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Global Challenges Initiative

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

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Development i-Teams (application deadline: October 9th)

Have you ever wondered how new ideas can help people in the developing world? Are you interested in what Cambridge can do to help? If so, then our Development i-Teams programme is for you!
When Oct 09, 2017
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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This term’s projects are:

  • Circular photosynthesis: Plant-based bioelectrical system hub for off-grid villages, with Dr. Bombelli and Professor Howe, Biochemistry
  • Investigating the need for locally-produced, biodegradable wound dressings in the developing world, with Dr. Fruk, Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Using ApRES to enhance groundwater management in arid and semi-arid regions, with the British Antarctic Survey

The course runs on Tuesday evenings from October 17th to November 21st, with approximately 4 hours of individual work needed each week, mostly involving gathering real-world feedback from experts in international development.  

For more details and to apply for a place on a team, see - apply by Monday October 9th. Applications are welcomed from all students (undergraduates and post-graduates), post-docs and staff, as well as all members of the Centre for Global Equality - anyone with an interest in how technology can make the world a better place for the world's poorest.

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.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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