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  • School of CS newsletter

    Published: Wednesday, 11 February 2015

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News from Head of School

    Robot Scientist in the News

    Ross King's robot scientist, Eve, featured in Voice of America, Google News, BBC News, Sky News and Yahoo! News this week following an article in the Royal Society Interface. Eve is designed to automate early-stage drug design and has already discovered that a compound shown to have anti-cancer properties might also be used in the fight against malaria. You can see Eve in action in the Voice of America article, and Ross discusses automated drug discovery in the BBC article.

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    [ top ]News and announcements

    Take part in the QS World University Rankings

    Sign up today to make your views on the world’s top universities count

    The QS World University Rankings is significant international league table. If you’d like to take part in the QS survey, you can register at QS Survey.

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    Royal Society Scientific Programme - Propose a meeting

    Closing date: 13 March 2015

    The Royal Society invites you to propose a meeting as part of our scientific programme in 2016. Choose from a large, central London location ideal for interdisciplinary meetings addressing the big questions in your field or a smaller, residential setting in North Buckinghamshire for more intimate discussions. 

    For more information, please contact Naomi Asantewa-Sechereh at hooke.proposals@royalsociety.or

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    [ top ]Events

    School Seminar: The Craftsperson and the Scholar

    Event: 11th February 2015, 14:00, Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4

    Speaker: Dr. James Hetherington. University College London

    Host: Robert Haines

    The production and maintainance of software is an important part of research in many fields. Yet code is often lost at the end of projects, and unusable by anyone other than the researcher who created it.In this presentation, Dr James Hetherington, founding leader of the UCL Research Software Development Team, will discuss the relationship of software engineering best practice to the construction and maintenance of research code, and the effort to find a place in UK HEIs for Research Software Engineers. He will provide some practical tips on coding for research, and give examples of how the UCL team collaborates with researchers to produce readable, reliable, and efficient scientific software.

    Seminars homepage

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    EU trans-national funds for transport - seminar

    Event: 17th February 2015, Manchester

    The seminar is organised by the Greater Manchester Brussels Office and Liverpool City Region Brussels Office.


    To register for a place on the seminar and joining instructions please contact Paul Evans, Head of European Policy,

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    Human Behaviour Network Seminar Series

    'Modelling human pyschiatric illness in animals: promises and pitfalls'

    Event: 24th February 2015, 12-13:00

    Venue: Atlas 1, Kilburn Building, University of Manchester

    Manchester Informatics are running a series of lunchtime seminars focusing on the broad theme of Human Behaviour. The Human Behaviour Network is an interdisciplinary community spanning several parts of the University, including Computer Science, Psychological sciences and social sciences. Anybody with an interest in research on human behaviour (particularly in the context of interactions with technology) is welcome to attend.

    Registration is now open for the next Human Behaviour Network Seminar. We are delighted to announce that Professor Jo Neill from Manchester Pharmacy School will present 'Modelling human psychiatric illness in animals: promises and pitfalls.' In relation to her recent work with a new drug target for schizophrenia, Professor Neill will focus on negative symptoms such as reduced mood and social dysfunction.

    Along with her most recent research on developing preclinical models of ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, Jo’s expertise is in development and validation of preclinical models of psychiatric disorders.

    Refreshments will be provided. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing

    Please click on the link below to book your place.


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    Supporting EU Grant activity in EPS

    Event: 23 February 2015 12-14:00

    EPS Faculty has recently appointed the PNO Group to support our European Grant activity The aim of the collaboration is to increase the participation of Academic staff in European projects and to increase the number and quality of European bids submitted.

    PNO will hold a “teaser” training session for attendance by academics across all the schools in the faculty. Content will focus on:

    • Why participate in EC funding/Benefits of EC funding
    • How to win an EC grant
    • Pitfalls/common errors in application- with case studies where relevant
    • “Bring your laptop”- with a “live” signing up to Innovation Place
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    EEC SIG Annual Meeting & Software Tools Workshop

    Event: 10 March 2015, Manchester MoSI

    The Energy Efficient Computing SIG is pleased to announce its EEC SIG Annual Meeting 2015 and everyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend.

    This year we will be meeting at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester for a day of updates from the community, current and future projects and how the KTN and InnovateUK are working together to further the topic.


    Event: 11 March 2015, Manchester

    The EEC SIG is pleased to announce a free Software Tools Workshop for the Energy Efficient Computing community to explore the current and future developments in this area.

    The event will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry on 11 March, the day after the EEC SIG Annual meeting which is also free to attend.

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    Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges: Expression of Interest to attend the launch

    Closing date: 02 March 2015

    Event: 14 April 2015, London

    Are you interested in attending a town meeting to launch EPSRC's Healthcare Technologies (HT) future strategy around a number of healthcare grand challenges?

    The HT Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) will finalise this the future Grand Challenge strategy at its meeting in February but the current thinking is that there will be four healthcare driven challenges:

    • Using real-time information to support self-management of health and wellbeing, and facilitating timely interventions.
    • Optimising treatment for individuals through early diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention.
    • Enhancing the precision and minimising the invasiveness of surgery, radiotherapy, and other physical interventions.
    • Supporting the development of new therapies – from drug delivery technology to scalable manufacturing methods.

    This new strategy will be launched at the town meeting, along with a number of funding opportunities to begin implementing the strategy. One funding opportunity will be for early career researchers and the call will be launched in March; another is to enable researchers to collaborate with users and this call is expected to be announced in March or April and a third one is to establish UK networks around the grand challenges with the call being launched in June.

    If you wish to attend the launch, please complete the short surveythrogh

    If you have any queries please email and put "town meeting" in the subject line.

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    [ top ]Funding Opportunities

    Autonomous Manufacturing

    Closing Date: 16th April 2015 16:00

    EPSRC would like to invite Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing. The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the research challenges that underpin autonomous manufacturing, including areas in ICT.

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    [ top ]Prize and award Opportunities

    L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships

    Closing date: 13 March 2015

    L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society have partnered together to provide a dedicated UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowship programme for women scientists at post-doctoral level to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research in the
    life and physical sciences.
    This year five Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding female postdoctoral scientists to assist them with their research. The Fellowships, each worth £15k, are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of research and for the first year will be including maths, engineering and computer science.
    The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of innovative ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research - such as buying equipment,
    paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.
    Full details are available here.

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