All rivers lead to the sea, which is why it is important to consider the health of both our rivers and oceans. To celebrate the United Nations’ World Oceans Day 2019 (https://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/) Genoveva Esteban and Dan Franklin from BU’s Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, with help from Thomas Hardye Academy’s 6th Form students and science teachers, showed Prince of Wales (Dorchester) Year 1 pupils how to study the invertebrate indicators of clean water, by kick sampling. Not only is it an important sampling method, it’s great fun too! Pupils were thrilled with their findings and recognised the significance of keeping rivers clean. The activity took place at the River Laboratory near Wareham (Dorset). Dr John Davy-Bowker (BU Visiting Fellow and Freshwater Biological Association Fellow) is gratefully acknowledged for his help throughout the day.
Bournemouth University Charity Impact Fund is a fantastic way to facilitate engagement with charitable organisations if one wishes to increase the impact of our research as well as collaboration opportunities for our students. In my case, I will be organising the first ever Dorchester Science Festival during National Science Week 2020 with the aim of strengthening BU’s relationship with Dorset charities, and to reach out to the local community. Partners involved are the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester Arts, the Jurassic Coast Trust, The Institute of Physics, and the Thomas Hardye School Academy. Dorchester Town Council (although not a charity) is also a key partner to gain access to local venues. The longer-term ambition is to use this event as the basis for a Bournemouth Science Festival, an event that has never taken place. The date for the Dorchester Science Festival has now been fixed for Saturday 14th March 2020. You are all invited!
Three researchers from the Advances in Media Management research cluster, Dr John Oliver, Melanie Grey and myself (Searchmore Muridzo) recently attended the European Media Management Association (EMMA) annual conference in Limassol, Cyprus. This is the premier media management conference in Europe and boasts of some of the best brains and scholars in the unique niche field that incorporates media and management. I was fortunate enough to be one of two recipients of the EMMA Annual PhD Travel Grant which enabled me to travel to the conference.
To be a participant at the conference and be in the presence of some of the most renowned scholars in media management, such as Prof. Greg Lowe from Northwestern University (Qatar), was a humbling experience but also insightful, as the feedback on my paper has helped me to develop the thinking around my thesis. The conference presentations themselves were not only inspired works but engaging and thought provoking. Networking and potential collaborations in the future were another bonus that came with the conference attendance.
The European Media Management Association is a warm and friendly group of researchers. Overall, the experience was eye opening and beneficial from a personal, academic and cultural outlook.
The AHRC funded ‘Mass Grave Protection for Truth and Justice’ project webpage has gone live as part of the International Commission on Missing Persons’ website. For the duration of the project we will expand the page to include a ‘resource hub’ where we collate documents relevant for the investigation and protection of mass graves, such as standard operating procedures, best practice handbooks, court judgements, United Nations’ reports etc.
To ensure survivors’ rights can be more adequately protected, Dr Melanie Klinkner, AHRC Research Leadership Fellow and the ICMP have entered a partnership to develop much needed mass grave protection guidelines. The project adopts a collaborative approach and will bring together 20 expert participants from different disciplines and across the world. Over the course of the project, they will help shape, progress and finalise the mass grave protection guidelines to be published in autumn 2020. The first roundtable meeting is scheduled for 23-24 October 2019 to be held at Bournemouth University with expert-participants from Interpol, the International Criminal Court, NGOs, Physicians for Human Rights, United Nations investigations etc. taking part.
The final mass grave protection guideline will be available to download in English and in nine translated versions through the project page. This will help further the effective protection regime for the maintenance and investigation of mass graves to ultimately support survivors’ rights to truth and justice.
A call is open for Early Career Researchers (researchers within 10 years of completing their PhDs) with an interest in the sustainable management of coasts and estuaries to attend a workshop in Brazil aiming to promote research collaborations between the UK and Brazil. The workshop is coordinated by Dr Luciana Esteves in collaboration with Dr Alex Bastos from the Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo and will be held in Vitoria, 25-28 June 2019. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme. More details and the application form can be accessed here. The completed application form should be submitted before the deadline on 14th April 2019. The successful applicants will be notified by the end of April 2019.
Coastal and estuarine ecosystems worldwide are under pressure from population growth, environmental degradation and climate change impacts. It is now widely known that a healthy natural environment is crucial to social welfare and the world’s economy. Ecosystem-based management (EBM) has emerged as an integrated approach for the sustainable management of the trade-offs between socioeconomic development and nature conservation. EBM requires a transdisciplinary understanding of the natural system, nature-human interactions, and how they change through time. Academic research can help gaining this knowledge, which is crucial to inform policies and practical applications. The workshop will bring together researchers from Brazil and the UK from the social and natural sciences and practitioners to create the required combination of expertise to co-construct, advance and share knowledge to support estuarine and coastal EBM. Through inclusive and participatory activities and a field visit, the workshop will promote an in-depth discussion of how EBM can help reduce habitat loss, environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources; thus enabling social and economic development.
