EPSRC have recently issued two calls for expressions of interest for workshops:
Building a Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Community: “The workshop will be highly multidisciplinary as well as bringing together those who are developing platforms and standards with researchers deploying and evaluating in real world environments. Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (PUC) is the fundamental and applied research that aims achieve the integration of computing into any device in any location that interacts with our lives… This will require novel computer science and engineering while incorporating research from the social sciences, humanities and law.” If you would like to attend the workshop then complete the short EOI form on the webpage: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/puccommunityworkshopeoi/Deadline: 14th Feb 2018
Physical Sciences Early Career Researchers Workshops: “The workshops will provide an update to EPSRC and Physical Sciences strategies and will communicate recent and upcoming policy changes, such as the New Investigator Awards. The workshops will be attended by a number of EPSRC staff but also by experienced academics and current or previous Early Career Fellowship holders from across the Physical Sciences portfolio who will provide guidance and mentoring.” If you’re not sure which research areas are included in EPSRC’s Physical Sciences remit, you can check here. The process for applying to attend is the same as above – complete the short EOI form on the webpage: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/psecrworkshopseoi/Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Representatives from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are visiting Newcastle University on 28 June. JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS funds a number of fellowship programmes for researchers at all stages of their career and in all fields, including humanities and social sciences. These programmes provide opportunities for excellent UK researchers to go to Japan to conduct academic collaboration with Japanese researchers and can be used to build wider institutional relationships.
Northumbria colleagues are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer for further info and register here, also check the merge pdf if you need to get all of them into one document.
The programme for the day is as follows:
10.30-10.40: Welcome by Prof. Nick Wright, PVC R&I, Newcastle University
10.40-11.45: Presentation by JSPS
11.45-12.15: Case study by Dr. Adam Brandt, Newcastle University
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
As UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC), UKRO is holding two events for researchers interested in applying for the 2018 ERC Starting Grant call. There will be an event at the Natural History Museum in London on 19 July from 10.45-13.30 and another identical event at the University of Edinburgh on 26 July from 10.00-13.00.
The events are free but registration is essential. You can sign up on the UKRO website.
The 2018 Starting Grant call is likely to open on 18 July and close on 17 October. These grants offer flexible, generous funding to researchers with an excellent track record at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. To be eligible for the 2018 call, the PI must be 2-7 years from their PhD on 1 January 2018, which is extendable in certain limited cases.
This free event will bring people together from the museums and academic sectors to network and develop new ideas, explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulate new connections and new projects. There is also the opportunity to bid to the ‘thinking fund’ to help you work together with new partners to plan your potential project.
The event is aimed at ACE accredited museum staff and volunteers, and academics who are keen to develop new partnerships with museums.
Northumbria’s Marketing Department is holding a series of workshops in May on the Globelynx media system that the University recently acquired. This is a high definition camera on campus allowing academics to be interviewed easily and quickly by national and international broadcasters.
The workshops will be held in the Globelynx room – Lipman 014, City Campus – and will last 2 hours. If you would like to take part please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which day and which session you would like to attend from the below as places are limited. There will be 3 workshops per day and 5 spaces available for each workshop;
Thursday May 11: 09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm and 15:00pm to 17:00pm
Tuesday May 23: 09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm and 15:00pm to 17:00pm
Wednesday May 24: 09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm and 15:00pm to 17:00pm
Thursday May 25: 09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm and 15:00pm to 17:00pm
Individual Fellowships (IF) are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They enable researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a compulsory 12 month return phase in a Europe host organisation.
Applications are developed jointly between the fellow and their intended host organisation. As well as a strong programme of research, the application needs to describe the benefits of the fellowship to both the researcher and the host institution and how the programme of research and training for the fellow will be implemented and managed. Industrial secondments can also be included.
UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding two information events on the call to be held in Liverpool on 5 May and Bristol on 23 May. These events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Attendance is free but you must register on the UKRO website to reserve a place.
If you are thinking about developing an application, please contact your relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager who can advise and support you through the application process as well as share resources such as previously successsful applications.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures 2017 call which opens in early December, Dr Katie Ward, UK H2020 National Contact Point, will be giving an overview of the call at Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine on 12 December at 14.00. For more information on how to register, please contact me directly.
An information and brokerage day will be held on the 8th December for those interested in applying to these calls. The event aims to:
Present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for the 2017 “Innovating with Nature and Culture” calls. Keynote speakers and Commission officers will provide tips and information on: innovative nature-based solutions in cities; cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth; nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction
To facilitate networking, information exchange and the development of new project partnerships during the afternoon brokerage event.
The event is free to attend but you need to register in advance to secure your place. Further information including the programme, a list of speakers and the registration link are available here.
The event will introduce the content of the forthcoming calls, present insights and priorities from the European Commission, provide information on the support available to UK applicants and offer networking opportunities to help find new project partners. In addition, National Contact Points (NCPs) from the UK, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus will be present to answer questions and help develop new collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to pitch ideas and expertise to representatives of industry and research organisations.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. More info is available on the event website.