ESRC Seminar Series on Brexit – Thursday 6 July 2017 at Newcastle Business School

The Implications of Brexit for the Future of Devolution in the North East of England and for the Northern Powerhouse

This ESRC Seminar is organised by Newcastle Business School and will be held on Thursday 6th July 2017. The event is the third and final one of the Seminar Series funded by the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ Initiative. It is open to anyone interested and aims to encourage debate that is easily accessible to a wide range of organisations, actors and members of the public who are interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU. Previous events of this series registered full-house attendance, and it is highly likely that the event at Newcastle will attract the same level of interest so if you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible.


Please note the event is free of charge but places will be allocated on first come first served basis. For further information about this event, please see the flyer. To book a place, please contact Gosia Slusarczyk




RESEARCH CONNECTS: Engineering and Environment PGR Conference – 15th June

Research Connects 2017 PGR Conference
Research Connects 2017 PGR Conference

The Faculty of Engineering & Environment at Northumbria University is hosting a postgraduate research conference ‘Research Connects’, next Thursday, 15th June:

The PGR conference invites participation and communication across all postgraduate students in
the Engineering and Environment faculty. We challenge you to retain the richness and complexity
of your work while clearly communicating your intended meaning to the non-expert audience
beyond your research group and department. Sometimes surprising academic connections can be
made in such diverse contexts.

You can book a place and check out the abstracts here.


Engineering a better world – 13th & 14th September 2016

Engineering a better world

Royal Academy of Engineering is hosting an event on 13th and 14th of September 2016, Engineering a Better World, which will bring together over 400 engineering leaders, international development practitioners and policy makers, industry stakeholders, government officials and engineers from the developing world to highlight the vital contribution that engineers make to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and to furthering international development.

Engineering a better world

The event will include a combination of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interviews, and will promote mutual understanding, create better links and seed more productive networks between engineers and those working to achieve social and economic development. The day will end with a call to action to build engineering capacity in the developing world by facilitating the growth of robust engineering institutions and academies.

Speakers include Bill Gates (via video-link), Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (President of Mauritius), and Amir Dossal (Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnership Forum). You can register for a place here:



Seminar invite: Enhancing employability – do we really know what we are doing?

Newcastle Business School and Department of Psychology are holding a joint seminar on “Enhancing Employability” on Thursday 23rd June from 13.00-16.30 at City Campus East CCE1-224c to which all interested staff are welcome.

The seminar will examine developments in the conceptualisation and theorisation of employability from empirical research. It also aims to question the established orthodoxy of employability as the acquisition and possession of capabilities which can be transferred directly into employment.

There will be presentations from diverse perspectives from across the disciplines of business, law, education and psychology. The seminar will conclude by inviting all participants to consider the way forward for collective research into employability.

For further information or to register your attendance, please email




Integrable Systems in Newcastle: 5-6 February 2016

A light symphony by Kevin Dooley CC BY
A light symphony by Kevin Dooley CC BY

The third edition of the meeting Integrable Systems in Newcastle will take place over two half days, from 5 to 6 February 2016, at the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences of Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The workshop will focus on exploring new connections between integrability and physics and will promote interactions between leading researchers in both areas.

The list of speakers will be:

  • Dr Martina Balagovic (Newcastle)
  • Dr Gennady El (Loughborough)
  • Dr Pierre-Philippe Dechant (York)
  • Prof Katrin Leschke (Leicester)
  • Dr Davide Proment (East Anglia)
  • Prof Noel Smyth (Edinburgh)
  • Prof Iain W. Stewart (Strathclyde)

There is no registration fee for this event and support for the expenses of research students may be available.

For further information visit the website at and contact Benoit Huard ( to confirm participation.

The meeting is supported by an LMS Scheme 1 Conference grant and by the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences at Northumbria University.


Registration now open – ‘’Trust – Research Co-creating Future Societies’’ Conference and Societal Challenge 6 Information Day…

on 29th and 30th October 2015 in Brussels. The event is being organised by the European Commission (DG RTD) and Net4Society, a network of Societal Challenge 6 national contacts points.

This conference will discuss the 2050 perspective of Europe in a Changing World. Information on funding opportunities for Social Sciences and Humanities under the 2016-17 Work Programme will also be presented.

For the agenda and registration details click here


EU and China launch new Co-Funding Mechanism for research and innovation

The recent “Joint Conference in Promoting Excellence through Enhanced EU-China Researcher’s Mobility and Cooperation”, promoted a new co-funding mechanism for research and innovation.The co-funding mechanism is established by the Ministry of Science and Technology on the Chinese side and the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation on the EU side with funding resources on each side.


During the period from 2016-2020, the European Commission expects to continue spending over €100 million per year in Horizon 2020 on the Europe-based partners of joint projects with China, with China matching resources to approximately 200 million RMB per year for China-based partners.

The CFM aims to support joint research and innovation activities on strategic topics such as:

  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Green transport (including aviation)
  • Sustainable urbanisation
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Mobility of young researchers


To read the joint statement in full and for further details, click here.




Update on EU health funding and policy

If you are interested in EU health policy and funding, there have been a few recent announcements which might be of interest:health

  • A report from the recent European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing has been published.
  • You can also check out the presentations from the eHealth Week held in Riga as part of the Latvian Presidency of the EU. This was attended by 1334 health experts and 81 exhibitors from across Europe.
  • And finally, the European Commission has published the EU Health 2015 work programme AND the calls for this year which have just been launched with a deadline of 15th September. The calls cover topics such as gathering knowledge and exchanging best practices on measures reducing availability of alcoholic beverages; early diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis; and support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities.



Library workshops at Northumbria Research Conference

Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0

This is a guest post by Suzie Kitchin (University Library):

Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0
Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0

Members of the Library’s Research Support team are delivering workshops and providing a library stand at Northumbria’s Research Conference on Wednesday 20th May. This is to encourage to find out how the University Library can support your research. Details about the Conference can be found at

The team will be on hand throughout the event:

  • We are delivering two workshops on Maximising your research profile
  • There will be an information stand in City Campus East foyer throughout the Conference
  • Find out about new collections 2014-15, how to request new resources and information on special collections.
  • Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions about the University’s new Open Access Policy.
  • A £50 Eldon Square voucher will be awarded to one lucky researcher who visits the Library stand before the lunchtime prize-giving.

We encourage you to register for the conference, attend one of our workshops and join us at our stand.

Our workshop will run twice during the event in room CCE 011:

  • 10.45-11.45am
  • 2.30-3.30pm

Do come along and chat with us about how we can support your research.


Northumbria Research Conference – EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS

The conference this year will take place on Wednesday 20th May at City Campus East. All staff and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts to the conference mailbox by the extended deadline of 9th March 2015.

A mix of presentations, posters, PechaKucha sessions and exhibitions will showcase and celebrate the breadth of the University’s excellent research. Paper, Pecha Kucha and poster competitions will be held with prizes presented to PGR students at the end of the day. PGR students are also invited to attend a Coffee Shop Doctorate session at which they can discuss their doctorate for 2-3 minutes over a cup of coffee.

More information and guidance including the Conference Submission Form which must be completed is available here.