Call for expressions of interest for 2021 membership of TDR's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

3 March, 2020

Dear Neil,

Posting on behalf of TDR, with permission:

TDR* invites expressions of interest for membership on its Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). Several positions will become vacant in January 2021.

STAC provides independent external review and advice on the scope, strategic planning and implementation of TDR's scientific and technical activities, which are directed to 'foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty, in which disease endemic countries play a pivotal role'. STAC reports annually to TDR's top governing body, the Joint Coordinating Board (JCB), which includes a detailed evaluation of the balance and quality of TDR's portfolio of research, capacity building and global engagement activities.

Nominees should be internationally recognized experts and leading thinkers who are involved in global health research and in research institutional management. Members of STAC participate in an individual capacity and not as representatives of their institution or country. The complete functions, composition, nomination process and duration of appointments are detailed in the Terms of Reference. STAC meets at least once a year in Geneva, usually in March. The working language of the meeting and documentation is English. No stipend or honorarium is paid to members, however full travel costs are covered and an expense allowance is provided. This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer your skills to help shape and implement TDR’s mission.

Deadline for submission: 31 May 2020

For further details:

*TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO, is a unique programme within the United Nations system for research and training.

More information about TDR can be found on their website at

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

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