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Appointments Group Needed for New Associate Dean

In order to proceed with the appointment of a new Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies ahead of the end of Pete Sawyer’s term of office in July 2009, the constitution of the Faculty of Science and Technology requires the establishment of an appointments group consisting of the following:

Written nominations for members of the appointments group should be submitted to the Faculty Administrator, Dr Lucy Thorne, B20 Engineering Building. Each nomination should be signed by three members of the faculty and should be received by Friday 13 February.

Faculty Forum (Formerly the Faculty Plenary)

Come along to the new style Faculty Forum which will take place on Wednesday 11 February at 4pm. Topics for discussion include communication and involvement across the faculty, and an update will be given of the review of administrative structures and functions.

The Forum will take place in Meeting Room 4 of the Conference Centre. All faculty members are warmly invited to attend and tea and biscuits will be provided.

Funding Roundup

John Hamilton-Taylor, Hao Zhang and Bill Davison from LEC (Environmental Science division) have been awarded £363,996 from NERC to undertake a systematic study of methods for measuring and predicting the chemical speciation of metals in natural freshwaters and, based on the results, to develop a set of recommended procedures for speciation prediction.

Researchers from Communication Systems have been awarded over £900k by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to support research over a three year period. More details

Andy Wilby and Kate Orwin from LEC (Division of Biological Sciences) have secured £38,763 from NERC for a project titled "Cascading effects of predator and herbivore diversity and their interaction".

Ken Wilson from LEC (Division of Biological Sciences) has secured £34,198 for a project titled "Understanding density-dependent disease resistance in insects" from NERC.

Gordon Walker from LEC (Geography division) has been awarded an EPSRC Cluster Grant "InCluESEV - Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability". Cluster network members also include Noel Cass and Saskia Vermeylen (Geography), Hans Gellersen (Computing), Rachel Cooper (LICA), Elizabeth Shove (Sociology).

Gordon Walker, Will Medd, Nigel Watson and Rebecca Sims from LEC (Geography division) and Maggie Mort (Sociology) have been awarded an FP7 Coordination and Support Action grant from the European Commission for CapHaz-Net - Social Capacity Building for Natural Hazards: Towards More Resilient Societies

Your Grant News

We would like to include news of grant awards as soon as it becomes available, so when you hear about a successful grant please contact Katherine Gill with a two-sentence summary to go in the Bulletin as well as information about the funder, amount awarded, title and a link to provide further details if appropriate.

The British Science Association Media Fellowships

Applications are now open for British Science Association Media Fellowships are intended to create a greater awareness and understanding of the workings of the media among scientists and engineers.

The Fellowships provide placements working with a national press, broadcast or internet journalist. During placements of between three and eight weeks fellows learn to work within the conditions and constraints of the media to produce accurate and well informed pieces about developments in science.

Lancaster University Graduate School Forum

The Lancaster University Graduate School Forum on Wednesday 11 February is an opportunity to discuss effective ways of enhancing the research student experience at Lancaster.

Academic staff with responsibility for PGR matters within their department are encouraged to attend. Download the flyer for more details.

MA in Leadership for Sustainability

Faculty staff may be interested in a new part-time executive Masters programme in the management School that explores theories and practices relating to leadership and change for sustainability.

The programme is designed for people who recognise the need for attention to climate change, sustainability, social justice and corporate responsibility, and who are seeking to take leadership in relation to these issues.

More information is available at

SciTech Grad School

North West Researcher Futures

You can find information about this upcoming conference for researchers to be held at Lancaster University in the latest Vitae Northwest Hub newsletter. The one-day conference on Friday 3 April is free and will focus on career development opportunities.

New International Activities for Early Career Researchers

The ESRC's new scheme, New International Activities for Early Career Researchers, provides opportunities for international mobility, exchange and networking for early career researchers and doctoral students.

The scheme aims to attract innovative proposals that build upon existing established networks and activities, or which develop new activities based upon clear evidence of demand or need. It is expected that proposed activities will fall into one or more of the following strands:

News and Events

Romantic Science - The 2009 Wordsworth Lecture

Tuesday 24 August 2008, 6pm
George Fox Lecture Theatre 1

All are welcome to attend this lecture to be delivered by Richard Holmes, the leading biographer of the Romantic period and author of The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, which was published last year to wide acclaim.

From LU and Faculty News:

New Funding for Space Research

Communication Systems' Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group has been awarded over £900k by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to support research over a three year period

Lancaster Wins Nanotechnology Investment

Lancaster University is to play a key role in two new training centres that will generate scientists needed for Britain's future through strategic investment in the high-priority area of nanotechnology

£9.2m India-UK Research into Next Generation Networks

Lancaster University is a partner in a new UK-India research programme which will boost the digital revolution

National Dissertation Prizes for Geography Students

Two Lancaster Environment Centre students who graduated in 2008 have won national prizes for their dissertations.