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What's happening in Sci4Dev this week? 20/01/2017

Ebola virus - CDC Global
20 January 2017

Announcements and News

  • Global partnership launched at Davos yesterday to prevent epidemics with new vaccines. Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations  will seek to outsmart epidemics by developing safe and effective vaccines against known infectious disease threats that could be deployed rapidly to contain outbreaks, before they become global health emergencies -Wellcome Trust
  • First baby born with congenital Ebola survives infection. The baby was diagnosed immediately after birth, and doctors treated her with a novel combination of three treatments: monoclonal antibodies (ZMapp), a buffy coat transfusion from an Ebola survivor and a broad-spectrum antiviral. ProMED
  • PM Brexit speech: UK will ‘welcome’ deal on European research - Time Higher Education
  • Global Food Security (GFS) programme published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring potential consequences for global food security - BBSRC News


  • EPSRC Joint UK/India Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment call is open. A scoping workshop identified a multidisciplinary approach to demand, energy efficient technologies, and technology integration as key themes. No closing date.
  • Up to £35 million in projects available to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases. SBRI competition run in partnership with Department of Health and the MRC. This competition aims to support the clinical development of candidate vaccines against 12 diseases. Deadline 19 April.
  • AHRC Research Networking Highlight Notice for International Development to encourage the development of research networking proposals to explore how arts & humanities research can contribute to international development. Now including submissions on China and the creative economy. Deadline 25 April
  • Business and scientists in the UK are being invited to contribute their thoughts how on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund can support them. The fund will help identify and develop UK industries that are fit for the future, driving progress in technologies where the UK can build on existing areas of industrial and research strength.


  • Can media interventions reduce gender gaps in political participation after civil war? evidence from a field experiment in rural Liberia – World Bank
  • Mass deworming to improve developmental health and wellbeing of children in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and network meta-analysis – The Lancet


Other news and interesting links

  • Malaria infection depends on number of parasites, not number of mosquito bites – MRC news
  • Think changing structures in parliament is too hard? Read how Uganda did it to increase the demand for evidence – INASP blog
  • NCEO looking for UK expertise relating to Measurement, Reporting and Verification of forests to inform future funding streams aiming to boost domestic input and enable the UK to lead global efforts on forest carbon accounting systems for REDD+. If you have expertise relating to forest MRV and research relates to:  Space-based EO data / MGD (e.g. radar scanning of ground plots) /Capacity building /R&D, new methods contact Dr Hebden sh631atleicester [dot] ac [dot] uk by 23 January.
  • Tania Ghosh