CEMP’s Marketa Zezulkova has been awarded a COST “Short-Term Scientific Mission” grant to conduct field media literacy research with 4-7 year old disadvantaged children in the Czech Republic and to establish a Child Research and Impact Group (CRAIG) with Charles University, Prague. Together with a ‘Mapping Media Literacy in the Czech Republic’ grant Marketa was also awarded recently, this new project further establishes CEMP’s partnership with CU, following the Media Education Summit in Prague last year.
Category / EU
Welcome to the EU section of the blog! Emily Cieciura (BU’s Research Facilitator – EU and International), Jo Garrad (Funding Development Manager) and Dianne Goodman (Funding Development Co-ordinator) together try to take the pain out of finding and applying for EU funding by horizon scanning many sources and placing the most important information on this page.
We blog as often as possible on everything from calls for proposals and partner searches, to networking event opportunities, all the latest on Horizon 2020 and international funding. We also use the blog to disseminate information on EUADS (BU’s EU academic training initiative), how to write brilliant proposals, how to find partners and other top tips!
In April 2015, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) published three reports reflecting a legal and empirical study into the intellectual property (IP) implications of 3D printing. The project – commissioned by the UKIPO – was awarded to Bournemouth University and was led by Dr. Dinusha Mendis.
Together with Dr. Mendis, the research team consisted of Dr. Davide Secchi (Southern University, Denmark; previously Bournemouth University at the time of conducting the research) and Dr. Phil Reeves (Econolyst Ltd – now Stratasys Strategic Consulting Ltd).
Since the publication of the reports, Dr. Dinusha Mendis, Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) has been invited to deliver a number of talks in UK and Abroad, thereby reflecting the impact of the research.
This blog-post, highlights the invited talks in EU. For the dissemination of research in UK, please see here.
34th ECTA Conference, Hamburg, Germany
On 12 June 2015, Dr. Mendis was invited to present the research at the European Communities Trade Mark Association 34th Annual Conference in Hamburg. The Conference took place from 10-13 June 2015 and Dr. Mendis spoke on the copyright implications of 3D printing based on the findings from the UKIPO project.
Dr. Mendis spoke on the topic as part of a Panel exploring the challenges to copyright law, which also included Professor Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff University UK and author of the Hargreaves Review 2011.
For further information, please see here.
MAPPING Project, First General Assembly, Hannover, Germany
From 22-23 September 2015, the First General Assembly of the FP7-funded MAPPING Project was held in Hannover, Germany at the Hannover Congress Centrum.
MAPPING – Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance brought together stakeholders from three key areas including Internet Governance, Privacy and Intellectual Property.
Dr. Mendis was invited to speak in the Intellectual Property Panel titled ‘The EU IP Reform: Unlocking Culture, Stimulating Progress’. As part of the talk, Dr. Mendis was invited to speak on the UKIPO 3D Printing project.
Further information about the event can be found here.
OHIM Enforcement Conference, Alicante Spain
In November (18-20 November 2015) Dr. Mendis was invited by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante Spain. The 3-day event organised by OHIM, Europol and Eurojust explored issues on tackling enforcement in relation to the infringement of copyright and design law.
The event was attended by policy makers, law makers, customs and border protection officials, investigators, criminal analysts and industry experts amongst others.
Dr. Mendis presented at this conference together with with Dr. Davide Secchi (co-author of Study 1 of the UKIPO Project) and member of the research team which carried out the Commissioned work for the UKIPO.
Dr. Mendis and Dr. Secchi presented the research carried out particularly for Study 1 of the UKIPO project, but also took the opportunity to speak on next steps and future projects – in taking forward the UKIPO Project.
In this regard, Dr. Mendis spoke briefly about the work being carried out for the newly funded project considering a legal and empirical case study on 3D printing, 3D scanning and mass customisation of ancient and modern jewellery.
FORUM Institut Management GmbH, 3D Printing and IP, Munich, Germany
On 1 December 2015, FORUM Institüt fur Management GmbH hosted an international conference exploring 3D Printing and IP Rights. The conference brochure including further details and speakers can be found here.
