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Schools outreach events in Science and Technology

Science and Technology staff have been working with schools to try and enthuse the next generation of scientists and engineers. As well as last week's taster day for year twelve students, there has been a research poster project organised with the South lakes Federation of schools. A 'hackathon' in Computing and Communications has developed software to support the introduction of Computing as the new 'fourth science' in the national curriculum, and the Physics Department has been showing sixth-form pupils round CERN:


Science andTechnology Taster Day 2014

Science and Technology Taster Day 2014

160 year twelve students from nine Northwest schools have visited Lancaster University to take part in Science and Technology at Lancaster's annual Taster Day.

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SCC Students help teachers inspire the next generation of computer scientists

SCC Students help teachers inspire the next generation of computer scientists

Five teams of undergraduate students from Lancaster University's School of Computing and Communications have developed exciting and creative tools for school teachers to help engage children with computing in the classroom.

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South Lakes Federation Research Poster Event

South Lakes Federation Research Poster Event

As part of a Research Councils UK funded project, six teams of students from schools within the South Lakes Federation visited campus on Friday 4 July to spend the day with research staff from across Science and Technology at Lancaster University.

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Morecambe High School pupils visit CERN as guests of Lancaster University's Physics Department

Morecambe High School pupils visit CERN as guests of Lancaster University's Physics Department

A group of A-level students from Morecambe High School have written a blog about their visit to CERN - the latest in a series of events involving Science and Technology at Lancaster University.

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Horizon2020: Future and Emerging Technologies

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme is a part of the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon2020. It expects to initiate visionary and exploratory collaboration between cutting-edge science and engineering. It aims to fund new ideas for radically new future technologies with a view to giving Europe leadership early on in areas of promising future technology.

There are three strands:

FET Open bids for Research & Innovation Actions need to satisfy the FET Open 'gatekeepers', which are:

FET Open encourages applications from high-potential applicants that may include young researchers and high-tech SMEs. The required proposals are relatively short for Horizon2020 standards, being only 16 pages. The submission deadlines are rolling, being end of March and end of September.

Further details are available on the European Commission website.


Making Professor Event in September

On Wednesday 17 September Lancaster University will hold its 4th Making Professor event, about academic promotion, career development and removing barriers to progression.

The event, to be opened by the Vice Chancellor, will include invited internal and external speakers and provide opportunities for discussion about how to make further progress in this area. It is part of the University's Action Plan for Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.

The event is aimed at all academic and research staff on fixed-term or indefinite contracts, Heads of Department and everyone interested in equality and diversity in academic career development.

See the event programme and information about the speakers: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/hr/equality-diversity/makingprof.html

To register for this event, please contact: Organisation & Educational Development


Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships

The Daphne Jackson Trust is dedicated to returning scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to their careers following a break taken for family, caring or health reasons. The Trust's current opportunities include:

Fellowships are 0.5FTE for two years and consists of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours retraining per year.

To find out more, go to www.daphnejackson.org.


Events


Political Ecology and Development: Resources, Power and Justice

Bringing together leading researchers from across the UK and Europe, this meeting in LEC on Tuesday 9 September will cover themes including the political ecology of resource extraction, biodiversity and conservation, land and water, property and justice.

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Seminar: NERC's New Strategic Research Programme

Dr Michael Ellis, The British Geological Survey's Director for Climate and Landscape Change, and Chairman of the NERC Strategic Programme Advisory Group, will deliver a seminar on Friday 1 August at 12:30 in LEC training rooms 1 and 2. Dr Ellis will talk about the 'Development and Articulation of ideas for NERC's New Strategic Research Programme'. All are welcome to attend.


News

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Lancaster Racing Competes at Silverstone in IMechE Formula Student 2014

Lancaster Racing Competes at Silverstone in IMechE Formula Student 2014

Another year's LancasterRacing team leaves for pastures new having competed against roughly 100 teams at the IMechE Formula Student Event at Silverstone Circuit.

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Using Social Media to Monitor UK Alcohol Consumption

Using Social Media to Monitor UK Alcohol Consumption

Research by a group of Lancaster University researchers has shown that social media sites such as twitter can detect drinking patterns in the UK including spotting the variations on national holidays and celebrations.

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Engineering helps museum visitors stay 'in touch' with the past

Engineering helps museum visitors stay 'in touch' with the past

Lancaster University Engineers are helping Kendal Museum to offer its visitors the chance to handle 3D printed replicas of ancient Egyptian pottery and statues.

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A new use for touchless technology in the operating theatre

A new use for touchless technology in the operating theatre

Pioneering work using touchless technology for vascular surgery is now being extended to neurosurgery.

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Armenian Scientists Visit Lancaster's Experts in Secure Communications

Armenian Scientists Visit Lancaster's Experts in Secure Communications

Last week three Scientists from the Armenian Academy of Sciences visited the School of Computing and Communications to learn about our expertise and experience in ICT, particularly in the area of secure communications.

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