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The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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IDS course on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (application deadline: 5th November 2017) from Jan 22, 2017 09:00 AM to Jan 26, 2017 05:00 PM Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex,
Given that 90 per cent of recorded major disasters caused by natural hazards from 1995 to 2015 were linked to weather and climate change, many organisations are now building their capacity to understand what needs to be done differently to integrate adaptation to climate change with their work on disaster risk reduction (DRR). However, it is not always obvious how these two areas can fruitfully connect and operate in tandem within the wider context of development. This course organized by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, University of Sussex) provides participants with increased knowledge of the concepts and intersections of climate change and DRR, and the approaches, methods and tools that can be used to more effectively integrate climate change in DRR.
IDS course on Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice (application deadline: 5th November 2017) from Jan 22, 2017 09:00 AM to Jan 26, 2017 05:00 PM Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies,
Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change. PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change. This course organized by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, University of Sussex) equips development professionals with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design, develop and conduct context-sensitive PAR
GCRF Global Engagement Event – Nairobi, Kenya (application deadline: 2nd November 2017) from Jan 31, 2017 09:00 AM to Feb 02, 2017 06:00 PM
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is running a series of international Global Engagement Meetings. The aim of these events is to showcase the opportunities available through the GCRF; to bring together developing country and UK researchers and representatives from other organisations to forge networks; and to discuss opportunities for maximising the contribution of GCRF research into policy and practice.
International conference: 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World' (abstract deadline: 15th November 2017) from Mar 17, 2017 09:00 AM to Mar 18, 2017 05:00 PM International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands,
The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The ERPI is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.
NCAS Atmospheric Measurement Summer School (registration deadline: 2nd February 2018) from May 14, 2017 09:00 AM to May 25, 2017 06:00 PM Arran Outdoor Centre, Isle of Arran, Scotland,
This practical course is designed for PhD and early career scientists who want to gain confidence, experience and in-depth knowledge about atmospheric science fieldwork.
GCF thematic working groups formation - Meeting 1 Jun 21, 2017 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Nick Mackintosh Room, Department of Psychology,
The first of a series of meetings dedicated to the formation of Global Challenges Forum thematic working groups, some of which are likely to focus on coordinating funding proposals.
Civil Society Workshop with Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP): Financing Urban Sanitation Jun 26, 2017 from 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM
The Global Challenges Initative leads the Civil Society Workshops to facilitate the understanding of global challenges by academics. International NGOs and UN agencies present challenges faced by developing world communities from the perspective of those communities in order to enhance demand-led global challenges research.
Open Plant Forum 2017: Fast and frugal engineering with biology from Jul 24, 2017 09:00 AM to Jul 26, 2017 05:00 PM Downing College,
The OpenPlant Forum provides a platform for exploring the potential applications of reprogrammed biological systems, and a framework for exploring the wider implications of the potentially disruptive new technologies. The Forum is held annually, in the last week of July, alternating between Cambridge and Norwich.
Sustainable Health Symposium: Global Perspectives Jul 25, 2017 08:40 AM Anglia Ruskin University,
This one day symposium will harness learning across the globe to consider the transformations required for a healthy, sustainable world. It will bring the best minds together with the expertise of key individuals to help solve these conundrums in practical, sustainable and hopeful ways and it will highlight recommendations for the next 5-10 years.
GCRF Global Engagement Events (deadline to apply: 27th July 2017) Jul 27, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
RCUK has recently developed a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) global engagement programme. The programme is taking a number of different approaches to engagement, including running a series of large international, Global Engagement Meetings (GEMs) in different regions of the world; smaller scale capacity building events; and hosting GCRF sessions at other events. The aim of these events is to showcase the opportunities available through GCRF, to bring together developing country and UK researchers and to discuss opportunities for maximising the contribution of GCRF research into policy and practice.
NERC/GCRF workshop: Sustainable Development Goal Interactions - The role of environmental science from Sep 04, 2017 06:30 PM to Sep 05, 2017 06:30 PM London,
NERC is hosting a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) community engagement workshop about the GCRF and the second collective fund call (Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Development Challenges). Registration for elevator talk: 7th August 2017; General registration: 14th August 2017.
Agriculture and Health discussion Sep 05, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 07:30 PM St John's College, University of Cambridge,
All who are interested in the intersection between food and farming and health are invited to join the ‘Agriculture and health’ discussion to hear relevant stories, engage with expert panelists and meet like-minded people.
Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative Symposium 2017 Sep 06, 2017 from 08:45 AM to 06:00 PM Buckingham House Conference Centre, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge,
Cambridge Global Food Security is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that promotes interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life.
GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs call - AHRC Webinar Sep 07, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
AHRC are hosting a webinar to provide more details about the call and how the AHRC research community can address the aims of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Interdisciplinary Research Hubs call. Representatives from AHRC and RCUK will be on hand to answer questions.
UK-China AMR Centre Partnerships Initiative – Expressions of Interest for Workshop Sep 19, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
On 5 July 2017, Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) announced they would shortly be launching the UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. The partners will be holding a workshop for researchers on w/c 20th November in China to explore opportunities for collaboration in this area.
