ACTION 2012: Social Renewal

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Following the success of ACTION 2011: Sustainability, through which Newcastle University’s researchers addressed challenges of sustainability both now and in the future by developing commercial solutions to provide an impact, the ACTION Team are launching ACTION 2012: Social Renewal.

The ACTION 2012: Social Renewal programme provides a basis for research staff and postgraduate researchers to come together, outside of their existing research, to explore a societal challenge. Small teams work together, on a project that will engage them with the concepts of enterprise and research impact to address an issue under the social renewal theme – How can people, communities and societies thrive in a world of rapid and complex change? It encourages you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur so that you develop a commercial approach to your research. The winning team will be awarded £2,000 per member to be spent on their entrepreneurial development, or the commercial development of their idea.

If you are interested in attending the launch to find out more, please join us for lunch.

Launch event: Tuesday 21 February 2012, 12-2pm, HaSS Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th floor, Daysh Building

To register, please complete the booking form


For further information please visit the website

You can contact the ACTION 2012 team via

This project supports the University’s 2012 societal challenge theme of Social Renewal and benefits from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for training in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.


bioProcessUK Conference poster competition

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8th Annual bioProcessUK Conference 2011

Bursary Poster Prize Competition

 Display your poster and attend both days of the Conference FREE

For the eighth year, the Annual bioProcessUK Conference continues the tradition of showcasing emerging talent in biological medicines through the Bursary Poster Prize Competition.

The conference is offering 30 bursary places (free conference ticket plus expenses of up to £150) to early career (postgraduate/postdoctoral) researchers selected to display a poster at the conference. The winning poster, as judged by the conference delegates, will receive an Apple iPad2.

Displaying a poster is beneficial to the career and professional development of young researchers. Participating in the Poster Prize Competition provides an opportunity to:

  • Make connections – build networks and share information and research with academics and companies across the UK
  • Enhance professional development
  • Present research achievements to a wide audience
  • Start productive conversations with new colleagues
  • Advertise work to potential employers
  • Show off creative ability and discuss ideas – ideas for new projects come out of questions asked, and opportunities for new collaborations are often found.
  • Network and discuss shared interests with others in the field

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 16th September 2011

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

For further information or to submit an abstract, please contact Jean Aligorgi


Write about science for a newspaper

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Could you emerge as an undiscovered science writing talent? A new competition is looking for short articles that address any area of science and would be suitable for publication in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’ in print and online. You must demonstrate that you have thought about and understood your audience and can bring a scientific idea to life. The deadline for entries is 20 May 2011. The judges are looking for originality, bright ideas and a distinctive writing style. Your 800-word article should show a passion for science and encourage the general public to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society.

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Apply yourself

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There is still time to apply for a number of opportunities that will allow you to develop media skills in science, get a free place at a science communication conference or win an award for engaging an audience with your outstanding communication skills. Find out more about these opportunities……

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Newcastle Researchers can win £10,000

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ACTION 2011: Sustainability

Having just returned from the launch of ACTION 2011: Sustainability I thought I’d share some news of it with you, so you explore this great opportunity for yourself.

At the launch we heard Professor Paul Younger talk about the challenges of sustainability both now and in the future – he highlighted how we should be thinking ahead – how things should be sustainable for our grand children’s grand children! We also heard Professor Max Robinson highlight what makes an entrepreneur – and how as a researcher you can become one without setting out to do so!

ACTION 2011: Sustainability provides a basis for research staff and postgraduate researchers to come together, outside of their existing research, to explore a sustainability challenge. Small teams will work together, throughout 2011, on a project that will engage you with the concepts of enterprise  and research impact to address an issue under the theme of sustainability. It encourages you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur so that you develop a commercial approach to your research.

Each team will be provided with support through mentors, residential training and workshops – but you don’t need to be in a team to take part – individuals and teams can apply. All successful applicants will be brought together and given support to form teams over a two day residential training event.

The project is funded by the EPSRC but applications are welcomed from all disciplines – collaboration is key in this after all! Your idea could be a product or a service – it just needs to be a project that fits with the sustainability theme. Two prizes are available to the winning teams; a first prize of £10,000 and a second prize of £5000. Judges will be looking for business potential, the innovation of the proposal and the creativity of the team.

This initative is only open to Newcastle University researchers and provides a unique way to demonstrate a real understanding of the importance of research impact and collaboration. I’d urge you to find out more about how you could make the most of this opportunity.

Have a look at the website for more information ACTION 2011: Sustainability

Apply to take part by Tuesday 1st March 2011

ncl+ Awards – have you nominated yourself or someone else?

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Win an award that recognises what you do outside of your study!

Open to postgraduate researchers as well as undergraduate and taught masters students!

• ncl+ awards – open to any student involved in a hobby, society, voluntary work, or any other extra-curricular activity (cannot be an activity where you’ve gained academic credit)

• Can nominate yourself or someone else for an award

• Ten award categories: Academic and Peer Representation, Arts and Culture, Community Capacity-building, Community Spirit Volunteering, Contribution to Sport, Environmental Volunteering, Media and Communications, Society Officer of the Year, Best Society of the Year, Most Improved Society of the Year

• First prize in each category: £300

• Runners-up in each category: £100

• Shortlisted students (plus two of your friends) invited to an awards ceremony at Discovery Museum – bucks fizz reception, free wine and food

• Enter online

• Closing date Sunday 27th February

• More info on ncl+ site