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ARCC news for October 2014

ARCC network news & events

Researchfish registration deadline and meeting outputs

There are only 19 working days in this annual submission round for Principal Investigators to submit research outcomes to RCUK’s new reporting system, Researchfish. With a Comprehensive Spending Review likely after the general election in May 2015, this may be the last opportunity to ensure EPSRC, or other funders, and government are aware of your project’s achievements before future high-level funding decisions are made. For more information see our blog.

Effective stakeholder engagement workshop – the summary

The second Early Career Researcher workshop examined how to engage stakeholders in a research project. See the results and presentations from a creative 24 hours brought together in a story format.

Project news & events

iBuild Stakeholder day

The iBUILD project, which is developing new business models for infrastructure deliver, is to hold its next Stakeholder Day on Wednesday 12 November at the Doubletree Hilton, Leeds from 0930 to 1615. The agenda includes an update on recent progress as well as three workshop sessions for participants to choose from. The day concludes with a panel debate on the theme ‘Different scales of infrastructure finance’ and a conference dinner. Workshop session details and registration now online.

Other news & events

Knowledge Exchange fellowships, call launched

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is inviting applications for a number of knowledge exchange fellowships, including infrastructure, horticulture and Future Cities Catapult. The KE fellowships work with their sector to enhance the impact of NERC-funded science. Applicants can have an academic or user background, but must be employed by an academic institution during the 2-year fellowship. The deadline for applications is 29 October 2014.

EPSRC Science Photo Competition – 1 December 2014 deadline

EPSRC-funded scientists and engineers are invited to submit photographs that demonstrate their research in action. This competition recognises the effectiveness of photography in communicating the complexity of science and research. There are awards for five categories (people, weird & wonderful, discovery, innovation, and equipment), plus a prize for an overall winner.

NERC follow-on funding for commercialisation work

NERC’s Follow-on Fund supports the commercialisation of ideas arising from NERC-funded research, for example, technology licensing, product launches, and the commercialisation of NERC-funded datasets. The NERC Follow-on Fund is open until 16.00 on 18 December 2014. Upper funding limits have been extended to up to £250k and projects can last for between 3 and 24 months.

TSB call for integrated future cities

The Technology Strategy Board has launched a competition to support innovative solutions to the challenge of achieving integration at a city level of separate systems for infrastructure and services.

It would mean users interacting with multiple models to tackle different city problems, and understanding how different infrastructure components might interact with each other and the consequences that could follow. TSB expect to invest up to £6m in projects with a value of between £1.5m and £2m. The deadline for applications is 14 January 2015.

Short-term placements at Climate Northern Ireland

Climate Northern Ireland currently has two postgraduate short-term placement opportunities. One role will look at the impacts of climate change on particular sectors in Northern Ireland, and the other will focus on business, risk management and resilience.

New Climate Economy report offers route to prosperity in a low-carbon economy

The New Climate Economy report is a major assessment, commissioned by governments and written by world-leading experts. It considers how best to achieve prosperity and development at the same time as reducing carbon emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. The report concludes that, regardless of current economic status, there is the opportunity for all economies to grow while still moving to a low-carbon, climate-adapted future.

The Guardian: Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy

Urban Big Data Workshop launches

The Urban Big Data Centre is a new ESRC initiative to realise the benefits of using multi-sectoral urban big data to address social, economic and environmental challenges. The Centre offers services around access to data sets, and undertakes research, for example to apply urban indicators to inform policymaking.


Flooding 2015, risks and resilience

27 January 2015, London

This event is intended to provide a briefing on latest policy developments that effect those working in flood risk management, civil contingencies and planning. A fee is payable for attending this event.