Activities will include a mix of scientific and technical discussions to stimulate capacity building opportunities through mentorship and sharing of experiences and knowledge. The workshop will focus on: identifying skills and knowledge required to enable research on EBM; the dissemination of good practice for the development of collaborative research (including equity and diversity in multicultural teams); and sharing information concerning funding opportunities. A key objective is to create long-lasting cross-sector (government-research) and UK-Brazil collaboration that facilitates research impact on policy and decision-making (i.e. to improve environmental health in estuaries and coasts and related economy). It is envisaged that participants, mentors and coordinators will identify opportunities for visiting fellowships, co-supervision and mobility of postgraduate students and stimulate the creation of research collaborations.
This workshop is supported by a Researcher Links grant [ID 2018-RLWK10-10723], under the Newton-CONFAP partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and FAPES (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Espírito Santo) and delivered by the British Council.
Melanie Klinkner Principal Academic in International Law and AHRC Research Leadership Fellow and ICMP Director of Policy & Coordination Andreas Kleiser met at ICMP Headquarters in The Hague to formulate next steps in a process of cross-disciplinary consultation with experts from forensic sciences, international law, NGOs, the security sector, and international organizations. The guidelines will serve as a model for states, non-state actors, international agencies and authorities when faced with gross human rights violations or armed conflicts resulting in mass graves.
Working on the project will also be Dr Ellie Smith who has 15 years of experience within the International Human Rights, International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law fields, gained through legal practice, civil society engagement and academic research. She has particular expertise in working with trauma, including within the post-conflict and justice-seeking contexts, as well as in the field of gender violence, investigation and prosecution. In collaboration with the Nuremberg Academy, she has formulated guiding principles and recommendations in relation to prosecution of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
ICMP is project partner to the AHRC funded research which is led by Melanie Klinkner. ICMP works with governments, civil society organizations, justice institutions, international organizations and others throughout the world to address the issue of people who have gone missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes.
For further information on the project, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Erasmus+ funded Strategic Partnership, in which Bournemouth University collaborated, has been classified as a “Good Practice Example” by the European Union. Further, the three-year project, International Learning Platform for Accountancy (ILPA), was nominated for the Special Education Award by the Austrian National Agency.
ILPA created a unique, innovative and comprehensive learning platform that has already been widely disseminated across Europe. The learning platform has been integrated into the curricula of many accounting units and all its teaching materials are available on the e-learning platform “OLAT” at the University of Innsbruck.
This well-established partnership continues to thrive and promote international education and collaborative scientific research in accountancy. Dr Phyllis Alexander of BU’s Business School now leads the 12 European Partners in the Erasmus+ funded Project, Developing Innovative Pedagogy for Complex Accounting Topics (DIPCAT). The first Intensive Study Programme (ISP) of DIPCAT will be held at Bournemouth University in September, this year.
BU will be host to 70+ students and 25+ academics from Europe and the United States for the 5-day ISP. The students will engage in the testing and development of four complex, integrated case studies: (1) international taxation, (2) financial reporting of financial instruments, (3) digitalization of audit, and (4) corporate social responsibility and tax avoidance. The case studies are being developed by accounting academics and qualified professionals to encompass some of the most complex issues facing the accounting profession today. By engaging with these case studies, students will be better prepared for the many challenges found within today’s global marketplace.
To learn of about ILPA or DIPCAT, please visit their linked homepages or contact Dr Alexander directly at email@example.com.
Following the launch of DESTI-SMART Delivering Efficient Sustainable Tourism with low-carbon transport Innovations: Sustainable Mobility, Accessibility and Responsible Travel on 27 September 2018, the first phase of the project (Semester 1) was completed on 30 November 2018.
DESTI-SMART aims at improving transport and tourism policies at destinations by integrating strategies for sustainable mobility, accessibility and responsible travel in sustainable tourism development, and through efficiency, resilience, intermodality, novel transport systems, cycling and walking for visitors.
The 1.57 million Euro project is funded from the European Union Interreg Europe programme. Bournemouth University is the advisory partner working with nine European destination partners.
The outputs from phase will include a newsletter and a Policies review report which will be disseminated shortly and posted on this blog when published.
