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As part of the UK Government’s Newton Fund, the British Council and JSC Science Fund are collaborating on a new five-year programme, the Newton-Al Farabi Partnership Programme, to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious researchers from the UK and Kazakhstan.
One strand of the programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and Kazakhstan to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.
As part of this strand, 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 Kazakhstan are now recruiting early career researchers and welcome applications to attend the above workshop.
This Workshop on Regenerative Medicine for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing will focus on the interface between regenerative medicine/tissue engineering, and the biology of ageing and age-related diseases.
It will explore both how regenerative medicine approaches can be applied to the diseases and degenerations of later life, together with a consideration of the biology of aged tissue that provides the context for (and the driver of) such regenerative medicine approaches. As such, the workshop would be of particular interest to researchers in the areas of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering that are (or may be) relevant to applications in age-related disease and degenerations, and biogerontologists researching the fundamental biology of ageing in systems that might be amenable to a regenerative medicine approach in the future, or would provide fundamental insights relevant to such approaches.
This workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation, discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Kazakhstan, and undertake organised tasks to explore areas of potential future co-working between participants. 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 Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme 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 Programme, 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.
Application and Deadline: The full application (follow the link to the event announcement) must be completed and submitted by the 5th February 2015 to the UK coordinator (Prof David Kipling) at: KiplingD@cardiff.ac.uk