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Science and Technology Christmas Conference

This year's Christmas Conference is on Tuesday 17 December. Highlights will include a talk from Professor Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University.

There will also be a poster session for PhD students, plus an opportunity to hear about new research from across FST with talks from academics and research students from all science and technology departments.

Save the date in your diaries and keep an eye on the bulletin for further details. Add to your calendar.


Graduate School poster competition

Faculty research students can now submit their posters for this year's Science and Technology Christmas Conference poster session.

PhD students from all year groups are invited to submit a title and abstract before the deadline of Friday 8 November to be in with a chance of winning first prize (£200) or one of the two runner-up prizes (£100 each).

Students must be available to present their poster on the day. For more information got to www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/christmas_conference/call_for_posters.


FST Distinguished Visitor Programme in Physical Sciences

The Faculty of Science and Technology has a new Distinguished Visitor Programme in Physical Sciences. Its objectives are:

This joint venture, involving the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, LEC and Physics, will support both Extended (1-3 months) visits of distinguished academics to initiate new activities at Lancaster, and Short term visits (around 1 week) by distinguished academics from overseas, for establishing new collaborations with Lancaster and the delivery of a guest lecture.

The call will remain open until Saturday 1 March 2014, with the Organisers taking funding decisions on the newly submitted applications on the end of each calendar month. More details


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

Chemistry Innovation to give seminar

Chemistry Innovation is a TSB funded Knowledge Transfer Network working across four priority areas (product design, sustainable chemistry, bio-based products and innovation manufacturing) to bring together industry, academia and government. Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, will visit Science and Technology to give a seminar on innovation priorities for the chemical using industries on Wednesday 23 October. Staff and students are welcome to join at 12pm in FASS MR1, a networking lunch is available following the seminar.

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InfoLab21 resident company makes national awards final for business partnership with Lancaster University

InfoLab21 resident company DemoPad Software Limited has been announced as a finalist in the Prospects Postgraduate Awards, Best Business Partner category, for their collaborative partnership with Lancaster University. Nominated for the award by the university, DemoPad have hosted ten postgraduate on placements have undertaken a three year collaborative research project with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation.

The Prospects Postgraduate Awards showcase excellence and innovation in the postgraduate education sector.

Lancaster University is also a finalist in the Best International Campaign category.

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New bus service to Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus... with Wi-Fi

Warrington, St.Helens and Halton Councils have collaborated with the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus and Arriva to run a dedicated bus service from St Helens, Warrington Bank Quay Station and the bus station onto the Sci-Tech Campus.

Free Wi-Fi and discounted tickets will be available on the service from mid-October. Download the leaflet for more details.


Town Hall Meeting slides

The Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor gave a presentation on 'Delivering Lancaster's Strategy' at this week's Town hall meeting. Slides from the presentation are now available to download. Slides with audio will follow soon.


Lecture capture service expanded across campus

It is now possible to record your lectures for playback through the VLE in every lecture theatre on campus, and several other spaces have audio-only recording facilities.

Recordings are scheduled in advance so you simply turn up and use the standard microphone in the teaching space, before editing and publishing them via your browser in your office.

For more information or to sign up for this service, please Phil Tubman.


EPSRC Science Photo Competition 2013

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has launched its first Science Photo Competition, open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and students.

Prizes will be awarded in a range of categories. For more details go to www.epsrc.ac.uk/photocomp.


Teaching Development for Researchers, Postgraduates and others who teach

These workshops and accredited programmes from Organisation and Educational Development (OED) are available to you if you are involved or interested in teaching and supporting students' learning:


News and Events

Recent items from Science and Technology:


Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Fellow Lecture Series

Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Fellow Lecture Series

Professor Nikola Kasabov, FIEEE, FRSNZ, RAE DVF, Director, Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI) Auckland University of Technology

Wednesday 30 October 2013, 1400-1500 - C60 InfoLab21

"Evolving Spiking Neural Networks: Methods, Systems and Applications for Spatio- and Spectro-Temporal Pattern Recognition"

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Be inspired by science this autumn

Be inspired by science this autumn

Tickets are going fast for Science and Technology at Lancaster's series of free talks.

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First insight into the background of organised criminals in the UK

First insight into the background of organised criminals in the UK

The first ever systematic analysis of the histories of organised criminals in the UK has revealed key differences from general offenders.

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Research aims to predict when employees will phone in sick

Research aims to predict when employees will phone in sick

A collaborative research project launched by Lancaster University aims to predict when workers will phone in sick.

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Digital Brain Switch: seeking social entrepreneurs for a video and interview study

Digital Brain Switch: seeking social entrepreneurs for a video and interview study

The Digital Brain Switch (DBS) research project is motivated by the rise of digital communication technologies and their influence on our sense of work-life balance.

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Study examines how we talk about dying

Study examines how we talk about dying

A journey or a battle? A crossroads or a fight? A stolen life or a gift?

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Body language of police interviewees may be misleading

Body language of police interviewees may be misleading

Second language speakers interviewed by police risk having their behaviour mistaken for deception according to research. The challenge of speaking in a foreign language is similar to the stress felt by people who are telling a lie.

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