Monthly Archives: April 2010

NERC Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

Environment YES (young entrepreneurs scheme) is an innovative NERC scheme to raise levels of entrepreneurial awareness and provide insight into the innovation process.  It is aimed at all PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working in the environmental sciences; they do not have to be NERC funded.

Environment YES is run as a competition with a three-day workshop providing training to teams of four or five members on all aspects of technology transfer.
Leading industry figures will attend and make presentations on such areas as:

  • financial planning
  • intellectual property (IP)
  • marketing and evaluation

Participants use this knowledge to prepare and present a business plan for an “imaginary” environmental or environmental technology start-up company, to a panel of experts.  The panel will comprise business, financial and academic representatives taking the role of venture capitalists. The science can be theoretical but must fall within the NERC remit.  Two teams from each workshop will be selected to progress through to the final with the opportunity to win the top prize of £1000.

The benefits to participants are the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills such as:
information gathering, communication and presentation skills

  • interpersonal skills
  • team building and working
  • creative thinking
  • problem solving
  • working to deadlines
  • negotiation
  • business planning and drafting

Please note the closing date for applications is 18 June 2010.

This competition is free to enter and NERC will cover travel and subsistence, accommodation and meal costs for the workshop and final.

For more information, and key dates please go to or contact Emily Medland at or tel: 01793 442611

Accommodation wanted for NBAF visitor

Accommodation wanted for NBAF visitor now until end of July.
Hi all, I am looking for a room in a shared house, close to uni, for now until the end of July.
Please email me if anyone has a spare room.


Terry’s group meeting – this Friday 16/4 B52, 12noon

accommodation wanted for NBAF Visitor – Lindsey Holland

We will have a new visitor for 3 months from mid May. Would anyone have a spare room to let?

Please contact her supervisor directly: “Stevens, Jamie” <>

Endnote X1 – lab copy?

Does anyone have a copy of Endnote X1 or know where the lab copy is?

I found X2 in the lab software folder but my computer has taken umbridge with it…



Flora away until 26th April- please do tips

Flora away until 26th April- please do tips. If you don’t we will run out!

lab spring clean on Monday 12th April at 11am

Hi folks- we are having a lab spring clean on Monday 12th April at 11am. *Everyone* on this list is expected to attend as users or potential users of the lab and give at least 30 minutes helping to clean up, make lab safe, identify an ‘weak spots’ etc. (full training and bubbles will be provided).



spare room

Does anyone have a spare room for a week?  Paris Veltsos, a post doc from St Andrews will be visiting from the 19th to the 23rd of April and needs somewhere to stay for that time.  If you do please email me at Thanks, Barbara


Integrating Ecology and Evolution in Diversity Research” A workshop funded by the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network SPECIATION


31 May – 2 June 2010, Jyväskylä, Finland


Organisers: Anneli Hoikkala, Emily Knott, Maaria Kankare, Venera Tyukmaeva, Elzemiek Gueverink, and Jackson Jennings on behalf of the Marie Curie ITN


The fourth workshop organized by the EU Marie Curie ITN SPECIATION will focus on integrative topics. Particular focus will be on the genetics of adaptation and on using phylogenetic methods for studying divergence and diversification. Confirmed speakers: Rodolfo Costa (University of Padova), David Dolezel (Biology Centre ASCR), Lacey Knowles (University of Michigan), Albert Phillimore (Imperial College London), and Johanna Mappes (University of Jyväskylä)


The workshop will be held at the Konnevesi Research Station, near the University of Jyväskylä in idyllic central Finland (see ). The workshop will comprise lectures, computer-based practicals and a workshop on complementary skills. Participants should plan to arrive in Jyväskylä on Sunday, May 30 and the workshop will end mid-day on June 2. For more information go to


There is space and funding available for 15 external participants who are at an early stage of their research careers. There is no registration fee and accommodation as well as catering will be provided free, but participants will have to pay for their own travel costs. There are no nationality restrictions.


Applications should include a CV and a brief letter of motivation explaining why you are interested in attending the workshop.  Please send applications to Emily Knott ( by April 8.

Coffee and Career Meetings “Careers in Science Policy”

Format: The Coffee and Career sessions are informal monthly events, when PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to meet professionals with research background. These sessions aim to encourage researchers to broaden their horizons of potential careers as well as provide suggestions, ideas and tips on how to make it in these careers.

Date: Monday 19th April
Venue: Krebs room- Firth Court
Time: 12.30

Tom Finnegan, Research Officer, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Tom Wells, Policy Advisor, Science and Society Team, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills