Venture Competition 2018 - now open for applications

£25,000 is on offer to support new business ideas among students, staff and recent graduates as the University of Dundee launches Venture 2018.

 

The Venture 2018 Competition is open for applications now, with seven specific categories for:

 

  • Undergraduate Student Award, Early Stage Idea (£2,500 prize fund, sponsored by Business Gateway and the University of Dundee, Centre of Entrepreneurship)
  • Business School Student Award, for any Business School student currently studying or who graduated within the last 2 years (£2,500 prize fund sponsored by University of Dundee School of Business) 
  • Undergraduate Student Award, final year students graduating Summer 2018 (£2,500 prize fund sponsored by University of Dundee, Centre of Entrepreneurship) 
  • Postgraduate Student Award (£5,000 prize fund sponsored by James Keiller Investments) 
  • Recent Graduate Award, for those who graduated within last 2 years (£2,500 prize fund sponsored by Elevator) 
  • Staff Award, Non-Research Related Idea (£5,000 prize fund sponsored by Elevator and the University of Dundee Organisational and Professional Development) 
  • Staff Award, Research Related Idea (£5,000 prize fund sponsored by Research and Innovation Services and University of Dundee School of Business)

 

Applications for Venture 2018 are open now and must be submitted before 5pm on Sunday 6th February 2018.  Details of the competition and how to apply are available here http://uod.ac.uk/venture

  

The final 'live pitching' for Venture 2018 on Friday 23rd February which includes workshops, a business support exhibition and keynote speakers will once again form one of the highlights of the University’s Entrepreneurship Week and also Dundee Business Week within the city, which run in parallel from February 19th to 23rd 2018. We hope to see you there whether it is as a delegate or as a finalist pitching on stage!

 

Any enquiries please email: entrepreneurship@dundee.ac.uk

Venture competition logo 2018

Welcome for Postgraduate Researchers - 26th October, 09.30-13.30

As a new member of our postgraduate researcher (PGR) community, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to our forthcoming Welcome for PGR event; Thursday 26 October.

You will be welcomed by senior members of the research community and student services, who will give you an insight into the wider University culture and support available to you. This will all take place in the newly refurbished area of the Library and Learning Centre that is dedicated for postgraduates.  To ensure your place, please book here.

Standing up for Science media workshop  - Friday 22 September

Sense about Science is holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 22 September 2017. This free full day event is for STEM and social science early career researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows or equivalent)

Join us to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science. Meet scientists who have engaged with the media and learn from respected science journalists about how the media works, how to respond and comment, and what journalists want and expect from scientists.

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/2hnDpzg.

If you are a member of or are funded by any of our partner organisations (listed on the flyer), please include this on the application form – our partners hold five priority places for this workshop. For more details, get in touch with Ana Skamarauskas (ana@senseaboutscience.org)

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 8 September.

 

Logo for Sense about Sciences

National Postdoc Meeting: Postdocs, Policy and the Future

The Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society is hosting the first National Postdoc Meeting on 19-20 September 2017 with support from the University of Cambridge.

The Meeting will take place at the Postdoc Centre at Eddington (North West Cambridge) and will include workshops, talks, networking opportunities, and a celebration of Postdoc Appreciation Week.

All postdocs are welcome to participate!

Registrations will open soon but please register your interest on our website in the meantime:

http://www.pdoc.cam.ac.uk/npm2017

More details and full announcement to follow. All queries welcome and can be directed to national-meeting@pdoc.cam.ac.uk

 National Postdoc Meeting 2017 flyer

5TH ANNUAL RECON EVENT: Edinburgh, 30th June 2017

5TH ANNUAL RECON EVENT: Edinburgh, 30th June 2017

https://reconevent.com/

Publishing & scholarly communication for early career researchers: immortalisation, recognition and metrics

As researchers are well aware, publishing and communicating your work is essential for your career and it is important to understand the process. The ReCon conference is designed specifically for researchers and we have a stellar line up of scholarly publishers, academics and publishing experts speaking at the event. If you are keen to determine the best strategy for publishing your research, find out how to navigate the peer review process or learn about other ways to grow an audience for your work then this conference is for you! 

