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Christmas Conference Next Tuesday - 15 December

Do you want to contribute to the hotly debated topic of research impact?

Then come and participate in next week’s Faculty Christmas Conference and hear the views of the EPSRC from Lesley Thompson, Director of the Research Base and the views of HEFCE from Paul Hubbard, Head of Research Policy.

The conference takes place next Tuesday in the Management School Building and begins at 9am with coffee. Abstracts are now available for all sessions and 55 posters will be on display from across the faculty.

All faculty members are welcome. More details of talks and times are on the faculty website.

New Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research

This week the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced a new investment of £13 million to create three Centres for Doctoral Training at the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Warwick.

At Lancaster, this investment will be accompanied by substantial contributions from the university, business, industry and other organisations. The combined £6.7M award, joint between the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Management Science, builds on Lancaster's long-standing commitment to Statistics and Operational Research and its leading reputation in these fields. read more

FST Research Grants

Don't forget that the deadline for submitting an FST Research Grant application is Friday 18 December. More information is at

Funding Roundup

Mila Mihaylova and Garik Markarian from Communication Systems have been awarded £363,000 from the European Commission for MC IMPULSE (Monte Carlo based Innovative Management and Processing for an Unrivalled Leap in Sensor Exploitation), an FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network project, focusing on research and training in the field of sensor data processing. MC IMPULSE brings together various European industrial and academic experts in the field of sensor and data processing to develop and execute a multidisciplinary and networked European research training programme.

Hao Zhang from LEC led a successful bid in NERC’s highly competitive Technologies Proof of Concept funding programme, which influences NERC’s future Technology Action Plans. The project titled ‘Development of in-situ sensors for direct quantification of metal speciation and bioavailability’ is in collaboration with Prof Roger Pickup in Lancaster University, Prof. Jamie Lead in Birmingham University and Prof. Christine Hogstrand in King’s College London. It aims to establish the feasibility of constructing new DGT-style sensors that controls active biological components to assess metals available to biota in natural waters. Total funding to Lancaster is £172,080.

Your Grant News

Send details of successful grants to 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.

Project Sophia: ePrints Consultation Meeting

Project Sophia is a University initiative to improve the online management of research information. One of Sophia’s key aims is to make your research more visible by improving the way it is shown via the web.

At present, the Library is running the ePrints repository and bibliographic database. However, self-archiving is a new activity to many academics, and there are issues that have discouraged widespread uptake.

The Sophia project leaders would like to consult with academics to identify problems, and gather thoughts on how ePrints might be developed, as well as discussing other ways to publicise research. Academics at all career stages are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend, or if would be interested in attending a future meeting, please contact Alison Sharman.

LU Web Club

Starting in 2010 LU Web Club will meet once a month to provide an informal group for people working on Lancaster University websites who want to share ideas. All ranges of technical ability are welcome and can include content managers as well as web developers. To join this group and be kept up to date with meeting dates and agendas please email Sarah Maginness in the KBC at InfoLab21.

Cycle path Closure

Please note that the cycle path between North Drive and the driveway to The Croft will be closed next week for resurfacing and drainage improvements works.

News and Events

Lancaster Shares in a £4 Million Scholarship

The 1994 Group and the Russell Group of universities have launched a groundbreaking £1000 scholarship for students who wish to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at university read more

Lancaster shares in £2.72m grant at MediaCityUK

Lancaster University is one of three universities to share in a £2.72m grant from the EPSRC to fund cutting edge research at the new MediaCityUK read more

New links with Uganda for Engineering

Welcome to Fr Anthony Ssenkaayi from Kayabwe, Uganda who is visiting the Department of Engineering for six months. Anthony, who is an alumnus of Engineering (Mechatronic Engineering, 2003) is working with Professor Malcolm Joyce and Maggie Willan (Alumni Development) to establish research and teaching links associated with alleviating energy poverty in Uganda.

Computing Department's Faisal Taher wins MUM 2009 Best Paper Award!

A Best Paper award from the MUM 2009 Conference has been received by Computing Department PhD student, Faisal Taher. The award was for the paper: “Formative Studies for Dynamic Wayfinding Support with In-Building Situated Displays and Mobile Devices”.