King’s at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

A guest post by Sophie Bennett, Stephanie Forkel, Renata Gomes, Iria Gomez-Touriño, Yan Liu, Christina Sakellariou, Stefano Sandrone

“Educate. Inspire. Connect” has been the guiding principle for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since 1951. This year 37 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine met 600 international young scientists, and among them there were 7 from KCL! What is so special about this meeting? Besides the fascinating talks there are private dinners with the Laureates, a lakeside barbecue and a boat trip! As Stefano Sandrone, PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry says, “What an amazing experience! I am really delighted for having qualified to attend”. “In Lindau we were welcomed and welcoming some of the greatest minds in science”, Christina Sakellariou, PhD student at the MRC centre for Transplantation, added. For Renata Gomes, British Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Scientist at Cardiology Dpt., “in Lindau everyone spoke Science. Lindau is unique for its focus on us, the young scientists”. Continue reading

Discovering Open Practices

“Discovering open practices” is a one day conference and workshop for Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers and will take place on the 4th September 2014. It is co-hosted by King’s College London, LSE and Queen Mary University of London Libraries and will take place at the Strand Campus. The aim of this event is to introduce a practical knowledge of open access and open practices to postgraduate research students and early career researchers from across the three institutions.

The day will introduce concepts and themes around open research and the open agenda, provide practical help in engaging with open access to research information, and investigate some of the broader topics relating to open access that researchers need to consider.  We have some great speakers lined up, including Cameron Neylon and Caroline Edwards, as well as practical workshops on the themes of open access, research data sharing and enhancing impact via openness for early stage researchers. The event is funded by the EU FOSTER project, more details here: http://www.fosteropenscience.eu/

We have 35 tickets for King’s postgraduate research students and early career researches for this free event. Book your place at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovering-open-practices-tickets-12123386375.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lynne Meehan (lynne.meehan@kcl.ac.uk ext. 1987)

Reminder: Graduate School Conference Fund – Deadline 15 July

The deadline for the final round of the 2013/14 Graduate School Conference Fund is on Tuesday 15 July.

If you are a research student delivering an oral or poster presentation at a peer-reviewed conference between 6 August 2014 – 5 November 2014 make sure you get your application in on time. To find out more about the fund and how to apply, please see this post from earlier in the year.

Borders without boundaries: a weekend with the Canadian Society of Medievalists

A guest post by Hana Videen, Department of English

Canadian Congress of the Humanities

In May I attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists. I received a Graduate School Conference Fund Grant to help with travel expenses. This year the conference was held at Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario.

The CSM meeting was part of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a week-long event that includes over 70 scholarly associations. Unlike academic conferences I had attended in the past, this Congress had scholars from diverse disciplines meeting on the same campus throughout the week, societies for medievalists, practical ethics, game studies, food studies, geographers, etc.

Brock UniversityThis meant that while the Congress had around 8,000 attendees over the course of the week, the conference I attended was actually quite small. There were only two sessions occurring concurrently at any given time, sometimes only one plenary session, and over the three days I was there, I had the opportunity to hear the work of and/or speak to the majority of the attendees, quite different from my experiences at other conferences. At first I was disappointed that there wouldn’t be more Anglo-Saxonists to talk to at CSM. However, my attitude changed, particularly after arriving at the conference and starting to attend panels on topics in which I would have had little interest if there had been a coinciding session on Old English poetry. I heard a fascinating lecture on the Romanesque fabric of Durham Cathedral and learned about the proto-flying buttress, a flying buttress ‘not quite out of the nest’. I heard papers like ‘Chaucer and film culture in pre-WWII America’, ‘The use of gems in the spells of the Picatrix’ and ‘Permeable boundaries between Christian and pagan enemies in the Baltic crusades’.

The theme for Congress 2014, ‘Borders without Boundaries’, ended up being particularly relevant to me, and a good reminder while writing up my very specialised research on what will seem to most as an ‘esoteric’ topic that there are, in fact, many borders still to be crossed within Medieval Studies as well as the vast scope of humanities research as a whole.

Based on an original post here: http://beoshewulf.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/borders-without-boundaries-a-weekend-with-the-canadian-society-of-medievalists/