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Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa from Nov 23, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 25, 2017 05:00 PM Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
Despite important strides in the fight against poverty over the past two decades with nearly 1.1 billion people escaping extreme poverty since 1990, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. This three-day international conference aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, and inspiring action towards change. The conference offers a platform for bridging divides across sectors, disciplines and policy, practice and research.
The implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – Joanna Depledge (C-EENRG, University of Cambridge) Nov 23, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM Room 2.49, David Attenborough Building,
The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) is hosting a weekly seminar series throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. These are informal and friendly talks allowing discussion of on-going work for PhD students, early career and senior researchers.
CCI Unusual Suspects: Biodiversity conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Nov 23, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Main Seminar Room, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge,
This workshop seeks to explore how conservation organisations should position themselves with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It forms part of a broader Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) project under Professor Bhaskar Vira (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge).
Celebrating 10 Years of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships Nov 23, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Li Ka Shing Centre, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge, CB2 0RE,
Over the past 10 years, Addenbrookes Abroad has established four global health partnerships across Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Their volunteers have improved healthcare delivered to millions of patients in over 59 countries.
BIEA Lecture - What impact does Brexit have on Regional Integration in Africa? Nov 23, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH,
In this lecture, Professor Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu (University of Manchester) will explore how the 2016 UK referendum and Brexit will affect African countries. In particular, looking at how existing trade relationships between the EU and different Africa regions - such as Economic Partnership Agreements, and Euro-Mediterranean FTA - will respond to the departure of the UK and the EU? And what are the challenges and opportunities available to African countries?
Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting of Minds 2017 (registration deadline: 10th November) Nov 24, 2017 from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM Downing College, Cambridge,
Join the University of Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre's annual full-day conference ‘Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting of Minds’, with over 100 attendees from across Cambridge.
Evidence is Not Enough: Towards a democratically legitimate role for evidence in health policymaking (Katherine Smith, University of Edinburgh) Nov 24, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Large Seminar Room, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge,
This seminar will be chaired by Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge.
CODESRIA and Knowledge Production in Africa Nov 27, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM Seminar Room S1 Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT,
Dr Godwin Murunga, executive director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), will present on the challenges and opportunities for knowledge production in Africa.
UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2017 from Nov 28, 2017 12:00 AM to Nov 29, 2017 12:00 AM Port Louis, Mauritius,
UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS aims to bring together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation. The summit is part of the “Merck STEM Program for Women and Youth”.
Solar Energy, Skills Development and Employment Opportunities in India - Shailaja Fennell (Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge) Nov 28, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building,
Women, literacy and health: exploring assumptions, approaches and practices (Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, University East Anglia) Nov 28, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Room GS5, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge,
The Michaelmas 2017 edition of the REAL Centre Seminar Series (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) will explore topics related to the innovation, leadership, policy and specific cases of the social context of education. All welcome.
UREC Research Ethics Talks Nov 28, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM Lecture Room 1, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, University of Cambridge,
The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) will be hosting their the third annual UREC Research Ethics Talks. The workshop will be open to any University staff or students, who are are invited to submit questions for the Q&A in advance.
Industrial Methane Measurement conference from Nov 29, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 30, 2017 06:00 PM Antwerp, Belgium,
This international conference will review and discuss requirements, regulations and emerging technological capabilities for monitoring methane emissions.
PEI Spotlight Seminar: The Future of Renewable Energy in Africa Nov 29, 2017 from 09:45 AM to 03:30 PM Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London W1J 0BA,
The Planet Earth Institute will host a seminar consisting of high-level presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions as they explore defining challenging and opportunities impacting access to electricity today, and celebrate and ‘spotlight’ the individuals, research groups, academic institutions and businesses driving scientific, technological and commercial innovations that will come to define the future of renewable energy in Africa.
Responsible Governance of Open and Democratised Emerging Technologies Nov 29, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building,
This theme looks at the proposed role of Open IP in creating greater agency and freedoms for firms and individuals and examines how patterns of control over emerging technologies could change, including what responsible governance for open and democratised technologies might look like in the future.
