Leeds' AFRICAP launches free course on climate change and food system resilience, register by 29 March

Launching on 29 March 2021, Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems is a free online course exploring new research-led strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture and food systems.

Hosted on the FutureLearn platform, the virtual course is designed and facilitated by GCRF-AFRICAP researchers from the University of Leeds, Dr Stephen Whitfield and Dr Harriet Smith. Visit this website for more information and registration. 

New WUN research group addresses serious COVID related health-care gaps for teen girls in low- and middle-income countries

COVID-19 will lead to more child marriages, unintended pregnancies and sexual violence for teens in low- and middle-income countries.

A new WUN research group, led by the University of Alberta, is looking for ways to address serious gaps the COVID-19 pandemic has created in health-care services for teen girls in low- and middle-income countries. 

TEC transfers quantum computing knowledge to AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca and the Tec’s Guadalajara campus have designed a knowledge transfer program for various cutting-edge technologies, including quantum computing, which the pharmaceutical company will apply to quantum bioinformatics, a tool for designing new drugs.

This training forms part of AstraZeneca Guadalajara’s strategy for the global evolution of information technology (IT), which it has been working on in collaboration with Tec de Monterrey since 2018.

WUN members Alberta and Ghana team up to foster next generation of global scholars and leaders

The University of Alberta is partnering with three West African universities, including the University of Ghana, to mentor and build tomorrow’s diverse community leaders and global intellectuals through a new project.

Powered by a $300,000 grant from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) Advanced Scholars West Africa program, the initiative supports research-focused exchanges for doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career academics between the U of A and universities in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

The project, On the Path of Social Responsibility and Global Leadership, will give the next generation of scholars the know-how to become effective leaders in their communities and beyond, said project lead Professor Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika of the U of A’s Faculty of Arts.

ICLHE 2021 Conference on Language and Higer Education in Maastricht: call for papers

On 19-21 October 2021, Maastricht University will be hosting the ICLHE 2021 Conference with the theme “EMI, ICLHE and Englishization: Reflecting on the changing university”. 

Through this theme the conference aims to address key issues in language & education facing higher education today, not just in Europe but right across the world. Prospective contributors can submit their abstract via this link. The deadline is 28 February 2021.

York awarded £6m to investigate the role food systems play in the health of children and the environment

The University of York has been awarded almost £6m to lead an innovative study which aims to create both healthier future generations and a healthier planet.

Researchers look at healthy eating interventions in schools and nurseries, food retailing, food procurement and farming to address issues such as childhood obesity, sustainability in agriculture and global warming.

The five-year research programme called 'Transformations to Regenerative Food Systems (TReFS) will also look at how regenerative farming, which promotes biosystems health, can help achieve both healthier populations and environment in the future.

European Researchers Collaborate to Prevent Risks in Transport Infrastructures related to Climate Change

Developing and implementing a robust decision-making platform to anticipate, manage and mitigate natural risks in road and rail infrastructure networks of the Atlantic Area is a key objective of SIRMA, a €2 million pan-European research project.

SIRMA (Strengthening Infrastructure Risk Management in the Atlantic Area), which is scheduled to be completed in 2022, aims to significantly improve the resilience of such infrastructures, in particular in face of climate change impacts.

University of Alberta: International Week 2021: February 1 - 6

A warming globe, increasing numbers of refugees and displaced persons, gender disparity, economic inequalities, freshwater shortages, famine, war… We are bombarded with these issues and many others facing the planet and its inhabitants every day. To address these issues, the UN established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.

Learn more about the SDGs and find hope and opportunity for action at International Week 2021 (I-Week).

2021 SDG Conference Bergen: The SDGs after the crisis

While the world has united behind the 2030 Agenda, rising global inequalities have long threatened to derail the progress made so far. Adding to this, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had devastating impacts across the world. Recognizing this global fundamental challenge, the 2021 SDG Conference Bergen focuses on tackling global inequalities, relevant for all of the goals, to achieve a new path for sustainable development, after the crisis.

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide will be opening the conference.

NCKU Receives 2020 National Sustainable Development Award

National Cheng Kung University received the 2020 National Sustainable Development Award on November 25th at an award ceremony in the Executive Yuan. Three schools were conferred this award in the education category, including National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), China Medical University, and Mingdao High School (Taichung). NCKU has demonstrated in recent years excellence in promoting the localization of sustainable development and its integration with daily living by substantively achieving the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through cross-disciplinary collaborations, NCKU was able to establish a campus sustainability consensus. NCKU leads the nation’s universities as being the first to champion the United Nation’s SDGs.

CUHK Institute of Health Equity Webinar Series: The detrimental impact of housing deprivation and affordability stress on health and well-being

Co-organized by Policy Research@HKIAPS, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK
Date: 11 December 2020 (Friday)
Time: 12:30-1:30pm (HKT)
Speakers: 
Prof. Rebecca Bentley, Professor of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Dr. Mandy Lau, Associate Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Moderator: Prof. Roger Chung, Associate Director of CUHK Institute of Health Equity
Language: English
Free Registration
The webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. After registration, a confirmation email containing the meeting ID and password will be sent to registrants.

Southampton University Neuroscience PHD wins national award

A neuroscience PHD has been crowned A "Champion of Champions" in an annual award.

Twenty-seven year old, Devon Lewis, from the University of Southampton won the title in the Engineers in Business Competition (EIBC).

The competition pits teams of university engineering and bioengineering student innovators against each other to win seed funding to progress their business idea.

Zhejiang's Researchers Propose Hypotheses How to cure Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a severe neurodegenerative disorder that exerts an extremely adverse impact on individuals, families and society at large, with symptoms such as memory loss, cognitive dysfunction mood swings and loss of kinetic abilities. At present, there are about 50 million people worldwide with AD and this number is projected to soar to 152 million. AD is one of the most financially costly diseases. Currently, 1 trillion dollars or so is spent annually worldwide on the treatment and care of Alzheimer’s patient, and this figure is expected to double by 2030.

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