Career Planning for Researchers – Residential Programme 15-17 May 2013

I’ve been forwarded details of a course for research staff which is being hosted by Imperial. It is aimed particularly at those of you who have been on fixed term contracts for 4 years of more.

Researchers from Oxford have attended on three previous occasions and have found it very worthwhile. Imperial offers Oxford some discount on places (£400 rather than £450 – which is still expensive, I know!). Full details are below if you’re interested.

Making well informed decisions about where you’re going and how to get there is essential if you want to succeed in your career.

Building on the past four years—what next? is a residential course designed specifically for postdocs who have been on fixed term research contracts for 3 or more years. This course will help experienced researchers explore career choices and options before developing an action plan to achieve the next step.

Working with your peers you will explore sessions on reviewing your skills, job-hunting, CVs, applications and job interviews, as well as one-to-one coaching and much more.

The next course takes place on: 15th – 17th May 2013.

For more information and to register onto the course, please follow the link or contact

If you attend, please do let me know as it would be great to get feedback from you.

Joint International Conference: Bangkok, Thailand

I have received the following details on a conference that may be of interest to some of you in department.

Joint International Conference will provide an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in Information Technology, Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge development in the field.

Last Date For Early Bird Paper Submission Round: 06 May, 2013

Conference Date(s): July 13-14, 2013
Conference City: Bangkok, Thailand

Joint International Conference consists of the following tracks:

  • Track 1: Future Trends In Computing and Communication – FTCC 2013
  • Track 2: Future Trends In Electronics and Electrical Engineering – FTEE 2013
  • Track 3: Future Trends In Structural, Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering – FTSCEM

Joint Conference is being organized by The IRED (Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors), will be held during July 13-14, 2013 at Bangkok, Thailand. All the registered papers in the various tracks will proudly be published by IRED-CPS and stored in the SEEK digital Library. Each Paper will be assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) from CROSSREF. The Procc. will be submitted to ISI Thomson for Review and Indexing.


Please take the time to explore the website for more details, check on important dates, and keep yourself up to date on recent changes.

Registered Papers (UACEE Extended paper guidelines applicable) will be published in the various issues of International journals.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full (original) research papers; which are NOT submitted or published or under consideration anywhere in other conferences or journals; in electronic (PDF only) format via email.

Other IRED conferences can be found at

Isis Innovation Survey

10298_Isis-2008-PMS-posIsis Innovation – the University’s wholly owned technology transfer company – has launched a survey to gather views from the University’s research community about technology transfer and consulting.

They’re keen to canvas views from as many academics, researchers and research support staff as possible, via an online survey, which runs until 2 May.

Details are at

10 Tips for Writing a Successful Application

The Guardian Higher Education section has written a useful article outlining 10 tips for successful application writing. These include leaving plenty of time to prepare, having other people read it and justifying your resources carefully – all things that I can help with!

You can read the full article here and remember, if you are considering applying for a call let me know as soon as you can and give yourself enough time to make it great!