TEC transfers quantum computing knowledge to AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca and the Tec’s Guadalajara campus have designed a knowledge transfer program for various cutting-edge technologies, including quantum computing, which the pharmaceutical company will apply to quantum bioinformatics, a tool for designing new drugs.

This training forms part of AstraZeneca Guadalajara’s strategy for the global evolution of information technology (IT), which it has been working on in collaboration with Tec de Monterrey since 2018.

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Exploring a global vaccine certification program

As the world looks to a post-pandemic future, a global COVID-19 vaccine certification program might be the surest way to restore free movement across borders and reboot ailing economies, says University of Alberta researcher and WUN IRG principal investigator, Dr. Andy Knight.  

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WUN special program for early career researchers off to successful start with focus on SDGs 4 and 13

WUN recently held the first set networking workshops as part of its special program for early career researcher (ECR) entitled “Developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development.”  The first two, of which there will be 17 in total, focused on SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 4: Quality Education, respectively.  Click through for a summary and videos of the keynote talks.

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A planetary health pledge to unite health professionals in the Anthropocene

The inVIVO Planetary Health network, which has its origins in a 2012 WUN Research Development Fund grant, pursues positive change that reflect the link between people and place. In a November 2020 publication in The Lancet, researchers from inVIVO appealed for health professionals to pledge their dedication ‘to the service of humanity, and to the protection of natural systems on which human health depends.’  We asked experts around the Worldwide Universities Network for their perspectives on the pledge and its effort to expand the interpretation of ‘first do no harm’ to reflect human connections to the planet.  Click through for more.

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Introducing WUN Hub

WUN Hub is a custom database that serves as a platform for WUN researchers to search and connect with WUN colleagues and/or ongoing WUN research projects.  

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Alberta works with West African universities to foster next generation global scholars and leaders

The University of Alberta is partnering with three West African universities, including the University of Ghana, to mentor and build tomorrow’s diverse community leaders and global intellectuals through a new project.

Powered by a $300,000 grant from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) Advanced Scholars West Africa program, the initiative supports research-focused exchanges for doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career academics between the U of A and universities in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

The project, On the Path of Social Responsibility and Global Leadership, will give the next generation of scholars the know-how to become effective leaders in their communities and beyond, said project lead Professor Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika of the U of A’s Faculty of Arts.

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ICLHE 2021 Conference on Language and Higer Education in Maastricht: call for papers

On 19-21 October 2021, Maastricht University will be hosting the ICLHE 2021 Conference with the theme “EMI, ICLHE and Englishization: Reflecting on the changing university”. 

Through this theme the conference aims to address key issues in language & education facing higher education today, not just in Europe but right across the world. Prospective contributors can submit their abstract via this link. The deadline is 28 February 2021.

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York awarded to investigate the role food systems play in the health of children and the environment

The University of York has been awarded almost £6m to lead an innovative study which aims to create both healthier future generations and a healthier planet.

Researchers look at healthy eating interventions in schools and nurseries, food retailing, food procurement and farming to address issues such as childhood obesity, sustainability in agriculture and global warming.

The five-year research programme called 'Transformations to Regenerative Food Systems (TReFS) will also look at how regenerative farming, which promotes biosystems health, can help achieve both healthier populations and environment in the future.

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Research Collaboration to Prevent Risks in Transport Infrastructures related to Climate Change

Developing and implementing a robust decision-making platform to anticipate, manage and mitigate natural risks in road and rail infrastructure networks of the Atlantic Area is a key objective of SIRMA, a €2 million pan-European research project.

SIRMA (Strengthening Infrastructure Risk Management in the Atlantic Area), which is scheduled to be completed in 2022, aims to significantly improve the resilience of such infrastructures, in particular in face of climate change impacts.

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