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16 November 2009


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Charity Book Sale

The 7th Annual School charity book sale will take place on Friday 20th November. If you have any unwanted books, CDs, or DVDs you'd like to donate, please bring them in, to ACSO, Kilburn Room 2.127.

Please also check out our online Charity Auction - now up to £456!

New auction items welcome, just bring them in to ACSO.

University Postgraduate Open day – Help needed                              25 Nov 09

This is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to meet us and see the environment and facilities available should they decide to register for one of our postgraduate programmes in September 2010.

After an overview from Uli Sattler there will be two research demonstrations taking place within the School from a couple of our academics.

Volunteers needed....

We would also like to provide an opportunity for the visitors to chat to other members of the academic staff to answer any questions on the courses that they may have.

If you are free between 3:00pm - 4:30pm on the 25th and able to provide a demo or make yourself available for questions, please contact Jez Lloyd.



Why Chemistry and the Web Will Benefit from a ChemSpider          16 Nov 09

Dr Antony Williams, Vice President Strategic Development, Chemspider

15:00, Atlas rooms, Kilburn Building

School Board: Acting Dean Professor Colin Bailey & UG Report   18 Nov 09

15:30, Room 407 IT building

MIB Biotech event                                                                                           1 Dec 09

The Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre will be hosting “Perspectives in Systems and Synthetic Biology”.  To register for the event please email

WiSET Afternoon Tea and Chat for female students and staff at the School of Computer Science                                                                                      9 Dec 09

In order to improve and support networking between female students and staff at the School of Computer Science, a regular monthly lunch meeting is planned, with talks and workshops. The first event will be an informal get-together with a few short talks and presentations by students about their research and work experience as computer scientists. Pop in to meet new people, have some chats and a nice cup of tea! All students (UG and PG) and staff are welcome!

Free tea and snacks!

Wednesday, 9th December 2009, 1-2.30pm, Room IT407 (IT / Kilburn Building).


Prizes and Awards

BBSRC Innovator of the year Call for Applications                             16 Dec 09

An annual competition to celebrate the successes of BBSRC-supported scientists in delivering economic and/or social impact from their excellent research.  Individual scientists or teams can submit an application detailing their activities that have resulted in economic and/or social impact.

A prize of £5,000 will be made directly to the winner of each category, with the overall Innovator of the Year receiving a further £5,000. For team winners the prize money will be split equally among the applicants.

An assessment panel will select the best applications under the following 3 categories:

·        Commercial innovator

·        Social innovator

·        Most promising innovator

More information

Deadline for applications: 16th December 2009

BCS Lovelace Medal Call for Nominations                                             18 Dec 09

The Lovelace Medal is presented to individuals who have made a contribution which is of major significance in the advancement of Information Systems or which adds significantly to the understanding of Information Systems.

This year the panel will be seeking nominations relating to contributions in Information Systems Science, i.e., basic research that has added significantly to our understanding of Information Systems.

More information

Deadline for nominations: Friday 18th December 2009

BCS Roger Needham Award Call for Nominations                              18 Dec 09

The Award is made annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK-based researcher within ten years of being awarded their PhD.

"UK-based" means that candidates have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to nomination, or have an equivalent substantial connection to the UK.

More information

Deadline for nominations: Friday 18th December 2009