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North East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG)

The North East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG) is a wonderful opportunity for postgraduate students to present their research findings through oral and poster presentations. Abstract submission closes on Friday 1st August, so we recommend you submit your abstract today!  The conference – organised by postgraduates for postgraduates – is now in its 9th successive year and has become the largest annual conference for bioscience and medical research postgraduate students in the UK. Abstract submission is easy. Simply review our abstract submission guidelines here, then click "Submit an abstract to the conference" and complete the on-line form. To book your place at this fantastic event please click hereDelegate registration is free and will close on  Friday 26th September. Further information regarding NEPG 2014 can be found at: Please also see the attached poster and information leaflet.


Researcher Training for Part-Time and Distance Doctoral Students (3 day course)

Wednesday 25th June - Friday 27th June

From juggling your research and other commitments to securing a job, this three-day course will cover a wide range of research and personal skills.  Whether you've just started or are near completion, this is a good opportunity to explore the research process, pick up some useful tips and share your experiences and ideas with other part time and distance researchers.

The programme (including workshops, refreshments and meals) is free for all participants. 
See the programme for further information.

To book a place, complete the booking form and return it to

Academic Networking Training for Mobile Researchers

Eeuraxess’s ImpactE offers training on academic networking for mobile researchers at Durham University on the 28th of February 2014, and to be facilitated by Jean-Marie Pincemin from the University of Poitiers France.

Early career researchers at doctoral and postdoc level who are (or are about to become) internationally mobile and colleagues are welcome to attend the session which will start at 9:30 in the morning and will be finished at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.  

In the workshop, there will be a discussion about the nature of networking, the specificities of academic networking, tools and techniques according to different settings, gather examples of good practices at networking, and the limitation and drawbacks of academic networking.

Developing advanced skills in using various tools and techniques and optimising the use of institutional and social networks are examples of the expected outcomes.

Researchers and observers wanting to attend this event should e-mail the Durham Researcher Development Team ( who will then provide registration details, etc. Please address any queries to this e-mail address.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Biomed Science presents 'Back for the Future'

The School of Biomedical Sciences presents ‘Back for the Future’ event on the 20th of February 2014.

The event involves a series of informal talks from the alumni of the School, where they will be sharing their experiences to the students and provide useful tips.

Free refreshments will be provided. Come and Join us on the 20th of February 2014 at 2 pm in Dental Lecture Theatre D!

For more information, please email Vanessa on   

BSA media fellowships now open for applications!

The British Science Association (BSA) Media Fellowships offer practising scientists, clinicians and engineers a unique opportunity to spend three to six weeks working at the heart of media outlet such as The Guardian, BBC and the Nature News.

From the number of applicants, ten media fellows are selected and mentored by professional journalists to learn how the media operate and report on science, how to communicate effectively with the media and how to engage the public with science through different forms of media communication.

 After their placements, fellows would have the chance to work alongside a range of media organisations during the British Science Festival – a fantastic opportunity to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and establish their very own network of connections with academics, journalists and science communications.

Understanding of how to get your research across accurately with minimal ‘spin’, experience writing for different audience and boosting your self-confidence are examples of the positive impacts from participating in the fellowship.

To find out more, please visit,25PKO,B6EDA4,7STJD,1 

The programme aims to give scientists, engineers and their colleagues, the confidence and willingness to engage with the media and tackle issues of mistrust and misrepresentation and to give journalists access to new scientific expertise.

The scheme has been running since 1987 and reflects the British Science Association's commitment to increasing the accessibility of the sciences and providing opportunities for discussion and debate.

The fantastic scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.  


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