Dr. Mendis was invited to speak on the UKIPO Project with a particular focus on the implications for IP as a result of 3D online platforms as well as its impact on the industrial sector.
The presenters were drawn from industry, professional practice and academia thereby providing for a vibrant discussion.
The UK Higher Education International Unit has advised us of the following international opportunities and news items:
|DEADLINE||TITLE||DETAILS OF CALL|
|15 January 2016||Erasmus+ Programme – Key Action 3 – Support for Policy Reform||A budget of €8.7m is available to support collaborative projects aimed at supporting Europe’s SMEs to offer more apprenticeships|
|21 January 2016||Erasmus+ Programme: Sports Collaborative Partnerships related to the 2016 European Week of Sport||A budget of €1.2m is available for Collaborative Partnerships that address one of the themes of the 2016 European Week of Sport, namely:- education; workplaces; outdoors; and sports clubs and fitness centres.|
|22 January 2016||European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)||An opportunity to tender to conduct surveys into the core labour standards in Guatemala, Colombia, Pakistan and Georgia.|
|18 February 2016||Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme||Action grants to support transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance|
|NEWS||Erasmus+ Programme Results from the 2015 Application Round- Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships||A summary of UK HEI success in the 2015 application round|
|NEWS||Erasmus+ Programme- Useful sources of information for preparing proposals||Links to useful sources of background information|
|NEWS||EU Funded Project Case Studies – New programmes 2014 – 2020: Erasmus+ Sport||A case study of an Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnership project led by the University of Gloucestershire, entitled ‘Supporting Policy and Action for Active Environments (SPAcE)’|
|NEWS||Open Calls for Proposals and Tenders||As detailed in previous editions|
This month’s results*eu includes a number of live research projects that are of interest to researchers at BU. Keeping up to date with EU research can inform your research and suggest potential collaborators for future bidding development.
The main theme for this issue is tackling diabetes in Europe, including:
- GoCarb – Food decrypting app for CHO calculation
- MIRT2DM – Novel therapeutic targets for diabetes
- Emulsar – functional food that tastes good
- DiaBSmart – foot-reading device for personalised footwear
Other research highlighted in this newsletter includes:
- ET4AN – Exposure therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
- VINDOBONA – 3D printing of bone replacements
- MYPLACE – Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement
- PROGTAX – Effects of taxation in time of financial distress
- NANOMATCH – Nano-systems for the conservation of immoveable and moveable polymaterial Cultural Heritage in a changing environment
- WISETRIP – Enhancing the global travel experience
- YouBeep – self-shopping experience
- CARLoS – reobotic co-worker for Europe’s ship services sector
- WheyLayer – new packaging materials from cheese
- CRISMA – Modelling crisis management for improved action and preparedness
- HEMOLIA – cutting-edge technology in the fight against global financial crime.
Horizon 2020 Secure Societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
The webcast for the Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Event held in London on 3rd November 2015 is now available online. You might also find it useful to join Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network – Defence and Security to keep up to date with events, such as the International Cyber Security Forum meeting on 25 & 26 January 2016 in Lille, as well as funding opportunities in this area.
