ICSU-NASAC-ISSC grants to research the “Energy – Health – Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities

The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), will support 10 research projects across Africa to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. With the impending adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, later this year, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. This is the first call of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The goal of the call is to better understand inter-relationships between energy systems, air pollution, health impacts and provision of health services, climate adaptation opportunities, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment in Africa. The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa interested to explore inter-relationships across at least two domains of the nexus and that clearly indicate the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of the research project. Successful applicants will be invited to join a training workshop on integrated research in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3-7 October 2016.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience.

The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 15 August 2016 (18:00 CET).

Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online form available. Please carefully read the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal. For more information on how to apply, please see this page.

World Health Summit Registration OPEN

Registration for the World Health Summit taking place 9th – 11th October 2016 in Berlin, Germany is now open.

The summit’s central topics include:

  • Migration and Refugee Health: From Care to Policy
  • Technological Innovation for Health: Improving Healthcare Delivery
  • Women, Empowerment and Health: Equality and Agency
  • Translational Research: Advancing Innovative Treatment
  • Infectious Diseases: Lessons Learned from Ebola to Zika
  • Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the Health Agenda

For more information please visit the World Health Summit website via this link.

Former IUNS Secretary General Professor Osman Galal dies aged 85

The IUNS has received the sad news that Professor Osman Galal of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has passed away. Professor Galal was the Secretary General of IUNS from 2005 – 2009.

Before being appointed to the faculty of the Department of Community Health Sciences in 1991, Professor Galal worked in a children’s hospital in Cairo, Egypt. From 1982 to 1987, Professor Galal served as director of the National Nutrition Institute of the Ministry of Health in Egypt, an institution focused on nutrition research.

The IUNS Council express their deepest condolences to Professor Galal’s family for their loss.

ICSU Newsletter May 2016 edition

The May 2016 edition of the ICSU newsletter is available to read online now. This edition includes the latest news and publications from ICSU as well as information from ICSU regional offices. Click here to read the newsletter.

Nutrition Society ANEC Travel Fellowships 2016

As part of the Nutrition Society’s (UK) efforts to support learned societies in the developing countries, the Nutrition Society ANEC Travel Fellowship 2016 Award supports deserving students worldwide to enable them to participate in the 7th African Epidemiological Conference (ANEC VII) in Marrakesh, Morocco from 9 to 14 October 2016.

The Fellowship is open to university students or young scientists (who are UK or non-UK nationals) with an interest in nutrition who wish to participate in the largest continental scientific gathering on nutrition in Africa taking place from 9 to 14 October 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco. In order to qualify for an award, the applicant should have submitted an abstract for the conference which has been accepted either for an oral or poster presentation. More information on the Award, including the application form to apply for the Award is available here.

If you would like to apply for an Award please email your application form to office@nutritionsociety.org no later than 31st August 2016 at 12 noon.

International Research Scholars Programme

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation have announced the International Research Scholars Programme which aims to support up to 50 outstanding early career scientists/physicians worldwide.

The Programme aims to help develop scientific talent worldwide.

Awardees will receive a total of $650,000 over five years, and they can do research in their own countries.  Investigators from around the world can apply, but please review eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

The details can be perused on  Trialect at:  Worldwide Scientific Talent Grant

Applicants who are members of an Adhering Body may be eligible for application funding to obtain help in the preparation. Please contact the IUNS Secretariat for more information – office@iuns.org.

Call for nominations for President of African Nutrition Society

The Board of Trustees for the IUNS Affiliated Body African Nutrition Society (ANS) are calling for nominations from ANS members for names of candidates to fill the Position of President of ANS.

The Nominations will be assessed by the Board of Trustees and the President Elect will be announced during the ANEC VII Conference to be held in Marrakesh Morocco, 9-14th October 2016.

More information about how to nominate a candidate and the person specifications for the role of President can be found here.

UN General Assembly proclaims Decade of Action on Nutrition

In the last few days the UN General Assembly has proclaimed a Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025. The FAO and WHO have welcomed the resolution and declared it a ‘leap forward in galvanising Action on Nutrition’. Prof. Anna Lartey, IUNS President and Director of Nutrition and Food Systems division at FAO was instrumental in establishing the Decade of Action and has described it as a ‘historic day for nutrition’.
Full articles on the resolution can be found on the FAOWHO and UN websites. Please follow the links to read more about the Decade of Action on Nutrition.