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Online Courses

Management and Leadership: Leading a team: available now - Future Learn

Management and Leadership: Well-being and Welfare at Work: available now - Future Learn

Digital Skills: User Experience (UX): available now - Future Learn

Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture Projects: available now - Worldbank

Improve Your English Communication Skills: available now - Coursera

Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences: 9th April - Coursera

Leading People and Teams: 9th April - Coursera

Data Mining with Weka: 9th April, Future Learn


Changing behaviour to improve health: from research to policy

17 May 2018 6pm Followed by a drinks reception

Location: Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge

The Annual Lecture of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) run in collaboration with CSaP will be given by its Director, Professor Theresa Marteau, who will reflect on the work of the BHRU in its role as the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on Behaviour and Health over the last seven years.

This programme of work focuses on interventions in physical micro-environmental interventions (also known as nudging) to change behaviour to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, as well as interventions in economic environments. 

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Trees and Wellbeing: Past, Present and Future

Friday, 18 May 2018, 10:00 to 19:00
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site

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As part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, a new Transforming Food Production Challenge will deliver £90m of new funding for agri-tech to help businesses, researchers and industry to transform food production, by making it easier to embrace technology and innovation.

 If you would like to learn more, please sign up now for a briefing event on 16th April, which also provides the opportunity to network and develop partnerships. Places are limited.

ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018 - Booking now open!

2018 will be the eighth biennial Festival, and previous events were highly successful in attracting around 800 social science researchers at various stages of their careers, from across a range of disciplines and sectors. 

The Festival will be held 3-5th July, 2018 at the University of Bath.

This is the provisional programme, it includes 58 methodological sessions consisting of over 200 individual presentations, activities and lively discussions.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Professor Danny Dorling (Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford), Professor Donna Mertens (Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C.) and Professor Nancy Cartwright (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham and the University of California).

Presentations at previous Research Methods Festivals have been by invitation only. For the first time in its history RMF18 will also include sessions proposed via Methodological Innovation Strand call for proposals.

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The Festival booking is now open!

Mapping Morality in Global Health

An interdisciplinary conference

26-27 June 2018 at the University of Cambridge, College of Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

The conference will bring together scholars from across a range of fields (ethics, politics, history, theology, economics, epidemiology) and a range of global health practitioners (scientific researchers, public health officials, clinicians) to discuss some of the most pressing questions of morality arising in contemporary and historic global health enterprises. Already confirmed speakers include Peter Redfield, David Heymann, and Lindsey McGoey.

We are currently accepting abstracts for papers discussing any and all questions of morality/ethos/ethics relating to global health. We welcome abstracts from all disciplines. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and need to be emailed to by the 9th of February along with your name and department/group affiliation.

General conference registration for will open on the 14th of February on the conference webpage:

Now Open for Submissions

Nature Sustainability is a new online only journal launching in 2018. It will publish articles that further our understanding of how we organize our lives in a finite world and the consequences for human well-being.

In order to face the challenges ahead, integrated knowledge about the Earth, social and technological systems is required. Nature Sustainability is responding to this need by publishing significant original research from a broad range of natural, social and engineering fields about sustainability.

A Call for Papers

We invite submissions that inform policies and offer possible solutions. More information and a Guide to Authors can be found here.

You can also follow us on Twitter @naturesustainab or join us on Facebook.

Fast Track Impact

Fast Track Impact have launched three new research impact guides (and published a couple of blogs and a peer-reviewed article) in the last month, that I though you might be interested in:

For those of you interested in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF), Fast Track Impact have recently published a couple of blogs on ways to identify additional impact case studies and how to design a whole institution REF impact internal review

Big Data and Sustainable Development

We are delighted to announce our free open learning hub on Big Data and Sustainable Development developed with Data-Pop Alliance.  This is an open social learning environment on CLANED to facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity building on Big Data and Sustainable Development. The first module on "Data-Driven Society" was developed with inputs from Prof. Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, MIT Media Lab and Data-Pop Alliance Academic Advisor.

You may access the Open Learning Hub here

Email us at should you have questions or suggestions. 


BiodivERsA is pleased to announce the publication of a new policy brief entitled “Action on invasive alien species should better anticipate climate change effects on biological invasions in Europe”, based on the combined results of the WhoIsNextINVAXEN and Resipath projects. This 4-page brief presents key recommendations on measures for the implementation of the Alien Invasive Species policy by Member States and the European Commission. These projects have demonstrated how the use of distribution modelling tools under different climate scenarios to inform invasive alien species risk assessment would be an efficient and reliable tool to focus and prioritise global and national efforts against biological invasions. The brief further introduces the example of a continent-wide early detection and rapid response system for invasive alien garden plants in Europe under different climate scenarios.

  • Download the BiodivERsA Policy Brief "Action on invasive alien species should better anticipate climate change effects on biological invasions in Europe"
  • Download information sheet about competences consulted and work procedure for this briefing

Please feel free to further distribute this brief, and in case of any questions, please contact Frederic Lemaître, BiodivERsA science-policy interfacing officer (

Conservation Evidence

Conservation Evidence have published a new report on Primate Conservation - Global evidence for the effects of interventions. You can find it on their website:

And, a reminder that our latest PCLG Digest is now online with many open access articles:


Dr Tibisay Morgandi, Postdoctoral Fellow at C-EENRG, University of Cambridge, has published an original collection of State bilateral agreements regulating State activities in the field of energy. The database (available at contains over 600 bilateral agreements from the 1940s to the present day, and is updated on a regular basis. This database is part of a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Philomathia Foundation and the University of Cambridge.

The database has several purposes:

To raise awareness of the existence of these agreements

To provide access to the text of the agreements (downloadable in pdf format)

To systematise the agreements, by key-word searches, according to the followings fields:

Energy resource and/or activity covered (eg transportation of hydrocarbons by pipeline)

Model of bilateral State cooperation involved (determined by factors such as the share of costs and benefits and the legal nature of the supervising organs)

Title, parties and date of conclusion of agreement

To show this information by means of interactive maps

Pani, Pahar Waters of the Himalayas

This collaborative project explores the changing landscapes and escalating water crises of the Indian Himalayas.  Combining academic research led by Professor Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs at theDepartment of Geography (including collaborators in India and Nepal) with contemporary work by photojournalist Toby Smith and curated archival prints from the University Library and Centre for South Asian Studies.



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