Understanding Wellcome: Infectious Disease theme community event

In this blog post Al Innes and Jonathan Rans of the Strategic Research Development Team highlight our upcoming community event for academics with research interests that align with Wellcome’s Infectious Disease thematic area.

About the event

Wellcome funding aims to bring together expertise across science, innovation and society to develop solutions to urgent health challenges facing humanity.

Our workshop event on 26 April, 13:30 – 15:00 will bring together academics at the University working in these areas, and we encourage participation from academics based in all three of the University’s colleges. This event will be an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the University working on similar challenge areas and to explore synergies between your work.

We will also hear from Professor Ross Fitzgerald, Edinburgh’s academic liaison with Wellcome on Infectious Disease, who will provide insights on the theme. We will discuss the theme’s potential opportunities and collectively explore ways in which the Edinburgh research community might develop their response.

What do I need to know about Wellcome before attending the event?

This Edinburgh Research Office community event is for University of Edinburgh academic staff with a knowledge of Wellcome and research interests that align with Wellcome’s Infectious Disease Discovery Research thematic area.

In general, Wellcome are interested on developing an improved understanding of disease reservoirs; developing an improved understanding of how new diseases emerge from environmental zoonotic threats, and developing an improved structure of data and surveillance architecture, so we can better detect and predict escalation. Researchers new to the funder should read our introductory materials on the Edinburgh Research Office Wellcome .

What should I expect from the event?

We will survey participants beforehand to ensure that the design of the event is led by the needs of the participants. This will allow facilitated activities through which attendees will work with relevant colleagues to identify how their research can benefit from and contribute to the work of others.

The aim of the event is to:

  • strengthen your connections with other researchers working within the Wellcome’s thematic remit
  • strengthen your understanding of how your research synergises with colleagues’
  • start the process of developing interdisciplinary projects that could stand to secure major funding under the theme

We have retained use of the teaching studio after the official end of the event to allow scope for continued discussion between participants, where that would be useful.

How to register

Book a place at the event through MyEd Events (University of Edinburgh staff access only):

Further information

If you have any questions about this event please contact us

Al Innes, Research Development Officer, Edinburgh Research Office

Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, Edinburgh Research Office


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