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GW4 Director's Update
March 2021

Welcome to the GW4 newsletter: your regular digest of GW4 news, funding and development opportunities.

This month marked one year since the UK first went into lockdown. Over the past year our GW4 universities have been committed to leading the response against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Collaboration is at the heart of our Alliance and it has been inspiring to see so many staff and students work together, not only across GW4 but with our partners and other organisations to develop world-class research, provide vital supplies and equipment to front line workers, share ideas and techniques, and develop practical advice and resources. Take a look back at just some of the many ways GW4 universities harnessed our strengths and expertise to tackle this unprecedented global challenge. 

Following the success of last year, the Good Grief Festival returned and hosted a series of events for the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March. The festival featured over 70 speakers including colleagues from Bath and Bristol Universities, and Founding Director of Good Grief, Dr Lucy Selman, is also a GW4 Crucible Alumni. 
 
Talking of Crucible, we were delighted to welcome back our 2021 Crucible cohort this month. Dr Rebecca Windemer, ESRC postdoctoral fellow at Cardiff University, took over the GW4 twitter account to share her experiences and opinions of GW4 Crucible Lab 2. Follow her updates and insights: #GW4TwitterTakeover. I look forward to their final lab next month and seeing what innovative and exciting collaborative research projects they start to develop. 

This month also marked United Nations World Water Day. The theme this year was Valuing Water - what water means to people, its true value and how we can protect this vital resource. To celebrate the GW4 Water Security Alliance hosted numerous events during the week including encouraging students and colleagues to tweet a poster or short video about their water-related research and what water means to them. Take a look at some of the responses on twitter.

Finally, we have a lot of GW4 research community and partner events coming up so make sure you read to very end of the newsletter so you don't miss out! 
 
GW4 3Rs Symposium 2021
The third GW4 3Rs Annual Symposium will be held online on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th May. It will be jointly hosted by the NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research) and this year the University of Bristol, on behalf of GW4. 

This event is free to attend and is aimed at all those engaged in research (both animal research and those working with potential replacement technologies) as well as animal technologists. It provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase their 3Rs initiatives and will also highlight resources and funding opportunities available from the NC3Rs. 

The symposium offers an excellent opportunity for you to present your own advances in the 3Rs, with the chance to win one of two poster prizes. For poster submission and also for attendance only, please contact Jess Eddy, the NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager for GW4.


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GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network

To mark Neurodiversity Week Alanna Shand, a Research Assistant for the University of Bath, wrote a GW4 Opinion piece exploring how the GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network initiative aims to advance understanding of neurodevelopment & neurodiversity.

Plus, reporting in the Lancet Psychiatry this month, psychologists at the University of Bath and members of the GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network highlight that a widely used technique for autism screening is being misused, which may have prevented many people from receiving an autism diagnosis over the past decade.


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Climate Change Education Conference

Our GW4 research community, the Climate Change Education Research Network (CCERN), are holding a free online conference on Tuesday 20th April. It is open to all educators, to explore how to adapt teaching and learning in response to the Climate Emergency. 

The event will cover the latest findings and implications for teaching, including an exclusive interview with Martha Monroe, Professor and Associate Director, Environmental Education and Extension, University of Florida. There will also be opportunities to share best practice and to get involved with further research activities. 


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Impact of COVID-19 on gender pay gap

In our latest GW4 Opinion peice, on behalf of the GW4 Pay Equality Research Consortium and to mark International Women’s Day Professor Susan Milner, from the University of Bath, explores the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the gender pay gap and how robust reporting by employers is necessary to help assess the impacts and make meaningful changes.

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GW4 Social Justice and AI Workshop

The GW4 Data Science Network is holding an online workshop on 20th April that aims to share methodological advances in AI and data science that are being deployed in government, policy, law enforcement and other areas that affect social justice in society.

This event will have live presentations and provide networking opportunities for researchers interested in developing links with other GW4 partners.


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GW4WARD Technical Staff Webinars

Our Technical Staff Webinar Series aims to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice across the Alliance by bringing together technical staff and external speakers to  present and discuss key topics.

For our April webinar we will be joined by representatives from the Science Council, Engineering Council, and a selection of Professional Engineering Institutions to talk about professional registration.


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CSCT Summer Showcase 2021

The Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, at the University of Bath, Summer Showcase 2021 will explore how science and technology can help governments and businesses across the globe in their Race to Zero.

You are invited to save the date - 7th to 9th July 2021, to participate in this unique, multi-disciplinary online conference featuring guest plenary speakers, industry talks, TED-style talks, debates, PhD researchers’ presentations and more. Full agenda and sign up details will be announced shortly. 


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GW4 WSA Webinar Series 

The GW4 Water Security Alliance (WSA) is running a weekly webinar series every Friday at 2pm. Each session features a guest speaker and is aimed at stimulating discussion and knowledge exchange between academics, researchers, water professionals and students.

There are some spaces on the calendar so if you would like to give a presentation later in the year, or would like to suggest a topic,  please get in touch with the WSA Alliance Manager


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GW4 WSA Annual Conference 2021

The GW4 Water Security Alliance will be holding their 3rd annual conference from 23rd to 25th June this year, with a focus on Horizon Europe. The event will bring together our growing community of water scientists, stakeholders and partners.

Save the date and watch this space for more details. 
GW4 Funding and Development Opportunities
GW4 is a collaboration between the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University & the University of Exeter. 

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