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.

British Library Exhibition: Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

Have you ever wondered about maps and how they have shaped the world we live in? If so, why not attend the British Library’s Maps and the 20th century: Drawing the Line exhibition which will be exploring the political, historical and societal impact of maps.

Highlights include:

  • The original sketch of today’s London Underground
  • Some of the first satellite imagery from the 1990s
  • First map of the Hundred Acre Wood
  • Secret spy maps, via the New York Subway.

The exhibition runs until 1 March 2017 and students can purchase tickets for £5.

For enquiries, please contact the Library’s Box Office.

Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546

Email:boxoffice@bl.uk

The Postgraduate Spring Ball 2017

A Postgraduate Spring Ball has been organised by students* for students within the heart of London!

Spring Ball 2017

For full details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/257082428060561/

As with previous events, a super quick sell out is anticipated! 

*Organised by students from the following Universities:

UCL || LSE || UAL || KCL || CASS || CITY || LBS || QMUL || HULT || SOAS || RHUL || IMPERIAL || WESTMINSTER || UEL || REGENTS || GSU || BIRKBEC

Library Services Research Support – How we Can Support Research Staff!

Library Services Research Support team provides a range of researcher focused services, including the transition to Open Access for research publications; the management, preservation, and discoverability of research data; as well as support around copyright and bibliometric analysis. Working closely with the rest of Library Services and other professional services departments, support is available for all King’s academics and researchers through a programme of guidance and training activities, offered at individual, departmental and institutional level.

Key areas of expertise:

Open Access (OA)

‘Open Access’ refers to making your research publications accessible to anyone at the point of need. It encourages wider visibility of research, higher potential citations, and greater impact, as well as opening up opportunities for collaboration across disciplines. There are two routes to making your research Open Access: self-archiving the author’s accepted manuscript version of a paper in an institutional repository (aka the ‘Green’ route) or making the final published version freely available immediately upon publication within the publisher website (the ‘Gold’ route). The latter generally requires payment of a fee to the publisher. Importantly, many funders are now mandating Open Access, including HEFCE, the 7 Research Councils, and the Wellcome Trust.

Further details: http://bit.ly/kingsopenaccess

Contact: openaccess@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7298

Pure (King’s institutional repository) and the Research Portal

Pure, the King’s Current Research Information System, also incorporates the institutional repository which holds both details and the full-text of research publications produced by King’s authors. It has individual researcher and departmental profiles, together with information about grants, projects, and related activities. All academics automatically have a Pure profile which they can edit. The Research Portal is the front-end of Pure, showcasing King’s research to the world, and is indexed by Google and other search engines.

Further details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/openaccess/pure.aspx

Contact: librarypure@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7296

Further details and contact: http://bit.ly/1KzwB3P | theses@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7296

Research Data Management (RDM)

Research data management includes, but is not limited to – planning your data management needs in advance; collecting data that is correctly formatted and legally and ethically compliant; organising data so that it is consistently named and properly described; ensuring that your data is adequately stored and secured and depositing your data for preservation, reuse, publication and citation. Major funders require that, where appropriate, publicly funded research data is accessible and freely available for future reuse.

Further details: http://bit.ly/1iRfsMO

Contact: research.data@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 1030

Copyright and Research

King’s claims ownership of the intellectual property, including copyright in works created using university equipment or facilities including manuscripts for publication in academic journals, monographs, book chapters and books. However, to enable usual scholarly publication the university typically waives its rights in such works. When publishing your research: be aware of the Open Access agenda (see above); utilize Creative Commons licenses or the equivalent; refer to King’s Research Publication Policy and your funders’ Open Access policies; check publishers’ contract terms; and consider how underlying research data will be managed (see above).

Further details and contact: http://bit.ly/2byLGsc | copyright@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7292

Please come and talk to us at the Inaugural Research Staff Event on 10th October 2016 and find out how you can take advantage of the support available from the Library Services Research Support team. We look forward to meeting you.

Library Services Research Support website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/index.aspx

Enterprise Connect Finale, 11 November 2015

Don’t miss the final Enterprise Connect in 2015: ‘Scaling up and up skilling’

Enterprise Connect – Scaling up and up skilling
Wednesday 11 November, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Lecture Theatre, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 1UL.

Featuring speeches from:

  • Jacqueline Gold – CEO Ann Summer and Knickerbox. @Jacqueline_Gold
  • Sol Campbell – Former England international footballer and founder of Kids Go Live. @SolManOfficial
  • Ross Lindgren – Founder of Stolen Productions and King’s alumnus. @RossCLindgren
  • Host: Michael Truong – Founder of ARTechs and King’s alumnus. @artechs_uk

This event is suitable for everyone, including those who are interested in developing transferable entrepreneurial skills.

Registration is free.

For more information or to RSVP click here: www.bit.ly/EC6-3

Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition (LDC) Workshop

We are delighted to invite you the Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition (LDC). The university’s flagship start-up competition that equips King’s students, alumni & staff with practical business skills, whilst giving them an opportunity to win up to 7 awards and £11,000 prize money to help develop and test their business ideas and prototypes.

No previous knowledge or experience in business required – you don’t even need to have an idea when you come to the workshops!

Attend the first workshop on 21 October 2015
Topic: Developing your commercial strategy
Location: G.79, FWB, Waterloo Campus.
RSVP to the workshops: ldc2015-16.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information:  www.LionsDenChallenge.co.uk

LDC applications open: 2 December 2015
LDC applications deadline: 6pm 16 February 2015

Official hashtag: #LDC | Spread the word: @InnovateKings

Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition – Beer + Pizza Mixer

The Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition (LDC) is back with a bang. Join us at the launch event on 7 October 2015, where we will be introducing this years programme.

This informal networking evening is your opportunity to grab a beer (or wine, orange juice – your choice of beverage) and mingle with like-minded peers, King’s current students & alumni who have launched their start-ups and successful entrepreneurs.

At this stage you don’t even need an idea. Even if you’re just curious come & meet us, have a few drinks and see what we are about – no pressure.

What to expect from LDC 2015-16:

  • Five informative & exciting business workshops
  • Practice pitching opportunities
  • Up to six awards
  • Up to £10,000 in grant funding

Those who attend will receive a free copy* of ‘Start it up: Why running your own business is easier than you thinkby Luke Johnson.
* There are a limited number of copies available to collect on the night, therefore they will on a be first come first basis.

Register Now

Date: Wednesday 7th October 2015

Location: G.79 FWB, Stamford Street, Waterloo Campus, SE1 8WA

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

 

PGR Take Time Out

taketimeoutsquareOn 23rd July 2015, the Graduate School, together with King’s Sport, invites you to ‘Take Time Out’ at Honor Oak Park Sports Ground to promote the importance of health & wellbeing among the PGR community.

The event is open to all research students, their supervisors, and postdoctoral staff. Whether staff or student, there are tangible benefits for all of us to adopt life choices that make us fitter, healthier, happier and better equipped to undertake our research and studies successfully.

The afternoon will be an opportunity for students, supervisors and their colleagues to Take Time Out from their research and sample some of the informal sports and activities run by the King’s BeActive programme.

  • Get moving with sports like five-a-side football, touch rugby, table tennis and volleyball
  • Relax with a yoga class or physio/massage sessions
  • Have fun and challenge your friends (or supervisor) to a round of mini golf, the coconut shy, sports day races, and even a gladiator duel!

A BBQ will be serving up food during the afternoon and the bar in the club house will be open for drinks.

It’s going to be a fun, social afternoon where you can try out different sports or just hang out in the sunshine (fingers crossed!) and meet other doctoral students and staff from around the university.

You can register for the event now via the Eventbrite page. This isn’t compulsory, but will give us an indication of how many people to cater for.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Using technology to achieve the incredible: Simon Wheatcroft my life as a blind ultra runner

Get inspired and make your communications more accessible!
Simon Wheatcroft lost his sight at 17 and began a journey of adapting technology to achieve the impossible. Through the aid of a smartphone and the feeling underfoot Simon learnt to run solo outdoors and ran his first ever race 7 months later – a 100 mile road race. He recently ran from Boston to New York and then completed the marathon. All of this has been made by possible by accessible websites and adaptive technology. Simon has recently given talks at Google, Wired and has runs his own blog at: www.andadapt.com.

On Tuesday 19 May 2015 Simon will visit King’s to talk about his achievements as part of our first accessibility afternoon. Come along to hear Simon speak and then hear from two other experts who will talk about how we can make our communications more accessible and effective:

Barry Sawyer, of BDS Communications, will deliver a mini-workshop on improving your printed materials. Bring along copies of your leaflets, prospectuses and other materials. Barry is an authority on the communication needs and challenges of disabled people. He has over twenty years experience working with organisations both in the private and public sector as well as charities to ensure their communications are accessible and comply with current disability legislation including the Public Sector Equality Duty. Recent projects include working with Public Health England, BBC, The Electoral Commission and Jobcentre Plus.

Yvonne Guobadia, a web-accessibility consultant, will run a ‘top ten tips’ workshop to help colleagues begin to change their websites for the better.  Please bring along your device and Contensis log in details.

Click here for the agenda and to book your place.

Please note that this event is open to King’s College London staff and students only.

Do you have questions about Using technology to achieve the incredible: Simon Wheatcroft my life as a blind ultra runner? Contact King’s College London