Category: Research

OPAL needs your vote

OPAL (Open Air Laboratories), a nationwide project led by Imperial, is through to the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2011. The initiative encourages people from all backgrounds to get in touch with nature and generate valuable scientific data concerning the state of the environment. Since 2007 the project has received over £13 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund; the National Lottery Awards are an annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded project.

Details of OPAL are available here

Cast your vote here (no registration required) or call 0844 836 9694 before 20 June.

Record your international collaborations

Academic staff are asked to add details of their international links in areas of education, research and innovation to the College’s database for international collaborations by 31 May. Collaborations may be at individual, departmental/divisional or faculty level and could include Memoranda of Understanding with institutions outside the UK, student exchange schemes and collaborations with industry, as well as research partnerships.

Staff are able to use this valuable pooled resource to find out about international links across the College. Acting as a map of Imperial’s networks, the database also informs the College’s strategies for working with different regions of the world.

To record details of international collaborations, follow the instructions here

Deadline for next round of Knowledge Transfer Secondment applications – 8 June 2011

Applications to the next round of Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS) to external organisations, which aim to build on and share knowledge derived from EPSRC sponsored research, are invited and should be submitted by 8 June 2011 in all Faculties. If you are currently employed on an EPSRC-funded project, you are able to freeze your funding to embark on a secondment, returning to the project once the secondment is complete.

Applications will be considered by the Cross College Research Proposals Review Group and should be submitted to the following people:

Further information on the KTS can be found here, or by emailing Angela Kingman


Access to facilities at clinical imaging centre

Following the announcement that Imperial, King’s College London, UCL and the MRC are forming a new alliance to assume responsibility for the operations at GSK’s Clinical Imaging Centre, new opportunities will be available from the autumn for staff to access the state-of-the-art imaging facilities there. The centre houses an advanced radiochemistry facility, two MRI machines and two PET scanners, with the ability to conduct highly sophisticated molecular and functional imaging studies on both healthy volunteers and patients.

To find out more about the facilities available and how to make use of them, contact Dr Kevin Cox, interim Chief Operating Officer, or Professor Shitij Kapur, interim Chief Scientific Officer.