Nominate someone for the John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

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Do you know someone who has promoted sound science and evidence?

Nominate them for the 2013 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science.

Sense about Science logoThe John Maddox Prize will reward an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. Its emphasis is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations of active researchers who have yet to receive recognition for their public-interest work are particularly welcomed.

Sir John Maddox, whose name this prize commemorates, was a passionate and tireless champion and defender of science, engaging with difficult debates and inspiring others to do the same. As a writer and editor, he changed attitudes and perceptions, and strove for better understanding and appreciation of science throughout his long working life.

The prize is a joint initiative of Nature, where Sir John was editor for 22 years; the Kohn Foundation; and Sense About Science, where Sir John served as a trustee until his death in 2009.

The prize: £2000. The award is presented in November and an announcement of the winner will be published in Nature.

The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm on 20th August 2013 BST.

Full details and online nomination form are at

Webinar week at UK Data Service: Five free online sessions

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This dropped into my inbox – check it out if the UK Data service is of interest to you. All these online events are free!

UK Data Service logoSocial scientists from all sectors are invited to participate in a series of webinars designed to introduce the data and resources available through the newly formed UK Data Service.

All webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the UK and overseas. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve your spot by booking at the links below.

An introduction to data available from the UK Data Service

Monday 13 May 2013 at 11.00

An overview of the types of data available, including UK government surveys, cross-national surveys, data from the UK Census and qualitative data. The webinar will include some case studies demonstrating how the data have been used in research.

Attendees are also encouraged to attend the Thursday webinar to learn how to find and access specific data collections.

Broadening access: Improving the impact of social data

Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 16.30

Panel discussion with Keith Dugmore, a private-sector data consultant and owner of Demographic Decisions, and Sharon Witherspoon, Director of the Nuffield Foundation and one of the original researchers on the British Social Attitudes Survey.

The discussion is moderated by David Martin, Deputy Director of the UK Data Service and former coordinator of the ESRC Census Programme.

Looking after and managing your research data

Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 16.00

A practical session for anyone actively creating social science research data. You will learn about practices, resources and support available to create well organised, well documented, high-quality research data through the course of your research so that your data continues to generate impact after you have analysed it yourself.

UnDISCOVERed riches: Finding and accessing data via the UK Data Service

Thursday 16 May 2013 at 15.00

A practical overview, focusing on the service’s new search-and-browse portal, Discover, which allows users to search for datasets, support guides, case studies, ESRC outputs, variables and questions.

A useful follow-up to the Monday webinar introducing data available through the UK Data Service.

An introduction to 2011 census geography

Friday 17 May 2013 at 15.00

An introduction to census output geographies, outlining five key differences between 2001 and 2011 census output geographies.

What is the UK Data Service?

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

The UK Data Service website provides a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data previously held by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the ESRC Census Programme and the Secure Data Service. All are backed with extensive support, training and guidance to meet the needs of data users, owners and creators.

Humanities in Human Rights

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In recent years, the connections between human rights and the arts and humanities have become newly conspicuous. Art, literature, theatre, film, TV and digital media provide insights into what it means to live in a world that is hyper-connected but at the same time politically divided

Humanities in Human Rights is designed for postgraduate and early career researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences who are committed to understanding the politics of humanity and human rights today.

Funded by the AHRC, led by Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA) and Prof. Les Back (Goldsmiths) the programme opens in October 2013 with a residential weekend taught by CHASE faculty, followed by topic specific work-shops and a showcase of research in London.

Applications are welcome from scholars in the humanities, arts and social sciences currently working on human rights and related fields who are able to participate in the programme across the year.

Application deadline: 15 June 2013.
Successful applicants will receive a stipend to support travel and accommodation.
Apply online:

People and places in limbo: research workshop 24 May

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Today’s post is from Busra Sultana, PhD Researcher (Gender Studies) in the School of Media, Film and Music

People and places in limboWe would like to draw your attention to ‘PEOPLE AND PLACES IN LIMBO, a research workshop organised and sponsored by the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies and the Global Transformations research theme to be held on Friday, 24 May 2013.

The workshop brings together researchers from across disciplines and research hubs who in various ways are investigating the resilience, transition, transformation and un/making of people and places in an era of emerging crises.

