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Creative Science Communication Training

Date: Monday 21st March
Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Venue: Science Learning Centre North East, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ

Are you looking for new ways to communicate your science? Are you looking for inspiration in engaging people with your ideas? If so, we would like to invite you to join us for a FREE day of creative science communication training lead by Claire Willis from the Science Learning Centre North East:

The day will include an introduction to best practice in the effective use of networking, interaction with industry, schools and STEM Clubs, and activities will focus on the use of creative and performing arts to communicate scientific ideas. This training is particularly aimed at people who will be involved in working with industry, schools and STEM Clubs, but is open to anyone from any of the HEIs operating in the North East or the Centre for Life with an interest in developing their science communication skills.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to participate in this training please book a place by completing the form available at:

Research Excellence Award

A poster by Bethan Davies, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2010, Newcastle University and NTW Foundation Trust 2007-2010, has won an award at a national conference.

'FIRE/Gore Research Excellence Award'  (best poster)
Annual Fire Related Research and Development Conference (RE10) at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, 17th November 2010.
What are the psychological processes involved in Psychological Debriefing interventions?
An exploration using Q Methodology.

Collaborator: Laura Lawrence, Welfare Officer, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Field Supervisor: Dr Kevin Meares, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Trauma,
North East Traumatic Stress Centre, NTW Foundation Trust

Academic Supervisor: Professor Mark Freeston, Professor of Clinical Psychology,  Newcastle University and Director of Research and Training, Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre, NTW Foundation Trust

GRADschool 2011

The programme of 3 national GRADschools in 2011 is now confirmed and live on the Vitae site.  The events diary has been updated and bookings are open.

All courses are 3 days long and open to 80 PGRs. Dates/Locations are as follows:

GRADschool 1: Windermere, 1 - 4 March

GRADschool 2: Bournemouth, 14 - 17 June

GRADschool 3: Windermere, 11 - 14 October

For more information, visit

Study and Research Opportunities in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is, once again, offering a wide range of grants to students, researchers, and academics from UK universities during the academic year 2010/2011. Please note that most schemes are open to all subject areas.  The list below gives an overview of our funding programmes. For further details please see

Funding programmes for PGs (Master’s level):
One-Year Grants for Postgraduates (all subjects)
Funding programmes for PhDs/ post-docs / junior scholars:
Research Grants for PhD Students & Junior Scholars (7-10 months) (all subjects)
Research Grants for PhD Students & Junior Scholars (1-6 months) (all subjects)
Funding programmes for senior academics:
Study Visits for Senior Academics (all subjects)
Temporary Assignments for Guest Lecturers in German Studies

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science London Short-Term Award

Call for Applications with Fellowships to Start Between May 2011 to the end of March 2012
Closing Date: 17:30, Wednesday 1 December, 2010
We would like to inform you of our first call for applications for the JSPS Short-Term Award Programme for fiscal year 2011.  JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS plays a key role in the administration of various scientific and academic programmes, whilst expanding bilateral exchange between Japan and the United Kingdom.
The Short-Term Award provides the opportunity for pre and post doctoral UK researchers and European and North American researchers based in the UK to visit Japan for 1 to 12 months to undertake cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions.  The programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan.  Eligible research fields are not limited: computer, engineering, health, biological, life, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences etc. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 1 December, 2010 and successful applicants are asked to start their fellowship between May 2011 to the end of March 2012.
Electronic versions of all the application materials are available on our website at:  If possible we would like to ask you to advertise this award on your website and provide a link from there to the award information on the JSPS London website or similarly please forward this information to any eligible and interested parties. 
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at the JSPS London Office on 020-7255-4660 or by e-mail to:  We look forward to receiving applications from your institution.

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