ESPA Blog

ESPA Gathers in India

20 November, 2014
By Paul van Gardingen, ESPA Director
This month marks an important milestone for the ESPA programme, as we host the first major ESPA Science Meeting in New Delhi on 26-27 November.  We are looking forward to welcoming members of the ESPA family from around the world in person in New Delhi and others who will join the event via our webstream and social media.  If you are joining us in person or virtually you can find details of the programme on our website.  Even if you can’t join in real time, we will be publishing videos of the presentations on our website after the conference.
 
South Asia represents a major hub of ESPA activity and it is fitting that ESPA’s first major international event is held in the region.  ESPA’s activities in South Asia  are highlighted in a recently produced brochure and more detail is available from our ...
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Reporting ESPA’s Achievements

13 October, 2014
By By Paul van Gardingen, ESPA Director
ESPA currently has twenty active research projects around the world with a further eight ESPA Fellowships.  Our researchers and their teams are working long hours concentrating on delivering innovative world-class research and building partnerships that can turn their research into results that benefit the poor.  Knowing that, I do also understand the perception, which is common among researchers, that the reporting we ask of them is an administrative burden and never really used.
 
ESPA’s innovative nature, bringing together two UK Research Councils and the UK’s Department for International Development, means that the way it works differs from what most researchers are familiar with.  A budget exceeding £40 million also means that the results produced by the programme are closely scrutinised for evidence of the benefits to society that have come out of this very significant public investment in global science.
 
Our Impact Strategy states that ESPA’s success will be measured by “the way that the new knowledge generated by its research improves the lives of the...
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