The project will address the question of how best to protect Mass Graves to secure truth and justice for survivors. The project will do this by bringing together experts and stakeholders from the forensic sciences, criminal investigations, legal profession, NGOs, international organisations, security sector and survivor groups. Through a process of consultations and round-table discussions with these experts, Mass Grave Protection Guidelines will be developed and, once finalised, translated and disseminated to stakeholders.
Ideal candidates should demonstrate excellent legal research, organisational and communication skills. Prior knowledge of research project management is desirable.
This post is available part-time and fixed term basis for 21 months. The Project foresees the following working pattern throughout the 21-month period:
Months 0-6 at 0.4 FTE
Months 07-16 at 0.2 FTE
Months 17-21 at 0.4 FTE
For further information and discussion, please contact Dr. Melanie Klinkner, Project Principal Investigator.
The Career Development Fellowship has been a career-changing experience. It not only provides you with funding to lead a multidisciplinary team to conduct a research project of importance, but the opportunity to undertake a training and development programme. This has enabled me to further develop my skills and expertise in clinical trial research methods so that I can undertake larger, more complex studies, and therefore go on to produce much higher quality work with greater impact.
The new fellowship that I will start in January 2019 is a Clinical Trials Fellowship. These are designed to provide further advanced research methods training in clinical trials. They provide hands-on experience with several trials at different phases of progression and are to be based in a clinical trials unit. For me, I will be based at PRIMENT, the Clinical Trials Unit at UCL with expertise in trials conducted in primary care and to do with mental health, including my area of dementia. This will help consolidate the experience I have gained so far and training from completing an MSc in Clinical Trials, with further hands-on experience in dementia trials at a leading trials unit.
I can highly recommend NIHR fellowships and happy to discuss them with colleagues interested in applying for one.
Sustainability and consumer trust go hand-in-hand. Organisations need to understand what drives trust and how to build trust if they are to achieve sustainability. This was the message that Associate Professor Julie Robson delivered as part of her keynote presentation at the LIGUE (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire en Gestion Université-Entreprise) in Carthage Tunisia.
This presentation builds on the trust repair research supported by BU QR funding and undertaken within the Faculty of Management. The project examined how trust repair differs from trust building and the use of different mechanisms to restore trust, particularly after a scandal or crisis. Details of the project and team members can be found here.
This conference was hosted by the University of Manouba, Tunis and supported by the Academy of Marketing B2B SIG. The theme was sustainability goals in the era of digitalization in North Africa and was attended by academics and practitioners from the MENA countries.
The EU-funded project led by Professor Mendis (Principal Investigator) consists of other UK and European partners including University of Glasgow, Scotland; Added Scientific Ltd UK, Technopolis Group Vienna Austria, University of Lapland, Finland and Boehmert & Boehmert, Munich Germany. The project is currently in progress and is due for completion in May 2019.
The project aims to provide an overview of the past and current industrial applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in selected sectors whilst identifying potential challenges and opportunities in need of clarification. In essence, the Study will aim to formulate a clear picture of the Intellectual Property (IP) framework that could enhance the competitiveness of the AM sector in Europe.
Regulating 3D printing has been the focus of attention recently, with the European Parliament adopting a resolution put forward by the Legal Affairs Committee to regulate 3D printing from the perspective of intellectual property (IP) and civil liability. The resolution was adopted in July 2018.
Dr Gloria Khamkar from BU’s Faculty of Media and Communication recently visited York University, Canada to meet Dr Anne F. MacLennan (Associate Professor) under the BU Acorn Funding scheme. The aim of this trip was to explore the possibility of developing a collaborative research project in the field of community radio for migrants in the UK and Canada. Gloria spent a week in Canada to work on this task. As an outcome of this trip, she is applying for the British Academy Small Research Grants 2018, which is due for the submission this week.
This proposed research project would examine the culture of radio catering to South Asian migrant communities in the UK and Canada. It will examine the changing culture of radio for the migrant communities by interrogating the surrounding questions of the existence, relevance and significance of this medium. The proposed research project focuses on ‘impact’ and is timely.
Gloria believes that it was a learning experience visiting Canada and working on this project proposal under the BU Acorn Funding scheme, and, that this support is very valuable for the early career researchers like her at BU.
Mr. John Kasse presented the paper The Need for Compliance Verification in Collaborative Business Processes, in the 19th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE 2018), Cardiff, UK, 17-19 Sep 2018. John’s paper is a result of Working Package 4 On-the-fly Service-oriented Process Verification of EU FIRST project, which BU is leading.
