Date: Wednesday 11 February
Location: Bournemouth University – Executive Business Centre
Time: Starting at 9.30am (all day event)
The Wessex Conservation Forum aims to bring together representatives from NGOs, Universities and Government bodies for a free one day conference discussing ‘Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services & the Green Economy’ in the Wessex region. The services which nature provides us with, such as clean water, clean air, fertile soil and food, are not only crucial for the well-being of human-kind, they also represent an astronomical value. It has been estimated by economists that the loss of biodiversity was costing the EU €450 billion annually, equal to 3% of GDP. Hence, halting the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services is now a UK and EU priority for 2020.
Confirmed speakers include representatives from organisations such as: the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Freshwater Biological Association, Bournemouth University, University of Southampton, the Dorset Local Nature Partnership, Wessex Water and the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership. The conference will be centred around a series of talks in order to showcase research output, identify areas for further research and promote collaboration in order to fulfil these needs.
A complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day, and there will be plenty of opportunities to make and renew contacts throughout the day.
To book: This event is popular and places are limited. Click here to register for your free place.
More information: We hope to see you at this event but if you are unable to attend and want to find out more about the work that BU is involved in why not sign up to receive more information. The Wessex Portal (formerly the Poole & Purbeck Portal has been developed with the assistance of funding from the Higher Edication Innovation Fund – HEIF) as an online community to promote a better understanding of our region’s unique natural and heritage assets.
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Researchers and members of the public alike love a good, classic debate – so why not hold your event in this format?
Hosting a public debate is an excellent way of convincing others of your argument and helping to find a common ground. A public debate stimulates new intellectual ideas and could be the answer to finding a solution for a communal problem. So effectively this could help you find answers for your research? Or it could even give you new research ideas!
Café Scientifique is the perfect example for a successful public debate event. At Café Scientifique we have a 35-40 minute presentation by a guest speaker followed by a 20 minute debate – although, this usually goes on for much longer! Differences in opinions can challenge people’s perceptions. A public debate is worth doing, if you love winning!
You can see how much the public love a debate, here on our YouTube channel.
Please remember that the open call for proposals closes on 19th December at 12 noon! If you wish to put forward an idea, please contact Naomi Kay as soon as possible!
The events were organised by Christchurch and East Dorset County Councils to enable the Dorset business community to hear comments from public and private strategists and investors in Dorset’s economy. Run throughout the month of November a number of staff across the university attended and took part in discussions and round table events in addition to exhibiting alongside partners such as The Dorset Growth Hub and The Dorset LEP.
Guest speakers included : Anna Rosier, Managing Director of Organix – very much a local business success story starting in Christchurch 16 years ago (now based in Bournemouth). Gordon Page, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership provided an update on the Dorset LEP growth deal and its progression so far. Apart from highlighting the million pounds worth of investment that the LEP has so far secured from central government for the improvement of the Dorset economy, Mr Page also highlighted the need for strong and united partnerships across Dorset in order to secure more funding. He also emphasised the importance of partnership between both public and private sectors in Dorset as an essential element to Dorset’s economic growth and success.
Councillor Claire Bath, Portfolio Holder for Economy for Christchurch and Councillor Simon Tong, lead member for the Economy Growth Plan, also presented at the events. Both Councillors stressed the need for feedback from the Dorset business and general community, so that the long term benefits of the growth investments can be both communicated and realised.
Thank you to Jayne Codling (R&KEO), Claire Main (School of Tourism), Mark Painter (CfE and Business School) , David Parker, Lucy Rossiter (Cyber Security), Norman Stock (SciTech) and Liam Toms (Media School) who took the opportuntity to network with a number of local businesses and highlight how Bournemouth University can support the “Going for Growth” vision.
Do you have an interest in the way animals got their names?
Head down to the Bournemouth Natural Science Society on Saturday 15th November to hear from John Wright on his book, “The Naming of the Shrew”.
No registration is necessary, although a small £3 donation on the door would be appreciated.
Next week sees the launch of Talk BU Live, a series of live talks from our academics aimed at getting people thinking and talking.
The first event will be in Dylan’s on 23 September and will start at 5.30pm. The talk itself will last 20 minutes or so.
Who is Talk BU Live aimed at? Anyone in the BU community – so academic staff, professional staff and students.
Too often we hear the term “silos” to describe working and studying at BU, so this is an opportunity to come along and explore other areas than just where you work or where you study. We need as a university to give our community a range of opportunities to expand horizons, to meet other people and to share ideas. Talk BU Live will be a chance to add to the whole experience of being involved with BU in whatever capacity.
