Weekly round-up #149

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Weekly Round-up #149

Happy New Year! VALIDATE starts 2021 with a rather packed Weekly Round-up #149.

Our community continues to grow and there are now 413 VALIDATE members from 210 institutes across 60 countries, and we'd like to welcome our latest new members:

  • Chiara Bellini Chiara Bellini is a VALIDATE Network Affiliate and PhD Student at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • Dr Ali Bordbar is a VALIDATE Network Associate and Main Researcher, concentrating on leishmaniasis, at the Pasteur Institute of Iran
  • Rita Ziem Ekekpi is a VALIDATE Network Affiliate and Biomedical Scientist at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), Ghana
  • Dr Kata Horvati is a VALIDATE Network Associate and Research Associate working on TB vaccines at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

We are delighted, with the addition of Ali Bordbar, to have added Iran to the list of countries where we are represented.


  • EUTOPIA-SIF Post Doctoral Fellowships - The EUTOPIA European University has announced the opening of 20 post-doctoral fellowships, within the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowships Programme (EUTOPIA-SIF) – deadline 11 January 2021

  • Communicating Immunology Grants - The BSI are accepting Communicating Immunology Grant applications and welcome digital or online project ideas – first deadline 15 January 2021

  • Global Learning Scholarship Program - Providing opportunities for scientists and researchers from low- and middle-income countries to access the latest ideas, science, technology and partnerships to make a positive impact on fighting global disease - throughout 2021

Training Opportunities and Events:

​There are many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.



    Highlights on Twitter this week:

    The British Society of Immunology won the Individual Member Association of the Year in the Association of Association Executives Awards, we were excited to flag the publication of VALIDATE's pump-priming project #28 first project paper in Chemical Science. We added Iran to our list of countries with VALIDATE members, bringing us to representation in 60 countries worldwide. The BSI tweeted an excellent infographic explaining how the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works, and Joanna Ehrlich explained the amazing breakthrough we could see if TB vaccine research was funded like the COVID-19 programmes. The Vaccine Confidence Project shared an article on mRNA vaccines, and CIDRI-Africa Wellcome Centre highlighted the excellent work of VALIDATE member Dr Suraj Parihar. Finally, the BSI posted their final issue of Immunology News in 2020, published an excellent what’s in a vaccine blog post, and shared an article about how terrifying and incredible 2020 was for immunologists. Follow @NetworkVALIDATE for all this and more in 2021!


    Published: 6 January 2021