Feb 10, 2021

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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Feb 10, 2021

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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Dec 08, 2020

Policies for pandemic response: how is evidence shaping action?

Researchers and policy experts from across the globe are collaborating to monitor and analyse the role of evidence in policy-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their data cover more than 100 countries, publicly accessible in the INGSA COVID-19 Evidence-to-Policy Tracker. Click through to read more about this WUN-supported initiative.

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Nov 22, 2020

Cheap, consistent, clean? Changing the models for sustainable electricity access

In Ghana, the term “dumsor” (literally meaning “off-on”) is a term that was born to describe the periods of electricity blackouts in 2015 when the country experienced persistent and intermittent power outages. Though access to electricity is widespread, communities in different regions confront challenges of reliability, cost, and safety.

Click through to read about how the WUN-funded research group SEN-Africa is working on new models that incorporate the range of stakeholder priorities.  

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Nov 18, 2020

WUN research group to hold international symposium: Digital Health In COVID-19

The International Symposium on Digital Health is an annual event that connects international experts and professionals from the healthcare and engineering sectors in the promotion of interdisciplinary research in digital health. Click through to learn more about this upcoming free virtual symposium.

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Nov 04, 2020

Lift-off for WUN’s early career researcher networking series

Why do we have the Sustainable Development Goals and why are university collaborations essential in making progress on them? Hear from Peter Lennie, WUN Executive Director, and special guest Jeffrey Sachs, President of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as they launch a new WUN networking initiative for early-career researchers working on the world’s biggest challenges.  

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Nov 03, 2020

WUN research group to hold international symposium: 2020 A Year Without Public Space

A WUN Interdisciplinary Research Group is hosting an international symposium that reflects on the challenges and opportunities in thinking about what counts as public space during a global pandemic. WUN Executive Director Peter Lennie and Chair of Global Higher Education and Research Global Challenge Chair Jose Escamilla, join PI Hendrik Tieben to discuss ‘Campus as Public Space in the Age of Pandemics’.  Click through for the program and registration information.

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Nov 02, 2020

Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals

We are delighted to invite you to the virtual launch of the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group book, Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. Attendees are invited to meet the editors of Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals and participate in a live Q&A session with its contributors.  Click through for full details and to register for the event.

This is one of the first academic publications to comprehensively and critically engage with the intersection of the Sustainable Development Goals and African development agendas. It presents multidisciplinary research that captures the necessary complexity and breadth of the theory and practice of sustainable development on the continent. 

Click through for full details and to register for the event.

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Sep 24, 2020

Setting a new standard for COVID-19 testing

With a potentially large proportion of COVID-19 cases showing no symptoms but still infectious, sensitive and accurate methods of testing for the virus are essential to reduce the dangers of transmission within communities. A newly established WUN research group is helping to refine testing methods of testing for SARS-Cov-2.

Click through for the full story.

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Sep 24, 2020

Restoring the invisible: new network to explore Indigenous epistemologies

The ways of thinking and knowing developed in Indigenous cultures have long been marginalised within the academy and in public life, including in approaches to the environment, migration, and justice. Dr June BamHutchison (University of Cape Town) is leading a collaborative network that aims to restore understandings of Indigenous concepts, enrich existing scholarship, and help to develop new approaches to todays global challenges.

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Sep 23, 2020

International Development Program for Early Career Researchers

WUN, in collaboration with UNESCO and the UNSDSN, will hold a series of free virtual networking workshops for early career researchers under the theme of ‘developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development’. The workshops will bring together early career researchers from all around the world interested in establishing connections to colleagues in their field.

Click through to learn more about this exciting program and to register for the inaugrural event.

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Sep 21, 2020

Healthy cities and community needs: reconfiguring public spaces in the age of pandemics

Some of the most striking spaces of the twentieth century were conceived with the modernist ambition to make urban living healthier. In the twenty-first century, the COVID-19 crisis and the changing use of public space is encouraging a return to such thinking. These debates have crystallised discussions of how to make public spaces work best for local communities—questions that the WUN group on sustainable, healthy cities has been exploring in their research and practice for several years.  Click through to discover more.

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Sep 20, 2020

WUN Profile: Martin Paul completes his term as chair

During his productive term as Chair of the Partnership Board, Martin Paul (President of Maastricht University) challenged WUN to think harder and more sharply about the areas in which it can be most valuable. While it was founded to harness the benefits of multilateral collaboration in research, in recent years WUN has developed additional ways to benefit its members. ‘With networks you benefit from them only if you are an active partner,’ a belief that underpinned his engagement with and investment in WUN.

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Sep 20, 2020

WUN welcomes newest member Makerere University

We are delighted to announce that Makerere University has joined the Worldwide Universities Network.  WUN warmly welcomes Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nwangwe and colleagues as partners.  Click through to learn more.

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Sep 14, 2020

Webinar on restarting research during the pandemic: summary of insights from across five continents

The third instalment of WUN’s webinar series sharing experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic focused on research: how universities are managing priorities during campus closures and conditions on returning to work. Click through for a summary and recording of the event. 

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Sep 04, 2020

Global study on the pandemic’s impact on university staff and student wellbeing

An international consortium of WUN member universities along with WUN+ partners is examining the experiences of staff members and students at universities around the world, seeking to reveal the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing. Click through to learn about the project and to access their global survey for academic staff members.

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Aug 24, 2020

CUHK Study Suggests Hot Nights Pose Greater Threat to Public Health

A study done by the Institute of Future Cities at CUHK reveals that hot nights pose greater threat to public health than hot days and better urban planning and building design are needed to mitigate the impact.

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Jul 29, 2020

WUN Executive Director presents to high-level UN meeting on universities and the SDGs

Peter Lennie discusses the importance of collaborative networks at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network ‘University Sector Support to UN Secretary-General’s Call for a Decade of Action on the SDGs: A Meeting of Presidents of Universities’. to an audience of university and United Nations leaders.

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Jul 28, 2020

Maintaining student engagement and attention online: insights from the latest WUN webinar

In the second of the WUN webinars on challenges universities are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and learning experts shared their experiences and techniques for helping students stay engaged with their courses during online delivery.  Every university in the Network has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has had to adapt at pace. However, these common challenges have taken diverse forms and prompted distinctive solutions, with each university responding to a specific and locally grounded set of dynamics.  

Click through for a summary of the discussion and to watch a video of the webinar in its entirety.

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Jul 09, 2020

Awards Announcement: Addressing Research Needs Triggered by the Pandemic

WUN is pleased to announce the results of its 2020 special initiative to address research needs triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight awards were made to support time-sensitive research projects whose value depends on being able to collect or analyse data obtained during the pandemic, and on which the collaboration of WUN partners confers real advantage. Awarded project teams are comprised of researchers from across 19 WUN member universities.  

Peter Lennie, Executive Director of WUN, said “We had an overwhelming response to this special call, and received many strong and exciting proposals. The eight successful projects take special advantage of member universities’ cultural and geographical diversity in tackling urgent and important problems that have arisen from the pandemic.”

Click through to learn more about the awarded projects.

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Jul 08, 2020

Maintaining Student Engagement and Attention During Remote Course Delivery

WUN is hosting a series of webinars to help member universities benefit from each other’s experience in addressing some of the unprecedented pandemic-related challenges facing them.  The next in our series, to be held on Thursday 23 July will discuss the challenge of maintaining student engagement and attention during remote course delivery.

Universities around the network have deployed various approaches, reflecting the different geographical and cultural contexts in which they work, to help keep students engaged as classes have shifted from the classroom to computer screen.  In this webinar we will explore what successful strategies have emerged, what we’ve learned from failures, and how the diversity of experiences from around the network can help inform each of us as we continue to teach remotely.

Click through to learn more and register for the webinar.

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Jun 19, 2020

University of Lausanne joins WUN

We are delighted to announce that the University of Lausanne (UNIL) has become the newest member of WUN.

Rector Nouria Hernandez noted that “UNIL is very excited to join WUN and to contribute to its development. We are particularly enthusiastic about the focus of the network on research activities and collaboration, and above all the fact that it addresses major contemporary challenges. These issues are also high on UNIL’s agenda.”

WUN Executive Director Peter Lennie added, “The distinctive strength of the network lies in its capacity to bring together major research universities from different parts of the world to collaborate on solving global challenges—particularly those related to sustainable development. In joining WUN, the University of Lausanne adds significantly to our strengths, and to our effectiveness in addressing research challenges.”     Click through to read the full story.

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Jun 15, 2020

Sustainable Oceans Series: Highlighting Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water

(22 June series update)

Following World Oceans Day, WUN is pleased to share a presentation of a series of articles in which United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) presents ocean science from WUN member the University of Bergen, UNAI’s Hub institution for SDG 14: Life below water in the Sustainable Ocean Series. 

We will be sharing four features from this project, a new article to be published each Monday, and also highlight what WUN research teams are doing to address the future of our oceans.  Click through for more.

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Jun 08, 2020

Mental health and COVID-19: How WUN universities are supporting their students

Before COVID-19 there were transnational trends in student mental health as well as local particularities, as students face adjustment challenges, the demands of a competitive environment and external pressures like finances and employability.

