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British Council funded workshop in Pakistan

British Council funded workshop in Pakistan

Workshop Title: Nutrition Policy to Practice in Pakistan: Exploring the Challenges and Research Opportunities.  A British Council Funded Researcher Links Workshop.

UK co-ordinator: Professor Nicola Lowe
Pakistan coordinator: Professor Mukhtiar Zaman

Application deadline to partcipate is 30 January 2015.  Further details below.

The British Council and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan has launched a new five-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.

The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, a ‘call to action’ was issued in April 2014 for leading researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of these countries which will bring together early career researchers to discuss their research and start to build international relationships.

Successful applicant organisations from the UK and Pakistan name are now recruiting early career researchers and welcome applications to attend the above workshop. 

The workshops will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

The British Council and HEC, Pakistan will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Further information:
The workshop will provide an opportunity for ESRs, (defined broadly as being within 10 years of receiving their PhD), in the field of public health and nutrition to engage with professional that are facing the real-life challenges at the various stages of converting nutrition policy into practice in a developing country setting and provide an insight into the complex reality of this process. The ESRs will also receive training in more generic, transferable skills in cultural awareness, communication, grant writing and potential funding streams. Every effort will be made to encourage the discussion and relationship building between the researchers from the UK and PK, and for them to share "peer to peer" their respective experiences, successes and failures, in conducting research.

Programme: The workshop will include key note lectures, discussions and opportunities for ESRs to present their own research. 

Who should apply:  If you received you PhD in Nutrition/Public Health Nutrition or a closely related field, within the last 10 years, are resident in the UK and affiliated with a UK University or Research institution.   All participants will be asked to give a 15 minute presentation of their research in one of the following areas:

1) Public Health/Nutrition Policy
2) Micronutrients
3) Food and Nutrition
4) Social Marketing for Nutrition
5) Maternal and Infant Nutrition

Application process: Please complete the application form and return your completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you have any queries relating to the application process please contact Jennifer Norton at the Nutrition Society.

Deadline for applications: 30 January 2015

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of three members of the workshop organising committee and the outcome communicated to the applicants by 15 February 2015.  We hope to be able to offer up to 12 places.

Logistics:
Visas are required for all UK nationals to enter Pakistan.  Successful delegates will be asked to apply for their own visa, however letters of support will be provided by the British Council.
Flights will be arranged by the organising team.  Transfer from the airport in Islamabad, accommodation and all meals will be arranged and paid for by the local organisers.

Security/Risk assessment:
The British Council has a duty of care to ensure that visitors under its auspices do not face risks that they or the British Council consider are unacceptable.  For visitors to Pakistan we carry out a risk assessment prior to each visit.

Event Dates: 
Sunday, 8 March, 2015 - 09:00
Location: 
Serena Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan

- See more at: http://www.nutritionsociety.org/events/british-council-funded-workshop-pakistan#sthash.fFT9ct1R.dpuf

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