Want to polish your performance and presentation skills? Bright Club is for you!

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Fancy engaging new and exciting audiences?  Want to polish your performance and presentation skills?  Get your research out in the open through the medium of stand up at Bright Club – the thinking person’s comedy night.

 After four years of successful shows, Bright Club Newcastle returns to The Stand on the 2nd of February at 8.00pm, and academics/researchers from the north east are needed to perform.

 Each event is compèred by a professional comedian, with academics and researchers taking to the mic to talk about their subject in a light-hearted and entertaining way.

 Training is provided to help tailor your material to a comedy audience. This training will take place on  19th of January, 12 – 3pm at The Centre for Life (meet at Reception) and will be run by a professional comedian and Science Communicator (and previous Bright Club act) Duncan Yellowlees. If you decide to brave the stage and perform there will be further opportunities to rehearse and fine tune your set.


If you are interested in the possibility of enhancing the impact of your research in this incredible and unusual way, please contact Duncan Yellowlees (duncan.yellowlees@life.org.uk), Public Engagement Officer, Centre for Life


“I felt the biggest buzz and sense of achievement and just wanted to get back on that stage!” – Emily Nicholls



Presentations now available from ‘Innovate, Connect, Transform’ Conference 2015

The event was the largest ICT event organised by the European Commission this year, aimed at all stakeholders involved in ICT research and innovation, including researchers, investors, and policy-makers.

Presentations from the conference can be found here including that of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme and its instruments which may be of particular interest to those considering applying to a call.


Registration closes 8th November for Societal Challenge 2 Partner Brokerage Event – 26 November 2015, Brussels

Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy

​​The EU funded project BioHorizon, (the network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 2) is holding this partner brokerage event on 26 November 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Brussels..

The main aim of the event is to help potential applicants to the Societal Challenge 2 calls find appropriate partners to apply for the upcoming Societal Challenge 2 calls for 2016. The new work programme addressing the challenge ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ has just been launched and the first proposal submission deadlines will be at the beginning of 2016.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory, and will close on Friday 8 November.

Further information can be accessed here.




Wellcome Trust invites applications for its Engagement Fellowships…

… which aim to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science.

Applicants should be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, and have at least three years’ experience engaging the public with science. They may be professional science communicators, research scientists, medical historians, clinicians or professionals working in the arts.

Fellowships include salary and salary buyout for up to two years, project costs, training, access to office space and facilities, and opportunities to work with Wellcome Trust staff to develop projects.

Closing date: 12 February 2016

Further details can be accessed here.


COMING SOON: Social innovation tournament

*** The European Investment Bank (EIB) will soon invite applications for its social innovation tournament. The next Social Innovation Tournament will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with the call for proposals to be launched in February 2016.  The following information is subject to change. ***

This tournament rewards and sponsors European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.

The Tournament runs in two rounds. A Selection Committee comprised mainly of EIB Group experts in innovation, the environment, and other relevant disciplines selects 15 projects. The finalists are invited to a mentoring boot camp to provide them with the necessary guidance for the finalisation of their proposals. In the Final Event, all the finalists have to present and defend their project to a jury composed of social innovation specialists.

Three prizes are awarded: General Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively and a Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000; the latter will go to projects addressing equal opportunities issues with a special emphasis on people with disabilities.

Further information including key dates and deadlines, FAQs and application information can be found here.


AHRC Anniversary Essay Competition – ‘The way we live now’

There will be a series of ten debates at UK universities and cultural organisations over the next year under the theme ‘The Way we live now and individual debates which will examine our human world, how it is changing and shaping our lives, how the arts and humanities can help us understand our changing world..

Further information on the call, eligibility criteria and application process can be found here.

Due to the fact that the series is taking place over a period of nine months, there will be three deadlines.

The first deadline, covering the first three debates (Curating the Nation, The Challenge of Change, Faith and Education) will be 30th October 2015,

The second deadline covering the four debates: Social Cohesion, Diversity and the Common Good; Beyond the Digital; Future Cities for All; Rethinking the Nation, will be 18th December 2015 

The final deadline, for the remaining three debates, Books and the Human, Is British Culture a Myth? and Machine World, will be 31st March 2016.



British Council invites proposals for its UK-Brazil researcher links workshop grants

Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.

Priority areas: Priority areas are listed in the Guidelines document (Downloads section).

ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see Guidelines for further information) of the partner country.

In the previous call for proposals for Researcher Links Workshops 53% of eligible applications were funded.

DEADLINE: 16.00 UK time, 11 December 2015.

Further information including online application form etc. can be found here.



Call for Proposals: Health 2015

.This call is within the framework of the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health.

This call for applications consists of a call for proposals for the award of a financial contribution to specific actions in the form of project grants in the area of: ‘Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges.’

The deadline for the online submission of proposals is 12 November 2015.

Further information can be found on the CHAFEA website and OJS (28.10.15).



Ethics Training for staff 2015/16

Faculty Ethics Directors are facilitating these workshops with the aim of providing an overview of research ethics and the ethics review procedure to be followed by academic staff and students to ensure that research is carried out to the highest ethical standards.

Workshop Dates & Times:

Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 14.00-16.00, City Campus – Arts, Designs and Social Sciences

Tuesday 10th November 2015, 10.00-12.00, City Campus – Business and Law

Wednesday 11th November 2015, 14.00-16.00, City Campus- Engineering and Environment

Thursday 12th November 2015, 14.00-16.00, City Campus – Health and Life Sciences


Please note, HR will confirm the venue once you have registered; further details here.