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7th March 2017 Tokyo

Elizabeth Hogben

by Elizabeth Hogben

Head of Science and Innovation (Japan), British Embassy Tokyo

Involve patients, harness new technologies, share data: future prospects for UK and Japan research partnerships to tackle dementia

Dementia is not an inevitable consequence of ageing…. and yet it is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. Japan as a society is wrestling with the effects of a rapidly ageing population, where the number of people with dementia is forecast to rise to more than 7 million by 2025. […]

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7th March 2017 Delhi, India

Jane Urquhart and Leena Kukreja

Women in STEM: closing the gender gap

Growing up in Australia, like all kids, I was curious and inquisitive about the ‘science’ behind things. Encouraged by a school teacher mother and an engineer father, I coveted a plastic microscope and a chemistry set. But, like many other kids, I lost confidence in my abilities in science and maths. Growing up in India, […]

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6th March 2017 Holy See

Sally Axworthy

by Sally Axworthy

Ambassador to the Holy See

International Women’s Day: Sisters are Doing it for Themselves

We usually think of the Catholic Church as a male-dominated organisation because priests staff the hierarchy. But, as I have been discovering in my first six months in Rome, women play an important role in the Church. Indeed there are nearly twice as many religious sisters (800,000) as there are Catholic priests (around 400,000) – […]

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5th March 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Lt Col Richard Parry

Defence Attache to Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia

From Wales to Macedonia: Dojran Stories

Each year on 1 March we Welsh celebrate St David’s Day, which is Wales’ national day. Usually we present facts promoting Wales, about tourism, trade, or creativity. Probably many of you know that the World’s first £1 million cheque was signed in Cardiff, or that canned beer was invented in Wales. Probably many of you […]

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3rd March 2017 Tokyo

Elizabeth Hogben

by Elizabeth Hogben

Head of Science and Innovation (Japan), British Embassy Tokyo

After the earthquake: sharing experience with Japan on post-disaster mental health support

Due to its position at the end of the Pacific, Japan is a country that is prone to various natural disasters not only earthquakes and tsunami, but also volcanoes, typhoons, floods and mudslides. When I started work in Tokyo, my first meeting was with the security manager to make sure I was prepared and knew […]

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2nd March 2017 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Facts, Opinions and Falsehoods: Freedom of Expression in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age

Freedom of expression, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international legal obligations, is one of the principles underlying the common ground upon which the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was built. From its earliest days the states of the OSCE (and its forerunner CSCE) were clear that this right […]

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1st March 2017 Holy See

Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to the Holy See

St David and the Church in Wales

Today is St. David’s Day, a special day for the United Kingdom, and for Wales in particular. St David is the best known of the Welsh saints. It is often said that Pope Gregory the Great sent St Augustine in 595 to bring Christianity to Britain.  But that is not correct.  After the Romans left […]

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1st March 2017 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Second roundtable on feasibility of establishing a national IP court in India

A second roundtable conference on the feasibility of establishing a single national IP court in India was organised by IIT Kharagpur in December 2016.  The 2nd roundtable, co-chaired by sitting Calcutta High Court Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Soumen Sen, was held 8 months after the first, and was predominantly to understand the opinions of […]

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1st March 2017 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Seminar on understanding the aesthetic value of IP-designs

Earlier this month, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a seminar on the value of industrial designs, in collaboration with the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) in New Delhi. The seminar was part of CII’s Annual Knowledge Expo, and was therefore able to see participation from several representatives from the industry and academia. […]

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28th February 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

At the hinge of Europe: stunning Vorarlberg

What has been the most unexpected hit video I have put on Twitter during my time as Ambassador in Vienna? The answer is, indeed, not what you would expect. I recently visited the most westernmost province of Austria, Vorarlberg.  Lying on Lake Constance (known in German as the Bodensee), and bordering Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, […]

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