Weekly round-up #103


Weekly round-up #103

VALIDATE has now reached 364 members from 47 countries worldwide but we're still growing! We would like to wish a warm welcome to our newest Affiliate member Vanessa Mwebaza Muwanga from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. VALIDATE is an open and friendly network, welcoming anyone working (or interested) in vaccine R&D for TB, leishmaniasis, melioidosis and leprosy, so do let your relevant collaborators, post-docs and students know about the benefits of joining VALIDATE and encourage them to get in touch.


Do you know a fantastic Comms and Events person? VALIDATE is looking for a Communications and Events Coordinator who can bring great ideas to improve VALIDATE, joining the VALIDATE Management Team at University of Oxford in this new, exciting and crucial post. If you know anyone who might be interested in applying, do forward them the details (applications close 6 February).


World Leprosy Day is coming up on 26 January so we will be keeping you up to date with everything relevant on our Website and Twitter. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or questions relating to leprosy, or the vaccine research we are involved with, please feel free to get in touch at validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk.


Finally, don't forget you now have less than one week to apply for the VALIDATE Mentoring Scheme, so get your application submitted asap! You can find out how a mentor can accelerate your career and research, and details on how to apply to our scheme, on our mentoring webpage.


  • Stop TB Partnership - Challenge Facility for Civil Society - Aiming to transform the TB response so that it is rights-based, gender-transformative, people-centred and accountable - deadline 3 Feb 2020
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships - £900 million fund that is helping to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across UK business and academia, deadline for outline proposals 30 Apr 2020, for full applications 2 Jun 2020

Have a look through other relevant funding opportunities on our external funding page.


Training Opportunities:

Go to our training opportunities page for more opportunities in your career development.



  • The 67th World Leprosy Day is on 26 January 2020
  • The first ever World NTD Day will be celebrated on 30 January 2020. You can find easy ways to join in and publicise this at www.worldntdday.org (and obviously let us know what you're up to, so we can publicise your efforts!)
  • London Centre for NTD Research - Anniversary Event - London, UK, 30 Jan 2020

Previously spotted events can be seen on our events page.


Job Opportunities

Take a look at our job webpage to see more opportunities.



We keep our publications page up to date with interesting papers of by our members, take a look to read more in the fields of our focus pathogens.


Highlights on Twitter this week: Tips for PhD students on preparing a paper for publication; a Wellcome survey reveals the pressures of scientists' working lives; a checklist for writing a research proposal for Honours, Masters or PhD projects; the WHO have issued a Rapid Communication for TB diagnostics; Hetan Shah discusses how global health needs interdisciplinary approaches in Nature; Dr Maria Rebollo Polo talks about the gender gap of those suffering from neglected tropical diseases; a step-by-step guide on how to write a thesis/dissertation and what it should contain; and the WHO reiterate their list of global health challenges of the new decade. Follow @NetworkVALIDATE to stay up to date on all the news and developments in our field.


Published: 22 January 2020