Smart Oxford Digital Working Groups – Call for Interest

Smart OxfordSmart Oxford, in affiliation with Digital Oxford and the Digital Catapult, is making an open invitation for membership of Oxford-based Interest Groups in the following areas:

Smart City Technologies: This group will work with the Technology Working Group of the Smart Oxford initiative, to help provide ideas, input, and expertise to the Smart Oxford programme. This is a cross-cutting group that will underpin a number of domain-specific Working Groups defining real-life problem statements in the city.  Group structure will be informal and is initially expected to take the form of local meetups, with the opportunity over time for members to participate and collaborate in an advisory capacity to the Smart Oxford programme on an as-needed basis.

Personal Data, Privacy and Trust: This network aims to bring together individuals, groups and businesses in Oxford and surrounding areas with an interest in working with, or as, information owners and technologists, to explore the issues and opportunities to work with personal, proprietary and confidential data without compromising the privacy, security and control individuals have around their data.

Data Catalyser: This group is for organisations, groups and individuals who are interested in working with the Digital Catapult’s newly-announced Data Catalyser, a suite of services enabling organisations to create value from sharing and mixing closed datasets. Participants may be based locally, or could be a national or international organisation with a local presence. The platform provides the ability to unlock opportunities for new products, services, tools, insights and innovations.

To find out more and register – Click Here

Researcher’s Choice Communications Award 2015: Call for nominations

elsevierIn an effort to further recognize and support the evolving role and skill set of early career researchers, Elsevier and the Fulbright Commission have launched a new category in its bi-annual UK young researcher awards, called the Researcher’s Choice Communications Award, rewarding exceptional skills in scientific communication. In addition to the great work of Early Career Researchers, the ideal nominee will have gone above and beyond to communicate the purpose, meaning and impact of their research to the wider public.

These young researchers have a passion for their work and have demonstrated this through publically communicating about their research in an exceptional way, via traditional or social media channels. A link has been provided (Click Here) to a profile article which was published in the New Scientist recently highlighting examples of outstanding researchers that would be ideal award nominees.

To be eligible, nominees must have begun publishing no earlier than 2012, live in the UK and be affiliated to a UK institution. In order to nominate, this can be done in a public forum on scientific social network Mendeley. Once the nomination goes live on Mendeley, you can also invite your peers and colleagues to ‘like’ the nomination – every like is a vote – and nominees with the most ‘likes’ will be shortlisted and a panel of judges will select the final winner. Alternatively, nominations can be emailed and will need to include the nominees: Name, Age, Institution, Reason for nomination / a short description (250 words max) and Links to evidence of the good work (e.g. research, speeches, blog posts, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)

Nominations will be close on the 30th September 2015.

To nominate (via Mendeley) – Click Here




EPSRC Website Communities Feature – News

epsrclogowebAs part of EPSRC’s website changes, they have announced that there will be new features surrounding online academic communities. This will allow users to create accounts, sign up to call alerts and funding news and create their own personalised profile. Other features will include setting up an e-newsletter for key information relevant to your areas of interest, as well as general customisation of content across the site.

This feature has been created with the mind to offer networking and discussion possibilities in the future, allowing communication across the site in relation to specific topics. These features will be available incrementally over time, with account creation and personalisation the first stage of this process.

IEEE John von Neumann – Medal

ieee_logo_mb_taglineThe IEEE John von Neumann Medal is named in honor of the eminent mathematician John von Neumann, whose work at the Institute for Advanced Study led to the building of the IAS binary stored-program computer in 1952.

Therefore this medal, sponsored by IBM, is awarded yearly for a individuals or a group of up to 3 people for outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology. The achievements may be theoretical, technological, or entrepreneurial. Subject areas cover computer architecture, base technologies, systems, languages, algorithms and protocols, and application domains.

The nomination deadline is the 1st July 2015, with successful nominees awarded the medal in November time.

To find out more and nominate – Click Here
To view the nomination guidelines – Click Here