As the pandemic and related containment measures take hold, click through to learn about how WUN universities are supporting students’ mental health.

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Jun 07, 2020

African landscapes facing climate change: using an integrated approach to mitigate impacts

Through transdisciplinary research the WUN Interdisciplinary Research Group on Climate Resilient African Landscapes is building insights into how different stakeholders use and shape the places they share. The group has established practitioner partnerships and is capitalising on regional and global academic networks.

Click to read more about the approach they are taking as their work continues.

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May 10, 2020

WUN Research Mobility Program: Ideas in motion

In this story, we hear how two WUN member researchers benefited from new connections made through the Research Mobility Program: Colin Chu, who worked with engineers at the University of Rochester, and Victoria Rivera Ugarte, who collaborated with social scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Click through to learn more about their discoveries and plans.

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May 04, 2020

Climate and shock: resilience in food production systems after COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, interruptions to public services and the imposition of social distancing have had major impacts on global agriculture and food supply. Professor Mark Eisler of the WUN supported Global Farm Platform discusses likely impacts of the crisis and the potential for rebuilding systems in more environmentally and economically sustainable way. 

Click through to read more.

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May 04, 2020

Trauma, climate change, and maternal health: increasing impacts, trans-generational effects

Stressors and traumas such as violence and abuse, the effects of poverty, and the experience of emergencies or disasters have a major impact on the health of pregnant women and their children.

As the impact of climate change multiplies the threats, understanding why and how we can make effective and early interventions is paramount.

Click through to read the full story.

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Apr 28, 2020

Student Mental Health During the Pandemic

WUN is hosting a series of webinars to help member universities benefit from each other’s experience in addressing some of the unprecedented pandemic-related challenges now facing them.  Each webinar will last an hour, and will be organised around the sharing of insights about a specific challenge, followed by a broad Q&A.

The focus of our first webinar, to be held on Tuesday 5 May (click through for local times) will be student mental health.  The webinar will begin with the sharing of both research and practice insights and experiences from members of the WUN Student Mental Health Working Group. This will be followed by a broader discussion with all attendees.

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Apr 02, 2020

Call for proposals: WUN addressing research needs triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic

To enable WUN as a network to best address research needs triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, WUN is making available a limited number of grants for collaborative projects that focus on research challenges related to the present pandemic, and are urgent and of the moment.

We therefore welcome special requests to support projects that a) should be undertaken now, because circumstances will be less favourable later; b) benefit particularly from collaboration among WUN partners (e.g., capitalize on the geographical and cultural diversity of the network).

Click through for full details.

Mar 31, 2020

WUN Annual General Meeting 2021 Announcement

Although we won’t be able to gather this year for the 2020 WUN Annual General Meeting (AGM), we are excited to announce the dates for WUN AGM 2021!

Working with Tecnológico de Monterrey, we have been able to confirm arrangements for the WUN AGM 2021, which will take place in Monterrey, Mexico from 17-21 May 2021. 

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Feb 24, 2020

New consortium to bring interdisciplinary insights on climate-induced migration

While disasters and environmental factors have always been important drivers of migration, even more people are expected to move as they face the projected impacts of climate change, including more extreme weather events, changes in water quality and availability, and interactions with conflict. 

A recent ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee, which stated that people cannot be sent back to countries where climate change impacts place them in immediate danger, was treated by many commentators as a landmark protection for environmental migrants. As Professor Andreas Neef (University of Auckland) explains in this feature, the reality is more complex. Recipient of a 2020 WUN Research Development Fund award, a WUN member consortium will advance interdisciplinary research into climate-induced migration. It aims to help improve policies through a better understanding of the complex drivers of migration and displacement associated with climatic changes.  Click through for the full story.

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Jan 20, 2020

WUN Summer School

UPDATE: The WUN Summer School, originally scheduled for July 2020, has been postponed to 2021 due to covid-19 developments.  The information and application website will be re-opened for the 2021 program in due course. 

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Dec 20, 2019

WUN Research Development Fund 2019 Results

WUN is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 round of the Research Development Fund (RDF) applications.  These awards, which facilitate collaborative research among WUN universities, will bring our financial investment in establishing new WUN Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) to more than £170,000 over the past six months.

From among 31 applications, we have been able to support 15 projects from the RDF.  Notably, all 23 WUN member universities are represented on awarded projects research teams in this round.  These new projects join 88 existing IRGs that have engaged over 2300 researchers across the Network.

Since 2009 the WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) has directly invested over £2 million to establish research projects on problems of global significance, and on which member universities, working together, can make distinctive progress.

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Dec 20, 2019

Infections and allergies: a cross-generational riddle

In 2015 a WUN-funded research collaboration among the Universities of Bergen, Cape Town, and Southampton set out to understand whether parasite exposure is having an impact on allergy rates. Their research since suggests that the answer is yes, but exactly what is happening and why remains a mystery.  Click through to read the full story.

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Dec 13, 2019

Inclusive research supporting women’s integration

Public debates about marriage migration are vulnerable to a series of misconceptions, often conflating migration with trafficking and undermining the agency of the women who migrate. The WUN Marriage Migrants in Asia research group is addressing these misconceptions with interdisciplinary research that aims to inform regional policy. Click through to read more about their activities and the thinking behind them.

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Dec 13, 2019

Action research for a cleaner future

Not just talking, but doing: with funding from the WUN Research Development Fund, academics from four WUN universities got together with experts and decision-makers in Accra to combine forces on global waste management. Professor Shyama V. Ramani and PhD researcher Ms Maria Tomai talk here about their recent activities.

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Dec 08, 2019

Modelling marine microplastics: international workshop explores new challenges

Did you know that teabags are made of plastic? Do you know where that plastic ends up? With WUN funding, a team of researchers led by Professor Bruce Sutherland (University of Alberta) are learning how to predict the movements of microplastics after their entry into water systems. Click through to read more about their recent workshop and their goal to help policy-makers take action.

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Nov 29, 2019

WUN funding helps lay foundation for international cooperation on digital health

New technologies are capturing different information about health and treatments, opening up new pathways for more efficient and effective care. With its distinctive collaborative model, the WUN Digital Health Research Network has founded a new international society and is developing methodologies for studying and evaluating digital health innovations.  Click through for the full story.

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Sep 26, 2019

CROP-FS tackles gritty issues of global food security

The WUN-sponsored project Crop-FS (Climate-resilient open partnership for food security) is a consortium of 24 highly reputed international researchers engaged in conducting cutting-edge research to develop climate-resilient crops, microbial communities, and soil amendments for improving crop productivity under extreme environments. 

PI Prof Om Parkash (UMass Amherst) explains that since its launch in 2016, the consortium has grown exponentially with more than 14 universities and institutions across five continents now involved. (Click through for full story)

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Sep 26, 2019

Smart research, smart policy, smart care

By 2050, the world’s population of people over the age of 60 will double, which has significant implications for sustainable development. The World Health Organisation’s Decade on Healthy Ageing 2020–2030 calls for concerted, catalytic and collaborative action to improve the lives of older people, their families and the communities in which they live.  PI Professor Ka Lin (Zhejiang University, China) says the WUN-funded research he’s been leading has yielded several significant findings in this area since the collaborative project kicked off in 2018 with the construction of a new analytical framework that brings innovation studies together with elderly care studies.

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Sep 26, 2019

WUN’s legume research – a lynchpin to global food security

WUN’s Legume Network is building a global reputation for research excellence – paving the way for pulses to be embraced as crucial allies in the fight against climate change, hunger, obesity and other threats to world health.

In 2018, the network was awarded a sustainability grant from WUN to bolster its efforts to secure large-scale, transnational funding to establish a centre of excellence and associated nodes of research.  “Large-scale funding will ensure we tackle major challenges in legume biology as a unified world-leading academic community of excellence, driving WUN bioscience forward in this key area,” says PI Associate Professor Michael Considine (UWA). 

WUN’s Legumes Network comprises dozens of leading scientists across 12 institutions from five continents. Since its launch in 2015, the number of papers published relating to legumes and climate change has tripled from under 20 to more than 60 per annum – many connected directly to the network.  (Click through to full story.)

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Sep 26, 2019

New paper probes data diplomacy’s expanding role

The convergence of data and diplomacy and its far-reaching effects are the focus of a new academic paper by WUN-affiliated researchers published in Science & Diplomacy.

Data Diplomacy was co-authored by Andy Boyd (Bristol), Jane Gatewood, (Rochester), Stuart Thorson, (Syracuse)  and Timothy Dye (Rochester).  The publication reflects insights from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) symposium on data diplomacy held at the Academy of Medicine in New York in October 2015.  It also names symposium delegates who lent their expertise in the areas of public health and translational research, governance and public policy, and data sharing and management to investigate the intersection of data and diplomatic engagement.

The paper shows data to be a two-edged sword: used to empower communities by granting them cultural capital and opening diplomatic possibilities, and as a tool to manage citizens’ behaviour. (Click through to full story.)

