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Faculty Forum next week: FST's major capital projects

Don't forget to come along to next Wednesday's Faculty Forum to hear about the exciting infrastructure developments that are underway or planned within the faculty. Plans for the Chemistry department, developments within Physics and the Quantum Technology Centre and capital plans for Engineering will all be discussed.

The faculty forum takes place at 4pm on Wednesday 14 November in Conference Centre room 4. All faculty members are welcome to attend. Add to your calendar

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Director of Energy Lancaster vacancy

Expressions of interest are invited for the role of Director of Energy Lancaster in the Faculty of Science and Technology to take over from Professor Colin Boxall from January 2013. The major duties of this role are to:

Current areas of interest within this include carbon management, clean coal, energy and behavioural change, demand and modelling, policy and economics, fuel cells, nuclear, photovoltaics, transport and transport use, wind, wet renewable and biofuels.

If you are interested in taking this on, please get in touch with the Dean, Professor Mary Smyth for an informal discussion in the first instance. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30 November.

Science and Technology Christmas Conference

All talks and speakers for this year's Christmas Conference have now been confirmed.

Professor Peter Fielden, Lancaster University's new Head of Chemistry, will present the strategic vision for the new department, exploring the opportunities to stimulate vibrant interdisciplinary research at Lancaster and beyond.

Professor Jonathan Butterworth, Head of Physics and Astronomy at University College London and science blogger for The Guardian, will talk about the relationship between science, the media and the public in his talk 'Science in public: finding a Higgs boson in the media spotlight'.

The day will also include 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 website.

Poster Submissions

The deadline for submission of an abstract for this year's Faculty Christmas Conference PGR poster session is Friday 16 November at 5pm. Please encourage your students to submit an abstract for a poster.

There will be a first prize of £200, as well as a runner-up prize of £100, plus a £200 prize for Early Career Researchers who wish to present their work. Submissions should be made online, and successful students will be notified shortly after the closing date, giving a month to create a poster for presentation on Tuesday 18 December.

For any further enquiries about the poster session please contact the Graduate School Administrator, Ruth Allen.

ESU Lindemann Trust Fellowships

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) offers up to three grants a year worth $30,000 each for postdoctoral scientists to carry out research in the USA. These fellowships are awarded to graduates of exceptional promise in the fields of Astronomy, Biophysics, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics who have shown the capacity for producing original research.

To be eligible to apply, candidates must be British or Commonwealth citizens, resident in the UK, and have completed a doctorate since September 2010, or be expecting to complete by 30 September, 2013 at the latest. Find out more

Café Scientifique comes to Lancaster!

Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. It is an informal non-academic event and everyone is welcome.

A new group for Lancaster has just been formed, and hosted its first talk this week - with a great turn-out. They hope to host a Café on the first Wednesday of each month (second Wednesday in January), at 7.30pm at the Robert Gillow Pub. If you'd like more information, would like to offer to talk, or have a speaker suggestion please contact Beth Brockett.

Business Partnerships and Enterprise

'How To...' week

Lancaster University 'How To...' week will be of interest to anyone in the university who is involved in enhancing student employability. The programme includes two workshops run by Science and Technology's Student Employability Manager Pam Pickles and Unite with Business: "How to... make the most out of a student placement" and "How to... access a paid placement."

Pam explains:

"Despite having considerable knowledge, skills and abilities, many of our students simply have no experience of the workplace. Gaining work experience whilst at university can help to ensure that they are fully equipped for the future, making them more likely to achieve their full potential."

Security Lancaster are also involved in 'How To..' week and have formed a partnership with parental control software company Cyber Sentinel to deliver the Cyber Security: Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship Challenge.

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Security Lancaster

A new film of highlights from the Cyber Security Summer Camp, hosted by Science and Technology in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd, is now live. The film includes interviews from the businesses, candidates and academics involved including Nigel Beckett, strategy director for cyber security at Ultra Electronics. Nigel commented:

"This is the first time I've been involved in the challenge and I found it absolutely fantastic, the talent that we're seeing coming through is great, we need to do more of this, this is opening people's eyes up to this very exciting market in cyber security."

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Small Businesses Behind on Cyber Security, Says Report

In response to the business questions put to security experts around the topic of cyber security at the Cyber Security Conference 2012, Security Lancaster worked in partnership with the Information Communication Technology Knowledge Transfer Network to compile The Small Business Cyber Security Survey 2012 Report. This is the first report in what is hoped will become a longitudinal study of these business issues, providing a valuable resource for businesses and highlighting security concerns and issues that the region as a whole is facing. The report revealed that almost half of small businesses surveyed spent less than 5% of their budget on IT security, despite 98% of all respondents citing IT/Cyber security as a high business priority for them and only 43% of those businesses actually have an actual IT security policy in place.

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Lancaster University and Queen's University Belfast have formalised their close working relationship in cyber security via a memorandum of understanding in order to produce the UK's biggest and brightest group of creative and innovative cyber security researchers.

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£1.4m Grant Success for School of Computing and Communications

£1.4m Grant Success for School of Computing and Communications

Lancaster's School of Computing and Communications has secured six research grants totalling £1.4m. The grants have been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), bolstering the School's existing £10m grant portfolio.

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