ERC Starting Grant Workshop – Reminder

erc_logo_longThis is just a reminder that the ERC Starting Grant workshop, organised by the European Team at Research Services, will be running over the next consecutive Wednesdays. This will be in preparation for the November 2015 deadline.

To be eligible for an ERC Starting Grant you must have 2-7 years post-PhD experience and a promising track record, with these aiming to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe.

This workshop offers a thorough and detailed insight in ERC grants from experienced members of the European team, and will be invaluable for your Starting Grant application. Details below:

Date 1: Wednesday 8th July 2015 – 9:30am-12pm – Old Road Campus, Headington >>Book
Date 2: Wednesday 15th July 2015 – 9:30am-12pm – Sherrington Lecture Theatre, Physiology >>Book

ERC Grant Deadlines 2015-16

erc_logo_longThe 2016 ERC Work Programme is about to be published, and the European Team are now able to confirm some key details and dates for your diary for those interested in applying to the ERC.

ERC Starting Grant – 2-7 years post-PhD experience, promising track record, designed to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe
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Opening Date: 23rd July 2015
Closing Date: 17th November 2015

ERC Consolidator Grant – 7-12 years post-PhD experience, promising track record, designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme
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Opening Date: 15th October 2015
Closing Date: 2nd February 2016

ERC Advanced Grant – 12 Years + post-PhD experience, established track record identifying applicant as leader in current field, targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.
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Opening Date: 24th May 2016
Closing Date: 1st September 2016

As you can see the ERC Starting Grant call will be opening shortly. In order to help prepare for this, the European Research Services team at Oxford will be running two identical workshops in order to give further details and give an opportunity to have questions answered.

Date 1: Wednesday 8th July 2015 – 9:30am-12pm – Old Road Campus, Headington >>Book
Date 2: Wednesday 15th July 2015 – 9:30am-12pm – Sherrington Lecture Theatre, Physiology >>Book

CoopMAS’15 – International Workshop

The 6th International Workshop on Cooperative Games in Multiagent Systems is occuring in May 2015. The workshop is intended to focus on topics in cooperation in multi­agent systems, cooperative game theory and cooperative solution concepts among other things. It should be of interest to researchers who study the mathematical and algorithmic properties of cooperative games; researchers interested in promoting cooperation in multiagent systems, designing and implementing collaborating agents and mechanisms that incentivise cooperation; and researchers studying the underlying connections between cooperative game theory and other topics in game theory and computer science.

The organisers are seeking submission of papers for this workshop, which describe original work, as well as accepted AAMAS short papers, and work recently published in conferences other than AAMAS. These should be a maximum of 15 pages.

Date: 4th-5th May 2015
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The deadline for submissions is the 15th February 2015

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To submit a paper – Click Here

Researcher Workshop Series


A series of unique and interesting workshops have been organised throughout early March, designed for Researchers to improve aspects of their career that may not have been considered before. Hugh Kearns works with researchers, academics, PhD students, and many other high performers to help them complete their research faster and with less stress. It is expected that the workshops to be popular and places will be limited, so please register early and make sure that you will be able to attend.

Workshop: Defeating Self-sabotage
Date: 02/03/2014
Time: 09:30-12:30
Description: Do you find that despite your best efforts to ‘work on your thesis’ or get your research output going it just doesn’t seem to be happening? Does there always seem to be something more urgent, interesting or important to do? Perhaps you are self-sabotaging. If you think you procrastinate, are a perfectionist, don’t say no often enough, are disorganised or are always ‘busy’, this seminar will help you to understand why your thesis or research isn’t getting done and what you can do about it.


Workshop: Presenting your Research with Confidence
Date: 03/03/2014
Time: 09:30-12:30
Description: If you’re a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It’s tempting to get up and just read your paper, but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skilfully and with conviction. We’ve all been to dull presentations so it’s worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.


Workshop: The Balanced Researcher
Date: 03/03/2014
Time: 13:30 – 17.00
Description: So you’re a researcher. Chances are then, you are pretty busy. Firstly, there is your research. Proposals. Ethics. Paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants, then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that is all before you even get to the actual research. You probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and, who knows, you may even have some personal interests! This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.


Workshop: The Imposter Syndrome
Date: 04/03/2014
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Description: How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”. This workshop will look at what the latest psychological research has to tell us about ‘The Imposter Syndrome’ and more importantly some strategies for dealing with it.


Research Data Management Workshop

Research data management is becoming an increasingly hot topic for us here in department so, to help fill in the gaps in our knowledge, I’m arranging a workshop in conjunction with Research Data Oxford.

The workshop will be an hour-long session covering funder expectations, data management planning, tools and service for live data, and data documentation and preservation options.

To ensure we get the best possible attendance, I’ve put together a Doodle Poll for you to register your preferred workshop date(s). The date of the final workshop will be chosen based solely on this poll so if you’re interested in attending make sure you have your say!

I will be closing the poll this Friday 3rd October at 4pm.