Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems – Associated Studentships (ZELS-AS)

Some of the ZELS-AS cohort at the Cambridge Induction Workshop Dec 2015 Credit: Mary Ryan

Welcome to the homepage of the ZELS-AS cohort. We are a group of PhD students undertaking research projects funded by ZELS to tackle zoonotic disease in middle and low income countries in Africa and Asia. Our group is comprised of students from the UK, EU, Africa and Asia with diverse academic backgrounds, including: epidemiologists, veterinarians, biologists, social scientists, geographers and medics.  As we are dispersed both academically and geographically we decided to create this website as a medium for maintaining communication with each other.  We envisage the site to have many functions such as: hosting journal club, general discussions and a place to share any resources/materials/blogs or events that may be of interest to each other. Not only that but the site will also serve as way in which stakeholders can view our progress. We hope that the creation of this website will foster ways in which we can support and work collaboratively with each other throughout the training process.

First Joural Club together. Credit: Mary Ryan

As a cohort, each of us will progress through a 3.5 year PhD and will be invited to present our work in joint ZELS annual conferences organised by the ZELS RPG grant holders. We will also be given the opportunity to undertake PIPS-like placements (Professional Internship for PhD Students) for up to 3 months with translational and non-academic partner institutions, e.g. in policy, industry or the media. The aim of these placements are to help us understand the societal context of our research.

The programme is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl), the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).