GW4 Director's Update
August 2021

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

The GW4 Alliance is committed to supporting our research talent at all career stages and across all disciplines. This month I am pleased to invite our Early Career Researchers (ECR) to submit ideas for a research showcase as part of our GW4 Climate Alliance launch and COP26 activities. I would encourage our ECRs to think about communicating their research projects using creative and innovative ways to engage the audience, and I look forward to reviewing the range of projects and ideas submitted. If you are interested in attending our GW4 Climate Alliance Launch you can also sign up via our Eventbrite page. 

We have been continuing to work on our Net Zero Programme across the universities on developing an understanding of our unique research capabilities, and how we can support a whole systems-based interdisciplinary approach to achieve sustainable and socially inclusive mobility. 

This month also sees a number of changes within the GW4 team including our Talent and Skills team and our Communications Manager. Plus we have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a GW4 Alliance Officer working on two of our strategic research areas - AMR and Climate. Further details and even more updates below. 
ECR Showcase at GW4 Climate Alliance Launch
Are you an Early Career Researcher (ECR) working in Climate research? Would you like to present your research at our GW4 Climate Alliance launch?

We are inviting GW4 ECRs to submit ideas for creative and engaging presentations to feature as part of the official GW4 Climate Alliance Launch programme and our COP26 activities in November. Successful ECRs will have the opportunity to showcase their work to a broad audience of researchers, policymakers, industry leaders and funding bodies. The deadline for expressions of interest is 8th September. 

The online launch of the GW4 Climate Alliance takes place on 20 October 2021 and will feature a keynote speech by Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of The Eden Project, along with a showcase of GW4’s diverse portfolio of climate research and innovation. If you are interested in attending please sign up via our Eventbrite page.
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GW4 Crucible - Seed funding awards

We are delighted to announce seed funding for three projects stemming from this year’s Crucible programme ‘Transitions to Net Zero in the time of Covid-19’.

The successful collaborative and innovative projects cover a diverse range of net zero related research topics, from air quality to eco-emotions.

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SPIN Panel 

SPIN - the Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance research Network is a GW4 collaborative research community. This free online SPIN panel on 8th September brings together a range of experts on the war on terror to reflect on what we now know (and still don’t) about its causes and its legacies.

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Early Career Climate Researchers: Why Our Voice Matters 

This summer, a group of GW4 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) organised a Symposium on Climate Change. After two days of insightful presentations and stimulating conversations, the organising committee and conference attendees gathered for a final roundtable.

In our latest GW4 Opinion piece they discuss the roles ECRs should play in the next ten years of climate research, and why their voices should matter in this endeavour. 

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Job Opportunity - GW4 Alliance Officer

AMR and Climate Change are linked global challenges and strategic priorities for our GW4 universities.

We are recruiting a GW4 Alliance Officer to help manage and deliver a wide range of professional service activities in support of the University of Bristol’s contribution to the new GW4 Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Alliance and the GW4 Climate Alliance. Deadline for applications is 7th September. 

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Inspire the Next Generation

GW4 researchers are invited to share their research at this year's FUTURES2021 European Researchers' Night.

This major event will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September 2021. It provides GW4 researchers a unique opportunity to share their research with a broad audience, both to raise awareness and to discuss ideas that may shape the research and its impacts on our society, as well as develop skills in public engagement.

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GW4 Team Changes 

Congratulations to Gon, our GW4 Talent and Skills Officer, who has accepted a lectureship in the department of History at the University of Bristol. Gon will be greatly missed but we wish him well in his new endeavours and thank him for all his hard work over the last seven years with GW4.

We would also like to thank Emily who has provided maternity cover for the GW4 Talent and Skills Manager role. We wish her all the best for the future and look forward to welcoming back Sabrina to the role on 1st September.

It is also the last month for our GW4 Communications Manager before maternity leave. We wish Nichola all the best and hope she enjoys time off with her new arrival. Nichola’s maternity cover, Sophie, will be joining the GW4 team from 13th September.  

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