Speakers from major publishers and organisations such as Frontiers, Elsevier, CrossRef, Springer Nature/ Digital Science, Wellcome Open Research, F1000 Research and Altmetric, in addition to academics and experts will share their experience. The conference is a unique opportunity to learn about the publishing process, raising your research profile and how to enhance your research career. 

  • · Date: Friday 30th June 2017, 0930-1700
  • · Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh (near Old College)
  • · Registration & programme: https://reconevent.com/programme/
  • · Twitter: #ReCon_17   @ReConEvent

>> Apply for a free place (for PhD students): https://goo.gl/forms/N9xk4QbZTKWdkGqz1

>> Discount code for earlybird tickets - ends 9th June (=£25): ReconDundee

 

FREE PLACES for PhD students - apply for a free place:

There is also an opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers (with less than 1 year of postdoc experience) to apply for a free place at the conference via this short application form: https://goo.gl/forms/N9xk4QbZTKWdkGqz1. If you would like a place, please apply now and we will review your application and get back to you in one week.

ReCon 2017 sponsors: The Scientific Editing Company, CrossRef, Frontiers, PLOS, JY Media

Converge Challenge 2017

The Converge Challenge is open for entries once again for new business ideas with Overall, Kickstarter and Social Enterprise Categories – closing date for applications is Monday 10th April 2017.

The Centre of Entrepreneurship is running a Converge workshop on Tuesday 28th March at the Dalhousie 2F15 2-4pm and can register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/150k-converge-challenge-workshop-tickets-3289599781

Converge Challenge 17

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is now opened and closes on 19th May 2017.

The survey is the chance for research postgraduates to feedback on their experience. We need to know what postgraduates think so we can address issues and keep doing what is valued. It is an opportunity to say what went well and what could have been improved.

All postgraduates should have already received an email from the Vice-Principal asking them to complete the survey.

For the news item on PGR Experience Survey

£25k Live Venture Pitching Final and Business Exhibition

Friday 24th February Feb 2017, 10-8pm

The Venture 2017 final is a FREE event open to all with Live Pitching, Business Exhibition, Workshops, and Keynotes from high-profile entrepreneurial speakers including Cally Russell of the hugely successful Mallzee and our own rector the inspirational around the world cyclist Mark Beaumont.  Register now: http://uod.ac.uk/venture

Mark Beaumont

Entrepreneurship Week 2017

University of Dundee Entrepreneurship Week is taking place from Monday 20th until Friday 24th February with a fantastic schedule of events aimed at helping staff, students and the general public realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. 

 Entrepreneurship Week

Josh Littlejohn MBE of Social Bite, Public Lecture

Thursday 23rd February 2017, 6-7pm

The Principal is honoured to host the Inaugural Lecture in Entrepreneurship from one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs as one of the highlights of the University of Dundee’s first Entrepreneurship Week.

Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of Social Bite (which shot to global fame with the help of visits from Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Leonardo Dicaprio) and BrewGooder will tell the story of how he founded his social enterprise projects and helped raise millions of pounds for charity. Register for FREE tickets now, open to all. http://uod.ac.uk/EntWeek. 

Josh Littlejohn

SCOTTISH CRUCIBLE 2017 - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS **Now Closed**

Scottish Crucible is the prestigious leadership and development programme for early career researchers in Scotland.  

Applications are now invited from Senior Research Fellows and Lecturers in their first academic posts - or their equivalents from Research Institutes, SMEs and spin-out companies - for Scottish Crucible 2017.  Please see the attached flier for more information, further details are provided on the Scottish Crucible website. Applicants should follow the guidance notes on the website on how to apply.  Successful candidates will receive awards to cover all residential costs, training sessions and travelling expenses.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Scottish Crucible has been widely praised for its innovative and collaborative approach to research & KE skills development. We look forward to welcoming the next 30 specially selected researchers who will join our programme and the Scottish Crucible Alumni Network in 2017!

Vitae and CHASE Online Survey **Closed**

Vitae and CHASE are pleased to invite doctoral researchers and early careers researchers from across the Arts and Humanities to respond to a new online survey investigating their experience of professional development: http://bit.ly/2f24NBn

Respondents who complete this 10-minute survey before 11 December 2016 will be eligible to enter a free prize draw to win a £50 Amazon.co.uk voucher.

FameLab 2017

The University of Dundee is hosting one of the regional heats for FameLab 2017, an international communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical concepts into three minute presentations.

Individuals with a passion for public engagement is invited to participate in FameLab 2017.

  • Entrants must be 21 years old or older, studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics.
  • Contestants have just 3 minutes to convey a scientific concept of their choice.
  • They will be judged by leading researchers, media personalities and science communicators on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation.
  • Each national winner goes on to compete against over 25 other contestants from around the world at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017.

The Dundee heat will take place on 14th December 2016, with the Scottish final on 7th January 2017. More information can be found:

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/revealingresearch/newsandevents/famelab/

FameLAb

Available now: NERC, BBSRC and Scottish Enterprise  supported RSE Enterprise Fellowships ***Closed***

RSE Enterprise Fellowships support promising science and technology researchers to become successful entrepreneurs.

Since 1997, over 200 individuals have benefited from this highly competitive and prestigious programme which is supported by SEBBSRCSTFC and NERC.

Awardees are funded for a year, enabling them to focus solely on refining their business whilst experiencing some of best commercial training available in the UK and mentorship from business Fellows of the RSE and other successful entrepreneurs in the business community.

for more information, please contact the RSE Awards Manager Anne Fraser, 0131 240 5013 or see the RSE website.

Extended deadline for BBSRC & NERC applications: 23 Nov 2016

Deadline for Scottish Enterprise applications: 29 Nov 2016

NERC, BBSRC and Scottish Enterprise  supported RSE Enterprise Fellowships**Now Closed***

RSE Enterprise Fellowships support promising science and technology researchers to become successful entrepreneurs.

Since 1997, over 200 individuals have benefited from this highly competitive and prestigious programme which is supported by SEBBSRCSTFC and NERC.

Awardees are funded for a year, enabling them to focus solely on refining their business whilst experiencing some of best commercial training available in the UK and mentorship from business Fellows of the RSE and other successful entrepreneurs in the business community.

for more information, please contact the RSE Awards Manager Anne Fraser, 0131 240 5013 or see the RSE website.

Extended deadline for BBSRC & NERC applications: 23 Nov 2016
Deadline for Scottish Enterprise applications: 29 Nov 2016

UoD Centre of Entrepreneurship Presents a Masterclass

Fri 4th Nov 2016, 1-2pm Dalhousie LT4 - UoD Centre of Entrepreneurship Presents a Masterclass with Michael Romilly**Closed**

As a founding member of http://waracle.net , Michael helped to create Scotland's largest and fastest growing mobile app development company, currently working with blue-chip clients across multiple industry sectors from banking to pharma and many more. The company now employs over 50 people with a multi-million turnover and was recently acquired by Edinburgh based IT firm Exception.

Within this masterclass Michael will talk about his entrepreneurial journey and provide expertise in digital marketing and lead generation. Followed by a Q and A session for any budding entrepreneurs. 

REGISTER HERE:  https://coe-master-class-1.eventbrite.co.uk

Fri 11th Nov 2016, 1-2pm Dalhousie LT4 - UoD Centre of Entrepreneurship Presents a Masterclass with Dr Lee Baker**Closed**

Lee, originally from Leeds, but who now lives in Dundee, was previously a postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee and now runs his own data analysis business http://chi2innovations.com .

Conducting statistical analyses of complex datasets is demanding and time-consuming, made all the more difficult by current statistical packages that assume that users are knowledgeable and experienced.

Lee has created a unique alternative, a fully-automated intelligent statistical analysis system – MOSAIC – that can be used across the scientific, commercial and marketing sectors to analyse data without requiring prior statistical knowledge. Find out more about his entrepreneurial journey and insights into the world of data analysis. Followed by a Q and A session for any budding entrepreneurs. 

REGISTER HERE: https://coe-master-class-2.eventbrite.co.uk

Introduction to Pure

From March 2016 post-doctoral staff now also have access to Pure, the University’s research information management system which underpins the Discovery Research Portal. This resource allows you to create a record of, and publicly promote, the research and activities undertaken by you at the University of Dundee. As well as adding details of your research outputs, activities and data, you can also register for an ORCID identifier and create a personal profile that includes a biography. Your research outputs will also be indexed in Google Scholar and other services from here, increasing their visibility further.