The Wisdom of the Crowd Nov 29, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG,
Join Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS for a night of interactive experiments exploring the power of crowds in answering certain numerical questions. From guessing the weight of a cow or the number of sweets in a jar, there is evidence that the average of a crowd's guesses can deliver surprisingly accurate results.
Free Impact training for NERC funded researchers Nov 30, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Newcastle,
NERC are offering its funded researchers the opportunity to attend the training course ‘Fast Track the Impact of your research’, delivered by Professor Mark Reed on the 30th November in Newcastle.
Standards in energy and environment: implications for innovation policy – Henkde Vries (Rotterdam School of Management) Nov 30, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM Institute for Manufacturing,
The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) is hosting a weekly seminar series throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. These are informal and friendly talks allowing discussion of on-going work for PhD students, early career and senior researchers.
Collaborating for positive futures in a changing world of work Dec 01, 2017 from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
This workshop organized by Bond and Forum for the Future addresses what must be done in order to create sustainable jobs and livelihoods for people in developing and emerging economies in 2030.
Tricontinental Tea Seminars: The Politics of Science and Technology in the Global South (registration deadline: 3th/24th November 2017) Dec 01, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 06:30 PM Room S1, Alison Richard Building,
The Consortium for the Global South invites you to participate in the first of its Tricontinental Tea Seminars. This informal series is intended to connect researchers working in different departments and disciplines within the University departments, to share knowledge, and to explore the potential for future collaborative projects.
3rd International Conference on Global Food Security: Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways (early bird registration deadline: 15th September) from Dec 03, 2017 09:00 AM to Dec 06, 2017 05:00 PM Cape Town, South Africa,
The five core conference themes reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security: food creation, food safety and bio security, food loss and waste, food in a changing society and food utilization
NUTRI-INNO – Stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship for better nutrition (application deadline: 3rd November 2017) from Dec 04, 2017 09:00 AM to Dec 08, 2017 06:00 PM Cambridge,
Early career researchers at Cambridge are invited to apply for this five-day workshop focused on finding innovative ways to promote better human nutrition in support of active and healthy lifestyles.
Recent advances in energy conservation techniques for building workshop: from micro scale to urban level from Dec 04, 2017 09:00 AM to Dec 08, 2017 05:00 PM Istanbul Technical University, Turkey,
Partner countries, UK and Turkey, seek to improve energy efficiency and sustainability of the existing and new built environment. This can only be achieved by introducing novel technologies, low carbon solutions, renewable energy integration and better urban planning. The UK have well established urban planning infrastructure, whereas Turkey has a heritage of architectural design, cultural aspects, and diverse urban planning. The aim of this workshop is to address recent advances in energy conservation techniques for buildings: from Micro scale to Urban level.
Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Development (upcoming symposium: Data, Knowledge, Economy and Agriculture) from Dec 04, 2017 09:00 AM to Dec 06, 2017 05:00 PM Pretoria, South Africa,
Frontiers of Engineering for Development is a series of interdisciplinary symposia that facilitates national and international collaboration to tackle global development challenges. The events bring together a select group of around 60 emerging UK and global engineering leaders from industry and academia to discuss pioneering technical work and cutting-edge research for international development from a diversity of engineering fields. Seed funding is available to progress some of the best ideas coming out of the event. The upcoming symposium is focussed on "Data, Knowledge, Economy and Agriculture".
Sensors for Food and Agriculture Conference 2017 from Dec 05, 2017 09:00 AM to Dec 06, 2017 05:00 PM Møller Centre, Cambridge, UK,
The Cambridge Global Food Security research centre presents the 3rd annual Sensors for Food and Agriculture conference, which will take place 5-6 December 2017 at the Møller Centre in Cambridge, UK.
Hypertension, Left Ventricular Remodelling and Heart Failure in Black Africans Dec 05, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM Lecture Theatre 2, School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge,
Together with Cambridge Cardiovascular, the Experimental Medicine and Immunotherapeutics group presents a talk on ancestry and biological informative markers in black Africans that can give rise to hypertension and heart failure.
