Category: Conferences & Courses

Imperial Grand Challenges Retreat – AI & Data – 23-25 March 2020, London (venue TBC)

Come and join us at our next 3 day non-residential retreat in London. This retreat offers EPSRC-funded* doctoral students the opportunity to participate in enhanced professional development through interaction with industry and academics within the theme of AI & Machine Learning – one of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenges.

Retreat participants will have the opportunity to network and knowledge exchange, learn how to create impact in industry from research and receive advice and development support through observations and feedback.

The three days will consist of:

  • Day 1 – Pitch coaching workshop- designed to help students communicate their research to an industrial audience and think more innovatively
  • Day 2 & 3 – Attendance at AI UK at the Alan Turing Institute

As part of the AI UK event, the Alan Turing Institute invite talented UK-based students to display and present their current research in AI at this event. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students who are currently researching AI topics to present research techniques or applications to a high profile audience of both influential researchers and research users, from across industry and the public sector.  You can find more information and apply here.  The submission deadline is 31 January 2020 at 17:00 UK time.

Note: Travel, tickets to AI UK and subsistence will be covered by the Graduate School only for those students attending the three day retreat.   

To book onto this retreat, please click here.

*Some President’s PhD Scholarship-funded students may be eligible due to the make-up of this funding. Please indicate this on the booking form.

Free PhD training event on Multivariate Methods at QMUL – Jan 17th

We still have tickets available for a free training event we have organised for PhD students which will be held next Friday 17th afternoon (1-6pm) at the QMUL Charterhouse Square campus, London. The event has a series of talks from researchers about how to conduct multivariate methods with applied examples with a networking reception after. The registration link and detailed programme can be found here:

Resilient Communities Conference – Bursary places available for PhD students

This Conference explores thought-provoking, challenging and innovative examples that can lead the way towards more inclusive forms of community life and opportunities for shared commitments in the wake of events or developments that fracture and divide local populations. We will seek to explore pressing questions such as:

  • How can social cohesion be fostered to create communities which are more robust and resilient to such disruptive events?
  • How can fractured communities be brought back together and reconfigured in their wake?
  • How can different actors – state, civil society, local people and others – collaborate and respond to conflict and decline, whilst promoting positive trajectories for the future?

The conference will start at 10am on Thursday 27 February, and finish at 4pm on Friday 28 February 2019. Participants 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. We will eventually publish a Cumberland Lodge Report that captures key themes and recommendations from the expert discussions, with the aim to inspire policymakers, academics, practitioners, corporations and other influencers.

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 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 free of charge.

To find out more about the conference and to download the bursary application form (uploaded as a PDF on the right-hand side), please visit our website. The deadline for applications is Monday 20 January 2020.

50th St. Gallen Symposium – Global Essay Competition – May 2020

Would you like to share your vision of the future with international leaders such as Dominic Barton, Professor Niall Ferguson, Sigmar Gabriel, Christine Lagarde, or Jack Ma?

Discuss your ideas with the global elite, create an impact and enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland. Apply until 1 February 2020 and seize the opportunity to qualify as one of 300 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 50th St. Gallen Symposium by competing in our global essay competition with a prize money of CHF 20,000. Here some more highlights if you make it to St. Gallen:

  • Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from around the world
  • Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds and become member of a global community

The 50th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 6–8 May 2020 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is devoted to the theme “Freedom Revisited”.

Have a look at competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2020. Check out and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get more insights on what awaits you in St. Gallen.

We look forward to welcoming you to our forum in Switzerland in May 2020!

Grant Application course – Amsterdam, 16/17 January 2020

Improve your grant writing skills and take your academic career to the next level
The grant application landscape is getting increasingly competitive, therefore its all the more important to start working early on your grant writing skills. A good place to do so would be the BCF Grant Application Course on 16-17 January 2020 in Amsterdam.

During this course you will learn how to:
– Find the most fitting funding opportunity
– Pick a suitable grant topic
– Write an appealing grant summary and receive feedback on your summary
– Structure your grant and write an appealing personal statement
– Prepare for your grant interview

During this course you will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned academic scientists with impressive grant track records, grant application experts who have reviewed and submitted hundreds of grants, assessors from funding bodies and many more.

Do you want to learn how to write a successful grant? Then register for the BCF Grant Application Course! Registration deadline is 15 October (early-bird) and 19 December (final deadline) but register quickly since the spots are limited because we aim to keep the class sizes small to allow for optimal personal feedback and interaction.

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