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Antibiotic Awareness Week: Research council scientists collaborate in fight against AMR

13 - 19 November marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Antibiotic Awareness Week. Since its inception in November 2015, the global health authority uses the annual campaign to remind health officials and the public around the world about the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance – or AMR.

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COP23 kicks off with strong calls to hold to Paris Agreement path

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference kicked off in Bonn on 6th November with strong, unified calls to hold to the path of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The opening of the conference takes place against this year’s background of destructive hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts, melting ice and impacts on agriculture which threaten food security.

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NERC Environmental Evidence for the Future Initiative

NERC is seeking input from the community to articulate the key knowledge gaps and evidence needs pertaining to a set of future environmental policy and practice challenges, developed as part of the Environmental Evidence for the Future (EEF) initiative. Closing date for responses is on 4th December.

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New centre for sustainable aquaculture aims to unlock solutions to global food security

The Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures was launched in late October by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, with the ambition of bringing together world-leading scientists to ensure the key challenges facing sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry are better understood, both at home and internationally.

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The International Science Council - merging the International Council for Science and International Social Sciences Council

The International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) met in late October to vote on a proposed merge of the two organisations. The joint body, the International Science Council, is due to be formed in 2018.

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UN report on challenges to African data communities tackling the SDGs and Africa's Agenda 2063

Limited capacity, investment and collaboration are among the challenges facing data communities working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa's Agenda 2063, according to the inaugural Africa Data Revolution Report (ADRR).

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Modelling ways to control Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) in Sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers, including Cambridge lecturer Dr Nik Cunniffe, have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. Dr Cunniffe says that the study’s objective was to test whether mathematical modelling could be used to make practical recommendations for disease control.

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IIED: Small-scale mining in Tanzania hampered by limited resources

Hard work and an against-all-odds entrepreneurial spirit have kept afloat one East African country's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) reports that, despite a shortage of technological advantages and restricted access to finance, the sector accounts for the jobs of more than a million Tanzanians.

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Back to the future: 5 lenses on the future of global development

Five years ago Homi Kharas and Andrew Rogerson looked at major trends and forces affecting the “aid industry” over the 2025 horizon. That horizon has arguably become even more uncertain. They revisit it in a new paper that asks which of the forces they analyzed have enduring power, which may turn out to be ephemeral, and what they missed... but may have lasting implications.

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Study identifies likely scenarios for global spread of devastating crop disease

New research conducted by a team of scientists of the University of Cambridge, the UK Met Office and CIMMYT reveals for the first time the most likely months and routes for the spread of new strains of airborne ‘wheat stem rust’ that may endanger global food security by ravaging wheat production across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the wider world.

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First recipients of APEX awards announced

Six researchers have been awarded funding in the first ever APEX (Academies Partnership in supporting Excellence in cross-disciplinary (X) research) awards, recognising the interdisciplinary nature of research.

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Global antibiotic resistance tracking project launched

Global charitable foundation Wellcome Trust announced in mid-October a new research project to track and document the burden of disease associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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Professor Philip Nelson to serve as EPSRC Executive Chair for six months

Professor Philip Nelson will serve as the Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) when it becomes part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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Is cancer control in poor countries too high-tech?

Cancer control in developing countries focuses too much on expensive technology and too little on affordable prevention that can save lives, medical scientists warn.

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Healing molecule discovery could reduce limb amputations for diabetes patients

Scientists have discovered new insights into a molecule which is part of the body’s tissue repair system and could help treat non-healing wounds and injuries, such as diabetic foot.

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Findings from new malaria database are a 'wake-up call'

Researchers have compiled and analysed 115 years of malaria data in Africa, providing the most detailed picture yet of where efforts to control malaria infection are being won and lost across the continent.

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Gotcha: the gene that takes the fun out of fungus

Discovery of a gene that turns fungi into pathogens presents chemists with a target for fungicides that could bring relief to arable farmers, vegetable growers and people.

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Global leaders urged to address ‘fragile progress’ on tackling superbugs

Government ministers, scientists, industry, and civil society leaders met in Berlin for an international conference to discuss how to accelerate efforts to tackle rising drug-resistant infections – which already kill 700,000 people a year worldwide.

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No dark side to using LED lights to supplement WiFi, research reveals

A University of Edinburgh team has found that transmitting digital data via LEDs at the same time as using them to generate light does not make the light dimmer or change its colour.

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"Antibiotic apocalypse": doctors sound alarm over drug resistance

The terrifying prospect that even routine operations will be impossible to perform has been raised by experts alarmed by the rise of drug-resistant genes.

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Update on the United Nations' 72nd General Assembly

The 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly took place in late September 2017. Publication of the resolutions reached is currently underway, addressing issues such as: promoting the sustainable development resolutions of previous General Assemblies; combatting international terrorism; and coordinating humanitarian assistance efforts.

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EDCTP, WHO AFRO and TDR join forces to fund implementation of health research

A new partnership has been formed between EDCTP, TDR (the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases), and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in recognition of a mutual interest in strengthening the capacity for health research in African countries.

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Earth, Wind, Fire, and global agreements: how do global events change the nature of food security research?

At their inaugural meeting, the Global Food Security Science Advisory Group analysed recent events and identified a set of 10 priority research questions to address the food security challenge. Professor Tim Benton from the University of Leeds and chair of the advisory group, and the Global Food Security (GFS) programme’s Sian Williams explore the evolving research landscape.

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Carbon capture: universities and industry work together to tackle emissions

An international collaboration between universities and industry will further develop carbon capture and storage technology – one of the best hopes for drastically reducing carbon emissions – so that it can be deployed in a wider range of sites around the world.

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WHO launches new leadership, new priorities

WHO's Director-General launched his new cabinet this month. New Priorities include Universal Health Coverage, climate change, and access to medicines and a special session of the Executive Board will be convened in November to agree a future global programme of work for the agency.

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Simprints and 'last mile’ fingerprints

Cambridge start-up Simprints, awarded $2.45 million in new grant money, targets the developing world with fingerprinting technology to help deliver healthcare to 1.1 billion people who have no formal identification.

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UK government’s Humanitarian Reform Policy

The UK is setting out a new Humanitarian Reform Policy, which explains both innovations and improvements in the UK’s humanitarian response, and pushes for a more ambitious reform of the international humanitarian system.

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Changing the face of Indian farming

Indian agriculture is expected to feed a growing and increasingly urbanised population. But if everyone wants to move to towns and cities, who is left to farm the land? TIGRESS, a new large-scale and multi-partner project, aims to answer this question, with the support of the GCRF and the Cambridge Global Food Security SRI.

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A New Guide to Help Universities Accelerate Action on the SDGs

A new guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific highlights the important role universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides practical guidance on how they can accelerate their contributions.

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A guide to REF2021 for development researchers

The Impact Initiative for International Development Research's blog has published a guide to REF2021 for development researchers.

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