Tracing the Relationship between Inequality, Crime and Punishment: Space, Time and Politics from Dec 07, 2017 09:30 AM to Dec 08, 2017 05:00 PM The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH,
Building on recent comparative and historical research on the institutional, cultural and political-economic factors shaping crime and punishment, this conference aims to advance understanding of whether, and if so how and why, social and economic inequality influences levels and types of crime and punishment, and conversely the impact of different levels and types of crime and punishment on various forms of inequality.
GCI Round Table – Michaelmas 2017 Dec 08, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Rayleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge,
Book launch: Heat, greed and human need: climate change, capitalism and sustainable wellbeing by Professor Ian Gough Dec 08, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM Shaw Library, London School of Economics, London,
This book builds an essential bridge between climate change and social policy. Combining ethics and human need theory with political economy and climate science, it offers a long-term, interdisciplinary analysis of the prospects for sustainable development and social justice. Beyond ‘green growth’ (which assumes an unprecedented rise in the emissions efficiency of production) it envisages two further policy stages vital for rich countries: a progressive ‘recomposition’ of consumption, and a post-growth ceiling on demand.
Conference and Book Launch: Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century Dec 09, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 07:30 PM SOAS University of London, Djam Lecture Theatre, Main Building, London WC1H 0XG,
A one day public conference and book launch featuring some of India’s leading public intellectuals and civil rights activists commenting on the inequalities faced by Dalits and Adivasis and their resistance.
Sensors and Big Data in Robotics (registration deadline: 12th November 2017) Dec 11, 2017 from 09:15 AM to 06:00 PM Aurora Innovation Centre at British Antarctic Survey, CB3 0ET,
Cambridge Big Data, CamBridgeSense Strategic Research Initiatives and the British Antarctic Survey are holding a networking day to explore the current state-of-the art in the interlinking fields of robotics, sensors and big data, challenges for the future, and to spark potential collaborations by bringing together people with a range of interests and expertise.
2018 Centres Competition information day and networking event (application deadline: 20 November 2017) Dec 11, 2017 from 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH,
This event will provide an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions and find out more about the wider changes to ESRC's Centres policy and the introduction of follow-on Transition funding and Institute status; as well as the 2018 Centres Competition application process.
NERC-affiliated short course: Evidence Synthesis for Environmental Policy (registration deadline: 14th November 2017) Dec 14, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, London,
This short course is aimed at PhD and early-career researchers interested in Integrated Environmental Management (IEM). It offers the opportunity to work with policymakers, learning about the methods and skills involved in synthesising evidence for policy.
Balancing the climate equation: How to remove carbon from the atmosphere Dec 16, 2017 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London,
There's a lot of focus on limiting the amount of greenhouse gas that we add to the air, but could we look at the other side of the equation and start to subtract? Join leading UK climate scientists at this Royal Institution event, as they discuss how forests, soils and mines can be used to trap greenhouse gases. The speakers are all involved in the research council funded Greenhouse Gas Removal research programme.
Meeting on Dynamical Coupling in the Terrestrial Atmosphere Dec 18, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 03:30 PM The Royal Astronomical Society, London,
This meeting is a joint meeting between The Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society.
Short course: Development Economics for Non-Economists (application deadline 5th November) from Jan 15, 2018 09:00 AM to Jan 19, 2018 05:00 PM Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex,
This programme aims to equip non-economists working on issues of international development to engage better with economists and policy-makers on economic matters. Participants will learn how to identify, understand, apply, discuss, and if necessary challenge economics in development.
NERC-affiliated short course: Geophysics for Environmental Scientists from Jan 15, 2018 09:00 AM to Jan 19, 2018 05:00 PM Keele University, Staffordshire,
This NERC-affiliated course covers practical experience of geophysical data collection, analysis and interpretation under commercial conditions - a key skill for future research and/or commercial sector employment.
Imagine 2027: Transforming Economics for a Thriving 2027 (Kate Raworth) Jan 18, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM Lecture Theatre LAB002, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge,
Kate Raworth presents her personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how we can 'rethink Economics', to transform what we aim for and how we measure success, for the benefit of all in 2027.
