European grants recognise excellent science at Bristol

Four researchers from the University of Bristol have been awarded almost €7M in European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants in recognition of their ‘excellent science’ and potentially ground-breaking research. The ERC’s Starting Grants support exceptional researchers, between two and seven years from PhD completion, to become fully independent research leaders.

They are particularly intended to enable the researcher to create or strengthen their own research team or programme. The grants are awarded under the 'excellent science' pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

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University of Lausanne: In 2050, we could be living with less energy

A joint study by UNIL, the University of Leeds, and Yale University shows that in 30 years’ time it will be possible to meet everyone’s needs while protecting the planet.

World energy consumption in 2050 could be brought back to the level seen in the 1960s while supporting a decent standard of living for a population three times the size. This is the conclusion of a new study by a team at the University of Leeds, working to UNIL professor Julia Steinberger. The research, a joint project by UNIL, the University of Leeds in the UK and Yale University in the United States, is published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

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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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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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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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Makerere to Quantify and Map Antimicrobials used in Livestock Farming in Uganda

On Wednesday 30th September, 2020, one of the over 500 multidisciplinary projects currently being funded by the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) was launched by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. This project is titled: Developing a Monitoring System for Quantifying and Mapping Antimicrobials used in Livestock Farming Systems in Uganda (VAMS).

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Rochester: Harvey Alter's Nobel Prize honours a half-century quest.

Harvey Alter ’56, ’60M (MD), who was awarded a Nobel Prize earlier this week for his role in the discovery of hepatitis C, once reflected on what he thought was the most dramatic turn in his life. There were a few, but none so fateful than in 1961, his ninth year in Rochester and his first as resident at the University’s Strong Memorial Hospital, when he received a draft notice in the mail.

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University of Alberta virologist awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Michael Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today in recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus.

His discovery with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo in 1989 opened a new field of viral hepatitis research that led to improved blood safety, and hepatitis C treatment to the point where the viral infection can now be cured in virtually all patients.

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Tec de Monterrey: David Garza Salazar and the art of taking over during an emergency

For the Tec’s executive president, the focus has been on taking care of people’s health, guaranteeing academic continuity, and contributing to mitigating the impact.

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” The phrase comes from the world of boxing, but it also applies outside of the ring.

On July 1, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, David Garza Salazar took over as executive president of Tec de Monterrey. It was a planned succession, but SARS-CoV-2 changed his plans. It was a blow.

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