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Sep 19, 2019

University of Bergen awarded large EU project on migration

University of Bergen researcher Hakan G. Sicakkan will lead a new EU-backed project on migration. The PROTECT project has been awarded EUR 3.3 mill from EU´s Horizon 2020 programme for the next 5 years. The project, which will closely follow the United Nations’ two new global compacts on migration and refugees, includes 11 partner institutions from Europe, Canada and South-Africa and will start 1 February 2020.

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Sep 13, 2019

Fostering Energy Leadership: UAlberta provides global perspectives in 2019 WUN Summer School

The University of Alberta set the stage for student discovery in the areas of traditional energy development, future energy systems, environment, and land reclamation by hosting the Worldwide Universities Network Summer School this July. 

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Jul 08, 2019

Maastricht University leading alliance to create one of the very first “European Universities”

WUN member Maastricht University, which leads the Young Universities for the Future of Europe alliance, has recently been awarded a large grant by the European Commission to set up one of the very first models of European Universities.  WUN is strengthened when our member universities extend their reach internationally, and we congratulate Maastricht University on this notable achievement.

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Jun 26, 2019

WUN Annual General Meeting 2019

From 19-24 May, 230 participants from WUN member universities came together for the Network’s Annual General Meeting Week 2019, hosted by University College Dublin.

Peter Lennie, Executive Director of WUN noted, “Our hosts at UCD provided a marvellous environment for a most productive meeting that highlighted both the achievements and the great potential of WUN. Several important initiatives have resulted from the meeting, and I’m confident they will bring considerable benefit to the partnership.”

WUN would once again like once again to thank President Andrew Deeks and the organising team at University College Dublin for their generous support in hosting WUN AGM 2019. The 2020 edition will be held in Monterrey, Mexico with the support of host member Tecnològico de Monterrey from 17-22 May 2020.

Click through for the full article and further images from the week.

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May 13, 2019

Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019: WUN-universities walk the talk on SDGs

Led by the University of Auckland at number one, WUN universities make a strong showing in a new ranking that assesses the social and economic impact of universities based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Apr 26, 2019

WUN kick-starts African partnership for climate resilience

The WUN Research Development Fund grant will help the ARUA-CD to support research on climate-resilient landscapes, specifically at three study sites in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. 

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Apr 24, 2019

Sustainable Farming Practices as a Means to Maintain Food Supply & Mitigate Air Pollution

Using advanced computer models, CUHK researchers found that intercropping enables higher productivity in crops with less synthetic fertilizers and hence reduces the air pollutants being volatilized from the cropland soil. This sustainable farming practice may help maintain a stable food supply and mitigate the air pollution problem in China. 

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Mar 19, 2019

Maastricht University’s International Staff Week for WUN Partners

To be held from 19-21 June 2019 at Maastricht University.

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Mar 11, 2019

WUN Conference and AGM 2019

Held 19-24 May in Dublin, Ireland.

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Mar 03, 2019

CUHK Professor Announces World’s First Reference-grade Wild Soybean Genome

Prof Hon-ming Lam, CUHK professor and WUN IRG leader, completed the world’s first reference-grade wild soybean genome.

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Feb 22, 2019

WUN Summer School Accepting Applications

WUN Summer School on Energy Transitions, 8-19 July 2019, University of Alberta.

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Feb 12, 2019

Register for inVIVO 2019

The inVIVO Planetary Health network (formerly WUN inFLAME network) announced speakers and topics for inVIVO 2019, held 15-17 May 2019 in Detroit.

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Feb 12, 2019

Resilient Peace Final Workshop

“Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa”.

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Feb 12, 2019

Marriage Migrants in Asia international workshop

Open: call for research proposals on Marriage Migrants and Care, deadline 15 March 2019. 

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Jan 31, 2019

CUHK Deepens Ties with World-leading Institutes for Transdisciplinary Medical Robotics Research

CUHK established partnerships with ETH Zurich, Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University to deepen ties on transdisciplinary medical robotics research.

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Jan 28, 2019

WUN OPERA Europe 2018 Workshop

The Opera Europe 2018 workshop was held in Pforzheim, Germany, from 11-12 December 2018. OPERA is a WUN-supported initiative dedicated to improving pregnancy outcomes for women and babies at risk.

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Jan 27, 2019

WUN Global Africa Group workshop 2018

Implementing the SDGs in East Africa: Translating collaborative research into policy impact.

Jan 17, 2019

From Maastricht to Edmonton: WUN Cultivates International Research Connections

Michielse returned to Edmonton in the fall of 2018 to join Malykhin in his lab as part of a larger partnership the University of Alberta has with the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

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Dec 16, 2018

WUN RDF 2018 Results: Distinctive Constellations of Talent

Sixteen projects have been awarded funds to begin in 2019.

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Nov 26, 2018

SDG Conference Bergen 2019 Edition – Registrations Now Open

National conference on the role of Norwegian universities in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nov 26, 2018

inVIVO Abstracts and Travel Awards – NOW OPEN

Apply for a travel grant by 15 January 2019 and submit your abstract by 15 February 2019.

Nov 12, 2018

Religion and Gender-Based Violence: A Case Study of Accra in Global Context

WUN academic workshop report: The Shiloh Project In Ghana. An Intersectional Exploration of Religion and Gender-Based Violence.

Nov 06, 2018

Who doesn’t have a cell phone?

What does mobile phone usage in Africa and small-town hospitality to queer people in South Africa reveal about globalisation as it’s encountered in the margins and peripheries?

Oct 30, 2018

Sustaining landscapes and livelihoods in the South Pacific

A new platform to identify climate-smart adaptations in Fiji and Tonga will assist communities vulnerable to climate change.

Oct 22, 2018

Boosting maternal resilience after wildfire

WUN research: an inexpensive and easily replicable journalling exercise can build resilience in pregnant women affected by natural disaster.

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Oct 04, 2018

CUHK Hosts Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in HK

CUHK will host Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in Hong Kong from fall 2019. 

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Sep 19, 2018

CUHK, University of Sydney, and Zhejiang University Join Global AI Academic Alliance

Several WUN members join the Global AI Academic Alliance that seeks to boost academic exchanges on AI and promote international communication and cooperation. 

Aug 15, 2018

Launch of the WUN Research Development Fund 2018

The RDF provides researchers in WUN universities with grants of up to £10,000 to foster research collaborations across the network.

Jul 27, 2018

inVIVO Planetary Health announces publication of their 10 key principles for planetary health

The Canmore Declaration is defined as the interdependent vitality of all natural and anthropogenic ecosystems: social, political and otherwise.

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Jul 26, 2018

Volunteer voice: ‘I now appreciate what WUN offers researchers’

Tinashe Jakwa volunteered at the Worldwide Universities Network Conference, AGM, and Presidents Forum 2018

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Jul 18, 2018

53 ways Leeds is tackling global challenges

Leeds joins the University of Oxford and the LSHT in the top three.

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Jul 18, 2018

CUHK Hosted ACU Summer School 2018

Forty-five students of 19 nationalities gathered at CUHK for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Summer School on Designing and Creating Sustainable Communities during 1-9 July 2018.

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Jul 13, 2018

Cultures in flux: Migration and cultural dynamics in the past and present

WUN Understanding Cultures Global Challenge Workshop: how heritage can help people deal with trauma of forced and unsafe migration 

Jul 12, 2018

Water for sustainable food, renewable energy and biodiverse ecosystems under a changing climate

WUN Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Workshop 

Jul 04, 2018

WUN Public Health Global Challenge Workshop 2018

Promoting adaptability across the life course

Jul 03, 2018

WUN Global Higher Education and Research Workshop 2018

What 21st Century challenges for higher education should inform GHEAR’s research agenda?

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Jun 26, 2018

WUN Presidents Forum urges closer collaboration for policy impact

We have got the talent, the knowledge, and the vehicles through the policy institutes

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Jun 18, 2018

Five key recommendations for improving data on missing migrants

Migration Data Portal Blog

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Jun 08, 2018

WUN Annual Conference and AGM paves a path to greater global policy teamwork

Conference and AGM round-up

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Jun 08, 2018

WUN thanks outgoing Executive Director John Hearn for nine years of service

Professor John Hearn concludes his work as WUN’s Executive Director on 31 July 2018

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Jun 06, 2018

WUN announces its new Executive Director

Professor Peter Lennie will be the network’s new Executive Director, commencing in August.

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Jun 05, 2018

CUHK Launched Joint Research Centre with University of Exeter

CUHK and  one of the University of Exeter launched a new HK$20m joint research centre to embark on large, impactful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle emerging issues related to a changing environment and human health and well being.

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Jun 04, 2018

Migration Data for Policy Summer School

Monday 9 – Thursday 12 July 2018, Bristol Marriott Hotel

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May 24, 2018

New book examines the experiences of first in family students on four continents

A unique book that captures the diverse experiences of first generation higher education students and explores ways universities might better serve them was launched on May 24 at the WUN AGM. 

