Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

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: ]

2015 Applications now open for the L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

“The L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. From 2015, Five Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.”

“The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.”

“Another important part of the Fellowship programme is the support, training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.”

Applications close on Friday the 13th March 2015.

[Source Science and Technologies Facilities Council: ]

RCUK and PraxisUnico Impact Awards for KEC Professionals Opens for Entries

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

“RCUK and PraxisUnico are delighted to announce their collaboration on the Impact Awards 2015, celebrating the outstanding work of Knowledge Exchange, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Teams (KEC) across the UK, which opens for entries today.”

“The Impact Awards highlight best practice and innovative approaches to KEC in UK research organisations and beyond, showcasing the vital contribution made by KEC professionals in developing excellent research into tangible, real-life benefits to society and business. RCUK and PraxisUnico are working together to highlight how the excellent work being done in this field contributes significantly to the UK’s position as a world-leading destination to research, innovate and grow business.”

“The competition, which is open for entries from Monday, February 16, 2015, will recognise four different categories:

  • Contribution to Business: recognising the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and/or commercialisation activities have had in benefitting (or have the potential to benefit) a company and/or the economy
  • Contribution to Society:  recognising the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer or commercialisation activities have had in benefitting (or have the potential to benefit) society
  • Outstanding KEC initiative: recognising how  an innovative approach to knowledge exchange and commercialisation  has the potential to be transformative for the community of KEC professionals
  • International Award: recognising outstanding KEC practices, or contribution to business or society by institutions outside of the UK”

“The overall competition winner will be drawn from the first three categories. The competition winner will be awarded ‘KEC team of the year’ and will receive £50,000 award money. Only those institutions eligible to receive RCUK funding are eligible to receive the monetary award.”

The competition closes at midnight on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

[Source AHRC news: ]

Is it time for you to join the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“Interested in becoming a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow? Find out what we’re looking for, and what makes this scheme different from the average academic fellowship. With the deadline for applications for the 2015 Engagement Fellowships coming up, Tom Ziessen from our Engaging Science team explains the scheme and answers some frequently asked questions…”

“At the Wellcome Trust, we’re not only interested in funding scientists and researchers to do science, we also want to encourage the public to explore health and wellbeing through the lens of scientific, historical and social research. We do this by funding public engagement projects (both directly and indirectly connected to research we fund), supporting the development of communities of artists, science communicators, researchers and others who deliver such projects and by directly delivering public engagement activity such as our exhibitions and events at the Wellcome Collection or our major education initiatives such as In The Zone.”

“We consider it important to connect and engage the public with the conversations around science and health. The Public Engagement Fellowship aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. We want to support future leaders to make a step change in their careers – helping them bridge the gap to something new.”

To find out more go to:

[Source Wellcome Trust blog as above]

First phase of RDS complete – now it’s time to cast your votes!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

“The first phase of Research Data Spring concluded on January 12th with 70 ideas posted, 159 comments, 1005 votes and 603 users! But the process isn’t over yet. Now Jisc needs your input to help identify which ideas should be taken forward to the next stage of the process.”

“The votes and comments space is still open, so please continue the conversation. Jisc encourages all stakeholders, including researchers, developers, librarians, IT staff, research managers, publishers whether in UK universities or potential collaborators or interested parties to use the comment space to offer their skills and expertise to the idea owners, thus joining forces and collaborating on the solutions they are proposing.”

[Source Digital Curation Centre: ]

Ethos #ShareMyThesis competition

Monday, January 26th, 2015
  • Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?
  • Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?

“The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise why your PhD research is important in 140 characters or less. The competition is open worldwide and to entries from all subject areas.”

“First, tweet why your PhD research is important using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis. Your tweet should convey why your research is important (not just what your research is about). Make sure your tweet is self-contained and understandable to a non-specialist.”

“Tweets must be received by 9 February 2015 at 10.00. Our judging panel will then select the top eight tweets.”

“Next, the eight shortlisted entrants will be asked to write a short article (up to 600 words) elaborating on your tweet and explaining why your PhD research is important.”

“The judging panel will select a winner and two runners up by 20 March 2015.”

“The winner will receive a 15-inch MacBook pro. Second prize is an iPad and third prize a £200 Amazon voucher.”

[Source British Library website: ]

The Hub: Applications for 2016 residency now open

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“The Wellcome Trust is now accepting applications for a new group of residents for The Hub. Based in Wellcome Collection, The Hub provides a unique space and resource for an interdisciplinary group of researchers to work on an original project related to health, medicine or well-being.”

“Applications are open to groups of around four to six practitioners and researchers from across the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences, who wish to bring a multitude of perspectives to a project over the course of two academic years. Taking up residency in the autumn of 2016, the group will receive an allowance of up to £1million to develop or accelerate innovative work examining human health, and looking at ways of generating new insights, methodologies, interventions and forms of engagement.”

“The deadline for expressions of interest in the 2016 residency is Friday 1 May 2015.”

“The Wellcome Trust is holding two open afternoons on Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 4 March 2015 for potential applicants to visit The Hub and find out more.”

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

Jisc launches collaborative initiative for UK research

Monday, December 1st, 2014

“Teams across universities and others that support research in the UK are being offered the opportunity to submit their ideas to a collaborative funding initiative [recently] launched by Jisc.”

“Called research data spring, the project aims to engage all individuals and groups with an interest in research data and get them to work together to create new solutions to common research problems. This includes finding and developing new technical tools, software or services to streamline researchers’ workflows, and to improve the use and management of data.”

“The initiative is being run via Ideascale, an online platform that allows people to submit their ideas, vote and comment on others, and join up with teams on a shared idea.”

“To have your idea considered, the solutions need to fit into one of five priority areas:

  1. Research data deposit and sharing tools; including the development of protocols that help support the streamlining of access, use and re-use of research data
  2. Data creation and re-use by discipline; including ideas for experiments and proto-types that address the researchers experience and the research data workflow to improve the creation, management, curation and re-use of data. This should support open research practice and methods where appropriate and be transferrable across disciplines
  3. Research data systems integration and interoperability; including developing solutions to improve interfaces and ease connections, and create seamless working between and across systems
  4. Research data analytics; including the development and testing of ways to use big data analytical methods for the benefits of research, or to better analyse research data activity and test associated metrics
  5. Shared services for research; this aspect should be considered in all of the priority areas, and includes international, national and local shared services, that could be delivered by Jisc or other partners.”

The deadline for submissions is: 12 January 2015

Here is a link to the research data spring project page:

[Source Jisc news: ]

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: ]