UPDATE 16 MAY: Due to requests from many of you, the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies will be happy to offer a small bursary to the Sussex University students to attend the research networking workshop on 24th May ‘People and Places in Limbo’. The registration fee for the Students  of Sussex University will be £12. To register please visit

Speakers from Sussex and other UK institutions include:

Professor Yvette Taylor,

Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University: “Fitting Into Place & other Queer Encounters”

Dr Rebecca Bryant,

Senior Research Fellow, Anthropologist of politics and law, London School of Economics: “States in Limbo: Sociality and Non-recognition in Cyprus and Elsewhere”

Professor Alan Lester,

Director of Research theme ‘Global Transformations. Historical geographer, Sussex: “Humanitarianism and the In-betweenness of the Colonised: Indigenous Engagements with the Port Phillip Protectorate of Aborigines in Australia”

Dr Monika Metykova,

interests in transnational media, cultural and media policies, and migration, Sussex: “Beyond the Radar: The Roma and Their Media in Europe”

Dr Claire Bennett,

ESRC Centre for Population Change, Southampton University: “Living in limbo’: The experiences of lesbian asylum seekers”

Dr Evi Chatzipanagiotidou,

Anthropologist, Queen’s University: “From ‘no man’s land’ to ‘everyone’s land’: Re-territorialisation of the border in Cyprus among British Cypriots”

Further details are available at

There is a £30 fee for the workshop, and registration is required. Due to the limited number of participants we strongly recommend early registration.

Venue: Geography Resource Room, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

To register please visit

Should you have any queries, feel free to contact the workshop organisers: Busra Sultana ( or Mahrokh Hosseini (

We look forward to welcoming you to this workshop.

With Best Wishes,
Busra Sultana & Mahrokh Hosseini

On Behalf of ‘People and Places in Limbo’ Organising Team,
University of Sussex

Doctoral School’s Researcher BBQ, Thu 23 May, bookings open!

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Thursday 23 May 15:30-18:00, Falmer Bar

Kebabs and wine

113 researchers have booked their BBQ ticket – have you booked yours yet? The BBQ bookings are open, and you can book a ticket if you are a Sussex:

    • doctoral researcher;
    • member of Research Staff (postdoc, research fellow, visiting fellow, research assistant);
    • Supervisor or Principal Investigator.

Your ticket is free (booking essential, limit of 250 tickets for this event) and includes not just the yummy food, but also a free drink up to the value of £3. The BBQ will be delicious (no horse-burgers here), the company will be delightful, and the weather… well, we’re working on it (you may have noticed our progress over the weekend), and we have a rain-plan, just in case.

Browse the mouth-watering menu and find out more about how to book and collect your ticket at:

The BBQ won’t just be about food though. It will also feature the official announcement of the winners of the final cycle of this year’s Researcher Led Initiative (RLI) Fund (the deadline is 30th April – get your applications in soon!).

And if you’re a doctoral researcher thinking about applying to be one of next year’s SAGE Research Hive Scholars, you can find out more from the Library’s Research Support staff, and chat to this year’s scholars about the realities of the roles.

If you have anything to suggest or request from the BBQ then why not let us know? You can get hold of us on and we’d love to hear from you.

Chris Kempshall, Craig Haslop, and Sarah R-H

Mediamorphosis symposium: registrations open

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Mediamorphosis is a one-day symposium and exhibition, May 10, 2013 that invites researchers, practitioners, artists, designers, scientists to submit, discuss, exchange and engage with analogue and digital practices as mediamorphosis.

Mediamorphosis will be held at the Attenborough Creativity Zone, University of Sussex.

Mediamorphosis banner

Henry Jenkins (2004) describes how digital media potentially incorporates all previous media so that it no longer makes sense to think in medium-specific terms, problematising the concept of authenticity and authentic experience. In this one-day symposium, we are thus interested in questioning what is authentic experience within digital media? And what drives the pervasive cultural desire for an authentic experience? Because digitalisation inevitably alters the original in a mediamorphosis-like transformation, we are interested in exploring the authentic nature of this new object and experience. Mediamorphosis is a collective initiative by the Creative & Critical Practice Research Group.

