Newton workshop to build data management skills and network for early career researchers

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Responding to the growing mandate for researchers to share their clinical data, WWARN is joining with partners to host a 4-day workshop in January sponsored by the British Council’s Newton Researcher Links Programme in order to develop the skills and network needed to produce high quality data capable of maximising the impact of initial findings.

The workshop, entitled ‘Improving research data to inform better treatment of poverty-related infectious diseases’, will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 26 January 2018, and provide opportunities for early career researchers to interact, learn from each other, share research expertise, network and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations for data sharing and pooled analyses based on best practise data management.

A partnership between institutions in the UK, Kenya and South Africa, the workshop will cover all travel and expenses for successful applicants from these countries, with funding provided by the British Council’s Newton Researcher Links Programme. In addition, funding from WHO TDR will allow a small number of applicants from other countries to apply.  

During the workshop, early career researchers will have the opportunity to discuss their work informally with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building links for future collaborations and participants will be selected based on their research potential and ability to establish longer term links.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof Philippe Guerin (WWARN/Oxford University), Prof Bernhards Ogutu (Strathmore University) and Prof K Barnes (University of Cape Town). Other partner organisations include South Africa’s National Research Foundation and WHO TDR.

Costs for attendee visas will also be covered; however, participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and are encouraged to do so as early as possible. Completed applications are due 30 October 2017. The application and further details are available here.

The Newton Fund is part of the UK's official development assistance programme. The fund is £75 million each year from 2014 for five years.

Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

By working together on research and innovation projects, the UK will build strong and sustainable relationships with partner countries. This will support the continued excellence of UK research and innovation to unlock opportunities for wider collaboration and trade.