University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK - (UNILIV)

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The University of Liverpool is one of the UK's leading research institutions a member of the Russell Group, with a world class research portfolio, and an annual turnover of £340 million, including £123 million for research. Ranked by the Times Higher Education as the 16th highest for the total research grants awarded and in the Financial Times Top 10 for research productivity and industrial grant income, The University dates back to 1881 receiving its Charter in 1903 and is associated with eight Nobel Laureates. A total of 53% of research staff were ranked in the two highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) for their research in the 2008 UK Government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). There are 21,000 students and 4,900 staff at the University.

The Department of Geography has about 500 students and over 30 research-active staff supporting 10 BA and BSc Honours degree programmes, five taught masters courses and a range of PhD topics with around 55 postgraduate students. A total of 55% of the research-active staff were ranked in the two highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) for their research in the 2008 UK Government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published in December 2008. The Department has a strong record of research backed by external funding amounting to £2.5m since 2001. Funding has been obtained from a range of sources including research councils NERC, ESRC, charities and trusts Leverhulme, Welcome Trust and from international funding such as the EU.

Dr. Andy Morse is a Reader (which is a research promotion) in the Department of Geography. His background by Ph.D. is Atmospheric Physics. For 15 years he has worked on the application of climate information from ensemble prediction systems for health impacts and disease models. He has lead climate impacts (on agriculture, water resources, power supply, insurance risk etc.) but particularly on health in a number of major projects e.g. EC FP5 DEMETER, EC FP6 ENSEMBLES, where is a member of the management board, EU FP6 AMMA and NERCfunded AMMA and as overall coordinator EC FP7 QWeCI and co-leader NERC ENHanCE project. Andy has been co-PI on grants from the EC and NERC, Leverhulme, Wellcome Trust and Meningitis Research Foundation. He has considerable experience in managing significant sections of EU Integrated Projects. In 2006 Andy was a joint recipient of the World Meteorological Organisation Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International award – resulting from a paper published with FP5 DEMETER datasets. He currently serves on the Scientific Steering Committee of the ICSU Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) joint project on Global Environmental Change and Human Health; the WMO World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction; and the WMO WCRP CLIVAR Variability in the Africa Climate System Panel.

Research staff at UNILIV will be responsible for: dynamic modelling of malaria, RVF and schistosomiasis as part of WP3.

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