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The first major repository of legal practices for mediators and conflict parties to draw on when negotiating peace has won the top prize in the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards at the University of Cambridge.

Hundreds of post-war peace settlements were trawled through by a team at Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law to build this innovative research tool. Outputs from the work have been used to assist mediators engaged with some of the world's most violent and tragic conflicts.

The announcement was made at a prize ceremony held at the Old Schools on 9 July, during which a number of other awards were also presented to Cambridge researchers for projects that have made significant contributions to society – including work on prisons, pandemics, and pollution.

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, says: “This award scheme, now in its third year, received nearly a hundred nominations from all areas of research within the University, which were of an extremely high calibre across the board.”

“Impact is at the heart of the University’s mission. Engaging the public is crucial to helping our University deliver on its mission, and to be a good citizen in our city and community. Institutions such as ours have a vital role to play in restoring trust and faith in expertise and ways of knowing.” The impact awards were awarded to:

Overall winner: Marc Weller (Faculty of Law): Making and sustaining international peace

Julia Gog (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics): Harnessing mathematics to help control influenza

Tim Cox (Department of Medicine): Innovative Treatments for Lysosomal diseases

Marko Hyvönen (Department of Biochemistry): Production of growth factors for stem cell research

Ryan Williams (Centre of Islamic Studies): Re-imagining Citizenship

Florin Udrea (Department of Engineering): Cambridge CMOS Sensors


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