Making science work for development

What's happening in Sci4Dev this week? 10/11/2017

Penny Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel. Image: Chris McAndrew, Wikicommons
9 November 2017

Announcements and News

  • Priti Patel has resigned as Secretary of State for International Development. Penny Mordaunt has replaced her as the new Secretary of State –
  • International Development Committee is launching an inquiry into the definition and administration of ODA, and is accepting written submissions –
  • Today is World Science Day for Peace and Development, with this year’s theme of Science for Global Understanding - UN
  • WHO changes guidance on averting maternal deaths after WOMAN trial results - Wellcome Trust
  • EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards winners announced, with grants to address long-term health challenges through the development of innovative healthcare technologies - EPSRC
  • MRC-funded scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos in the UK - MRC
  • MRC study shows body clock causes wounds sustained at night to heal more slowly - MRC



  • NERC and RSE Enterprise Fellowships to researchers and innovators who have promising business ideas. Deadline: 23 November
  • Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards in Science to enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science. Deadline: 27 November
  • Wellcome Trust Intermediate and Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Deadlines: 27 November
  • AHRC EqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. Deadline: 30 November
  • Wellcome Trust Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Deadline: 30 November



  • MRC is looking to appoint 12 council members for the newly formed UKRI. Deadline: 13 November.
  • Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)is recruiting for a Research Officer. Deadline: 18 November.
  • Please infouk-cdsatukcds [dot] org [dot] uk (get in touch) if you have any science for development-specific roles you wish to advertise for in the newsletter.


Reports and events


Other news and interesting links

  • Six highlights from the DAC’s high-level meeting on aid rules - Bond.
  • Shortlist of 25 films announced for the AHRC Research in Film Awards – all are available to watch here.
  • ‘How thinking like a scientist has helped me as an artist’ in the Science as Art exhibition led by AHRC and RCUK in Shanghai, China - AHRC.
  • Seven trailblazing women in science from around the world - BBC.
  • Working together after Brexit: why and how Germany, the EU and the UK can continue to collaborate on international development – Simon Maxwell.
  • Emma Rosen