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May 2010

NEWS

Swapping Gas Guzzlers for Clean Green Driving Machines

    Electric vehicles are only as „green‟ as the electricity that charges their batteries, a report published today by the UK‟s leading engineer‟s points out.

    In Electric Vehicles: charged with potential, The Royal Academy of Engineering identifies the serious challenge of ensuring that the electricity supply system can cope with charging tens of millions of vehicles whilst still reducing carbon emissions from power generation.

    In preparing its report, the Academy has identified four major technical issues: the availability of high energy-density batteries at a price and with a long enough cycle life for electric vehicles to be economically viable; the practicalities of charging vehicles particularly for users without off-street parking; the electrical distribution infrastructure to provide power to millions of charging points and the need for a national energy system and „smart grid‟ that can recharge millions of electric vehicles using low-carbon electricity without overwhelming local distribution circuits.

Please see: RAE press release and Roger Kemps: Introduction to EV report.

Greenland Glacier Study Will Help Improve Sea Level Forecasts

    Predicting sea levels could become more accurate thanks to a new discovery about how melting ice in the summer affects the movement of glaciers. Scientists studying the Greenland ice sheet have revealed a close link between ice movement and summer ice melt.

    The research, published in Nature Geoscience and involving scientists from Newcastle University, showed that in summer, surface meltwater drains to the bed of the ice sheet, enabling it to slide quickly towards the sea at times, more than

    twice as fast in summer compared with winter. If summers continue to become longer and warmer, glacier acceleration caused by meltwater will reach further inland, drawing down ice from a larger area of the ice sheet.

    Researchers say this ice movement, which is similar to that found in Alpine glaciers, demonstrates that the ice sheet is highly sensitive to changes in climate. The study will give scientists more information to help improve predictions of sea level rise in response to climate change.

    Newcastle lead Dr Matt King, said the results took us a step closer to understanding how the ice sheet responds to changes in air temperature."It's clear that Greenland has played a role in sea level rise in the past and will continue to in the future," explains Dr King. "The question is, "how much?" - understanding the role of surface warming is going to be critical to getting that answer right.

    "A large part of these new results are thanks to advances in the GPS analysis done here at Newcastle University - even if the ice moves a thumb's width we can see it and use that to help understand why it moved."

TORG Staff Interviewed by Real Radio

    Professor Margaret Bell, Dr Anil Namdeo and Dr Fabio Galatioto were interviewed by Kelly Scott of Real Radio as a part of the Be Air Aware initiative.

    Real Radio conducted many events during the 19th - 23 April 2010 to highlight problems of air pollution and raise awareness by linking it with the Be Air Aware programme

    Dr Namdeo gave a general definition of air pollution, what the main causes and sources are and how its affect human health. Dr Namdeo refereed to a recent report published by the Environmental Audit Committee of the Houses of Parliament which highlighted that air pollution in UK is responsible for more than 50,000 deaths per year. Dr Namdeo highlighted that children, elderly people and those living close to busy and congested streets are more susceptible to harmful effects of air pollution. Prof Bell then gave a summary of the ways in which individuals and local authorities can reduce emissions and contribute to improving air quality. She stressed the role of sharing trips, avoiding short car trips (e.g. to schools), use of cycles and public transport in tackling congestion and air pollution. Dr Galatioto demonstrated “motes” sensor which have been developed at the Newcastle University, in the context of MESSAGE project, to monitor

key air pollutants (CO, NO) and noise. Motes are inexpensive and easy to deploy in large numbers across an area/city to 2

    study temporal and spatial variations in air pollution and also to test effectiveness of traffic management scheme in improving air quality.

Please see: Real Radio Video‟s for a video of the interview and Real Radio Photos (numbered 16-21) for the interview

    photos.

For full details of Real Radios Be Air Aware Challenge please see http://www.realradionortheast.co.uk/events/ .

Budget Response: Green Investment Bank an 'Enormous Opportunity'

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology comment on Budget proposals for a green investment bank and high speed rail.

    The IET welcomes announcements on a green investment bank, but has some concerns about its delivery. Professor Steve Evans, chair of the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel, says: "There is an enormous opportunity for the UK to take a global leadership role in low-carbon manufacturing and low-carbon technology. We have got great universities and a long tradition in innovation and engineering. In order to achieve a low-carbon economy, however, government has to create the right environment for investment into the low-carbon industrial sectors of the future."

    Ian McDonald, technical chair of the IET Electric Vehicle Charging Interoperability Group, points out that legislation and regulations have to keep pace with new and emerging technologies. A systematic review of the implications of new technologies has to be performed at a government level in order to maximise the benefits and minimise potential financial and safety risks. Professor Phil Blythe, chair of the Transport Policy Panel, adds: "Electric vehicles only address one of the key issues with road transport at some time in the near future fiscal measures will be required to deal with road congestion, as the cost to the UK per annum is many billions of pounds in associated costs."

Please see the full article here

Transport Students Go Underground

    A party of 15 Transport MSC students recently took a trip underground to see the latest developments on the

    construction of the tunnel forming the New Tyne Crossing.

    The visit began with a presentation from Paul Fenwick, Project Director for the New Tyne Crossing, on the rationale for the tunnel, the construction methods being used and some of the more socio-political considerations surrounding its design and role within the region. The students were then taken on an extensive walking tour of the site, both above and below ground, to see the engineering work currently taking place on the tunnel and toll plaza, both of which are on schedule to open in February 2011. This visit formed part of the Public Inquiry into a Transport Scheme module, during which students take part in a mock public inquiry to discuss and debate whether or not the New Tyne Crossing should be constructed. A follow-up visit is planned for the autumn as the tunnel nears completion.

TORG Gives Expert Advice on Lorry Charging

    Dr Neil Thorpe was recently invited to attend a seminar in Stockholm to discuss future options for the charging of heavy goods vehicles for their use of the road network. The expert seminar was convened by the National Transport Commission in Melbourne, Australia as part of their investigations into how to improve their country‟s current system of

    lorry charging, and to gather information of current research and perspectives from European experts.

    Dr Thorpe gave a presentation to the other seminar participants of previous research in TORG that has successfully developed and demonstrated a prototype on-board system for measuring the pavement wear caused by HGVs that could then form part of a charging system that attempts to recover this and other costs from individual vehicle operators. Following the presentations, the seminar discussed at length some of the key technical and economic issues facing the reform of lorry charging in Australia.

ISO 12905 (World Standard) Published This Month

    ISO (the worldwide „International Standardisation Organisation) formally published this month the standard ISO-IEC-

    12905 Standard “Integrated Circuit Card – Enhanced Terminal Accessibility using Cardholder Preference Interface”.

    This is essentially a standard that enables a smart card to be personalised so that when it interacts with another device it can configure that device to provide information and services in a bespoke way, in particular supporting consumers with special needs. The standard is based upon the research originally developed in the DISTINCT project where a precursor to this stand was developed (the DISTICT ID) which was formally standardised as the eURI (extended User Related Information) by the standards body CEN-ISSS in 2004 and adopted in part by such schemes as ITSO (the UK‟s

    interoperable transport smartcard organisation). The DISTINCT project itself was a highly commended EU project funded under the IADS (Integrated Applications of Digital Sites) programme which was led by Newcastle University and comprised over 70 European partners.

    During the five year lifetime of the project the partners deployed over 5 million citizen and transport smartcards with a common architecture and the DISTINCT ID in: Rovaniemi, Helsinki, Espo and Vantaa (Finland); The City of Torino and

    Region of Piemento (Italy); The region of ZEELAND (NL); Thessaloniki and the Region of Macedonia (Greece) and in the North East of England including being responsible for the introduction of the Newcastle University Smartcard

North East Drivers Give Thumbs Up To EV Trials

    The first trial of electric vehicles in North East England has been a major success, leaving hundreds of drivers ready to make the switch to low carbon transport.

    Cenex, the UK's Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, in conjunction with Regional Development Agency One North East, deployed four electric two-seater „Smart ForTwo‟ cars over six months in the

    region from September 2009. These were placed into ten different vehicle fleets, featured at three public events and in total were driven by 264 different people. The in-vehicle data-capture telematics and the data analysis and visualisation were provided by the Intelligent Transport Systems and low carbon vehicle research team in the Transport Operations Research Group and the SIDE Digital Economy Hub. An updated version of the data-capture equipment will be installed on the 35 Electric Vehicles that will begin deploying in the region from September 2010, this will include locally manufactured electric vehicles from Nissan (the Leaf), AVID, Smiths EV‟s and Liberty EV‟s.

Belford Proactive Catchment Flood Solutions Project

    The Belford proactive catchment flood solutions project project has been on the BBC news. The project is a partnership of the University and the EA Flood Levy Team and is funded through the Northumberland Regional Flood Defence Committee.

Please see: You Tube for the news slot.

Friendship Suspended for an Almighty row

    Former school mates Andrew Corrigan and Benji Dawes are set to lead their universities into battle in the 14th Annual University Boat Race on the River Tyne.

Please see: Newslink

Charity Trek Sponsorship for Student

    Stephanie Millar a stage 3 Civil and Structural Engineering student will be participating in a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro this Summer for the AMECA Trust, which is aiming to sustain healthcare in the long term in African communities through education and improved facilities. She will also then be carrying out volunteer work for 2 weeks after in Tanzania.

    She has set a goal of raising ?2200, of which she is currently at ?416 which is great but still a long way to go.

    If anyone is interested in sponsoring her, or would like to know more information, please visit her fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stephclimbskili

Further information regarding AMECA can be found here: http://www.ameca.org.uk

SAgE Research Opportunities Newsletter May 2010

Announcement for Persons Looking to Travel to Bangkok/Thailand

    The FCO are no longer advising against all but essential travel to the whole country. They do however continue to advise against all travel to specific parts of Thailand and against all but essential travel to other specific parts of Thailand, including Bangkok. Further details are available on the FCO website.

    Staff members or students wishing to travel to Thailand should consult the FCO website to see if the part of country they wish to visit is affected by the travel restrictions. For any parts of the country that are not subject to travel restrictions the

    University's travel insurance will operate as normal.

    If any member of staff or student has any questions regarding the University's travel insurance policy please contact the Insurance section via insurance@ncl.ac.uk

Summer Congregations 2010 - Initial and higher Degrees, 5th 10th July 2010, King's Hall,

    Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

    Academic Procession - If you wish to take part in any of the Academic Processions at the above ceremonies, please register on-line by no later than 7th June 2010. In order to facilitate the participation of staff in the processions, staff can hire academic dress free of charge by completing the appropriate section of the on-line form.

    Please note, orders for hire received after the deadline of 7th June 2010 and/or from overseas institutions cannot be guaranteed. If there is a problem with your order, a Newcastle gown and hood will be provided as an alternative. The academic dress ordered by staff will be available on the day in the Recital Room (formerly known as the Council Room), Armstrong Building and you are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

    Reception - If your School has opted to use the central facilities for their Congregation reception, tickets for this will be available from the Recital Room, Armstrong Building before and after each ceremony.

    All those processing will receive an email on 11th June 2010 confirming which ceremony they are attending and the arrangements for the day.

Recycling League Table Quarter 3

    The overall Newcastle University recycling rate is 60% by weight. Of all the general waste we produce: 60% is recycled. 30% is processed for energy recovery and 10% goes to landfill.

    Cassie Building came in 15th with 48.9%, Devonshire Building 16th with 48.8% and Drummond Building 18th with 46.7 %

    Daniel O‟Connor, Waste Manager is in the process of analysing buildings performances over time so that he can share some interesting graphs and the results of the recent waste audits on the relevant building‟s environmental notice boards.

ICE E-Books

    The Library has invested in a selection of e-books published by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Please see: ICE Virtual

    Library

    You can search or browse the content. Titles which have the symbol are subscribed and available for download (PDF).

    If you find a book to which we the library has not yet subscribed and you think it might be good for teaching or research, please let Cliff Spencer know for the next round of funding.

This service complements other e-book platforms such as the new collection from EBL and the well established Knovel

    science and engineering collection.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Valuation Network

    NERC invites proposals to establish and manage a two year Valuation Network, with the aim of increasing the research capacity in the valuation of biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystem services, by facilitating the development of an integrated interdisciplinary community, collaborating with relevant Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) partners and other stakeholders.

Please see: Valuation Network for the AO and further information.

BBSRC Panel and Peer Review Appointments

    The BBSRC has announced that it is seeking to appoint new members to its Pool of experts, Strategy Panels, and to its

    Training Awards Committee.

Areas specifically mentioned include:

    ; Bioprocessing (Bioscience for Industry Strategy Panel)

    ; Agrichemicals (Bioscience for Industry Strategy Panel)

    ; E-science (Tools and Resources Strategy Panel)

    ; Crop Bioinformatics (Tools and Resources Strategy Panel)

    ; Environmental and Agricultural Modelling (Research Committee/Pool of Experts)

    ; Food Security (Research Committee/Pool of Experts)

    ; Soil science including soil/water interactions (Research Committee/Pool of Experts)

Please see: BBSRC for further information.

Expression of interest deadline: 11th June 2010.

5 Newly Approved Theme Action Plans for NERC

    NERC's governing Council has approved five new research actions which will contribute to the delivery of NERC's seven strategic science themes over the next five years.

    These are: Aerosols and Clouds (?3m, contributes to climate system, Earth system science and technologies themes), Ocean Shelf-Edge Exchange (?3?8m, contributes to climate system, Earth system science, biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources themes), Understanding and Predicting the Ocean Boundary Layer (?3?8m, contributes to climate system, Earth system science and technologies themes), Probability, Uncertainty and Risk (?2?4m, contributes to natural hazards theme) and Coastal Sediment Systems (?3m, contributes to natural hazards theme)

Please see: NERC for further information.

PUBLISHED PAPERS AND BOOKS

Fowler, H.J. and Wilby, R.L. 2010.

    Detecting Changes in Seasonal Precipitation Extremes Using Regional Climate Model Projections: Implications for Managing Fluvial Flood Risk

    Water Resources Research, 46, W03525, doi:10.1029/2008WR007636.

Fowler, H.J, Cooley, D, Sain, S.R and Thurston, M. 2010.

    Detecting Change in UK Extreme Precipitation Using Results from the Climateprediction.net BBC Climate Change Experiment

    Extremes, 13(2), 241-267, doi:10.1007/s10687-010-0101-y

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND FUNDING

    PhDs in Atmospheric Physics, School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, University of Hertfordshire

    Cold clouds such as cirrus remain one the largest source of uncertainty in climate models. It is important to quantify the properties of atmospheric ice particles in very fine detail. CAIR has developed novel cloud probes that make this possible. The Small Ice Crystal Detector 3 (SID-3) captures 2-D light scattering patterns.

    Recent flight results indicate that the majority of ice crystals did not have regular, smooth, solid shapes They may profoundly change our understanding of clouds and need further study. CAIR has also been developing a light scattering model called RTDF that is uniquely able to provide fast computation of light scattering from ice crystals.

Two projects are offered for PhD investigators:

    * Ice crystal roughness and its impact on radiative properties of clouds

    * Light scattering models for imperfect ice crystal geometries The projects will be undertaken in collaboration with the UK Met Office.

