Weekly round-up #87


Weekly round-up #87


This week VALIDATE has welcomed it's 300th member - we are hugely excited and privileged to be connecting so many researchers around the world in their, and our, mission to develop vaccines against TB, leishmaniasis, leprosy and melioidosis.


As part of our mission to connect you and help you accelerate your research by accessing new ideas and new collaborative partners - there are only 2 days left to register for the 2019 VALIDATE events:

  • our 2nd ECR workshop ‘Post-doc’ing for Success 2’
  • the 3rd VALIDATE Annual Meeting
  • and the VALIDATE-BSI 2019 Conference ‘Vaccine development for neglected intracellular pathogens’.


We have an exciting programme and great speakers lined up for you, and over 90 VALIDATE members already registered for you to connect with. So if you are planning to attend, do register asap so that you don’t miss out. Registration is quick and simple (and great value for money!) via our annual meeting webpage.


Our latest Training Grant round has now opened. These grants award post-doctoral Associate members up to £3,000 to take up an opportunity that could help advance their career, such as attending a course or workshop, or visiting another lab to learn new techniques and build collaborations and/or build capacity back at their home institute. More information about the grants, and how to apply, can be found on at www.validate-network.org/training-grants. The closing date for this round is 22 October 2019.


Finally, we are still looking for the new VALIDATE Bioinformatician/Computational Biologist. This is a post-doc position based at University of Oxford, whose role is to maximise the outputs and lessons learned from the immunology and vaccine-related data available from VALIDATE's members. You can find out more about the role here. Applications should be submitted by 11 September. Please do pass this vacancy on to any researchers you know who might be interested in this role.



  • ERC Proof of Concept grant - deadline 19 Sep 2019
  • ERC Starting grant - support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme - deadline 16 Oct 2019
  • ERC Synergy grant - for a small group of two to four Principal Investigators to jointly address ambitious research problems - deadline 5 Nov 2019

Find all other funding opportunities on our external funding page.


Training Opportunities:

  • FLIER - AMS Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research programme - applications close 19 Sept 2019

Visit our training opportunities page for further ideas to develop your career.




Visit our events page for all the other events coming up in our field.


Job Opportunities: 

To view all current vacancies visit our job webpage.


    Nothing new this week, but our publications page highlights papers of interest by our members and in the fields of our focus pathogens. If you publish a relevant paper, let us know so that we can highlight it to our members.


    Highlights on Twitter this week: our sister GCRF Network, IVVN, opens its Annual Meeting registration, including travel scholarships for UK and LMIC members; Nature discusses how to be an academic and have a social life; check out the first AMS FLIER cohort; The Guardian discusses why the UK has lost its measles-free status while Fortune discusses the measles outbreaks across wider Europe and the part social media plays in misinformation; the Guardian also has an article about the anti-vaccination movement in the USA and Richard Pan, a US senator campaigning for stricter vaccination laws; ILEP published its September monthly overview of leprosy research; WriteThatPhD have a helpful article about preparing well-structured & well-written research proposals; and Wellcome talk about clearer science communication and the easy misinterpretation of common scientific words. Follow our Twitter feed @NetworkVALIDATE to easily stay up to date.


    Published: 4 September 2019