I recently had the opportunity to apply for a grant as principal investigator. The reason for writing this post today is to say thanks to everyone involved, including the RKEO staff, the Co-investigators (Paula Callus in particular), the partner institutions but also all colleagues who gave us suggestions, supporting and helping also if not involved (Isabella Rega and Richard Berger were some of these).
On reflection, I would have done all of it differently. More time was needed (possibly not when on Annual Leave and not night time), partners need to be in place well before the call is out, reference letters cannot be asked for last minute, etc. I made all (or almost all) the mistakes above, but I had a very clear idea about the project and I felt surrounded by enthusiastic colleagues who were happy to share their expertise with me. I now know I have still a lot to learn and I can’t wait for the next opportunity.
A good point was to take notes which will be used for next grant applications. Somehow it does not matter if we will get the funding at this first attempt, we are looking forward to improving the application and the project itself, which will require more research. Yes, applying for grants is not a boring task, there is a lot of research involved which brings new ideas and opens up opportunities, whether you get the funding or not.
I hope this post will be read as a positive gentle push to apply for grants and not only because it’s the Institution in need of more grants applications but because the process itself is incredibly enriching. I hope my colleagues enjoy their future grant applications as much as I did.
Securing funds from British Council to organise a Newton Funds Researcher Links workshop required good effort and persistence. Careful consideration of the feedback from an unsuccessful submission helped identifying where improvements were needed – we were successful in our second attempt. I believe the most important factors contributing to the success of the application were: the theme is topical and relevant for both countries (UK and South Africa), including active world-recognised researchers as mentors, having trach record of work and good connections in the host country (South Africa in this case). I have already being to South Africa delivering workshops to public sector practitioners on a similar subject funded by the South African National Research Foundation.
The workshop focused on ‘Research capacity for sustainable ecosystem-based management of estuaries and coasts’ and it was held on 19-21 June 2018 at the uShaka Marine World in Durban. There were 42 participants, 23 from South Africa and 19 from the UK, including early-career researchers from natural and social sciences backgrounds, established researchers and government practitioners involved in policy-making or implementing policy related to management of coasts and estuaries. I coordinated the workshop in collaboration with Professor Trevor Hill from University of KwaZulu-Natal and had a great support from Bronwyn Goble from SAAMBR/ Oceanographic Research Institute and Katie Smyth (University of Hull). The contribution from Mike Elliott (Hull), Andrew Cooper (Ulster), Ursula Scharler (UKZN) and Alan Whitfield (SAIAB) as mentors was greatly appreciated for the support and inspiration given to the early career participants.
Participants of the Researcher Links workshop entitled ‘Research capacity for sustainable ecosystem-based management of estuaries and coasts’ (19-21 July 2018, Durban, South Africa) coordinated by Dr Luciana Esteves (Dep Life & Environmental Sciences, SciTech).
I can only say that the experience of engaging with such talented and vibrant group of early career researchers and stimulating open discussions about career directions and prospects, focusing particularly on the importance of international collaboration and closing the research-practice gaps was truly rewarding. It was uplifting to see the connections building between UK and South African researchers and how links with government and NGO practitioners were providing a new direction to the career of some participants. From day 1 participants were talking to each other as old colleagues and engrossed in the activities proposed. No wonder some came out with clear plans on how they will work together, from designing teaching material to collaborating in research proposals and papers, consolidated the links created during the workshop. These links are evident in the action plans participants were asked to produce at the end of the workshop.
Very important was the participation of government practitioners, acting at the national level designing policy and at the province level implementing policy. It was clear the interest for improving research-policy links and some examples of good practices in the UK and South Africa and new ideas were shared and discussed. For example, secondments of staff, co-funding of research posts/projects, ways of stimulating policy-driven research calls. In general terms, the workshop discussions highlighted two evident differences:
in South Africa, the integration between social and natural sciences in research projects seems to be less common than currently in the UK – perhaps in South Africa, trans/interdisciplinarity have not had the push from funders as it has been observed in the UK and the EU in recent years.
perhaps for the same reason, participants based in South Africa were not highlighting the relevance to practice and policy of their research projects, as it is now generally expected in the UK
Besides lots of discussions, the activities included a visit to the marine aquarium, networking during coffee breaks and a fantastic dinner at the Cargo Hold restaurant (the boat you see on the bottom right).
Bournemouth University, together with a consortium of European universities and industry, has been successful in securing funding from the Interreg 2Seas Programme. The project, Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (SPEED) with an overall budget of over 4 million Euros was approved by the 2 Seas Monitoring Committee on 12th July 2018. Reza Sahandi in the Department of Computing and Informatics is the lead for BU and the overall BU budget for this project is 393,783.75 Euros. In the current European climate, this is quite an achievement!
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