Friday, 22 January 2010

BBSRC Visit to Informatics - 5th February 2010

The BBSRC will be visiting the University on **5th February 2010**. The day offers an opportunity for all researchers intersted in BBSRC funding - including those in the School of Informatics - to find out more about the BBSRC's future funding plans.

We are grateful to the BBSRC's Andy Boyce <>for his help in arranging this visit.


King's Buildings, Room 3217 (third floor), JCMB

Please book to attend this morning session using MyEd (event title "BBSRC Visit - King's Buildings").

10:00-10:20 Registration

10:20-10:30 Introduction - Nigel Brown, Head of CSE

10:30-11:30 BBSRC Priorities, Strategic Plan and Peer Review (Gerald Owenson, BBSRC

11:30-11:45 Tea and coffee

11:45-12:30 Business & Innovation Opportunities at the BBSRC (Donald Mair, BBSRC

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Informatics Forum, Room G.07

Please book to attend this morning session using MyEd (event title "BBSRC Visit - Informatics").

14:00-14:15 Tea and Coffee

14:15-14:45 Supporting Computing in the Biosciences (David McAllister, BBSRC <>)

Individual Surgeries

The surgeries are short - 10-15 minute - one to one meetings providing the opportunity to get personalised advice from a member of BBSRC staff. There will be two sessions:

* 13:30-15:00, King's Buildings, Room 3217 (third floor), JCMB * 14:45-15:30, Informatics Forum, Room G.07

To book a surgery slot, please email stating:

* One or two sentences on your question(s) * If you have a potential grant application that you wish to discuss, a short abstract for the BBSRC to look at beforehand. * Which site you will attend. (The Informatics Forum session is particularly aimed at informatics researchers.)

Thursday, 21 January 2010

iDEA lab message

iDEA lab lunch 23 February 2010

Dear Colleagues,

iDEA lab is established to foster and support the use of novel informatic techniques in research across the University.

On February 23 we will host a lunchtime meeting showcasing our first dozen IDEA Lab projects, 12.00-14.00, in the Informatics Forum.

Lunch will be provided, based on pizza (freshly cooked in our own ovens) and Irn Bru.

12:15 - 13:00 rapid-fire "elevator-pitch" introductions: 3mins per project.
13:00 - 14:00 posters and pizza

It would be great if you can come.

Best regards,


Professor Michael Fourman MSc DPhil FBCS CITP
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
For diary appointments contact :
+44 131 650 2690

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Newton International Fellowship Scheme

Dear Fellows,

The next round of the Newton International Fellowship scheme closes on *8 February 2010*. The scheme, run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, aims to attract the world's best postdoctoral researchers to UK Universities for two years.

The Fellowships cover the broad range of natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities and are open to early-stage postdoctoral researchers who do not hold UK citizenship and are working outside the UK. Fifty Fellowships are available per round and successful candidates will receive an annual subsistence of £24,000, up to £8,000 for research expenses, and a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation.

Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-on funding of up to £6,000 per year for ten years, to help develop lasting international networks with the UK.

Applications are invited for Fellowships starting in January 2011.

Please follow link below for further details

Monday, 18 January 2010

Funding Opportunities & events

*Funding Opportunities *

Scottish Government Personal Research Fellowships

5-year postdoctoral fellowship for research in any discipline. Deadline is* 29th March*

*Scottish Government Support Research Fellowships

One-year sabbatical research fellowship. Deadline is *29th March 2010*

*2010 Philip Leverhulme Prizes*

For researchers aged under 36 and working on earth, ocean or atmospheric sciences or mathematics or statistics. Deadline is *17th May 2010*

*ERI Events*

*ERI Learning Lunch CSE Postgraduate Funding *

This Learning Lunch is aimed at prospective PhD supervisors and postgraduate administrators. Please note it is NOT aimed at students themselves. As well as providing a networking opportunity for those involved in recruitment, supervision, administration and funding of postgraduate researchers, the session will address:

* Postgraduate research funding: funding streams for supervisors and for students, current/future opportunities (internal and external), sources of information and how to use funding innovatively. * How to attract the best students and to assist applicants and inquirers.

Arrangements are as follows:

* Date: 10th February 2010 * Time: Seminar 12:00-14:00 (includes lunch) * Location: King's Buildings, Daniel Rutherford Building, Lecture Theatre 2 * Please book via MyEd or by emailing

*Workshops An Introduction to Research Funding

This workshop is aimed at researchers approaching the end of their PhD or just starting out in their postdoctoral career. It provides an overview of funding options, practical guidance on preparing an application and an opportunity to hear from successful researchers.

Workshops are targeted to specific subjects. Dates for 2010 are:

* 23rd February: Engineering and Physics * 22nd April: Informatics * 25th May: Geosciences * 12th October: Chemistry * 25th November: Biology

The first courses are now taking bookings. Please contact transkills to reserve your place or to be put on a waiting list for later events.


*External Events*

*Empirical Legal Research Network How to Evaluate the Impact of Research*

One of Network's Showcase Seminars, this session features Dr Catherine Lyall, Deputy Director of INNOGEN. All are welcome to attend and refreshments are included!

* Date: 25th January 2010 * Time: 16:30-18:00 * Venue: Room 270, Old College, University of Edinburgh * No reservations - just turn up

Opportunity to Influence 2012 EU Language Technology Funding

*Opportunity to Influence 2012 EU Language Technology Funding*

Interested in EU funding for language technology research? If so, you may be interested in participating in this consultation The results will be used to try and influence the 2011-12 EU Framework Programme funding for information, communication and technology research.

Friday, 15 January 2010

British Science Association Media Fellowships 2010

Want to know what it's like to be a science journalist?

If you do then the British Science Association Media Fellowships 2010 are for you.

Experience first hand how science is reported by spending 3-8 weeks with a national press, broadcast or internet journalist on a summer placement, working with them to produce accurate, well informed news pieces about developments in science.

Come away better equipped to communicate your research to the public and your colleagues. Learn to work within the constraints of the media and develop writing skills that could make journal articles and funding applications easier and more concise.

You are eligible to apply for the scheme if you:

* are a scientist, clinician, social scientist or engineer * have a minimum of 2 years postgraduate experience in your field * are a resident of the UK * Work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation

Hosts have included The Guardian, Nature, BBC News and the Times.

For details about the scheme, including an online application form, visit <>

Application deadline: 2 March 2010


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Royal Academy of engineering Industrial Secondment Scheme

Schemes for University Lecturers

Industrial Secondment Scheme

Hands-on experience for engineering academics

The Industrial Secondment Scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for engineering teaching staff in Higher Education institutions to gain state-of-the-art industrial experience.

Applicable to engineers of all disciplines, the scheme's objective is to enable the secondees to impart the fruits of this experience to their students through teaching, through case studies using up-to-date material and, in the longer term, through course design.

The scheme provides funding for the university to employ a temporary replacement for the secondee.

for further details please follow the link below.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Research Council confirmation of 2 page Justification of Resources Document

Dear all

recently some councils have gradually been phasing in a change to the Justification of Resources document. Effective Tuesday 5th January, the page limit for the JoR has been extended to two pages. Late last year this was introduced by NERC, and subsequently all research councils, as confirmed below, have followed suit.

F Max-Lino

The Research Councils have agreed revised guidance notes for the completion of the Justification of Resources attachment

This is now cross council guidance so applies to all research councils.