Pure can be accessed by logging in via the Discovery Research Portal homepage. More information about using Pure can be found on the LLC Research Services webpages, and you can email the Discovery team for help: Discovery@dundee.ac.uk 

**If you are interested in attending an Introduction to Pure session, then please express your interest by simply replying to this email**

Converge Challenge 2016 **Closed**

Scotland's premier entrepreneurship development programme and company creation competition with a prize fund of over £150,000, brings together the most ambitious and creative thinkers from academia, research and business at the University of Dundee.

Converge Challenge is a great opportunity to develop your business skills, build your confidence and learn from some of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

The competition is open to staff and students at the University and can work with any idea, at any stage of the development process to turn ideas into reality.

Entries close April 18 2016

SCOTTISH CRUCIBLE 2016

Deadline Monday 7 March 2015 ***Now Closed***

Scottish Crucible is the prestigious leadership and development programme for early career researchers in Scotland.

Applications are now invited from senior Postdoctoral Fellows, Academic Fellows, Lecturers in their first academic posts – or their equivalents from Research Institutes, SMEs and spin-out companies – for Scottish Crucible 2016. Further details are provided on the Scottish Crucible website. It should be noted that the application process has slightly changed for 2016, and applicants need to follow the instructions in the guidance notes on the website: www.scottishcrucible.org.uk. Successful candidates will receive awards to cover all residential costs, training sessions and travelling expenses. 

SGSAH - Showcase Your Research**Closed**

Deadline: 03 March 2016

Are you a doctoral or early career researcher in the arts & humanities in Scotland? Would you like the opportunity to showcase the impact of your research, together with funding of up to £500 for materials to help you present it? The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities is holding its annual doctoral research impact showcase at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Thursday 23 June 2016.

SGSAH Creative Art Writing Workshop**Closed**

Deadline for Application is 17th February 2016

Calling all Participants!

We would like to welcome applications for a series of workshops that aim to facilitate creative writers & art writers to be more adept professional scholars in their respective fields. The collaborative series has been developed by the University of Edinburgh (School of Art), University of Strathclyde (Creative Writing), University of Glasgow (Creative Writing) & Glasgow School of Art (Forum for Critical Inquiry). The workshops will enable PhD students to effectively share the different tactics, research methods, systems of distribution & audiences of their related writing-based disciplines. 

 

SGSAH Residencies Pilot 2016

Deadline for applications: 4 February 2016***NOW CLOSED***

Two very special new residency opportunities for PhD doctoral researchers at SGSAH member HEIs.

 

SGSAH Thinker-in-Residence at Deveron ArtsDeveron Arts is a dynamic arts organisation with a focus on socially engaged arts practices. It also runs the Walking Institute which explores, researches & celebrates the human pace by bringing walking & other journeying activities together with arts & other cultural disciplines & people from all walks of life.  Based in the small rural Aberdeenshire town of Huntly, Deveron Arts’ philosophy is that ‘the town is the venue’.

SGSAH Artist’s Residency at The Bothy Project - The Bothy Project’s objective is to create platforms for artists to journey & explore the peculiarities of the history, mythology, landscape & people in the areas surrounding the bothies.

Dundee Bootcamp

February 29th 9.30am - 5.00pm

This two-day course is open to Enterprise Campus eligible students* who have business ideas.

In two days, we’ll take you from a back-of-the-envelope business idea to a full-fledged elevator pitch, ensuring you stop along the way to:

  1.   – Speak to some of your prospective customers.
  2.   – Identify your business model and iterate it based on customer feedback.
  3.   – Launch the beginning of your start-up marketing strategy.

This is an exciting two-day workshop and will certainly push your business idea!

SGSAH Research Blogging Internship

Take your research blogging to the next level
Deadline: 18 December 2015 ***Closed***

We are offering two internships to create & develop a new blog for the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.  We are looking for experienced bloggers with the drive & creativity to ensure the new SGSAH blog reaches doctoral researchers across Scotland & far beyond.  You must be talented, enthusiastic, committed & keen to develop the SGSAH brand to promote Scottish doctoral research in arts & humanities & to share the experience of being a PhD researcher at a SGSAH member Higher Education Institution.

