GW4 Director's Update
April 2021

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

This month we are delighted to launch our GW4 Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Alliance across our four universities. Our vision is to become the UK’s leading ‘One Health’ AMR research consortium, recognised globally, and to be the partner of choice for future AMR research consortia funding to help mitigate the threat of AMR. Naturally, we are all highly concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic but we are also in the midst of another pandemic – a slow moving one - but one that threatens modern society and will ultimately lead to a higher global mortality and a greater economic burden. Antimicrobial Resistance is a major challenge to global health and development as it impacts on human, animal and plant health and also our environment, water safety and food security. As such, the complex global challenge of AMR can only be tackled by all disciplines working together. Therefore, I encourage all our investigators, including our Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students working or interested in AMR to join our new GW4 AMR Alliance.

This month also marked World Earth Day and we celebrated the news that several GW4 academics were included in the Reuters 'hot list' of 1000 influential climate academics. Exeter saw a fantastic five climate scientists listed in the top 21 based on number of papers, citations and public reach. Academics from Bath and Bristol were also recognised, including some of our GW4 Net Zero Ambassadors and members of our GW4 Climate Alliance Steering Group.

Finally, it's a bumper edition this month with lots of GW4 research community and partner events coming up so make sure you read to the very end of the newsletter so you don't miss out! 
GW4 Launches ‘One Health’ Interdisciplinary AMR Alliance
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public health” – World Health Organisation”    

Our new GW4 Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Alliance builds on our universities’ strong and diverse portfolio of AMR research, particularly in the ‘One Health’ domain. Our vision is to become the UK’s leading ‘One Health’ AMR research consortium, recognised globally, and to be the partner of choice for future AMR research consortia funding to help mitigate the urgent threat of AMR.   

AMR is a complex problem that affects all of society and is driven by many interconnected factors, as such the global challenge of AMR can only be tackled by all disciplines working together. We are inviting our GW4 Alliance colleagues from all disciplines to join our new GW4 AMR Alliance. 

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GW4 Technical Staff Professional Registration Scheme

As part of our GW4WARD initiative we are offering a competitive professional registration scheme for technical staff at GW4 Universities to become members of professional bodies and learned societies. Our aim is to enhance the visibility of our technical staff by enabling them to gain recognition of their knowledge, experience, and leadership skills. Application deadline is Friday 14th  May.  

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GW4 ECR AMR Symposium: Multidisciplinary Approaches to AMR: Pandemics, Practices and Innovation

Hosted by early career researchers from across the GW4 Alliance this symposium, taking place 5th-7th July, is designed to facilitate networking between researchers working across different disciplines with an interest in antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The event aims to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic has catalysed changes to research, society and public health policy and how these may influence the future of AMR. The deadline for abstract submissions is 17th May, with registration deadline on 28th June.

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Climate Exp0 - GW4 Panel 

We are excited to announce that we are part of the programme for the Climate Exp0. Academics from our GW4 Climate Alliance Steering Group and some of our GW4 PhD students will present their research, based around the theme of Nature-based Solutions. Our GW4 panel session will take place on Tuesday 18th May, and we are pleased to see many other GW4 colleagues involved in other sessions as part of the week long programme of events. 

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GW4 3Rs Symposium 2021

The third GW4 3Rs Annual Symposium will be held online on 25th and 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 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. 

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GW4WARD Technician Showcase

We have been awarded a small grant from the Technician Commitment Collaboration Fund to help highlight the role of our technical staff, showcasing the breadth of different technical roles and their pivotal position in teaching and research activities. 

The project will culminate in a series of videos published on our GW4 channels and social media and seeks to shine a spotlight on the crucial contribution of our technical staff including during the pandemic, and those who have been onsite throughout the national lockdowns.

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Maternity Leave in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities

Our GW4 academic research community on Maternity Leave in the UK is holding its first stakeholder event: “Maternity leave in the workplace: challenges and opportunities”. They will be bringing together a range of stakeholders and interested parties to discuss across two mornings (17th and 21st May) all matters related to current maternity and shared parental leave – the good, the bad and how to fix it.

Whether you are an employer, an advocate of workers’ rights or a policymaker – they want to hear from you. Your insights will help shape future research on the policy in the UK.

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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.

The multi-disciplinary online conference, taking place between 7th to 9th July, will feature guest plenary speakers, industry talks, TED-style talks, debates, PhD researchers’ presentations and more. 

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VSimulators nominated for Audio-visual Innovation Award

The University of Bath VSimulators platform, a unique ‘moving room’ that can simulate the sensation of being inside a mile-high skyscraper or walking across a swaying bridge, has been nominated in the Education category of the 2021 Inavate Awards, which celebrate outstanding audio-visual design.

VSimulators is a national research facility located at the universities of Bath and Exeter, which began life as a collaborative GW4 research community.

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GW4 Water Security Alliance Webinars Engage Global Audience

Since launching in October 2020, the GW4 WSA’s Friday Webinar series has attracted nearly 500 subscribers globally, with 41 different countries connected via the Alliance. Twenty-two presentations have been delivered this academic year with contributors from Sri Lanka, Iran, Canada, Ghana and Italy as well as GW4 institutions and stakeholders. If you have missed a presentation you can watch recordings via the GW4 WSA website

The webinars are open to all. View the programme and register to attend on the GW4 WSA website. 

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