WELCOME to our third quarterly newsletter of 2017, rounding up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT. Here we explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. These roughly equate to SDG#9 and SDG#16, but our work essentially covers -- and connects -- all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next few months we look forward to the MEIDE innovation conference in Uruguay, a new science reporting course in Panama, and much more besides.
- Prof. Franziska Gassmann has taken up the new Chair in ‘Social Protection and Development’ at Maastricht University, where she will continue engaging with governments, donor agencies, and international organisations while contributing to the public debate on how to achieve SDG#1.
- Experts can spend their entire careers in "ivory towers", but how can they break free and reach the masses? Prof. Shyama Ramani tackled this question at the Global Media Forum in Germany, sharing a stage with The Conversation Global news network -- partly in pursuit of SDG#16.
- The 10th Conference on 'Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development' (MEIDE) will be co-hosted by UNU-MERIT on 16-17 November 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The conference brings researchers from all over the world to discuss links between innovation and economic development, in line with SDG#9. The call closes on 31 July 2017.
- Our third 'Reach & Turn' science reporting workshop will be co-hosted by UNU-MERIT in Panama City on 15-17 September 2017. The course gathers international researchers and media professionals for a blend of capacity- and network-building -- a clear nod to SDG#17.
- Apply by 7 August 2017 for our autumn course on ‘Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods’ (EPRM), which fits squarely into SDG#4.
- This 14-week customised course fills the gap between a Master’s degree and the start of a research project, whether it be work-related or for a PhD thesis. It targets researchers and policymakers who want to sharpen their skills and outputs.
- Participants will learn how to design an evidence-based research proposal; analyse qualitative and quantitative data; improve their academic writing; and get to grips with the latest tools for sharing research.
- Join our Alumni Day on 9 September 2017 -- part of the 'Pleasure, Art and Science' Festival in Maastricht. Contact Alumni Officer Sueli Brodin for more details on this event and how it relates to SDG#8.
- Register now for our Master's Open Day on 7 October 2017. Based on our top-ranked MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, this event features info sessions with staff, students and alumni on every aspect of the programme.
- The 'European Innovation Scoreboard' was produced for the EU Commission by Researchers Hugo Hollanders and Nordine Es-Sadki. According to this year’s ranking, part of SDG#9, EU performance continues its upward trend thanks to improvements in human resources and the innovation-friendly environment.
- A new report on the ‘Link between Corruption and the Causes of Migration and Forced Displacement’ was produced for the German Development Agency (GIZ) by Prof. Melissa Siegel, PhD Fellow Ortrun Merkle, and Researcher Julia Reinold -- contributing to SDG#16.
- See the latest media from our APPAM policy conference, including video interviews and image gallery (with more to follow in the coming days).
- Read our commentary on peacekeeping and governance from both European and African perspectives. Then check our latest ‘Mygration Stories’ from UNU-INWEH via India and Kenya, and UNU-MERIT via Malaysia, plus the video of Prof. Melissa Siegel's inaugural lecture.
- Until next time, in early October, please check our social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. You can also stay up-to-date on all our major publications via our monthly ‘First Impressions’ roundup.
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