Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament is a training conference taking place in UCL on Wednesday 7th June 2017.

This is an opportunity for Kings College London academics to learn how their research can influence and impact proceedings at the UK Parliament.

The event will be at 1.30 – 5.00pm on 7th June 2017 at University College London.  It is open to all academic researchers, from PhD students to senior researchers, and university impact support staff.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.

At this 3 hour training event, you will learn:

  • How to contact MPs and Members of the House of Lords from Parliament’s Outreach & Engagement Service
  • How to work with Select Committees from a clerk of a House of Commons Select Committee
  • How Parliament has been cited in REF 2014 impact case studies from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

“This was one of the most useful events I’ve ever attended.” – RIUKP Attendee, January 2017

“This was a very informative event. I enjoyed learning about how to engage with Parliament and consider the impact of my research on parliamentary activities” – RIUKP Attendee, November 2016

Tickets cost £40 and include lunch. If this fee is a barrier to attendance, please contact us; we may make exceptions in some circumstances.  We are also able to discuss group bookings if you would like to book a block of tickets for your institution.

Book your place at Research, Impact and the UK Parliament now.

We hold RIUKP events around the UK throughout the year: check www.parliament.uk/academic-training for more details.

 

Study in Australia this Summer: Creating positive change through research with ANU

ImpactMobilising Research: Create positive change through research.
A Global Summer Program presented by The Australian National University (ANU).
Sunday 25 June – Friday 14 July

ANU is opening up its Vice Chancellor course Mobilising Research to select ANU international partners, including King’s College London. Mobilising Research is an intense interdisciplinary course which will challenge students to see research from a new perspective and give students an opportunity to meet world class ANU researchers.

DSL161291 IARU summer program_FA1A3_Ext (002)This intensive, interdisciplinary
Summer Program will equip you
to put research into action and
reset the agenda in favour of the
public good.

Over three weeks you will live, learn and work with students from a wide range of disciplines and from around the globe. Your exposure to different mindsets, approaches, and cultural                                                  norms will challenge you to see the world the way others do.

ANU would like to invite research oriented students from King’s College London to apply for a place in the course. The three-week course will bring together a small cohort of high quality students from around the world to explore how interdisciplinary research can address future global threats. This intensive course is equivalent to an ANU semester long course and students will receive an ANU transcript for their studies.

Students will be accommodated in university residential colleges as well as spending a week at the ANU South Coast Campus, Kioloa.

For more information and to apply, please download the promotional flier and the application form at these links:

Interested students should complete the application form and submit by email to gsp.anu.iaru@anu.edu.au by midnight Wednesday 31 May 2017.

 

 

The PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation – Nominations open now!

The inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation is now open for nominations.

The PLuS Alliance Prize awards US$50,000 annually to highlight innovation in research and innovation in education that:

  • addresses a globally-significant issue
  • makes a direct and positive impact, and
  • helps, or has the potential to help communities globally.

Professional and academic staff, students and alumni from King’s College London, as well from fellow members of the PLuS Alliance,  Arizona State University and UNSW Sydney, are eligible to nominate a global innovator in each of the categories of Research Innovation and Education Innovation.

Prizes are awarded for innovation in research as well as in education.

For further information on the prizes and the nomination process follow the links:

US$25,000 is awarded in each of the categories to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, groups, or organisations in addressing the greatest global challenges facing society.

Submissions close on Friday 12 May, 2017. So if you want outstanding, innovative, and globally impactful research and education to be recognised, submit your nomination today!

King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship 2017

The King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship was established in January 2017, through a generous philanthropic donation, to support masters and PhD scholarships in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). The IoPPN is a leading centre for mental health and related neurosciences research in Europe. It is one of the top 25 higher education institutions in the world, and ranked 1st in Europe for Psychiatry & Psychology.

What is the King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship?

The scholarships are aimed at encouraging current MBBS students and GKT Medical School Alumni to pursue research in the area of mental health and neurosciences. This scholarship will be awarded based on merit.

The scholarships are available for all full-time Home/EU fee status students undertaking masters and PhD programmes in the IoPPN, starting in Sept 2017.

Each student will receive a £20,000 scholarship, for the duration of their studies, per year.

Am I eligible?

For the Masters’ Programmes, applicants must:

  • be planning to undertake a MSc at the IoPPN or have firmly accepted an offer of a place;
  • be a graduate of GKT School of Medicine or its affiliates, or if an undergraduate, must have completed at least 3 years of their MBBS course, and have undertaken a clinical attachment in either psychiatry or neurology;
  • agree to provide an end of year report and a letter of thanks to the donor and attend events where necessary.
  • provide a written personal statement (up to 1000 words) including:
  • why they wish to undertake this course of study;
  • an example of a piece of academic work (e.g. a scientific publication or clinical report) that they have undertaken;
  • evidence of strong academic ability

For the PhD/MD (Res) Programmes, applicants must:

  • have firmly accepted an offer of a studentship at the IoPPN or have had a proposal for a PhD or MD(Res) approved by the relevant KCL/IoPPN Higher Degrees committee:
  • be a graduate of GKT School of Medicine, or be about to graduate, or be an intercalating MBBS student at GKT (PhD only)
  • agree to provide end of year reports annually during the course of their study and a letter of thanks to the donor on completion of their degree and attend events where necessary
  • provide an outline of their research proposal
  • provide a written personal statement (up to 1500 words) including:
  • why they wish to undertake a research degree in the fields of psychiatry/psychology/neuroscience
  • an example of a piece of academic work (eg a scientific publication or clinical report) that they have undertaken
  • evidence of strong academic ability

How do I apply?

Download an application form.

The application form should be completed, scanned and emailed to funding@kcl.ac.uk.

Alternatively it may be posted to Student Funding Office.

You must submit word/pdf versions of your supporting statement and research proposal. These should be emailed to funding@kcl.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 30 June2017.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Provided your application form has been accurately completed and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, you will be notified of the decision by 31 July 2017.

Deposits are not required until a decision has been made on the scholarships, unsuccessful scholarship candidates will need to pay their programme deposit within two weeks of the outcome.

Where can I get further information?

To find out more about the Scholarship scheme, please contact the Student Funding Office.

 

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.

2 day Paid Internship Opportunity – to start ASAP

King's Research Consultancy (150x50)The Project

This is a desk-based project to compare the levels and learning outcomes of modules from King’s, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Arizona State University (ASU) in Public Health, Global Health and Social Medicine. The project will require the researcher to interrogate the information which is currently held by the Project Manager.

The key deliverable for this project will be a report highlighting what is comparable between King’s global / public health modules and programmes, and those on offer from PLuS partners ASU and UNSW.

No travel will be required for this project. The work can be completed remotely, but could also be based out of the International office (Strand campus) based on the candidate’s preferences.

The outcome for this piece of work will be an understanding of how existing modules might fit together to form a new joint undergraduate degree offering in public health, and where there are gaps.

Person Specification

  • You must be a current, post upgrade PhD student at King’s College London
  • Good analytical skills are essential
  • You must be able to start ASAP

Further details and how to apply

The project will commence ASAP and will consist of 2 days’ work. The consultant will be paid £125 per day.

Click here for full details

 

King’s Research Strategy – we want to hear from you

On 16th May, King’s launched a university wide consultation around a refreshed Research Strategy for King’s. The research strategy aims to connect and enhance faculty strategies and to exploit synergies and interdisciplinary research opportunities. It should provide clarity of purpose around our research endeavour and enable the best research from our staff and post-graduate researchers. It feeds directly into King’s 2029 Vision, where research is a strategic priority, and is interlinked with the Education and International strategies.

The papers have been developed with university leadership, faculty research leads and a number of staff (academic and professional services) via a series of meetings and workshops and give a starting point upon which to build the wider consultation. Your feedback is vital in ensuring we have identified the correct enablers which will allow you to deliver your research, feel supported during your research career and, ultimately, in delivering this ambition for King’s. These are initial ideas, by no means finalised. We hope they will be refined and added to during the engagement process.

We are excited to share these papers with you and are keen to hear your feedback. Researchers from all levels are encouraged to take part.

Please visit the internal webpages to view the papers and find out how to give your feedback.

 

PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany

Researchers have become increasingly internationally mobile. In fact, being mobile early on in your career undoubtedly enhances your prospects and skills by expanding your networks and access to a larger research community.

Germany has over 140 doctorate awarding higher education institutions, many of which don’t charge tuition fees. To help you explore the opportunities in Germany, jobs.ac.uk is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event on 25th November called ‘PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany’.

More details available at: http://bit.ly/PhD-Germany-Hangout-2

What are you thinking?

A major benefit of working at an institution like King’s is the opportunity to debate big ideas, challenge assumptions and ask difficult questions, in short, to think more broadly. Whilst research is all absorbing, especially if you’ve got any kind of deadline looming, I’d really encourage you to seize the chance to think big at the forthcoming Social Science Festival: Celebrating Interdisciplinarity.

On 23 & 24 November 2015, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS DTC) is hosting a two-day festival showcasing social science research taking place at King’s. It’s a great chance to consider how research can impact society. The programme includes:

  • Charles Clarke, Home Secretary (2004-6)
  • Mike Hulme, United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1995-2001)
  • Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee (2010-15)
  • David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-14)
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, an expert on globalisation, who coined the term ‘Global city’

So come along and think big!

The Festival is open to all students and staff at King’s and beyond. All events are happening on the Strand campus, mainly in the Great Hall. See the Festival programme for full details of the panels and plenaries (PDF).

KISS DTC PhD students are involved throughout the Festival, presenting posters on their research, ‘in conversation’ with KCL academics and contributing to panel discussions.

Register your interest in attending: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/doctoral-training-centre/social-science-festival.aspx

Further information available on the Social Science Festival Poster