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The aim of the series is to hold four seminars, each designed to bring together people from across the university (and beyond) to explore ways in which we might collectively and effectively engage with upcoming Global Challenges Research Fund calls for research and capacity building.

World map identifying University of Oxford collaborating ODA projects, funded through GCRF, Newton Fund, DfID, ESRC-DfID and other sponsors.
World map of University of Oxford research projects in developing countries.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will be calling for large, multi-disciplinary, and possibly multi-institutional programmes of work. This seminar series is designed to enable information exchange and networking across disciplines and potential collaborators, to support University of Oxford's engagement with this important funding scheme. This event is aimed at established researchers, both at the University of Oxford and other organisations in the UK interested in working with Oxford on GCRF programmes.

Professor Christopher Adam will chair each of the seminars, and is supported by a leading academic working in one of the three GCRF thematic areas. The final seminar of the series will deal directly with the issues of working in DAC countries and the vital need for research uptake.


  • Leave no one behind – to be led by Prof Kevin Marsh, Tuesday 25th April

Create new knowledge and drive innovation that helps to ensure that everyone across the globe has access to Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture; Sustainable health and well-being; Inclusive and equitable education; Clean air, water and sanitation; Affordable, reliable, sustainable energy.


  •  Support peace and justice – to be led by Lord John Alderdice, Tuesday 16th May

Understand how to strengthen the institutions that underpin peaceful societies, good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law. New insights to Understand an effectively respond to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises; Reduce conflict and promote peace, justices and humanitarian action; Reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities.


  •  Sustainable economies and societies – to be led by Prof Michael Keith, Tuesday 23rd May

Identify new responses to the challenges arising from changes in population, technology, consumption and pressure on the environment, including; Sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation; Resilience and action on short term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change; Sustainable cities and communities; Sustainable production and consumption, e.g., materials and other resources.


  • Research uptake working in DAC countries – to be led by Prof Chris Adam, Tuesday 30th May

The Social Sciences Research Impact Facilitator will also participate in developing effective research uptake.


Each seminar will be followed by a drinks reception, providing an invaluable opportunity to discuss opportunities with the speakers and other attendees.


Attendance is by registration only: