Month: January 2020

Apply to join our Research Ethics Committees as a postgraduate student representative

You can now apply to join our Research Ethics Committees, which include the Imperial College Research Ethics Committee (ICREC) and Science Engineering and Technology Research Ethics Committee (SETREC).  You will join the committee from April this year.

Each Committee consists of four academic and four lay members (with a lay chair) and meet monthly. Appointments are for 1 year.

If you have questions about this role or if you would like to register your interest in the role please email your CV and cover letter to Nooreen Shaikh, Ethics and Research Governance Coordinator. Closing date midnight 29th February 2020.

Find out more about the committees

Faculty of Natural Sciences Research Seminar – 28th February in SAFG34 LT, 2-5pm

The Faculty regularly organises events that showcase our strong research areas in order to stimulate new collaborations and discussions around a topic. The next one will be on the topic of “Infectious Diseases”. The confirmed speakers are:

  • Professor Ed Tate, Professor of Chemical Biology ( Department of Chemistry)  Title:Tackling drug resistance in viruses, parasites and bacteria using chemical biology.
  • Dr Anna Barnard, Sir Henry Dale Fellow (Department of Chemistry) Title: Mimicking Protein-Protein Interactions in Persistent Bacteria
  • Dr Abigail Clements,  Lecturer (Department of Life Sciences)  Title: Dissecting the unique virulence mechanisms of the emerging human pathogen Shigella sonnei.
  • Dr Gerald Larrouy-Maumus, Senior Lecturer (Department of Life Sciences)  Title: Use of mass spectrometry to tackle AMR by improving diagnostic solutions and deciphering bacterial drug tolerance
  • Dr Oliver Ratmann, Lecturer in Statistics (Department of Mathematics)  Title: Quantifying HIV transmission flow from cross-sectional viral phylogenetic deep sequence data: a population-based study in Rakai, Uganda
  • Mr Ollie Bardell- Cox, PhD student  (Department of Chemistry/ Institute of Clinical Sciences) Title: Tackling bacterial resistance with the reverse antibiotics – the Nybomycins
  • Ms Catherine Ducker, PhD student (Department of Life Sciences)  Tittle: tbc

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2020 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Call (Deadline: 12 March 2020)

Application Deadline: 15:00, Thursday 12th March 2020 Fellowships must be started between 1st September to 30th November 2020

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Standard) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions for visits of between 12 to 24 months.

Eligible applicants should be citizens of the UK or EU and be currently based at a UK university or research institution. The applicant needs to have finished their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2nd April 2014.

Eligible research fields are limited to the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering science, agricultural and medical research (non-clinical only).

Applications for this fellowship should be submitted to The Royal Society as our nominating authority. Please visit this web page for further information:

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2020 (Deadline: 14 Feb 2020)

In 2012, Qualcomm Research established a fellowship program in Europe following the successful model in the U.S. For 2020 the program in Europe will be run as a single competition where students from all invited universities in Europe compete.

Each winning student receives a fellowship in the amount of $40,000 for the upcoming academic year and is assigned a Qualcomm researcher as a mentor to facilitate close collaboration and interaction with Qualcomm’s corporate research center. The European winners are also invited to join the U.S. winners day at the Qualcomm headquarter in San Diego, CA.

We believe that research and development is the key to harnessing the power of imagination and to discovering new possibilities. We are excited to announce a new kind of Fellowship that promotes Qualcomm’s core values of innovation, execution and partnership. Our goal is to enable students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas.

Find out more about the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship here.

Deadline for submission: 14 February 2020

Bursary places available for PhD students – Faith & Belief 2040: Fostering Social Cohesion Conference, 23-24 April 2020 (Deadline: 16 March 2020)

I am writing to you to let you know about a great opportunity for PhD students to attend our two-day residential conference, Faith & Belief 2040: Fostering Social Cohesion, at Cumberland Lodge on 23-24 April 2020.

This conference explores how the ways in which people identify with faith and belief are changing. Research suggests that the current transformation constitutes the most fundamental shift for centuries, even millennia. In the UK, this change has specific contextual parameters, including, but not limited to: the declining identification by people as Anglicans and growing numbers of non-denominational Christians; the arising diversity in those communities with regard to modes of faith and belief practice; the expansion and growing assertiveness of non-Christian faiths; and the increasing number of people who are non-religious or have no specific faith or belief (a trend that is particularly pronounced amongst younger people). Looking ahead to the likely faith and belief landscape of 2040, this conference aims to prepare decision-makers and practitioners for challenges and opportunities that might arise from these transformations.

Mindful of the scale and complexity of the subject, the conference aims not to define detailed solutions, but to provide a platform to:

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges that result from the current trajectory of change in the religion and belief landscape, in terms of social cohesion, state institutions and community life;
  • Consider what short- and medium-term steps might and could be taken by policymakers, faith leaders and religious communities, civil society actors and others to prepare for historical shifts by promoting shared values and inclusive visions of belonging, and to reflect on possible barriers to taking action;
  • Produce an expert Cumberland Lodge Report with key findings and recommendations, which will be refined at a Consultation and subsequently presented to policymakers, leaders, influencers, civil society and practitioners at a Report Launch in central London.

The conference will start at 10am on Thursday 23 April, and finish at 3.30pm on Friday 24 April 2020. Bursary recipients are expected to attend the whole event.

This Conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule in order to enable frank and productive conversations.

In case you are unfamiliar with Cumberland Lodge, the charity was founded in 1947 and seeks to empower people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division. We convene multi-sector, interdisciplinary conferences, seminars and panel debates to engage people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives in candid conversations on societal and ethical issues that affect us all. We commission rigorous, interdisciplinary research to guide these conversations, and we refine key themes of discussion into practical, policy-focused recommendations. We actively involve young people in all aspects of our work, to nurture their potential as future leaders and change-makers.

We are pleased to be able to offer five bursaries for this conference, to support PhD students working in relevant fields with the costs of travelling to and from Cumberland Lodge. All conference costs, shared-accommodation and meals will be provided.

To find out more about the conference and to download the bursary application form, please visit our website. The application form can be downloaded on the right-hand side of the webpage. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 16 March 2020.

MARS Introduction Event with Q&A (05 February 2020)

Imperial Membership and Accredited Recognition Scheme with the Royal Society of Biology (MARS RSB) Introduction Event with Q&A

5th February 2020 | SALC 8, Sherfield Building, SK  | 12:00 – 13:00
Senior MARS RSB Mentor: Dr Doryen Bubeck  & Scheme Co-Director Dr Paul Seldon

Open to biology based Doctoral researchers

Are you interested in becoming a Full Member and working towards Chartered status with the Royal Society of Biology?

The Imperial Membership and Accredited Recognition Scheme (MARS) has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). This is an optional scheme for Doctoral researchers to receive accreditation for their training.

Applications from biological disciplines are invited, who are interested in becoming a Full Member of the RSB (MRSB) and progressing towards Chartered status (CBiol/CSci)).

Benefits; By joining the Royal Society of Biology and registering on the programme your training is recognised by the external professional body and potentially allows you to apply for Chartered status earlier in your career.

On the scheme; You can progress from Associate Member(AMRSB) to Full Member, and start your development towards Chartered Status – depending on your degree and your experience level. Applications for Chartership can only be made after suitable post-doctoral experience.