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What's happening in Sci4Dev this week? 22/09/20122

21 September 2017

Announcements and News

  • Brexit negotiations will start on Monday in Brussels. Donald Tusk will meet separately with Theresa May in London on Tuesday to discuss Brexit - Politico
  • UN General Assembly 72nd meeting is taking place, with speeches from many world leaders and focuses on discussing the SDGs. UKCDS closely followed the side event on Antimicrobial Resistance, on the 1 year anniversary of the AMR Declaration –
  • Interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser was announced - welcome to Professor Chris Whitty who takes up the role from Sir Mark Walport –
  • ESRC, MRC and Wellcome Trust have developed an  LMIC longitudinal population study directory for researchers and funders, supported by GCRF - ESRC
  • The Lancet and the Wellcome Trust has reported that a highly drug-resistant strain of malaria has spread from western Cambodia to southern Vietnam
  • UKRI has launched a new video which demonstrates the purpose of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - to bring together industry and researchers to help solve some of the largest challenges that we face in society and business - RUCK


  • GCRF and RCUK fund for interdisciplinary research hubs to address intractable challenges faced by developing countries. Intention to Submit survey deadline: 29 September
  • Newton Fund and The Royal Society offer Newton International Exchanges as mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for building lasting networks or strengthening emerging collaborations. Deadline: 10 October
  • DH and NIHR Fleming Fund Technical Advisory Group to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of AMR in LMICs through a One Health approach. Deadline: 20 October
  • GCRF Africa Catalyst fund for capacity-building of professional engineering institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Deadline: 23 October
  • DFID’s Global Innovation Fund (GIF) provides funding at 3 stages: pilot, test and scale, for ideas from any sector and any country provided that the innovation targets those living on under $5 a day. Deadline: Ongoing.

Reports and events

  • WHO report states that the world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.
  • The Humanitarian Learning Centre (HLC) has launched a report arguing that ‘mass starvation’ should be considered a war crime
  • University of Oxford Emerging Researchers Conference on Demography, Ageing and Health on 26-28 September
  • New Scientist Festival of Ideas in London, 28 September – 1 October
  • Chatham House The Role of the Private Sector in Global Health Security in London, 28 September
  • Evidence Based Policy in Development Network offers training on Monitoring and Evaluation for Food Security and Nutrition Programs on 16th - 27th October

Other news and interesting links

  • BBSRC research found another tool to control plant diseases whose pathogens can mirror the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria in humans – driving out blight with dual control.
  • Bond blog on holding the 2030 SDG agenda together and UK performance on SDG 17
  • NERC and the UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres launched Operation Earth - a two-year-long programme that will engage school-age children in contemporary environmental science issues. Activities are to be delivered in 2018 by ten science centres across the UK - NERC
  • Emma Rosen