The first talk is by Professor Stephen Heppell and is entitled “Shoeless & Sausages: Making Learning Better”. Stephen is an internationally acclaimed academic, practitioner and innovator of learning in all its forms and this is a fantastic opportunity to hear a truly influential voice in the field of education discussing the world of learning. Stephen’s research is very wide-ranging and touches on everything from not wearing shoes in class to aid concentration to what one should eat on the morning of an exam.
Further details of the event and of BU’s comment page Talk BU here.
Argyro Karanasiou (http://staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/akaranasiou), a member of CIPPM (http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cippm/focus-areas/digital-rights/) and Lecturer in Law at BU has been invited by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Representative on Freedom of the Media to join the expert meeting on open journalism. The high level meeting will focus on the human rights and legal implications of Open Journalism. Presentations and discussions will focus on new ways to protect media plurality and the rights of non-traditional voices online.
Argyro, who was awarded a PbD (Privacy by Design) Ambassadorship by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Canada this July, shall be discussing the concept of online free speech and open journalism by design.
The event will take place in Vienna, Austria on Sept 19th and will be will be webcast live on www.osce.org.The meeting and all information related to the event, including documents and information about the speakers is available at www.osce.org/event/open-journalism.
Coming up Tuesday 2 September, The Scandal of Poverty & Child Mortality in the Western world: Are British children especially disadvantaged?
Where? Café Boscanova, Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BH1 4BP
When? First Tuesday of every month 7.30-9 pm, doors open 6.30pm
What? A free event to explore and debate ideas in science and technology. Come along and get yourself a glass of wine or a coffee and enjoy learning something new!
Can it be true that British children are really worse off than in most other Western countries? These are results that UK and the USA governments would rather not talk about but this event reports the evidence (even if it might offend).
Can’t make it on the night? Did you know we make all our talks available on YouTube and you can follow us on Twitter @CafeSciBmouth
Professor Colin Pritchard, Ph.D.,MA., AAPSW; AcSS; FRSA, Research Professor in Psychiatric Social Work, School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University, and, Emeritus and Visiting Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Southampton.
Continuing on from the success of the Festival of Learning this summer, the public engagement team at BU have been very busy planning several more public engagement initiatives for the Festival of Learning on Tour.
Towards the end of June, Dr Julia Best and PhD student Jacqueline Pitt ventured to Glastonbury festival in order to convey the research of the Chicken Project (Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions) to a large and varied audience. Armed with several skeletons, an assortment of archaeological finds and a large number of interactive timelines, maps and charts, the team set up a stand in the Science Tent within the Green Future’s field. The activities and information were very well received with around 800 visitor interactions taking place, usually lasting between 5-10 minutes. Read more at: http://www.sciculture.ac.uk/rise-with-the-crow-ahrc-public-engagement-at-glastonbury-festival/.
Julia commented on the weekend saying “Thank you for letting us be part of this experience. It was an amazing festival to be involved with and such a diverse audience to talk to! I’ve always enjoyed doing outreach work at festivals and Glastonbury is about as good as they get. It was great for us to be part of the Science Tent and to be able to show our research in a new light. If I had a pound for every time a visitor said to me something along the lines of “oh cool, I didn’t know you could do/tell/see/find that” I’d be rich”.
Last weekend in collaboration with the STEM Outreach team, the public engagement team attended the three-day family orientated Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle where they ran three hands on activities. The team engaged more than 3500 children and parents in the science tent. Several of the activities run included a partnership with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site education team.
In September the team hope to take several engagement activities to Bestival and are now looking at planning further ‘on tour’ activities all the way up to Christmas – so if you know of any interesting events that the Festival of Learning on Tour could attend, or would like to contribute an activity, please get in touch with a member of the team who will happily discuss your ideas and support delivery further.
The Festival of Learning on Tour offers a unique way for academics and PGR’s at BU to engage the public with your research and develop lateral connections outside the classroom. A recently posted article in the Guardian discusses the increasing alignment between engaging with the public and research and how it’s no time to build up this presence in public debate: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/jul/21/10-ways-make-public-engagement-work-for-you
Develop your potential, tap into a community of wider peers, and build up a presence about your research this Autumn with the Festival of Learning on Tour!
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Naomi Kay – firstname.lastname@example.org
WordPress is the powerhouse behind 1 in 5 sites on the web. Everything from this research blog, JayZ’s lifeandtimes.com, Ebay, and even the New York Times online is based on a WordPress template.
