Weekly round-up #157

BCG100

 

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Welcome to another VALIDATE Weekly Round up packed full of information useful to our members. In #157 we officially announce BCG100.

Launching 24 March 2021: BCG100
On 18 July 1921, a Parisienne newborn infant received the first-ever human dose of an experimental vaccine called Bacille Calmette-Guérin. BCG has subsequently been given to billions of people across the planet, saving tens of millions of lives that would have been lost to one of history’s greatest killers - tuberculosis. To celebrate the centenary of this first use, VALIDATE is launching our BCG100 Programme and we'd want our members to get involved.
 
The Programme
A key VALIDATE aim is 'to help interested people in the general public find out more about our research and the diseases we’re tackling in an accessible format'. So, starting on World TB Day on 24 March, throughout 2021 BCG100 will consist of events and online activities aiming to educate the public about vaccination and to promote the work VALIDATE researchers are doing to improve or replace the BCG vaccine. The campaign will also provide resources to allow our members to undertake their own public engagement.

Get Involved
As a VALIDATE programme, our members will be front and centre to BCG100. Members can get involved in the following ways:

  • Support BCG100 Events: Attend and spread the word about the 'BCG Then and Now' & 'BCG100 for Schools' Events (details below).
  • Run Your Own Outreach Event as part of the Programme - this could be a 'BCG100 for Schools' talk, an online public lecture, engaging with your local media - or anything else!
  • 'BCG Adventures' will be a series of simple, retro computer games aiming to raise interest and awareness of vaccine development - and we'd love your help with the content of these games. 
  • Share Your Ideas: If you have any ideas or questions about BCG100, email the VALIDATE Team or post your thoughts on the VALIDATE Hub.

Find out how more on the BCG 100 Members' page and discuss any ideas on the BCG100 Channel of the VALIDATE Hub.

Funding:

  • ERC Starting Grants – The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme - deadline 8 April 2021

  • TWAS Research Grants in Basic Sciences (Groups) - Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics carried out by research units in the S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS – deadline 14 April 2021

  • TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Individuals) - Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics carried out by individual scientists in one of the S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS – deadline 14 April 2021

You can find all other funding opportunities on our external funding page.

Training Opportunities and Events:

    Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like to add.

    Highlights on Twitter this week:

    African Academy of Sciences put out a call for mentors to empower early-career research leaders in Africa, STEM Ambassadors are hosting a virtual careers fair where students can quiz researchers on their jobs and careers path, and the Stop TB Partnership launched their World TB Day Toolkit.  VALIDATE Co-Network Director Helen Fletcher was interviewed in the observer about COVID-19 vaccines and we shared an excellent BBC video dispelling vaccine myths. Write That PhD shared some advice on how to conduct research on the patient's experience, Eric Topol from Scripps shared an interesting graph comparing vaccine development times (including TB) and we shared a brilliant video by The University of Oxford University on vaccine efficacy.  Follow VALIDATE on Twitter for all this and more - @NetworkVALIDATE.

     

    Published:3 March 2021