The ultimate realisation of predictive biology lies in the development of ‘digital organisms’ – collections of integrated models underpinned by quantitative data, which together represent key biological systems and processes. The UK is well placed to take a leading role in this long term, international challenge.
BBSRC strategic plan – Exploiting new ways of working
BBSRC recently announced a community consultation on digital organisms, digital models of biological systems which permit effective bioengineering and biotechnology work. The consultation will be of potential interest to those working in the various life sciences, computing, bioinformatics and related disciplines, as well as physical sciences and engineering which have frequent interdisciplinary crossovers in this area.
Douglas Kell, BBSRC’s Chief Executive, commented in a blog post today that the consultation will “feed into an expert working group … set up in the area” and help shape BBSRC policy and future funding directions on this issue.
The deadline for responses is 3rd September.
Newcastle Bright Club is the thinking person’s variety night, blending comedy, music, art, new writing, science, performance, and anything else that can happen on a stage. The Centre Life are welcoming along some of the north east’s finest academics, researchers and students for a variety night like no other. Come and be entertained by an evening filled with laughter, music and intelligent conversation!
If you’re interested in finding out more or even taking part in Newcastle Bright Club please get in touch with Sheela Joy.
Footage of some previous Newcastle Bright Club acts can be found below:
Bright Club – Rob Shaw
Bright Club – James Lord
If you’re a scientist, social scientist, clinician, or engineer and you want to spend time over the summer understanding the way media works you’ve still got time to apply for the British Science Association’s Media Fellowships.
This year the media hosts include BBC News Online, BBC Radio 4, Financial Times, The Guardian, Times Higher Education, and the Times. The scheme will improve Fellows’ public engagement skills, give increased confidence when dealing with the media, and enhance understanding of how to pitch a story to media organisations.
Here’s more about the aims of the scheme from the BSA:
Media Fellowships aim to bridge the communication gap between scientists and journalists and give space for a dialogue between the two. They reflect the British Science Association’s committment to increasing the accessibility of the sciences and providing opportunities for discussion and debate. The Media Fellowships aim to give scientists and their colleagues, the confidence and willingness to engage with the media and tackle issues of mistrust and misrepresentation and to give journalists access to new scientific expertise.
The deadline for applications is 15th March 2012. Full details of how to apply are available on the BSA’s website.
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.”
Further details about the 2012 Newcastle Science Festival are available from their website at: www.newcastlesciencefest.co.uk Or, to download a PDF version of the brochure, please go to: www.newcastlesciencefest.co.uk/programme.html.
Are you an early-career researcher based outside of the UK? Is your research in the natural, physical, social sciences or humanities? Do you want funding to undertake research at a UK-based institution for two years?
The 2012 round of the Newton International Fellowships opened at the end of January and the deadline for applications is 16th April 2012.
The scheme is a collaboration between the British Academy and Royal Society and has been running since 2008. Fellowships provide a grant of £24,000 per annum for subsistence, plus £8,000/annum for research expenses and a one-off £2,000 relocation allowance. In addition successful fellows may be eligible to receive follow-up funding for up to 10 years after the award to support ongoing networking and collaboration with UK researchers. The awards are not funded on a FEC basis, but they do provide a fixed contribution to overheads for the host institution amounting to 50% of the total value of the award.
The scheme aims to ensure that the very best researchers internationally have an opportunity to carry out a research project hosted by a UK institution. In the longer term, the priority is to facilitate access to international networks of excellence for UK-based researchers in the relevant disciplines.
Full details on eligibility and how to apply are available in the guidance notes. Since the last round there have been two changes to the scheme which emphasise the importance of working with researchers outside the UK: all applicants must be working and based outside the UK when applying; and applicants who completed their PhD at a UK university will normally not be eligible to return to that same university.
Northumbria University staff can contact Research & Business Services at an early stage to discuss potential candidates and for advice and support with an application.