Professor Stuart Taberner discusses his hopes for the ARUA – N8 conference

In under a week (May 8th), academics from ARUA and a number of British universities will meet to discuss closer research ties. In this podcast, Professor Stuart Taberner, Dean for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Leeds, discusses the aims of the meeting – to identify research projects that tackle the big issues facing the world: climate change, food security, disease, rebuilding post-conflict societies etc. Successful projects could secure funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

To find out more about the GCRF and the University of Leeds involvement with GCRF follow this link: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4404/tackling_the_worlds_big_problems

Research partnerships essential to solve global problems

By Professor Stuart Taberner

 Professor Stuart Taberner
Professor Stuart Taberner

The biggest problems facing the world today will not be solved by researchers from a single discipline, a single university, or even a single continent.

The key is collaboration, where researchers can come together and share ideas about how to resolve those intractable issues that shorten lives, hold back economic development and impact on wellbeing:  climate change, food security, disease and rebuilding communities ravaged by conflict.

If we as academics want to make a real change, we need to forge links with colleagues outside of our own disciplines and across borders.

That’s why I will be in Ghana in just under two weeks’ time – to meet academics from the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to discuss future research partnerships.

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Researchers with their sights on tackling the world’s biggest problems

In just under two weeks, academics from ARUA and eight British universities will meet in Ghana with the aim of forging a new chapter in research collaboration.

Researchers will be looking to form partnerships to investigate the big problems facing the world: climate change, water conservation, disease, sustainable food production, the rebuilding of post-conflict societies – to name just a few.

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University of Glasgow Hosts ARUA Secretary-General

University of Glasgow Hosts ARUA Secretary-General

University of Glasgow played host to the Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, on 11th March 2019. The visit to University of Glasgow was at the invitation of the Dean for Global Engagement (Africa and Middle East), Professor Paul Garside. It was planned to facilitate follow-up discussions after the earlier meeting of ARUA Vice Chancellors and the Russell Group of Vice Chancellors in London last October. The Russell Group is currently chaired by Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of Glasgow. In a tweet, Professor Muscatelli welcomed Professor Ernest Aryeetey to University of Glasgow.

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Launch of the ARUA CoE in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology

The joint launch of the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (ARUA CoE MEN) and the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Migration and Mobility (ARUA CoE M&M) took place on the 15th November 2018 at the University of the Witwatersrand. For ARUA CoE MEN, the launch was preceded by a nearly day-long workshop. Continue reading “Launch of the ARUA CoE in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology”