SciTech bulletin

Faculty forum next Wednesday

All faculty members are encouraged to attend next week’s faculty forum on Wednesday 10 February. Items on the agenda include:

The meeting will take place in the Conference Centre room 4 at 4pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

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Faculty strategic plan 2009-15

The new strategic plan for Science and Technology is now available at

Funding Roundup

Pete Sawyer from Computing has been awarded £174,000 for SiNAPS, a one-year project funded by Electricité de France. The latest generation of nuclear Evolutionary Power Reactors (EPRs) are heavily dependent for their operation on software. Some of this software controls critical functions and SiNAPS will investigate whether the software can be assured to meet the required levels of dependability.

Jennie Gilbert from LEC, in collaboration with Prof David Pyle (University of Oxford), has secured funding for a project entitled "Ice-filled calderas in the 21st Century: consequences of volcanic unrest and environmental change". 20.000 Euros have been awarded by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior for fieldwork in the Andes. Chilean collaborators are from (1) the Servicio Nacional de Geologia y Mineria, (2) Centro de Estudios Cientificos and (3) Energia Andina. Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC) and Dr Tamsin Mather (University of Oxford) are members of the team.

John Quinton from LEC has been awarded £399,573 from DEFRA to fund the ‘Mitigation Options for Phosphorus and Sediment’ project for a further two years. The funding will allow work to continue on using constructed wetlands for diffuse pollution control and allow investigation into their impact on greenhouse gas budgets and groundwater quality.

LU Small Grants

Congratulations to the following FST staff, who were awarded a small grant from the University Research Committee:

EPSRC Regional Meetings 2010

These meetings are open to the entire engineering and physical sciences community with the aim being to share information about the EPSRC's strategies and to encourage constructive discussion to help shape their plans for the future.

The first of four regional meetings is in Lancaster on Friday 12 February. Booking details are at

Royal Society Grants and Schemes Talk

All are welcome to attend this two-hour talk from the Royal Society on Wednesday 24 February, which will cover all their grants and schemes, with informal input from a University Research Fellow, and the RSO and time to ask questions.

It provides an opportunity to find out about small grants that can help early career researchers build up a record of funding and opportunities for exploring overseas collaborations, as well as the prestigious fellowship awards.

Booking is essential. Find out more at

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.

SciTech Graduate School

Research Development Programme

Research Development Programme courses are available to all postgraduate researchers in the Faculty of Science and Technology. There are still places available on the following courses this term:

For more details of these and other courses go to:

Creativity and Change Conference - 20th March 2010

This free, campus-based event is a fantastic opportunity for you to present your work and your PhD experience to other PGR students from across the university.

Submissions are welcome from any discipline, in any stylistic form: from conference papers, posters and to small exhibitions. The theme of the conference - Creativity and Change - should be an element of your submitted piece of work. How you choose to relate the theme to your submission however, is up to you.

Have a look at the website for further details on how to submit your abstract

News and Events

Statistics master Class

The Postgraduate Statistics Centre (CETL), Department of Mathematics and Statistics are hosting a Master Class on Multivariate Data Analysis for Environmental Biologists, to be held on 23rd-25th March 2010.

For full details and booking information, please go to: or contact Deborah Stewart, PSC Secretary.

Lancaster Scientists share their knowhow with the BBC

Researchers at Lancaster University's Lancaster Environment Centre have been sharing their knowledge of crop production with BBC producers working on a spin off series of the reality TV programme Jimmy's Farm. Read more

InfoLab21 Leads £3.24m Creativity Project

Computer Scientists at InfoLab21 are leading a £3.24 million project investigating the role of creativity in science and technology. Read more

Lancaster Sweeps the Board at Middleware Conference

Rajiv Ramdhany, a research associate at InfoLab21 is pleased to have been awarded the best paper award at the ACM/ IFIP USENIX International Middleware Conference. Read more

Chinese Academy of Sciences to collaborate with Lancaster

Lancaster University's links with China have been strengthened with a formal collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) based on the environmental sciences. Read more

Researchers Developing Mobile Mind Games

If you thought mobile gaming was all about down time then think again, Lancaster University researchers have created one of the world's first mobile phone games to be driven by brain power. Read more

Lancaster's African armyworm project in the news

A research project funded by the BBSRC and the Department for International Development features on a major new website on Food Security produced by the BBSRC. Read more