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
Applications are invited from inter-institutional teams of postgraduate researchers and/or early career researchers within the Yorkshire and North East region for organising a short-term, well-defined conference or event. The event can be subject-specific, interdisciplinary or generic in nature but must have a clearly defined transferable training element to it. For more information and to apply click here.
Closing date for applications – 18th March 2011.
Maximise the impact of your research group with Researchers in Residence
Maximise the impact of your research and develop your team’s transferable skills by engaging 11-19 year olds via the RCUK-funded Researchers in Residence scheme.
RCUK would like to encourage you to participate. Aimed at PhD students and early stage post-docs across the UK this school placement scheme provides an opportunity to inspire the next generation of researchers (11-19 years students) about their work.
Researchers that have been involved benefit by developing their public engagement, communication and teaching skills that help show experience on their CVs whether they continue on the academic career path or enter the jobs market.
Participation has also helped some researchers when completing Pathways to Impact due to the programme helping them to think about the wider social and ethical implications of their research.
All participating researchers receive free communication training and each placement lasts between 14 to 24 hours.
For more information see www.researchersinresidence.ac.uk or call 0845 365 7470.
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