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Christmas Conference 2011

Tuesday 20th December 2011, 0900-1730
Management School Building

All talks and speakers for 2011's Christmas Conference have now been confirmed, with two high-profile external speakers:

Professor David Southwood, former Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency, will deliver a talk entitled 'What's the Use of Space Science?: Space Science in a Modern Society'.

Professor Mark E Smith, Lancaster University's incoming vice-chancellor, will talk about his work to date in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in his talk 'Multinuclear solid state NMR - an introduction to a versatile spectroscopic characterisation approach of atomic scale structure and dynamics of materials'.

The day will also included the Science and Technology Graduate School poster competition, with posters from across the faculty on display.

A full list of talks and Conference Programme are available on the Science and Technology website.

Graduate School Poster Competition

There is still time for research students to enter a poster for this year's conference. Students need to submit their title and abstract via the website by this Friday (18 November).

Science and Technology Graduate School PhD Scholarships

For 2012, there will be eight allocated PhD scholarships. Full-time PhD Scholarships will be funded over three and a half years and will include a research training support grant for the recipient. One scholarship will be pre-allocated to each of a maximum of four departments, allowing them to advertise the availability of a scholarship, attract applicants and convert an outstanding applicant early in the cycle. The deadline for applying for a pre-allocated studentship is Thursday 8 December 2011, and the details of what to include in your case are available from the Graduate School Administrator.

The remaining scholarships will be available to all departments in an open competition. Furthermore, it is proposed that the top candidate from all eight recipients may be awarded an enhanced stipend of 2K per year over the regular stipend level. Such a recipient will be termed holder of the Dean's Outstanding PhD Scholarship.

For details on eligibility and the application process and timescales, as well as to submit a case for an allocated or open scholarship please contact the Graduate School Administrator Ruth Allen.

FST's elected representative on Senate

Following a call for nominations earlier this term, FST's new representative on the Senate for the period 2011/12-2013/14 is Professor Barbara Maher from LEC. Full details of the responsibilities and powers of the Senate, as defined in the Statutes, is available for download from the university website.

European Research Council Synergy Grant 2012 Call

The European Research Council is calling for proposals (deadline 25 January 2012) on any research area provided there is synergy between at least two areas so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. 2-4 PIs are required and these may be in the same institution. Funding is 150 Million Euro, limited to 15 million Euro per proposal and 6 years duration. Further information is available online.

The UK Research office is running an event in Manchester on Wednesday 14 December on the Synergy Call. More information is available via the UK Research Office website.

Reminder: Early Career Small Grant Scheme

The deadline for applications to the Lancaster University's Early Career Small Grant Scheme is this Friday (18 November) at 5pm. Awards of up to 7,000 are available to academic staff in the early stages of their research career in support of individual or collaborative research. More details are available from the Research Support Office web pages.

Networking event for Managers of Technical Staff in Universities in the NW England

University of Manchester, Wednesday 23 November

The NW technical managers forum is a free event that aims to give technical managers the chance to discuss the following themes:

You can book online via the HEaTED website

Managing Personal Stress - half day training opportunity for staff

Following the Wellbeing at Work Survey, HR is offering a free Managing Personal Stress training course. The course covers the concept of "360 stress", and aims to help attendees understand the effects of stress and where it comes from, and have a range of tools for dealing with stress in their lives.

There are still places left on morning and afternoon sessions on Friday 18 November. To enroll, contact:


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