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Christmas Conference

The Science and Technology Christmas Conference begins at 9.15am on Wednesday 20 December in the George Fox Building. The all-day event will feature talks from each of Lancaster's Science and Technology departments on their latest research, as well as seminars from invited speakers and a lunchtime poster session for faculty research students.

The conference is for all faculty staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. More details of talks and times are on the faculty website.

Free Courses for Postgraduates

Postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Science and Technology are encouraged to accumulate approximately 10 days of research and other skills training per year. The faculty has organised a set of free research training modules covering areas from project management and academic writing to finding the right job. Students can sign up for modules via the faculty website.

Also on the website is information on how to acquire other kinds of research training, as well as details of financial support available from the faculty.

Personnel Surgeries

Welcome to Laura Hinton, who has taken over from Jo Francis as the faculty's Personnel Adviser. Laura will be running weekly surgeries in the faculty from 30 November. She will be available every Thursday in room B19, Engineering Building. These surgeries are open to all staff in the faculty who have any personnel-related matter that they wish to discuss. All meetings will be treated in confidence. Please contact Laura directly if you would like to book an appointment.

Funding News: Framework 7

Associate Dean for Research Colin Lambert writes:

As many of you may know, the planning for Framework 7 is proceeding apace and work programmes for the nine themes are almost complete. In order to give you a competitive edge and to help your networking ahead of the official calls, I am making draft versions of work packages available for download. These are working documents and are subject to change until the official calls are made.

News and Events

LEC Research Forum

The first LEC Research Forum will be held on 18 December 2006 in Biology Lecture Theatre and the LEC Atrium/foyer. The forum will illustrate issues arising when undertaking environmental monitoring to study climate change and its impacts, and will debate ways to keep environmental monitoring fit-for-purpose.

This meeting will be a good opportunity to learn more about the environmental monitoring records kept by our colleagues in CEH Lancaster, and will also include talks by the leaders of the LEC Interdisciplinary Research Centres, outlining their vision of environmental informatics and of the sustainable management of water, chemistry, agriculture, and energy.

The Forum coincides with two important anniversaries of weather recording: 30 years at Lancaster University's Hazelrigg Field Station and 75 years at Moor House in the North Pennines; so we will also be celebrating these anniversaries.

Attendance is open to all - please contact Rob MacKenzie by 8 December 2006 to register your interest.

Science and Technology related stories from LU News:

Nokia awards for students on industry-led courses

The mobile phone giant Nokia has rewarded outstanding work by four postgraduates on courses which are tailormade for industry

New Zealand honour for Lancaster ecologist

Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology at Lancaster University, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Lancaster part of UK Astraea project to enable UAV access to civil airspace

Lancaster University has been awarded 225,000 for research into technologies designed to enable the routine use of Unmanned Air Vehicles in non-segregated airspace.

Businesses benefit from eco-design

Over 35 delegates from across the North West and the East Central Region of Sweden have benefited from expert advice on how to make environmentally friendly products.

InfoLab21 podcasts now online

The research and development activities of InfoLab21 have been captured in a series of short films, now available online, as part of the InfoLab21 Demonstrator Project

New Director for North West Accelerator Science

The Cockcroft Institute has appointed world-renowned physicist Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay as its inaugural Director