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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ACTION 2011: Sustainability

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ACTION 2011: Sustainability

An opportunity for postgraduate researchers and research staff at Newcastle University to explore a sustainability challenge, show how your research can make a difference and compete for a prize of £10,000

ACTION 2011: Sustainability enables you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur in order to develop a commercial approach to your research.

 What can participants expect?

ACTION 2011 is a 10 month programme in which participants work in teams, within a framework of support made up of existing and new enterprise training opportunities, to identify a sustainability challenge and develop an interdisciplinary, commercial solution to the challenge by integrating their research and initiating internal and external collaborations. Teams will work to develop a visual prototype, video, model or other form for their solution and will present this to compete with each other to win a cash prize. This prize will be used to further develop their ideas and to aid their development as entrepreneurial researchers so increasing the impact of their research.

 Launch event: Thursday 17th February 2011, 12-2pm

Lindisfarne Room, King’s Road Centre, Newcastle University

 To register please complete the booking form by Thursday 10th February 2011

Lunch will be provided at the launch

All interested parties are welcome to attend the launch; however you must meet the entry requirements to participate in the programme, these will be explained at the launch

 This project supports Newcastle University’s 2011 societal challenge theme of Sustainability

This project benefits from EPSRC funding for training in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


ACTION 2011 Team

 Dr Gail de Blaquiere – Postgraduate Skills Development

Dr Elizabeth Scanlon – Research Staff Training and Development

Miss Katie Wray – Lecturer in Enterprise

Telephone: 0191 222 5901.

Fax: 0191  222 8533


Rise and shine

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To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (15th-19th November) and the launch of Rise Up here at Newcastle University, we’re giving you the chance to win one of FIVE fabulous prizes for sharing your enterprising ideas with us.

Prizes include… £20 Voucher to spend in the restaurant at As You Like It, Two tickets to a show of your choice at the Theatre Royal, £100 ‘image and interview consultation’ with Positive Impressions, £20 Blackwells voucher, £25 voucher to spend at the stunning roof top restaurant Six at The Baltic.

What’s the big idea? Rise up to the challenge and tell us what you would do to change the world – a new invention maybe? A way to help the environment? Or simply a way to make yourself some cash? Your idea may be a cultural event or a new business… you decide! You just need to submit your idea in less than 250 words….

The first 400 people to enter the competition will receive a KitKat Chunky.

Closing date: 28th November 2010

Find out more about Rise Up

Academic Poster Competition

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Graduate Junction’s academic poster competition is back for 2010. It’s your chance to win some great prizes and to have your work viewed and recognised by a panel of top judges and your postgraduate peers. This year’s prize fund is valued at £500, with an iPod nano for the overall winner and numerous cash prizes for the runners-up and best posters in each category.To enter, you need to submit an A1 digital poster detailing your research in one of the following areas: 

  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Arts & Humanities.

Posters should be simple, interesting and accessible to a non-specialist audience. Need some inspiration?   Take a look at last year’s shortlisted and winning posters .  Hints and tips for poster design and layout, as well as links to other helpful resources, are also available on the Graduate Junction website. The competition is open to PhD and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and institutions.  Entries will be accepted until 2 November 2010

For more information or to enter visit Graduate Junction.