Calls announced in the Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Work Programme 2016-2017 are now being opened. Follow the links to main call page or the specific call, where this is already open. The date given is the funder’s closing date and time (Brussels):
DS-01-2016:Assurance and Certification for Trustworthy and Secure ICT systems, services and components OPEN 12 April 2016 17:00:00
DS-03-2016:Increasing digital security of health related data on a systemic level OPEN 16 February 2016 17:00:00
DS-04-2016:Economics of Cybersecurity 25 August 2016 17:00:00
DS-05-2016:EU Cooperation and International Dialogues in Cybersecurity and Privacy Research and Innovation 25 August 2016 17:00:00
DS-06-2017:Cryptography 25 April 2017 17:00:00
DS-07-2017:Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors 24 August 2017 17:00:00
DS-08-2017:Privacy, Data Protection, Digital Identities 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-01-DRS-2016:Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-02-DRS-2016:Situational awareness systems to support civil protection preparation and operational decision making 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-03-DRS-2016:Validation of biological toxins measurements after an incident: Development of tools and procedures for quality control 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-04-DRS-2017:Broadband communication systems 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-05-DRS-2016-2017:Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) cluster 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-07-FCT-2016-2017:Human Factor for the Prevention, Investigation, and Mitigation of criminal and terrorist acts 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-08-FCT-2016:Forensics techniques on: a) trace qualification, and b) broadened use of DNA 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-09-FCT-2017:Toolkits integrating tools and techniques for forensic laboratories 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-10-FCT-2017: Integration of detection capabilities and data fusion with utility providers’ networks 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-11-FCT-2016:Detection techniques on explosives: Countering an explosive threat, across the timeline of a plot 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-12-FCT-2016-2017:Technologies for prevention, investigation, and mitigation in the context of fight against crime and terrorism 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-13–BES–2017:Next generation of information systems to support EU external policies 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-14-BES–2016:Towards reducing the cost of technologies in land border security applications 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-15-BES–2017:Risk-based screening at border crossing 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-16-BES–2017:Through-foliage detection, including in the outermost regions of the EU 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-17-BES-2017:Architectures and organizations, big data and data analytics for customs risk management of the international goods supply chain trade movements 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-18-BES–2017:Acceptance of “no gate crossing point solutions” 24 August 2017 17:00:00
SEC-19-BES-2016:Data fusion for maritime security applications 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-20-BES-2016:Border Security: autonomous systems and control systems 25 August 2016 17:00:00
SEC-21–GM-2016-2017:Pan European Networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security 25 August 2016 17:00:00
CIP-01-2016-2017:Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of the combination of physical and cyber threats to the critical infrastructure of Europe 25 August 2016 17:00:00
If you are interested in applying for any of these calls, please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO, Research Facilitator: EU & International for further assistance.
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:
- Resilient Structures and Infrastructure 14-17 March 2016, Kazakhstan – Apply by 30/11/15
- Healthy Goals for Healthy People: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal in Health, 20-23 February 2016, Iran – Apply by 1/12/15
- Water Management and Environmental Impact Assessment in the Oil and Gas Industry, 14-17 March 2016, Kazakhstan – Apply by 15/12/15
- Community-based Sustainable Energy: Combining wireless systems, smart micro-generation and education, 5-20 February 2016, Brazil – Apply by 24/12/15
- Development visit to Thailand – food and drinks technology, February 2016, Thailand – Apply by 30/12/15
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 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:
- Euraxess Jobs – over 8,000 current opportunities
- Euraxess Services Network – helping researchers move to a new country
- Euraxess Funding Opportunities database – funding schemes for researchers
Would you like to apply for funding to support doctoral or fellowship programmes?
Then … consider COFUND.
According to the Participant Portal (the place to go for all things Horizon 2020), the COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.
This call is due to open on 14-04-16 with a closing date of 29-9-16.
There is also a conference in Luxembourg, 10-11 December 2015, organised by the Luxembourg National Research Fund.
If you are thinking of applying, please contact Emily Cieciura, Research Facilitator: EU & International.
Through BU’s subscription to UKRO, we have been advised of the following items, which are pertinent to researchers at BU:
As previously advised, the European Union launched a call for proposals making €38.7 million of EU funding available under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) through grants to improve the interoperability and interconnectivity of the European digital service ecosystem.
Further to the recent post about the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) calls for 2016, if you are thinking of applying, you will find the Framework of Guidance invaluable reading
Info Days and Other Participation
This week, 23-29 November, is European Robotics Week. Events are taking place in Bristol so there may still be time to book and attend.
There are a number of information and networking events relating to ICT in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 are taking place in Brussels over the coming weeks. Go to The Digital Agenda for Europe to find out more. Specific events include:
- Research e-Infrastructures
- H2020 ICT-15 Big Data PPP Lighthouse Projects
- Smart Cyber-Physical Systems, Digital Automation, Smart Anything Everywhere, ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs Initiatives, and Photonics Laser-based Production
- Responsible Research and Innovation – Social Sciences and Humanities (RRI-SSH) approach in the ICT-related parts of the Work Programmes 2016-2017 of Horizon 2020.
- Smart Wearables
- Big Data
- Smart System Integration
- Internet Of Things Large Scale Pilots
Net Futures 2016 will take place on 20 – 21 April 2016 in Brussels. The website is not yet live – please watch out for future announcements but you can check out the 2015 programme to see if this event might be one for you to attend.
Registration for EuroDIG 2016 will open on 1/12/15. The European Dialogue on Internet Governance is an open platform for informal and inclusive discussions on public policy issues related to Internet Governance across Europe and integrates issues from national Internet Governance platforms in Europe as well as contributing to the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
The Netherlands will hold the presidency of the Eu from 1/1/16 for the first half of 2016. As part of this, a Knowledge and innovation Calendar has been launched. There are far to many to list here, so take a look for opportunities for you to participate and network with potential EU and global partners.
Consultations, UKRO Papers and Other News
UKRO has prepared a Reflection Paper on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to assist subscribers with their exploration of opportunities for financing research and innovation through the new instrument. You will need to register on the UKRO Portal or contact Emily Cieciura to access this item.
Did you take part in FP7? Then you might like to read the Evaluation Report, Commitment and Coherence: Ex‐Post‐Evaluation of the 7th EU Framework Programme (2007‐2013)
The European Union has signed Implementing Arrangements with Mexico and South Africa. Read more in this separate blog post
The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) intends to set-up an Open Science Policy Platform to develop open science policy through a structured discussion with the main stakeholders.
Please note that there are other news items on the UKRO portal. To make full use of BU’s subscription to this service, why not register now?
The European Research Council has a number of Implementing Arrangements (IAs). These arrangements provide opportunities in Europe for early-career scientists supported by non-European funding agencies to temporarily join a research team run by an ERC grantee. The purpose of the arrangements is to encourage, develop and facilitate such opportunities.
Currently the following arrangements are in place:
- United States, signed 13 Jul 2012, with the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Read more: agreement, press release
- Korea, signed 8 Nov 2013, with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning
Read more: agreement, press highlight
- Argentina, signed 13 Mar 2015, with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
Read more: agreement EN, press highlight
- Japan, signed 29 May 2015 with the Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Read more: agreement EN, press release
- China, signed 29 Jun 2015, with the National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC)
Read more: agreement EN, press highlight
- South Africa, signed 26 Oct 2015, with the National Research Foundation (NRF)
Read more: agreement EN
- Mexico, signed 12 Nov 2015, with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt)
Read more: agreement EN, press highlight
New similar arrangements from various geographically areas are being negotiated. It is expected to have them signed in 2015 and 2016.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Although the call for the 2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships does not open until c. 12th April 2016, this is one of our most popular schemes. As such, REKO wants to make sure that all potential applicants have the opportunity to submit a strong application. We have, therefore, events already planned to help support your application.
- Monday 14th December in the Thomas Hardy Suite, Poole House
- Tuesday 15th December in B226, Bournemouth House
Both events will start at 13:00 and will last for approximately one hour, to include time for questions. As these are over lunch-time, please feel free to bring your lunch along.
If you are unable to attend or would like to read more about this call before attending, please refer to the call page and to the Work Programme (pages 11 -14 with the context for all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions given in pages 4-5). For those planning well ahead, the 2017 call is planned to open on 11 April 2017 and close on 14 September 2017.
Booking is essential – please email Dianne Goodman, RKEO’s Funding Development Team Co-ordinator, to confirm your attendance. If you are unable to attend but would like to be added to our list of potential MSCA IF 2016 or 2017 applications, please email Dianne stating in which year you intend to apply. We can then keep in contact with you about this call.
Planning ahead, if you have a fellow in mind, RKEO will be running a two-day workshop with Dr Martin Pickard (our external bidding consultant) on 16th and 17th March 2106. You can attend attend with your potential fellow but they will need to make their own travel arrangements and cover any financial outlay. Please watch for future blog post for more information. If you attend the introductory sessions in December or notify Dianne that you considering applying to this scheme, you will be included in emails about further BU MSCA IF events.
On October 30th the European Union launched a call for proposals making €38.7 million of EU funding available under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) through grants to improve the interoperability and interconnectivity of the European digital service ecosystem.
