Seminars and research networks

...influencing the research agenda

Science, Technology and Innovation for Poverty Reduction 9 December 2009, UK
This seminar, organised by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will showcase promising new areas of UK research in developmental sciences, covering a range of areas including mobile communications, disease control, and provision of clean water and electricity. It will also address the challenges faced in ensuring that research is focused on the needs of the world’s poorest people and will explore social and cultural factors affecting the uptake of new technologies in developing countries.

Dr David Grimshaw, head of Practical Action's New Technologies programme, spoke on Designing New Technologies to meet Global Challenges (download presentation in PDF format). Further information (PDF)

Arsenic Sensor Technology Workshop, Nepal 26 May 2009
A stakeholder workshop was held in Kathmandu on Tuesday, 26th May 2009, jointly organised with UNICEF and the National Arsenic Steering Committe in Nepal. The main purpose of the event was to define the problem of arsenic sensing, including the local contextual issues in such a way that scientists can define an appropriate solution. It will be an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to interact and provide inputs to the development of an appropriate technology. We would like to thank the Body Shop Foundation for providing a grant to enable this event to take place. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Nanoscience Centre, Cambridge University, UK.

Sussex Manifesto Roundtable, Nepal 6 May 2009
A roundtable discussion was held as a side event at the Innovations Asia Pacific Symposium in Kathmandu, Wednesday, 6th May 2009. The event is jointly organised by the STEPS Centre, University of Sussex and Practical Action, Nepal. The main purpose of the event is to critically review the role of science and technology in development. It will be an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to interact and provide inputs to a revised Manifesto.

Nano and Water Workshop, Peru 4 April 2008
This workshop was a follow-up from the earlier seminar. It had around 25 participants from a range of key stakeholders including scientists, Government officials, NGOs, and water specialists. Short presentations included one by Dr David J. Grimshaw, Practical Action about the importance of regulation and risk. Friday, 4th April 2008, Lima, Peru.


Nano and Water Seminar, Peru 27 November 2007
This seminar aimed to raise awareness of nanotechnology and its potential applications in Peru. Speakers included Professor Paulo César de Morais, University of Brasilia, Professor Carlos Aguirre, University of Bolivia, Dr Jorge Seminario, University of Texas at USA,  Dr James Bendall, Cambridge University and Dr David J. Grimshaw, Practical Action. Tuesday, 27th November 2007, Lima, Peru.

Nano Development Workshop 7 November 2007
Developing a research agenda that blends NGO's experiences of development challenges with cutting edge science. Speakers include Prof Mark Welland, Prof Richard Jones and Dr David J. Grimshaw. Wednesday, 7th November 2007 at Demos.

Delivering Public Value from New Technologies 2006-8
A seminar series given by Dr David J. Grimshaw of Practical Action, Prof Brian Wynne, Professor Ian Scoones, Professor Melissa Leach and Prof Phil Macnagten, November 2006, March 2007, and November 2008.

Zimbabwe Nanodialogues 2006
In 2006, researchers from Demos, Practical Action and the University of Lancaster collaborated on a process designed to engage Zimbabwean community groups and scientists from both the North and South in debates about new (nano) technologies.

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