Daphne Jackson Fellowships

A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return scientists, engineers and technologists to their careers after a break. Fellowships are normally undertaken on a part-time basis over a two year period. They are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update the skills and knowledge of the Fellow thus allowing them to return at the appropriate level to their career. The Fellow is paid a salary, with a small additional allowance for expenses such as conference attendance.

Applicants must have had a career break of at least two years, taken for family, caring or health reasons.

Full details can be found at this link. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in applying for this fellowship with the Department of Computer Science.

Reserch Connections: Research Staff Conference

I am delighted to announce that registration is now open for Research Connections, the University of Oxford Research Staff Conference, on 11 July at the Examination Schools.

The conference will highlight important, and often neglected, aspects of developing a research career: connections with other disciplines, connections with the public, connections with those who make use of research, and connections with other researchers both within and beyond the University.

We are delighted that the Vice Chancellor will open the conference to welcome Oxford’s researchers to this event and that many of Oxford’s distinguished academics will be speaking. The day will involve plenary talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, as well as lunch and a drinks reception at which the Oxford Research Staff Society will be officially re-launched. There is no charge to attend. It is aimed in particular at early career researchers, but all research staff are welcome to attend.

The conference website is at www.learning.ox.ac.uk/researchconnections, where there is further information about the programme, speakers, exhibitors, and registration.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Laura Hodson if you have any queries or would like any further information.

Survey: The next big things in bioscience

As part of BBSRC’s long-term strategic planning, we are seeking your views on the research areas and technological developments which will be most exciting and important in bioscience over the next 5-10 years.

Ideas put forward through this exercise will be discussed by members of BBSRC’s governing Council and wider strategic advisory network as part of a workshop to be held at the beginning of June 2013. Outcomes will help inform BBSRC’s long-term planning, including input to future Government Spending Reviews.

Anyone is welcome to respond, but we are particularly keen to gather input from PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Please provide your thoughts by taking part in the short survey below by 3 June 2013.

To take part in the survey ‘The next ‘big things’ in bioscience’, please visit: http://www.keysurvey.co.uk/f/514513/6cf7/

CHIST-ERA Strategic Conference 2013

The CHIST-ERA consortium is holding its third annual Strategic Conference on 13-14 June 2013 in Brussels. The annual conference brings together ICT researchers from across Europe and European research funders with the aim to identify promising scientific and technological challenges for the upcoming CHIST-ERA Joint Call.

This event represents a unique opportunity for the scientific community to directly participate in scoping the call topics, detailed content and priorities through facilitated break-out sessions. The two broad topics that have been identified for the 2013 CHIST-ERA Joint Call for proposals are:

  • Adaptive Machines in Complex Environments
  • Heterogeneous Distributed Computing

Registration for this conference and further details can be found at the conference website.

Royal Society Scientific Meetings Award

main-bannerThe Royal Society is currently accepting proposals for their Scientific Meetings Award.

Proposals may cover all areas of science, engineering and technology and we encourage academia and industry to present innovative leading edge science.

A summary of the award is as follows:

  • Two-day interdisciplinary meetings
  • A choice of two prestigious Royal Society venues
  • The opportunity to publish a dedicated issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
  • Full administrative support provided by the Royal Society

For full details and to apply, please visit this link.