Please contact Mrs Lorraine Nicholls. Further technical details may be obtained from Dr Joseph Ulanowski. Please also

    see: http://strc.herts.ac.uk/ls/ole/phd/ and http://strc.herts.ac.uk/ls

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND FUNDING

Nigeria: PMI2 Connect Collaborative Programme Funding Delivery

    PMI2 Connect is inviting proposals from UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to work in partnership with HEIs in Nigeria to develop and deliver collaborative programmes. PMI2 Connect will fund up to ten projects.

Please see the guidelines for details of eligibility and the application form PMI2 Connect website here. Funding is

    available for one year up to a maximum of GBP 20,000.

Application deadline: 9th July 2010.

Please contact Alison Tate, International Office if you are interested in submitting a proposal.

All proposals will require institutional sign-off, the Initial Proposal Template will need to be completed and submitted for

    internal approval no later than 4th June 2010.

SEMINARS

    Biogenic Bromine Fluxes from Coastal

    Antarctic Waters: What Now and What

    Next?

     th10 May 2010 Dr Claire Hughes, Senior Research Associate Sea-to-air emissions of bromocarbon gases are known to

    11:15 School of Environmental Sciences play an important role in atmospheric ozone depletion.

    1.65, Ridley Building University of East Anglia

    This talk will present seawater concentrations of

    bromoform(CHBr3) and dibromomethane (CH2Br2)

    measured at the Rothera Oceanographic and Biological

    Time Series site located in Marguerite Bay on the Antarctic

    Peninsula and will discuss bromocarbon variability in

    relation to seasonal changes in phytoplankton and sea-ice

    cover, and will discuss possible effects of bromocarbon

    emissions on Anarctic ozone depletion.

     th10 May 2010 John Woodward, Reader in Geography Geophysical Investigations of 13:00-14:00, School of Applied Sciences Subglacial Antarctic Lakes 2.33, Cassie Building Northumbria University

    thQuantifying and Upscaling Surface and 17 May 2010 Vesna Tripkovic, PhD student 13:00-14:00, Subsurface Runoff and Nutrient Flows School of CivG, Newcastle University 2.33, Cassie Building Under Climate Variability

    Responding to the Challenges of

    thClimate Change: Going Beyond 9 June 2010 Professor Kevin Anderson, Director

    13:00-14:00, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Dangerous 2.33, Cassie Building Newcastle University

    Please email Lynn Patterson to book a place

    FROM BRAIN SCANS TO BIO FILMS; th28 May 2010 Vernon Phoenix, RCUK Academic Fellow APPLICATION OF MRI TO 16:00-17:00, Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND 4.03, Drummond Building University of Glasgow

    ENGINEERING

Please see our full seminar list for further details of each seminar.

CONFERENCES, EVENTS AND MEETINGS

CEGs School Calendar

Research Forum: Food Security, 12:30-17:00, 25th May 2010, Devonshire Building Atrium

    Following the format of previous successful IRES Research Forum, the event will begin with lunch at 12.30, followed by a panel session from 2pm. Each member of the panel will give a short presentation on their work as it relates to Food Security and will then take questions from participants. This will then lead into a broader discussion session on the issues raised.

    Registration for this event is still open and free of charge but will be closing on 21st May 2010. Please visit http://www.ncl.ac.uk/environment/events/ForumFoodSec.htm to register.

Celebration of IRES, 17:00 start, 25th May 2010, Devonshire Building Atrium

    As you may be aware, IRES will be closing at the end of May to make way for the new Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS).

    To celebrate the last six years of IRES and to thank you all for your involvement with, and support of, the Institute, the above event has been organised with drinks being served in the atrium from 17:00. For the purposes of catering, please visit: http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=1137 to register your place.

    Cancer Awareness Event for Women, 12:00-15:00, 2nd June 2010, The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

    A great opportunity for all women to come and discuss health issues with local health services such as Healthy Communities Collaborative, Community Action on Health, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and Patient Advice Liaison Service.

