Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Master Class
The SEA-EU-NET II project aims to foster greater ASEAN-EU cooperation, especially in the thematic areas of Food Safety and Security, Health and Water Management. Activities by the project include expert workshops, networking events and mobility grants. One key focus area highlighted by the project is the development of scientific talent. The project provides travel grants to young scientists to undertake missions to other regions and develop bridges that would support research collaboration.
The ASEAN-EU AMR Surveillance Masterclass was created to ensure a more comprehensive network was constructed through this effort. As a result, 12 young researchers from across the globe were selected from various disciplines to train together on the topic of AMR Surveillance. They participated in a series of workshops conducted during Summer 2016 by senior experts in AMR from the University of Liverpool, Chulalongkorn University and Mahidol University.
In Liverpool, participants were exposed to the wider context of the topic, linking various disciplines, the policy interface, new technologies for better research outputs and potential funding sources. The talks were also structured to allow fellows to understand their current position in the wider context of the field, before going into discussion to allow them to flex and expand their thoughts into multidisciplinary research and multilateral collaboration. This was complemented by the sessions in Bangkok which provided a more practical view of the research through workshops and field trips. Areas that were covered included industry partnerships and how research could support better animal husbandry. Discussion sessions were more focused towards establishing potential research projects highlighted in this report, of which fellows could explore in future.
Due to the selection process, fellows came from a variety of backgrounds. The fellowship has been a platform for young researchers to understand the landscape of the topic and also a good time to network with their peers and discuss the complementarities of their respective expertise and research topics. The proposed projects highlighted in this report would serve as a catalyst for the fellows to engage and collaborate among themselves, and a range of other stakeholders they are not normally exposed to. Fellows may tap into this network of collaborators to create more comprehensive research projects, and bid for established and upcoming funding opportunities and programmes. It is the intent of the project that the linkages and networks established extend beyond the life of the project itself.