The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and one of the greatest threats that we have faced together. As such, collaboration will play a crucial role in helping universities recover from this crisis. Collaboration is at the heart of our Alliance and one of the most important things we can do is continue to advance our collaborative research and innovation, to support our institutions and develop initiatives at scale to drive economic and social recovery.
We are working hard to build on our strategic research areas of Climate and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). We are currently supporting our next generation of research leaders, working with our successful PGR and ECR teams to deliver flagship symposia focusing on each research area. The final workshop of our GW4 Crucible programme, designed to develop collaborative research leaders of the future, was successfully delivered online for the first time. This year’s theme was antimicrobial resistance and in our first ever twitter takeover you can catch up with their discussions and insights using the hashtags #GW4Crucible and #GW4TwitterTakeover. One of the GW4 opinion pieces, mentioned in the newsletter, is also from this year’s GW4 Crucible cohort, Dr Aimee Murray from the University of Exeter, exploring how the COVID-19 crisis could impact AMR.
We continue to work on developing collaborations at scale. This month we are delighted to announce that researchers at Cardiff and Bristol, part of the GW4 Water Security Alliance, will be leading a multi-million pound international project to help tackle climate change resilience.