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Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton for the attention of researchers in the School of Science and Technology
Last term you should have received an Outlook Calendar invitation to the School of Science & Technology Research Conference taking place on Wednesday 2nd March (13:00 to 17:00) in Newton Grand Hall. This is an opportunity for us to showcase the breadth and depth of research going on across all areas of the School, from both early career researchers and more senior academics.
Calling research students and research active staff:
The University’s new public facing website is nearly upon us and the Digital Services Team are looking for volunteers to check that everything is working as expected before it goes live. It would be good if we had some representatives of the research community to take a look at the research related pages.
Testing will be done between 4th and 12th February and a workshop for testers is to be held before then.
If you are would like to get involved then please contact Mary Joseph, Senior Project Manager, IT and Portfolio Services.
Submitted by Dr Terry Tudor
You are invited to a seminar on funding opportunities on Thursday March 17, from 1 to 3pm, in Newton Hall. ** Updated venue
The seminar will briefly review the advantages for university staff and students of working with industry, and explore ways to make a start, or deepen your links with businesses. There will be an opportunity to look at the financial support available from government and other sources (including European funding) to support collaborations. It will also review the characteristics of a good collaborative funding bid.
If you are considering submitting an article to a journal that is new to you then you may be interested in the new Think.Check.Submit tool from a coalition of publishers and organisations with an interest in scholarly publishing.
The tool comprises a checklist to help researchers assess the credentials of a journal publisher. Completing the checklist will enable you to decide whether a journal can be trusted with your work.
If you find this helpful you may also be interested in my earlier post: Spotting the ‘predatory’ publisher.
Another thought-provoking post from our own Professor Jeff Ollerton…
“The internet is awash with bloggers and dedicated sites giving advice to early-career scientists and graduate research students (what I’ll collectively refer to as ECRs). Much of it is very good (see for example The Thesis Whisperer, any number of posts over at Dynamic Ecology and Small Pond Science, and the University of Northampton’s own Research Support Hub), though sometimes it’s contradictory and comes down to matters of taste and opinion …
… But there is very little guidance and advice out there for more senior scientists who are mid- to late-career.”
Read what Jeff has to say on the subject, and some interesting comments from his readers: Jeff Ollerton’s biodiversity blog.
Image credit: HeppDesigns
Which tools do you use to support your research workflow? Are you aware of all the tools that are available?
Utrecht University have put together a list of over 400 tools used by researchers in the course of their research activity and have launched a survey to find out which of these are most commonly used by researchers worldwide.
The Innovations in Scholarly Communication survey takes about 8-12 minutes to complete and will introduce you to a host of tools that you may find useful. The survey can be completed anonymously or you can put in your email address to receive a visual representation of your workflow compared to that of your peer group.
Submitted by Paul Jackson
On the afternoon of Friday 22 January, the university will mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The afternoon’s events will feature a talk by a leading expert on the Holocaust, Professor Tom Lawson, as well as a contribution from a current Research Student, Siobhán Hyland, on her research project related to war criminals and the Holocaust.
The event starts with a ceremony at 12.30 outside the main cafeteria on Park Campus, and moves to Sunley Conference Centre from 1.00 where there will also be a buffet lunch.
The event is open to staff and students across the university, and the public too.
Submitted by Dr Wanda McCormick
For the first time, Moulton College in partnership with the Pet Food Manufacturers Association will be running the Companion Animal Nutrition Conference on Friday 3rd June 2016 at Moulton College, Northamptonshire, UK. The call for papers is now open!