Over 30 researchers from South Africa, Jamaica, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Brazil and the UK gathered at Wolfson College, Cambridge in October for the 5th Annual GDAR Meeting and Workshop.

Researchers spent the week discussing our research and exploring what our science means – not only for better diets and greater physical activity but also for transforming the urban spaces in which so many of us live.

We strengthened our network, developed collaborations and built on our cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary research approaches. And we launched the first of our early career researcher blogs.

We were also profiled that week by NIHR Global Health Health for our work helping to prevent chronic disease.

The meeting took place during UN Habitat’s Urban October, an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in our cities and towns.