International Workshop on Seismic Loss, Rehabilitation and Post-earthquake Crisis Management of Critical Infrastructure (application deadline: 20th September 2017) from Sep 20, 2017 09:00 AM to Sep 24, 2017 09:00 AM ITU, Istanbul, Turkey,
Through this workshop, participants will share data/experience on earthquake risk assessment, train early career researchers, attract funding and help develop worldwide research. The workshop builds on complementary expertise of two world-leading institutions (University of Sheffield and Istanbul Technical University) in the field of Earthquake Engineering which for over 20 years have been actively involved in collecting seismic data, testing structures, developing frameworks for Vulnerability Assessment, Rapid Seismic Risk Assessment and Management, and a System Approach for Industrial Facilities. These are critical for the updating of the Turkish National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan.
Decision Making Under Uncertainty Network Conference from Sep 21, 2017 09:00 AM to Sep 22, 2017 05:00 PM London,
Funded by EPSRC, NERC and ESRC, the CRUISSE (Challenging Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment) Network aims to help decision-makers in industry, government and civil society get together with academics from a wide range of disciplines in mathematical, environmental, engineering, psychological, social and other disciplines to provide better understanding and support to practitioners when they have to make difficult decisions stemming from uncertainty.
Where next for Humanitarian Innovation & Design? Sep 22, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM Royal College of Art's Senior Common Room,
What can humanitarian NGO & /non-profits learn from design approaches, especially prototyping in lab and in field? What can we in the field of design for social impact learn from them, about real-world impact and validation? The purpose of this event is to connect researchers, designers, producers, NGOs and other stakeholders to consider how this improvement might be pursued.
Global Community Bio Summit from Sep 22, 2017 09:00 AM to Sep 25, 2017 06:00 PM MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA,
The Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is organizing a Global Summit this September.
Bioenergy 2017 - Developing Sustainable Bioenergy Crops for Future Climates from Sep 24, 2017 09:55 PM to Sep 27, 2017 09:55 PM Oriel College, University of Oxford,
The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers, breeders, growers and policy makers concerned with the development of new bioenergy crops for future climates.
UK Info day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 - Climate Action & Environment Sep 26, 2017 from 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM Glaziers Hall, SE1 9DD London,
This event is a unique opportunity for SMEs, research organisations and cities interested in working on projects relating to sustainable cities, nature-based solutions, water and cultural heritage. You will hear directly from the European Commission on the background and content of the opportunities. The UK National Contact Point, Enterprise Europe Network, Knowledge Transfer Network and Future Cities Catapult will provide information on the help available and new ways in which we can support UK organisations. Case study speakers will give further hints and tips on how to become successful applicants.
UK Info day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge – Funding for cities, climate change Sep 26, 2017 11:15 AM Glaziers Hall, SE1 9DD London,
This event is a unique opportunity for research organisations, SMEs and cities interested in working on projects relating to sustainable cities, nature-based solutions, water and cultural heritage. You will hear directly from the European Commission on the background and content of the opportunities. The UK National Contact Point, EEN, KTN and Future Cities Catapult will provide information on the help available and new ways in which we can support UK organisations. Case study speakers will give further hints and tips on how to become successful applicants. We will also announce a new travel grant support offer for organisations wishing to travel to other European info days.
eLife's #ECRWednesday Webinar: Building connections and developing research in Sub-Saharan Africa Sep 27, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Working outside wealthy nations with a strong R&D infrastructure can provide a unique set of challenges and opportunities for scientists. In this webinar eLife looks to investigate funding opportunities and building connections with researchers in low and middle income countries (LIMICs) as a means of supporting a growing research community and global health and development projects.
The Role of the Private Sector in Global Health Security Sep 28, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Chatham House, London,
This one-day conference, organized by the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, aims to address themes surrounding the role of the private sector in global health initiatives.
Transformations in Global Economic Governance from Sep 28, 2017 03:40 PM to Sep 29, 2017 03:40 PM SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building,
This one-and-a-half conference focuses on a range of contemporary debates on global governance: How has the global economic governance architecture evolved in recent years? How have established international financial institutions responded to challenges of relevance and legitimacy? How have rising powers sought to alter global economic governance arrangements and how have developed countries reacted?
Climate, Africa and Governance at the Multilateral Development Banks​ - Dr. Nancy Birdsall (Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Center for Global Development, Washington DC) Sep 28, 2017 from 05:45 PM to 07:00 PM SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building,
Localising strategies for making cities resilient to disasters (application deadline: 30th September 2017) Sep 30, 2017 09:00 AM De La Salle University, Phillipines,
Under the British Council’s Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, this workshop aims to gather the academia and local stakeholders to identify strategies that can be used to assess and build a city’s resilience to disasters, using the “New Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters (10E; http://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/).
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research with special relevance to Developing Countries/Africa conference - Anglia Ruskin University (deadline for paper submission: 30th September) Sep 30, 2017 05:00 PM Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom,
The Department of Economics and International Business (EIB) of Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, will be hosting a mini conference in Cambridge, United Kingdom from 23rd to 24th November 2017. The call for abstracts and or research idea/papers for presentation and discussion at the conference is open.
What's under the pot? Rural women and cooking energy in South Asia - Bina Agarwal (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester) Oct 03, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM Seminar Room S1, Alison Richard Building,
What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history. The talk is part of the "In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy" Research Group, which focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Leverhulme Trust Open Meeting Oct 03, 2017 from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM Little Hall Lecture Theatre, Sidgwick Site,
The Leverhulme Trust Board is visiting the University of Cambridge. During the visit, the Director, Professor Gordon Marshall will give a talk open to everyone and the session will be chaired by Professor Martin Millet, Head of the School of Arts & Humanities.

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