Weekly round-up #248

tunis seminar


VALIDATE Seminar: A Double Bill with Institut Pasteur de Tunis
For our first VALIDATE Event of 2023, we have an exciting double bill: Two talks, covering two pathogens, from two VALIDATE members at the Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia.

First Prof Makram Essafi  will be talking about his work Targeting FOXO3 transcription factor as a Host-Directed approach to enhance the efficacy of BCG against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and then Prof Dhafer Laouini will them talk about the Institut Pasteur de Tunis.

The seminar will take place via Zoom on 25 January 2023 at 14:00 GMT. Register online - www.validate-network.org/event/tunis-seminar


A VALIDATE Review of the Year

2022 was another productive year for VALIDATE. Here are some of the highlights:

In total, we hosted 12 online events, awarded 2 new Fellowships, funded 8 new Pump Priming projects,  5 new Training grants, and 32 Travel Grants so that LMIC members can attend the 5th Annual Meeting in 2023. 


Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year from the VALIDATE Team

The VALIDATE Team would like to wish a you a very warm festive season and/or a Happy new year to our amazing community of members across the world. We will be back in the new year for an even busier and productive 2023 and really look forward to meeting many of you at the VALIDATE Annual Meeting.



  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) – Funding to accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions - deadline 25 January 2023
  • MRC New Unit Funding Opportunity - Apply for MRC new unit funding to tackle complex and interdisciplinary health challenges - deadline 23 February 2024
  • EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training - Funding to produce the next generation of internationally recognised doctoral researchers to address key interdisciplinary science needs - Deadline 7 March 2023
  • UKRI Policy Fellowships - Funding to collaborate on research activity to address pressing national and global challenges. - Deadline TBA (April 2023)

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.​​

Training Opportunities and Events:


Find more event opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

Job Opportunities:

Other relevant career opportunities are on our jobs page.



Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.


Highlights on Twitter this week:

A WHO commissioned study provided strong arguments in favour investing in TB Vaccines, Locals in Papua New Guinea are benefiting from BCG vaccine fridges, and the US CDC celebrated Robert Koch’s 19th Birthday. The Microbiology Journal will be fully open-access in 2023, and the India Times reported on the limited efficacy of BCG. Nature Career had advice for participating in a peer mentorship group, warned of the dangers of EDI tokenism, and released a report on supporting neurodivergent researchers. Keep up to date with all the relevant news and opportunities by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter.

Published: 21 December 2022