Christchurch Earthquake Investigation
Sean Wilkinson has just returned from Christchurch where he has been investigating the effects of the recent
6.3 magnitude earthquake. The reconnaissance mission was conducted by the Earthquake Engineering Field
Investigation Team and the academic members of this mission were sponsored by EPSRC to attend. This
mission was a little different to previous missions as it was visiting a region with good buildings codes and
good building stock. Although the magnitude of the earthquake was relatively small its close proximity to the
city and its shallow focus resulted in very intense ground shaking. The preliminary findings are that the vast
majority of modern buildings did not collapse; however there was still a lot of damage to both structural and
non-structural elements. The area was also severely affected by liquefaction resulting in foundation failures
and failure of buried services. The grant, which Sean is PI on, has funding to attend 5 earthquakes over the
next 5 years, and so Sean is now helping to organise the next field mission which will be going to Japan.
Advanced Study Programme - Climate Change
Statistical Assessment of Extreme Weather Phenomena Under Climate Change
Mari Jones (Water, PGR) has been awarded a scholarship to participate in a three week colloquium at the
National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado in June 2011. This will comprise a two week
summer school focussing on changes to the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme weather events as a
result of global climate change, followed by one week research colloquium to explore science frontiers.
Competition was high, with 136 strong candidates applying for 25 places.
Please see: http://www.asp.ucar.edu/colloquium/2011/index.php for further information.
Double Top for Transport
Newcastle University Transport Masters students Carly Foster and Keiron Gooch shared the top honours in
the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation's North Eastern Branch Papers Competition, with
their presentations on Smart Ticketing in the North East and Bus Service Cuts and the Big Society. This
continues the University's long association with the event, which this year was chaired by CIHT North Eastern
Branch Chairman Richard Smith who is himself a Newcastle Transport Masters graduate and past papers
competition winner Richard Smith.
Newcastle is hosting the national competition in the autumn which will include a north east representative.
University Begins Trials with Fifteen Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles
As part of the equipping of 49 electric vehicles in the North East England under the TSB (Technology Strategy
Board) and ONE NE funded SWITCH EV project, fifteen Nissan LEAFs Electric vehicles were handed over to
their volunteer drivers on the 24th March after being fitted with data loggers by Newcastle University. The
vehicles will be recorded for two years to analyse technical performance, driving styles and user behaviour.
The Nissan LEAFs were handed over to the participants in a ceremony at the Nissan Sunderland Plant in the
presence of UK Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP, who also received a tour of the
production facilities where the Nissan LEAF will be manufactured from 2013.
In addition the University corporately took possession of one of the other types of EV’s that are included in
the SWITCH-EV trial, the locally built Cue-V from AVID. A University press release was produced:
The additional press release from Nissan with more details of the SWITCH EV project can be found here:
Nissan Leafs with Newcastle University Data Loggers, prior to being handed out to the
volunteer trialists by Mark Prisk MP, Minister of Business and Innovation, at Nissan
factory, Sunderland on 24 March 2011.
RESNET: Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain
CeG are a partner in the EPSRC Resilient Futures project. The project, led by Manchester, has been awarded
£1.3m with £400k coming to CeG.
The resilience of GB's electricity energy network is being challenged on three fronts:
* Policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through decarbonising energy supply will
alter substantially the existing supply mix.
* Decarbonising of the 'energy' system will likely involve considerable shift of previously non-
electric energy demand onto the electricity network with accompanying changes in how much
electricity is needed and when it is needed; and
* The expected mean changes in climate will alter the electricity demand and performance of
electricity infrastructure, and increased severity and frequency of extreme weather events will
impact on the electrical network and distribution systems.
To address these multiple challenges, the RESNET project (Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain) will
develop and demonstrate a comprehensive systems-level approach to analysing the resilience of the existing
and proposed electricity networks. It will develop, test and refine tools for evaluating adaptation measures
designed to enhance the resilience of the network including societal and technical adaptation. Newcastle will
develop a new climate downscaling method for analysing changing wind conditions. Newcastle will also lead
on the work packages analysing the resilience of the energy network and testing the effectiveness of
EPSRC Impact Award – TORG at Traffex 2011
As part of a recent EPSRC Impact Award, Glyn Rhys-Tyler and Fabio Galatioto attended the Traffex 2011 event
at the NEC Birmingham on March 29th and 30th 2011. The biennial Traffex event attracts over 12,000 visitors
from across the UK and Europe. The purpose of the visit was to publicise the research outputs from the
MESSAGE (Mobile Environmental Sensing System Across a Grid Environment) project, co-funded by EPSRC and
the Department for Transport. Within MESSAGE, Newcastle University developed, constructed and evaluated
large scale wireless environmental sensor networks integrated with ITS (Intelligent Transport System) legacy
systems. Deployments of environmental sensors took place in Gateshead/Newcastle, Leicester, London,
Palermo, Stockholm, Delhi, and Chennai.
The EPSRC Impact Award facilitated a series of four very successful workshops at Newcastle University in
February and March 2011, attended by a wide range of professionals from consultancy, central and local
government, where delegates were trained in the use and application of the new technologies. Building on
this success, TORG staff were invited by our commercial partners TRL Ltd. to display and demonstrate the
environmental sensor technology on the TRL stand at Traffex, attracting significant further interest from
industry. The sensor technology has recently been commercialised by our partners Envirowatch, who kindly
supplied sensors to display at the exhibition.
Glyn and Fabio were not the only TORG delegates at Traffex. Professor Phil Blythe gave a presentation at
Traffex entitled “Achieving Carbon Reduction by Using ITS Technology”, and TORG visiting researcher Nick
Hodges was also in attendance.
