Monthly Archives: July 2017

Sheffield Nature Fest – Western Park and Museum TOMORROW (Sat 29th July 10-4pm)

Join us as we celebrate all things nature, including nature stalls, birdwatching, bug hunting and arts and crafts.

Our groups work on Sheffield’s otters and their distribution and diet with be on display.

Experts will be on hand to show you how to help us record and identify plants and animals and enjoy wildlife in your own backyard.

11am-4pm: Craft activities with the Museums Sheffield learning team

11am-12pm: Minibeast Hunt – Paul Richards from Nature Counts shows you how you can become a citizen scientist! Paul will lead a guided walk round the Ponderosa to record invertebrates and help you to identify the mini-beasts you find.

1-2pm: Curator Talk on Garden Moths – Join Curatorial Assistant of Natural Sciences Gina Allnatt to hear about what kind of moths you might find in your garden, how moths are more diverse, and often more colourful than butterflies, and how to record and observe them

2-3pm: Minibeast Hunt – As at 11am.

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Programming for Evolutionary Biology conference, 16-20 Sept 2017, Biolowieza, Poland

The dealine for 3rd Programming for Evolutionary Biology
Conference 16-20 Sept 2017, Bialowieza, Poland has been extended. We
now accept abstracts till 31st July.

The Programming for Evolutionary Biology (PEB) conference brings
together biologists broadly interested in applying bioinformatic tools
to answer evolutionary and ecological questions.

It aims to serve as a platform for discussing the ongoing projects and
related bioinformatic pitfalls. The meeting consists of plenary talks
by renowned specialists in the field, contributed talks by the
participants (works in progress are more than welcome!) and workshops.

This year, we are fortunate to be joined by an outstanding list of
Plenary Speakers: Mark Blaxter from University of Edinburgh, Stuart
Baird from Czech Academy of Sciences, Katja Nowick from University of
Leipzig. The workshops will be provided by Przemyslaw Biecek, a data
scientist and R enthusiast from University of Warsaw.

The fee, including meals, accommodation, and transportation from
Warsaw airport and back, is 250 euro.

More info:

Looking forward seeing you in Bialowieza!

On behalf the organising committee,
Agnieszka Kloch

P.S. Abstracts are not required for registration. In case you don’t know, the Bialowieza Forest lies at the border to Belarus and is one of Europe’s last primaeval forests. It is still a UNESCO world heritage site, but currently threatened by a logging campaign. The conference venue is the WEJMUTKA Bialowieza Biodiversity Academy, which lies in the centre of the national park.

Sheffield Bioblitz wildlife event, invite to showcase our research – 10th August

Is anyone interested in being involved in the first Sheffield Bioblitz ?

We have been invited and offered a gazebo and stall to share our knowledge of UK wildlife and show what we do in the lab to support wildlife studies and conservation.

Its for adults and experts as well as kids.
If you have any ideas or want to be involved – please contact Debs by Wednesday 19th.

The event will be at Sheffield’s Wardsend Cemetery on Thursday 10th August, 12am-3pm. The Don Discovery Bioblitz will celebrate the recovery of Sheffield’s rivers and the wildlife found in and around them. The day will involve free nature activities to engage the general public, such as a bird walk, invertebrate river dipping and more. So far we have Museums Sheffield involved (running a bat walk), the friends of the Blue Loop and the friends of Wardsend.

Edward W. Rose III Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards ( support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8.