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Canada will host the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment ( WCSE) from 29 to 31 March 2009 in Vancouver. Organised jointly by the IOC and VANOC, in close partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme ( UNEP), the conference will bring together representatives of governmental and non- governmental institutions, the IOC's Sport and Environment Commission, chaired by Pál Schmitt, as well as the Olympic Family. " The Conference brings together the worlds of sport and environment to share knowledge and advance practices related to sport and its relationship with the environment and com-munities," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. The conference will also be the perfect platform to hand over the first ever IOC Awards for Sport and the Environment. These new, biennial awards, which will be given to a nominee from each of the five continents, recognise outstanding activities by the Olympic Family. To register go to www. wcse2009. com The IOC has launched the registration process for the first ever International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, which will take place at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne from 7 to 8 May 2009. As a socially responsible organisation, the IOC is engaged in sports development at grass- roots level, aiming to increase access to physical activity worldwide as well as to improve social and human wellbeing at large. Moreover, many other international participants within and outside the sports family are working in this area, thereby recognising the value of sport as a tool for development and peace- building across the globe. Under the patronage the International Olympic Truce Foundation ( IOTF) and the IOC's International Relations Commission, chaired by Mario Pescante, the Forum discussions will centre on themes such as the value of sport in supporting the community's search for peace and in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals; how to maximise the impact of sport through partnerships with UN bodies; how to enhance youth empowerment through sport for development and peace programmes; and how to better measure the impact of physical activity on the development of deprived populations. For more information please go to www. olympic. org/ lausanneforum BelowThe IOC is engaged in sports development at grass- roots level around the world to improve social well- being 2009ACADEMIC RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPSNEWIOCFORUM The IOC Olympic Studies Centre ( OSC) has chosen seven research projects for their academic excellence and for their potential for developing the Olympic Movement. The authors of these projects will benefit from a scholarship, which will allow them to consult the OSC's collections ( unique collections of more than one million archived documents, publications, official reports, photos and films). The results of their research should be published at the end of the year. The seven candidates selected and their chosen projects are: ? Ana Adi( University of the West of Scotland, UK/ Romania): New Media, Human Rights and the Olympic Movement – a literature review. ? Pascal Charitas( University of Paris- Sud XI Orsay, France): Les conditions d'émergence du développement sportif olympique en Afrique: analyse comparée entre le Royaume Uni et la France. ? Kathryn Henne( University of California ( Irvine), USA): A historiographic investigation of anti- doping regulation and enforcement in international sport. ? Jialing Luo( University of Cambridge, UK/ China): Olympism and nation- building: Impacts of the Beijing Olympics on traditional courtyard neighbourhood. ? Lynn Minnaert( University of Westminster, UK / Belgium): Database and analysis of recent Olympic non- infrastructural programmes that specifically target socially excluded groups. ? Nancy Stevenson( University of Westminster, UK): London 2012: The impacts of cultural legacy programmes on local communities. ? Jason Charles Vuic( Bridgewater College, USA): Multiculturalism through Olympism: the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. OLYMPIC REVIEW13 GOING GREEN