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Welcome to the PREPARED Year One newsletter!

Dear Reader,

It's been just over one year since the launch of PREPARED! In only one year we have done so much to reach our mission to improve research ethics and integrity for a future crisis.

Here is just a quick recap of what our team has been working on these last few months...

Quick links:

Project updates 

Reports and publications in the pipeline

In our first year, we have completed literature reviews of ethics and integrity challenges during global crisis, in 8 different languages. With many more reports and publications in the works, stay posted to be the first to read them when they are released.

PREPARED animation

Want to know what PREPARED is about in four minutes or less? Watch our new animation, designed by PREPARED artist Dave Robinson with voice-over from PREPARED members.

AI and ethics training

Our first training material is now available as a module on AI Ethics: Global Perspectives! Watch the full lecture on AI and ethics dumping here, or watch a five minute explainer on our YouTube

                Dr Michael Makanga

Dr Makanga is the new Executive Director of the Global Health EDCTP3

From 16 November 2023, our EDCTP team leader Dr Michael Makanga will become the new Executive Director of the Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking. Although Michael will be leaving our team, he will remain a trusted member of our advisory board. Best of luck Michael, and welcome to new EDCTP team leader Dr Thomas Nyirenda!

Dr Raffaella Ravinetto heads the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Our advisor Dr Ravinetto is now the Head of the Department of Public Health at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine, one of the world's leading institutes for health care in lower income countries. Congratulations Raffaella!

                Dr Raffaella Ravinetto  

                     Dr Joao Monteiro

Dr Joao Monteiro joins as a PREPARED advisor

We are delighted to have Dr Joao Monteiro, Chief Editor of Nature Medicine, join the PREPARED advisory board! With years of experience in biomedical research, scientific publishing and scientific policy, we are looking forward to a productive partnership! 

Biorisk management during global crisis

Dr Johannes Rath — International Biorisk Management Advisor for the European Commission, UN, and OSCE — lays out an introduction to biorisk management, and explores the particular challenges in a crisis for a new public report.

   Via Pixabay 

The G21 is official!

On the 9th of September 2023, the African Union was invited to become a full member of the Group of 20

Kenyan president William Ruto said the move “will increase the voice of Africa, visibility, and influence on the global stage and provide a platform to advance the common interest of our people.” Official sources call it "a step towards a just, fair, more inclusive and representative global architecture and governance". These are some of the key values our policy brief highlighted in the months running up to the G20 summit in Dehli this year. 

View our G20 animation launched at UNESCO in June 2023, explaining why Africa deserves a G21.

Congratulations to all authors of the PREPARED policy brief launched in April 2023. Let's look forward to a G21 with a strong African voice!

What we're reading

From the blog:

News and literature:

Maddox Prize: Sense About Science and NATURE award whistle-blowers for scientific integrity

‘A Fragile State of Preparedness’, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board 2023 Report – “Global preparedness for pandemics and other disease outbreaks remains inadequate”

Utrecht University declines to participate in the THE educational ranking

'Falling behind: postdocs in their thirties tire of putting life on hold’: Nature article on the 2023 postdoc survey

Dr Anti-Vax, a new podcast on vaccine misinformation from Tortoise Media

Upcoming events:

BEYOND Public Consultation

Until 28th February 2024

Sister project BEYOND Bad Apples is calling for participants to give opinions in their public consultation on research ethics and integrity.

EDCTP Forum 2023

7-10 November 2023, Paris

This year's theme is "Partnering for Global Health Research Innovation and Impact in Africa – Celebrating EDCTP: two decades and beyond."

European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health 

20 - 23 November 2023, Utrecht, the Netherlands

This year's theme is "Shaping the future of equitable and sustainable planetary health".

Call for submissions!

The journal Research Ethics, edited by our own Dr Kate Chatfield, is taking submission for a special issue on the theme: "Preparing for the next global crisis: Research ethics and integrity matters in crisis situations". See the potential topics for submission here. Deadline is 31st December 2023.

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