May 23, 2018

Migration Data for Policy Summer School hosted by the University of Bristol and the IOM’s GMDAC

Details of the Migration Data for Policy Summer School hosted by the University of Bristol and the IOM’s GMDAC

May 23, 2018

New book broaches live issues for African development agendas

A new book by WUN’s Global Africa Group (GAG) is on track for publication by Springer in early 2019. It will also feature at GAG’s public forum during the WUN Annual Conference in Perth in May. 

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May 21, 2018

Students bring the world to us

Op-ed from UWA VC Professor Dawn Freshwater on international engagement. 

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May 04, 2018

New vice-chancellor at the University of Cape Town

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, currently the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has been appointed by Council as the new vice-chancellor of the university with effect from 1 July 2018. 

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Apr 18, 2018

WUN Global Policy Research Group launched at Renmin University of China

The Worldwide Universities Network Global Policy Research Group (WUN GPRG) was launched (stage 1) at Renmin University of China (RUC) on 24 March 2018 during the RUC-WUN Think Tank Conference.

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Apr 12, 2018

inFlame continues its mission of personal, public and planetary health as inVIVO Planetary Health

International Inflammation Network announces name change

Mar 29, 2018

Eight WUN-Universities in THE Top 60 of most international institutions worldwide

WUN-Universities are high in the ranking with no less than eight members in the Top 60. This score illustrates the fact that WUN members are committed to an international outlook in their research and in increasing the mobility of their staff and students.   

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Mar 27, 2018

New £9m programme to transform food systems in Africa

GCRF-AFRICAP project has been launched in Pretoria.

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Mar 22, 2018

WUN-University of Bergen commits to 2030 carbon-neutral target

WUN member, The University of Bergen (UiB), will be climate-neutral by 2030 thanks to a commitment to sustainability announced at the first SDG Conference Bergen held in February 2018.

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Mar 19, 2018

Leeds among the world’s top 50 most international universities

University of Leeds one of the most international universities in the world.

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Mar 13, 2018

Strengthening health priority in Ethiopia with funding from Gates Foundation

A grant of 3 million US dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is enabling the University of Bergen professor Ole Frithjof Norheim and his research group to teach health priorities to Ethiopian students.

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Mar 07, 2018

Sheffield welcomes applications for Visiting International Fellowship Scheme

The fellowship will be offered for visits between 4 and 6 weeks per year and applicants may request funding for up to £2,500.

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Mar 07, 2018

Call for applications for the UFMG Summer School on Brazilian Studies 2018 is open

The program comprises lectures on various Brazilian-related topics, Portuguese classes and cultural activities. The Summer School will take place at UFMG main campus in Belo Horizonte and all activities will be conducted in English.

Feb 16, 2018

Update: WUN International Search for Executive Director

Closing date 28 February 2018   

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Jan 29, 2018

Using digital technology to preserve Holocaust memory and places

Digital technologies enable the creation of personal connection with Holocaust survivors.

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Jan 26, 2018

Renmin University of China (RUC) – the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Think Tank Conference

On 24th March 2018, the RUC-WUN Think Tank Summit will be held on the campus of Renmin University. Springtime Beijing and Renmin University of China welcome experts and colleagues from WUN partner universities.

Jan 19, 2018

ECR Scholarship Opportunity for participation in WUN Public Health Workshop Perth WA May 2018

Scholarship Opportunity for early career researchers to participate in WUN academic workshop Promoting Adaptability across the Life Course held in Perth on 21-22 May 2018.

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Jan 08, 2018

SDSN Hong Kong Launched at CUHK

CUHK and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust join hands to co-host the Hong Kong chapter of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  

Dec 29, 2017

WUN Season’s Greetings

WUN New Year Newsletter available online

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Dec 18, 2017

IOM launches Migration Data Portal

First stage of ongoing progress to develop a “one-stop-shop” for international data

Dec 15, 2017

WUN Research Development Fund 2017 Results

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 round of the annual Research Development Fund, marking a direct investment in international, interdisciplinary research collaboration among WUN member universities of over £130,000.

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Dec 14, 2017

WUN welcomes new member University College Dublin

WUN welcomes UCD, one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide and home to over 33.000 students drawn from over 120 countries.

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Dec 14, 2017

Professor Dame Jane Francis – New Chancellor of the University of Leeds

Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Professor Dame Jane Francis, has been announced as the new Chancellor of the University of Leeds.

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Dec 13, 2017

CUHK Develops First English-taught Chinese Medicine MOOC

A team from the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK has developed a Chinese medicine MOOC in English and Asia’s first Chinese medicine clinical evidence online portal which gathers studies from around the world.

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Dec 12, 2017

CUHK Launches the World’s First Child Heritage Chinese Language Corpus

CUHK announces the launch of the world’s first Child Heritage Chinese Language Corpus and the establishment of the University of Cambridge–CUHK Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism.

Dec 06, 2017

WUN researcher to address International Forum on Migration Data Statistics

WUN researcher to address International Forum on Migration Data Statistics in Paris

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Dec 01, 2017

SDG Conference Bergen Knowledge for Our Common Future

WUN member The University of Bergen is organising a major conference on the role of Norwegian universities in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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Nov 29, 2017

CUHK Establishes Joint Lab with ETH Zurich and DGIST

The CUHK-DGIST-ETH Zurich Joint Research Laboratory on Innovative Nanotechnology for Medicine and Healthcare was recently formed to promote the R&D of innovative technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases.

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Nov 27, 2017

WUN members Maastricht and York join forces in major partnership

WUN members Maastricht and York have agreed a major partnership in which they will establish joint research projects, teaching collaborations, knowledge exchange, student exchanges and sharing best practice among their staff. 

Nov 02, 2017

International monitoring of SDG implementation and progress

The UNESCO Institute of Statistics 

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Oct 13, 2017

Impacts of climate change and ozone air pollution on crop production

Major findings WUN Responding to Climate Change research group published in science journal Atmospheric Environment.

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Oct 12, 2017

WUN Conference and AGM 2018

The next WUN Conference & AGM will be held in Perth, Australia from 20 to 25 May 2018. 

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Oct 10, 2017

Research in Focus: The art of resilience

Helping adolescents and the people who work with them adapt positively to adversity is the aim of this ambitious collaboration between researchers in South Africa, the UK & China.

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Oct 09, 2017

Research in Focus: Healthy ageing for all

How life-course research can help more of us stay healthy as we age

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Oct 08, 2017

Submit your abstracts for inFLAME 2018

Early Career Researcher travel grant opportunity to attend the International Inflammation Network (inFLAME) annual meeting in Canmore, Canada, 4-6 April 2018

Sep 01, 2017

Livestock Sustainability and Global Challenges Workshop

Bristol to host major international workshop on livestock and SDGs

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Aug 17, 2017

Bergen researcher awarded for Snapchat Research Stories

Professor Jill Walker Rettberg studies how humans use technology and what it means to us as a culture.

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Aug 10, 2017

WUN welcomes new member Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

WUN welcomes its 22nd member, UFMG, one of the leading institutions of higher education in Brazil. 

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Aug 08, 2017

The DREAMS Network workshop

WUN Project the DREAMS Network organised second workshop. 

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Jul 27, 2017

WUN welcomes new member Tecnológico de Monterrey

WUN expands its global network to Latin America. 

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Jul 25, 2017

CUHK Appoints New Vice-Chancellor and President

Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, an eminent biomedical scientist from the University of Pittsburgh, will become the eighth Vice-Chancellor of CUHK effective 1 January 2018, succeeding Prof. Joseph Sung.

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Jul 21, 2017

Research strengths secure global challenge funding

Two research projects led by the University of Leeds have been awarded £16million to build resilience in African businesses and communities. 

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Jul 15, 2017

Research Development Fund 2017 Round is open

The Research Development Fund 2017 Round is open.

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Jul 12, 2017

Developing a Role for the Arts

There’s increasing recognition within science, engineering and medicine that arts and humanities involvement in development projects is essential,

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Jul 07, 2017

CUHK to Host ACU Summer School 2018

CUHK has been selected to play host to the next Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School on 1-9 July 2018.

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Jun 28, 2017

WUN Global Africa Group Inaugural Strategic Workshop

The World Universities Network Global Africa Group launched its inaugural Strategic Research Workshop, hosted by the University of Ghana, in July 2017.

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Jun 27, 2017

CUHK Legumes Symposium Facilitates Collaboration between Young and Senior Researchers

The WUN Symposium cum Research Summit on Impacts of Grain Legume Research and Development in Developing Countries held at CUHK on 8-17 June 2017 brought together over 100 participants from six continents to exchange knowledge and ideas on the development of legumes research.

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Jun 15, 2017

Space For Development

Eight countries across Sub-Saharan Africa are set to take part in the world’s largest ever radio astronomy initiative – and the University of Leeds is spearheading a project aimed at ensuring they can make the most of this opportunity.

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Jun 05, 2017

WUN Conference and AGM 2017

This year’s AGM provided a key opportunity for all stakeholders to form a fit-for-purpose strategic plan to carry WUN into the next decade.

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May 03, 2017

CUHK and the University of Sydney Join Hands to Advance Integrative Medicine Research

CUHK and the University of Sydney established a joint laboratory to share the best of information technology, data analysis, and clinical research for the advancement of evidence-based integrative medicine.  

