WELCOME to our first quarterly newsletter of 2016, rounding up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. We explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. This time we look forward to a workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation indicators on 13-14 January, and our Master's Open Day on 20 February. We also look back on reports published with the EU, UNESCO and UNIDO.
Prof. Shyama Ramani has been voted one of the #100 Women Achievers of India in the category of ‘Hygiene and Sanitation’ and will soon meet the President of India at a reception in Delhi. Closer to home, in November we launched the UNU Jargon Buster app with several UNU institutes, and then posted a 'Roadmapp' for its further roll out and expansion. And in early December we contributed to UNU’s COP21 series with an article that tracked the links between climate change and migration.
We're now making the final preparations for our workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation indicators on 13-14 January, which will look at the use of indicators in peripheries. Then on Saturday 20 February we'll be welcoming future students to our Master's Open Day, where they'll have the chance to meet and quiz our staff and student representatives. For more details on all our upcoming events, including seminars and PhD defences, please check the calendar.
November 2015 saw the release of the UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030, which featured contributions from nine UNU-MERIT fellows and was co-presented in Paris by UNU-MERIT's founding director Prof. Luc Soete. Then in Tokyo in December 2015, current director Prof. Bart Verspagen co-presented the UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2016, which saw contributions from a dozen fellows at UNU-MERIT. We also tracked the latest innovation trends -- from drones to collaborative production -- in a new report for the EU Business Innovation Observatory.
After her record-breaking defence, we spoke with Dr. Silvia Consuelo Gómez Soler about studying while working and about her research into how civil wars disrupt development and education. We also caught up with Dr. Judit Vall Castello, one of the first Governance PhD fellows, who graduated from the Marie Curie European Social Protection PhD programme in 2010. Please contact Sueli Brodin for more details about our Master’s and PhD alumni activities.
In the fourth quarter of 2015, our researchers published inter alia 13 working papers, six research reports, and three journal articles. We also hosted 24 seminars, while producing seven public videos and 19 blog posts. Across social media, by the end of December, our Facebook page had drawn more than 5300 ‘likes’, while our YouTube channel had amassed over 90,400 views and 499 subscribers. Meanwhile, we had well over 2000 followers on our Twitter account.
Until next time, in early April 2016, please check our main social media hubs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Our latest videos cover two online courses from our migration group, while our most recent blogs cover UN observances including International Anti-Corruption Day and Universal Children’s Day. You can also keep an eye on our monthly ‘press reviews’, which include summaries of our latest publications. Finally, please help us improve our website and outreach by completing this short survey of eight questions (via computer only).
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