The event will include information stalls, presentations and questions and answers session.

    Special guest will be Anna Maria Jopek, a Polish jazz singer (performing later at The Sage Gateshead) and supporter of the cancer awareness campaign in Poland. Free tickets for Anna Maria Jopek will be drawn.

The event is part of the Made in Poland Festival. Please see: Made in Poland for more information

    Building Agendas for Interdisciplinary Research, 09:30-16:30, 4th June 2010, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

    This one-day event, hosted by the Centre for Rural Economy, will launch a programme of workshops and activities aimed at building agendas for interdisciplinary collaborations within Newcastle University. The day will combine small-group discussions with presentations from experienced interdisciplinary practitioners.

If you wish to attend, please send brief details (up to 50 words) about your current role and research interests to: Susan

    Bradley ASAP. Places will be limited to around 40 and the event will be followed by an informal drinks reception.

    General Introduction to FP7, 12:00-14:00, 15th June 2010, Room 2.20, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

    The EU Funding Manager will provide an overview of the funding programmes available within FP7. This event is aimed at individuals who would like to gain an appreciation of the wide range of funding options within FP7 or be reminded of the opportunities on offer. This event will be similar to RoadShow 1 held in March.

Lunch will be served at 12.00, and the session proper will start at 12.20.

Please see: Roadshow 1 to register.

Next Generation Weather and Climate Prediction Programme Reminder Call for Participants,

    17th June 2010, Met Office, Exeter

    Applications are invited to attend a one-day workshop looking at the development of a dynamical core that will become part of the Met Office‟s Unified Model.

    A survey is also being undertaken to gather the requirements of the UM users‟ community for future developments of the UM‟s dynamical core.

Please see NERC NGWPP for further details.

Application deadline: 16:00 on 20th May 2010

    Proposal Writing in FP7 (including costing and contractual issues), 12:00-14:00, 17th June 2010, Room 2.20, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

    The EU Funding Manager and EU Contracts Manager will concentrate on writing and costing proposals for collaborative research projects within the „Cooperation‟ pillar of FP7 and will draw on best practice from previous rounds of calls. This is aimed at academics who intend to submit a proposal in the next round of calls, and therefore assumes some familiarity with the main structure of FP7. This event will be similar to Roadshow 2 held in April.

    Please note that separate proposal writing sessions are being held for the European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Curie schemes.

Lunch will be served at 12.00, and the session proper will start at 12.20.

Please see: Roadshow 2 to register.

    Royal Society Funding Visit, 11:00-13:30, 18th June 2010, Room 2.21, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

    A representative from the Royal Society will be visiting to deliver a research funding information session.

    This session will deliver an overview of the Royal Society's funding schemes and will be relevant to final-year PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff. The session will be particularly valuable for early career researchers, although the full remit of the Society's schemes will be covered.

    In addition to the presentation on funding opportunities, Dr Jenny Read, a current Royal Society University Research Fellow, will share her experiences of this scheme. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and to talk informally with Royal Society representatives over lunch.

India Day, 10:00 17:30, 24th June 2010, Room 2.21/2.22, Research Beehive, Newcastle

    University

    The focus of this event will be to bring UK researchers together to share contacts, opportunities and best practice with those academics who already have collaborative links with Indian partners. It is aimed at researchers who wish to develop active research collaborations and/or deepen existing collaborations with India. Examination of the wide range of funding opportunities for facilitating links with Indian partners, demonstrations of how researchers can locate potential partners and identify what practical support is available will be discussed.

    The event will start with tea/coffee at 10.00, and the workshops will run from 10.30 to 16.00, including lunch. The day will finish with an opportunity for networking over drinks and canapés. All are welcome to attend.

    Generating Change: Shaping Your Position as an Academic Woman in SET - A Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub Event, 25th June 2010, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

    This conference is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in SET and build a network of peers in Yorkshire and the North East. Inspirational speakers will share their experiences and knowledge and workshops will provide tools to improve your influence in your institution and develop your role as a woman in academia.

