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Tickets for LEC Opening Lecture

A small number of places are still available for the lecture on 22 May to be given by Professor Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, as part of the official opening of Lancaster Environment Centre, Phase 3.

Entitled "A Cosmic Perspective on the Environment", Lord Rees takes as his theme:

For 40 years we have been familiar with the image of the Earth viewed from space, its fragile biosphere contrasting with the sterile lunar surface where astronauts left their footprints. This image makes us aware of the inter-connectedness of different regions of the Earth and different aspects of our environment. All these are under special threat in the 21st century. It will need wise choices, and appropriate new technology, to meet the century's challenges.

The Lecture will take place at 2.30pm in the Biology Lecture Theatre and entry will be by ticket only. If you would like to attend the lecture, please contact Lucy Thorne by 9am on Monday 21 May 2007.

Faculty Fix-it Group

The fix-it group is looking for new members to help address the moans and groans raised by members of the faculty. If you would like to be involved, please contact Lucy Thorne.

Teaching Development Grants

There are still funds available to support teaching developments in the Faculty of Science and Technology. These funds will be given to activities which enhance the teaching reputation of the faculty at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Teaching Grants are available to cover attendance at teaching conferences or to 'buy out' staff time to allow capacity for teaching developments. Please note that the events must be taking place before 31st July 2007.

Teaching Development Grants: how to apply

SciTech Vision Project Manager

Tony Oliver has been appointed to the Faculty on a 3 year fixed term contract as Project Manager for the SciTech Vision Project, details of which can be found in the Faculty Strategic Plan for 2006/11. The project aims to raise the profile and further enhance the reputation of Science and Technology at the University by developing a unique and distinctive identity which is recognised and valued by students, regional and national agencies, universities and industry collaborators.

The SciTech Vision Project is in the early stages of the planning process and once underway, information and progress reports will be posted on the Faculty websites and released through bulletins and other media sources. Tony is based in the Faculty Office and can be contacted by telephone on ext 94150 or email:

Reminder: Sessions With Faculty Personnel Adviser Continue

Sessions with Laura Hinton, the faculty Personnel adviser, continue to be available to all staff in the faculty each Thursday in room C28, Engineering building. To book a session in advance with Laura, please email her directly.

ESRC/NERC Getting Research into Practice Workshop

There are still a few places available at the two day ESRC/NERC Getting Research into Practice Workshop in June. The workshop is for ESRC or NERC funded new-mid career researchers involved with our key energy and environment research investments or related research. The aims of workshop are:

The workshop will be held in London at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum Hotel on the 6th and 7th June 2007. There is no attendance fee and the ESRC/NERC will cover accommodation expenses on the 6th June. Delegates will be expected to cover travel expenses.

The closing date for registration is the 23rd May 2007. Interests must be registered via

Getting Research into Practice Workshop programme
Getting Research into Practice Workshop registration form

Student of the Year Awards

Lecturers who wish to nominate an undergraduate student for The Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year Awards can now do so via the official website at Entries should consist of the synopsis or poster (2000 words maximum) written by the student, with details of a research project they have been involved in, as well as a 500 word citation to be written by the nominating lecturer. The closing date for entries is Friday, 20th July 2007.

News and Events

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Medical Physics launched at Lancaster University

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Fingerprinting for lake clues

Magnetic fingerprints are marking out a 'crime' scene in Bassenthwaite where scientist detectives are hunting the origins of destructive sediment

Tourism Sector in Lancashire and Cumbria gets a helping hand

Tourism businesses in Lancashire and Cumbria are being offered the chance to boost profits with expert advice from Lancaster University