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.