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 21 January 2013


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London Mathematical Society Awards                                                31 Jan 2013 

The London Mathematical Society "Scheme 7" grant programme provides small financial awards (max £500) to help support a visit for collaborative research at the interface of Mathematics and Computer Science.  See:

Heidelberg Laureates Forum for young Computer Scientists and Mathematicians                                                                                                                 

ACM have created a new opportunity for young scientists in Computer Science and Mathematics: the Heidelberg Laureates Forum which will provide an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week with winners of the Turing Award, Abel Prize, and Fields Medal.  Details can be found at:

~100+ young researchers (i.e., recent PhDs, graduate students, and possibly undergraduates with good research experience will be accepted. Competition for places is expected to be serious and to stand the best chance of being accepted young researchers should be nominated by a colleague, professor or mentor who can attest to the quality of their work. Nomination forms can be found here:

The ACM "organization code" that is required to nominate is ACM79516 and nominations must be completed by February 15, 2013.  

Faculty funding for refurbishment                                                                               

Faculty has provided around £40k to improve the lighting and projection in IT407 and to improve the furniture and facilities in Byte Cafe.


Materials Science Strategy Review                                                      31 Jan 2013 

Closing date: 4pm 31 Jan 2013


The EPSRC are inviting comments on its ‘Materially Better’ review on the UK’s position in Materials Science (including graphene). Complete the questionnaire to have your say on the EPSRC’s strategy for the support of materials.

Resource Allocation Panel (RAP): Calls for access to the Edinburgh GPGPU Test Bed                                                                                                             1 Mar 13

·         Closing date: 4pm 1 Mar 2013

The EPSRC are inviting proposals to access a new GP-GPU test bed hosted by the University of Edinburgh (a standalone subset of HECToR). Expressions of interest to access the test bed (for 6 months maximum) should be for test and development, and exploratory work to trial this relatively new architecture. There is no longer any requirement that applicants are current HECToR users.


Applicants should contact NAG Ltd via the HECToR Helpdesk prior to application.



The 9th Annual Turing Lecture 2013                                                  9th Feb 2013 

The University of Manchester, in partnership with the BCS, IET and Oxford University Press, is delighted to announce Suranga Chandratillake FREng as the speaker for the 9th annual Turing Lecture on 19th February 2013: “What they didn't teach me: building a technology company and taking it to market”

Year of Science and Industry events

For the Year of Science and Industry the Royal Society have a programme of events of interest to Computer Science, including a Scientific Discussion meeting involving our very own Steve Furber!

Follow the links for more information and to register (more events available):


·         Storage and indexing of massive data

9am Thursday 07 February 2013 – 5pm Friday 08 February 2013


·         eFutures: beyond Moore's Law (incl. Steve Furber)

9am Monday 13 May 2013 – 5pm Tuesday 14 May 2013


Library training courses

The Library is now offering the following new training services/courses. Information about these courses can be found on the training calendar on the Library website.

Skills Clinics

For help with searching, referencing, accessing e-resources and databases.


Time: Wednesdays and Fridays, 13:00 – 14:00

Place: Main Library Blue 4 Teaching Suite

No booking necessary; just show up.


This session is intended to provide practical tips, guidance and advice on successful searching and referencing of information for academic assignments. The course is suitable for anyone new to academic coursework, unfamiliar with the range of resources available or who would like to learn more about refining searches, managing their findings and referencing their sources correctly.


Further details are available from the MyLearningEssentials training calendar.


Have we got news (and facts and figures) for you


This training course is ideal for students who are not familiar with their Subject’s databases. The training course will look to:


           Quickly and easily access articles / transcripts from local, national and international media.

           Access content from top magazines such as Economist or New Scientist.

           Pull out key data such as interest rates, GDP, population, unemployment figures for over 200 countries


Further details are available from the MyLearningEssentials training calendar.


Funding Opportunities

School Research Office

Please contact us through

There is information about support for grant writing and submission at


We will be welcoming Raksha Parmar to the CSM Research Support Office on 7th February as Research Support Officer (replacing Charlotte Hooson-Sykes). Raksha is coming to us from the Research and Enterprise unit at the University of Bolton and has several years of experience in research administration.


BBSRC Responsive Mode – guidance changes

·         Changes in place: 17 Jan 2013


The requirements for all BBSRC Responsive Mode grant applications have been simplified as of 17 Jan 2013.

Changes include:

1.    The case for support must be contained within a maximum 8 pages

2.    A new mandatory attachment type, called 'Data Management Plan', is to be used by applicants to provide information relating to data sharing

3.    A new mandatory attachment type, called 'Workplan', is to be used by applicants to provide a diagrammatic workplan for the proposed research

4.    Eligibility of Principal and Co-Investigators has been amended to allow researchers from overseas who are moving to the UK to apply ahead of their move

5.    Publication costs associated with peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers must not be included in grants as these costs are funded by RCUK APC publication funding

6.    Documents containing URLs will no longer be returned for amendment. However, peer reviewers are advised to not follow URL links in documents


Research and Grant Awards

Congratulations to all those involved in the following successful awards!

GazeMod - Gaze Modelling for Time Series Medical Data

Caroline Jay, Simon Harper (with Fastbleep)

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Strategic Fund

Award amount: £7,538

The GazeMod pilot study will investigate the feasibility of using eye tracking to capture the pattern recognition implicit in the cognitive processes of medical experts viewing ECG outputs, for the development of medical training and diagnostic software.


Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.