If you have some experience of running a successful blog & want to transfer those skills into a key role in an innovative & high-profile national organisation, apply now via the University of Glasgow internship hub.

Navigating the Funding Landscape – Scotland - Physics ECRS event, December 15th

The Institute of Physics are hosting an event of funding in a fortnight which will be of value to PhD students and postdocs . As you may be aware, in September the IOP launched a guide to funding for early career researchers entitled “Navigating the Funding Landscape” . This was launched in London at an event with a range of speaker who gave insights into the whole funding process - funders, researchers, reviewers and panel members, followed by a Dublin event last month. The guide features a number of Scottish physicists some of whom you’ll be able to meet at the Scottish launch in two weeks

Everyone who attends will receive a printed copy of the guide as well as having the opportunity to network with other physicists and our speakers (from EPSRC and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews).

More details are here:

http://www.iop.org/events/careers/index.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117002588

A Creative Enlightenment - Free Event**Closed**

A Creative Enlightenment
8-9 December 2015 Byre Theatre, St Andrews
26-27 January 2016 The Melting Pot, Edinburgh


A Creative Enlightenment is aimed at doctoral students from any SGSAH Higher Education Institution. The first 2 days will be held at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on the 8-9 December 2015 & the second 2 days will be held at the Melting Pot in Edinburgh on the 26-27 of January 2016.

Open to all doctoral researchers at any SGSAH member HEI within Arts & Humanities
Free SGSAH training event - Accommodation & travel will be covered by SGSAH

The programme will consider some of the myriad elements which feed into & encompass festivals, both rural & urban, and explore various opportunities that exist for combining interest & passion with festival entrepreneurship.
Highlights include:

  • Cultural Enterprise Office “Starting Out” workshop: this half-day workshop will provide you with some practical tools & insights into what it means to be starting a small, creative business & working for yourself. This will include defining your work, what you are offering & who you’re offering it to, as well as touching upon the legal & financial aspects of starting a business.
  • StAnza International Poetry Festival:  student-led consultancy & tour. There will also be a tour of some of the diverse venues needed to deliver an international festival in a rural setting.
  • Bright Club workshop: blend comedy & research for the ultimate way to present your ideas & make waves. Delivered by one of Scotland’s best comperes, Susan Morrison.
  • Evening networking reception, The Scores Hotel: Mingle with & get valuable advice & tips from our professional guests who are presently working in the festivals industry.

The Dundee Careers Fair 2015

The Dundee Careers Fair 2015 will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2015, 11:00-14:30, Bonar Hall, Park Place.

Come along and meet local and national employers, from a wide range of sectors, and organisations with further study and professional training opportunities. 

Students:  To register for the Dundee Careers Fair please visit our Events page.  Entrance is FREE of Charge and is open to University of Dundee students and graduates of all degree disciplines.

Employers:  If you wish to attend the Dundee Careers Fair please contact the Employer Team on 01382 384017 or employerteam@dundee.ac.uk

Dundee Open Access & Data Event

“Open Access and Open Data: what do I need to know (and do)?”

2pm , Wednesday 28th October 2015, University of Dundee, Main Campus - Dalhousie LT4 (2G11)

Speaker: Martin Donnelly, Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh

Overview

Developments in sensor technology, networking and policy have enabled – and in many cases mandated – an increasingly cooperative and transparent research ecosystem. In this presentation I will introduce to the constituent parts of Open Science, namely Open Access (OA) publication and open data. I will explain the factors that have led to the rise of open research, offer evidence for its benefits, and outline details of various research funders with OA and data management requirements, including the EU’s OA mandate and the Horizon 2020 data management pilot. Finally, I will describe some useful resources and projects to help researchers meet the new expectations, including FOSTER, a 2-year, EU-Funded (FP7) project involving 13 partners across 8 countries. FOSTER’s goal is to help researchers, research support professionals and other stakeholders to incorporate Open Science approaches into their existing workflows, and to adhere to the OA mandate and data management pilot.

For the full programme description click on this link Dundee Open Access & Data Event Description

Public Engagement Training Opportunity for Arts and Humanities PhD Students across Scotland

-       To take place on the 19th of November in Aberdeen with the BBC’s Helen Keen.

Selected participants will travel to the University of Aberdeen on 19 November to receive public engagement training. Participants will then form teams with their fellow researchers to create a short activity of no more than five minutes which will be presented as part of Aberdeen’s 2015 Being Human festival later that evening.

This is an excellent opportunity for PhD students to learn about public engagement from an award winning comedy writer and performer. Additionally, the team of participants judged to have created the most engaging activity will be awarded funding from the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) to further develop their collaboration.

The event is open to PhD students from any SGSAH HEI. Participants who live outside of Aberdeen will have their travel and accommodation paid for by SGSAH.

Further details, and the programme application, can be accessed here. Should you have any queries regarding this event please email m.a.clancy@abdn.ac.uk

UKRSA Short Survey**Closed**

UKRSA (http://www.vitae.ac.uk/ukrsa) has published a short survey of professional and career development opportunities for members of research staff employed in academic research (e.g., postdoctoral researchers, associates and fellows; doctorate holders working on a fixed-term contract). They would like to understand what make successful or unsuccessful development opportunities, and what factors might influence research staff to engage with the available opportunities. Typical professional development experiences might include courses, development conversations, and taking part in committees and associations, for example.

The survey is also open to former postdoctoral research staff, but please focus your answers on your experiences during the postdoctoral research staff phase of your career.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey https://goo.gl/jeiPIV and to share it with your colleagues and networks.

CROS Survey ***Now Closed***

The University of Dundee is currently running the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2015 for research staff and it will be open until the 31 May 2015. This survey has been designed to capture the anonymous views and experiences of researchers working in UK higher education.

Feedback from previous CROS surveys has led to additional funding to institutions for research staff development, as well as significantly raising the profile of research staff both within institutions and nationally.

As a member of early career, post-doctoral or research assistant staff it would be appreciated if you took the time to complete this survey via the link below, which should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

https://dundee.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/university-of-dundee-cros2015

Converge Challenge – at a glance: ***Now Closed***

Converge Challenge is a high profile pan-Scotland company creation and entrepreneurship development programme for staff, students and recent graduates at the University of Dundee and all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes aimed at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland. The competition is entering into its sixth year.

We work with any industry sector, product or service-based ideas at any stage of the development. The total prize fund in Converge Challenge 2015 is over £100,000. The programme will provide you with excellent networking opportunities to connect and interact with like-minded people and build your business contacts.

There are three winning categories for the Converge Challenge 2015: Converge Challenge Award, KickStart Award and Social Enterprise Award.  Can you rise to the Converge Challenge?

 

Why should anyone enter Converge Challenge?

Converge Challenge is focused on developing the entrepreneurial skills of students and university researchers through a rigorous programme of support and engagement with experienced facilitators from the universities and private sector over an 18 month period during which participants receive training, coaching and one-to-one mentoring as well as substantial cash prizes for the three winners.

The winner receives £35,000 in cash to start their business – a huge injection at a vital stage in a young company's development plus a further £25,000 in business support from sponsors such as Morton Fraser, Murgitroyd, and Baker Tilly.

Over the last four years, the programme has attracted 260 applications, engaged with 120 projects, from which around 30% went on to create companies. Four out of five of these businesses have secured follow-on investment and funding which currently stands at £10 million. Converge Challenge seeks to create entrepreneurs and develops entrepreneurial behaviours.

Converge Challenge collaborates with other organisations supporting idea generation such as the RSE, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Enterprise Campus, Firstport, Youth Enterprise Scotland et al to ensure our alumni get access to ongoing opportunities such as networking events and access to a large pool of advice to commercialise their work.

 

To find out more, please contact Alasdair McGill, Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Strategy aimcgill@dundee.ac.uk

Databases for the Environmental and Social Sciences, Dundee, April 8, 2015

This SISCA  funded event is taking place on the 8th of April in Dundee and is targeted to Environmental and Social Sciences researchers (PGRs and postdocs).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/databases-for-the-environmental-and-social-sciences-tickets-15992749745

 Event Details

Although the Environmental and Social Sciences have developed a rich and useful toolset for data storage and analysis (NVivo for example) it is apparent that some researchers in these fields are unaware of the advantages of properly structured data storage. The area of data storage has undergone an upheaval in computer science with the increasing popularity of NoSQL databases which has opened up new areas of data storage for analysis This workshop will bring together Computer Scientists with Environmental and Social Scientists to learn about data storage and the problems that environmental and social scientists have in their research. This event is made possible through the help of SICSA.