This July, BU and Silicon South are hosting the 7th Wordcamp UK developers conference, inviting the best and brightest WordPress developers and users to come and share their tips and tricks to get the most out of your site.
Taking place in the EBC on the weekend of the 12th and 13th July there are lots of ways you can get involved:
- Tickets cost £20 (including a free t-shirt), these are selling fast so purchase quickly to secure your place. To find out more click here
- Perhaps you know a thing or two about WordPress you’d like to share? You can submit your own sessions you might like to run, this could be an hours talk or a five minute lightning presentation – find out more about proposing a session here
- If you’d like to be involved but don’t know want to run a session, we are looking for a few volunteers to help with the running of the event. This would be fairly light touch, just helping with registration as people arrive and helping ensure sessions keep to time. In return we can offer you a free ticket for the weekend, including lunch on both days. If you’d be interested, or know someone who might be, please send me an email and I can give you more details.
Wordcamp 2014 Bournemouth
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 July
Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB, United Kingdom.
Fancy yourself a WordPress enthusiast? This two day, participant driven, conference is this year being hosted by Bournemouth University and Silicon South in its first official trip to the South West. One of the key aspects of this event is that the agenda is built online by participant proposed sessions as part of a multi-track agenda, so if you’ve got some nifty WordPress tricks up your sleeve you can propose a session share these with other experts.
Now is your chance to get involved, click on the links to find out more about proposing a session (50 or 25 minutes) or a 5 minute lightning talk or just to register yourself for a £10 early bird ticket. This conference is a chance to build on your WordPress skills and meet community of developers.
If you’re planning to get involved in this event we’d love to hear about it so please do send us an email at email@example.com
The Mobile Apps in Research Summit is the first event in the country to bring together developers, funding bodies and academics to examine the use of mobile apps in research. This event will take place on the 4th December at the University of Birmingham and costs £15 (the programme and registration site can be found here).
It will feature apps from universities from all over the UK, case studies, demos and discussions focusing on mobile apps for academic data gathering and mobile apps as products of research, both as tools for professionals and for public engagement.
Speakers are also being invited from institutions and companies across the UK, and representatives from funding bodies will attend, including research councils.
Registration also includes a lunch, refreshments and access to sessions. Please ensure that you print your booking confirmation email and bring it along with you to the registration counter on the day of the event.
If you have a disability, specific access requirements or any special dietary requirements please contact Samuel Harrup Walter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately after booking.
The Public Relations Research Group welcomed the leading Canadian practitioner, Fraser Likely, on Wednesday when he presented a lecture on communicating the value of PR departments to top management. It was attended by regional practitioners, students, academics, and Marketing & Communication staff.
Mr Likely, who is an adviser to Canadian banks, corporations and governmental bodies, emphasised the need for senior communication staff to understand their organisation fully, identify the elements of their department’s work that create value and operate in an entrepreneurial manner.
“This presentation was the first of several events in which academic research and practice issues are discussed with practitioners, students and fellow academics”, said Prof Tom Watson of The Media School. “On Wednesday, our speaker was an internationally highly-regarded practitioner and researcher. In others, BU academics will take recent research to practitioners at events in London and locally.”
The Public Relations Research Group is planning short seminars with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in London and Wessex, as well as with Ketchum, a leading international PR consultancy group.
Simultaneously, the US-based Institute for Public Relations posted Fraser Likely and Tom Watson’s latest Research Conversations blog post on future trends in PR measurement and evaluation. It is based on a recent book chapter in a festschrift to the leading PR theorist, James E. Grunig: http://www.instituteforpr.org/2013/10/future-trends-in-measurement-and-evaluation/
Prof Tom Watson (l) and Canadian speaker Fraser Likely (r)
The UK Events industry is a critical economic contributor projected to grow from £36 billion and 550,000 jobs to £43 billion and 630,000 jobs by 2020. Growth requires new event products, entrepreneurs and talent, currently provided by cultural festivals, in addition to their role in improving community cohesion and image. However, the current economic environment requires justification of these entrepreneurial, social and economic impacts in a transparent manner.
The Festival Impact Monitor project seeks develop an event evaluation approach to overcome the limitations of existing qualitative (external validity) and quantitative (internal validity) methods. By aggregating and analysing public data available from online social media platforms, we intend to generate insights on the impact of events unavailable via conventional approaches. The findings of this research is intended to guide stakeholders involved in planning and staging festivals, helping to improve funding allocations. A major component of our project is the development of Reusable Learning Objects to help guide researchers who are seeking to use social media data in future projects.