In the framework of this call, €4.5 million are allocated to Public Open Data: generating value through re-use of public sector information.
Interested applicants from all EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway may submit their proposals through the call open until 19 January 2016.
Applicants should submit their proposal through the link on the call page.
This Info day will provide the participants with a background policy briefing and an introduction to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, who is managing the call for proposals and the grant implementation. Details on the evaluation process and tips on writing a good proposal will also be on the agenda. Participants have the opportunity to send questions on the calls beforehand via the registration form, and this input will serve as a basis for the discussion. They will also be able to ask their questions via the twitter hashtag #CEFtelecomdayduring the event.
Free registration for the event is open until Wednesday 18 November 17:00. After registration, you will be sent the webstreaming link.
All sessions will be accessible online via webstreaming. Sessions will be recorded, and presentations will be published after the event on INEA’s website.
• Travel with the intent of networking
• Conference attendance with the intent of networking
• Pilot research work
• Attendance at external networking events leading to collaborative research proposals
• Meetings with external organisations to establish collaborations
• Preparation of specialist material or data
• Replacement teaching
The workshops will all take place in 2016 on 13th January, 27th April, 20th July and 28th September. Application forms are available below and must include endorsement from your Faculty Deputy Dean for Research, who should be approached before beginning a submission. Places are limited and applications may be reviewed internally to decide on the final cohort; please complete the form with enthusiasm and care.
We are seeking individual applications but applicants may collaborate within and across Faculties and pool their individual budgets, where appropriate – please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered as a ‘team’ along with other applicants.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 30th November 2015. Applications and any questions should be submitted to the RKEO Funding Development Co-ordinator, Dianne Goodman.
The call for the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange 2016 will open on 8th December 2015 with a closing date of 24th April 2016.
If you are planning on applying for this call, you need to be developing your network and your application now!
In order to help you with this application and to ensure that this is the right call for you, we are hosting an information session on Wednesday, 9th December. As part of this session, Heather Hartwell, who is currently leading a RISE project, will discuss her personal experiences of this Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action.
This event will take place in Poole House – P411, starting at 14:00. Depending on questions and audience interaction, it is expected that the duration will be approximately 1.5 hours.
If you are unable to attend or would like to read more about this call before attending, please refer to the call page and to the Work Programme (pages 15 -18 with the context for all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions given in pages 4-5). For those planning well ahead, the 2017 call will open on 1 December 2016 and close on 5 April 2017.
Booking is essential – please contact Dianne Goodman, RKEO’s Funding Development Team Co-ordinator, to confirm your attendance. If you are unable to attend but would like to be added to our list of potential RISE 2016 or 2017 applications, please email Dianne stating in which year you intend to apply. We can then keep in contact with you about this call.
If you have any queries concerning this call, please contact Emily Cieciura, Research Facilitator: EU & International, for further information.
Through BU’s subscription to UKRO, we have been advised of the following items, which are pertinent to researchers at BU:
The Twinning Programme aims at supporting close collaboration between already existing European and Canadian research endeavours. Each twinning project should consist of at least one EU-funded project consortium (FP7 or Horizon 2020), and one Canadian project funded either at federal or provincial level. Both projects should be either running or have been completed for less than two years at the time of the proposal submission.
Twinning projects will be supported with up to 6 000€ per application. Application deadline is January 4, 2016.
Info Days and Participation
The slides and videos from the Smart Cities Info Day held on 6/11/15 are now available. If you are interested in Smart Cities, consider the calls – Smart and Sustainable Cities and within Mobility for Growth. Please also consider the section on Smart and Sustainable Cities within the Cross-Cutting Activities Work Programme (page 104 onwards).
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology are looking for four new board members. The EIT Governing Board is entrusted with providing the strategic leadership of the Institute. It is independent and autonomous in its decision-making and is in particular responsible for the selection, designation and evaluation of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). Would this be a useful addition to your CV?
Consultations, UKRO Papers and Other News
UKRO have prepared a Reflection Paper on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). You will need to log in and go to UKRO > Subscriber Area > Articles > General News or BU’s I drive (going to folder – R&KEO\Public\EU information\UKRO\UKRO Guides)
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology have announced their call for EIT awards 2016:
- The EIT CHANGE Award celebrates graduates from EIT labelled education programs who spur innovation and entrepreneurship and bring about a change in the thematic areas addressed by the EIT and its KICs.
