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Welcome to the GW4 Newsletter April 2023: your regular digest of GW4 news, funding and development opportunities. To subscribe to the GW4 Newsletter click here.

With 2023 well underway, we have already hosted numerous events and introduced new opportunities for academics across our institutions. In January, we launched the GW4 Connect programme – two new pilot programmes for postgraduate researchers with parental responsibilities and researchers of colour. There is still time to apply for this exciting opportunity, as the deadline has been extended to Wednesday 19 April.

Net Zero has been a predominant theme of the year so far. In February, we hosted our GW4 Climate Alliance “Living Labs for Net Zero Transformation” and were fortunate to have Carla Denyer, Co-Leader of the Green Party, join us as keynote speaker. A range of stakeholders came together to take decisive action to tackle indirect emissions from businesses, known as Scope 3 emissions, with a focus on emissions from supply chains and travel. Our partners, Western Gateway, will also be leading a national conference called ‘Hydrogen Gateway’ on June 9, to speed up the UK’s transition to using hydrogen to reach sustainable Net Zero. The conference will bring together academia, industry, businesses, governments and the public sector to understand how they can work together to overcome current barriers.

We also have two exciting announcements. The GW4 Alliance has been showcased in an independent government review of the UK Research, Development and Innovation landscape. The review was published as part of the government’s upcoming plans to promote the UK as a science and technology superpower by 2030. In addition, we are pleased to announce that the GW4 Alliance is supporting the UK’s bid to be a global research and innovation superpower, as part of the new national institute, the UK Institute of Technical Skills and Strategy (ITSS).

March has seen the beginning of our GW4 Crucible 2023 programme. This year’s theme is ‘Our data and digital world – opportunities for transformative interdisciplinarity’, and participants are already attending classes and workshops to support their career development. A series of masterclasses have begun featuring external speakers and experts across GW4.

Finally, we hosted Wellcome’s Discovery Research Regional Event for Wales and South West England. This was an exciting event that enabled us to share how our GW4 programmes can support researchers and allowed attendees to speak with Wellcome staff on funding opportunities.

It’s been a busy year so far, and I’m proud of all we have accomplished! We have a lot more to go, including our Strategy Launch event in May where we’ll be announcing our strategic research themes and celebrating 10 years of GW4. Change is in the air, and we’re looking forward to revealing a fresh new look…

Read in full the GW4 newsletter for April 2023.

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