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SMuRF: Multidisciplinary Research Conference for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Event

Time:
09:00 - 17:00
Date:
16 - 17 February 2012
Venue:
De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton

Event details

The first annual Southampton Multidisciplinary Research Forum (SMuRF) seeks to develop the skill sets of those interested in interdisciplinary research while expanding the network of researchers in other fields. Multidisciplinary research is an area of great growth for the University both internally, through the introduction of a new structure specifically designed to enhance collaboration, and externally, through funding opportunities from Research Councils and the success of projects crossing traditional borders.

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16-17 February 2012

LINK: PROGRAMME AS PDF

The first annual Southampton Multidisciplinary Research Forum (SMuRF) seeks to develop the skill sets of those interested in interdisciplinary research while expanding the network of researchers in other fields.

Multidisciplinary research is an area of great growth for the University both internally, through the introduction of a new structure specifically designed to enhance collaboration, and externally, through funding opportunities from Research Councils and the success of projects crossing traditional borders.

While this is recognised as an area of growing importance it is felt that this can be more difficult for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). It is clear that the planning and execution of interdisciplinary research projects present particular challenges associated with the collaboration of individuals with widely varying backgrounds and interests.

The conference therefore aims to develop these skills while providing an atmosphere in which ECRs interested in interdisciplinary research can develop new contacts and new ideas for future research projects.

The programme includes workshops, speed networking, keynote speaker, case studies, and other activities.

Keynote: What to do with 500,000 researchers?

The keynote speaker will be Dr Chris Lintott from the University of Oxford. Chris Lintott is best known as co-presenter of the BBC's long-running Sky at Night program alongside Sir Patrick Moore and as co-author of Bang! with Patrick Moore and Dr Brian May. He is a researcher at the University of Oxford, where he runs Zooniverse.org, the world's most successful collection of citizen science websites. Zooniverse projects have allowed volunteers to discover planets, classify galaxies, investigate the accents of whales, rescue historical climate data and transcribe ancient papyri. He also has a regular column (on observing the night sky) in The Times.

Speakers

Speakers include Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam, Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Nelson, Professor Guy Poppy, Director of Multidisciplinary Research Strategy, Professor George Attard, Dr Anne-Louise Holloway, Leaders Integrator Manager (EPSRC), Dr Avril Allman, Process Manager, Training Awards (NERC), Professor Roger Ingham (Psychology), Dr Emma Tompkins (Geography), and Dr Jeremy Blaydes (Medicine).

Workshop Biographies

To share their expertise and experiences, leading academics from across the University are attending the conference on day two including: Dr Rachel van Besouw (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment/ISVR), Professor Seth Bullock (Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences/ECS), Dr Graeme Earl (Faculty of Humanities/Archaeology), Professor Jane Falkingham (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences/Social Sciences), Professor Douglas MacBeth (Faculty of Business and Law/Management), Professor Derek McGhee (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences/Social Sciences), Professor Peter Middleton (Faculty of Humanities/English), Dr Richard Polfreman (Faculty of Humanities/Music), Professor Ajit Shenoi (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment/Ship Science), and Professor Mikis Tsimplis (Faculty of Business and Law/Law)

Information

For more information please email SMuRF@soton.ac.uk

To register please visit http://store.southampton.ac.uk

Also: visit our stall during Multidisciplinary Research Week

Contacts:
Dr Stephen Beers (Faculty of Medicine)
Dr Hazel Blythe (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences)
Dr Kim Bruce (Faculty of Medicine)
Dr Filippo Fazi (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment)
Dr Wynn Ho (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences)
Dr Cheryl Metcalf (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Dr Adam Sobey (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment)
Dr Nick Townsend (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment)

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