- The EIT Innovators Award recognises KIC innovation teams composed of individuals from across the knowledge triangle that have developed a product, service or process with a high potential for societal and economic impact.
- The EIT Venture Award puts successful entrepreneurial start-ups that have been supported by the KICs through a dedicated business creation or business development process in the spotlight.
Please note that there are other news items on the UKRO portal. To make full use of BU’s subscription to this service, why not register now?
Dr Hui Liang’s paper, co-authored with Dr Jian Chang, Ms Shujie Deng, Ms Can Chen, Prof Ruofeng Tong and Prof Jian Jun Zhang, titled “Exploitation of Novel Multiplayer Gesture-based Interaction and Virtual Puppetry for Digital Storytelling to Develop Children’s Narrative Skills” was selected as the Best Paper (4th prize) in the international conference ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2015 in Kobe, Japan.
Dr Hui Liang is an EU FP7 funded Marie Curie Fellow at the National Centre for Computer Animation for a two year research programme “AniM”( http://www.euanim.org/) which is supervised by Dr Jian Chang and Prof Jianjun Zhang. “AniM” – Enhanced Computer Animation by Fusing Computer Graphics Technology with Smart Data Management aims to improve the status quo by developing the “next generation computer animation data management and related techniques” through knowledge transfer and development.
The award winning paper presented a prototype of a novel multiplayer system for interactive digital storytelling assisted with virtual puppetry to provide natural interaction/control and immersive experience when narrating stories. The system integrates useful Virtual Reality techniques and novel hardware, which aims to inspire the development of young children’s abilities, such as narrative skills, cognitive skills, motor coordination and collaboration through storytelling. It integrates motion sensing technology, computer animation techniques and cloud-based network solution. The development of the prototype demonstrates the possibility of combining novel HCI and digital storytelling to inspire children’s teaching and learning practices.
Read the whole article at: http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22879/
The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information.
The british Council, via the Netwon Fund invite applications for grants to run international research workshops for UK and Brazilian researchers, as part of Researcher Links. These workshops will allow early career researchers and a partner country to make international connections that could improve the quality of their research. Proposals should contribute to the development and social welfare of Brazil. Closing date: 4pm, 11/12/15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, IE
The DFA invites applications for its reconciliation fund. The fund supports organisations involved in the reconciliation work between people on the island of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. Support will focus on repairing issues which lead to division, conflict and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society; building a strong civil society that encompasses all communities, through the continued implementation of the agreements and promoting a rights-based society, political stability and respect for all. Award amount not specified. Closing date: 5pm, 11/03/16
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
EPSRC invites expressions of interest for the near-term translation of regenerative medicine technologies for the treatment of civilian blast injuries fund. The fund aims to suport the academic community to propose approaches to accelerate the development of regenerative medicine technologies for the treatment of blast injuries, primarily in countries in which the civilian population is affected by landmines and other unexploded remnants of war. The total budget is worth £5million, which aims to fund one or two projects over a maximum period of five years. Expressions of interest due by 4pm, 27/11/15. Competition closing date: 24/03/16
EPSRC invites outline proposals for its call on intelligent technologies to support collaboratove care, which supports research that aims to develop reliable and intelligent technologies to support collaborative care in the community. Proposals should address the need for new technologies which can reliably and intelligently interpret multiple inputs from multiple sources and initiate actions as appropriate to support the self-management of chronic health conditions. A budget of £10million is available to fund between five and seven projects. Closing date for outline proposals: 05/01/16
The EC invites tenders for media analysis services for the European Commission, which will provide high-quality expertise and support in undertaking in-depth media analysis on EU-related topics across different types of media. The evidence-based analysis will contribute to the development and implementation of a long-term communication and media relations strategy. Contracts are worth €10million over four years. Closing date: 4pm, 04/12/15
The Directorate-General for the Environment invites tenders for evaluation studies that support the evaluation of the zoos directive. Studies will assist the European Commission in the evaluation of the zoos directive by compiling, assessing and synthesising evidence for evaluation. Studies will examine relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and cohrence as well as its EU added value. The contract is worth between €200k and €250k over 15 months. Closing date: 4pm, 08/12/15