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Apr 25, 2017

UCT calls on all to commit to finding solutions to the current situation in South Africa

A statement from the Senior Leadership Group of the University of Cape Town.

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Mar 31, 2017

CUHK-Southampton Joint Laboratory for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Formed

CUHK and the University of Southampton formed a joint laboratory to conduct high impact research in the areas of stem cells, developmental biology and regenerative medicine.

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Mar 30, 2017

Brexit: a chance for universities to leave their ivory towers behind

Professor Dr Martin Paul reflects on the consequences of Brexit for higher education.

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Mar 23, 2017

Spreading the cost to transform sanitation

Developing countries struggling to cope with huge volumes of human waste may finally get some relief – and a new business opportunity.

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Mar 15, 2017

CUHK Launches New AoE Centre on Plant-Environment Interaction

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been awarded some HK$8m from the Hong Kong University Grants Committee to lead the AoE Centre for Genomic Studies on Plant-Environment Interaction for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security from 2017 to 2025. The new AoE Centre will develop new plant and agricultural technology with a view to striking a better balance between sustainable agriculture and food security. 

Feb 24, 2017

How WUN builds bridges over BREXIT

Objectives, discussion and outcomes of the WUN “Bridges over BREXIT” Workshop, attended by 40 invited experts from universities, government, business, agencies and media.

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Jan 24, 2017

‘I feel truly ashamed.’ Keith Burnett on Theresa May’s trade mission to India

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister.

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Jan 24, 2017

Research in Focus: in-FLAME

Research in Focus: in-FLAME

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Jan 23, 2017

Novel Glucose-Responsive Hydrogels for Glucose Detection

WUN supported research group has introduced novel Glucose-Responsive Hydrogels for Glucose Detection. 

Jan 05, 2017

CUHK Develops First Local Platform for Urban Big Data Integration & Analysis

The Institute of Future Cities at CUHK has developed the first platform in Hong Kong for integrating and analysing urban big data in an effort to help Hong Kong to become a smart city in the areas of personalized health monitoring, urban planning, air quality, and social care.

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Dec 15, 2016

2016 Research Development Fund

WUN announces the results of the 2016 Research Development Fund round.

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Nov 29, 2016

WUN welcomes new member the University of Nairobi

WUN is delighted to announce that the University of Nairobi (UoN) has joined the Worldwide Universities Network. We welcome Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Mbithi and his colleagues to the WUN Board, research teams and programs. The Worldwide Universities Network looks forward to a valuable and productive partnership.

Nov 01, 2016

Hidden Migration Symposium in Bristol, 9-10 March 2017

International symposium involving MDGT group to be held in Bristol in March 2017.

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Oct 27, 2016

WUN welcomes new member National Cheng Kung University

We are delighted to announce that National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has joined the Worldwide Universities Network. 

Sep 29, 2016

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Sep 29, 2016

New study on asthma provides strong argument for focusing on the environment of young men

“It has been very difficult to get these [results] published, because the concept of adolescent boys, having impact on their offspring born years later is new and editors could not believe our findings. I think that the WUN can inspire further research to support our findings and convey the new concepts to public health policy makers…”

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Sep 24, 2016

WUN project adresses migrants’ lack of labour and social rights

Migration governance continues to fail in several key areas such as labour rights, employment opportunities and social protection.

Sep 22, 2016

China OPERA Workshop premieres in Chongqing

On 12 November 2016 

Sep 14, 2016

CUHK Invents Asymmetric Supercapacitors and New Flow Batteries

CUHK engineers have invented the most efficient asymmetric supercapacitors and the flow batteries with the highest volumetric capacity reported to date.

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Sep 12, 2016

NERC grant for Himalayan Climate Change project

Congratulations to the WUN international team that has achieved this highly competitive support. 

Sep 01, 2016

CUHK Ranked Top Innovative University in Hong Kong

CUHK was ranked the most innovative university in Hong Kong and 21st in the Asia-Pacific region by the latest “Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities”.

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Aug 30, 2016

WUN welcomes new member Renmin University of China

We are delighted to announce that Renmin University has joined the Worldwide Universities Network. 

Aug 24, 2016

Food security needs social-science input

The Climate- Resilient Open Partnership for Food Security project (CROP-FS) published in Nature magazine. 

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Aug 04, 2016

WUN Legumes Group publishes in Nature Plants

Multi-disciplinary team from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) publishes in Nature Plants.

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Jul 22, 2016

CUHK Conducts World’s Largest Study on Epidemiology of NAFLD in Diabetic Patients

CUHK has conducted the world’s largest study that examines the prevalence and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in diabetic patients, in order to determine whether screening should be recommended.

Jul 16, 2016

CUHK Recommends Best Practices and Strategies for Low-carbon Urban Transport System

The Institute of Future Cities at CUHK has conducted a comprehensive research on low-carbon transport practices and policies with the objective of formulating a strategy for Hong Kong’s future low-carbon transport system initiatives.

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May 23, 2016

CUHK to Chair the Worldwide Universities Network

Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, recently took the helm of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) as Chair of its Partnership Board, a role elected from among the presidents of member universities. 

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May 20, 2016

Global innovation networks: The anatomy of change

Higher education and research are no longer privileged pursuits pursued by high priests in isolated ivory towers. That history and stereotype, itself only partly true, has given way to the increasing catalysis of change. The change is fuelled by rapid development and competition, and by a concert of factors and global dynamics affecting the international research universities that are the subject of this discussion.

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May 18, 2016

A Triumvirate from Three Continents: CUHK partners with University of Toronto and Utrecht University

CUHK forms tri-continental partnership with the University of Toronto and Utrecht University for innovative solutions on urban issues

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Apr 28, 2016

Dinosaur families chose to exit Europe

Researchers have used ‘network theory’ for the first time to visually depict the movement of dinosaurs around the world during the Mesozoic Era – including a curious exodus from Europe. The research, led by the University of Leeds and published in the Journal of Biogeography, also reaffirms previous studies that have found that dinosaurs continued to migrate to all parts of the world after the ‘supercontinent’ Pangaea split into land masses that are separated by oceans.

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Apr 27, 2016

Animals’ role in mitigating climate change varies across forests

Large animals play a key role in mitigating climate change in tropical forests by spreading the seeds of large trees that have a high capacity to store carbon, new research has found. The research, co-led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature Communications, sheds important new light on the role seed dispersal by animals plays in mitigating climate change, and how this role can vary in tropical forests across the world.

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Apr 19, 2016

UWA Professor named FAO Special Ambassador for Pulses

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has designated The University of Western Australia’s Agriculture Chair, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique the Special Ambassador for Pulses 2016 at a ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco.
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Apr 14, 2016

Bridging Policy and Academia at the Sixth Annual Presidents Forum

On 7 April, WUN Presidents, as well as distinguished representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, European Research Council and national embassies, convened in Brussels for the sixth annual WUN Presidents Forum. Titled ‘Open Doors: European Opportunities in Research & Education,’ the Forum took place alongside the WUN Conference and AGM 2016.

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Apr 11, 2016

WUN Conference & AGM 2016 Takes Place at Maastricht University

From 2-7 April, close to 400 academics and university leaders from around the world participated in the WUN Conference & AGM 2016, hosted by Maastricht University.

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Apr 07, 2016

Surprise hit at WUN congress: international classroom

A top-class conference, one might say: four hundred academics from all corners of the world, spending a week debating subjects of interest for the whole world. Migration of course, but also health care, climate change and emerging economies.

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Apr 06, 2016

Maastricht University Ranked as World’s Fourth Best Young University

Maastricht University (UM) has climbed to the fourth place in the Times Higher Education (THE) 150 Under 50 ranking for best young universities in the world. After maintaining the sixth place since 2013 in the former THE 100 under 50, this fourth place can be considered as a compliment and congratulations in Maastricht Universities 40th anniversary year. The list has been published at the Young Universities Summit in Barcelona on April 6th.

Apr 06, 2016

The Sixth Annual WUN Presidents Forum to Convene in Brussels

On 7 April, WUN Presidents, as well as distinguished representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission and European Research Council, will convene in Brussels for the sixth annual Presidents Forum.

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Apr 05, 2016

Unravelling the secret of antibiotic resistance

Scientists from the University of Leeds have solved a 25-year-old question about how a family of proteins allow bacteria to resist the effects of certain antibiotics. Proteins of the ABC-F protein family are a major source of antibiotic resistance in ‘superbugs’ such as Staphylococcus aureus, a group of bacteria that includes MRSA. The findings, published in the American Society for Microbiology journal mBio, provide the first direct evidence of how this family of proteins ‘protect’ the bacterial ribosome, the protein makers in cells, from being blocked by antibiotics.

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Apr 05, 2016

New study finds vitamin D3 improves heart function

A daily dose of vitamin D3 improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure, a five-year University of Leeds research project has found. Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, led the study, known as VINDICATE. He said: “This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness – known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients.”

