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Lancaster Ideas Festival

The Management School's Leadership Centre will be the venue for the inaugural Lancaster Ideas Festival on Friday 17 March. Chaired by University Pro-Chancellor Bryan Gray, the Ideas Festival is an opportunity for Lancaster University professors to give bite-size lectures about their areas of expertise to university staff as well as invited guests from industry. Speakers from the Faculty of Science and Technology will include Richard Bardgett, Farideh Honary, Colin Lambert, Barbara Maher, Chris Plack, and Gareth Roberts. Everyone is welcome to attend. Full details of speakers and topics are available from the Academic Registrar.

Draft timetable for the Ideas Festival


The University has subscribed to the research funding database ResearchResearch. This is a searchable database of thousands of programmes. It is updated monthly and provides a guide to research funding, including every source of funding in every discipline, every scheme, from fellowships to equipment. You can search for sponsors by name or discipline. The search engine is able to do detailed searches using a variety of criteria including a Google-style search using key words. The website can be found through a link on the Research Support Office website.

Colleagues who have already requested an account following the initial email bulletins will shortly be receiving log-in details in a welcome email from ResearchResearch. If you haven't already requested an account to be set up you can do so though the ResearchResearch front page.


UK Research Office Visit

Cecilie Hansen, of the UK Research Office in Brussels, will be visiting Lancaster University on Tuesday 28th March 2006. Cecilie will provide an overview of Framework Programme 7, the rules of participation, the instruments and the simplification agenda. She will also provide details of the new European Research Council and the thematic priorities.

Her presentation will be between 9.30 - 11.00 in LUMS Lecture Theatre 3. There will also be opportunities for individual/small group sessions between 11.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.00 in MR1, Business Enterprise Centre, Bowland Tower East which will provide windows to discuss in more detail any aspects of FP7, the calls and the work programmes.

If you are interested in taking part in this visit, please contact Jane Sherriff in the Research Support Office by Tuesday 21st March 2006 confirming:

  1. If you wish to attend the morning presentation
  2. If you are interested in one of the individual/small group sessions. For these sessions you will need to provide information on the times you could attend, the names of any colleagues that will attend with you and the topics which you would like to discuss

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