The EC invites applications for its H2020 Clean Sky 2 call for core partners (third call). Funding supports proposals from partnerships in the form of innovation actions. The call supports a number of topics and you are advised to look at the funder’s call pages for more specific information. Award amount not specified. Closing date: 5pm Brussels time, 04/02/16
The EC invites applications for its H2020 Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call. Funding supports proposals from partnerships in the form of innovation actions. The call supports a number of topics and you are advised to look at the funder’s call pages for more specific information. Each award will be in the region of €2million to €6million. Closing date: 5pm Brussels time, 16/02/16
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, EU
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions invites tenders for the provision of a research study on game-changing technologies in European manufacturing. The aim will be to develop five studies, each focusing on a different technology, which will take the form of exploratory case studies. Funding is approximately €120k over 15 months. Closing date: 07/12/15
Registrations are invited for the innovation fund for preventing terrorism. The aim is to fund projects that develop new methods and / or technologies, which will protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism. New methods and / or technologies will have the potential for replication nationally. Proposals should be in the region of £100k or less. Registration closes 25/11/15. Competition closing date: 12pm, 02/12/15
Natural England Environment Council
NERC invites applications for its follow-on fund pathfinder grants (up to £20K at 80% fEC), which are designed to realise the commercial potential of NERC-funded research, using a combination of complementary technical and commercial engagement work programmes. The award is open to researchers with current or past NERC funding and proposals must build on the outputs of the previous NERC-funded research activity. Closing date: Not specified
NERC invites outline proposals for its Changing Arctic Ocean: implication for marine biology and biogeochemistry research programme. £8.4million is available to fund up to four research projects that address how the change in the physical environment (ice and ocean) will affect the large-scale ecosystem structure and biogeochemical functioning of the Arctic Ocean, the potential major impacts and provide projections for future ecostsem services. Closing date: 4pm, 08/12/15
Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in Humanities and Scocial Science to develop a novel idea to a position where they could be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust or another funder. They can support research in any field of the humanities and social sciences that can enrich our understanding of human and animal health. Awards will typically range from £25-£50k. Closing date: 15/01/16
Wellcome trust invites applications for its engagement fellowships, which aim to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. Applicants should have a strong track record of engaging the public with ideas around biomedical science and/or medical humanities, who want to makea step change in their careers. Closing date: 12/02/16
Wellcome Trust invites applications for its capital awards for public engagement and medical history. The aim is to build or redevelop projects for public engagement with science. Awards will generally be upwards or £200k. Closing date: 13/05/16
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This week saw publication of a new CMMPH paper in BMC Health Services Research. This methodological paper ‘Assessing the performance of maternity care in Europe: a critical exploration of tools and indicators‘ is a collaboration between several European maternity-care researchers based in Spain (Ramón Escuriet, Fatima Leon-Larios), Belgium (Katrien Beeckman), Northern Ireland (Marlene Sinclair), the UK (Lucy Firth, Edwin van Teijlingen), Switzerland ( Christine Loytved, Ans Luyben) and Portugal (Joanna White). Dr. Ans Luyben is also Visiting Faculty in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. The underlying work was supported by the European Union through a COST Action called Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences headed by Prof. Soo Downe at the University of Central Lancashire. COST is seen by the EU as an important tool in building and supporting the European Research Area (ERA).
This paper critically reviews published tools and indicators currently used to measure maternity care performance within Europe, focusing particularly on whether and how current approaches enable systematic appraisal of processes of minimal (or non-) intervention in support of physiological or “normal birth”.
The authors conclude: “The review identified an emphasis on technical aspects of maternity, particularly intrapartum care in Europe, rather than a consideration of the systematic or comprehensive measurement of care processes contributing to non-intervention and physiological (normal) birth. It was also found that the links between care processes and outcomes related to a normal mode of birth are not being measured.”
Professor Edwin van Teijlingen