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75,000 Impact Acceleration funding awarded in Science and Technology

Nearly 75,000 has been awarded to Science and Technology researchers following the first pilot call of the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

This funding is intended to enable researchers to engage with external partners and accelerate the impact of their activities. Partnerships with businesses so far include BMCE Networks Limited, TNEI Services Limited, Wind Prospect Limited, Common Cause Co-operative, AD ENERG Limited, Compound Semiconductor Technologies Limited, Tyco Fire Protection Products Limited, Oclaro Incorporated, NT-MDT Europe BV, BP and Amethyst Research Limited. The full list of awarded projects is available online.

Impact Acceleration Account Second Pilot Call

Researchers and external partners are invited to attend an ImaginationLab on Wednesday 8 May to develop concepts and ideas that can ultimately lead to a successful (IAA) funding application of up to 20,000.

The lab, held on campus, will be facilitated by specialists in building robust collaborations and in generating innovative and novel ideas. Following the ImaginationLab various IAA funding options are available, ranging from travel for staff exchange, seed funding up to 5,000 for exploration of initial ideas and more substantial funding of up to 20,000 (if matched by the external collaborator) to support the development of research outputs into a commercial proposition. Lancaster staff are encouraged to consider external partners that they have not been able to collaborate with previously due to funding restrictions.

To register for a place on the ImaginationLab or for more information contact Dr Mark Rushforth by Friday 3 May.

Attendance on the ImaginationLab is not compulsory for submission into the second call for IAA funds. For researchers unable to attend the lab or with a relationship in place please contact Dr Mark Rushforth in the first instance. All expressions of interest must be submitted by Wednesday 15th May at 5pm.


Spotlight on Health and Medicine Symposium

The Faculty of Health and Medicine is hosting a one-day symposium, open to all members of the University with an interest in health and medicine, on Thursday 2 May. The aim of the symposium is to encourage further collaborations across campus.

There will be a series of short presentations delivered by colleagues from each of Lancaster's faculties. Rather than specialist research seminars, these talks will convey to a wider audience the questions and issues addressed by the research in question that might resonate with others in the University.

For more details and to register for this event, email registration shm@lancaster.ac.uk.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

New Staff: Dr Steven Fish, Head of Business Partnerships and Enterprise for the School of Computing and Communications.

Dr Steven Fish will join Lancaster University in July 2013 as the new Head of Business Partnerships and Enterprise for the School of Computing and Communications. Steve has a first degree from the University of Central Lancashire and a PhD from The University of Dundee. He joins Lancaster from Aberystwyth University, where he is currently Director of Enterprise at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences. Prior to this, Steve spent several years working for Genesis Research and Development, based in Auckland, New Zealand as a senior staff scientist, managing a team of 24.

In his current role, Steve has developed a programme of business collaboration, funded by the research councils, government departments, ERDF and the Technology Strategy Board, while also leading intellectual property commercialisation. Steve's team has been responsible for the generation of over 20M in collaborative activities with business over the last 2 years, including a project forming part of the 7th Framework's Knowledge Innovation Community programme, an RCUK Advanced Training Partnership Award and an unmanned aerial vehicle programme in collaboration with Boeing and QinetiQ. Steve has also recently led two trade missions to the US to investigate academic and commercial collaborations for Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities.

Internships programme continues to progress

Recruitment for the new Science and Technology Internship Programme is progressing well. Over 250 students have registered their interest online with 16 vacancies being processed. The programme provides opportunities for current students and recent graduates to work for a business utilising their science and technology knowledge and skills.

ICT: Heritage coffee business embraces digital innovation

Tens of thousands of coffee bags at a Lancaster business J. Atkinson and Co. now carry digital tags so that customers can scan the packaging and learn the story behind the product. The innovation was created by PhD student Liz Edwards from the HighWire Doctoral Training Centre on her placement with the business.

Managing Director Ian Steel explained: "To combine the old with the new, Liz worked on a variation of tea cards, which were part of tea culture for much of the 20th century, but this time containing a hidden RFID tag and QR code offering links to information about each product, related products and our e-commerce site. Thanks to Liz we were able to offer customers a more novel, interactive experience which raised awareness of our web services and made our business stand out even more".

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Environment: Book launch for 'The Burning Question'

Global warming book The Burning Question - we can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit? by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark is being launched on Friday 26 April at 4pm in LEC Training Rooms 1 and 2.

Mike Berners-Lee is a leading carbon consultant and honorary researcher at Lancaster University. Duncan Clark is co-founder of digital journalism company Kiln and a visiting researcher at the UCL Energy Institute.

All are welcome to attend a short presentation and Q&A session with Mike. Please confirm your attendance with Helen Boulton for catering purposes.


Free Talk in Celebration of The International Year of Statistics

The third talk in the "More than a Number" series celebrating the International Year of Statistics will take place on Wednesday 24 April at 7pm. The venue is Lancaster Girls Grammar School.

Professor Jonathan Tawn will be talking about extreme events in his talk entitled "Predicting the unpredictable". The talk is aimed at the general public and everyone is welcome. More information and free tickets can be obtained from www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/iys.


Science and Technology Outreach Grants

Some funding is still available via the Science and Technology Outreach Grant scheme for this academic year, to support outreach and public engagement activities. More information can be found at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/grants/outreach_grants.php.


Research in an Inclement Climate: How to Thrive and Survive as a Researcher in the 21st Century

Human Resources is organising a Researcher Development Day on Wednesday 13 June. The day will consist of plenary sessions and workshops.

The day is open to research staff and academics who are involved in research, looking at how they can support themselves better in their research careers both within and beyond the confines of the academy.

More details are available via the HR website.


Royal Society Grants

The Royal Society has a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community. Funding deadlines coming up include:

More about Royal Society grants


News

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Lancaster takes part in National Science and Engineering Week 2013

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It's a 25,000 sign of the times for the School of Computing and Communications

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