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Apr 05, 2016

Building Bridges Between China and the World

On 4 April, # international researchers came together at the second WUN China FDI Workshop to examine the progress of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, which is designed to build knowledge and innovation partnerships and accelerate business development. 

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Apr 02, 2016

WUN Contributes to Global Policy Agenda in Maastricht

On 2-7 April, close to 400 academics and university leaders from around the world will descend on Maastricht for the WUN Conference & AGM 2016, hosted by Maastricht University.

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Apr 02, 2016

WUN Forms Strategic Alliance with International Organization for Migration (IOM)

On 2 April, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin of the International Organization for Migration (IOM GMDAC) signed a collaboration agreement at the second WUN Migration Conference in Maastricht.

Mar 30, 2016

WUN Global ‘Air Sensors Everywhere’ Campaign Launched

Environmental health science researcher Richard Peltier at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others around the world, is launching a series of webinars and events for a Do-It-Yourself, citizen science campaign called “Air Sensors Everywhere.” It aims to bring small air pollution sensors to the developed and developing world “to empower people everywhere to use low-cost pollution sensors to reduce pollution-linked disease.”

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Mar 22, 2016

CUHK Uncovers Structure and Functions of the Rice YchF-type G Protein

Prof. Hon-Ming Lam, Director of the Centre for Soybean Research of the Partner State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his team have uncovered the structure and functions of the Rice YchF-type G Protein for the first time. The new findings help improve plants’ defense response and stress tolerance, and maintain a higher agricultural productivity under adverse conditions.

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Mar 21, 2016

New Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) appointment at the University of Leeds

Professor Hai-Sui Yu has been appointed as the University of Leeds’ first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International).

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Mar 16, 2016

‘Quantum dots’ light the way for new HIV and Ebola treatment

A research team led by the University of Leeds has observed for the first time how HIV and Ebola viruses attach to cells to spread infection. The findings, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, suggest a new way of treating these viruses: instead of destroying the pathogens, introduce a block on how they interact with cells.

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Mar 08, 2016

New funding for livestock research centre

A new government and industry-backed £70million livestock innovation centre has been launched, supported by University of Leeds investment. Bringing together the food industry and researchers, the government has awarded £27.7 million to set up Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIELivestock). It aims to transform the productivity of the UK livestock industry by providing a “one-stop-shop” to drive innovation. The University of Leeds investment has been match-funded by government, giving a total of £7m to help develop its specialist pig research facility. Funding from other industry and research institutions makes up the £70 million.

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Mar 08, 2016

Using old drugs to treat new viruses

A group of drugs already in everyday use to treat psychosis or depression may also be used to defeat deadly and emerging viruses. Researchers from the University of Leeds found that common drugs in everyday use were successful in preventing a particular virus from infecting cells, by blocking the ion channels that regulate potassium levels in those cells.

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Mar 01, 2016

Air quality success, but what about the impact of Brexit?

New research celebrates the success of EU air quality policy, at a time when such policies face an uncertain future because of Britain’s European referendum.

The study, led by the University of Leeds, has found that about 80,000 deaths are prevented each year due to the introduction of European Union (EU) policies and new technologies to reduce air pollution. Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, it is the first study to look into the effectiveness of specific EU policies to reduce air pollution across Europe. It reveals that the policies have led to a 35% reduction of fine particles in the atmosphere over the period 1970 to 2010, which has improved public health across Europe. The good news, however, comes at a time when such policies face an uncertain future in light of a potential Brexit.

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Feb 17, 2016

Researchers to Look at Effects of Migration Policies

The research community know little about the new types of immigration in the world. A new, international project seeks to find the answers to difficult questions in the migration debate.

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Feb 12, 2016

Improving rainfall and flooding predictions

The University of Leeds is a partner in a new research project to improve our understanding of rainfall and flood predictions in Scotland. Scientists from the University will work alongside the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Scottish Water and the Met Office. The Radar Applications in Northern Scotland (RAINS) project will involve the deployment of NCAS’ Mobile X-band Radar to Kinloss, Scotland, from January to July 2016, to observe clouds and measure rainfall. The observations from the NCAS radar will be used alongside the existing Met Office radar network to study precipitation and flooding. This will be the first in-depth study of clouds, precipitation and how they link to flooding in Scotland. The NCAS radar is capable of measuring clouds and precipitation in remote locations and is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom.

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Feb 12, 2016

Finding the best treatment for bowel cancer patients

A new test could help patients with advanced bowel cancer get the best treatment for their disease. A Cancer Research UK clinical trial, run from the University of Leeds and St James’s University Hospital, studied almost 1,200 patients at hospitals all over the UK with advanced bowel cancer.

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Feb 12, 2016

Researchers to use supercomputer to ‘hack’ Ebola

Scientists at the University of Leeds will run the equivalent of password cracking software to find the chemical keys to defeating the Ebola virus. A team from the University’s schools of Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology have secured a £200,000 grant from the Wellcome Trust to find drugs to cure the disease. Although several Ebola vaccines are being developed, there are currently no effective anti-viral drugs to treat people once they get infected. This is a particularly serious issues because of barriers to implementing vaccine programmes in the most at-risk communities and the difficulty of predicting where the disease will strike next. The University of Leeds researchers will focus on finding anti-viral drugs. 

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Jan 29, 2016

Digital design to boost pharmaceutical industry

University of Leeds researchers are part of a project to transform the UK’s pharmaceutical industry by introducing new digital design processes. The £20.4 million ADDoPT (Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics) project is a major four-year collaboration between the Government, industry and universities. It is expected to reduce the development time and cost of innovative medicines and improve the competitiveness of the UK’s pharmaceuticals sector.

Jan 28, 2016

‘Big Data’ generates need for ‘Data Diplomacy’

“Data Diplomacy” seeks to better understand the role that data sharing plays as an agent in social and political relationships around the world. Examples of data diplomacy can include: negotiations between two competing health systems to enable access to electronic medical records of shared patients; cross-national sharing of outbreak data, such as ownership of and access to information about people impacted by Ebola virus; or the impact on diplomatic relationships among nations due to systematic “leakages” of data, evidenced by the Edward Snowden case.

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Jan 14, 2016

Leeds researchers conduct new training programme in Africa

A team of researchers led by the University of Leeds is conducting a new and innovative training programme in Africa. The Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project, led by Professor Melvin Hoare, seeks to provide people in the targeted countries with training to use radio telescopes. It also has an outreach programme to encourage young people to study the technological aspects of radio astronomy and pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The project is funded by the Newton Fund – a novel initiative that aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries through scientific collaboration.

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Jan 12, 2016

A kink in the fault line explains why the Himalayas keep growing

An international team of scientists has shed new light on the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015, killing more than 8,000 people. In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the scientists show that a kink in the regional fault line below Nepal explains why the highest mountains in the Himalayas are seen to grow between earthquakes. The researchers, from the UK’s Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET), as well as academics from the USA and France, also demonstrate that the rupture on the fault stopped 11km below Kathmandu.

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Jan 11, 2016

Study on Novel Glucose-Responsive Materials for GOX-Free Glucose Sensors

The researchers of the joint team from Zhejiang University, University of Leeds and University of York are currently exploring novel glucose-responsive materials for GOX-free glucose sensors which will be more sensitive and stable. 

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Jan 10, 2016

CUHK Launches Global China Research Program

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) recently launched the Global China Research Program with the goal of understanding China’s global presence and international relations, as well as the global reception of China’s outward engagements. 

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Jan 07, 2016

Many colorectal cancer survivors struggle to cope with daily life

Around 7,000 colorectal cancer survivors in the UK struggle to cope with daily life years after their diagnosis, according to new analysis led by University of Leeds researchers. The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and partly funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, shows that just under 1 in 6 (15%) people who survive a year to three years after a colorectal cancer diagnosis in England experience ‘social distress’, perceiving their daily social interactions to be severely negative or distressing.

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Jan 07, 2016

A fighting chance of survival: life-saving stents for heart attacks

A study of 300,000 heart attack patients, led by the University of Leeds, has found rapid rates in the uptake of a treatment which improves a patient’s chances of survival after a major heart attack. The research, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation and the National Institute of Health Research, showed the uptake of heart attack treatment gives nine in ten patients fighting chance of survival. The use of emergency stenting treatment (PPCI) increased from 0.1% in 2003 to 86% in 2013 for patients with STEMI – a heart attack caused by a complete blockage of a coronary artery which accounts for 25-40% of all heart attack cases in Europe.

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Jan 06, 2016

Parasitic worms: friends or foes?

Meet the UCT researcher discovering how parasitic worms can benefit human health.

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Dec 17, 2015

Controlling the ‘social life’ of proteins aims to transform drug discovery

A new £3.4 million programme will develop new tools to understand which interactions between proteins in the human body are relevant to disease. Currently, only a handful of drugs in clinical use work by targeting protein-protein interactions. The new project, which will launch on 1 February, 2016, will involve researchers from the University of Leeds, the University of Bristol and three drug discovery organisations: the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University; AstraZeneca; and Domainex.

