Copyright Clinic drop-in session for doctoral researchers in the Research Hive

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Confused about copyright issues in submitting your doctoral thesis? Come along to the new Copyright Clinic drop-in session on Wednesday 19th June, anytime between 2.00 and 4.00 pm in the Research Hive (top floor of the Library). This is a new drop-in session for doctoral researchers aiming to provide support and guidance on copyright issues arising from the electronic submission of doctoral theses.

Whatever stage you are at in your research journey, it is never too soon to think about the copyright implications of including third party material in your doctoral thesis. Now that it is a requirement to submit an electronic version of your thesis (to be made openly available on Sussex Research Online) you may need to seek permission from the copyright owner to include images, film stills, photographs or substantial extracts from literary works. If you are not sure whether you can include third party content in your thesis without first seeking permission from the rights holder, drop in to the Research Hive on Wednesday 19th June, anytime between 2.00 and 4.00 pm to discuss with Library staff.

Can’t come on Wednesday? See our guide to Copyright Issues in Your Doctoral Thesis

Countdown: Inputs-Outputs conference

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Only ten days to go until Inputs-Outputs conference. Register at Eventbrite – £25 for students, £40 for faculty.

The programme is bursting at the seams with interdisciplinary expertise on engagement and social sensing – human or machine.

The morning session starts with Fabian Ramseyer from Bern, who will talk about interactional synchrony when people are in rapport with each other. Colin Nightingale from immersive theatre company Punchdrunk – who are opening a major new London production next week – follows. Colin will talk about how Punchdrunk thinks and works with engagement.

Next, Steve Benford from Nottingham Mixed Reality Lab will talk about trajectories through engagement, followed by Tassos Stevens from Agency of Coney, the maker behind Papa Sangre, the sound-only navigation iPhone game. More science follows with Hugo Critchley from BSMS, who will talk about reciprocity and embodiment in social and emotional interactions from the perspective of neuroscience.

To round the morning session off, Effie Lai-Chong Law from Leicester, Judith Good from University of Sussex, and Alessandro Vinciarelli from Edinburgh will talk about perspectives on the quantification of user experience, engagement in HCI within a social context, and social signal processing, respectively.

After lunch, Anthony Churnside from the BBC, Nick Medford from BSMS, and Carina Westling from MFM/Sussex will talk about sound object research, the neurobiology of engagement, and cross-platform narratives. Parallel with this first part of the afternoon session, there will be a workshop with funding experts from EPSRC and AHRC, to facilitate development of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The afternoon will finish with sessions by DK Arvind from Edinburgh on motion capture with speckled computing, Anna Cox from UCL on immersion in computer games, and Jonathan Freeman from Goldsmiths on humans as the sensors in the machine.

It is a rare opportunity to participate in a truly interdisciplinary discussion about engagement and social sensing; what engagement is, how it is engendered, and how we assess and participate in engagement. Don’t miss it!

UK Data Service events for June/July 2013

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UK Data Service logoBooking is open for the following UK Data Service events:

2011 Census update webinar: Using InFuse to access tabular data

A free hour-long webinar, on 25 June 2013 at 3pm, which will provide a brief update on the production and availability of the various types of outputs from the 2011 UK Census.

The update will be combined with an introduction to using the InFuse interface to access aggregate data from 2011 and previous censuses using simple and direct topic-based searches rather than the traditional method of searching through the large number of census tables.

There will be a presentation for the first 30 minutes of the webinar, with a further 30 minutes for questions and answers.

Further information and booking:

Understanding and accessing 2011 Census aggregate data

Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester
Thursday 4 July 2013, 11am – 4pm

A free, one-day workshop, organised by UK Data Service Census Support, which will provide an introduction to the aggregate data outputs from the 2011 UK Census.

UK censuses provide an unparalleled resource of high quality information about a wide range of current and historical demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population across the UK.

As well as the introduction to the aggregate data outputs, the workshop will include hands-on sessions giving an opportunity to explore the InFuse interface. InFuse is designed to simplify access to and understanding of these data.

The workshop will be of interest to existing and potential academic users of census outputs.

Further information and booking:

Introduction to the Wealth and Assets Survey

Brettenham House, London
Monday 8 July 2013, 9.45am – 12.30pm

This free to attend meeting, organised by the UK Data Service, is an opportunity for users of the Wealth and Assets Survey to meet with the production team from the Office for National Statistics and key users from policy departments to learn about recent developments and to discuss and influence upcoming developments to the survey. In addition, presentations of work from some data users will be given, demonstrating the potential uses of this survey.

To view the programme and book a place please go to

Family Resources Survey user meeting

Brettenham House, London
Monday 8 July 2013, 1 – 5.15pm

This free half-day meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata. To view the programme and book a place please go to

Health surveys user meeting

NatCen, London
Thursday 11 July 2013, 12.30 – 5.45pm

This free half-day meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the UK health surveys. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata. The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers.

To view the programme and book a place please go to


BBQ tomorrow: now at East Slope Bar! Plus drinks voucher offers.

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Change of Venue

The weather forecast is not great, so we have initiated our rain plan! The BBQ will go ahead, now at East Slope Bar, rather than Falmer Bar. East Slope bar will be closed to the public for the afternoon, and the premises entirely used for our BBQ! Plenty of inside space should it be required, and a covered outdoor cooking area – what’s not to like?

Drinks Vouchers exchange rate

Your drinks vouchers can be used at both bars tomorrow, and will also be accepted in Falmer Bar tomorrow evening should you wish to use them there for the Cocktail night.

Pool your vouchers for more! Get together with pals, and for 5 x drinks vouchers you can get either a bottle or Cava or two jugs of Pimm’s. Bargain.voucheroffer

Mindfulness and food research, 22 May in Lewes

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Tasting Mindfulness

tasting mindfulnessWed 22 May, 10:00 – 15:15
Lewes Subud Centre, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DB

In brief, it promises to be a really worthwhile and enjoyable day for anyone interested in the psychological, emotional and behavioural aspects of eating – and food education, research and activism.  The focus of the workshop will be on directly experiencing mindful eating practices and exploring them together.

Explore how mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy can inform food research, education and activism


    • 10.00 Arrival and refreshments
    • 10.30 Welcome and warm up
    • 10.50 Introduction to mindfulness
    • 11.30 Chocolate meditation
    • 12.00 Body scan and mindful movement
    • 12.30 Silent lunch gathering
    • 1.15 Exploring foods we dislike
    • 1.50 Mindful eating in pairs
    • 2.20-2.50 Exploring applications to our own work
    • 2.50-3.15 Check out and evaluation

Download the Tasting Mindfulness 22-05-13 poster, or take a look at out facebook page.

Tickets are £6 and available from our page on eventbrite

Many thanks,

Rachael Durrant, MA Cantab, MA SDA
Doctoral Researcher (Sustainable Lifestyles)
SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research)
University of Sussex Freeman Centre,

Inputs-Outputs conference

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The conference programme is now live, and includes games designer Tassos Stevens (Papa Sangre), Steve Benford from the Mixed Reality Lab, Judith Good and Hugo Critchley from University of Sussex, Alessandro Vinciarelli in Social Signal Processing, Tony Churnside from BBC Research & Development, funding consultants from AHRC and EPSRC, and many more. We are looking forward to a very exciting forum for interaction and engagement research, and hope you have already registered – it is a snip at £25 for students, £40 for faculty/professionals.

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