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A View from the Bridge

The College’s Research Translation department, The Bridge, has published a new newsletter with latest developments in the initiative. In the newsletter, the Bridge Director, Dr Stephen Axford, provides an update on strategy and activities. See the Bridge page for the full newsletter and other information about the Bridge.

The past nine months have been packed with activities ranging from major public events through to some decisive steps on future direction and operation.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with many of our research community to better understand their work and its relevance beyond academia, as well as with colleagues from other institutions, and partners in Cambridge and beyond. We’ve had meetings with Cambridge Enterprise to explore the commercial potential of some very novel research, and they have been keen to understand our multi-disciplinary approach as they venture into the opportunities afforded by the world of the humanities and social sciences. We have talked to the Judge Business School about ideas for social entrepreneurship in healthcare, and we have an ongoing dialogue with the Innovation Forum, an international group bringing the biomed sector closer to academia.

A main thrust of our work has been to decide the priorities for the college in its translation activities. We will address issues in the areas of Global Health and Well-Being; in Education; and in Sustainability – which here focuses on Climate Change, Energy and Environment. In these we will look for clear links to the ambitions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We are also linking this aspect of our work with wider Cambridge through the Centre for Global Equality and the Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative. We will also look at the potential for new work in Artificial Intelligence and Data, which will be discussed in more detail at the annual Senior Members’ Research Symposium in May. We have built a successful partnership with the Centre for Science and Policy, which has already provided a number of our senior members with the opportunity to discuss their work with public policy officials and identify new ways of adding value to their research.  We have opened up new channels for working with the Department for Education, and have engaged with the World Health Organisation on potential new global health projects.

I hope you will find the mix of items interesting, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who has ideas for working with us, or if you simply want to know more about our work.

Please click here to read the rest of the Bridge newsletter.