Speakers:

 Computing:

 Professor Mark Whitehorn: “Why Relational Databases save time and effort”

 Gerry McNicol ( Mesacom Tech Ltd ) “Introduction to graph Databases.”

 Andy Cobley : “Time series data (Sensors)” (TBC)

 Rebecca Simmonds( University of Newcastle) “Scalable Geospatial Indexing with Cassandra”

 Environmental and social Sciences:

 Nandan Mukherjee global dataset on natural disaster loss and damage

 Otherspeakers to be invited from around Scotland.

 This one day workshop will be spit into thirds, Sessions from Computer Scientists, Short sessions from social and environmental scientists and finally collaboration discussion groups exploring data handling and data analysis challenges. The day will finish with a wrap up session, conclusions and new collaboration groups. The outcome will be a greater understanding for computer scientists of the problems environmental and social scientists face. Social and environmental scientists will come away with a greater understanding of data handling and the advantages new techniques can bring.

The Young Innovators Challenge 2015 is now open for entries! ***Now Closed***

The Young Innovators Challenge (YIC) 2015 has returned for a third year and will again focus on social innovation. The competition invites undergraduate or postgraduate students at a Scottish University to submit ideas which address problems or opportunities related to one of three areas that already exhibit opportunities for social innovation in Scotland: Healthcare and wellbeing, Green and sustainable energy resources and Smarter communities and infrastructure. Thirty successful entrants could receive £2000 to work on their innovations throughout summer 2015 and take it from an idea to a potential solution. They'll then pitch in August for additional funding of up to £5000.

The Young Innovators Challenge 2015 Flyer

The Young Innovators Challenge 2015 Slide

#ShareMyThesis Competition**Closed**

Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?

·         Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?

 Enter this competition and win a 15 inch MacBook Pro.

 Closing date: 9 February 2015 10.00

The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise why your PhD research is important in 140 characters or less. The competition is open worldwide and to entries from all subject areas.

To enter tweet why your PhD research is important using the hashtag [typd]#ShareMyThesis. Your tweet should convey why your research is important (not just what your research is about). Make sure your tweet is self-contained and understandable to a non-specialist. Tweets must be tweeted by 9 February 2015 at 10.00.

For more information and full terms and conditions see www.bl.uk/share-my-thesis

This competition is brought to you by EThOS at the British Library and our partners Research Councils UK and Vitae.

Scottish Crucible 2015 -Closed for applications

Scottish Crucible is the prestigious leadership and development programme for early career researchers in Scotland.

Applications are now invited from senior Postdoctoral Fellows, Academic Fellows, Lecturers in their first academic posts - or their equivalents from Research Institutes, SMEs and spin-out companies - for Scottish Crucible 2015.  Further details are provided on the Scottish Crucible website: http://www.hw.ac.uk/scottishcrucible/from where the application form can be downloaded.  Successful candidates will receive awards to cover all residential costs, training sessions and travelling expenses.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 2nd February 2015

Scottish Crucible has been widely praised for its innovative and collaborative approach to research & KE skills development. We look forward to welcoming the next 30 specially selected researchers who will join our programme and the Scottish Crucible Alumni Network in 2015!

Scottish Crucible Management Group

Scottish Crucible ~ empowering researchers through innovation, creativity and collaboration

Scottish Crucible 2015
Scottish Crucible 2015 Guidance Notes

What Do Research Staff Do Next?

Vitae, in collaboration with Naturejobs and other partners, are investigating the careers of research staff who moved from research posts in European higher education institutions to other employment sectors.

If you have previously worked in a European higher education institution (as research staff, postdoctoral researcher or on fellowships) and have since transitioned to another career, they would love to hear about your career path. Please participate in the Vitae 'What do research staff do next?' survey at: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/impact-and-evaluation/what-do-researchers-do/WDRSDN/what-do-research-staff-do-next