This event took place on 29 June 2021.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five year, £1.5 billion fund from the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. It does this through (a) challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and (b) strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.
The University leads on a wide range of health, science, engineering and arts/humanities GCRF projects that are working across disciplines, in-country to deliver meaningful change.
Taking a world tour from Peru to Cambodia and many places between, attendees heard from leading academics working on current GCRF-funded research that address questions like:
- How do we improve water quality and security and support communities to be resilient?
- How do forests respond to climate change?
- Can marine autonomy support sustainable deep sea fishing?
We were also delighted to welcome Professor Charlotte Watts (Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of Research at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) and Dr Mona Nasseri (Faculty of Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College) to share their insights and expertise on the importance and impact of international collaborative research.Collectively we explored how research evidence can be made accessible, beneficial and appropriate for end users to support practical application that delivers social and economic benefit and impact.
Who was this event for?
This event was of most interest to those who research, study or work in sectors related to sustainability; environmental management and conservation; international research and development; pollution and waste management; socio-politics; marine environments; quality of water, air, food and soils. It was also of relevance to staff planning and supporting applications to funding bodies, postgraduate and PhD communities and those invested in research impact.