2021 SDG Conference Bergen: The SDGs after the crisis

While the world has united behind the 2030 Agenda, rising global inequalities have long threatened to derail the progress made so far. Adding to this, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had devastating impacts across the world. Recognizing this global fundamental challenge, the 2021 SDG Conference Bergen focuses on tackling global inequalities, relevant for all of the goals, to achieve a new path for sustainable development, after the crisis.

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide will be opening the conference.

NCKU Receives 2020 National Sustainable Development Award

National Cheng Kung University received the 2020 National Sustainable Development Award on November 25th at an award ceremony in the Executive Yuan. Three schools were conferred this award in the education category, including National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), China Medical University, and Mingdao High School (Taichung). NCKU has demonstrated in recent years excellence in promoting the localization of sustainable development and its integration with daily living by substantively achieving the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through cross-disciplinary collaborations, NCKU was able to establish a campus sustainability consensus. NCKU leads the nation’s universities as being the first to champion the United Nation’s SDGs.

CUHK Institute of Health Equity Webinar Series: The detrimental impact of housing deprivation and affordability stress on health and well-being

Co-organized by Policy Research@HKIAPS, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK
Date: 11 December 2020 (Friday)
Time: 12:30-1:30pm (HKT)
Prof. Rebecca Bentley, Professor of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Dr. Mandy Lau, Associate Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Moderator: Prof. Roger Chung, Associate Director of CUHK Institute of Health Equity
Language: English
Free Registration
The webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. After registration, a confirmation email containing the meeting ID and password will be sent to registrants.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Education During COVID-19 and Beyond: Auckland VC comments on UN  Secretary-General’s Policy Brief

The impact of COVID-19 is causing unprecedented disruption to higher education everywhere. Within a matter of days or weeks, campuses around the world fell silent as countries went into lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. Universities were required to develop rapid and creative responses that enabled them to continue to deliver teaching and learning when no staff or students could access a physical campus.

Maastricht project PANDEMRIC explores the benefits of Euregional cooperation during (health) crises

At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, it became apparent that the majority of crisis policy was being implemented at a national level. Discoordination caused numerous bottlenecks in the border regions, which proved to have negative effects on Euregional cooperation. The PANDEMRIC project, aimed at promoting Euroregional cooperation in the field of health care, may offer opportunities for optimal cross-border crisis management.

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