University of Bergen won EU grant for creating future research leaders for marine sustainability

The University of Bergen has been successful with an application to the EU´s COFUND programme. The COFUND grant awarded to the SEAS (Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability ) fellowship programme has a total scope of 16 million EURO.

For the next 5 years, the University of Bergen will hire 37 postdoctoral fellows in different academic disciplines concerned with marine or maritime topics through international recruitment. The candidates will go through a joint career development programme linked to all faculties at the University of Bergen and to partners in business, administration and collaborating research institutions at home and abroad.

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AFRICAP launches free course on climate change and food system resilience

Launching on 29 March 2021, Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems is a free online course exploring new research-led strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture and food systems.

Hosted on the FutureLearn platform, the virtual course is designed and facilitated by GCRF-AFRICAP researchers from the University of Leeds, Dr Stephen Whitfield and Dr Harriet Smith. Visit this website for more information and registration. 

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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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Researcher profile: Alberta professor leads team to study COVID-impact on women's health care

An increase in child marriages, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexual violence is likely to be seen for years in low-and middle-income countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Alberta nursing professor Salima Meherali leads a WUN-supported international research team to study the problem and evaluate solutions that could improve girls’ health and quality of life.

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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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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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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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