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Faculty Christmas Conference

The Faculty Christmas Conference, to be held on Monday 19 December, aims to give all faculty staff and research students the chance to explore the range of research taking place across Lancaster's new Faculty of Science and Technology.

Following the conference will be the first ever Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Party! (7 until late on the evening of 19th December). Festive fayre, live entertainment, dancing and prizes can be yours for just £5 per head. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you're interested in attending this year's conference or party please follow the link below and fill in our very simple online form:

Full conference and party details

Lord May Lecture Reminder

Lord May of Oxford's lecture to be delivered on Tuesday 13 December - "Hard Questions for Tomorrow's World" - is described as "a rapid overview, in a fact-rich way, of looming problems with climate change, loss of biological diversity, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, and feeding a world with half as many people again as today".

Previously Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Lord May is currently President of the Royal Society. His current research deals with factors influencing the diversity and abundance of plant and animal species, and with the rates, causes and consequences of extinction.

The lecture will be in the Biology Lecture Theatre and numbers are limited - to reserve a free ticket before next week's announcement in LU Text please email Rebecca Wilson.

NERC Research Proposals

The Research Support Office will be closed from 12.30pm on Thursday 1st December for training. Please make sure that any NERC research proposals that have a 1st December deadline have been approved in plenty of time to be submitted by the RSO before 11.00am.

Funding Roundup

Funding awarded in October 2005 includes:

IT Volunteering Opportunity for Students

LUVU's CommIT project still has a few spaces available for Lancaster students to run workshops teaching people in the community basic IT skills.

More info on CommIT

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