Registration open for Geological Society Conference Sharing Educational Practice in Geoscience

Registration is now open for the 2015 Geological Society HEN Annual Meeting.

Full details and links to online registration can be found on the conference webpage:

Participation is encouraged from all Geography, Earth and Environmental Science disciplines who are involved in geoscience in its broadest context.

RGS Grant closing dates coming up

RGS-IBG Grants:

Postgraduate Grants (closing date for all applications 23 November)

  • The Hong Kong Research Grant - for PhD students undertaking geographical fieldwork in the Greater China Region. A £2,500 award supported through the Society’s Hong Kong branch.
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award - for PhD students undertaking fieldwork/data collection. Six awards of £2,000 each are offered to help individual students establish themselves in their particular field.
  • Geographical Club Award – two grants of £1,000 to support Masters/PhD students undertaking geographical fieldwork or data collection anywhere in the world (in association with The Geographical Club).

Research Grants (closing dates towards end of November)

·         The Ralph Brown Expedition Award - a single annual award of £12,500 offered to the leader of an expedition working in an aquatic environment. Applicants must be Fellows or members of the Society. Deadline 23 November.

·         The Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship offers an annual award of £8,000 for geographical research in the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments. Deadline 23 November.

·         The Field Centre Grant is an annual award of £5,000 to support field research at international field centres, preferably in some of the world’s poorest countries. Deadline 30 November.



Interested in teaching and learning in Geography?

THE GEES network LinkedIn page: Information and discussion about teaching and learning in Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science


Are you interested in keeping in touch with what events are going on to support teaching and learning in Geography? Discipline-based information can be accessed through THE GEES network LinkedIn page. The LinkedIn group has been set up and is managed by academics. It is a great way to receive information and to also take part in (or lurk on) teaching-focused discussions.


In July 2012 a group of GEES academics interested in education got together to discuss how we could support each other in our professional and career development and THE (Teaching-focused in Higher Education) GEES network was established. We are a network which exists online (using LinkedIn) and through meetings. We met most recently in Manchester where we had a writing retreat and a workshop that covered HEA accreditation, funding and publication of pedagogic research, mentoring, and career progression.


Teaching-focused is a term we take to mean people interested in teaching and pedagogic research, be they on permanent or temporary, teaching-dominant or more traditional academic contracts. Please do search us out on LinkedIn and join our discussions to share information about teaching relevant activities.


How to find us on LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is a professional networking site which it is free to join.

 Type ‘THE GEES network’ into the search box on LinkedIn (

Applications open for workshop: Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools – Bangkok

Applications are invited from UK-based early career researchers (currently enrolled PhD students or those who have recently completed a PhD) to participate in a workshop on “Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools” to be held in Bangkok, Thailand 8-14th March 2014. The workshop is funded by the British Council which will cover return airfares, local transport, visa fees, accommodation and meals during the workshop. Full details can be found at


This workshop, hosted by SOAS and Mahidol University, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in language documentation and description, language policy/planning and mother tongue-based multilingual education to discuss the latest developments in their research, creating a new common ground for initiatives in language documentation, revitalisation and human development. SOAS and Mahidol are committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the documentation and revitalisation of languages in Asia and throughout the world. Topics to be covered in the workshop include the following:

– how researchers and resource developers can support communities to sustain their linguistic ecologies
– language revitalisation, personal/community identity and sustainable human development
– production of culturally and pedagogically appropriate linguistic and digital multimedia resources for language valorization, supporting learners and teachers
– techniques in digital data collection, management, dissemination and preservation
– preservation of traditional knowledge and indigenous paradigms of teaching/learning for mother tongue-based multilingual education
– ethnolinguistic identity, reconciliation and peace building

A fieldtrip to an ethnolinguistic minority community is planned.


Applications must be submitted on the downloadable form ( by email to 5pm on 7th November 2014.

Call for columnist: Migrants, refugees and science

SciDev.Net are currently seeking an expert blogger who can write authoritatively on about the area of migration; explaining how science feeds into and informs policy on this issue in the global south. are a website where bloggers report on the nexus between science and global development.

If this sounds up your street, then you can find information about the position at the link below.


Free Event: Connecting Epistemologies: Methods and Early Career Researchers in the Connected Communities Programmer

See below for information about an event on research careers, identities and methods that may be of interest to list subscribers- email to register. More information on the project is here We’re especially keen for project PIs, PhD supervisors or academics supervising post docs to attend.

Connecting Epistemologies: Methods and Early Career Researchers in the Connected Communities Programme FREE EVENT 28/10/2014 City University London

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) face a variety of issues in the changing world of contemporary academia. To mark the publication of the final report from the Connecting Epistemologies project (available to download here on 28th October 2014), City University London are hosting an event that engages with questions confronting ECRs.

Connecting Epistemologies worked with a variety of ECRs, from PhD students and postdocs to early career lecturers, over the course of the summer to capture their experiences on the Connected Communities programme. The project explored their identities as academics and their methods and practices.

