2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
To celebrate the incredible innovation that has taken place over recent decades and, in particular, the researchers who have led that innovation, EPSRC, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering are launching the RISE awards – Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers.
An independent judging panel will select their top 10 established inspirational scientists and engineers from nominees put forward by universities, industry, professional bodies and learned institutes. Each of these ten will then nominate someone they see as a future world-class talent.
EPSRC is at the heart of UK innovation, generating the fundamental knowledge that fuels economic and social prosperity and investing in the skilled people who drive research forward. Together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the EPSRC supports the very best researchers throughout their careers by fostering their ambition, innovation and adventure.
27th January 2014, Hamilton House, London, WC1H 9BD
The Natural Environment Research Council, supported by theESP KTN, is running the third and final “Networks of Sensors” Annual Technology Showcase Event.
This year’s Showcase will feature the practical outcomes of three years of research, discussing the installations, hardware, software, and results of six very different types of Sensor Networks. In addition to the presentations, there will be opportunities for attendees to see the hardware and software, and to meet the teams.
The “Networks of Sensors” technology programme is an ambitious project to demonstrate the large scale deployment of high resolution sensor networks for environmental monitoring. The programme pushes the envelope in terms of developing new technological approaches to the realisation of sensor networks and communication systems, some of which may be in remote or hostile environments.
For more information on sectors of interest, benefits of attendance, venue of the event, or to register, visit the event webpage here.
As part of the EPSRC’s commitment to support the development of early career researchers, EPSRC’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Theme is inviting expressions of interest from early career ICT researchers to attend one of two workshops that will be held in Oxford and Glasgow in February 2014.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
Receive advice on funding opportunities, strategic priorities, grant writing and the peer review process from EPSRC staff and research leaders in ICT.
Engage with EPSRC staff on the development of strategies to benefit UK ICT research.
Consider and debate the impact of ICT research and responsible innovation in ICT research.
Form new connections with colleagues from across the ICT research landscape.
Each workshop will be residential and run across a two-day period to allow participants sufficient time for in-depth discussions and to maximise networking opportunities.
Overnight accommodation for the first day of the workshop and meals during the workshop will be provided. However, EPSRC is unable to reimburse participant’s travel or other expenses.
We anticipate that this event will be of greatest interest to ICT researchers that have completed a PhD (or equivalent qualification) within the previous ten years and are eligible to hold an EPSRC grant. However, we do not wish to be prescriptive based on years of post-doctoral experience and welcome applications from prospective participants with a different pattern of academic experience, early career researchers based in industry and postdoctoral research assistants.
HOW TO APPLY
Early career ICT researchers wishing to participate in either the Oxford or Glasgow workshop should apply by completing and submitting online, the Expression of Interest form before 16:00 on Friday 3 January 2014.
Submission of a complete expression of interest form will be taken as a commitment that you are available for the entire duration of your preferred workshop and will attend if selected.
Completed expression of interest forms will be assessed by a panel of EPSRC staff. The panel will select participants on the basis of the justification for attendance provided in the completed expression of interest form, while also seeking to ensure the participants are a representative cross-section of the ICT research community by research expertise and institutional representation.
Please note that the number of participants is limited.
Decisions on attendance will be communicated to applicants by email in the week commencing 13 January 2014.
Learners with disabilities or learning difficulties could enjoy much greater independence and access in the future. £1m of funding is being made available for two new competitions aimed at technology developers and launched by Jisc TechDis.
Ready, steady, STEM
The first competition is ‘Ready, steady, STEM’. This competition is about opening up access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. These subjects present a range of accessibility issues for some people with disabilities. This includes those who: are print impaired (dyslexic, blind or partially sighted, colour blind); have learning difficulties (including dyscalculia); and those with manual dexterity difficulties. Challenges include having to work with pen and paper, manipulating formulae and symbols, or interacting with diagrams and graphs.
Good to go
The second competition is ‘Good to go’. Disabilities can present barriers to independence in accessing work based technologies and equipment in a variety of industries. In many cases it is time consuming or even impossible to create the real time technical instructions and information needed to mitigate the risks disabled learners may face when working, training or learning in challenging or unfamiliar environments.
Jisc TechDis is organising an online information day on 25 September 2013. This is an opportunity to hear from the Challenge sponsors and meet potential new collaborators. There will be opportunities for private discussions in addition to open sessions. It is free to attend but registration is essential. Please email email@example.com and include SBRI Information Day in the subject line by Monday 23 September 2013 @ 14:00 (BST).
The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and Scottish Government, is offering up to £13m for businesses to develop engineering solutions across the agri-food supply chain.
This competition will draw on all facets of engineering science to advance the sustainable intensification of primary agriculture, and raise product quality and process efficiency in food manufacturing. We are particularly keen to encourage engagement with sectors such as space, ICT and electronics sensors & photonics, which may not have fully recognised opportunities that exist for applying technologies throughout the agri-food supply chain.
Project proposals must be business-led and collaborative. The TSB is primarily seeking to fund industrial research, with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). The TSB expects most projects to range in size from £500k to £1.5m, with the maximum total project size being around £2m.
The CR&D competition is a two-stage process and opens on 23 September 2013. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is at noon on 6 November 2013.