Friday, 30 October 2009

[Fwd: ERC Advanced Grants - call and info event]

Dear colleagues,

Deadlines for the 2010 ERC Advanced Grant call are as follows:

Physical Sciences and Engineering - 24th February 2010 Life Sciences - 17th March 2010 Social Sciences and Humanities - 7th April 2010

An information and proposal writing event will be held in Edinburgh on 24th November. More information and a booking form are available at

ERC Advanced Grants allow leading, established researchers to carry out excellent, highly innovative research. Awards of up to EUR 3.5 million for up to 5 years are available.

Best wishes,


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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Conference Collected Wisdom Wiki

One output of WOWCS (the Workshop on Organizing Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia for Computer Systems) is a wiki to collect information on organizing conferences. I haven't looked at it in detail yet, but I'm putting the link here for future reference. Collecting experience in this way sounds like a good idea to me!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

AHRC October 2009 Email Bulletin

The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

Consultation on European Commission ICT Work Programme 2011-2013 (D/139142)

2011-2013 (D/139142)

As you may be aware, the European Commission is now in the process of preparing the next ICT research Work Programme for years 2011-2013. In view of this, the Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures unit is updating the research community's vision for the area, identifying key technological challenges and research priorities, and establishing a research agenda for the coming years.

This is achieved through consultation with external experts, with industry and with academia, while additional input comes from a number of initiatives that are developing roadmaps and research agendas for Software and Services, such as "Future Internet" ( ).

The main objectives of this consultation are to identify the key technical challenges, the success factors, the expected impacts, and to derive a list of research foci and priority actions to be implemented. For this, a wide range of aspects should be addressed including technological issues, research challenges and standardisation approaches. The timeframe to be considered for this Work Programme is 2011 to 2013.

Information about the area can be found on:

The text of the current Work Programme 2009 - 2010 can be found on:

We invite you to participate in this open consultation, providing your thoughts about (but not limited to) topics such as: Services and Architectures for the future Internet; Software Engineering; Service Engineering; Open Source Software; Virtualisation of ICT resources; Cloud Computing; Energy Efficient Software; Exploratory and long term research; or any other topic that you consider relevant. No specific question or "fill-in-the-boxes" format is provided, as we want to keep the consultation as open as possible, but please try to identify clearly the challenges and the expected impacts of what you propose.

The consultation is hosted by the site and can be accessed at the URL

It will be possible to add contributions starting from 21/09/2009 until 02/11/2009; after this date, the consultation will be closed, and the resulting ideas and suggestions will be used as a valued input for the next research Work Programme.

We ask you kindly to limit each contribution to no more than 2500 characters, so that your ideas will be easy to read and understand; further details and longer contributions can be submitted in the form of a PDF file, which will then be published on the same web site.

Jesus Villasante, Head of Unit

Information Society & Media Directorate-General European Commission Web site:

Small Project Grants

The application deadline for the next round of Small Project Grants is Friday 30th October at 5pm.

I would be grateful if you could forward the information below to any staff or students who you think might be interested in applying for a Development & Alumni Small Project Grant in the next round.

Small Project Grants are intended to promote new initiatives in teaching, research and student provision at The University of Edinburgh, especially where relatively small sums can achieve significant effect. We have £65,000 to be distributed to students, staff, clubs, societies and University support services for a range of research projects, teaching and student activities.

There are also a large number of air miles available for distribution. Please be aware that air miles cannot be awarded retrospectively and are for British Airways flights only.

The Small Project Grant programme exists thanks to the generosity of graduates and friends through their donations to the Edinburgh Fund. The programme is managed by The University of Edinburgh Development Trust, a charity set up to provide philanthropic support for the University.

Application forms are available at or by contacting the Development Office. Detailed guidelines are included with the application form, and a list of recentawards are also available on the website. Please be advised that all applications must be signed by an appropriate referee (refer to guidelines).

If you have any queries regarding eligibility or filling out the application form, please contact the Development Office on 0131 650 2240 or email

SCITECH EUROPE 2009: Only 6 weeks to go! Places going quickly!

SciTech Europe 2009: Innovation Across Europe <>

The Square, Brussels 12th November 2009

Would you, your job role and your organisation benefit from:

* NETWORKING with leading academic experts and industry stakeholders from all across Europe? * DEBATING and making key policy aware of what needs to be done to improve the work that you are doing? * ASSISTING in outlining a collaborative approach to European science and technology frameworks? * LEARNING from world class speakers and some of Europe's leading organisations on new initiatives and developments?

Register your place at SciTech Europe 2009: Innovation Across Europe <> , the event that will provide you with the fantastic opportunity to forge new networks, and create new initiatives to benefit science and technology strategies, knowledge and prosperity across Europe.

Previous national policies have failed to create the environment for progressive science and innovation. However, the economic downturn has delivered a unique opportunity for the European states to deliver a cohesive approach to science and technology and drive solutions forward.

The future points to knowledge transfers, science networks and developing bridges between industry, academia and public sector policy. Collaboration across the continent and diversification of research can enable an integrated European research base that leads the world in innovation and success.

At SciTech Europe 2009: Innovation Across Europe <> you will have the chance to hear from some of the world's leading experts and most esteemed speakers involved creating the policies and initiatives that will drive this important issue forward:

Dr. Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission < > "High-tech research - importance and challenges for policy making"

Professor Fotis Kafatos, President, European Research Council <> "Making science investments with greater confidence" Ensuring that Europe is a centre for world-leading knowledge-based research innovation. What challenges must be addressed in order to better support the needs of science in Europe? Looking at the long-term vision, quality education and the role of the European Research Council in facilitating a better research environment for Europe.

Professor Marja Makarow, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation <> "Collaborative European research" Considering the challenges of streamlining research and ensuring that the needs of society are better aligned to research outcomes. What are the main priorities for Europe in terms of building on strengths in science and research and creating the best research conditions for addressing the grand challenges such as climate change, disease and ageing populations?

Professor Dominique Foray, Chairman of Knowledge for Growth Group <> "The role of the European Research Area" How can Europe better exploit factors of productivity and stimulate the levels of entrepreneurship to ensure that the right specialisations are made in the right regions of Europe? How do we overcome both the scientific and the political challenges in order to achieve the key objectives set out in enhancing innovation and ultimately the success of science and research in Europe?

Details of the other esteemed speakers, topics and more can be found HERE <>

The new Square conference centre <> is in the heart of Brussels and has an abundance of hotel rooms in easy walking distance. The train station is attached to the facility so everything is literally on the doorstep. More details about hotels and travels can be found HERE < >


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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Research Opportunities

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