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Dec 16, 2015

Antibiotic resistance could help find drugs for some of the most intractable diseases

Scientists have developed an innovative way of using one of the biggest problems facing health services—antibiotic resistance—to develop drugs to combat some of the most intractable diseases. The new study, from research led by Professor Sheena Radford from the University of Leeds and published in Nature Chemical Biology, outlines a way of using antibiotic resistance to find chemicals capable of stopping amyloid formation.  

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Dec 15, 2015

Groundbreaking microscopy unlocks secrets of plant virus assembly

New research into how a plant virus assembles could lay the groundwork for future use to carry drugs into the human body. The study, by a team from the University of Leeds’ Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology and the John Innes Centre in Norwich, describes the structure of an empty version of Cowpea Mosaic Virus (CPMV) and the molecular “glue” that allows the virus to build itself and encapsulate its genome. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications and based on revolutionary new electron microscopy, may be a crucial step to eventually allowing scientists to build custom versions of the virus that can carry medicines into the body and target disease. 

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Dec 14, 2015

Moving Toward a Sustainable Future Following COP21

After many years of failed attempts, world leaders have finally signed a comprehensive deal to address climate change at COP21 in Paris. WUN was there.

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Dec 11, 2015

WUN investing in research that matters

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) announced today the results of the 2015 round of the annual Research Development Fund, marking a direct investment in international, interdisciplinary research of £156,213.

Dec 10, 2015

Millions in funding for young Bergen researchers

Four young scientists recently received over 80 million NOK from Bergen Research Foundation and the University of Bergen, making world class research possible.

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Dec 04, 2015

Legumes: the Solution to Human Health and Agricultural Sustainability

As the world’s population continues to grow and the effects of global warming and climate change begin to affect crop yields, new and existing crops must be developed that are resilient to temperature extremes, drought and salinity, while also being cheap to produce. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, himself, noted the scale of the problem saying “diversification of crops with legumes and other practical measures must be scaled up to end hunger while meeting the challenge of climate change”.

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Nov 27, 2015

Peatland Code could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions

A new Government-backed code has been launched that could slash UK carbon dioxide emissions by 220 million tonnes and protect rare wildlife by restoring moors, bogs and mires. The Peatland Code is unveiled at the World Forum for Natural Capital in Edinburgh on 23 November following a successful two-year trial, which has seen businesses fund peatland restoration projects in southwest England, the Lake District and Wales. The Code is based on research by academics at the University of Leeds and Birmingham City University, which revealed that sustainable business investment could reverse the degradation of peatlands and significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Nov 25, 2015

Talking Climate Change – WUN on the world stage at UNFCCC COP21

The world will gather in Paris in early December for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to develop solutions to climate change and WUN will join them as an official observer organisation.

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Nov 25, 2015

Half of all Amazonian tree species may be globally threatened

More than half of all tree species in the world’s most diverse forest – the Amazon – may be globally threatened, according to a new study. But the study, published on Friday 20 November, in the journal Science Advances, also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves and indigenous territories will protect most of the threatened species, if properly managed. The findings were announced by a research team comprising 158 researchers from 21 countries, led by Dr Hans ter Steege of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and Dr Nigel Pitman of the Field Museum in Chicago, USA. The pan-Amazon RAINFOR network led by the University of Leeds contributed hundreds of forest monitoring plots to the effort

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Nov 20, 2015

Unpaid carers save UK £132 biilion a year – the cost of a second NHS

A new report jointly written by University of Leeds experts reveals that the 6.8 million people who provide unpaid care for loved ones in the UK save the state £132 billion a year. The report for the charity Carers UK, Valuing Carers 2015 – the rising value of carers’ support, is the third in a series looking at the value of carers’ support to the UK economy. It shows a staggering increase in the value of carers’ support since 2001, almost doubling from £68 billion to £132 billion. Researchers attribute this rise to a dramatic increase in the number of hours people are caring for, combined with an increase in the cost of replacement care.

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Nov 17, 2015

Inaugural Web Observatories Workshop Takes Place in Southampton

Much like the printing press, the invention of the world wide web has afforded us unprecedented opportunities for spreading information. Not only do we now have the capacity to share rich data sets online, we also have vast amounts of data about our online activity. However, without a proper framework in place, it is difficult to take full advantage of this rich information resource. There are currently multiple barriers to using this resource effectively, including accessibility of datasets, lack of comprehensive and shareable metadata, dataset identification and searching, access control and privileges, and analytics.

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Nov 13, 2015

Increased deforestation and the Amazon basin rainfall

Researchers report that continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish rainfall levels in the Amazon River basin, which may impact the region’s climate, ecosystems and economies.

A new study, published on Thursday 12 November in Geophysical Research Letters, predicts that by the middle of the century annual rainfall in the Amazon could be less than the yearly amount of rain the region receives during drought years if deforestation rates revert back to pre-2004 levels. 

Nov 12, 2015

20 Benefits of Collaboration You Cannot Afford to Ignore

The Worldwide Universities Network aims to foster international research collaborations to address global challenges. WUN is in a joint venture with Global Academy Jobs (GAJobs) that links researchers with top research universities to enhance career prospects. The article below was recently featured on the GAJobs blog. Scott Wavers writes about how to invest your time wisely as a researcher and how to collaborate well. In his blog post he outlines the top 20 benefits of collaboration for a researcher.

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Nov 12, 2015

Understanding Globalisation: Margins and Peripheries

The local and the global have become entangled in rural and peri-urban areas, not only in South Africa, but around the world. And understanding these entanglements is the aim of the the WUN-sponsored project Understanding Globalisation – Margins and Peripheries. This project, led by Associate Professor Ana Deumert, seeks to study globalisation in the so-called margins of the world system: areas never before considered to be heavily affected by globalisation, but which are increasingly shaped by larger social and cultural processes.

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Oct 30, 2015

New £20 million research programme to deepen understanding of Africa’s changing climate

A UK government-funded initiative will put £20 million behind research to better understand Africa’s changing climate and the use of climate change information in decision-making across the continent.  Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is supporting five major research projects to develop better climate information for Africa and to test how the new information could be used in decision-making. Dr John Marsham from the University of Leeds is leading the HyCRISTAL project, which addresses East Africa, while fellow researchers from the University’s School of Earth and Environment are taking key roles in the projects addressing West Africa (AMMA2050), southern Africa (UMFULA) and modelling African climate (IMPALA). FCFA is a joint programme of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council.

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Oct 26, 2015

Leeds to be leading centre for precision medicine

The Leeds Academic Health Partnership (LAHP) has been involved in an initiative to bring a centre of excellence in precision medicine to the city, the government has announced. Precision medicine uses diagnostic tests and data-based insights to understand a patient’s disease more precisely and so select treatments with more predictable, safer, cost-effective outcomes. The UK’s research and clinical expertise, combined with government’s major investment in relevant research infrastructure, has placed it in a leading position in this area. The Leeds centre, which will run alongside other similar centres in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Oxford, was compiled by the LAHP, a consortium that brings together ten statutory organisations in Leeds — the city’s six NHS organisations, its three universities and Leeds City Council – into a formal partnership.

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Oct 26, 2015

Reducing the risk of heart disease in people with diabetes

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is investing £1.4 million in the University of Leeds to help counteract the risk of heart disease in people with diabetes. The new funding, announced on Friday 23 October, is part of the BHF’s new research strategy which commits to spending over half a billion pounds on research in the next five years. Professor Mark Kearney, from the School of Medicine, is leading a team looking at ways to help protect people with diabetes from an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Oct 23, 2015

How can we build wildlife-friendly roads and railways?

Scientists behind new research into the effects of transport infrastructure on biodiversity have developed much-needed approaches to protect wildlife. A Defra-funded study, conducted by a team from the University of Leeds led by Professor John Altringham, sets out best practice principles for assessing the impact of new roads and railways on bats, as well as the effectiveness of mitigation measures installed to help them cross safely. These new survey methods should improve the efficiency of planning processes, thereby benefitting both developers and wildlife. The researchers’ report also highlights the need for a more rigorous, evidence-based approach to protecting wildlife during development. 

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Oct 23, 2015

Dreaming of a good night’s sleep

New research from the University of Leeds has revealed that some people are losing more than 15 day’s worth of sleep a year. The study showed that more than a quarter of the British population suffer from dangerously low levels of sleep – with many sleeping as little as five hours per night – and that it could harm their health. Despite aiming to undertake around eight – nine hours sleep a night, 30 to 50 year-olds were the most likely group for being in debt to their sleep body clocks. 

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Oct 19, 2015

Learning the right lesson from Mendel’s peas

Biologists arguing about whether the results of experiments by the man hailed as the father of modern genetics are “too good to be true” have been distracted from a more important debate. In a new paper in Science about Gregor Mendel, the 19th century Austrian monk whose experiments on peas revealed the basic principles of heredity, University of Leeds science historian Professor Gregory Radick suggests the time has come for a different perspective on the controversy, which over the years has encompassed allegations of fraud and Cold War political pressure.

