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 <>


Wiki workshop for geographers

With increasing attention to new and different outlets for disseminating research, geographers are encouraged to enhance their ability to communicate complex geographical ideas to wider audiences, to help increase the amount of geographical content on Wikipedia, and to consider ways in which Wikipedia can be incorporated into research, teaching and learning.

Geographers are invited to attend this wiki workshop, to learn and share the variety of ways Wikipedia can be used in geographical research, teaching and learning, and to receive hands-on training in editing Wikipedia content from the Wikimedia Foundation.  No prior experience is needed (but experienced editors welcome to share their knowledge).

Date and time: Monday 7 July 2014, 1pm to 5pm

Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Cost: Free, but places are limited

Find out more and book your place:

Attendance is encouraged from PhD students, early-career researchers, tutors, lecturers and other geographers interesting in using Wikipedia in their research and/or teaching.

Although the event is free, the Society regrets that there are no funds available to cover travel or other costs of attending.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Wyse at RGS-IBG,

Find your voice: early career workshop

Thursday 5th June 2014, 10am-5pm, at the University of Manchester

Effectively publishing and publicising research is an essential and rewarding part of academic life. Proactive engagement with wide and diverse audiences, both academic and non-academic, will ensure that the work that you do has a powerful impact. It is an essential skill needed for the development of a successful academic career.


This one-day workshop, aimed at early career researchers including postgraduates, will equip participants with the skills and information needed to successfully disseminate research outputs. A range of expert speakers will focus on different aspects of publishing and promoting research: (1) journal editors discuss getting a paper accepted and published; (2) media experts focus on distilling information to the general public; and (3) experienced academics discuss the key requirements for engaging with the wider world.


The event is free, but limited to 20 places so early application is advised. Participants are asked to submit a short abstract (max 300 words) for a piece of research that they are undertaking or thinking of undertaking. This could be a summary of a thesis chapter. This piece of research will form the basis of practical sessions, where the idea is adapted for various appropriate audiences.


The workshop is co-sponsored by the British Society for Population Geographers and the University of Leeds. If you would like further information, visit the website at or contact Nik Lomax,


To apply, please email your abstract submission to by Friday 22nd May and include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject line. Applicants should also include their full name, year of study or number of years since graduating, place of work or study, and whether they are a member of either the Population Geography Research Group or the British Society for Population Studies.

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2014

Loughborough University, 14th-15th April 2014

This conference is a great opportunity to present your research to fellow postgraduates in a supportive environment and this year has been extended in length to enable more postgraduates to present and more time for informal discussion.

Loughborough University is pleased to host the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference on 14th –15th April 2014. This is a supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work to the postgraduate community. We invite research ideas and findings from all geographical aspects, both physical and human, to be presented either orally or by poster. This meeting will provide a unique networking opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The two keynote speakers are confirmed to be Prof John Anderson and Dr Hilary Geoghegan.

The mid-term conference is open to all postgraduates, at any stage of their research. We particularly encourage first year students to attend, since the relaxed environment is perfect for those presenting for the first time.

Please go to to register.

Registration closes Friday 22nd February 2014.  For any enquiries please email: