Monthly Archives: March 2010

Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Cambridge

The 2010 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference is hosted by University of Cambridge. Now in its third year, it provides graduate researchers an opportunity for discussion, deliberation and networking. The conference is purposefully interdisciplinary to allow graduate students from all fields of study to participate. Please see the website  and the Call for papers for more information.

TAB GROUP MEETING – Friday 19/03

Dear all,

the next group meeting is this Friday, with a different start time of 10am and different location of Finlay room (as B52 is not free). Tradition has it that new visitors must bring cake…

Speciation workshop in Iceland

FroSpects is a European Science Foundation network. Its first workshop will be in Iceland this summer. Here is advanced notice:


We have been working on the planning of our FroSpects workshop in Iceland this summer; see; and attached document.


I am happy to say that organization is proceeding very well. For example, we have lined up what we think is an excellent list of external invited speakers (see list below); in addition to internal presentations.


We also invite posters and/or brief presentations from students and scientists who are interested in participating (limited number). I would appreciate very much if you could draw attention to the workshop from your students and colleagues. People are also free to email me directly for information ( Financial support to students will be available.


If really hope that you will be able to attend. Thus, I recommend that you start considering travel plans soon, since the workshop is at the peak of the tourist season. Please let me know if you want us to assist with your travel organization.


I will send you more details soon, including proposed program of the workshop.

Best regards



External invited speakers:

David W. Pfennig, University of North Carolina; Richard Svanbäck, Uppsala University; Andrew Hendry, McGill University; Pierre Magnan, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; Patrick Nosil, University of Colorado; Katja Räsänen, ETH Zurich; Thomas B. Smith, UCLA; Jan Ohlberger, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Berlin.

Kerstin Johannesson University of Göthenburg Colin Adams, University of Glasgow

Frozen Ark

Two heroic people are running sponsored marathons to raise money for the Frozen Ark Charity. If you don’t know enough about the charity, do look at our newly tarted-up web site ( You can sponsor Justin or James from the web site, if you feel so inclined.

Please give them and the Ark a boost! It’s a good cause.

“Introduction to Commercial Skills for Life Scientists” BBSRC-Funded Course 10-11/05/10

The workshop is suitable for all researchers from PhD students and Postdocs to academics.

Would you like to work for or have your own biotech company one day? Develop awareness
and skills around intellectual property and the commercialisation of basic bioscience.

Course Outline
•           Innovation
•           Life Science business models
•           Researching and analysing markets and understanding finance
•           Managing complex projects
•           Team roles, interactive skills, storming/performing and identifying your
personal working attitudes
•           Intellectual property and patents
•           Support for innovation – Sheffield and BBSRC How can Sheffield protect its
ideas? (The role of the Enterprise and Innovation Office)

Speakers include:
Dr Patrick McCarthy: Senior Business Development Manager, (Genecom).
Dr Donald Mair: BBSRC Business and Innovation Unit .
David Martin: specialist life sciences patent attorney (Marks and Clerk) .

09:30 – 17:00 (Both Days)
ICOSS Centre (Near Bioincubator)

(Lunch and Refreshments Provided)

For more information or to book a place please go to the following website:

Room needed for NBAF visitor

Room needed as soon as possible for male visitor to NBAF, looking to stay in Sheffield until the end of April. Please contact

2010 Arts-Science Encounters

As part of the 2010 Arts-Science Encounters programme, which kicks-off next week (15 March 2010) and will run over a period of four months, arts and science researchers at the top of their profession, as well as performers and artists, will share their knowledge on a whole host of topics.  These will range from theatre, dance and poetry to anthropology, psychology and mathematics, with the aim of demonstrating the constant overlap between the disciplines of art and science.

Dancing to Darwin- The Comedy of Change: In advance of a Ballet Rambert performance at the Lyceum Theatre between 28-30 April 2010, this encounter features the scientist whose collaboration with Mark Baldwin produced the new ballet, The Comedy of Change, on the subject of evolution and animal behaviour. Cambridge psychologist Nicky Clayton talks about the creation of the ballet and how scientific ideas come to inspire the movement, energy and musicality of dance.

For a full list and further details on all the upcoming events please visit:

BBSRC-sponsored Summer School in Molecular Evolution and Diversity, Nottingham, July

The BBSRC (UK) will run a Summer School in Molecular Evolution and Diversity at the University of Nottingham from Monday 26th July until Saturday 31th July 2010. 

This is a course designed mainly, although not exclusively, for early career researchers (postgraduate and postdoctoral) in quantitative aspects of Evolutionary Biology, who are, or wish to, study genetic variation within and/or between species, and who need to gain a greater understanding of the quantitative and theoretical tools that will aid their interpretation of evolutionary data.  The course will largely consist of plenary lectures and talks from experts in population genetics theory and molecular evolutionary analyses.  There will also be 3 computer sessions, intended to help participants in the analysis of sequence and other types of data, and to understand how these analyses can be used to study important biological questions.  In addition, those chosen to participate in the Summer School will be asked to present a short talk or a poster about their research project or planned project. 

Places on the course are free, and, while we expect 90% of those chosen for the course to be postdoctoral or postgraduate researchers, 10% of places have been reserved for more experienced researchers.  All those chosen will need to pay their travel expenses, and will be asked to commit to attending the entire meeting. Places are not restricted to BBSRC-funded researchers.

Applications will be via the website:

More info:  Nottingham summer school

Postdoc training – How to be an Effective Researcher

The programme is aimed at early career research staff/Postdoc within the first 3–15 months of a research contract with project management responsibility.

Thursday 13th May and Friday 14th May (9.15- 5.00pm)
Meeting Room 2 in the Bioincubator
(Lunch and Refreshments provided)

Programme aims
The programme has been designed to integrate self-awareness and learning across a number of key areas, which include:
• project management – for the researcher’s own projects, and in assisting others with their projects, and including the creativity of developing new projects
• people management – managing others (students, technicians, etc) and being managed (PIs, department heads, etc)
• prioritization of competing tasks and managing complex, diverse workloads
• orientation within a longer-term career.
In addition, it will build greater self-awareness of the researcher’s learning and working styles.
This course is limited to 25 places and participants will be accepted on a “first come first served basis”.

To book a place please contact Dr Sandrine Soubes

Engineering Medicine Science Research Day 2010, Firth court

Submit posters and register for the EMS Research Day 2010

A full programme of oral presentations for the Engineering, Medicine and Science Research Day on 23 March 2010 is now available on the website (see below).

The programme includes a plenary lecture by Professor Nic Smith, Professor of Computational Physiology at the University of Oxford: Translating the Cardiac Physiome into the Clinic.

The website also includes details of how to submit a poster contribution and to register for the day.

For more information please contact Melanie Lovatt at

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