Antimicrobial Resistance Research


27 Jul 2016

An Early Career Researcher Workshop, 10.30-16.30, 27 July 2016, University of Nottingham

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been described as a global challenge on par with climate change in terms of significance, reach and complexity. AMR refers to the phenomenon of bacteria and other micro-organisms becoming resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents that are used in human medicine, livestock farming and parts of industry. AMR is seen as a challenge particularly for human health as the ability to treat and prevent life-threatening infections is at stake. However, the roots of and responses to this challenge cut across a variety of sectors and domains including prescribing, patient and consumer practices, environmental management, waste management practices, water treatment, infection control, architectural design, agricultural systems and research and innovation in rapid diagnostics, new antibiotic classes and appropriate business models. AMR also cuts across global North and South contexts and the interface between them.

The aim of this workshop is to introduce AMR issues and stimulate thinking amongst early career researchers in the social sciences and humanities on how they might engage with a major new agenda for research. Research funders have emphasised the need for interdisciplinary work in AMR, and social sciences and humanities are expected to play a significant role. AMR is the first topic around which all seven UK research councils - including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) – have come together under a single initiative. In addition to the currently open ESRC call for proposals (AMR Theme 4: Behaviour in the health-care setting and beyond), future funding opportunities for AMR currently appear to be promising. 

click here for further information: AMR ECR Event Nottingham