For programme details and to book, please see: YNE Women SET

    6th Newcastle University Teaching & Learning Event 2010, 28th June - 1st July 2010, Newcastle University

    The 6th Newcastle University Teaching & Learning is to take place shortly with a new format which will allow greater access for all staff. The theme for the event is "Student Engagement with their Learning".

    Highlights of the programme include keynote sessions from Colin Bryson of Newcastle University; and Martin Pennington from the University of Leicester.

    This year active participation of students will happen throughout the week; e.g. the Union Society will be leading a session on student representation.

Please see: UT&L for the full programme. Bookings can be made here.

    NERC Science Day Earth & Environmental - Science Research in NE England: Current Highlights & Future Plans, 09:00-17:00 14th July 2010, The Calman Centre Science Site, University of Durham

    Academic staff, researchers and PGR students along with contacts from NERC (inc. Theme Leaders), representatives from industry/enduser organisations and prospective PhD students are invited to this event.

    BGA Postgraduate Research in Progress Meeting, 16th-17th September 2010, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol

    The BGA Research in Progress Meeting is designed as an opportunity for young geophysicists to present their current research to an audience of their peers, to communicate with other members of the British geophysics community, and to establish links between fields of research in geophysics for the future. The meeting hopes to accomplish these aims in a relaxing atmosphere of intellectual stimulation, where connections not considered previously can be made between related fields of study.

Abstract submission is open now and registration will be open soon. Please see: BGA for further details.

    Space and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies-Call for Papers, 4th-5th December 2010, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    This conference aims to critically engage contemporary spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transitional world. In a process-oriented world of movement, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverge in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the nature and mapping of these forces and the dynamics that propel these changes. The conference also examines and defines the myriad of different spaces that make up our contemporary world, including urban, edgeurban, de-urban, micro-urban, greenfield, and off-the-grid.

    In addition to plenary presentations, the Spaces and Flows Conference includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers, and researchers. Presenters may submit their written papers for publication in the peer reviewed 'Spaces and Flows: An International Journal on Urban and Extraurban Studies'. If you are unable to attend the conference in person virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for referring and possible publication. You also have the ability to upload your presentation to the Space and Flows YouTube channel.

    Next call for papers round deadline: 13th May 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, can be found here: http://www.spacesandflows.com/conference-2010/ .

VACANCIES

    Post Doctoral Research Associate Vacancy, Centre for Space Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, The University of Bath

    Applications are invited for a research associate to work as part of a NERC-funded project supervised by Prof Nicholas Mitchell of Bath and Dr Robert Hibbins of The British Antarctic Survey.

    The project will study the dynamics of the stratosphere and mesosphere using data from ground-based radars at polar, middle and equatorial latitudes and from satellites (particularly NASA‟s Aura). The scientific studies will focus on: i) the role of the mountains of the Southern Andes and Antarctic Peninsula as generators of gravity waves that reach the stratosphere and mesosphere, ii) the effect of the stratospheric polar vortex in exciting and filtering the field of gravity

    waves ascending to the mesosphere, iii) gravity-wave/tidal coupling and iv) the role of the quasi-biennial oscillation in controlling the inter-hemispheric propagation of planetary waves.

    The work of the Centre is strongly international and the research associate will be expected to take part in international collaborations and to present their work at international meetings.

    The successful candidate will have a PhD in physics, meteorology, mathematics or engineering and good data-analysis skills. Experience of atmospheric physics would be an advantage.

For more information, please contact: Prof Nicholas Mitchell

Application deadline: 18th May 2010

NERC Programme Director Vacancy Lead in Macronutrient Cycles Programme

    The programme is a three-year initiative (2010-2013), but with the possibility that some projects funded will extend to around five years. It has ?9?55m available, funded through the research themes of NERC's science strategy Next Generation Science for Planet Earth. It is led by the sustainable use of natural resources theme but also involves four other themes: biodiversity; environment, pollution & human health; Earth system science; and technologies.

