Monthly Archives: April 2013

Room required

Hello, my name is Lilian and I am a visiting PhD student from the University of Aberdeen working on basking sharks. I’ll be soon spending a couple of weeks working at the biomolecular analysis facility in Sheffield and am currently looking for a spare room. I’ll be there from the 21st April onwards and am looking for something close to the labs (walking distance if possible). I am 26 years old, non-smoker and easy-going. If anyone can help, please just drop me an email: lilianlieber@hotmail.com . Thanks a lot!

CALL FOR STUDENTS: 1st International SUMMER School on Evolution

COURSE PROGRAM ONLINE

July 15th – 19th, 2013 | Ciência Viva Knowledge Pavilion, Lisbon, Portugal

Website: http://evolutionschool.fc.ul.pt/summer

ABOUT THE COURSES

MODULE 1: EVOLUTIONARY THEORY

Courses are taught by: Luís Villarreal, Ilya Tëmkin, Frietson Galis.

MODULE 2: SOCIOCULTURAL EVOLUTION

Courses are taught by Fiona Jordan, Marion Blute, Nathalie Gontier & Emanuele Serrelli.

MODULE 3: PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY

Courses are taught by Derek Turner, Frédéric Bouchard, Michael Ruse.

All courses are taught at a level accessible to Master, PhD and post-doctoral students in the exact, life, human and sociocultural evolutionary sciences. Students of evolutionary biology, evolutionary developmental biology, virology, paleontology, evolutionary linguistics, evolutionary anthropology, and philosophy of biology will especially benefit from these courses.

Students will be provided a mandatory reading list which will form the basis of lectures and discussions. There are neither examinations nor paper assignments.

REGISTRATION FEE

350 euro for the whole week, regardless the number of courses you chose.

HOW TO ENROLL

You can enroll for a specific module (therefore following a 30-hour course on the subject) or you may choose three courses of your specific interest.

ABOUT THE SUMMER SCHOOL

The School is organized by the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab of the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with Ciência Viva and with the support of the John Templeton Foundation.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUMMER SCHOOL MAILINGLIST

http://eepurl.com/n2EGb

WEBSITES

http://evolutionschool.fc.ul.pt, http://appeel.fc.ul.pt

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/events/374500115949579

Writing and publication workshops

1) Workshop for Group Leaders: Effective management of writing and publication

Are you a research fellow or young academic in the process of building your research group?

Are you an experienced group leader considering how to improve the research output from your laboratory and how to better support your PhD students and Postdocs become good & prolific publishing scientists?

(details below)

Please email <s.soubes@sheffield.ac.uk> to book a place to attend this workshop.

2) Intensive Training programme for Postdoctoral researchers: Writing for publication
(details below)

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EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF WRITING AND PUBLICATION
A SHORT WORKSHOP FOR GROUP LEADERS

When:  22nd MAY (9.30-5pm)
Where: 301 Glossop Road

The success of a research institute or university department is ultimately dependent on the publication record of its constituent groups. It is therefore essential for principal investigators to create the conditions that favour efficient, high-impact publication of research from their laboratories. At the same time, group leaders have a responsibility to train the next generation of researchers to become independent, publishing scientists. This short workshop introduces approaches to managing the overall
publication output of a research group and working effectively with the writing of junior colleagues. It shows how a proactive, strategic approach to writing not only enhances publication success but also has a positive impact on the research itself. In addition, it reveals how effective interaction with students and postdoctoral researchers throughout the writing process can reduce the workload of group leaders
while helping junior researchers to develop critical skills for their future careers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Participants will gain critical insights into the process of writing and how this awareness can be used not only to optimise writing and publication output but also to enhance the scientific activity of their research groups.

WORKSHOP OUTLINE
– Understanding the writing process
– Writing as a driving force for science
– Approaches to managing publication output in academic settings
– Getting the most out of your group to support your publication goals
– Mentoring writing

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Writing for Publication- Intensive Training Programme
Training for Early Career researchers

Are you a Postdoc with data from your PhD, which never got written?
Are you a Postdoc with lots of data but who never has the time to write?
Are you a Postdoc who does not like to write?
Are you a Postdoc applying for fellowships and lectureships who needs papers to be started/ written/ finished/ submitted in order to enhancing your chances of success?

Success in science is not just about the results you obtain in the laboratory—it is also about communicating them. Without a strong publication record, you will not progress in your career. The sooner you make sense of writing, then, the more chance you will have of achieving your goals.

This training programme is intended to help you set off on the road to becoming a more effective, independent writer. It will help you to understand more about the writing process and to develop an approach to writing and publication that will be of benefit to you throughout your career.

During the programme, you will also build a support network of peers with whom you will share ideas, issues & challenges.

We are offering a limited number of early career researchers from biological/ biomedical disciplines the opportunity to benefit from an outstanding training provision.

This will take the form of a series of training packages (all are part of the same training programme):

  • Workshop: Approaches to writing and publication (20 & 21st May)
  • Writing retreat: 15th to 19th July
  • Individual coaching (this will take place via email between July- September)
  • Workshop: Intensive follow-up & coaching (30th Sept- 2nd October)

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    TRAINER
    Dr. Iain Patten is an independent writing consultant with more than 10 years’ experience of facilitating scientific writing and communication. He originally trained as a biomedical scientist and undertook research in neuroscience and embryology in the UK, USA, and Spain. He later shifted his attention to scientific communication, working initially in Spain as an editor and translator of biomedical science and
    later in the UK in the medical communications industry. He currently provides an integrated scientific and medical communications service with an emphasis on individually tailored training. His approach focuses primarily on helping authors to become independent, effective writers who are able to produce well-structured, clearly written articles as part of their normal professional activity.
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    If you have questions and queries regarding either the workshop for group leader or the intensive training programme for Postdocs, please do get in touch with Sandrine:

    Dr Sandrine Soubes
    Researcher Development Manager, Faculty of Science

    The University of Sheffield
    Firth court, room F16
    Western bank
    S10 2TN
    Tel:  +44  (0114) 222-4220
    Fax:  +44  (0114) 222-2800

    Web: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/science/training-and-development

    Problematic samples to test the Maxwell DNA extraction machine

    If you have samples that cant be extracted using the cheap Ammonium acetate method and want to test them on the Maxwell please give Debs or Gav a shout. We have the machine until Friday.