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Retrospect: Berlin and Oxford Scientists Explore Cooperation Opportunities in Global Health

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More than 80 scientists discussed how to bundle their expertise and competencies to address global health challenges in the frame of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership.

On October 12, Charité Global Health and the Oxford Berlin Research Partnership hosted the workshop „Global Health Dialogues: Boosting the Potential of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership”.

Axel Pries, Dean of the Charité, Alistair Buchan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Andrew Farlow, Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School and head of the Oxford delegation, welcomed over 80 participants who represented not only Oxford, the Charité and the Berlin universities, but also research institutes like Robert-Koch-Institute and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Participants discussed current and future activities in different areas such as health systems, antimicrobial resistance, one health and planetary health, as well as innovation in the area of Global Health. The final discussion was moderated by the Vice President for Research of the Technical University, Christine Ahrend, and Andrew Farlow. The participants identified several cooperation opportunities between Oxford and Berlin scholars which they will now follow up upon.

Andrew Farlow comments: “We had an extremely enjoyable meeting, that gave us an opportunity to explore each others’ strengths and interests. From our perspective, we had an enthusiastic representation of the broad, interdisciplinary, interests of Oxford, and are very pleased to be strengthening working ties with Berlin colleagues across so many areas.”

The workshop took place in the frame of the Oxford – Berlin Research Partnership, a far-reaching cooperation between the University of Oxford and the members of the Berlin University Alliance - Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin - based on a joint memorandum of understanding signed in December 2017. A call for start-up funding for cooperative projects is open until October 31st.


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