Making science work for development

Education Systems Town Hall

Students at a village primary school in Mali
Thursday 23rd January 2014, 17.00-19.00
Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London

For videos and reports of this event please visit the event coverage.

DFID's Chief Economist also wrote a blog on the subject: Sunny skies ahead for education research.

Around £40m is soon to be invested in research programmes on education and international development. Are you interested in finding out more? Would you like to learn more about how major UK and US funders develop their strategies and priorities in this field?

On Thursday 23 January 2014, four leading research funders are holding a ‘Town Hall meeting’ to unpack their strategies for education research in international development. Senior representatives from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), World Bank and USAID will outline their priorities in education research for international development, and take questions. The UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS), as a group of funders, will host the event, promoting constructive two-way dialogue between the research and funding communities, and networking within the academic community.

The event coincides with upcoming new UK funding on education research for international development, as well as the international conference of the Building Evidence on Education (BE2) group, which is taking place in London on 23 and 24 January.

The meeting seeks to:

  • unpack how funders determine their funding strategies and priorities
  • to provide insights into funders' commissioning processes
  • alert the audience to funding opportunities in the pipeline
  • encourage a constructive two way dialogue between funders and researchers to improve bidding and procurement processes.

Discussants include:

Panellists will discuss their organisation's education research funding strategy, and current and future opportunities. This will be followed by a Q&A session with questions addressed to the speakers and to representatives from the Wellcome Trust and UNESCO.

Details: Networking from 1700, discussion from 1730 – 1900 Thursday 23 January. Hosted by UKCDS at the Wellcome Trust, Euston Road, London. Please see the draft agenda here.

Places are limited so please contact a [dot] may [at] ukcds [dot] org [dot] uk (Angela May )to attend.

Videos of the talks will be available shortly afterwards, so please also contact Angela if you are unable to attend but would like to be informed of the discussion.