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Dr. Fiona Kelly invited guest speaker at Cecily Saunders Institute, King’s College London

fiona Cecily SaundersOn 25th November, Dr Fiona Kelly attended the Cecily Saunders Institute at King’s College London as an invited guest speaker to present research on determining what aspects of the design of care environments might be important for people with dementia nearing the end of life. The key messages of her presentation were the importance of firstly assuming the ability of people with dementia to engage with the senses, whether through touch, sound, smell, sight or taste and then to provide the means of engaging with whatever sense was appropriate or possible. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with the audience in which the practical application of design principles within hospital settings was debated. The consensus was that even small changes can make a big difference. Following the presentation and discussion, the panel made a commitment to include consideration of dementia design principles in staff education within the Institute.

Fleming, R., Kelly, F. and Stillfried, G. (2015) ‘I want to feel at home’: establishing what aspects of environmental design are important to people with dementia nearing the end of life, BMC Palliative Care.

Academy of Marketing 3rd B2B Marketing Colloquium in Paris, 11-12 APRIL 2016: Opportunity to publish in Special Issue, Journal of Industrial Marketing Management (3* ABS ranking)

Dear All,

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in partnership with Bournemouth University is hosting 3rd annual colloquium for academics and professionals investigating the theory, context and practice of the B2B marketing.

Please see details on the theme, the indicative programme and submission instructions below. We are also pleased to inform that Professor Peter Laplaca is coming to facilitate the session aimed at helping you to write and publish in high quality journals. Moreover, the colloquium is sponsored by the Journal of Industrial Marketing Management (the lead ranking journal for the B2B marketing, 3* ABS ranking).

For any information related to the event and submission/registration process, do email Dr Elvira Bolat at and Dr Kaouther Kooli at



Organising team:

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Bournemouth University

  • Dr Kaouther Kooli, Lecturer in marketing, Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University,
  •  Dr Elvira Bolat, Lecturer in marketing, Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University,
  • Dr Julie Robson Senior Principal lecturer   in marketing, Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University,
  • Dr Nektarios Tzempelikos, Tzempelikos , Senior lecturer in marketing, Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft International Business School,

To-date, B2B research has examined the factors that drive successful buyer/seller relational exchanges in business markets. However, the focus has mainly been on the supplier, the customer and/or the interaction between them, with little attention being paid to the impact of macro-factors on these interactions. The result is limited knowledge of the complexities that the broader macro-environment encompasses, how these affect the theory and practice of B2B marketing and how their management could be a source of differentiation for B2B firms. In other words, the ‘big picture’ of where and how B2B firms operate is still lacking.

Macro-environmental changes are both major and uncontrollable. They range from political and legal changes, to demographic and social conditions, as well as technological developments, natural disasters and civil wars. These factors influence firms’ decision making, their strategies, innovation, technological prowess, and market performances. . This need, to address the big picture of the impact of the macro environment on B2B firms, provides the topical basis for this Call for Papers.

Relevant topics for the Colloquium and special journal issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Analysis of B2B relationships and firm responses to macro environmental changes.
  • The management of macro-environment changes by B2B firms in the present and the future.
  • The effects of political changes on B2B relationships g. the current discussions on Britain’s continued membership of the EU
  • Legal changes, g., the growth of patent applications and issues of Intellectual property as indicators of firms’ R&D and innovation activities in a country or countries.
  • Social and psychological effects of B2B activities with the business custom
  • The impact of technological changes, g. how Social media is affecting B2B firms’ intelligence gathering and product marketing for their B2B
  • How environmental factors affect (positively or/and negatively) relational exchanges in B2B m
  • Value co-creation between firms and/or sub-contractors in similar or different industries
  • Other topics affecting B2B firms, such us services marketing, customer relationship management, supply chain management and log

This colloquium is dedicated to researchers in B2B marketing. Day one will provide an opportunity for authors to present their papers and gain feedback from their B2B peers. On day two the keynote speaker will provide insight into how to get published in top B2B journals. Papers presented at this conference will be considered for publication in a special dedicated issue of Industrial Marketing Management.