Keynote speaker: Professor Sally Jane Norman (Director of the Attenborough Arts Centre)

Speakers and participants include (in alphabetical order):
Dr Camille Baker (Brunel University), Dr Caroline Bassett (University of Sussex), Cécile Chevalier (University of Sussex), Evren Eken (University of Sussex),  Kate Genevieve (Artist), Ian Grant (University of West London), Marlene Haring (Artist), Daniel Alexander Hignell (University of Sussex), Dr Birgitta Hosea (University of the Arts London), Aysenur Karabulut (University of Sussex), Simon Morse (Artist), Micheál O’Connell  (aka Mocksim, Artist), Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Queen’s University, Belfast), Joe Stephenson (Artist), James Stevenson (Victoria & Albert Museum).

The Mediamorphosis symposium is co-funded and supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund, University of Sussex. It is also supported by the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

Links to:

Date for your diary: Thu 23 May – Doctoral School’s Summer BBQ!

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British Summertime is here! Well nearly…

Whilst it might not seem it yet warmer weather is on the way. The slightly cold start to spring is not stopping us making plans so we’ve already begun the process of arranging this year’s Doctoral School Summer BBQ!

Now whilst you might not be quite ready to step outside for a barbecue just yet, come the end of May you will. Trust us. So put Thursday 23 May 15:30-18:00 in your diaries now.

We’ve already held a meeting with Falmer Bar to begin making the arrangements. Last year’s event was such a success that we’re going to replicate the best bits.

Therefore all researchers who register in advance of the event will, once again, receive a voucher for food off the barbecue (including salads and dessert) and one drink at Falmer Bar up to the value of £3.

Kebabs and wineWe’ve already begun building the menu and you can expect to see the following delicious dishes:


    • Sticky barbeque chicken drumsticks
    • Fresh sardines with herb butter
    • Char-grilled lentil, spinach and sweet potato vegetable burger with sweet corn relish

Side Salads:

    • Mixed leaf salad with toasted tamari sunflower seeds
    • Wholegrain mustard and crème fraiche new potato salad
    • Chicken Caesar salad
    • Tabbouleh salad


    • Strawberries & cream served with shortbread
    • Chocolate caramel torte

These selections have been chosen based upon several important criteria:

  1. Are they tasty?
  2. Are they diverse?
  3. Are they tasty and diverse?

If, however, you feel that you require some different dietary options then, by all means, get in contact with us and we’ll make sure we arrange something to fit your needs!

The BBQ won’t just be about food though. It will also feature the official announcement of the winners of the final cycle of this year’s Researcher Led Initiative (RLI) Fund. And if you’re thinking about applying to be one of next year’s SAGE Research Hive Scholars, you can find out more from the Library’s Research Support staff, and chat to this year’s scholars about the realities of the roles.

If you have anything to suggest or request from the BBQ then why not let us know? You can get hold of us on and we’d love to hear from you.

For now, keep an eye out for further information regarding the Doctoral School BBQ and we’ll get to work on the weather!

Chris Kempshall, Craig Haslop, and Sarah R-H

Inputs-Outputs registration open!

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Inputs-Outputs conference on engagement on causality and quantification of engagement, immersion, and presence in performance and human-computer interaction, on 26 June 2013, at the University of Sussex.

Registration is £25 for students, £40 for faculty staff and professionals. The full list of speakers includes international experts of the neuroscience of engagement, social signal processing, immersive theatre, and human-computer interaction.

New Wiki and blog hosting for education and social work researchers: eswphd

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An update from Denise Turner (Doctoral Researcher, Social Work) on a new Wiki for researchers. Focussed mainly (but not only!) on the fields of social work and education, the site provides access to archived twitter chats from the #eswphd hashtag, and hosts blogs from doctoral researchers and faculty. is shaping up to be a friendly and productive researcher community – do join in.

eswphd wiki logoYou may already be are aware of our weekly ‘Twitter chats’ using the hashtag #eswphd, and we now have a dedicated Webpage/Wiki which carries an archive of these weekly chats (in a nice orderly list – with headings! ) and includes the recent Sussex Library collaboration.

It also has space to host individual student/faculty & group blogs…. Michelle Lefevre from Social Work has already signed up & we also have a blog page for our monthly ESW Writing Group.

This facility was made possible by a collaboration of people who ‘met’ on Twitter & who have given their skill & time in building this for no financial reward – it is hosted by Jon Bolton’s company ‘Focus on Learning‘ and maintained by Sussex doctoral researcher Liz Thackray.  Its a stunning example of group work and the efficacy of community building in social media.

Please do visit the site and see what it has to offer & encourage people to use it – you dont have to be in education or social work.