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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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Realizing Agenda 2030: Not just more, but better financing needed to succeed

How do the global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities? A new AidData report assesses the historical baseline for funding to the SDGs.

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The 2017 Global Nutrition Report - Nourishing the SDGs

Reflections by Laurence Haddad, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

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Test tells Zika and Dengue infections apart

A fast and cost-effective test developed by an international team of researchers could make it easier to diagnose the Zika and dengue viruses. The test uses a strip of chromatography paper similar to that used in rapid pregnancy tests. The strip is immersed in a solution containing a small amount of blood from the infected person, and results are ready in 15 minutes.

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World Science Day for Peace and Development celebrated on 10th November, with this year’s theme of Science for Global Understanding

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

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EbolaCheck: Breakthrough in Diagnosis

EbolaCheck, funded by the Elrha R2HC programme, is mobile, requires just a drop of blood to carry out the test (700 times less than previously needed), and only takes 70 minutes to complete. This means the test is safer to carry out and doesn’t require specialist staff – significantly reducing the cost of diagnosis.

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Call for Nominations: Steering Committee members for Knowledge-Action Network on Water-Energy-Food Nexus (deadline: 20th January 2018)

Future Earth is seeking nominations for members to join the Steering Committee of this research collaboration. Terms will begin in February 2018, and the deadline for nominations is 20 January 2018.

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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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Cambridge launches new biomedical collaboration across borders and disciplinary boundaries

A new collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sunway Medical Centre in Malaysia will see researchers and clinicians from the two countries working together across borders and disciplinary divides to tackle some of the world’s major health challenges.

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Challenge to cities to shape the future of drones

Government agency Innovate UK has teamed up with London technology charity Nesta to explore five suggestions at how drones could operate in urban environments.

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Universities must work flexibly for arts and humanities research

A new report recommends that universities respect the expertise of partners in creative and cultural sectors, if they want collaborative arts and humanities research to have greater value.

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