SciTech bulletin


Faculty lecture: the challenge of climate change

A talk will be given by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins on Thursday 22 October at 2pm about our understanding of climate change and the emission of greenhouse gases associated with human activity. The importance of climate variability will be stressed and the achievements of climate science, its limitations and the challenge to the science will be highlighted. The likely impacts of climate change and the roles for adaptation, geo-engineering and mitigation will be explored. The talk will finish with a discussion of the role of the UK Climate Change Committee, its analysis of the possible limitation of climate change and of the technologies to achieve this, and the challenges that have been set for the UK.

The lecture will be held in the Management School Building Lecture Theatre 2 and will be followed by a light reception.

Sir Brian Hoskins is a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Reading. In January 2008 he became the first Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London. He is currently a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment. He is a member of the scientific academies of the UK, USA and China, and has played significant roles in international weather and climate research and in the Nobel Prize winning international climate change assessments.


SciTech Christmas Conference 2009

The 2009 faculty Christmas conference is on Tuesday 15 December. This year's conference will have the theme of research impact and will include a talk from Lesley Thompson, Director of Research Base at the EPSRC. The conference will take place in the Lancaster Leadership Centre, Management School building - save the date in your diary and more details will follow shortly.


SciTech administrative development programme 2009/10

The first in the 2009/10 series of development sessions for administrative staff in the faculty will be held on Wednesday 4 November from 11.00-2.30pm. This session is for any administrative member of staff in the faculty who wants to look at the impact of change on themselves and the colleagues they work with, increase their understanding of change processes and create a positive attitude towards it.

The session will be informal and held over lunch at Forest Hills. It will be facilitated by Jean Bennett, Professional and Leadership Development Team.

Space is limited and so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Lucy Thorne by Friday 23 October if you wish to attend.


SciTech Grad School

SciTech Grad School Induction

The SciTech Grad School held an induction lunch on Tuesday 29 September to welcome all new postgraduate research students. The new students were welcomed by the Dean, Professor Mary Smyth and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, Dr Pete Sawyer. We wish the new students the very best for the next three years.

Research Development Programme

Grad School courses for this term are now online. Check out the Research Development Programme web page for more details of what's on offer and the training requirements for this year.

SciTech Grad School Forum

We are looking for postgraduate research students and early career researchers to become members of the SciTech Grad School forum. We want to know what you want from the SciTech Grad School and the type of activities you would like to happen. This is your opportunity to have your say! If you are interested in this please contact Liz Hurrell.

Free SciTech Grad school diaries

A limited number of SciTech Grad School academic diaries are available to postgraduate research students. Please come and collect a diary from Liz Hurrell, B1a, Engineering building.

SciTech Grad School: PG Admissions

This month responsibility for postgraduate admissions transfers to faculties, and the two faculty postgraduate admissions officers for Science and Technology are now in post:

Anne and Claire are currently visiting departments and meeting with admissions tutors, postgraduate co-ordinators and other key staff in order to learn about the portfolio of postgraduate programmes, and to gain an insight into how departments currently manage the application process. If any members of staff with a postgraduate admissions role have not yet been contacted, Anne and Claire look forward to meeting you soon, and would be only too happy to hear from you.

The new postgraduate admissions process being introduced across the university will be supported by a new piece of software, a Customer Relationship Management system, which will significantly reduce the amount of time spent on routine processing of postgraduate applications. This will therefore enable staff to spend more time on conversion and relationship-building activities. The CRM is in the final stages of development, and is due to go live on Friday 23 October. Anne and Claire are currently involved in testing the system, and will be contacting departments about training schedules in due course.


Faculty Committee Meeting Dates 2009/10

Final faculty committee and meeting dates for 2009/10 are now listed on the faculty website.


Funding Roundup

Dr Jim Wild of the Department of Communication Systems has been awarded a prestigious Science in Society Fellowship by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The scheme is aimed at scientists with significant research experience who have demonstrated a track record in outreach or communications work, and is intended to recognise and reward current practitioners and enable them to expand the work they do in public engagement. Dr Wild, a Lecturer in the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group, plans to use his two-year fellowship to engage with the general public and media in order to demonstrate the relevance to society of research activities in solar system science.

Dr Stephen Monk (Engineering) has been awarded 85,000 from EPSRC and the National Nuclear Laboratory to fund a PhD student charged with the design and build of a robotic system intended for the remote scanning of hostile environments, utilising Monte Carlo simulation software to predict sources of radiation.

Your Grant News

There is sometimes a time-lag in getting information about grants awards in the faculty. We would like to communicate the information 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.


News and Events

Seminar: Enhancing the student experience in a postgraduate environment: Two mini projects

Wednesday 14 October, 1300-1400 (with lunch starting at 1230)
Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lecture Theatre (A54)

This session will look at two projects designed to enhance the postgraduate learning experience. The first half will report the conclusions of an evaluation that was undertaken in 2008 on statistics service teaching to postgraduates in the Lancaster Environment Centre. The remaining time will be spent looking at a new project to engage postgraduate students from the Department of Maths and Statistics, with their personal and professional development. More details

Support for Eco-Innovation Goes Live

Funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) (1.5m) and the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (1.7m) the Northwest Eco-innovation Programme will help hundreds of businesses exploit fresh market opportunities for more environmentally sound products and services. read more

Technology Helps Banish Safety Fears

Researchers at InfoLab21 are harnessing developments in technology to help us feel safer in public. read more

InfoLab21 Helps Fight Cyber-Crime

A new technology which will help identify the online activities of criminals has been developed at InfoLab21 through the collaboration of an academic and a resident business. read more

InfoLab21 Strengthens Links With Top Malaysian University

InfoLab21 is developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of the most significant Universities in Malaysia, the University of Malaysia, Sabah (UMS). read more

Lancaster Engineers Contribute to Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Lancaster Engineering staff in the Cockcroft Institute spent the start of July convincing the public that particle accelerators are not just for particle physics and there are "Accelerators Everywhere" as part of The Royal Society annual Summer Science Exhibition. read more