In the first stage of the project, the team will consult industry stakeholders to understand evaluation needs and identify Festivals for analysis. Next, the team will archive and analyse social media narratives about these Festivals to understand their Entrepreneurial and Social Impacts. Finally, the team will review the findings with industry and academic stakeholders to present a validated approach for evaluating Festivals using data from online Social Networks. In addition to the industry and academic impact, our project will contribute to enhancing the learning environment at BU as we will develop RLOs to guide future researchers.
Our team wishes to thank the Research Office for all of the support provided and we highly recommend that anyone intending to apply for Fusion funding attend the dissemination and engagement sessions. It would also be useful to get someone from outside your area to read your bid to see if they understand the impact and benefits of your research. We’ll post monthly updates on the research blog and feel free to contact us:
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Following on from the excellent Events Conference at BU last week, the School of Tourism is pleased to announce that BU has been chosen to host the 2015 Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference. This is a significant international conference that attracts visitors and speakers from across the globe and is a real mark of recognition for the University that will help establish further both the School of Tourism and BU’s international reputation. The conference will take place between 7th – 9th July 2015 and will provide a platform for BU academics, associated professionals and local/regional/national sport, leisure, events and tourism organisations to become involved.
Although the conference is almost two years away, planning and preparation will be underway in the very near future. The conference themes will be circulated in due course, but if you would like further information, then please contact either Andrew Adams (email@example.com) or Ian Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bournemouth University hosted a creative and digital economy summit at the EBC on Friday 7 June where leading businesses, entrepreneurs and MPs came together to back a bid to style Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch as a hub for the creative and digital industry. A manifesto, coordinated by BU with input from a range of local stakeholders, was launched at the event and a host of different businesses and organisations pledged to commit money or their expertise with the aim of growing the local creative and digital sector in the hope the area. The summit featured in the Daily Echo on June 12 which reported that “the area already has above average business start-up and survival rates and is one of the UK’s liveliest digital clusters and this exciting development is a great step forwards”. Read more here. BU will continue to play a central role in taking forward the work set out in the manifesto so watch this space for further developments. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Samantha Leahy-Harland on email@example.com
On Saturday, Bournemouth University hosted the Wessex Branch of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Student Conference. This event provided an opportunity for students to showcase novel research and, in addition to BU, attracted Psychology students from a range of institutions (e.g. Universities of Surrey, Sussex, Winchester, and Southampton). The breadth of institution was matched by the breadth of student; with undergraduate research assistants through to doctoral students presenting their work to an audience of approximately 100 delegates.
In total, there were 28 oral presentations and 19 research posters. In addition, we were fortunate to have two thought-provoking keynote speakers. First, Dr. Richard Stephens (Keele University) spoke about the role of swearing on pain tolerance (in short, it helps, particularly if you are normally an infrequent user of coarse vocabulary) and, second, Prof. Clare Wood (Coventry University) delivered a presentation on the effects of text messaging on literacy (in sum, ‘textisms’ are not rotting the brains of our nation’s youth).
The conference sought to emphasise that, rather than a perfunctory assessment exercise, student research is an important part of knowledge creation within our universities. Whilst this was highlighted by the collaborative (student-academic) nature of the projects, it was also evident how the presenters had developed into independent researchers. This apprenticeship model is one employed by the Bournemouth Psychology Research Centre and it was pleasing to see a number of our Year 2 Psychology students presenting data that had arisen from their research assistant placements. There was a large contingent of first and second year BU Psychology students in the audience and helping with conference organisation as volunteers. We hope that they have been inspired to participate in more staff projects and will return next year to present their research.
Calling all Early Career Researchers,
We invite you to: An Introduction to the BRAD Framework and Development Sessions– Wednesday the 18th of September 2-3.30pm (location to be confirmed).
The University has created Bournemouth Researcher/Academic Development-BRAD. BRAD is a tailor designed research development framework with supporting development sessions, for BU’s Early Career Researchers (ECR’s). The aims and objectives of BRAD are aligned to the Universities Strategic Plan 2012-2018, our Visions & Values-BU 2018, and Vitae’s researcher development framework. BU is providing professional and personal development sessions and online courses throughout the next academic year 2013-2014, which are all free to attend. The development sessions will cover a range of topics, from SPSS, NVivo, personal effectiveness, research management and publishing in journals and books.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance to the Introduction to BRAD Session, and to identify yourself as an Early Career Researcher, by the end of this week.