Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

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: ]

EPSRC launches Science Photo Competition 2015

Monday, October 19th, 2015

“The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has launched its third Science Photo competition which will run until midnight on Saturday 19 December 2015.”

“The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported 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 more information and details of how to enter go to:

[Source EPSRC news: ]

Students and staff invited to pitch ideas for inclusive learning technologies

Monday, October 12th, 2015

“Digital technologies charity Jisc [has launched] a competition for students and staff to come up with new digital solutions that will improve accessibility and inclusion in post-16 education.”

“Called Accessible by design, the competition will invite ideas for how technology could support the access and inclusion of the UK’s learners, staff and researchers, with the best ones being offered the opportunity of funding to get their ideas off the ground.”

“Three of the ideas will be selected to receive £5,000 in funding plus expert support from Jisc to take them through the discovery phase and help develop tangible solutions.”

“Any student or member or staff that works in the area of accessibility and inclusion in further education (FE), higher education (HE) or skills is eligible to enter, either individually or as a team.”

“Entries must be made via Jisc’s elevator website by 26 October and need to include a short video and summary of the idea. The general public will then be able to vote until 2 November with the final projects being taken forward announced in late November.”

For more information go to the Accessible by design webpage:

[Source Jisc news: ]

Call for contributions: Wellcome Image Awards 2016

Monday, July 6th, 2015

“The call for contributions for the Wellcome Image Awards 2016 is now open. The deadline is 9 September 2015, and all submitted images will be considered for the Awards, to be held in March 2016.”

“First held in 1997, the Wellcome Image Awards are organised each year to celebrate the best science-imaging talent and techniques. The winning images will be exhibited in galleries and science centres throughout the UK and around the world.”

“Wellcome Images is always on the lookout for high-quality imagery that relates to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare. Its collections cover all artistic media and imaging techniques, from hand-drawn illustrations to super-resolution microscopy and functional MRI scans. Placing images in a picture library such as Wellcome Images is an excellent way for researchers and scientists to engage with the public and to increase understanding of their work. The Wellcome Image Awards are an opportunity to celebrate both the aesthetic beauty of scientific images, and the range of incredible techniques used to create them.”

The deadline for submissions to the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards is 09 September 2015.

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

Image of the Week: Smartphone Microscope

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

“2015 is the UN’s International Year of Light, and to celebrate, the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University is launching a smartphone microscope competition for students.”

“‘Enlightenment: Build it, See it, Show it’ aims to get schoolchildren across Scotland building their own microscopes from kits, and using them to take amazing close-up images to reveal the hidden details of the world around them.”

“The Enlightenment team recently demonstrated the smartphone microscopes at the Scottish launch of the International Year of Light, which took place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The image above shows a smartphone that has been transformed into a microscope being used to examine a leaf.”

“School pupils and adults alike were amazed by what they could see using their own phones and a simple piece of kit. We took visitors on a hands-on journey of fluorescent microscopy, demonstrating how animals such as corals, fluoresce under certain light. The light emitting molecules from coral and jellyfish (e.g. green fluorescent protein) have had a huge impact on biological sciences, allowing us to visualise complex microscopic systems.”

“The Enlightenment project will also showcase the importance of interdisciplinary science, using the beauty of biological images with the combination of cell biology and optical physics. The project is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, and Heriot-Watt University.”

[Source Wellcome Trust blog: ]