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University of Bradford to host Rotary World Peace Conference

29 October 09


Peacemakers from across the globe are attending a conference to promote global peace and understanding at the University of Bradford on Saturday 31st October, 2009.

The annual Rotary Peace Conference will explore practices and possibilities for peace through presentations and workshops on crucial current events.

The seminar, organised by the Rotary World Peace Fellows studying at the University of Bradford, is already a sell-out with around 180 Rotarians and guests attending from all around Britain, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Speaking at the two-day event will be guest speakers Gabrielle Rifkind, a practising psychotherapist, who is a specialist in conflict resolution at the Oxford Research Group and Francesca Del Mese, a human rights lawyer, who was one of the first Rotary World Peace Fellows to study at the University of Queensland.

Director of Rotary Peace Centre, Professor Tom Woodhouse, said: "Rotary International and the University is once again delighted to highlight the wonderful work achieved by these Peace Fellows. The Fellows, who are chosen from countries and cultures all around the globe, often go forward to work in areas of conflict and hardship using the skills they have learnt at one of the six Rotary Peace Centres based around the world."

The Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Department of Peace Studies is one of the Rotary International Studies Centres in Peace and Conflict Resolution established in 2002. The other centres are at the University of California - Berkeley; the University of North Carolina and Duke University, USA; the University of Queensland, Australia; the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan; and the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Each year, up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at the Rotary Centres, which operate in partnership with seven leading Universities. The fellowships are fully funded to pay fees, living and travel expenses and also a three-month applied field experience. Normally between ten and twelve of these fellowships will be awarded for tenure at the University of Bradford.

29 October 09

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Further information for Media Enquirers

For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail press@bradford.ac.uk or fax on (01274) 236280.