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Global science policy from a sustainable perspective Feb 21, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge,
The United Nations is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals as policies that transcend national concerns. What do universities contribute to these global priorities? This open discussion is convened by the Centre for Science and Policy with the Cambridge Global Challenges Initiative to question the structure and purpose of science policy on a global scale.
Circular Economy in Practice: Challenges & Opportunities Feb 26, 2018 from 03:30 PM to 07:00 PM Aurora Innovation Centre, BAS, CB3 0ET,
This event, co-organised by the BAS Aurora Innovation Centre and the Cambridge Network, will bring together thought leaders from business (M&S, Anglia Water, ARUP), academia (Engineering, Uni Cambridge) and think tanks (Green Alliance) to share best circular economy practice, give an honest account of successes and set-backs, and highlight which barriers and knowledge gaps need to be addressed to accelerate progress.
Language Sciences / Global Challenges Initiative Research Forum with Africa’s Voices Feb 27, 2018 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Africa's Voices combines media and technology in delivering methods to listen intelligently and amplify diverse, local voices. At this meeting, Africa's Voices will present research opportunities of relevance to Computing and/or Language Sciences, amongst other disciplines.
Opportunities for ecological adaptations to flood hazards in major global cities (London, Singapore and San Francisco) – Cambridge workshop Mar 02, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM University of Camrbdige,
This project investigates the potential for ecological adaptation and ecosystem-based flood defence management in three contrasting urban socio-ecological systems: London and the Thames Estuary, San Francisco and San Francisco Bay, and the island margins of the City State of Singapore. The Cambridge Workshop is the first step in a process of engagement through which a global knowledge network about natural management and urban flood hazards will be built.
NERC Design for Decommissioning: Opportunities for Marine Science Workshop Mar 06, 2018 08:40 PM Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh,
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together academic researchers, environmental agencies and industry to discuss the potential challenges and opportunities for integrating marine science at the design stage of offshore structures to enable better environmental management.
Plastics in the Ocean: Challenges and Solutions Mar 07, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
British Antarctic Survey is hosting a workshop in Cambridge to bridge science, policy and business to explore solutions for reducing and mitigating ocean plastic pollution.
The CRISPR revolution: Changing life Mar 07, 2018 from 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London,
The CRISPR revolution: Changing life will bring together experts from industry, academia and government to discuss the current state-of-the art in the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system to understand biological pathways, to create cellular and animal models of disease, to develop improved agricultural crops and farm animals and to create new human therapies to correct somatic gene defects that lead to disease.
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.
UK-China Low-carbon Manufacturing Workshop (EoI deadline: 30th November 2017) from Mar 14, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 15, 2018 05:00 PM Wuhan, China,
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, is inviting Expressions of Interest to attend a two-day workshop on the 14-15 March 2018 to engage in discussion and initiate new collaborative working partnerships with selected Chinese participants in the area of low-carbon manufacturing. The workshop will be held in Wuhan, China. A UK-China call for research proposals, to be funded by EPSRC in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), will follow the workshop, although attendance at the workshop is not a requirement to apply to the call.
East of England Global Health Conference – Connecting academia and clinical practice Mar 14, 2018 from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM Robinson College, University of Cambridge,
The East of England Global Health Conference will bring together academics and healthcare professionals to share learning from global health activity in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, and will build a platform for better collaboration across academia and clinical practice.
NERC Peruvian Glacial Retreat and its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards Workshop (application deadline: 26th March) from Mar 19, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 20, 2018 05:00 PM Lima,
NERC are inviting applications from UK scientists to attend a joint workshop with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica, Perú (CONCYTEC) on Peruvian Glacial Retreat & its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards.
ECR Policy Lab: Determinants of food choice for healthy and sustainable diets from Mar 19, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 21, 2018 05:00 PM London,
The Global Food Security (GFS) programme invites expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers to take part in a Policy Lab on the determinants of food choice (e.g. biological, social, environmental, physical and economic) and the combination of interventions across these that will lead to healthier and more sustainable diets.
Masterclass in Design Methods for Global Challenges (19th March 2018) Mar 19, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Maxwell Centre,
This Masterclass will explore the similarities and differences between particular disciplinary approaches to co-creation with end-users – namely participatory development research, public health-oriented co-creation methodologies, agile software development and human-computer interaction design – in developing world contexts.
Advances in Airborne Monitoring of Atmospheric Composition & Chemistry - Royal Met Soc Atmospheric Chemistry Special Interest Group (ASCG) Mar 21, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 05:15 PM University of York: Department of Chemistry, Room B101/02,
Airborne platforms, including aircraft and satellite, are a crucial component in monitoring the global composition and chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere. Scientific understanding of climate change, ozone depletion and air quality, among other important environmental issues, have all been advanced through aircraft- and satellite-led research in recent decades. This 2018 meeting of the Atmospheric Chemistry Special Interest Group (ACSG) brings together speakers working on various cutting edge aspects of airbone composition monitoring, from the use of civilian passenger aircraft, to unmanned drones. We will discuss advances in the field and consider what future challenges lay ahead.