The afternoon will explore the way ECRs within Connected Communities may represent a new form of academic with a new form of identity; how they negotiate issues of precariousness; the skills needed to work as an ECR; and broader questions of what is legitimate as research, as methods, and as knowledge.

The session consists of three papers: one from the project team; one from AHRC reporting on the recent reportSupport for researchers in the Arts and Humanities post-doctorate; and one from Connected Communities Leadership Fellow Professor Keri Facer and project Post-Doctoral researcher Bryony Enright.

The session will then have a discussion on the future of ECRs within higher education and the arts and humanities.

All are welcome! The event is free, but to make sure we have an idea of numbers, please book a place by emailing

Venue: Poynton Lecture theatre, City University London, Northampton Sq, EC1V 0HB

1.30pm welcome and coffee

2-3pm presentations

Keri Facer and Bryony Enright (Bristol) The shaping of a new generation? Early career researchers working at the interface between universities and communities

Connecting Epistemologies team: Understanding ECRs in Connected Communities

Sue Carver (AHRC) Support for researchers in the Arts And Humanities

3pm-4pm Q&A and discussion.

Opportunity for NERC, BBSRC and AHRC funded PhD students

AHRC joins NERC and BBSRC in Policy Internship Scheme
Deadline for Policy Internships Scheme is 4pm on 18th August 2014
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is pleased to announce that it will join the the Natural Environment Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council policy internship scheme.
The scheme, which is open for applications, gives PhD students funded by any of the three research councils the invaluable opportunity to spend three months working in an influential policy organisation.
Ian Lyne, Associate Director of Research for the AHRC commented: “Arts and humanities researchers across a wide range of disciplines can make an important contribution to policy-making in a range of areas. This scheme is a great opportunity for PhD students to gain experience of working in a policy environment and to build on the skills that they have developed during the course of their research.”
Successful applicants will either contribute to a policy briefing paper, participate in a policy enquiry or organise a policy event or workshop. The scheme has eight host organisations these include three parliamentary bodies and five non-parliamentary organisations. For AHRC-funded students the host organisations available are British Library, National Assembly for Wales Research Service, Royal Society and Scottish Parliament Information Centre.
Further details about the scheme and application details are available on the policy internships page. The full list of host organisations include:

Podcast your research!

 Podcast your research!

Viva Voce is a new and exciting online platform that launched on June 23rd to promote and support PhD students, PostDocs and Early careers researchers in the Social Sciences, by providing a platform for setting up “short, sharp and engaging podcasts about yourself and your research”.
Viva Voce ensures that early career researchers are not overlooked or lost among other social media sites, by levelling the playing field to a Podcast and a short and sweet profile, with links to up to two publications, personal websites, Twitter ID, and email. In this way, the podcast acts as the ‘taster’ that encourages people to click on your links and learn more about you and your research. Podcast profiles are categorised by 3 keywords and discipline so that you are visible on 4 pages, which gives greater exposure for you and your research.
Setting up your own Podcast feature is simple. Check out the new website or e-mail
Follow on Twitter: @vivavocepodcast

NRG BESS Early Career Researcher Conference 2014

 Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability

8th – 9th September 2014, University of Southampton

This year, Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton will host the first NRG BESS Early Career Conference on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability.

We kindly invite all early career researchers (postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and technicians) to attend, present a poster or give a talk. Abstracts for presentations and posters can be submitted for one of the four main conference themes: Upland Rivers, Coastal Landscapes, Urban Ecosystems and Lowland Multifunctional Landscapes. We will, however, accept abstracts for all related research. To submit an abstract, please click here.

Important deadlines:

Early-bird registration and first round abstract submission: July 15th

Final date for abstract submission: August 1st - no abstracts will be accepted beyond this date!

Final registration: August 15th


Please click here to go to the registration page where you can also book accommodation and your place at the conference dinner.


For further details and regular updates, and to learn more about NRG BESS, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter: @nrgbess, or contact us at


An Introductory GIS training course – open to all – will be held on September 10th and 11th. For further details please click here or email


Roundtable on arts and humanities research perspectives on risk

Event Date: 14/07/2014

Event Location: London

​The AHRC, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, is organizing an all-day roundtable meeting that brings together AHRC-funded researchers with other arts and humanities researchers specialising or with an interest in risk.

Aims of the Roundtable

The roundtable will help to explore the distinctive insights and perspectives that arts and humanities research can bring to cross-disciplinary, public and policy debates about risk and to identify potential future emerging research agendas relating to risk within the arts and humanities.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited by 16th June 2014 from researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. There are approximately 15 places available to attend the roundtable, and successful applicants will be notified by Monday 23rd June.

Full details of the roundtable and how to apply are available in the call document (PDF 30KB, opens in new window).

Any queries please direct these to Ian and Nathan:

Ian Broadbridge (AHRC) <>, Nathan Tuffin AHRC <>