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Calling all MRC-funded PhD students!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“The MRC’s [Medical Research Council] 2017 Max Perutz Science Writing Award is now open.”

“The MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award is one of the ways the MRC encourages MRC-funded PhD students to develop outstanding communication skills and engage with the wider public about their work.”

“Now in its 20th year, the award is named after the eminent scientist and Nobel Laureate Dr Max Perutz, an accomplished and natural communicator who died in 2002. Since the competition began in 1998, hundreds of MRC researchers have submitted entries and taken their first steps in communicating their research to the public.”

“The challenge is to write 800 words for a lay audience and explain ‘Why does my research matter?’. The winner gets £1,500 and their article published on the MRC Insight blog and the MRC website. There will also be a runner up prize (£500) and two highly commended (£250) prizes.”

For more information, and to enter the competition, go to:

[Source MRC news: ]

Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge

Monday, November 21st, 2016

“If you haven’t yet taken the #ChemSearchChallenge, you are missing out on the chance to compete with chemists from research, education and industry fields to find out who can achieve the fastest route to finding answers.”

“The 2016 ChemSearch Challenge is a multi-week online competition that awards weekly prizes and the glory of sitting atop the leaderboards to professional and aspiring chemists. There’s still time to join and flex those research muscles!”

To find out more go to:

[Source email from Reaxys Elsevier, 16 Nov, 2016]

Calling all scientists! – EPSRC Science Photo Competition 2016

Friday, October 21st, 2016

“On Monday 26 September 2016, EPSRC [Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council] [launched] its fourth Science Photo Competition. The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students and this is your chance to share your research through pictures and win top prizes.”

The submission deadline is 00.01 (GMT) on Friday 16 December 2016.

For more information and details of how to enter, go to the competition website:

[Source EPSRC news as above]

Europeana fashion challenge 2016

Friday, October 21st, 2016

“Calling all developers, designers, makers, artists, educators and cultural heritage digital thinkers! We’re offering a share of €20.000 for the best idea(s) of how to creatively re-use Europeana and Europeana Fashion’s openly licensed fashion content in a digital product, service or business. Winner(s) will also benefit from promotion and additional non-financial business development support to help realize their ideas. We are pleased to be working in collaboration with Europeana Fashion, their network and providers to promote the reuse of Europeana’s content within the wider fashion and fashion heritage community.”


  • Online application period: 19 September – 31 October (23.59 CET)
  • Panel assessment period: 1 November 2016 – 23 November 2016
  • Notifications for unsuccessful applicants and invitations to Skype interview for shortlisted candidates: by 25 November 2016
  • Skype interviews and communication of interview outcome: 28 November – 9 December 2016
  • Winner(s) announced on Europeana Labs: by 19 December 2016
  • Deadline to deliver the winning product/service: 30 June 2017”


For further information, including eligibility and details of how to apply, go to:

[Source Heritage Portal: ]

PGR 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

“Present your research and its significance to a non-specialists in 3 minutes and with just 1 PowerPoint slide.”

“It’s a prestigious national competition which is recognised and valued – participating marks you out as an enterprising, expressive and engaging candidate.
It also helps you:

  1. Prepare for your transfer/viva examinations. Articulating your work is an essential skill for when you have to defend your research
  2. Fully grasp your research. Being able to explain your research in a concise and engaging manner means you’ve got it!
  3. Get written feedback from research professionals and we can film it – a great opportunity for you to review and improve your presentation skills.”


  • Cheshire  Thurs 12th May 1.30-3.30pm (Register by Tues 10th May)
  • Manchester Mon 16th May  1.30-3.30pm (Register by Fri 13th May)
  • Manchester Tue 17th May 1.30-3.30pm (Register by Fri 13th May)

Institutional Final

Monday June 6th 12.00-2.00pm starting with lunch

For further information including the competition rules and how to enter, go to:

[Source MMU Graduate School website as above]

Wellcome Image Awards 2016 Winners

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

“The winners of the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards [have been] announced at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London []. For the first time in the Awards’ 19 year history, an illustration claimed the top prize.”

