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The IPR's Policy Fellowship Programme

Are you a senior decision-maker working with policy?

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR), a public policy research initiative formed by the University of Bath, has successfully connected over 70 policy professionals and 100 experts through its Policy Fellowship Programme. The Programme allows policymakers and practitioners from the government, industry or third sector to meet with each other – either in one-on-one or virtual group meetings – to discuss new research and address questions and ideas relating to policy formation. The Fellowship Programme promotes the diffusion and discussion of fresh new perspectives and approaches in between individuals in decision-making roles and world-class academics at the University of Bath, helping shape better policy creation at all levels.


To personally contribute to the IPR’s Policy Fellowship Programme, build connections with policy professionals and experts, and as a result positively impact global policy, apply to join here today:

The IPR Policy Fellowship Programme (

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Horizon Europe Update!!

Just before Christmas, the Russell Group of Universities (whose members include the University of Bristol) and other leading research organisations re-iterated the importance of reaching an agreement on the UK's association to horizon europe

UK Research and Innovation also published guidance on the 'safety net', which will guarantee funding for the first wave of successful UK applicants, if they are unable to sign grant agreements with the EU prior to finalisation of association to the programme.

UK stakeholders meanwhile remain eligible to apply for open calls. In this context, the European Commission is holding information days on 18-19 January to inform potential applicants about the new topics included in the EU Mission work programme 2021.

It has also launched a call with a deadline of 2 February for experts to join the five Mission Boards, with the role of advising on their implementation. Each Mission Board will consist of up to 15 independent high-level individuals.


Check out our LinkedIN for more information.

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Unveristy of Bath's new Research Connection

Our Partner University of Bath has engaged with a new partnership agreement, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be working with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University Canada. 

This exciting collaboration will focus on healthcare and healthcare management. The sector has been brought to the forefront by the pandemic, which has highlighted global weaknesses, which need to be addressed, alongside the goals of sustainability and equity

Western University ranks as one of Canada’s top research intensive universities and is a member of the Canadian U15 Group. A first joint event on ‘Health Equity Issues - soundbites from across the world’ will take place on 1 February 2022 at 1pm (GMT).

Find out more about the first event :


Welcome Pedro!

We would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member at B&BBO, Pedro. 

Pedro is a third year economics and politics student at our partner univeristy, the University of Bath.


Pedro will be taking the role of EU Affairs Intern for a 9 month placemet in Brussels. He will be taking on responsibilities supporting the B&BBO's aims of increasing our partners visibility, representation and relations within the European hub of Brussels and beyond. 

Welcome, Pedro, to the Team!

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Breakfast at Sustainability's

Join ICLEI and the SONNET project on Friday the 14th January 9:30-12:00 CET for a  policy dialogue on better integrating social innovation in energy policy making.

The event will bring together policy makers, advocacy groups and researchers online to discuss how to better consider challenges and opportunities related to the EU's fit for 55 package.

B&BBO partner Bristol City Council is a member of ICLEI and 1 of 6 'City Labs', which are testing hands-on social innovations for the energy transition as part of the horizon 2020 SONNET Project. 

The results of the policy dialogue will inform a report on how policy makers – at the EU and other levels – can better harness social innovation in energy. Join the discussion and have your say!


Sign up and find out more at;

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Happy Holidays!! 

The B&BBO wishes all of its partners and colleagues in the EU and back home a happy festive season and all the best for 2022! Stay safe and have a wonderful holiday. 

We are proud of what local partners Bristol City Council, Business West, the University of Bristol and the University of Bath have achieved in Europe and beyond this year, despite the global challenges. 


Working together with others, many milestones have been achieved in education, research, trade, the climateemergency and more!

We look forward to working together again in 2022.