What’s happening in Sci4Dev this week? 10/11/2017

9 November, 2017

Announcements and News

  • Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development
    Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development

    Priti Patel has resigned as Secretary of State for International Development. Penny Mordaunt has replaced her as the new Secretary of State – bbc.co.uk

  • International Development Committee is launching an inquiry into the definition and administration of ODA, and is accepting written submissions – parliament.uk
  • Today is World Science Day for Peace and Development, with this year’s theme of Science for Global Understanding – UN
  • WHO changes guidance on averting maternal deaths after WOMAN trial results – Wellcome Trust
  • EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards winners announced, with grants to address long-term health challenges through the development of innovative healthcare technologies – EPSRC
  • MRC-funded scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos in the UK – MRC
  • MRC study shows body clock causes wounds sustained at night to heal more slowly – MRC



  • NERC and RSE Enterprise Fellowships to researchers and innovators who have promising business ideas.Deadline: 23 November
  • Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards in Science to enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science. Deadline: 27 November
  • Wellcome Trust Intermediate and Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.Deadlines: 27 November
  • AHRC EqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections.Deadline: 30 November
  • Wellcome Trust Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Deadline: 30 November



  • MRC is looking to appoint 12 council members for the newly formed UKRI. Deadline: 13 November.
  • Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)is recruiting for a Research OfficerDeadline: 18 November.
  • Please get in touch if you have any science for development-specific roles you wish to advertise for in the newsletter.


Reports and events


Other news and interesting links

  • Six highlights from the DAC’s high-level meeting on aid rules – Bond.
  • Shortlist of 25 films announced for the AHRC Research in Film Awards – all are available to watch here.
  • ‘How thinking like a scientist has helped me as an artist’ in the Science as Art exhibition led by AHRC and RCUK in Shanghai, China – AHRC.
  • Seven trailblazing women in science from around the world – BBC.
  • Working together after Brexit: why and how Germany, the EU and the UK can continue to collaborate on international development – Simon Maxwell.

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