Kings Engaged Researcher Network (KERN)

What is KERN?

KERN is an exciting new collaboration which launched in October 2016.  KERN aims to foster a growing community of researchers interested in developing, sharing and celebrating their public engagement practice at King’s. The Engaged Researcher meetings and events are aimed at students, researchers and clinical staff at King’s College London. The idea behind KERN is to create a social network for researchers interested in engaging different audiences with their research. They also share monthly newsletters with opportunities to get involved, information on funding, resources and sharing examples of good practice.

Upcoming Events:

RUNNING THE KERN – WORKSHOP

Interested in running the KERN? The why not go along to their brainstorm workshop & decide how the KERN should run in 2017/18 (there will be cake!). Sign up here. (places limited)

If you are interested in enhancing your CV and developing your engagement experience, make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.

21 March 2017 | 2-4pm | Council Room | Free

CALLING ALL SCIENCE BUSKERS!

Did you attend KERN’s ‘How to make a busk’ workshop in Feb? The Crick has an exciting call out for science buskers!

Interested? Email KERN at KERN@kcl.ac.uk by 22 March 2017

Event for Researchers : Meeting with the Polish Academy of Sciences

On March 27th, The UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies will welcome a delegation from the Polish Academy of Sciences. They will be presenting funding opportunities available for researchers wishing to carry out research at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Directions here.

This event is invite only. Please email g.mourgaud@ucl.ac.uk to book your space, specifying your area of interest.

The event will comprise opening remarks from PAS representatives, a presentation of the offer session and opportunities for informal discussion over drinks and snacks. During the meeting you will have a chance to know more about the offer of PAS Institutes in the scientific domains of:

  • Neuroscience
  • Environment
  • Social sciences
  • eResearch

What does PAS offer? 

PAS welcomes scientists willing to undertake their research in Poland. The Academy is expanding and has undertaken several actions that are aimed at increasing its international presence and thus further the advancement of Polish science. PAS is internationally active and offers opportunities for foreign researchers in the following areas:

  • Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) 

PAS has recently established Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt). The Institute aims to promote scientific and intellectual exchange in an international and interdisciplinary community of researchers. The Institute welcomes outstanding researchers in the fields of social sciences and humanities and offers scholarship for the period of one academic year. Scholarship holders will be exempt from administrative and teaching responsibilities to be able to conduct their research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome.

  • European research projects under Horizon 2020

Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences are part of international consortia under EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation and are open to further collaborations with international partners under Horizon 2020.

The Academy regularly hosts European Research Council grants. The Academy welcomes all researchers to consider PAS as a host institution or to collaborate with PAS in the framework of ERC Synergy Grants. Excellence in Science Department of PAS can assist you in all matters regarding ERC.

  • International research cooperation of PAS research units

Apart from being active participants of the collaboration resulting from the PAS international cooperation agreements, the PAS research units establish their own cooperation with foreign partners. The units collaborate with more than 1,500 different foreign partners, pursuing more than a thousand joint research projects.

  • Bilateral research cooperation agreements

Each year, around 1,000 Polish scholars from the PAS research units travel abroad under bilateral research cooperation agreements. A similar number of foreign scholars come to pursue their research at Polish institutes and universities.

  • Research partnership under the framework of international organisations

Research collaboration also takes place under the agreements with nearly 100 international organizations, including the International Council for Science (ICSU), the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and the Inter-Academy Panel: the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP)

  • Cooperation with academies of science

The Polish Academy of Sciences is proud to collaborate with more than 70 foreign academies of science, including British Academy, and equivalent organizations from Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa.

  • University of The Polish Academy of Sciences

In the near future the PAS will launch University of the Polish Academy Sciences that will concentrate on postgraduate studies. The University will have an ambition to become an important research hub at national and international level. Collaboration with top international researchers will be crucial for the success of this initiative.

About the Academy

Polish Academy of Sciences is a state scientific institution that since its foundation in 1952 has worked comprehensively to strengthen national research capacity and foster the pursuit of scientific excellence. To achieve this the Academy has acted through an elected corporation of top academics, including both national and foreign members, becoming a major scientific advisory body.

The Academy is structured into a set of five Divisions, Territorial Branches, scientific and task-force committees, a Young Academy, a Science Ethics Committee, and an Audit Committee. The basic scientific unit of the Academy is the research institute, 69 of which are currently in operation. Most of them rank as leading institutions in their scientific or R&D activity. PAS institutes also form part of consortia and centers set up to carry out concrete research projects.

Selected achievements:

A team from the Space Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory at the PAS Space Research Center (the strongest center in the world making specialist devices of this sort) constructed the MUPUS penetrator, an instrument equipped with a hammering device and a 40 cm rod carrying measuring devices. The instrument is part of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, underway since 2004. It penetrated the comet’s surface and is sending measurement data back to Earth.

One of the projects at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw studies the mechanisms of DNA repair, the role of which is to prevent the distortion of genetic information. The DNA molecule, which encodes information about how each cell and the whole organism are built and function, undergoes chemical damage, either spontaneously or under the influence of external factor (radiation, carcinogens etc.). Staff members of the Institute’s Laboratory of Protein Structure use protein crystallography, which allows them to determine the three-dimensional architecture of molecules and further elucidate their mechanism of action. The Laboratory has discovered, for example, the way the UvrA protein detects various DNA lesions and initiates repair. Another achievement involved elucidating the mechanism of the RuvC enzyme, which participates in a repair pathway in which a damaged region of DNA is fixed using a correct copy thereof. The team also determined the first structures of another important DNA repair enzyme – Slx1.

This event is invite only. Please email g.mourgaud@ucl.ac.uk to book your space, specifying your area of interest.

Spotlight: Education | 22-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07 (Learning Commons), Strand

Spotlight: Education | 22-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07 (Learning Commons), Strand

The Spotlight Series is a set of panel events for King’s PhDs and research staff. Featuring employers, often alumni, who have PhDs, the panel seeks to give an insight into different sectors that are often attractive to people looking to move beyond academia. Attend to find out more, ask those questions and be inspired to think differently about your professional future. More details available at www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.

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Speakers:

Dr Catherine McEvoy – Researchers in Schools

Catherine is currently in her first year of teacher training with Parliament Hill School, through Lampton SCITT. Catherine completed her PhD: “High Resolution Studies of Interstellar and Stellar Absorption Lines in the Optical Spectra of OB-Type Stars”, at Queen’s University Belfast. Having joined Researchers in Schools in September 2016, she has been working towards Widening Participation in her school through initiatives like STAR (Students As Researchers) and KCL’s Teacher Advocate Award.

Sign up here;

https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=4133&service=Careers+Service

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

For more information about King’s CareerConnect please see here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/careers/about/CareerConnect/CareerConnect.aspx

Behavioural Consultancy | 15-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | Classroom 2, Denmark Hill

The Spotlight Series is a set of panel events for King’s PhDs and research staff. Featuring employers, often alumni, who have PhDs, the panel seeks to give an insight into different sectors that are often attractive to people looking to move beyond academia. Attend to find out more, ask those questions and be inspired to think differently about your professional future. More details available at www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.

Sign up here: https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=3553&service=Careers+Service

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Speakers:

Dr Kiki Koutmeridou

Dr. Kiki Koutmeridou is DonorVoice’s resident behavioral scientist. In her role, Kiki helps to devise campaign strategies and leads research projects and workshops. Kiki holds an MSc in neuroscience and a PhD in cognitive psychology. She also is the former head of two applied behavioral science units. Kiki expertly applies academic understanding to real world fundraising challenges.

Dr Carla Groom

Dr Carla Groom studied psychology at Cambridge University, then went on to a PhD in social psychology at Northwestern University, a programme that specialised in social cognition. Developing a taste for individual difference research, she went on to work as a post-doctoral fellow in personality psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Finally returning to the UK in 2003 and craving a dose of real-world experience, she worked for a variety of clients at a comms research consultancy. Carla then joined DWP in 2006, initially to work on the implementation of the Turner Commission’s workplace pensions recommendations. This turned into 10 years’ experience in a variety of analytical and policy roles, and since summer 2015 the opportunity to begin to build a DWP-wide Behavioural Science function as Head of DWP Behavioural Science.

Dr Lizzy Lubczanski, Behavioural Research Unit Manager and Health Psychologist, Swiss Re

Dr Lubczanski is a behavioural researcher at Swiss Re; one of the largest reinsurers in the world. After spending 10 years in academia and obtaining her PhD in health psychology, Lizzy is integrating psychological research into the insurance field by running behavioural research trials with life insurance companies around the globe.

Behavioural Consultancy | 15-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | Classroom 2, Denmark Hill

Student Digital Experience Tracker

The tracker is a short survey to gather students’ expectations and experiences of technology at King’s College London. The results will inform activities and decisions about the digital provision and feed into work on enhancing digital education at King’s College London.

Help us improve your digital experience by completing the survey at https://jisc-beta.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/he-kings-college-london-tracker-2016-17

The Survey is being run by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at King’s College London, in association with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). More information can be found at www.kcl.ac.uk/sdet

 Student Digital Experience Tracker

Voting Now Open – KCLSU Spring Elections 2017

Vote to make a difference in the Spring Elections.

Use your power to help achieve even more of a positive impact to King’s. For example as previously achieved – securing things like free printing and helping to provide a rent guarantor scheme for International students. Vote here by 5pm on Thursday 9 March.

If you have any questions, please email elections@kclsu.org. Voting in the Spring Elections is now open.

Best wishes
KCLSU

Beyond the Bench: Nail the Elevator Pitch | 08-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo

Professional Futures events are based around particular themes that we know you, as a KCL researcher, will be thinking about. They are short, informal events where the emphasis is on you thinking outside your research field and seeing how your skills and interests can be transferred into all sorts of different settings. Invest some time to think closely about yourself, your future potential; meet some fellow researchers and work with our speakers to help you develop one area of your skill set.

08-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo

Sign up here: https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=3561&service=Careers+Service

DR DANIEL GLASER
Director, Science Gallery London, King’s College London
Dr Daniel Glaser is one of the country’s most popular neuroscientists. He has presented and contributed to numerous BBC television and radio programmes, and was the first scientist to serve as a judge for the Man Booker Prize. In 2002, he was made the first Scientist in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2005 he was in the first cohort to receive a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Formerly the head of Engaging Science at Wellcome Trust, he is now director of the Science Gallery at King’s College London.

He comes from an unusual academic background having studied maths and then English literature at Cambridge, doing a masters in cognitive science at Sussex University, and graduate work in neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and postdoctoral work in brain imaging at UCL in London.

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TEDxGoodEnoughCollege: Call for Speakers

Goodenough College, founded in 1930, provides private residential accommodation for postgraduate students and their families. Located in Bloomsbury, London, Goodenough is home to students from all over the world studying at universities across London. Additional information on Goodenough College can be found at here.

Goodenough College has hosted 6 previous TEDx events, and this year’s event will take place on Saturday, 20 May 2017 and is focused on the theme of [R]evolution.

From the gradual and continuous development that necessitates evolution, to the abrupt and sudden change that constitutes revolution, TEDxGoodenoughCollege will explore how and why the world and its inhabitants are constantly changing, and where this may lead us.

For more information about the event, including highlights from last year’s event, please see the website.
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Goodenough College is currently looking for extraordinary speakers to share their ideas at this event. If you would like to speak at the TEDxGoodEnoughCollege event then why not apply? You can find the application form here. The deadline is 23:59, on 28 February 2017.

A career in medical communications – visit to Nucleus Global

Nucleus Global is a group of medical communications agencies that provides full in-house consulting and communications services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and to healthcare professionals. They have offices across the globe.

As well as a number of full-service medical communications agencies, Nucleus Global also has its own continuing and independent medical education companies. You can find out more about them here. To find about more about medical communications careers click here.

As an employer, they focus on recruiting people with science PhDs for both their client services and editorial roles because of the depth of knowledge and advanced scientific and research skills.  Nucleus Global continuously recruits throughout the year.

They initially require a CV which is followed by a brief phone call. The CV is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate good communication skills. It should be attractive, well laid out with perfect grammar and spelling. You should also demonstrate how your skills match the needs of medical communications.

If you are successful in the initial screening there is a writing test and usually an interview process, which is competency based.  Candidates are given one week to complete the writing test to a brief which is provided. Demonstration of effective plain English written communication is essential to success in the recruitment process.

The company places good value on activities additional to your research. This may be volunteering, taking on extra responsibilities, playing sport or other activities that demonstrate your interests and strengths. You should also consider how your values align with those of the company, which is very team oriented and wants to work with people who thrive in this sort of environment. This can be quite a contrast to the more solitary life of an academic researcher.

As a business, the company has a much faster pace than academic research but maintains the same scientific rigour and high ethical standards. Finally, as a global business, with a diverse range of clients, your people skills are highly valued and vital to succeeding.

Many thanks to all at Nucleus Global for hosting the visit and being so generous with their time and insights.