The European Commission has launched a consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).
Amongst the actions envisaged in the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy is the modernisation of IPR enforcement, focusing on commercial-scale infringements (the ‘follow the money’ approach) and its cross-border applicability.
The consultation consists of a set of questionnaires for different stakeholder groups, notably rightholders, the judiciary and legal profession, intermediaries, Member States and public authorities, citizens, and consumers and civil society. It will run until 1 April 2016.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) have launched a policy internship scheme for PhD students to enable them to gain experience of how research can inform policy making.
Research Council Policy Internships provide an opportunity for PhD students funded by the UK Research Councils (e.g. EPSRC) to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations (e.g. The Royal Society). Successful applicants have the opportunity to work on a policy topic of interest to both the student and the organisation, by producing a briefing paper, participating in a policy inquiry and organising a policy event.
A 3 month extension will be added to the current DPhil funding to account for this, and internships must start before the end of the funding period.
The application deadline varies from depending on the specific Research Council, with EPSRC holding an 18th August 2015 deadline
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The Royal Society is offering a training scheme for scientists to gain insight in to how parliament and government work, and how you can use your research findings to inform policy making.
To take part in the scheme you will need to be able to travel to London for the Week in Westminster and be willing to arrange for your parliamentarian or civil servant pair to visit you at your research facility. The Royal Society will cover your travel and subsistence costs, including accommodation, for the Week in Westminster.
The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry.
For more information and to apply visit this link.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 24 May 2015.