MRC Cancer Research and Global Health Workshop (registration deadline: 12th December 2017) Jan 22, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London,
The Medical Research Council has organised a one-day workshop titled “Cancer Research and Global Health”, intending to inform the cancer research community about all funding opportunities for global health across the MRC’s remit, including new GCRF funding. It will also be an ideal setting for researchers to discuss ideas.
Doctoral training partnerships Round 2 town hall (registration deadline: 1 December 2017) Jan 30, 2018 12:00 PM 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London,
NERC has announced that its second round of investment in doctoral training partnerships (DTP2) will be made through a fully open competitive call. The DTP2 call will be launched in early January 2018, at which point an announcement of opportunity will be published on the NERC website. To ensure clear communication regarding the scope and expectations of this call, NERC will be holding a town hall meeting for interested parties to discuss the call in more detail with NERC staff and to network with potential DTP partners.
Imagine 2027: Basic Income for a Fairer 2027 (Professor Guy Standing) Feb 01, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM Lecture Theatre LAB002, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge,
Professor Guy Standing presents his personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how we can change the basic income paradigm to make a fairer, better-off 2027.
Refugee Migration Feb 09, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge,
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, presents a Darwin College Lecture Series talk on refugee migration.
Imagine 2027: Class and Social Mobility, getting to a fairer 2027 (Faiza Shaheen) Mar 08, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM Lecture Theatre LAB002, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge,
Faiza Shaheen presents her personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how we can make Britain less class-ridden and more socially mobile, for the benefit of all in 2027.
NERC-affiliated short course: Digital field mapping and modelling: using emerging technologies to reduce uncertainty in geological models from Mar 26, 2018 09:00 PM to Mar 30, 2018 05:00 PM University of Birmingham, Birmingham,
The aim of this NERC-affiliated course is to enable geosciences graduates to adapt their skills to emerging technologies in electronic/digital field data collection and model building. The focus of the training is on the building, iteration and validation of a subsurface geological model with an emphasis on the use of an accessible and dynamic professional software suite.
Imagine 2027: Technology for Social Good in 2027 (Hermann Hauser) Apr 05, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM Lecture Theatre LAB002, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge,
Hermann Hauser presents his personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how new Technologies can work to improve social fairness as we head towards 2027.
Interfaces in energy materials conference from Apr 11, 2018 09:00 AM to Apr 12, 2018 05:00 PM Trinity College, Cambridge,
Interfaces are critical to achieving next-generation energy systems with high performance and stability. However, little is known about the potential challenges associated with interface phenomena in these systems...
Ocean Gliders: Autonomous Monitoring of the Marine Environment (registration deadline: 8th January 2018) from May 14, 2018 09:00 PM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM University of East Anglia, Norwich,
This 5-day Advanced Training Short Course will provide hands-on experience of ocean gliders using UEA's unique seawater tank, as well as the theoretical knowledge of how gliders and their sensors work. The training draws upon UEA's extensive experience of glider deployments worldwide. Lecturers include experts in physical, chemical and biological ocean science using gliders, as well as a highly trained glider engineer.
International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology (BEEM2018): Technology Nexus for the Resonance of Nature and Humans from Jun 10, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 13, 2018 05:00 PM Daemyung Resort, Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, Korea,
This conference was specifically designed to stimulate new research activities in the technological fields of bioresources, energy, environment, and materials. You are encouraged to participate in the progress of the shares of research with eminent researchers through active discussion collaboration.
Postcolonial Ecologies in the Global South: Explorations at the Culture/Nature Interface (registration deadline: 31st October 2017) from Jul 28, 2018 09:00 AM to Jul 29, 2018 06:00 PM Cambridge,
The Consortium for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Global South invites all Cambridge researchers - from PhD students to senior academics- working on the culture/nature interface or on any other theme related to postcolonial ecologies in the Global South to participate in this workshop.
World Social Science Forum 2018 (deadline for session proposals: 1st September 2017) from Sep 25, 2018 09:00 AM to Sep 28, 2018 05:00 PM Fukuoka, Japan,
The World Social Science Forum 2018 is the fourth in a series of international, interdisciplinary social science conferences focusing on contemporary global challenges. The Forum will address the issue of security for all people in an equitable and sustainable world.

The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


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