September 5, 2017: Seminar on global health and disaster diplomacy

The Norwegian Institute for Public Health and Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo hosts a second seminar on global health and disaster diplomacy, led by researcher Ilan Kelman. Kelman’s research is connecting disasters and health, as well as integrating the topic of climate change into disaster research and health research. This is the second seminar on the topic. Registration is open on the event website until September 3, 2017.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - University of Oslo

EU launches 'Horizon Birthday Prize'

The European Commission, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation), launches a research and development competition to identify and bring to market innovative solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It includes a €2.5 million prize. The 'Horizon for the Birthday' Prize, as it is called, will be awarded to the solution that can best demonstrate a reduction in maternal and/or newborn morbidity and mortality and/or stillbirths during facility-based deliveries. It must also be new, safe, and scalable. 

Applications are due on September 6, 2017.

Competition page - European Commission

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September 6-7, 2017: STEPI and World Bank co-host 3rd International Conference on STI and development

STEPI, South Korea’s policy institute for science and technology, co-hosts the 3rd International Conference on STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) and Development in cooperation with the World Bank. The main theme of this year’s conference is ‘Innovation for Shared Prosperity: Cluster, Industrialization and Regional Development’.

More information on the 2017 programme is expected to be released shortly.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Website - STEPI

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September 9-11, 2017: Australasian conference on tropical diseases takes place in Queensland

Registration is now open for the 2017 Australasian Tropical Health Conference, where international researchers present on a range of topics, including infectious diseases, health systems, and health economics.

The event is organized by the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), a new health and tropical medicine research institute located at the James Cook University of North Queensland.

Location: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, Australia

Event website - James Cook University

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September 14, 2017: Partos hosts meeting on impact of Internet of Things on development

Partos, the Dutch development NGO umbrella organization, hosts an event on the impact of the Internet Of Things (IoT) on development cooperation. Connected information flows are improving health care systems and basic government services, but sensors can also help monitor critical vaccines through the use of connected thermometers. The event addresses some of the major questions such as how the deployment of these technologies can be improved in and for development countries, and what should be done with the data obtained by these devices.

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Event page - Partos

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2017 AGSA Conference takes place in New Zealand

The 67th Conference of the Australasian Grain Science Association (AGSA) takes place on September 20-22, 2017, in Christchurch, New Zealand. AGSA is a forum for Australasian grain scientists, educators, students, nutritionists, and others to share and advance knowledge and understanding of grain science and the grain industry. The conference convenes New Zealand, Australian, and international scientific and technical experts, and includes components on grain breeding, dietary fibers, human nutrition, process technologies, global product innovation, in its scientific program. AGSA Conference awards have a long history of recognizing outstanding achievement in the grain sciences and allied industries.

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Conference website - AGSA


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September 29, 2017: GRIN meeting takes place in Oslo

In September, the General Practice Research on Infections (GRIN) meeting takes place in Oslo. GRIN is a European network of researchers, focusing on respiratory tract and other infections occurring in primary care.  Key issues of GRIN include research exchange, international study, and comparing and harmonizing of guidelines.

The meeting is hosted by the Antibiotic Center of Primary Health Care and the Department of General Practice, both at the University of Oslo.

Location: Oslo , Norway

Meeting website – University of Oslo

October 11-13, 2017: Conference on European research excellence held in Tallin

The Estonian Presidency and the Estonian Research Council organize a research policy conference entitled 'European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society ', which aims to reinforce the vital importance of research to address Europe's challenges and increase its competitiveness. The high-level event is open to a variety of policymakers and encourages open debate on how research generates societal and economic "added value".

The outcome of the conference will be presented in a final declaration – 'the Tallinn Call for Action'.

Website - EU Innovation Trends

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Westminster Higher Education Forum holds seminar on post-'Brexit' research partnerships

The Westminster Higher Education Forum holds a seminar to discuss ways that the UK can collaborate and partner in the global research landscape as the process of leaving the EU begins.  Delegates – who include university vice-chancellors, research directors, international embassies, R&D businesses, research consultancies, and others – discuss challenges such as future involvement in Horizon 2020, availability of European Research Council funding, and mobility of researchers. The seminar will also address next steps for the Newton Fund and its global collaborations. 

Webpage - Westminister Higher Education Forum

October 30-31, 2017: International telehealth conference takes place in Brisbane

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health in cooperation with the Australasian Telehealth Society hosts the 2017 International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-17) in Brisbane. The conference presents  a wide range of work: from academic paper presentations to industry products, government telehealth initiatives, and poster presentations. The two-day event will draw around 200 delegates, including health professionals, government representatives, and private sector partners from around the world. 

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Event website – SFT17

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