The fossil record of life on earth, the science behind our Olympic hopefuls and the psychology behind governmental decision-making are just some of the highlights of Northumbria’s events at the 2012 Newcastle Science Festival, which runs from 8th – 15th March.
This year, for the first time, Northumbria is playing a leading role in the festival with participation in almost half of all festival events and representation from almost every School.
The week-long programme features a mix of exhibitions, performance, special events, lectures and debates.
Lucy Winskell, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Region Engagement and Partnerships, said:“This year Northumbria is playing a key role in ScienceFest with the aim of both celebrating and improving understanding of the world around us.“”As ScienceFest is all about showcasing science and the impact it has on people’s lives, it provides the perfect platform for Northumbria to demonstrate its commitment to conducting meaningful research that makes a difference to people’s lives.”
Climate change and its impact on the way we live may well be the most pressing issue facing humankind. Research into ways of living, social and physical planning of our environment, legal, technological, environmental and social aspects of climate in our lives all invite research and analysis. This forum will offer an opportunity to present existing research and consider ways forward.
The Research Forums provide a simple platform for staff to communicate their research to colleagues and to find out about cognate research that might be of interest. They provide an opportunity to bring Northumbria’s research community together around a variety of research themes and disciplines, and to reflect issues and topics where research originating from diverse disciplinary bases might be taken further in collaboration.
Presentations are expected to be informal and brief (maximum 10 minutes) and should be designed to inform a general audience about the research interests and activities of a colleague. PowerPoint facilities will be available, but are not encouraged.
The Forum takes place on the 24th February and is scheduled from 10.30am – 2.30pm, although it may conclude with lunch dependant on final numbers attending. It will be held in Room 205, Sutherland Building. Lunch and refreshments will be available. It is not necessary to attend the full Forum and you are welcome to join/leave the Forum as teaching committments allow. All Northumbria University staff who wish to attend should register on the forum website.
If you’re a member of staff at Northumbria and thinking about bidding for a grant from the ESRC in the future, this is the workshop for you. Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon (Associate Dean for Research in Life Sciences) will explore the specific requirements of the ESRC and focus on how to make bids more likely to be successful.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, 15 February (12.00-2.00pm).
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The following courses in our Research Training and Development programme are currently taking bookings. See the bottom of this post for details about how to book.
Let Me Entertain You: Lecturing as Performance (Prof Kenny Coventry) 26 January (12:00-14:00)
Prof Kenny Coventry’s research expertise in the relationship between language and perception, and communication will inform this session on lecturing as performance to explore effective communication and transfer of knowledge in the classroom and other contexts.Open to Staff and PGRs
Project Management of Research Projects (Sandra Hannah) 7 February (09:30-17:00)
What are the principles behind good project management? How do you ensure your project will deliver on time? How do you avoid drift? The aims of this one day workshop are: to ensure participants have the knowledge and understanding of project management; and to be able to utilise tools and techniques effectively in the context of research projects.Staff only
Be a Better Writer (Helen Lawrence) 8 February and 22 February (both 13:30-16:30) Are you aware that your written work is good and could be better? This two-part master-class will give you the opportunity to explore how to write simply and well and to edit your own work more effectively. The course covers the key rules of style and tone, how to polish writing and avoid common errors and how to convey complex information plainly and elegantly.
NB. The course is in two parts and both parts should be attended. There will be a small piece of work to complete in between the two parts. Participants should be fluent in English.
Check out this video showcasing research carried out by Professor Kenny Coventry and colleagues at CoCoLab (Communication and Cognition Lab) at Northumbria University on the mapping between language and perception. It describes an ESRC-funded research project looking at cross-linguistic differences in spatial language and asks: Does the language we speak affect the way we think?
Welcome to the new blog from the Research Support team at Northumbria University. We are part of the Research & Business Services department and we provide research funding support, advice, and guidance across the University.
On this blog, we’ll be writing about research funding news, opportunities, events, hints, tips, and policy analysis. Our aim is to help you stay on top of the research funding game and to provide you with the information you need to prepare and submit high quality applications. You can stay up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed via feed reader or email.
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