“A meticulously hand-painted watercolour and ink illustration by David Goodsell showing the molecular landscape inside an Ebola virus particle was chosen as the overall winner. Fergus Walsh, BBC Medical Correspondent and host for the evening said ‘This is a stunning illustration of a deadly pathogen – a cross-section through an Ebola virus particle. The judges felt that this watercolour and ink image elegantly displayed the biological structure of a virus which has caused such devastation in West Africa.’”

To see all the winning images go to:

[Source Wellcome Trust blog as above]

British Library Labs – competition and awards

Monday, February 8th, 2016

“British Library Labs is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project which supports and inspires the use of the British Library’s digital collections and data in exciting and innovative ways, through competitions, events and collaborative projects.”

“Since 2013, British Library Labs has been inviting researchers, developers and artists in from around the world to work with us to address an important research question or creative endeavour using the Library’s digital content and data. “

Find out more about the 2016 Competition: The deadline is 11 April 2016.

“The annual British Library Labs Awards recognises outstanding work using the Library’s digital collections and data in four categories: Research, Artistic and Commercial and Teaching/Learning.”

Find out more about the 2016 Awards: The deadline is 5 September 2016.

[Source British Library website: ]

Visiting Research Fellowships – Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

“The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture. We host a year-round programme of exhibitions, conferences and lectures, as well as developing research and publications, to expand the understanding and scholarship of historical and contemporary sculpture. Each year, we offer a number of Fellowships to enable researchers of different backgrounds and disciplines to develop their work. Research Fellowships are intended for artists, scholars and curators working on historic and contemporary sculpture who can make particular use of the Institute’s resources: our Research Library, Archive of sculptors’ papers, and the Leeds sculpture collections.”

“Up to four Research Fellows will be given the opportunity to spend a month in Leeds. In addition we will support up to two six-week Senior Fellowships, which are intended to give established scholars time and space to develop a research project free from usual work commitments.”

For more information and how to apply (by Tuesday, March 1, 2016), go to:

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Competition launch to develop an app that empowers women in STEMM

Monday, November 30th, 2015

“The Rosalind Franklin app competition has been launched by UCL to develop new mobile apps to empower and recognise women as leaders in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).”

“The organisers want to hear from everyone – whether they are a complete novice with a great idea, a wannabe coder or a seasoned app developer.”

“The competition has two different challenges:

  • To develop new mobile phone apps to empower women in STEMM. The competition is open to both women and men.
  • To recognise leading women in STEMM who have pioneered new apps for research and societal good. Help to identify and support the female role models who are making a difference by submitting a 200-word nomination statement.”

To find out more ago to the Rosalind Franklin App Competition website:

Applications close on 04 January 2016

[Source EPSRC news: ]

New prize competition seeks innovative ideas to advance open science

Monday, November 9th, 2015

“The Open Science Prize invites applicants to develop new products or services that harness the power of “big data” to improve health.”

“The Wellcome Trust has partnered with the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to launch a global science competition for new products or services to advance “open science”, a movement to make scientific research data broadly accessible to the public.”

“Up to six teams of technology experts and researchers stand to win $80,000 each to develop their ideas into a prototype or to advance an existing early stage prototype. The prototype judged to have the greatest potential to further open science will receive $230,000.”

“The volume of digital information generated by biomedical research often called “big data” is growing at a rapidly increasing pace. Researchers’ ability to derive knowledge from data is hindered by their ability to find, access and use it. The goal of the Open Science Prize is to support the development and prototyping of services, tools and platforms to overcome these hurdles to ensure data can be used to advance discovery and spur innovation.”

“The first phase of the competition is accepting applications until 29 February 2016. Based on the advice of a panel of experts, six teams will be selected to receive the prize money to advance their ideas to prototypes, and will be required to submit their prototypes by 1 December 2016. The overall winner is expected to be selected on 28 February 2017.”

More information can be found on the Open Science Prize website

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]