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Call for Papers for Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies: Best Article Prize (2015)

Monday, November 24th, 2014

“The editors of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS) and Routledge are delighted to offer a $500 prize for the most outstanding article published in JMIS in 2015.  This prize will be offered thereafter on an annual basis.”

“All articles published in JMIS in 2015 will automatically be considered for the Best Article Prize, and all submissions received during the calendar year 2014 will be considered for publication in 2015.”

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Nationwide search for new intellectual broadcasters

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“The Arts & Humanities Research Council [AHRC], BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts are launching a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.”

“From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.”

“The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.”

“The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website –”

To find out more go to:

[Source AHRC news as above]

Heritage + Culture Open Data Challenge

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“Nesta and the Open Data Institute are running an open data challenge on the theme of Heritage & Culture. We are asking teams to develop products and services which answer the question: How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture?”

“Applications are open from 4th November 2014 until midday 9th February 2015 and we are holding a series of events during the application period to help teams develop their ideas. Applications should be submitted using our Heritage & Culture group on Collabfinder.”

The Challenge “invites teams from existing businesses, startups, social enterprises and community groups to use open data to build products and services. In particular, we are interested in products and services which deliver value to people who are not well-served by current heritage and culture offers. In addition, we are also interested in business to business propositions and new approaches which use open data to support institutions and organisations to expand their reach to new and diverse people.”

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Longitude Prize 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

“Antib​iotics was voted by YOU to be the challenge of Longitude Prize 2014.”

“In order to tackle growing levels of antimicrobial resistance, the challenge set for the Longitude Prize is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time.”

“What happens next?

Now that the antibiotics challenge has been chosen, we want everyone, from amateur scientists to the professional scientific community, to try and solve it.”

“Nesta and the Longitude Committee are finalising the criteria for how to win the £10 million prize, and from the autumn you will be able to submit your entries.”

“Do you have an idea to solve the antibiotics challenge? Register your interest and we’ll alert you when submissions open in autumn 2014.”

To find out more go to the Longitude Prize website:

[Source Longitude Prize as above]

Get on board the Freedom Express

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

“Here’s your chance to participate in an epic two-week journey in search of traces of events that were instrumental in changing the face of Europe. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe, a study trip ‘Freedom Express’ will take 20 exceptionally creative individuals aged 18-28 through Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic.”

“During the trip, the participants will log sketches of their observations, photos, films and audio footage as well as essays that will form the content of a blog, which will cover the successive stages of the trip as it happens. All of this will also contribute to a documentary, showing a creative interdisciplinary dialogue between the young artists and places of memory.”

“Applications are open for the contest until 30 June 2014. For the application form, terms and conditions of recruitment and programme details, please see The trip will take place from 29 August-14 September 2014, and will include workshops, lectures, film screenings, meetings with witnesses of the historical events, visits to memorial sites and institutions documenting that era of European history.”

[Source Europeana: ]

Longitude Prize 2014 goes live

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta writes:

“This week Longitude Prize 2014 has gone live, with a great launch by the BBC and media coverage all over the world.”

“The prize is unique in several ways. There can’t be many examples of a 300 year old prize or committee being revived, and yet feeling entirely contemporary. There are remarkably few examples of the public being asked to have their say on scientific priorities. And there are still relatively few chunks of research funding opened up to anyone, anywhere to apply based on merit.”

“For us Longitude is a natural progression of our work on prizes over the last few years, including the creation of the Centre for Challenge Prizes, various events and publications – including Challenge Prizes: A practice guide. Prizes can’t solve everything – but they should definitely be one of the tools used by public funders (something like 5% of the total might be appropriate – at the moment it’s below 0.1%).”

To find out more about the Longitude Prize go to:

To read more of the blog go to:

[Source Nesta blog as above]

Competition for budding science writers

Monday, November 25th, 2013

“The 2014 Access to Understanding science writing competition is open for entries. Run by Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and the British Library, the competition encourages scientists to make current research exciting and engaging for all.”

Access to Understanding is open to all early-career bioscience researchers (including PhD students) and the shortlisted entries will be invited to an awards ceremony at the British Library, with the winner receiving an iPad alongside their article being printed in the journal eLife.”

“Researchers will be asked to choose from one of selection of journal articles and write an engaging article which could be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their scientific knowledge.”

The closing date for entries is 10 December 2013. To find out more or to enter, visit:

[Source Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) news: ]

EPSRC launches Science Photo Competition

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

“The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has launched its first Science Photo competition which will run until 16 December 2013.”

“The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and doctoral students, giving them the opportunity to share their research through pictures and the chance to win prizes.”

“Share your photos to support excellence and promote outstanding UK engineering and physical sciences research.”

For further information go to:

[Source EPSRC news: ]

Manchester Writing Competition

Monday, June 10th, 2013
  • The 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize: £10,000
  • The 2013 Manchester Fiction Prize: £10,000

Deadline for Entries: Friday 30th August 2013

“Under the direction of Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the 2013 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes – major international literary competitions, celebrating excellence in creative writing, and open to anyone aged 16 or over (with no upper age limit).”

“The Manchester Writing Competition began in 2008, funded in the first instance by the University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £50,000 to its winners.”

“Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, from 2013, both will be running every year, with £10,000 awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000 to the writer of the best short story.”

For further information about the prizes and how to enter go to:

[Source: Manchester Writing Competition website as above]

Access to Understanding competition winner is announced as Europe PubMed Central and the British Library celebrate accessible, engaging science writing

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The winner of the Access to Understanding competition, a celebration of science-writing hosted in partnership by British Library and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), has just been announced.

“Entrants to the competition were challenged to summarise a cutting-edge research article, communicating in a simple and accessible way what the research is, and why it matters, for a non-specialist audience.”

“The overall winner, Emma Pewsey, a PhD student in material sciences at the University of Cambridge, was selected from among 400 entries from around the world for her entry explaining research that investigated the causes of hip fracture in the elderly.”

“A further eight entries were commended by the judging panel, spanning basic through to clinical science, and including complex papers on stem cells, cancer and genetics. The original articles are all available from Europe PMC, a free online life sciences and biomedical information resource.”

“The Access to Understanding competition aims to raise awareness amongst researchers of the increasing importance to the general public of being able to understand the outcomes of research which they pay for. Furthermore, it seeks to break down the barriers that highly technical research language presents to enabling understanding of research, and to encourage PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers to develop their communications skills.”

To read the winning entries go to:

[Source British Library press release: ]

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