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Applications open for first Climate Services Academy

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Applications are now open for the Climate Services Academy (CSAT) at the Walker Institute, a new initiative which is training PGR students in Evidence Synthesis, to inform policy and business decision-making.

CSAT encompasses a programme of training, immersive placement and legacy through a knowledge exchange network, to enable students to gain a practical real-world experience of the synthesis of research into evidence to inform decision-making. The format of the course, provides a unique opportunity for the students to experience first-hand the environments in which key decisions are made, and how evidence is utilised by different stakeholder groups.

Specially designed interactive training will be delivered by the NGO Evidence for Development and the Walker Institute, and placements will take place in Ghana, Sengal, Uganda and Malawi. The impact of the programme will be enhanced by the combination of training with practical experience: the UK based training provides the tools and knowledge, the immersive experience enables students to apply these in real situations, to gain first hand insight into the challenges of translating synthesised knowledge into evidence-based practice, and to reflect on strategies they might adopt in their professional careers to address these challenges.

Professor Rosalind Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute, said:

“At the Walker Institute, we work directly with policy makers and practitioners on the ground in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. We see first-hand, how important it is to make sure we are building an effective evidence base and getting the relevant tools into practical use in routine decision-making. Our climate is changing, and for sustainable, resilient development, we need to ensure that the evidence base from climate science is integrated into decision-making processes. It is vital we train the next generation of researchers in this, and deliver this training in partnership with national research and educational establishments which can grow and maintain this way of working. Interfacing climate with other sectors is a priority and requires long-term investment together with the development of a hierarchy of curricula and training materials for use at different levels.”

The first CSAT is being funded by NERC, and will take place in early 2018. It is open to PGR at the point of submission (within six months or six months post-submission), and NERC-funded PGR will be given priority. The focus of this training will be on the synthesis, and interpretation of climate information to strengthen resilience and reduce the risk of extreme events on food production and food security.

The application deadline for this intake is 17:00 November 8, 2017. For more information, and to apply, please email