The 2006 Science and Technology Christmas Conference built on the success of 2005's inaugural event and seemed well received by all who attended.
Many thanks to our departmental speakers, as well as our PhD students who submitted posters, for making the event so successful.
Six Faculty PhD Studentships are on offer for the academic year 2007-2008. These Full-time PhD studentships will be funded over three years through a combination of reserves and departments' discretionary expenditure, and should be used to support the allocation of research students to early-career academic staff or staff who haven't previously acted as first supervisor. The deadline for applications is 30th March 2007.
Don't forget that funds are available to support teaching developments in the Faculty of Science and Technology during 2006-07. These will be given to activities which enhance the teaching reputation of the faculty at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level.
On Tuesday January 30th, a UK Research Office representative (Jo Frost) will give a presentation on Framework 7 at Lancaster University's Conference Centre. The event starts at 9.30am, all are welcome to attend.
The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council has announced a new call for applications to its Portfolio Partnerships scheme. The call is open now and closes at 16.00 on the 1st of February.
Portfolio collaborations enable stable funding for established research teams for a term of 5 years and allow interdisciplinary teams and inter-institutional team funding.
EPSRC has announced the latest call for proposals under the Follow-on Fund. The Follow-on Fund aims to help researchers bridge the funding gap between traditional research grants and commercial funding. Support is provided for the very early (pre-seed) stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition to enable them to be in a better position to attract support from venture capital or seed funds. The total funding available is £1.5 million and the closing date for applications is the 16th February 2007.
This is a call for participants to take part in a five-day sand-pit to look for innovative ways to address the problem of coping with extreme weather events.
Up to £5 million is available to support packages of people-based activities building connections across academic and user communities, both nationally and internationally.
Lord Sainsbury toured both the Lancaster Environment Centre and InfoLab21 to look at the links between Lancaster University and business as part of a government review
A Lancaster Environment Centre researcher is on a mission to return a forgotten tomato variety to its native homeland
Environmental Science student Akanimo Odon aims to create an international network of Nigerian graduates in order to empower his home country
Lancaster University's particle physics group has been awarded £3.8m for world class research to unlock the mysteries of the universe
The 30th anniversary of Hazelrigg weather station means that its weather records now qualify for inclusion in world climate reports
A leading electronics firm says it prefers to recruit Lancaster graduates because of their high calibre
Congratulations to Environmental Science's John Quinton, Nick Hewitt and Cris Halsall, all of whom have had success with NERC grant applications. Each was a large grant application and the total award to the university is just under £1M.