WUN Summer School 2020 - The World's Biggest Challenges and How to Influence Solutions

This Summer School has been designed to recognise and celebrate the excellence around the network in research into addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This course aims to encourage students to appreciate the complexities of the global challenges that leading academics, from across the disciplines, unite to tackle.

Designed for aspiring leaders, this course will help students develop the skills required to influence institutions to act in accordance with the SDGs, whether their career aspirations lie in academia, policymaking and multilateral organisations, or in the private sector.

Key information:
Date: 13-24 July 2020 (10-day programme) 
Location: University of York, UK
Eligibility: This summer school is open to students of WUN partners and is suitable for students in their penultimate year of studies.
Application open date: 17 January 2020
Application deadline: 30 March 2020
F
ull details can be found here

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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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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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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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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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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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