an untapped market for natural and organic products.

Visit for more information on the event.
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Monsanto Supports GMO Labeling

An interesting note for all the anti-GMO activists in WItzenhausen:
According to Bill Lambrecht’s ‘Dinner at the New Gene Café’ Monsanto was quoted in an advertisement in 1998 as saying “You have a right to know what you eat, especially when it’s better…After several months of debate, Europe has just adopted a new law for the labeling of food that comes from genetically engineered plants…We believe that products that come from biotechnology are better and that they should be labeled.”

Something to take to the streets next time there is a demo in the square.

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Stevia in Europe


In case you missed it, the EU approved stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) last fall as a food additive for foods and beverages. The approval, specifically intended for stevia’s sweetening compounds (steviol glycosides), comes at a time when consumers increasingly demand products with little or no added sugars. According to market research group Datamonitor, global launches of products with “no sugar added” positioning increased from 490 to 2308 during 2009-2010. It must be listed under its designated E number – E 960” – which may be accompanied by the ingredient name steviol glycosides. This isn’t doing much for the average consumer who isn’t yet familiar with the stevia plant, much less the name of its scientifically active compound.

A listing of stevia leaf or stevia extract elsewhere on product packaging would make for a “friendlier” label, but allowing alternative wording will be up to individual member states. Marketers may also wish to fall back on images of the stevia plant, if authorized. An Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for steviol glycosides set at 4 mg/kg of body weight presents another challenge. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy), the health body that established the ADI, considers it a “conservative” level that might still be exceeded by some users.

Stevia’s approval in Europe casts a little more uncertainty on the artificial sweetener industry worldwide. To make Europe’s case more interesting, EFSA recently announced its intent to speed up a risk assessment of the artificial sweetener aspartame, from its original 2020 deadline to a much earlier deadline of 2012. Rising concern from regulatory bodies and consumers over artificial sweeteners has already led suppliers to take stock in stevia and other alternatives. Shortly following the EU’s stevia approval, Chicago-based Merisant, which supplies the artificial sweetener Equal, expanded its Misura stevia line with a launch of the first tabletop stevia sweetener in Italy. Other companies have made similar advancements.
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