Weekly round-up #92

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Weekly round-up #92

Another week has flown by, and it's been a busy one for many of our members with the new University year starting across the UK and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. If you have a new student in your group working on research relevant to VALIDATE, don't forget to encourage them to join. We welcome all levels of researcher at VALIDATE, from undergraduate all the way to Professor - and everything in between!


If you were unable to attend our 2019 ECR Workshop, 3rd Annual Meeting or VALIDATE-BSI Conference - or you did attend and want to see some of the photos! - then take a look at the newly published VALIDATE 2019 Events Report to find out what we got up to during the week's activities.


A reminder that there is now only one week left to apply for our two ongoing funding opportunities:

Firstly, our final pump-priming grants, which provide up to £50,000 of funding. Projects should run for a maximum of 12 months and should lead to relevant and useful data for the field, or produce pilot data that will lead to a larger grant application to an external funder. Projects must be scientifically excellent, and fall within the VALIDATE remit. 

Secondly, our latest training grant call, these provide up to £3,000 to help VALIDATE Associates take advantage of training opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. This can include (but is not limited to) attendance at courses or workshops, laboratory exchanges, and work shadowing.

The deadline for both calls is on the 22nd of October - please see the relevant links above in order to find out further information and to apply.


We'd also like to welcome our newest Affiliate members:

  • Prof Benny Chain (UCL, UK) and Aparna Dravid (Kasturba Medical College, India).



Find all other funding opportunities on our external funding page.


Training Opportunities:

There is nothing new this week, but our training opportunities page lists plenty of opportunities we've spotted previously.



Visit our events page for all the other upcoming events in our field.


Job Opportunities

To view all the vacancies in our field visit our job webpage.



Take a look at our publications page for papers of interest by our members and in the fields of our focus pathogens.


Highlights on Twitter this week: Q&A focused article by Wellcome 'Why do we need vaccines?'; Twitter and the Irish HSE have joined forces to combat vaccine misinformation; 11 tips for young scientists interested in social science/public health research; the Daily Mail launches a pro-vaccine campaign amid a suggested MMR 'middle class revolt' as a third of children in the UK's wealthiest areas have not been vaccinated; The Global Fund has raised an extra $14 billion to help fight AIDS, TB and malaria; and Nature articles on the high workload and other pressures faced by ECRs and tips on how to avoid missing your thesis deadline. All this and more @NetworkVALIDATE where you can easily keep up to date on news and opinions in our field.


Published: 16 October 2019