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AI: tackling global infectious disease and AMR
The Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BU
29 May 2019 - 10.00am to 4.00pm

The first workshop took place on 29 May and the second event, a Sandpit, will be on 24 September 2019.

Does Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning offer a novel solution to tackle infectious disease and growing resistance to antibiotics?

The Bloomsbury SET Connecting Capability Fund programme is convening two key meetings of leading researchers across multiple disciplines at four University of London Colleges – RVC, LSHTM, LSE and SOAS. Through an exploratory meeting and a ‘sandpit’ activity, we will explore the potential impact of AI and machine learning techniques on large, high-quality data-sets and models. The programme takes a “one health” approach, bringing together applied research in the veterinary and medical sciences, leading to major animal and human health benefits, improved welfare, productivity, improved biosecurity and food safety.

The first meeting, on 29 May 2019, is by invitation, but we welcome suggestions of who should be involved. It will be facilitated by Dr Steve Hutchinson and kindly hosted by the Institute of Physics. As a result of that meeting, the Bloomsbury SET will award a series of £2,000 grants to bring multidisciplinary teams around new ideas. These ideas, among others, will be followed up at a residential two-day Sandpit event in September that will award £30,000 grants for knowledge exchange. Resulting projects are expected to deliver key findings and impact on the way we tackle infectious disease and growing resistance to antibiotics, by spring 2021.

Academic groups are encouraged to participate with partners from industry or the public sector, who are asked to specify who they would like to invite from those sectors to accompany their participation and be a potential partner in knowledge exchange in one or more of the projects supported by the programme. It is anticipated that each academic participant will invite one, or possibly up to three, potential collaborators from industry or the public sector, and it is expected that all participants commit to the entire day’s discussions.

Date: 29 May 2019 10.00am to 4.00pm, refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Venue: The Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BU.

To enquire about participation, please contact Mark Smith, Programme Manager, the Bloomsbury SET (marksmith@rvc.ac.uk)

To discuss ideas and potential collaborations in each College, please contact the relevant members of the Bloomsbury SET Steering Group:

RVC: Mark Smith
Tel: 020 3905 4736
Email: marksmith@rvc.ac.uk

LSHTM: Dr Alexandra Anderson
Tel: 020 7927 2698
Email: alexandra.anderson@lshtm.ac.uk

SOAS: Jessica Pavlos
Tel: 020 7898 4837
Email: jp61@soas.ac.uk

LSE: Dr Aygen Kurt-Dickson
Tel: 020 7955 6825
Email: a.s.kurt-dickson@lse.ac.uk.

School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS)
Paul Webley Wing of Senate House
8 November 2018 - 12:30-14:00

The second round of networking events for The Bloomsbury SET programme, designed to put life scientists from RVC and LSHTM in touch with social scientists and humanities academics from the LSE and SOAS, took place on 8 November at SOAS, presenting opportunities under the second funding call for Project Grants.

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
New Academic Building (NAB), room 2.06
6 December 2018 - 12:30-13:45

Networking events for the programme continued with this focus on social scientists at LSE, putting them in touch with life scientists from RVC and LSHTM to assist the preparation of collaborative bids, that are inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary in nature.

Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
Camden
11 December 2018 - 12:30-13:45

A lunchtime event for researchers from all four Colleges to learn about opportunities under the current funding call for Project Grants.

Networking event
26 June 2018

The first round of networking events for The Bloomsbury SET programme, designed to put life scientists from RVC and LSHTM in touch with social scientists and humanities academics from the LSE and SOAS, took place on Tuesday 26 June. Hosted by SOAS, the specific objective was to assist the preparation of collaborative bids, that are inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary in nature.

Launch of the Bloomsbury SET Programme
18 June 2018

An event held at the Royal Veterinary College on Monday 18 June not only marked the official launch of The Bloomsbury SET programme, but also its first two award schemes. Supported by almost £5 million from the HEFCE Connecting Capability Fund, it runs for three years and aims to lever at least £700,000 of in-kind support from industry and other organisations, as well as creating a sustainable platform for Knowledge Exchange.

The Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) supports university collaboration in research commercialisation through allocation of £100 million for competitive projects and formula funds. It aims to share good practice and capacity internally across the higher education sector, forge external technological, industrial and regional partnerships, and deliver the Government’s Industrial Strategy priorities.

The two award schemes are Project Grants, and Innovation Fellowships, with closing dates of 31 July and 29 October 2018 respectively.

Dr Ray Kent, Director of Research Administration at the Royal Veterinary College, said,

“We are excited to be leading this unique programme, which aims to distribute around £4 million in grant funding to staff at RVC, LSE, LSHTM and SOAS, for translational research / knowledge exchange projects to help combat infectious disease.”