    The Director appointment will be made at a senior level. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate academic excellence in an appropriate research field, an ability to provide leadership to a large interdisciplinary programme involving senior academics throughout the UK, and to represent the programme to both academic and policy audiences.

    The Director will be expected to set out a vision for the development of the programme, and to shape and draw together its various elements into a coherent body of work. This will include co-ordination of capacity building in 2010-2011, supporting workshops and short-term proof of concept studies to assist development of tools and techniques across the different communities. The post will also require the ability to communicate and establish links with researchers across disciplines and participants in other research programmes, as necessary.

Please see: NERC - Macronutrient Cycles for further requirements and application information.

Please direct any questions to Dr Sally Reid, tel: 01793442565

Application deadline: 16:00, 4th June 2010

    Post Doctoral Research Assistant, FENNEC Project, School of Maths, Meteorology and Physics, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.

    The University of Reading are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work on a Saharan dust consortium project (FENNEC), participating in aircraft based field campaigns, analysing field data and evaluating simulations of dust radiative impact. You will work with data collected onboard the aircraft, radiative transfer models and output from a variety of atmospheric models and earth observation products.

    You will need excellent analytical skills and good communication skills as well as enthusiasm for field work (Algeria) and the ability to work well in a team.

Start date: 1 July 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Please contact Dr Ellie Highwood, tel:- 0118 378 6688 with informal enquiries. For more information and to find the online application please see: Reading Post Doc and quote ref: RS10016

Application deadline: 4th June 2010

    Research Associate, Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme Monsoon Modelling, National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Climate Directorate Department of

    Meteorology, University of Reading

    A talented researcher is needed to develop an improved simulation of monsoon systems in the latest climate models, a topic of fundamental importance to weather and climate in the tropics and worldwide.

    As part of the new Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme between NERC and the Met Office you will design and analyse numerical experiments to explore and reduce systematic errors in Asian

Applications should be made online: University of Reading vacancies

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Andrew Turner Principal Investigator, tel: +44 (0)118 3786517 or Dr Gill Martin,

    Principal Investigator, tel: +44 (0) 1392 886893

Application deadline: 25th June 2010. Job Reference: RS10005

TRAINING

    Writing for the Web A Web Editor Workshop, 09:15-11:30, 2nd June 2010, IT Training Suite, Staff Development Unit, King George VI Building, Newcastle University

    Writing for the web is very different to writing for any other medium. It can be challenging to produce effective and attractive web content. This workshop covers simple techniques to make any content suitable for the web. Topics include: How people read websites; Top tips for writing for the web; Making your content scannable and accessible; Editing content and Writing for your audience

Please contact: Anne Murphy if you wish to book a place.

    Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER) Lecture Afternoon, 21st June 2010, Newcastle University

    Speakers are to include Braden Allenby (ASU), Bruce Beck (University of Georgia) and David Balmforth (MWH).

Further details will follow soon.

SOCIAL

    “A Tale of Liquor and Dice”, A Newcastle University Gilbert & Sullivan Society Presentation,

    19:30, 7th and 8th June 2010, The Basement, Student Union Building, Newcastle University As heir to the London Zoological Gardens, Jasper de Leazes has conned his mother into signing over his inheritance early in a bid to fund his gambling addiction. Unfortunately his skill at gambling has got worse still and he has gambled away the entire zoo. To make matters even worse he has found himself in debt to a ruthless group of Chicago gangsters! Will Jasper be able to get back the Zoo his mother treasures so much?

Written by Matthew Goode, with music by Arthur Sullivan and Edward German

Tickets cost ?5 and ?4 for students.

Contact Matthew Goode for more details or see NUGSS.

School BBQ, 9th July 2010

    Please put this date in your diaries. More details coming soon.

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