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Royal Society of Chemistry – Establishing an independent career in chemistry: 16th – 17th September

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Royal Society of Chemistry

Establishing an independent career in chemistry

Joliot-Curie Conference

16th-17th  September 2014

Royal Society of Edinburgh,



Early-career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students who aspire to establish an independent career in chemistry are welcome to attend this two-day conference, dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences.


To find out more and to view the programme, visit the Royal Society of Chemistry webpages.

MELSIG: Digital Media Interaction & Inclusivity – 9th September 2014

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MELSIG: Digital Media Interaction and Inclusivity

9th September 2014
  Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) Teaching Building
University of Sussex

The Media Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) recognises the enormous potential of digital media as an enabler for inclusive practice and wider educational change.

This one day event asks us to consider how digital media can be used positively to address disadvantage in teaching and learning, and in disciplinary practice. It will also explore the challenges and opportunities facing individuals (students, teachers and practitioners) operating in professional contexts.

The day will address questions like ‘how effective are digital tools at supporting inclusive learning?’, ‘what challenges do they create?’, ‘how important is it to be aware of our digital footprint?’ and ‘what guidance/measures should be offered or put in place to help teachers and students manage and protect their professional identity online?

Attendance is free but places are limited therefore early registration is recommended.

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Short Project Vacancy at the Doctoral School for an Associate Researcher – Apply by Friday 15th August

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Associate Researcher: Short Project Vacancy

The Doctoral School are looking for a Sussex Doctoral Researcher to help with a project to map the training available to doctoral researchers across the University, so that research students and their supervisors have a clearer idea of what is on offer at department, School and University level.

The project will last for approximately 10 weeks, and the researcher will be expected to work for 1 day per week on the project.

The successful applicant will be a computer literate Sussex doctoral researcher (currently registered for a PhD, ESW, EdD) with good communication, research and writing skills. Some experience of web development work would be advantageous.

For further details on the post and how to apply see the Careers & Employability website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th August 2014.



Conference Review: Sights and Frights – Interdisciplinary Conference on Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural

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The Sights and Frights conference took place at the University of Sussex on Thursday 19th June 2014. The conference was sponsored by The Centre for Visual Fields at the University of Sussex & supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund. Today’s blog post has been written by the organisers of the event.

Sights & Frights

The aim of this one-day conference was to explore and interrogate cultural cross-currents between nineteenth-century visual culture and the literature, science and social practices of the period, particularly where these were concerned with attitudes to and instances of, the supernatural and horrific.

The conference attracted a variety of international delegates, including research students and academics, as well as professionals working in such diverse fields as museum curating, fiction writing, publishing and contemporary art – evidence that the ghostly and ghoulish is a widely popular area of interest.

Professor William Hughes of Bath Spa University commenced proceedings with his keynote lecture Talking Heads: Reconfiguring Post-Mortem Testimony in the Ghost Story. This fascinating talk discussed how the supernatural and evidential converge in the ghost-story trope of the re-animated corpse.

The six panel discussions showcased the inter-disciplinary nature and exciting range of research being conducted in the field. The topics covered included spiritualism, ghost fiction, werewolves, mummies, phantasmagoria, enfreakment, miasma and spirit photographs – to name but a few.

A very special and unique addition to the conference was a magic lantern demonstration (pictured above), delivered with great humour and erudition by Trevor Beattie. Delegates were treated to an hour of genuine nineteenth-century slides, including ‘chromatropes’ or fake fireworks; a ‘smoking monkey’ and a ‘man swallowing rats’(!) – a spectacular and memorable show that was definitely one of the highlights of the day.

The final keynote speech of the day was given by Dr. Tatiana Kontou, a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and Sussex alumnus. In The Haunted Lens: Mourning and Proof in Post-Mortem and Spirit Photography, Dr. Kontou examined how the aesthetics of the post-mortem photograph permeated other kinds of nineteenth-century imagery. A particularly sensitive and touching observation was how the post-mortem photograph – particularly those featuring children – facilitates mourning by reconfiguring bereavement as a new kind of relationship – one with a dead, rather than a living, loved one.

We are very grateful for the support of the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund, which enabled this conference to take place. For more information and full abstracts of all papers please see


The Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014 – Call for Papers

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The Regional Studies Association

Early Career Conference 2014

Call for Papers

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 29 August, 2014

The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide PhD students and early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is bring together students and early career researchers to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science. Participants working in the following areas are invited to submit an abstract, though we welcome all submissions with a regional studies or regional science focus.

  • Urban and regional development and policy
  • New challenges in urban planning
  • New economic geography
  • Big data and regions
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Urban and regional governance
  • Politics and territory
  • Innovation and knowledge
  • Mega-regions
  • City regions
  • Regional mapping and visualisation
  • Clusters and smart specialisation
  • Labour markets and migration
  • Spatial justice

Abstract submission will be available online from April 2014. For more information and updates on this event, please go to:

Conference Format

The conference will begin and end with a series of plenary lectures. In between these sessions a number of parallel workshop tracks will be held, all within the ICOSS building at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city centre campus. Papers will be grouped thematically after submission. We will also hold a special ‘how to get published’ session with journal editors and devote one session to more innovative presentation formats.

Information About the Venue

The conference venue is 300m from the nearest tram stop, which connects directly to Sheffield train station (accessible directly from most major UK cities). For international visitors, there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to Sheffield. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue.

For more information, please go to:


Doctoral researchers – Get career inspiration for your post-PhD life! Free Vitae Google Hangout

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What do researchers do next?

26 June, 2pm UK Time, #PostAcStory

Join a live Q&A with doctoral graduates for Vitae’s FREE #PostAcStory Google Hangout on 26 June (Thursday) from 2pm UK Time! The moderator will be joined by researchers turned consultants as well as researchers working in and outside academia to discuss what it’s like to do their jobs, how they got there and how they decided what to do next after their PhD or Postdoctoral grant.

Respond to invitation here:

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education, manufacturing, finance, business and IT, health, and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that over half of researchers will go on to pursue a career outside academic research or teaching on completion of their doctorate. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests?

The panellists will help you answer the following:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What have other researchers done?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • What is it like to stay in academia as research staff?
  • What is it like to do research in a different setting?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?
  • Work-life balance in various post-PhD careers

To meet the panellists and read more about the event, please, go to:

JOIN the conversation on the 26 June.


What is a Google Hangout?

Vitae Google+ Hangouts are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists.

As the video is streaming live online you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation, ask and answer questions on a discussion board or on Twitter.


Can anyone attend the Hangout?

Yes, whether you have a Google account or not, you will be able to watch our live hangout when it is streamed on 26 June!

However, only by joining our Google Plus event page or using #PostAcStory on Twitter, will you have the opportunity to guide the discussion and tailor advice with your own questions.


How can I ask questions?

The Google Hangout Q&A app will be used for the event which is the easiest and the most effective way to get your questions noticed. The questions will appear on the right side of the screen as the video is being streamed.

The App is now live – Simply click “Ask a new question” and it will be answered during the hangout.