Day 1

8.15-8.30         Welcome and refreshment

8.30-10.30      Parallel Session 1 Paper presentation ( 2 x 4 papers)

10.30- 10.45    Coffee break

10.45-13.00     Parallel Session 2 Paper presentation ( 2 x 4 papers) 13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.45     Parallel Session 3 Paper presentation ( 2 x 4 papers) 15.45-16.00 coffee break

16.00-17.30     Parallel Session 4 Paper presentation ( 2 x 4 papers)

19.00              Dinner

Day 2

7:30 – 8:00      Refreshment

8:00 12:00       Keynote Session: How to get published in a top B2B journal

Chair: Professor Peter Laplaca

12:00 – 12:15 Coffee break

12:15-14.00     Keynote Session: B2B research needs: Advancing the discipline & Close of Colloquium

Chair: Professor Peter Laplaca

14.00               Lunch



  • 11th January 2016 :   paper submission closes at midnight
  • 25th January 2016     Paper decision notified to authors.
  • 12th February 2016 Conference registration deadline for those presenting

Paper Format & Review

Full-length paper submission according to the guidelines of Industrial Marketing Management to

Manuscripts must be original, unpublished works not concurrently under review for publication at another outlet and are expected to follow the standard formatting guidelines for IMM (Guidelines can be found at management/0019-8501/guide-for-authors ). Do not submit a paper at the IMM paper submission website. Address questions regarding the special issue to any of the organising team.

The papers will undergo a rapid-response review process by end- January and must not be submitted to a journal prior or during this time. Success in the review will not guarantee publication in the special issue, but in order to be accepted for special issue publication, papers need to be presented at the colloquium.

Colloquium fees: Academics € 300 PhD students € 200


  • For any cancellation after the 01 March 2016 there will be no refund of the fees

To register for the colloquium please go to

What do we know about back pain? The Society for Back Pain Research AGM Bournemouth 2015


SBPR logo

I was delighted to attend and represent BU at The Society for Back Pain Research (SBPR) Annual General Meeting 5-6 November 2015 which was conveniently held in Bournemouth, at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, a partner college of BU. SBPR was formed in 1971 to promote the study of all clinical and scientific aspects of spinal pain, including the neck (my area of interest), and to encourage research into its causes, treatment and prevention. There are now over 200 members of the Society, from a wide range of disciplines including all sorts of healthcare professionals and scientists. Suffice to say if there is anything about back pain this audience does not know it is probably not worth knowing! Having said that, attending this meeting reminded me just how much about back pain is still unknown…

Biological Factors in Non-Specific Back Pain

The title of this year’s meeting was ‘Biological Factors in Non-Specific Back Pain’ to place an emphasis on the ‘biological’. It has been over 25 years since the biopsychosocial model was applied to back pain but lately research has tended to be more concerned with psychosocial aspects, such as fear-avoidance behaviour or depression; research into physical findings to diagnose back pain has sadly not been very fruitful. [An important point was made by Professor Maurits van Tulder, that research has actually been largely focused on psychological factors, to the expense of social factors]. While psychosocial factors do seem to be important in influencing patients’ recovery, they don’t get us much closer to a diagnosis, to finding out what is producing and driving the patient’s pain.
However, one of the presentations at SBPR hinted at where the research focus as regards imaging (and MRI specifically) could perhaps go. One of Associate Professor Mark Hancock’s suggestions was that we need studies that focus on changes on MRI, in response to treatment (or no treatment). But how do we best measure such changes? Which treatments and for whom? Could findings on MRI in a person without back pain predict back pain in the future?

Want to know more? For a longer version of this blog, click here.

Many thanks to the Professional Practice Development community, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, for making my attendance possible.

Dr Jonny Branney

Invitation to the 20th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (KES2016)


20th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems

Welcome to the 20th Year of KES Conferences!

We are pleased to invite participation in the 20th International Conference on Knowledge Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES2016 organised by KES International in the historic city of York in the United Kingdom.

The conference will consist of keynote talks, oral and poster presentations, invited sessions and workshops, on the applications and theory of intelligent systems and related areas.

The conference proceedings will be published in Elsevier’s Procedia Computer Science open access journal, available in ScienceDirect and submitted to be indexed/abstracted in CPCi (ISI conferences and part of Web of Science), Engineering Index, and Scopus (subject to confirmation).

KES2016 will be held in York, a historic walled city in the North East of England, founded by the Romans in 71AD. It possesses a wealth of historic attractions including an impressive 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, with beautiful medieval stained-glass windows, and City Walls that form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

The conference flyer and call for papers and special sessions can be found here.

We are looking forward to your submissions and welcoming you in York next year.

