NCKU Overseas Week Promotes International Scientific Collaboration in Higher Education

National Cheng Kung University is holding the “NCKU Overseas Week” to enclose the fruitful results of regional joint research projects, international talent cultivation, and academia-industry collaborations through research presentations and online forums respectively in Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam from November 16th to 20th. Along with its strategic partners, namely University of Malaya (UM), Mahidol University (MU), and University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP), NCKU aims to tackle regional challenges and to find new solutions for dengue fever, biomass energy, prevention and treatment of serious diseases, energy storage systems, sustainable energy and materials, digital dentistry, pregnancy health care, wound care, and water security. NCKU President Huey-Jen Su in her opening message pointed out the critical supports from local partners for a successful cross-border education and pledged for collective efforts to make the betterment of our common land.

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Southampton University Neuroscience PHD wins national award

A neuroscience PHD has been crowned A "Champion of Champions" in an annual award.

Twenty-seven year old, Devon Lewis, from the University of Southampton won the title in the Engineers in Business Competition (EIBC).

The competition pits teams of university engineering and bioengineering student innovators against each other to win seed funding to progress their business idea.

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Zhejiang's Researchers Propose Hypotheses How to cure Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a severe neurodegenerative disorder that exerts an extremely adverse impact on individuals, families and society at large, with symptoms such as memory loss, cognitive dysfunction mood swings and loss of kinetic abilities. At present, there are about 50 million people worldwide with AD and this number is projected to soar to 152 million. AD is one of the most financially costly diseases. Currently, 1 trillion dollars or so is spent annually worldwide on the treatment and care of Alzheimer’s patient, and this figure is expected to double by 2030.

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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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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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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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