SciTech bulletin


Collaborative Impact events to develop research bids

Staff are invited to attend Collaborative Impact events for the next round of Impact Acceleration Account EPSRC funding:

  1. Eco-Innovation and Energy (Tuesday 8 April)
  2. ICT and Cyber Security (Wednesday 9 April)
  3. Quantum and Related Technologies (Thursday 10 April)

The events will be held at Lancaster University and provide an opportunity for staff to meet with businesses, develop ideas for proposals, and gain advice on how to apply for funding.

Seed funding of up to £8,000 will be available for academic staff to explore initial ideas with partners and more substantial funding of up to £25,000, to be matched by the partner, is available to develop more fully formed concepts into a commercial proposition. A matching service is available for researchers without existing collaborative partners.

Read more and express interest


Funding news

Grant success

Congratulations to Julia Hu from Engineering on her successful application to the EPSRC First Grant scheme. 'Towards Patient-Specific and Reliable SAR Management for Parallel-Transmit Technology on Ultra-High Field MRI' is due to start June 2014.

Visit by The Royal Society - Wednesday 9 April

Helen Jones from The Royal Society will deliver an overview of all the Royal Society's funding schemes with a particular focus on funding for early career researchers as part of an event on Wednesday 9 April, 1.30pm-4.20pm.

The session will includes a formal presentation by Helen Jones, Impact and Promotions Officer (Grants) the Royal Society, a personal insight from Dr Rob Young, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer in Physics, and question and answer session with Helen, Rob and the Research Support Office.

To book your place email rso-submissions@lancaster.ac.uk.


Events for Schools

Lancaster University STEM Schools Challenge next week

As part of National Science Engineering Week, and to celebrate Lancaster University's 50th anniversary, 160 students from across the region will visit Lancaster's campus on Wednesday 19 March to compete in a STEM Schools Challenge.

Competing teams from Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Ripley St Thomas, Morecambe High, Walney, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Kirkbie Kendal, Queen Katherine, Dallam, Stonyhurst and Heysham High will be split into teams of four to compete in four challenges.

More information

Florence Nightingale Day

The Florence Nightingale Day on Thursday 3 April is part of The Department of Mathematics and Statistics' continuing efforts to promote maths and statistics and especially the participation of women in those subjects. The day is aimed especially at female students in year 12 but is open to male students too.

The Day will showcase successful women in mathematics at various stages of their careers, hear from men supportive of women mathematicians, display information about the broad range of possibilities offered by a degree in mathematics or statistics, stimulate informal discussion between pupils and mathematicians and give an opportunity for participants to compare their mathematical skills with their peers in other schools via a quiz.

More information


InfoLab21 Showcase 2014

Wednesday 2 April 2014, 10am-2pm, InfoLab21

Come to InfoLab21 for a day of talks, demos, exhibits, and networking. InfoLab21 will be welcoming visitors to come and find out more about the activities with business and research from the School of Computing and Communications and resident businesses at InfoLab21.

Research covers computer systems, communications and networking, human-computer interaction, intelligent systems, and software engineering. Explore the award winning building, meet our businesses and researchers, and try out some emerging technologies.

Register online


Pathways to Health and Wealth Event

A cross-faculty event will be held on campus on Monday 31 March, 4pm-7pm, focusing on the university's expertise in the health sector. Delegates from across the university, the NHS and industry will hear from internal and external experts and network around a research poster exhibition. We welcome posters from across Science and Technology departments which are applicable to this sector, please email b.gordon@lancaster.ac.uk to suggest a poster.

For more information on the event or to register please visit: www.lancaster.ac.uk/healthandwealth


Graduate School Travel Grants

Funding is now available for postgraduate researchers to apply for grants of up to £350, for travel and/or subsistence before 31 July 2014. These grants will provide a contribution towards the cost of:

Students are only eligible to apply if they have not received funding from the Faculty Travel Grant scheme.

Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Graduate School Administrator. Please note that the funds do not cover fees or expenses related to fieldwork.


Regional Heritage Centre talks

The Regional Heritage Centre is the newly-formed successor to the Centre for North-West Regional Studies. The centre has two public study days with a focus on the natural world that they would like to promote to FST: 'Future Woodlands' on Saturday 26 April and 'Butterflies and Moths of the North West. Contexts, Challenges and Opportunities' on Saturday 17 May. Full details are available through the centre's website. Students are eligible for a discount - ask for details.


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