Glyn Rhys-Tyler and Fabio Galatioto discuss the benefits of environmental sensing
systems developed at Newcastle University with industry colleagues.
Swiss TV Crew Filming in the Cassie Building for an Upcoming Documentary on Antibiotic
On Monday April 11, David Graham and Beate Christgen (CEG Environmental Engineering) were interviewed
and filmed by Swiss television in the Cassie Building Microbiology Lab for an upcoming documentary exploring
increasing antibiotic resistance (AR) in the environment. The filming was for a TV show called 360o and will be
broadcast on TSV, the French Swiss equivalent to BBC2. 360 0 is very prominent in Switzerland, and has a
similar focus and audience to Horizon and Panorama on BBC.
The purpose of this filming was to highlight the work of Graham and others on the relative contributions of
medical, agricultural and pollution-related antibiotic resistance to global AR proliferation and the
development of “superbugs”. Specific interest resulted from a recent manuscript in Environmental Science &
Technology by Charles Knapp (now at Strathclyde University), Jan Dolfing, Phillip Ehlert (Wageningen
University) and Graham (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es901221x). This work showed significant increases in
environmental AR have resulted since the industrialization of antibiotic production post World War II,
probably resulting from pollution; work that was awarded Runner-up for Science in 2009 at the American
Chemical Society. As background, the TV intends to highlight the work of three research groups around the
world, one each in medicine, agriculture and environmental (i.e., CEG) systems, and then assess how each
cause of AR might contribute to global AR proliferation.
Specific filming on Monday included interviews and a physical demonstration of the molecular biological
methods used to quantify the abundance and migration of AR determinants in environmental systems (Beate
performed the demonstrations). This publicity is significant for future endeavours and shows the prominence
of work being done in CEG on the topic. The actual TV show will be broadcast in two to three weeks and a link
will be provided at that time.
Concrete Under Fire Seminar
On 23 March academics and engineers gathered at the Institute of Structural Engineers in London for the
Concrete under Fire seminar on high temperature effects on concrete.
The event was co-organised and chaired by Colin Davie and was held under the banner of the NAFEMS
organisation. Talks relating to both fire and nuclear applications were given by academics and practicing
engineers from across the UK and Europe. The aim of the seminar was to provide insight for numerical
modellers into current practice in design and analysis as well as the current forefront of research in the area,
including that carried out in CeG.
Following the recent events in Japan and the Fukushima nuclear plant, the seminar stimulated intensive
discussion after the talks with the panel of expert speakers debating numerous issues with the audience.
Students Make an Impact with the Help of EPSRC
At the end of March, Stephanie Millar and Lee Ager, two Stage 4 Civil and Structural Engineering students,
travelled with their project supervisor Colin Davie, to the Swedish Technical Institute in Borås, Sweden to take
part in a 5 day knowledge exchange visit. The students, whose individual research projects concern the effects
of fire on concrete, are continuing work begun during the EPSRC project An advanced numerical tool for the
prediction and analysis of spalling in concrete structures exposed to combined thermal and mechanical
During the trip the three visitors from CeG gained valuable insight into the experimental techniques employed
by the Swedish researchers to investigate concrete exposed to very high temperature and in exchange the
experimentalists were trained in the numerical modelling techniques employed by researchers in CeG. The
students were also able to carry out some experiments of their own (heating concrete samples to 600°C) the
results of which will form part of their projects.
The trip was made possible with a Newcastle University EPSRC Impact Award and the kind assistance of
Robert Jansson of SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
University’s Communication Strategy Consultation, 8 April 2011
The University are currently reviewing their communication strategy and one of the actions arising out of this
review is aimed at improving the ease of electronic communication by making e-mail addresses more
consistent. Detailed information about this policy can be found at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iss/policy/. An
important part of the strategy is to move to a position where all staff use the convention
firstname.lastname@example.org for their e-mail address.
They will shortly be writing to all staff whose e-mail address does not conform with this preferred convention
to advise that between 19 April and 6 May ISS will flip the two addresses, so that the new one becomes the
main address. After the change, both addresses will continue to work for receipt of mail.
The new Bribery Act comes into force on 1st July 2011. This consolidates previous statutes and common law
and also introduces two new criminal offences: a discrete offence of bribery of a foreign public official and a
corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery by a person associated with an organisation, including
employees, agents and intermediaries. Clearly, everyone is aware that bribery is illegal and the act should not
have any significant impact on the University. It is still perfectly legal to offer or receive corporate hospitality
that is proportionate.
John Hogan, University Registrar would like to remind you about the need to observe our policy on gifts and
hospitality. Please see:
A PowerPoint presentation summarising key elements of the new act is available from Richard Dale.
Please contact John Hogan with any queries.
Estate Security Service Open Days
ESS are to hold a number of open days in April 2011. These are whistle stop tours designed to introduce you
to the security staff and what they do.
Please see the ESS website for further information.
This newsletter is to inform employees of some of the activities taking place within the Human Resources
Section, together with some other information which may be of interest to you.
Please see: www.ncl.ac.uk/hr/item.php/hr-newsletter-april
Laser Pointer Warnings
Two papers have recently been published which highlight the dangers from ‘laser pointers’. These are not the
laser pointers that have been used in the past for use in lectures, which should now be restricted to 1mW
Class 2 devices, but similar looking devices that can be obtained over the internet with outputs of up to
Recycling of Cardboard Coffee Cups
We can now put all card based coffee cups into the paper recycling bins. This includes the type of card/paper
based cup you get from coffee shops, out of Flavia machines and from campus outlets. This can still be done
even if the card cup has a plastic or wax film on the inside or even says that it is biodegradable.
It does not include plastic cups which will still go in the plastic recycling.
News from the Sustainability Team
Do you know what you can recycle from a typical packed lunch?
Many of you will have an item in your packed lunch that you have no idea how to
recycle. Taking a typical packed lunch, a new informative A5 fridge magnet has
been created that provides concise, easy to view information on where
everything from a packed lunch can be disposed of.
If you would like a magnets, please e-mail some magnets, please email Kay
Gregory with the amount you require for your area / unit.
Sustainability Team of the Year
The Sustainability Team have been shortlisted for the coveted award of ‘Sustainability Team of the Year’ in the
BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2011; http://ev785.eventive.incisivecms.co.uk/static/shortlist
The work they do is considered to be on par with other top university’s to reduce our environmental impact –
but none of this could be done without the constant help and support of the Environmental Coordinators.
Despite the award title, it is clear that this award covers everyone in the University striving to improve the
University’s operational environmental sustainability.
The awards are being held on 7 July 2011.
New Environmental Coordinators
There are still a number of vacancies in the EC network, please see www.ncl.ac.uk/ecnetwork for further
Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges Conference 2011
The annual EAUC conference took place earlier this month in York. The EAUC provides a source of best
practice sharing between Higher Education establishments with environmental sustainability issues. A few key
staff members of the Sustainability team went along to learn the lessons of other universities, including
sustainable procurement, carbon reduction, and encouraging behavioural change, so that they can continue
to reduce Newcastle University’s environmental impact in the most cost effective, efficient way possible. If
you’d like to hear more, please email Kay Gregory.
Universities UK Research Report
Universities UK are planning to launch a report on the research day during Universities week (16 June).
Working with Research Councils UK, the report will focus on what is currently being developed / researched in
UK universities, and how this is likely to impact on our lives in the next 15 or 20 years time.
They are seeking case studies from all academic disciplines that are a) happening now and b) will be
something that will result in a real impact on people’s lives.
The proposed categories for entries are:
• Delivering a healthy future
• People and environment: sustainability for the next century and beyond
• The creation of recreation; how we’ll use our leisure time in fifty years
• The future of humanity and society
• Getting around: our planet, and beyond
• Capital ideas: the future of commerce and business
If you are interested please let Tom Bramald know by 6 April 2011.
Electrical Work – Drummond Building
Due to electrical work this weekend, 2-3 April 2011, there will be NO School network resources available.
There will be NO terminal servers, NO network drives and NO school printing.
Normal service should resume by 0700 hrs on 4 April 2011.
There will also be the following power isolations: first floor - 9 April, second floor - 10 April, third floor - 16
April, fourth floor - 17 April and fifth floor - 22 April.
Laboratory Refurbishment - Drummond Ground Floor
A major refurbishment with be undertaken in Labs G28 and G30 on the ground floor of Drummond. The work
will commence on the 25th April and will be ongoing for most of the summer period. Noise will be kept to a
minimum but there will no doubt be some disruption caused.
If you have any queries please contact Pam Moderate
Planning Application - Park and Kensington Terraces
A planning application has been lodged for the erection of a 5 storey student accommodation building
following demolition of 1-7 Park Terrace, conversion of 1-10 Kensington Terrace from University
accommodation to student accommodation and erection of 4 storey student accommodation building to the
rear of 1-10 Kensington Terrace along with improvement work to Drummond Square and associated hard and
soft landscaping and infrastructure works.
Comments are currently being accepted on the Newcastle Council website here:
Redecoration to Teaching Rooms
Building Room Dates
Bedson Teaching Centre G33, G34 and G36 6-8 April
B29, B30 7-8 April
B32 11-15 April
Old Library 5.16 and 6.2 4-6 April
L101 26-29 April
Merz Court L201, L202, L301, L302 and L303 4-7 April
Stephenson Building F13 4-7 April
F16 11-14 April
T12 and T13 4-6 April
Cassie Building 3.25 5-7 April
Drummond Building 2.24PC 26-28 April
Drummond 2.24a, 3.11 and 4.03 11-13 April
Free Adult Cycle Training
During May, June & July, the Estates Office will be offering free adult cycle training sessions.
Full details can be found on their website.
EPSRC Update on Delivery Plan
The EPSRC has published a website that gives an update on its plans for implementing its 2011-15 delivery
plan. This has brought more clarification than the Faculty previously had in some areas but many of the plans
still don't give specifics.
Please see the full plan here:
Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) invites nominations or self-nominations for its Young
Woman Engineer of the Year competition, which seeks to reward a woman under 30 years of age who has
firmly established herself as an energetic and technically excellent professional.
Please see: http://conferences.theiet.org/ywe/ for further details..
Sterling Group India Tour 2011 – Nominations Requested
The group’s intention this year is to visit colleges in South India in Kochi and Coimbatore plus, for those willing
to stay on for an extra few days, schools in Ooty. The tour will assemble in Kochi on Sunday 24 July and
depart Coimbatore on Saturday 30 July and Ooty on Tuesday 2 August. These are all new venues for the
Sterling Group. Kochi and Coimbatore will allow us to tap into a largely postgraduate market while Ooty will
be more for potential undergraduates.
Please take a look at the India 2010 member's page on the SG website where a lot of information about last
year's tour can be found, including all the abstracts for the presentations which should give some guidance as
to what is needed. The public Vietnam 2010 page now has a PowerPoint presentation of last year's Vietnam
tour which will give people not familiar with a SG tour some idea of what the SF actually do.
Nominations for the tour party should include a brief CV and abstract for a presentation which is suitable for
an undergraduate audience (both one page MAX). As usual, flexibility is critical as audiences may also include
post grads and staff. Presentations are, typically, about 45 minutes long. For those going to Ooty a
presentation suitable for sixth formers will also be needed but this could be an appropriately modified version
of the college talk.
Hotels will be organised by the British Council but paid for by tour party members and people will need to
arrange their own flights.
Please send nominations, CV's, abstracts and queries to email@example.com . Please ensure
you state whether you would be staying on for Ooty or leaving after Coimbatore.
Nominations deadline: 20th May 2011
Royal Society News
Innovation and Industry Schemes: Brian Mercer Award for Innovation
The Brian Mercer Award for Innovation provides funding for individuals or groups to develop an already
proven concept or prototype through to the creation of a near-market product for commercial exploitation,
i.e. to a stage where an approach for venture capital becomes a reality.
The award is designed to promote possible commercial exploitation of existing research in the built
environment, energy, clean technology and nanoscience/ nanotechnology.
The awards are open to applicants of any nationality who have a PhD (or are of equivalent standing in their
profession), who hold a substantive post in a UK university and who will be in post at the host organisation for
at least the duration of the project. The project must commence within three months of the date of
notification. The maximum value of the award is £250,000 and can be held for 2 years at a UK University or
Deadline: 4 May 2011
Please see: http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/brian-mercer-innovation/ for further information.
Collaboration and Travel Schemes
Following the latest Comprehensive Spending Review, the Society has unfortunately had to discontinue the
International Travel Grants scheme and International Joint Projects scheme. Instead applications for
international collaborations will from now on be managed through a new International Exchanges Scheme.
However, the Society will unfortunately no longer be able to support conference attendance through this
scheme. Whilst we acknowledge that conference attendance is important in raising the profile of UK science
and scientists, the Society felt that facilitating international collaborations should be the priority during a
period of budget constraints.
The International Exchanges scheme will be launched next week - please check: http://royalsociety.org/ for
further details and scheme notes.
350th Anniversary Campaign
Thank you to all those who supported the 350th Anniversary Campaign. Your donations have enabled the RS
to apply scientific excellence to the critical challenges of the day. New developments mean that they now
need to raise a further £25 million to embark on cutting edge projects and secure the future of science.
To find out more about how your donation will help, or to make a donation, visit royalsociety.org/campaign or
contact the Development Office on 020 7451 2211.
To celebrate the great range of science discussed during the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary year, they have
launched Science sees further – offering an opportunity for all those interested in science to look at the key
scientific issues of today, and those of tomorrow. Available online with a host of interactive audio and video
material, Science sees further contains 12 chapters based on the subjects of the Discussion Meetings in 2010,
comprising a subject summary (authored by the meeting organisers) and short historical context using
material from the Society’s Centre for History of Science. Discover more at royalsociety.org/further
EPSRC Engineering Newsletter - Issue 34
This is the monthly e-newsletter from the Engineering Programmes at the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC). It aims to provide information of interest relevant to the wider engineering
community and keep you up-to-date with news of our latest calls and initiatives.
Please see: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/engineering/Pages/engineeringnews.aspx for Issue 34 which includes:
£10m Investment in Challenging Engineering; ICT Pioneer Award Announced;
Notable Grant Awards; New Programme Grant to Tackle Key Challenges in Modelling Turbulence; Upcoming
Calls and Opportunities; EPSRC & TSB involvement in upcoming EU funding activities; Institution of Mechanical
Engineers Prizes; Contact Details; Programme Contacts for Engineering and Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
as well as other interesting information.
Engineering Subject Centre News
The latest newsletter from the Engineering Subject Centre has been published and can be found here:
This newsletter includes news items such as: Assessing Learning Outcomes in Professional Engineering: What
can we learn from other disciplines?; New MATLAB Learning, Teaching and Assessment Special Interest Group
established; Bringing student centred experiences to the electronics laboratory: does this enhance student
learning?; The future of the Engineering Subject Centre.
You will also find Engineering Subject Centre and other event information.
NERC Knowledge Exchange Call
NERC are pleased to announce the next round of Knowledge Exchange Call (KE Call).
The Call's aim is to promote the exchange of knowledge, people, skills and expertise between the research
base and those in the user community who can make use of this.
The Knowledge Exchange Call includes both a grants round (KE Call Projects) and a call for Fellowships (KE
Fellowships). Applicants may submit a proposal to either of these schemes at the same time. Proposals may
be linked, if appropriate, although they will be assessed separately as standalone applications.
Please see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/using/schemes/kecall.asp for further information on KE Call Projects and
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/using/schemes/kefellows.asp for further information on KE Fellowships.
Application deadline: 16:00 2 June 2011
UK Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (UK SOLAS): Final Report published
The Final Report on the NERC research programme UK SOLAS has now been published and is available at
The main outputs and outcomes of the six-year programme (2004-10) are summarised, with information on
over 130 peer-reviewed publications. UK SOLAS has provided the main UK contribution to date to the
international SOLAS project; that national contribution now continues through other activities.
British Dam Society
The British Dam Society (BDS) is an associated society of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and consists of
individual and corporate members. It is open to anyone wanting to share experience or knowledge of all
aspects of dams and reservoirs. BDS encourage student membership and each year they run student
competitions to encourage students to take up an interest in dams and reservoirs.
Please see: http://www.britishdams.org/student_zone/default.htm for the BDS student zone.
BDS Student Essay Competition
Entrants will need to write an essay of between 1000 and 1500 words on the topic “The Benefits of Dams”.
They will also need to send a one-page application outlining what they would gain from the experience of
attending the BDS 2012 Conference, why they wish to take part and why they should be selected.
The first prize is an expenses paid trip to attend the 2012 British Dam Society conference, in Leeds from the
12- 15 September 2012 with the second and third prizes being £200 and £100.
To enter, please the essay and application to Tim Fuller, the Secretary of BDS by 30th November 2011.
We also run a BDS prize competition for engineers under the age of 35, which is also available to students to
take part in.
You can find out more about the BDS on our NEW website at http://www.britishdams.org
BDS Young Members Prize Competition
This competition is held every two years and is open to BDS members under 35 years of age on the date of the
Participants are invited to submit papers on dam engineering relating to their experience in research, design,
construction and supervision. It is not essential that papers describe original work but the authors should have
had an involvement in the work. There must be only one author. Papers should be about 2500 words in
length and be capable of presentation in about 15 minutes. The oral and visual presentation, as well as the
content of papers, will be judged.
The first prize for this year’s winner is £800 with the second and third prize being £400 and £200
The next competition will take place on 21st November 2011 at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
To enter, please submit a synopses of about 250 words of the proposed paper along with brief biographical
details of the author to Tim Fuller, the Secretary of BDS by 30th June 2011. The authors of synopses assessed
as being relevant to the competition will be invited to submit their completed papers by 30th September 2011.
The Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowships - Call for applications
The Royal Academy of Engineering have announced a call for applications for The Academy's Distinguished
Visiting Fellowship awards. Please see: http://www.raeng.org.uk/research/researcher/dvfs/default.htm for
further information and http://www.raeng.org.uk/research/researcher/dvfs/apply.htm for application
Application deadline: 31 May 2011
Beacon North East Surgeries
Beacon North East are now offering informal sessions where students and staff can take the opportunity to
drop in and chat to members of the team about engagement. This team can help you with getting started in
engaging with the public, methods and best practice, concerns that you might have about an existing
engagement project, sharing of your experiences or to simply find out more about engagement opportunities
available to you. At each session, they will be making their mobile library of engagement literature available,
for you to browse or borrow from.
They are holding the following sessions, which as drop-in but they would appreciate if you can let them know
in advance if you would like to attend, especially if there are particular topics you would like further
information on. Please e-mail Anna Wraith, Engagement Coordinator, Beacon North East
12:-00-14:00, 19 May 2011, Durham University
12:-00-14:00, 23 June 2011, L1.26, King’s Gate, Newcastle University
12:-00-14:00, 21 July 2011, Durham University
Institution of Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Award
The Institution of Environmental Sciences is seeking applications for its John Rose Award, which provides
funding to publicise the outcome of a postgraduate environmental sciences project in order to make the
research findings available to the public. The award is worth £1000.
Please see: www.ies-uk.org.uk/awards/awards.php for further information
Deadline: 3 October 2011.
PUBLISHED PAPERS AND NEW BOOKS
Bathurst, J.C. 2011. Predicting Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change on Erosion and
Sediment Yield in River Basins Using SHETRAN, Handbook of Erosion Modelling, Morgan,
R.P.C. and Nearing, M.A. (eds.), Blackwell, 263-288.
Bathurst, J.C., J.C., Iroumé, A., Cisneros, F., Fallas, J., Iturraspe, R., Gaviño Novillo, M.,
Urciuolo, A., de Bièvre, B., Guerrero Borges, V., Coello, C., Cisneros, P., Gayoso, J., Miranda,
M., Ramirez, M. 2011. Forest Impact on Floods Due to Extreme Rainfall and Snowmelt in
Four Latin American Environments 1: Field Data Analysis. Journal of Hydrology, 400, 281-291.
Bathurst, J.C., Birkinshaw, S.J., Cisneros, F., Fallas, J., Iroumé, A., Iturraspe, R., Gaviño Novillo,
M., Urciuolo, A., Alvarado, A., Coello, C., Huber, A., Miranda, M., Ramirez, M., Sarandón, R.
2011. Forest Impact on Floods Due to Extreme Rainfall and Snowmelt in Four Latin American
Environments 2: Model analysis. Journal of Hydrology, 400, 292-304.
G.A. Rhys-Tyler, W. Legassick, M.C. Bell, The Significance of Vehicle Emissions Standards for
Levels of Exhaust Pollution from Light Vehicles in an Urban Area, Atmospheric Environment,
In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 21 March 2011, ISSN 1352-2310, DOI:
Keywords: Remote sensing; vehicle exhaust emissions; London; nitric oxide; emissions
Anil Namdeo, Abhishek Tiwary, Ewan Farrow (2011). Estimation of Age-Related Vulnerability
to Air Pollution: Assessment of Respiratory Health at Local Scale. Environment International,
Abhishek Tiwary, Alan Robins, Anil Namdeo, Margaret Bell (2011). Air Flow and
Concentration Fields at Urban Road Intersections for Improved Understanding of Personal
Exposure. Environment International, doi:10.1016/j.envint.2011.02.006.
Abhishek Tiwary, Anil Namdeo, Anthony Dore, Margaret Bell (2011). Aerosol Loading in an
Urban Environment from a Biofuel Based CHP Plant: Assessment and Mitigation. Procedia
Environmental Sciences, Volume 4, Pages 71-75.
Ag Stephens; Philip James; David Alderson; Stephen Pascoe; Simon Abele; Alan Iwi; Peter
The Challenges of Developing an Open Source, Standards-Based Technology Stack to Deliver
the Latest UK Climate Projections. International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI:
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND FUNDING
SAgE Research Funding Email Group
The Royal Society has just announced a new, flexible travel scheme. The International Exchanges Scheme will
enable UK-based scientists to collaborate with scientists based overseas, through either a one-off visit or
Please see: http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/international-exchanges/ for further details.
Application deadline: 30th June 2011.
NERC Funding Opportunities
The NERC has recently announced two opportunities that may be of interest in the School of CivG.
Connect a Scheme - facilitates new partnerships between universities and public/private sector agencies.
Please see: www.nerc.ac.uk/using/schemes/connecta.asp.
Follow-On Fund Pathfinder Grants - support small-scale specific activities to assess future possibilities arising
from NERC-funded research. Please see: www.nerc.ac.uk/using/schemes/followonfund.asp.
JSPS London Short-Term Award - Call for Applications
This is the second call for applications for the JSPS Short-Term Award Programme for fiscal year 2011. JSPS is
the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of
contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS plays a key role in the administration of various scientific
and academic programmes, whilst expanding bilateral exchange between Japan and the United Kingdom.
The Short-Term Award provides the opportunity for pre and post doctoral UK researchers and European and
North American researchers based in the UK to visit Japan for 1 to 12 months to undertake cooperative
research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The programme is designed
to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan. Eligible
research fields are not limited: computer, engineering, health, biological, life, natural and physical sciences,
mathematics, humanities and social sciences etc.
Please see: http://www.jsps.org/funding/fellow_short.html for all application materials. Please contact short-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the London office on 02072554660 if you have any questions.
These fellowships will start between November 2011 and 31 March 2012.
Application deadline: 17:30, 1 June 2011
Joint Royal Academy of Engineering & Professional Engineering Institution Student
Last year the RAEng launched the Innovation Hothouse, an activity which appraised final year student design
projects in respect of their viability for commercialisation. A series of regional events were held throughout
the UK at which the best projects were selected and worked up in conjunction with a business coach during
the long vacation prior to being involved in the showcase final which was held during the London Design
Festival in September. The final involved a group of venture capitalists, business angels and entrepreneurs
who participated with the intention of investing in the projects being presented. Of the six projects presented
on the day, three achieved some form of investment from the panel in terms of time, guidance or finance.
This year, in partnership with several of the professional engineering institutions, they will be repeating the
We would like our academic staff to encourage their student’s, particularly those in their final year who either
have an entrepreneurial flair or a project which in your opinion, is commercially viable and deserving of
development funds or venture capital, to apply to take part in this activity. Others who are simply looking for
the experience of pitching their projects to a group of experts who won’t pull their punches are equally
welcome to take part. Aside from the possibility of securing funds and the experience of taking part, they are
looking at offering a number of prizes to the most promising projects.
Please see: www.theinnovationhothouse.net for further information and an on-line application form.
PhD Research Position: Local Air Quality Monitoring Strategies with Heterogeneous
Networks of Low-Cost and Mobile Sensors, VITO
Traffic related air pollution and its association to health effects is a major issue in future mobility planning.
Important differences in pollutant concentrations can occur over the day between different micro-
environments in a city. When combined with personal behaviour patterns, this results in considerable
differences in personal exposure to air pollution. The ability to measure air quality at a high spatial and
temporal resolution can yield a tremendous advance in our ability to understand the concentration variability
of pollutants in urban environments and their association to health effects, and thus the ability to take the
most appropriate and effective measures. However, better assessment of spatial and temporal variability in
air quality at micro-level is hampered by the cost of the measurements.
This PhD research will focus on the development and application of techniques to enable the use of intelligent
heterogeneous networks of low-cost and mobile sensors for air quality; development of monitoring strategies
with statistically relevant spatial coverage; development and use of “proxies” in sensor networks based on
measurements with lowcost; sensors and output of regional air quality models and the development of
techniques for outlier and event detection.
Please see: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/33628070 for the full advertisement and
contact details for submitting your application.
2011/12 NERC PhD Policy Internship scheme
NERC-funded PhD students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study are invited to apply for the NERC PhD Policy
Internship Scheme, to spend three months working in a policy research office. Up to eight internships are on
offer in 2011-12 at the UK and Scottish Parliaments and the National Assembly for Wales. There may also be
an additional opportunity for an internship with a UK Parliamentary select committee.
Successful applicants will receive a three-month extension to their PhD maintenance award and NERC will
cover reasonable travel and additional accommodation expenses. Internships are expected to take place
during 2012. Students funded directly from a NERC Doctoral Training Grant are eligible to apply. In addition,
students with at least 50% funding from a NERC Research Centre and students who are co-funded by NERC
with funding administered by another Research Council (e.g. NERC/ESRC studentships) are eligible.
Applications deadline: 17th June 2010. Interviews will be held at Westminster on the 1st and 2nd September
Please note: They will not be able to offer internships to candidates unable to attend these interview dates.
Please see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/using/schemes/internships.asp for further details.
Update to AO for Observations & Modelling of the Tropical Tropopause Layer
The Announcement of Opportunity for the Observations & Modelling of the Tropical Tropopause Layer has
been updated with more information about capital expenditure.
Please see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/tropopause/events/ao.asp to view the changes.
NERC’s Arctic Research Base – Application Reminder
Applications to access the NERC station in 2011 are being accepted, with a deadline of 31 March 2011.
NERC's Arctic research centre is based at Ny-Ålesund on the island Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle (79°N 11°E).
The island is part of the Svalbard Archipelago which lies north of Norway. Ny-Ålesund is the focus of a
growing international science community, which includes stations owned by Norway, Germany, Japan, Italy,
France, South Korea, China, the UK and others. The Kings Bay Company (KBC) provides a service infrastructure
for the site.
The NERC base at Ny-Ålesund is routinely open for the summer season June to September each year, but may
be opened earlier if required. Earlier notification is required if seeking station access outside of the normal
opening period. The station comprises of a 400m² laboratory, workshop and storage space plus single
bedrooms (additional accommodation can be provided by KBC). The station provides limited laboratory
facilities and field equipment, telephone, fax and email, computer facilities, VHF radio, satellite telephones,
firearms, boat and snowmobile. (The hire of snowmobiles for specific projects can be arranged). Applications
are for the use of station facilities only, no funding is provided through this route for other costs associated
with carrying out research.
The NERC Arctic research station allows researchers from UK universities, research institutes and other
recognised organisations (and their international collaborators), to carry out environmental research relevant
to the NERC remit at Ny-Ålesund. The station is an ideal place for PhD students and researchers with limited
polar field experience to carry out research. The Station Manager is available to supervise and provide training
in polar fieldwork techniques, and students are able to benefit from interaction with other research groups at
the base. The location of Ny-Ålesund is particularly suitable for ecological research, glacial/periglacial
geomorphology, hydrology and atmospheric chemistry. For health and safety reasons applications from lone
individuals are not accepted. Projects should involve at least two individuals.
Detailed information about the research station and travel can be obtained from the station handbook or
from Nick Cox, the Station Manager. The announcement of opportunity and application process can be found
on the website, or from Michelle Truman at NERC.
Please visit http://www.arctic.ac.uk/uk_facilities/station/index.php for all information and contact details.
18th April 2011 Ocean Drivers of Glacier Change in South-East Professor Tavi Murray
13.00-14:00 Greenland School of the Environment and
2.33, Cassie Building Society
18th April 2011 Mr. Abdul Majeed
15.00-16:00 2010 Pakistan Flood Retired Chief Meteorologist of
3.25, Cassie Building Pakistan
Categorising Floods in Pakistan Related to Their Mr. Abdul Majeed
Meteorological/Hydrological Causes and the Use in Retired Chief Meteorologist o
Flood Forecasting Pakistan
20th April 2011 Prof Saeed Shah
13:00-16:00 Hydro-Meteorological Trends in the Satluj River Centre of Excellence in Water
3.25, Cassie Building Basin (Indus) Resources Engineering
Improving Hydroclimatological Characterisation of Nathan Forsythe
the Upper Indus Basin Using a Range of Data School of CivG, Newcastle
Please see our full seminar list for further details of each seminar.
CONFERENCES, EVENTS AND MEETINGS
CEGs School Calendar
13:00 – 14:00, Monday 13 June 2011, in Room 1.11, Drummond Building
NERC KE Call Reminder for Launch Events
Manchester, 5 April 2011 and Bristol, 12 April 2011
There are still a limited number of places available at the above events.
If you have not registered for either of the events and would like to attend, please register here:
Please e-mail Rebecca Farncombe If you have any questions.
International Geodetic Students Meeting (IGSM)
14th-19th April 2011, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University
This is the 24th annual meeting of the International Geodetic Students Organisation and will include 170
Geomatics students and graduates from over 70 international institutions, including the University of
Senior members of Geomatics staff will be invited to attend the opening ceremony on Friday 15 th April
between 12:00 and 13:30 in King’s Hall. The organising team will shortly sending out invitations to Geomatics
staff for short research presentations which are to be held on Monday 18th April.
Please see: www.igsm2011.org.uk for further information contact Tom Holderness.
Investment Workshop with Sarah McVittie
08:30-14:00, 14 April 2011, Time Central, Gallowgate, Newcastle
Serial entrepreneur Sarah McVittie is to share her secrets of attracting investment and her inspirational
Sarah, dubbed one of the top 35 women under 35 by the Times is now running her second venture, fashion
and styling service Dressipi, after selling the multi-million pound mobile phone service business Textperts that
she founded aged 25 in 2003 at the end of 2008 to kgb giant 118118.
North East entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to secure investment for their own ventures have the
opportunity to hear from Sarah about how she raised £2.5million from investors during a Routes to
Investment workshop, being run by Newcastle Science City and North East Access to Finance and a lunch
hosted by Girl Geeks Limited.
The is a free workshop, sponsored by Muckle LLP and is part of a series of events aimed at getting businesses
investor-ready. As well as gaining a personal insight from Sarah, attendees will hear from experts in
management controls and governance to help them formulate their business plan in preparation for pitching
to business angels or venture capitalists.
Estelle Chatard, new business and investments director at Newcastle Science City, said: “This is the first time
Sarah has visited the North East and the two events provide a superb opportunity for the region’s
entrepreneurs to learn from her outstanding experience.”
‘Queen of startups’ Bindi Karia will be the headline speaker at the final of the five workshops in the series, on
Wednesday, May 4.
Lunch will be included.
To register for either of the workshops and/or lunch, contact Michelle Blow at HFPR Ltd, tel: 0191 285 7100
NERC / British Ecological Society (BES) Jointly Funded Science - Policy Interactions Workshop
5-6 May 2011, Charles Darwin House, Roger Street, London WC1
This science policy interactions workshop is a collaboration between NERC and the British Ecological Society
and is taking place on 5th and 6th May 2011 at Charles Darwin House, London WC1N (a short walk from Kings
Cross Station). The workshop is aimed at early career researchers funded by NERC and/or members of the
British Ecological Society and aims to support attendees science to policy activities through Providing
information about means of engagement with policy and how this can best proceed, An opportunity to
practice communication skills
Developing a framework for participants to create a knowledge exchange strategy and the establishment of a
science - policy professional network to facilitate ongoing science to policy discussion and sharing of best
The workshop itself is funded by NERC and BES, including accommodation in London for one night,
refreshments for both days and a dinner on the evening of 5th May. Travel costs are not covered by NERC and
Please see the NERC website for further information and an application form.
Application deadline: 11 April 2011. Successful applicants will be informed shortly after this date.
Please e-mail Lesley Aspinall for any further information.
APECS Career Development Workshop, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
(IUGG) General Assembly
27th June 2011, Melbourne, Australia
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together early career polar researchers, those interested in starting a
polar research project, and senior mentors with the experience to offer advice and inspiration. The workshop
will consist of plenary lectures, hands-on breakout sessions, and panel discussions.
Whilst the workshop will have a polar theme, it is open to all early career researchers. Participants will learn
from experienced mentors, developing the transferrable skills vital for a successful career in polar science
which are not necessarily taught in all Universities or Research Institutions. An exciting schedule of plenary
lectures, hands-on breakout sessions and panel discussions will make this a highly informative and enjoyable
day for all early career researchers!
Specific subjects to be addressed are: science communication and working with the media; managing polar
research projects and international collaborations; writing proposals and finding funding, using video and
animations to present your research and non-academic careers in polar science.
In addition to sharing expertise in the skills required to succeed in polar science, this workshop will also
provide an opportunity for international networking and a platform for potential future collaborations, both
fundamentally important for the future of polar science.
Register online now at: http://apecs.is/workshops/iugg-2011 or contact the workshop organising committee
Deadline for registration: 27 June 2011.
IMA Conference on the Mathematics of the Climate System - First Announcement and Call
12-15 September 2011, University of Reading, UK
This conference will be about the construction and use of mathematical models of the climate system. Such
models aid our understanding of how certain climate processes interact. They also enable us to assess,
interpret and diagnose more comprehensive climate models. Finally, they provide readily understandable
paradigms for dynamical climate-system behaviour. The conference will focus on three related topics:
The extraction of mathematical models from climate data and climate-model output (homogenisation,
stochastic model reduction, bistability and metastable states, low frequency variability, data-driven coarse-
graining, set-oriented methods, trend identification, time-series analysis); reduced models and their dynamics
(linear response theory, bifurcations,extreme events, uncertainty); and testing hypotheses about the climate
system using statistical frameworks(emulators, Bayesian methods, nonparametric methods, equitability).
Confirmed invited speakers include Daan Crommelin, (CWI, Amsterdam); Michael Ghil (Ecole Normale
Supérieure, Paris and UCLA, Los Angeles); Chris Jones (University of Warwick); Jonathan Rougier (University of
Bristol) and Joe Tribbia (National Centre of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colarado)
Papers will be accepted for the conference based on a 100-200 word abstract and should be submitted either
online: http://online.ima.org.uk/ or by email: email@example.com. Submission deadline: 6 May 2011.
Please see: http://www.ima.org.uk/Conferences/mcs2011.html for further information.
Staff Development Workshops
Getting the Most from your Performance and Development Review
09:15-12:30, 4 May 2011
Role of Chair of Board of Examiners
09:15-16:30, 5 May 2011
Integrating Personal Development Planning (PDP) into your Teaching and Learning
13:30-16:30, 11 May 2011
9:15-16:30 and 9:15-12:30, 12 and 19 May 2011
Word 2007 Module 3 - Styles, Templates and Forms
09:15-12:30, 18 May 2011
EndNote XI - New Users
09:15-12:30, 3 June 2011
Access 2007 Module 4 - Generating Reports and Exchanging Data
09:15-12:30, 6 June 2011
Managing People Effectively
09:15-16:30, 13 June 2011
Access 2007 Module 3 - Form Design & Macros
09:15-16:30, 27 June 2011
Administrator Vacancy (based in Singapore), SAgE Faculty Office, Newcastle University
Please see: http://www15.i-
87024923&pagestamp=seypugrylnghutclky for the full vacancy details.
Appointment opportunities for NERC's Science and Innovation Strategy Board (SISB)
NERC is calling for nominations to its key advisory board, the Science and Innovation Strategy Board (SISB), to
commence in September 2011 for a three year period.
Applications with the following backgrounds would be particularly welcome: atmospheric science, earth
system modelling, earth observation, physical oceanography, soils and water expertise, and relevant business,
public and voluntary sectors. NERC recognises that women, disabled people and those from ethnic minorities
are currently under-represented on SISB and we are especially keen to receive applications from these areas
of our community.
SISB is the key source of advice to NERC Council on science and innovation related issues. Members are
appointed to SISB as individuals, rather than as representatives of a particular organisation, and NERC aims to
see that SISB membership is balanced across science areas wherever possible.
Please see: www.nerc.ac.uk/about/work/boards/science/nominationandselection.asp for a nomination form.
In addition the completed form, you will also need to provide a two page CV.
Deadline: 23 May 2011. Electronic submissions are preferable, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies to Janice
McKeown, Business Co-ordination, NERC, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1EU. For further
information, please contact Sinéad Darker, Secretary to SISB. Tel: 01793 411621.
Interviews will be held on 16 -18 August 2011 in London.
Assistant Professor, Geomatics Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of
Please see: http://www.ucalgary.ca/hr/careers/careers_search for further information.
Application deadline: 15 June 2011
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