No Summit, No Problem!

Although this year’s North East Global Challenges Network summit couldn’t go ahead as planned, we are pleased to announce that our first virtual event is taking place next week on Thursday 9th July.

The event is an Early Career Researcher webinar, so if you’re a PhD candidate, postgrad or still in the early periods of your academic career get involved! The ECR event is run by Durham university in collaboration with IHRR, in close partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

The day will start at 12:30 with an introduction by Dr Douglas Halliday, the director of Durham University’s Global Challenges. The day will then move into a series of talks by current researchers.

Early career researchers are constantly faced by challenges, whether that be global events or funding issues. The virtual event will focus on research in the wake of global challenges, in particular Covid-19. Dr Hanna Ruszczyk will give a talk on the impact of the Gorkha earthquake on her research, followed by a talk from Robert Ssewanyana on how Covid-19 is overshadowing efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Next up, Newcastle PhD candidate Jack Charnley will give an overview of his research on SDG 6, clean water and sanitation in Delhi’s primary schools. Following Jack will be a talk from Northumbria Post-Doctoral researcher Inge Boudewijn detailing the efforts to move forward in times of uncertainty, with a case study on fieldwork in Ecuador.

Finally, the day will end in a series of breakout sessions with facilitators, where there will be discussions surrounding participants experiences and concerns, with a particular focus on the impact on the global challenges. There will be opportunity to consider how research could be re-structured in the wake of Covid-19 and what this will mean for participants as early career researchers.

To register, please click here. When prompted, the password is ‘ECR’. The deadline for registration is Tuesday 7th July at 9am.

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