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Oct 08, 2015

CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing Holds Launch Conference on ‘Creating Age-Friendly Community’

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Ageing held a Launch Conference on ‘Creating Age-Friendly Communities’ on 8 October 2015 to enable experience sharing and discussion on various aspects of the theme. Topics covered in the conference included: Redesigning Communities for Aged Society, Frailty and Geriatric Syndromes, and Age-friendly Hospital and Service. The event attracted some 300 renowned academics in gerontology from the U.S., Singapore, Japan, mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as representatives from organizations working on improving seniors well-being and welfare.

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Oct 05, 2015

Unlocking the secrets of consumer behaviour

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) launched its data services on Thursday 1 October, offering new data for researchers to garner unprecedented insights into consumer behaviour. The multi-million pound Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) initiative, commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration between the UK’s leading universities and a growing list of industry partners to better understand the millions of data points we generate each day. Bringing together the universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford and University College London, the CDRC has created a safe and secure data infrastructure which seeks to share these insights with academia, industry and the public at large. Whilst protecting privacy, data will – for the first time – be routinely collected and shared with the CDRC by major retailers, local government organisations and businesses across the UK to improve understanding of these complex patterns of consumer behaviour.

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Oct 02, 2015

If you’re sitting down, don’t sit still, new research suggests

New research suggests that the movements involved in fidgeting may counteract the adverse health impacts of sitting for long periods. In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of researchers, co-led by the University of Leeds and UCL, report that an increased risk of mortality from sitting for long periods was only found in those who consider themselves very occasional fidgeters. They found no increased risk of mortality from longer sitting times, compared to more active women, in those who considered themselves as moderately or very fidgety.  

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Oct 02, 2015

Swinging on ‘monkey bars’: motor proteins caught in the act

The first images of motor proteins in action were published in the journal Nature Communications on Monday 14 September 2015. These proteins are vital to complex life, forming the transport infrastructure that allows different parts of cells to specialise in particular functions. Until now, the way they move has never been directly observed. Researchers at the University of Leeds and in Japan used electron microscopes to capture images of the largest type of motor protein, called dynein, during the act of stepping along its molecular track. 

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Sep 22, 2015

WUN members Sheffield and Zhejiang sign Memorandum of Understanding

A pioneering partnership has been signed between the University of Sheffield and Zhejiang University as part of ongoing commitments to work collaboratively in tackling some of the biggest global issues.

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Sep 20, 2015

WUN Universities Use MOOCs to Expand Global Reach

The higher education sector is rapidly evolving as a result of new technologies and globalisation. WUN universities continue to innovate, using these new technologies to expand their offerings and global reach. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is one such technology, allowing students from around the world to access world-class expertise from anywhere at any time. Below are ten free MOOCs, offered by WUN universities through FutureLearn, beginning over the coming months.

Sep 12, 2015

New Australian Advisory Group for Australia Africa Relations (AGAAR)

The Foreign Minister of Australia, the Hon Julie Bishop launched the new AGAAR on Friday 4thSeptember. She stated that the group would advise her and the Australian Government on economic diplomacy and development of Australian African mutual interests within Australia’s overall international engagement. These equal partnerships in mid-term programs and a long term framework for cooperation would inform the government and stakeholders with evidence based policy options. The Advisory Group was charged to help develop such a framework. The emphasis would be on sustainable and specific activities, with Australian African characteristics, in key sectoral areas and with key countries. The approach would build teamwork between governments, academic and business, along with NGO’s and international agencies.

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Sep 10, 2015

WUN announces new Chair of GHEAR Global Challenge

Professor John Hearn, Executive Director of WUN, today announced the appointment of Professor Joe Berger as the new Chair of the Global Higher Education & Research Global Challenge (GHEAR) to take effect from 1 October 2015.

Sep 01, 2015

CUHK Researcher Recognized by WMO for Global Food Security Study

Prof. Amos P.K. Tai of the Earth System Science Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was recently conferred the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Research Award for Young Scientists for 2015. The award was presented to Prof.Tai for his paper in Nature Climate Change, Volume 4, 2014, titled “Threat to future global food security from climate change and ozone air pollution”. Prof. Tai is the first Hong Kong scientist receiving the Award.

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Aug 28, 2015

Unravelling the mystery of pain

Patients with chronic whiplash experience long-lasting pain, but doctors and researchers struggle to explain the causes. Solbjørg Makalani Myrtveit wants to help these often misunderstood patients.

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Aug 07, 2015

International Innovation: Promoting Education and Prevention in Public Health

Professor John Hearn, Executive Director of WUN and Chairman of the Australia-Africa Universities Network, discusses the prolific threats that continue to plague public health and outlines initiatives in place that promote education and prevention.

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Jul 28, 2015

Ensuring Environmental Livelihood Security

In communities where livelihoods are linked to the land and sea, environmental security is of utmost importance. This is particularly true in the developing nations of the Asia-Pacific, where many localities have a high dependency on fisheries, tourism and agriculture. Moreover, global changes are increasingly resulting in challenging localised impacts, such as increased frequency of extreme events. Thus, understanding the social-environment system is imperative to providing solutions for responding to climate change.

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Jul 27, 2015

China’s Path in International Relations

Renmin University School of Marxism in Beijing held a high level international conference on “China’s Path in International Relations” at the end of June 2015. The purpose was to explore and develop the scholarly and practical concepts of “One Belt One Road” as articulated by President Xi Jinping. WUN Executive Director, Professor John Hearn, and WUN China Manager, Associate Professor Grace Liu, were among international speakers from Canada, USA, Russia and Europe invited to present papers.

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Jul 27, 2015

WUN and Zhejiang University Build a Stronger Partnership

WUN Executive Director, Professor John Hearn, and WUN China Manager, Associate Professor Grace Liu, visited WUN member Zhejiang University in June to meet with the new President Professor Zhaohui Wu, reviewing the WUN-Zhejiang Partnership and exploring greater engagement and teamwork. Zhejiang currently ranks in the top three Chinese universities and is a recognised international research leader.

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Jul 21, 2015

Launch of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics

A new institute set up to help public and private sector organisations meet the challenges and opportunities of the Big Data revolution opened its doors on Friday 10 July 2015. The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) offers state-of-the-art facilities in data analytics and will partner with researchers and organisations to help them make the most of the rapidly growing fields of consumer and medical data analysis.

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Jul 16, 2015

CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing Ranks HK as 24th in the World in terms of Elderly Wellbeing

Based on the methods used to calculate the Global AgeWatch Index which measures the wellbeing of older people in the world, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Jockey Club Institute of Ageing, with support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Charities Trust, revealed that Hong Kong ranked 24th among 97 countries or territories in 2014. 

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Jul 07, 2015

The mathematics of disease

Medical research and advanced mathematics are usually considered separate disciplines. But for one WUN collaboration, bringing maths and biology together could hold the key to understanding how cells in the human body signal to each other, and might potentially unlock the secrets of a range of non-communicable diseases.

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Jul 01, 2015

WUN Welcomes New Members to the Partnership Board

In the coming months, WUN will see considerable transition in its Partnership Board, with leading figures that have helped shape WUN over the last ten years moving on from their respective universities. WUN thanks these individuals for their dedicated service and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavours. We also look forward to welcoming their successors and continuing to build on mutual strengths.

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Jun 10, 2015

Preventing future pandemics

There has been a significant increase in asthma and allergies in high-income countries over the past few decades. These diseases are also increasingly prevalent in developing countries, which can substantially increase mortality rates since proper medication is often expensive. The causes of asthma and allergies are not well understood, and there is currently neither a cure or effective prevention. At the same time, parasitic infections have decreased and have known immunological effects.

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Jun 08, 2015

WUN a Voice in International Research and Education Reform

Today’s higher education landscape is changing rapidly as a direct result of globalisation and technological advancement. Key issues include access and affordability, public/private collaboration, technology’s impact on research, and the evolving roles of academics, students and administrators in light of increased internationalisation. 

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Jun 07, 2015

WUN Researcher Finds Future Funding Success

As the world’s population continues to rise, so does the increasing demand for water, energy and food. These three resources are inextricably linked and any shortage or disruption of one will significantly impact the other two. This is known as the water-energy-food nexus.

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Jun 01, 2015

2015 Research Development Fund

WUN is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Research Development Fund (RDF). The RDF is an annual competitive grant scheme designed to foster innovative, high quality and sustainable research among member universities.

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May 28, 2015

Global climate on verge of multi-decadal change

A new study, by scientists from the University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre (NOC), implies that the global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades.

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May 28, 2015

Early-life solutions to the modern health crisis

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as allergies, asthma, cancer, diabetes and obesity are on the rise. Inflammation and immune dysregulation are common features of these conditions, often associated with environmental and lifestyle risk factors such as dietary patterns, environmental pollutants, microbial patterns and stress.

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May 21, 2015

Vice rector of Bergen joins the WUN leadership

Anne Christine Johannessen takes over as chair of the Worldwide Universities Network’s Public Health Global Challenge Steering Group.

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May 21, 2015

WUN Takes Part in New Research, Knowledge and Information Community

Last week, a new Research, Knowledge and Information Community (RKIC) was launched during ACU SARIMA Conference 2015 held in Johannesburg. The community is part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ (ACU) series of new special interest groups.