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What's happening in Sci4Dev this week? 17/02/2017

Maternal health Bangladesh - UN Photo
17 February 2017

Announcements and News

  • Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered why a lethal superbug is so resistant to the last line antibiotic meaning potential treatments could now be developed to fight the killer infection – BBSRC News
  • A host of leading UK scientists and academics will be presenting their research at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, MA from 16-20 February 2017 – ESRC news
  • International Development Minister reinforces the UK’s commitment to the people of South Sudan suffering from severe drought and conflict, and reiterates urgent need for peace – Gov.UK
  • Why Bill and Melinda Gates  think we are on the winning side of global health – Gates Notes
  • ‘Flawed’ attitude to public engagement ‘lingers on’ – Time Higher Education


  • Lloyd’s Register Foundation launches global call for partners in the area of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) related to the safety and performance of engineered assets and infrastructures on which modern society relies. Deadline 28 February.
  • Newton Fund Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership China (WCSSP) call – Air Quality Impacts on agriculture and ecosystems is now open for proposals. The WCSSP comprises projects designed to build the basis for strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability. Deadline 7 March.
  • National Institute of Health (NIH), the Wellcome Trust, and the African Society of Human Genetics launched the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative (H3Africa).The H3Africa call, delivered by Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), is open for collaborative research submissions. Deadline 24 March.
  • The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India, in collaboration with DFID, ESRC and the MRC, are announce a second joint call to fund global health research addressing the health needs of women and children globally. Deadline 12 April.
  • BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The FLF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. Deadline 11 May.


  • Socioeconomic status and risk factors for non-communicable diseases in low-income and lower-middle-income countries – The Lancet
  • EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee publishes its report which highlights key actions that will be needed to ensure environmental protections are not eroded as a result of Brexit – Parliament.UK


Other news and interesting links

  • Tania Ghosh