Innovation in Food Security Venture Creation Weekend from Mar 23, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 25, 2018 05:00 PM Judge Business School, University of Cambridge,
This Venture Creation Weekend (VCW) organized by The Entrepreneurship Centre in partnership with the Cambridge Food Security Forum is for students, postdocs, professional and researchers working on emerging technologies and innovations in Food Security who are interested in learning how to translate their ideas into ventures as part of a startup team.
Syria stories: narratives from the front line – Author readings and book launch Mar 23, 2018 from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM Jesus College, Frankopan Hall University of Cambridge,
March 2018 marks the seventh year of conflict in Syria. Rania Abouzeid and Dr Wendy Pearlman will speak about their new books which examine the development of the conflict and humanitarian crises that have engulfed Syria and the Middle East. Wendy and Rania are two leading experts on the region. For anyone interested in the Middle East this is a must see event!
Bahir Dar (Ethiopia) – Cambridge Relationship Building Workshop (application deadline: 16th February) from Mar 26, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 28, 2018 06:00 PM
The aim of this workshop is to establish an ongoing partnership between the Universities of Bahir Dar and Cambridge based on a shared commitment to contributing to society. Workshop participants will identify shared common interests and evolve collaborative research proposals to submit to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and other funding programmes that support research for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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...
British Council/ Newton Fund Trilateral Workshop: Air pollution in Emerging Mega-Cities: sources, evolution and impacts (deadline: 18th February 2018) from Apr 16, 2018 09:00 AM to Apr 20, 2018 05:00 PM African Technology and Policy Studies, Nairobi, Kenya,
Under the British Council’s Researcher Links programme, offered under the Newton Fund, we invite you to participate in a five-day workshop on air pollution in emerging mega-cities. The workshop is being coordinated by Lancaster University (UK), African Technology and Policy Studies (Kenya), and North West University (South Africa). Open to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) based in UK, Kenya and South Africa.
Workshop Integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling in the Himalayas (application deadline: 20th January 2018) from May 02, 2018 09:00 AM to May 04, 2018 05:00 PM Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, India,
The India-UK Water Centre is inviting applications from Indian and UK water scientists to attend a workshop on Integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling in the Himalayas.
Call for applicants for a 24-hour ‘pressure cooker’ at the Understanding Risk Forum in Mexico City (application deadline: 26th January 2018) from May 14, 2018 09:00 AM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM
Are you interested in the challenge of harnessing scientific information to reduce and manage natural hazard risk? This one-day event (24 hours) will host up to 20 young (under 35) professionals, researchers and students divided into interdisciplinary teams to test their innovative, creative, scientific and technological skills to co-develop risk communication solutions to real world challenges facing local decision makers.
Understanding Risk Forum from May 14, 2018 09:00 AM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM
Convened by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR), Understanding Risk is a global community of experts and practitioners with interest in the field of disaster risk identification, specifically risk assessment and risk communication.
ESRC course on Pathways to Sustainability 2018 (application deadline: 28th January 2018) from May 14, 2018 09:00 PM to May 25, 2018 05:00 PM Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton,
The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Social, Technological, and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre invites applications for its 2018 Summer School, which will take place from 14-25 May 2018.
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.
IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (application deadline: 11th January 2018) from Jun 01, 2018 09:00 AM to Aug 31, 2018 05:00 PM
Since 1977, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has operated an annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Programme (YSSP) offering research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Funding is provided through IIASA's National Member Organisations which includes NERC in the UK.
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.
Mapping Morality in Global Health - an interdisciplinary conference (abstract deadline: 9th February) from Jun 26, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 27, 2018 05:00 PM
This conference will bring together scholars from across a range of fields (ethics, politics, history, theology, economics, epidemiology) and a range of global health practitioners (scientific researchers, public health officials, clinicians) to discuss some of the most pressing questions of morality arising in contemporary and historic global health enterprises. Already confirmed speakers include Peter Redfield, David Heymann, and Lindsey McGoey.
Postcolonial Ecologies in the Global South: Explorations at the Culture/Nature Interface (registration deadline: 31st October 2017) from Jun 28, 2018 09:00 AM to Jun 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.
Ninth EDCTP Forum from Sep 17, 2018 09:00 AM to Sep 21, 2018 05:00 PM Lisbon, Portugal,
The theme of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)'s Ninth Forum will be Clinical research and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa: the impact of North-South partnerships.
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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