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GW4 hosts Wellcome Discovery Research Regional Event

GW4 hosts Wellcome Discovery Research Regional Event

The GW4 Alliance is hosting Wellcome’s Discovery Research Regional Event for Wales and South West England on Tuesday 14th March in Bath.

Wellcome, a global charitable foundation which funds curiosity-driven research, is holding eight events across the UK to showcase how their work can support researchers and new ideas.

Researchers are invited to discover the breadth of disciplines that Discovery Research funds and hear about Wellcome’s commitment to unlocking research potential through deep dives into their priorities, funding opportunities and their approach to supporting positive research environments.

Discovery research refers to studies, across a breadth of disciplines, that lead to new knowledge and insights into life, health and wellbeing. By funding ambitious, curiosity-driven research across a range of academic disciplines, Wellcome can provide researchers from different backgrounds the resources they need to take on big questions and overcome barriers to progress.

The Wales and South West England event taking place on 14th March in Bath will include plenary sessions, a panel Q&A, breakout sessions and a networking lunch. It will be an opportunity to hear from and speak to Wellcome staff, committee members and other researchers across GW4 and beyond.

GW4 Alliance Director, Dr Joanna Jenkinson MBE, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event with Wellcome, which is open to researchers across the whole of the South West and Wales to attend. The GW4 Alliance drives collaborative interdisciplinary research, development and innovation to address complex global and societal challenges. We also provide support and professional development opportunities for early career researchers and technicians. We therefore understand the importance of curiosity-driven research and creating a positive research environment and we look forward to continuing to support Wellcome’s research funding and research culture ambitions.”

On announcing these regional visits a Wellcome representative commented: "We’re looking forward to connecting with the research community, across the breadth of disciplines that we fund, as part of the series of Wellcome Discovery Research Regional visits. Our priority is to share how we can support researchers' bold and creative ideas through deep dives into our vision and priorities, our funding opportunities and our approach to supporting a positive research environment. Please join us for the opportunity to chat to and hear from Wellcome staff as well as connect with the researchers in your area!"

This event is open to all, with GW4 partners and researchers not part of GW4 institutions warmly welcomed. These events are open to researchers at all career stages as well as research support staff. Early career researchers and those involved or with an interest in humanities and social sciences are also particularly encouraged to attend.

The series of regional and national events will conclude with a virtual event, for those unable to make it to any of the in-person events.

Attendance to the in-person events is free and lunch/refreshments will be provided; however, places are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and to register your place visit the Wellcome website.

University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter