GW4 Alliance Update
October 2020

Welcome to the GW4 newsletter update. I'm Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Bath and current Chair of GW4 Board. I'm delighted to say we will be announcing the appointment of the interim GW4 Director in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I have the pleasure of sharing some of GW4's latest news and events. 

We are proud to support research talent at all levels across the Alliance, from doctoral students and early career researchers to academics and technicians. Our collaborative research communities are going from strength to strength. For example, I was delighted to see a new network launched to improve how overlapping neurodevelopmental conditions are investigated and managed by researchers and clinicians. Such developments help to explain GW4's recent announcement that our return on investment in collaborative research communities is at its highest level since the GW4 Alliance was formally launched in 2014.

I am also pleased to see the first of our GW4 Early Career Symposium events advertised below. Our two successful PGR and ECR teams have organised flagship symposia focusing on two of our priority research areas of Climate and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The scheme for next year's Symposia closed this week, and I'm sure successful applicants will gain lots of ideas and tips from this year's inaugural events. 

Our technical staff professional registration scheme also closed this week, following a good response rate. All four GW4 institutions are already signatories to the Technicians Commitment and we recently launched GW4WARD - an initiative designed to drive forward the professional development of our technical staff across GW4. The GW4 team will be talking more about this at the Technician Commitment Signatory event next week - more on this in next month's newsletter. For now though, check out all the latest GW4 news and development opportunities below
GW4 research to launch reopening of Bristol’s educational charity We The Curious
A collaborative science project developed by the GW4 research community ‘Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance research Network’, will feature in the reopening of Bristol’s educational charity We The Curious.

We The Curious will reopen next month with a bold new experience Project What If. The launch programme for Project What If is themed around ‘A Better World Is Possible’ and includes ‘The A-Z of Secrecy’ – a collaborative open source science activity developed with the Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance research Network (SPIN).

SPIN is a collaborative research community funded and supported by the GW4 Alliance. The network explores what makes secrecy and ignorance interesting, powerful, and sometimes overlooked. Their research focuses on the power and politics of secrecy and ignorance – at the global, international, state, societal and personal level.

Read more
Is a colleague missing out? Forward on this email so they can click here to subscribe to our monthly GW4 newsletters.

GW4 Neurodevelopmental and Neurodiversity Network

A new regional network between the GW4 universities has launched which will focus on research into neurodiversity and conditions such as ADHD and autism. The network aims to bridge the gap between research and practice to improve how overlapping neurodevelopmental conditions are investigated and managed by researchers and clinicians.

Read more

GW4 WSA Annual Conference 2020 

This year’s GW4 Water Security Alliance conference will be held online from 2-4 November and include informative webinars and interactive workshops.

Attendees will learn about the breadth of research taking place across the GW4 community, share water-related research experiences with academics and stakeholders, and help to inspire and support the next generation of water researchers. 

Register now

The Covid outbreak and AMR

Dr Phil Mitchelmore, Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter, Honorary Consultant at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and GW4 Crucible 2020 Alumni reflects on AMR against the backdrop of the COVID crisis, and explores how GW4 and its Crucible Alumni are set to tackle this global challenge.

Read more

Multidisciplinary Approaches to AMR: Bench to Bedside and Beyond

Organised by GW4 early career researchers and postgraduate researchers, this week-long event aims to address a ‘One Health’ approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The free online symposium taking place from 30 November to 4 December will include interactive webinars from invited speakers, themed discussion forums, an online poster session and an images of research gallery. Registration deadline: Monday 16 November. 

Register now

Climate Change: Science and Society

This free online symposium organised by GW4 early career researchers will take place from 3-4 December. The event will address three broad themes: impacts of climate change, mobilizing societal change, and sustainable solutions. It will also facilitate networking between researchers working across different disciplines with an interest in climate change, society, and sustainability. Registration deadline: Monday 16th November.

Cherishing our GW4 Treasures

GW4 Treasures brings together the archives and special collections of our four universities. They contain a wealth of rare published and unpublished materials, and cover a huge range of subject areas.

In our latest GW4 Opinion piece Alan Hughes, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Cardiff University, explains how cross-institutional collaborative working ensured these unique materials were kept safe but still accessible for pioneering research during lockdown.

NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges

The 2020 CRACK IT Challenges competition is now open. Up to £3.5 million funding is available to UK and EU-based applicants to solve five Challenges that focus on delivering 3Rs, business and scientific impacts across diverse areas including wound healing, mouse welfare, animal-free reagents and in vitro immunology.

Plus, keep up to date with all the latest GW4 NC3Rs news and opportunities with the @3RsAtGW4 twitter account. 

Read more

Good Grief Festival 

A free online festival exploring the many faces of grief will take place for the first time this month  from 30 October to 1 November. Good Grief is a collaborative event led by the University of Bristol and organised by GW4 Crucible Alumni, Dr Lucy Selman. 

Broadcast from a studio in Bristol and reaching thousands of people all over the UK, Good Grief, will include 70 events exploring the universal human experience of grief through panel discussions, conversations, interactive workshops and webinars.

Read more

FUTURES2020 - European Researchers’ Night

FUTURES2020 taking place 27-28 November promises to be bigger and better than ever before with researchers from the GW4 Universities of Bath, Bristol, and Exeter joining researchers from across the South West region to showcase their work.

The event will demonstrate the varied and cutting-edge research taking place at these universities and there are still lots of ways GW4 researchers can get involved and share their research with the public.

Get involved
GW4 Funding and Development Opportunities
GW4 is a collaboration between the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University & the University of Exeter. 

Copyright © 2020 GW4 Alliance, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp