Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the diversity of all staff in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and aims to address gender, race and sexual orientation inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of certain groups in senior roles.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

GGRiP meeting 30-31st March

The Geochemistry Group's Research in Progress meeting will be in Leeds on the 30-31st of March. We encourage you all to come to the UK's only dedicated geochemistry meeting. 

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Liane Benning (University of Leeds & Potsdam)
Dr Sally Gibson (University of Cambridge)
Dr Alex Thomas (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Brian O’Driscoll (University of Manchester)

£60 registration
2-day meeting including wine reception, lunch & refreshments

Abstract submission deadline: 17:00 29th February
Contact or for further information or an abstract submission form

Science Faculty Research and Innovation Mobility Fund

Dear Colleagues
A Research and Innovation Mobility Fund of £6,000 has been made available by the Dean to support colleagues needing to undertake travel at short notice relating to developing grant applications, developing research and innovation collaborations etc. Funding is only available for travel expenses and any claims must be receipted.
All applications should be made by email to Dr Alan Thorne and Ms Karen Musk: these should state exactly the purpose of the trip, why the trip is required and what the anticipated outcomes of the trip will be. The email must also be copied to the HOD and include a statement to indicate why funds are not available from Departmental and/or existing grant budgets. 
Decisions will be communicated within 48 hours of receipt (unless over a weekend). The use of this Research and Innovation Mobility Fund will be monitored for a year, and a decision will then be taken regarding continuation beyond this.
Kind regards,
Karen and Alan

Monday, 25 January 2016

Student Travel Award // 252nd ACS National Meeting // August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the Geochemistry Division will be awarding up to three Student Travel Awards for the 252nd ACS National Meeting, which will take place August 21-25, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

The Geochemistry Division will pay for the awardees’ registration for the 252nd ACS National Meeting.
Awardees will be given an extended time allocation for the oral presentation (30 minutes instead of regular 20 minutes for contributed talks).
Up to three awards will be made based on the quality of the applications.
Abstracts will be judged based on the impact on the field of geochemistry, technical approach, quality and clarity of writing, and the relevance of the abstract to both session and national meeting themes.
Award winners will be announced by May 4, 2016.

After submitting your regular abstract to the ACS’s Meeting Abstract Programming System (MAPS submit a separate, extended abstract to the GEOC Program Chair at agilgen [at] and include your abstract number in your email.
Extended abstracts should not exceed one page (use at least 11-pt font, single-line spacing, and 1-inch margins) and may contain tables and figures.

Applications can be submitted anytime during the abstract submission period, which ends on March 21, 2016.

- The award is limited to undergraduate and graduate students.
- Applicants must have already submitted a regular abstract to MAPS for the meeting.
- The applicant must be the presenting author.
- Only one application per presenting author will be considered.

Questions about the awards should be directed to Anastasia Ilgen agilgen [at]
Anastasia Ilgen, GEOC Program Chair for 252nd ACS meeting on behalf of the GEOC Executive Committee

EU Funding Day & UKRO visit - Wednesday 10th February

Dear Colleagues,

The programme for the EU Funding Day & UKRO visit on Wednesday 10th February is now available and registration is open. Please pass this information on to any researchers who might be interested. 

EU Funding Day & UKRO visit - Wednesday 10th February

Collaborative Projects (Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership)
10:00 - 12:30 (Richmond LT3)
This session is for those of you who are interested in getting involved in calls under the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership pillars. It will focus on how to find appropriate calls and partners as well as important information on what the European Commission is looking for in proposals and where to find further support and information.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
13:30 - 16:00pm (Richmond LT3)
This session is for those of you who are looking to build or strengthen collaborations with both academic and non-academic partners. It will focus on the funding schemes in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions work programme, including Fellowships, Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) and Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE). These calls encourage collaboration and knowledge exchange between partners and involve training and career development for the researchers involved.

If you have any queries, please do get in touch. 
Best wishes, 

Training for PhD supervisors - via the Researchers' Network

Two training opportunities for UoP staff who currently, or wish, to supervise PhD students are being advertised by the Grad School:

Continental Style PhDs
February 2nd 2016, 1.00 - 3.00 pm
Training Room 4.09, Graduate School, St Andrew's Court

In many European countries, standard PhD dissertations are based on a collection of published or potentially publishable articles, written in a concise journal style during the course of registration for the degree. This approach can lead to more publications, better completion rates and greater potential employability for the PhD students who complete this style of thesis.

This session will outline the structure of the continental PhD thesis as employed in the University’s Department of Psychology in the last 10 years. The many advantages of this form of thesis will be discussed as will be the potential challenges for supervisors, students and examiners. Examples of theses developed using this model will be available and you will hear from staff and students who have experienced this type of PhD thesis.

More details here.

Finding Funding for PhD Studentships
February 1st 2016, 10.00 - 12.00 pm
Training Room 4.09, Graduate School, St Andrew's Court

This session is for Principal Investigators who wish to find funding for PhD studentships from a wide variety of sources, including the UK Research Councils, Charities and the EU. In particular, it will focus on fully-funded studentships. It provides a detailed review of the routes available to University of Portsmouth Academics for finding PhD studentship funding from the UK Research Councils, and a broad overview of PhD studentship funding from other sources such as the EU (Horizon 2020) and charities such as the Leverhulme Trust. The session is appropriate for Principal Investigators looking to find full-funding for PhD students (fees, bursary, and research costs) and are unsure of Research Council eligibilities or what avenues are available from the EU or charities.

More details here.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Antarctic Science International Bursary for early career researchers

The Antarctic Science International Bursary are awards of up to £5000, made annually to support the development of the careers of promising young scientists, working in any field of Antarctic science, and from any country. The purpose of the award is to broaden the scope of an existing research project, especially for postdoctoral studies, through:
a) funding extra field or laboratory work
b) purchasing/contributing towards the cost of a key piece of equipment, or
c) funding international collaboration

Deadline 31st March each year.
More details on their website.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Athena SWAN focus groups

Dear all,
As part of our School's Athena SWAN Bronze Award application, we committed to holding yearly focus groups to keep the discussion going outside of application season. The first of these will be for all women in the School (PhD students and all staff), on Friday the 12th of February, 13-14 in the Hub. Don't worry gents; the all-staff group will follow as soon as we sort out a date!
Penny and Anouska
co-chairs of the women's focus group

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Next Researcher's Network meetup lunch 21 March

Our next lunch is on March 21. The topic will be getting started (or re-started) with a new project/research area. Sign up is open now at:

Researchers' Network meetings enable researchers from across the University to meet other researchers, catch up with colleagues and get an update on the support that is available from the University for research and research careers (and provide feedback on it!). Lunch will be provided.

The Researchers’ Network is for any member of staff at University of Portsmouth that is working to build or progress their research career, such as research staff/fellows/associates or those doing research within in an academic role such as lecturers/senior lecturers. The Network’s Google+ community page has close to 100 members and is used by researchers to post events, find others with expertise in a particular software or methodology, and to keep in touch. Find and request to join the Researchers’ Network on Google+ or email researcher-development [at] for joining instructions.

MSG meeting and Geochron workshop - open call

The call is now open for registration and abstract submission to the 2016 UK Metamorphic Studies Group meeting to be held at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, UK, on Tuesday March 15th 2016. This will be the 36th MSG meeting.
The meeting will be preceded by a Geochronology Workshop organised by the NERC Isotope Geoscience Labs on Monday 14th March 2016, also at the British Geological Survey.  This workshop is aimed at PhD students and early career researchers although anyone is welcome. There will be a “meta-curry” in Nottingham on Monday night following the workshop.
Registration/abstract deadline: Monday 29th February
More details at the MSG blog.

South Downs Research Conference 2016

The South Downs National Park is delighted to announce the South Downs Research Conference 2016. Designed to bring together researchers, students, practitioners and academics this conference showcases research across all disciplines in pursuit of the special qualities of the National Park. This free event will take place at the South Downs Centre, Midhurst, West Sussex, on 6th July 2016.

Abstracts are invited for posters and platform presentations. Submission deadline is Wednesday 4 May 2016. For more information regarding the event or submissions please visit or email

We would be grateful if you could please inform your colleagues, staff and students of this event. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this conference.

Yours sincerely,

The South Downs National Park Research Team

I'm a Scientist/Engineer - from the ScienceGrrl network

I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer are looking for scientists and engineers to take part in the upcoming March events and applications are now open!

Between 7th – 18th March, scientists and engineers will answer school students’ questions online, and engage directly with classes in live text-based chats. The students then vote for their favourites to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.

By taking part you'll develop your communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your work, and find out what young people really think about science and engineering. You'll definitely show students that engineers and scientists are real people and you might even win! As everything happens online you can do all this from your laptop at work, from your phone on the train, or possibly even from your internet-of-thingsy kettle.

Read more and apply to take part by 24th January (this Sunday!) at: &

The events are organised into different zones, covering many different topics. Between Food, Fuel, Surgery and Robotics in I'm an Engineer, to Climate Change, Fat, three general science zones and more in I'm a Scientist, there is something for everyone.

AND: If you're based in, or were educated in, any part of Ireland we have two I'm an Engineer Ireland zones for you, taking place 29th Feb-11th March: Apply for the Space Zone and Coding Zone.

For an insight into what's involved, read what our winners from November thought about their experiences here: and here:

If you'd like to find out more or have any questions at all, please contact or call on 01225 326 892.

Postgrad funding from the BSRG

Dear All, 
Please submit your applications for the Steve Farrell and Gillian Harwood Memorial Funds. The deadline is the 31st January. As a reminder these awards offer financial support for postgraduate students to attend international meetings and conduct fieldwork. Last year these awards enabled fieldwork in Spitzbergen and the Canadian Rockies as well as cosmogenic analyses of field samples from South Africa. Further details, including the application procedure, examples of successful proposals etc, can be found on the BSRG website. We look forward to reading your proposals. 
Visit the BSRG at

Monday, 11 January 2016

Athena Swan For All - Conference, University of Portsmouth

Date: 27 April 2016
Time: 1.20pm
Venue: Eldon Building

The theme for the fourth University of Portsmouth Athena Swan Conference will be 'Athena SWAN for All'. With a focus on the extension of the current Athena principles in 2016 to include support for both genders and transgender staff/students across all academic and support areas, the conference will be of value to a wide audience across the University.
We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Tom Welton, Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College, London. Chemistry at Imperial was recently awarded the Athena Swan Gold Award. His talk, ‘Going for Gold: Just the beginning’, will describe how he helped create a culture within his department which reflects his own deeply held belief in and drive for inclusivity and that the Award is the beginning and not the end of the journey.
You are encouraged to save the date and booking will open early in 2016.

Outline programme:

1.00pm–1.20pm: Registration
1.20pm–1.30pm: Welcome
1.30pm–2.30pm: Keynote talk by Professor Welton followed by Q&A
2.30pm–3.00pm: Break
3.00pm–4.00pm: Successes at the University and the future of Athena SWAN
4.00pm–5.00pm: Q&A