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Royal Society training for scientists in FST

On Wednesday 16 April, FST ran a highly successful communication skills training session for scientists. This was offered in collaboration with the Royal Society-the first bespoke session the Society has delivered in a university. The Royal Society describes the courses as "designed exclusively for scientists and uniquely tutored by leading journalists and science communication professionals, Judith Hann and John Exelby".

Academic staff from across the faculty participated in a highly interactive programme designed to develop their skills in communicating with a variety of audiences. A further session focusing on skills for radio/TV and using a professional film crew will be held next month and is already fully-subscribed.

Dr Alex Belton, Lecturer in Maths and Statistics:

I found the session extremely worthwhile. The facilitators provided an excellent environment, stimulated discussion and made many useful points, showing a great understanding of the media and its relationship to science.

SciTech Graduate School

Coffee, Cake and Completion Date

If you are in the fourth year or beyond of your PhD you may be interested in coming along to this group. It's a space to have a chat to people who are in a similar position and get some support with writing up. Drinks and cake will be provided in the LEC atrium on Friday 25 April from 10.30-11.30. Come along and bring a friend.

Postgraduate Survey

All PGR students are asked to complete the online PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey). It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, all responses will be 100% confidential and anonymous, and the more feedback you give the more we will be able to improve things for you and those who follow you.

You can access the survey online at www.survey.bris.ac.uk/lancaster/pres2008. The survey closes on Wednesday 30 April, but it would be a great help if you completed the survey well in advance of the deadline!

People Management for Principal Investigators

The first in a new series of development sessions for Principle Investigators in the faculty will be held on Thursday 29 May from 10-4pm in the Senior Common Room, Fylde.

This first session will look at issues concerning people management and will cover the key principles of recruitment, managing fixed term contracts, and developing your research teams. The session will be interactive and will draw on case studies to highlight good practice.

This session is for any PI in the faculty who is new to managing researchers or any experienced PI who wishes to refresh their people management skills.

Please contact Lucy Thorne by Monday 19 May if you wish to attend.

British Council Researcher Exchange Programme

The Researcher Exchange Programme (RXP) aims to promote the development of research cooperation and contacts between the UK and other countries.

The programme awards fund short term exchange visits for postdoctoral researchers to make international connections. These can be a single visit of between two weeks and three months duration, or multiple visits. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 2 July 2008.

More about the RXP...

News and Events

Research Seminars:

To kill a parasite: Targeting protein kinases in the hunt for new drugs against Leishmaniasis

Wed 30 April, 1600-1700, Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre Lab 1
A talk by Dr Karen Grant as part of the Department of Medicine Seminar Programme.

From LU and Faculty News:

Low Temperature Physicist Scoops Young Scientist Prize

A Lancaster University Physicist has been awarded a prestigious international award for young scientists
http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/6d6e

Forest fire research casts new shadow over the Amazon

Forest fires are even more damaging to the world's most biologically rich ecosystem than was previously thought
http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/6d46

Lancaster Experts Advise Government on Flooding

Researchers at Lancaster University have made several recommendations to a Government review into the flooding emergency last year
http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/6d72

Industry Funding for Next Generation Mobile Interaction

Researchers at Lancaster University's InfoLab21 are collaborating with NTT DoCoMo Euro-Labs to develop a new generation of mobile interactions and applications using RFID/NFC technology
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/news/?article_id=545