KES2016 General Chairs
Robert J. Howlett, Bournemouth University, UK
Lakhmi C. Jain, University of South Australia and Bournemouth University, UK
Bogdan Gabrys, Bournemouth University, UK

EURAXESS – November Newsletter

As notified in the November EURAXESS Newsletter, there are a number of research workshops open for registration under Researcher Links and the Newton Fund. The workshops give researchers the opportunity to form new international connections and Early Career Researchers may apply for grants in order to participate.
Some of the opportunities are:

Further opportunities are listed on the British Council website.

Why not sign up for the EURAXESS Newsletter so that these and further opportunities are delivered direct to your own inbox?Euraxess

Euraxess UK is a British Council hub, which aids researchers in their career development, supporting mobility and acting as a support mechanism for researchers moving abroad or moving to the UK. Their services include:


‘Vulnerable Warriors: Counter-terrorism and the rise of Militarised Policing’ seminar by Dr Anna Feigenbaum and Daniel Weissman,

Dr Anna Feigenbaum

Daniel Weissman

2nd December 2015, Royal London House, R303, 1-1:50 pm

All staff and students welcome to the last Social Science seminar in 2015.


This paper seeks to better understand the cultural and material processes of police militarization and its relationship to security infrastructures and geo-political practices of social control. In this paper we trace the rise the ‘Warrior Cop’ through an analysis of changes in the circulation of advertisements of policing and policing products at security expose between the late 1990s and the present, taking our analysis up through the recent Paris attacks and the Milipol Security expo held days after.

This analysis is framed against the backdrop of existing research on the shift in the post-Cold War period from a security focus on the threat of the nation-state to the threat of insurgency and non-state actors. This period was characterized by national and transnational changes to policing: intelligence gathering and information sharing, as well as equipment supply and transfer and knowledge exchange around training and operations.

We begin this paper with an overview of the key shifts in the military and policing sectors that gave rise to the phenomenon of ‘Warrior Cops’. In contrast to dominant narratives of police militarisation that see power and tactics shift directly from the military to the police, we outline what we refer to as the militarization of security, a process through which not only the police, but also judicial and emergency response services, infrastructures, feelings and attitudes become transformed in ways that position the need for warriors against the threat of risky spaces and vulnerable bodies.

For any enquiries regarding the Social Science seminar series please contact Dr Mastoureh Fathi:



Ecosystem Services Partnership 2015 Conference, South Africa


Over 350 delegates from around the world attended the Ecosystem Services Partnership conference this year (9-13th Nov 2015) in Stellenbosch – near Cape Town, South Africa. Being fortunate enough to attend this year myself, I presented my research on assessing cultural ecosystem service; a multifaceted approach using various techniques including participatory GIS, spatial mapping, GPS tracking of visitors and use of existing data sets explored in relation to the New Forest.


Themed around nature, people and prosperity, the conference aimed to centre on the dialogue between public and private sector utilisation of the ecosystem services concept.

The largest conference of its kind, the keynote speakers were diverse. Highlights included Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition’s Mark Gough (the coalition aims to build clear guidance on how business can effectively and measure natural capital just like financial capital is measured). The conference was closed with an inspiring and convincing talk from ‘Gross Domestic Problem’ author Lorenzo Fioamonti (Professor of Political Science at the University of Pretoria) about the downfalls of using the GDP statistic as the only measure of an economy.

Arjan Gosal is currently working as a Research Assistant on the HEIF project: Modelling Natural Capital in Dorset.

CEMP in Boston, MA to run international summit

MES15 logo    The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice convene their annual international Media Education Summit on 20th and 21st in November at Emerson College, Boston, MA.

MES is hosted by Emerson College, home of the Engagement Lab and the event will incorporate the 2015 Media Literacy Research Symposium.

The collaboration between CEMP and Emerson is aligned to an ongoing partnership between the Media Education Research Journal (MERJ) and the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE).

MES brings together a global network of media educators, scholars and researchers to share research, pedagogy and innovation on all aspects of media education and media in education. All continents are represented in the research to be shared over the two days. The aligned Youth Media Education Summit strand gives young people the opportunity to authentically participate and collaborate with media education scholars and practitioners attending the main conference.


Talk by Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers cancelled

Unfortunately we are cancelling the talk: Ethnographies of Memory – the cultural reproduction of militancy in Kosovo by Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers. We apologise for the late notice. This is because the Women Academic Network talk has been rescheduled this morning for the same time slot (see below). Dr Schwandner-Sievers will give her talk at a later date to avoid some people having to make a choice.

Polly Trenow (Fawcett Society)
‘Feminism in practice – does activism really work?’
Wednesday 18th November
2-4pm (with networking 3-4pm)

For any questions, please get in touch with Dr Masi Fathi (