An Introduction to Open Science – DCC Workshop 27th October 2016

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The Digital Curation Centre is running a half-day workshop in York on 27th October entitled “An Introduction to Open Science” which will be appropriate for all researchers, research students and research support professionals:

An Introduction to Open Science

Open Science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods. Open Research applies similar practices to the social sciences and humanities, combining elements such as Open Access to publications, open data, Open Source code and open methodologies ‘in order to make clear accounts of the methodology freely available via the internet, along with any data or results extracted or derived from them’.

This half-day training course:

– Explains the drivers behind Open Science;

– Provides opportunities to discuss the arguments around Openness with colleagues from a range of backgrounds;

– Introduces useful resources to help you apply Open Science concepts in your own practice.

The agenda comprises a mixture of presentations and interactive exercises.

The workshop costs £150 which includes all refreshments.
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EPSRC: ICT Theme Early Career Workshops

Data imageThe Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has recently announced two two-day workshops for Early Career Researchers working in the area of Information and Communication Technologies. These are:

Sheffield (16-17 Feb 2017)

Cardiff (6-7 Mar 2017)

The workshops will provide an update to EPSRC and ICT Theme strategies and policies, and guidance on applying for grants. The workshops will be attended by a number of EPSRC staff but also by experienced academics from across the ICT portfolio who will provide guidance and mentoring throughout the two days. The events will include a number of facilitated sessions covering topics such as impact from research, career development and a number of new ICT Theme priorities. They will also include opportunities for networking with other ECR colleagues and the previously mentioned mentors.

All prospective attendees will need to complete a short EoI form to register interest in attending. This includes a short biography of career aspirations, primary area of research, why the workshop is of interest, and how you will disseminate information to colleagues at your institution. Each of these sections is a maximum of 100 words. You will need to complete the EoI by 24th November 2016 in order to be considered for a place at the workshops. EPSRC is looking for a balance between research organisations, areas, expertise and career stage, although they are primarily targeting this at “early career” researchers, which is usually up to 10 years post-doctorate, and typically those who have not yet been PI on a grant.

EPSRC will notify successful applicants in the w/c 12th December. The Research Council will cover costs of accommodation, but it will be up to participants to cover their own travel and subsistence costs.

Please get in touch with your Faculty RFPM if you’d like to discuss.

 

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EPSRC New Opportunities in Signal Processing: 2-day Workshop

256-color-dithering-with-irfanview-cc0EPSRC has recently announced a two-day workshop on new opportunities in signal processing. The idea is to open up research in signal processing into new areas and to gain insights from new disciplines. The list of topics they are looking it is very broad and covers many of the disciplines in Northumbria’s Faculty of Engineering and Environment:

  • Communications signal processing in particular in relation to the Internet of Things, 5G and beyond
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Data science (including formation and enhancement, representation and modelling, and, understanding from data)
  • Machine learning
  • Image processing and computer vision
  • Visualisation and immersive technologies
  • Psychoacoustic and visual perception
  • audio (music, speech, environmental)

They are also looking for participants connected to application domains:

  • Healthcare (biostatistics, processing of medical data, data from sensors)
  • Earth sciences and remote sensing
  • Econometrics
  • Robotics and autonomous systems

Those interested in attending need to apply on the web form which asks how your research area fits with the theme of the workshop, and how it might be applied. EPSRC will provide funding for accommodation and subsistence, but not travel to attend the workshop, which will need to be covered from internal research funding (either PI’s personal research accounts or via UoA lead funding).

It is likely that attendance will be beneficial in terms of building academic networks and helping to shape the direction of funding policy in this area in future through EPSRC. Please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager if you require assistance with the application form, or if you have any questions about the scheme.

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Mentoring Essentials – New workshop for Northumbria researchers, 15 September on City Campus

As part of our commitments to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and HR Excellence in Research Award, two research mentoring workshops will be held on Thursday 15 September.

Effective mentoring involves not only knowledge and expertise grounded in research and organisational experience, but also the fundamental skills of effective listening and questioning and an ability to generate insight and convert that into accountable action.

This workshop is an opportunity to:

o   Understand the context for research mentoring at Northumbria

o   Hear from successful mentors and mentees

o   Share good practice with peers and colleagues

o   Work practically through some core mentoring approaches including:

o   a practical model for mentoring conversations

o   setting accountable actions

Whether established or new to mentoring at Northumbria you are encouraged to attend one of the workshops. This is also a good way to meet other mentors and refresh or learn new mentoring techniques. If you are still in the early stages of your research career and are interested in developing your mentoring skills, you are also welcome to attend. 

Workshop Dates and Times:

Thursday 15th September 2016, 09.30 – 12.00, City Campus

Thursday 15th September 2016, 13.00 – 15.30, City Campus

If you wish to attend please email hr.development@northumbria.ac.uk or ring extension 4343.

A Research Mentoring Framework has been developed as part of the Researcher Development Programme to ensure all research-active staff have access to mentors. As part of the framework, regular training opportunities are provided for existing mentors and those interested in developing their mentoring skills or becoming a mentor in the future.

 

 

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H2020 Innovative Training Networks info events in Sept and Oct

As National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, UKRO is holding two info events on the current Innovative Training Networks call. This call will open on 15 September and will close on 10 January.

The events will be held on 26 September at the University of Manchester and 12 October at the University of West London. They  are aimed at those interested in applying to this call and will take participants step by step through the proposal format and issues to consider when developing an application.

In both cases attendance is free but registration is essential. This can be done on the UKRO website. If you are not an UKRO member, you can sign up here.

Innovative Training Networks support joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide doctoral students with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia, hence developing their innovation capacities and employability prospects.

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H2020 Innovative Training Networks info event, Manchester, 16 September 2016

question mark by Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (2)As UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), UKRO is holding an information event for those interested in applying to the 2017 MSCA Innovative Training Networks call, which has a deadline of 10 January 2017.

The event will be held from 10.30 – 16.00 on Friday 16 September at the University of Manchester. It will give participants an overview of the call, the proposal format and the aims of the Innovative Training Network programme. Attendance is free but registration is essential. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register on the UKRO website. If you are not already an UKRO subscriber, you can sign up here.

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) train early stage researchers (typically PhD students) and provide skills development and experience in the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility. ITNs are collaborative research projects run by consortia of academic and non-academic partners across EU Member States and Associated countries.

UKRO has stated that there will be another similar event to be held in London during October. We will share more info here when we have it.

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ERC Starting Grant Information Events in September

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, is holding two events for academics interested in applying to the next ERCERC Starting Grants call (which will have an October 2016 deadline). The events will be held at the University of York on Monday 5 September from 13:30 – 17:00 and at King’s College London on  Tuesday 6 September 2016 from 10:00 – 13:00. Attendance is free but you must register to confirm your place.

ERC Starting Grants are for early career researchers who completed their PhD between 2-7 years prior to 1 January 2017. The grants are extremely attractive (offering up to € 1.5 million) funding promising researchers with a great track record to undertake an excellent and innovative research project.

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RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund- what we know so far…

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

Below are some slides summarising what we know so far…

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