What’s happening in Sci4Dev this week? 23/02/2018

23 February, 2018

Announcements and News

  • DFID and USAID have jointly announced the new £11m Humanitarian Grand Challenge, which aims to drive innovation in the aid sector – gov.uk
  • BBSRC funded researchers have developed a low-cost, easy-to-use arsenic sensor to test drinking water, to help the 140 million people worldwide drink water containing unsafe levels of arsenic – BBSRC
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute researchers have found that a typhoid strain in Pakistan has mutated and acquired an extra piece of DNA to become resistant to multiple antibiotics – Reuters
  • GO Science has published a review looking at the rapid evolution of UK computational modelling capability, and how it could be better used in both the public and private sectors – gov.uk
  • International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt’s made an oral statement to Parliament on preventing exploitation and abuse in the aid sector – gov.uk
  • Wellcome Trust funded virtual reality plant breeding game has won Developing Beyond, a computer games development competition that aims to bring science to new audiences – Wellcome Trust
  • DFID published guidance for partners and suppliers on what standards are for the use of digital in international development programmes and expectations when submitting digital proposals – gov.uk
  • AHRC have announced the new cohort of New Generation Thinkers; ten academics at the start of their careers who have a flair for communicating their research to the public, with many looking at development and globalisation issues. The scheme includes opportunities to make radio and television programmes for the BBC – AHRC


  • Africa Oxford Initiative Visiting Fellows Program to enhance academic mobility and network building of African scholars and researchers. Deadline: 11 March.
  • EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training outlines call on cohort-based doctoral training. Deadline: 13 March.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award forcollaborations between researchers in the UK and Africa. Deadline: 13 March.
  • The Royal Society Newton Mobility Grants to help strengthen the research and innovation capacity of researchers from partner countries. Deadline: 14 March.
  • The Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships for international early career group leaders to develop their research by linking them with some of the best research groups in the UK. Deadline: 14 March.


Reports and events

Other news and interesting links

  • “Leave no one behind”: LGBT inclusion in development – Bond
  • Video: The Science and Technology Committee’s Brexit Science and Innovation Summit, which took place on 22 February – parliament.uk
  • The Director of the Situation Room at Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre on ownership, trust and decentralisation in responding to Ebola in Sierra Leone – Africa Research Institute
  • With the Oscars only a few weeks away – which Oscars stars also play leading roles in aid and development? – AIDF
  • Podcast: Death in the Outback – Healthcare in Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hindered by a long history of racial discord. This podcast discovers the story of one woman who died in the 1980s, and asks whether anything has changed since – Mosaic

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