By Naima Sykes, Target Malaria

On November 10th, we celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development, an international occasion to highlight the importance of science in society and the need to engage stakeholders in debates on emerging scientific issues. By linking science more closely with society, this day aims to raise awareness of possible solutions provided by research and innovation to some of the major global challenges we are facing today.

We are thrilled to announce that Conservation X Labs is the newest member of the Outreach Network! Conservation X Labs applies technology, entrepreneurship, and open innovation to source, develop, and scale critical solutions to the underlying drivers of mass extinction.

On the occasion of the first phase of CBD COP 15 talks in Kunming this past October, world leaders gathered to continue discussions on a way forward to halt biodiversity loss and restore threatened ecosystems. To succeed, they will need to address what IPBES (The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) has identified as the five main drivers of biodiversity loss, which include invasive alien species (IAS).

On November 4, Malaria Partners International will be hosting a webinar on genetically modified mosquitoes and the future of mosquito control for disease prevention. The highly anticipated event will provide an overview of Oxitec’s work and the Oxitec Mosquito Project, a collaborative endeavour designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes as a control tool for the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the Florida Keys, United States.

Recent clinical studies carried out in sub-Saharan Africa have confirmed scientists’ worst fears: malaria parasites have developed resistance to a key family of drugs used to protect against them. Researchers have long suspected this, as signs associated with drug resistance such as gene mutations had already been detected in previous studies. However, the confirmation of resistance arising in Africa raises major concerns, as the continent alone carries over 90% of the global malaria burden.