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New Cambridge institute to tackle policy challenges in our age of disruption

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy will address emerging global patterns of inequality and social unrest by offering a unique combination of deep research, high-level training and effective policy engagement.

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The African scientist making enduring connections between Cambridge and Africa

As a graduate student in Cambridge almost 20 years ago, Pauline Essah asked herself: “Where are the other Africans?” Today she manages the University’s expanding Cambridge-Africa programme. It funds more than 150 collaborative projects in 18 countries across Africa.

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RAE Frontiers of Engineering for Development Awards to Cambridge researcher

Eiko Yoneki, Computer Lab, received a Royal Academy of Engineering Award supporting research of pest and disease monitoring in greenhouses, after the fourth Symposium on the theme of "Agriculture, Data and the Knowledge Economy" in South Africa.

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Africa's unsung scientists finally get their own journal to spread research

Publication will highlight pioneering work of scientists searching for cures to diseases like HIV and malaria and solutions to climate change.

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Lessons on how to foster interdisciplinary research

As one of the first cross-council interdisciplinary initiatives, The Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases Initiative (ESEI) was developed to respond proactively to the global problem of potential pandemic, epidemic and emerging infectious diseases. Five years on, MRC Programme Manager Morven Roberts shares lessons learnt from the initiative about how to foster future waves of interdisciplinary research.

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Nutrition workshop in the Gambia led by Cambridge researcher Dora Pereira

The aim of the workshop was to provide the local field station staff and community partners with a better understanding of basic nutrition concepts, nutritional immunity, and the main causes of malnutrition and undernutrition, including the main nutritional deficiencies prevalent in the Gambia and other sub-Saharan African countries.

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Global AI experts sound the alarm

Twenty-six experts on the security implications of emerging technologies have jointly authored a ground-breaking report – sounding the alarm about the potential malicious use of artificial intelligence (AI) by rogue states, criminals, and terrorists.

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Max Planck Cambridge Centre launched

The collaborative venture will offer insights into the links between ethics and social change.

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Better protection for refugees and displaced persons in Latin America

Research on the protection of refugees and other displaced persons led to new guidelines and policy change throughout Latin America, including the world’s first international framework on climate refugees and the 2014 Brazil Declaration adopted by 28 countries.

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Scientists study how environmental and social change affects the spread of infection

MRC-funded research is shedding light on how change in our natural, physical and social environments through globalisation, urbanisation, deforestation, changing food production and lifestyles may be inadvertently altering the patterns of disease spread.

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Cambridge and Indian partners launch collaboration to transform India’s "Green Revolution”

Researchers met in New Delhi today to formalise the launch of a programme that aims to jointly address some of India’s most pressing food security challenges.

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The new TIG2RESS website is now live

Led by Professor Howard Griffiths in the Department of Plant Sciences, TIGR2ESS will define the requirements for a second Green Revolution in India, set the necessary policy agenda, and engage an extensive network of academic stakeholders, NGOs and industrial partnerships to deliver the requirements for it to become a reality.

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Bacteria block transmission of Zika and dengue viruses

Scientists at the University of Glasgow’s MRC Centre for Virus Research (CVR) have found a bacterial strain which blocks dengue and Zika virus transmission from mosquitoes.

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HEFCE Knowledge Exchange Framework (deadline: 30th January 2018)

HEFCE is working to develop a knowledge exchange framework, for which a first call for submitting evidence to the KEF metrics technical advisory group is now open

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GCI's Workshop on User-Centred Design in Developing World Contexts

The Global Challenges Initiative (GCI) hosted a workshop on the 10th January that introduced the principles of Human-Centred Design (HCD) and explored the specific challenges and opportunities that commonly arise when using this approach to co-create innovative responses to global challenges.

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Nature Sustainability's inaugural issue

Sustainability research provides significant insights into the ways people and the natural world are connected. It is the mission of Nature Sustainability to showcase this kind of understanding to help its way into policy, solutions and everyday debates. Its first issue focuses on "Foresting degraded landscapes".

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MRC celebrates 70 years of global health research in The Gambia

A symposium last month, to mark the 70th anniversary of MRC Unit The Gambia, revealed how much progress has been made in global health – and how much remains to be done. Pauline Mullin, the MRC’s Partnership Communications Manager for the unit, was there to find out.

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Providing a legal identity with digital data

A personal legal identity is crucial for accessing benefits and services, and is seen as a key driver for prosperity in developing countries. A digital identification system based on behavioural data can provide a legal identity for people in underdeveloped countries.

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The nutritionist investigating the effect of HIV treatments on mothers and babies

When Florence Nabwire didn’t get funding for medical school, she decided to train as a nutritionist. She excelled and went on to set up a pioneering nutrition education scheme at 72 health centres in rural Uganda. Her research as a PhD student at Cambridge focuses on nutrition and HIV — especially in mothers and babies.

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Report highlights opportunities and risks associated with synthetic biology and bioengineering

Human genome editing, 3D-printed replacement organs and artificial photosynthesis – the field of bioengineering offers great promise for tackling the major challenges that face our society. But as a new article out today highlights, these developments provide both opportunities and risks in the short and long term.

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In praise of openness – Vice-Chancellor's blog

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope shares the first in a series of regular posts collecting some of his thoughts on our University and its future.

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Rebuild by Design: Insights for building forward with resilience

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the New Jersey coastline and swept into the New York City Metropolitan Region as a tropical storm. Instead of building back to the status quo, which had been the standard operating procedure in the United States, Rebuild by Design was an experiment in building “forward” to what communities will need for the future.

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Research with children and young people

A guide drawing on a recent synthesis of research outputs focusing on children and young people from the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation highlights research that directly engaged young people, through peer research and participatory practice for example, or looked at the factors that enable (or indeed inhibit) their ability to influence what happens in their lives.

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Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach

A report published by Shaping Policy for Development presents an overview of the current evidence base on the complex relationships between climate change and human mobility.

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RCUK publishes early reflections on FP9

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over between 2014 and 2020. We have reached the midterm of Horizon 2020, it may still be several years until its successor starts but the work on shaping ninth research framework programme “FP9” has started in Brussels.

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DfID Research has launched a new blog series

Inaugural post by DFID’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Charlotte Watts

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Statistics on international development: how is aid being spent?

The UK government has published its annual statistics on international development spending, showing that the UK provided £13.381bn of official development assistance (ODA) in 2016. The ratio of ODA to Gross National Income (GNI) for 2016 was 0.7%, meaning the International Development Act’s target has been met.

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Climate finance failing on forest protection

Climate Focus report shows climate finance, while efficient in sectors such as renewable energy, is not effective in protecting increasingly threatened forests or the rights of their inhabitants.

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Should we discipline interdisciplinarity?

A recent study published in Nature looked at how we could overcome the challenges of embedding interdisciplinarity in the academic mainstream if relevant expertise were defined and recognised as a new discipline.

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