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Caroline Kuzemko comments on 'Hothouse Earth'

Listen to Caroline's interview on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (from 1h 38 minutes) to hear her take on recent research released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggesting that global temperature rises over 2C could trigger a hothouse scenario.

First Place Prize Paper Award for Power Electronics Group

Congratulations to Dean Hamilton, Mike Jennings, Amador Perez-Tomas, Stephen Russell Steven Hindmarsh, Craig Fisher and Phil Mawby on the award of First Place Prize Paper Award for 2017 in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics for their paper: High-Temperature Electrical and Thermal Aging Performance and Application Considerations for SiC Power DMOSFETs. This paper has been recognised by the IEEE for its research quality, presentation and potential impact.

The paper examines the performance of three commercially available SiC Dmosfets at high temperatures, identifying a failure point at around 350 °C. While it was generally understood that SiC mosfet devices are tolerant to high temperatures, the limits of this capability had not previously been tested.

Tue 07 August 2018, 09:19 | Tags: Energy; Energy GRP, power electronics, GRPnews, research

Food Security

Professor Elizabeth Dowler on the banning of online junk food adverts

Professor Elizabeth Dowler, expert in food and nutrition, discusses the new rules targeting junk food adverts for children which have resulted in the banning of the first online adverts.

“Although there will no doubt be huffing and puffing about freedom of speech and the nanny state, along with denials of targeting children, these examples of the ban being made to work show how cunning the sweets and snacks industry is in trying to reach and sustain their core market - young people and children.

“It's a pity that the cynical creativity that goes into the multi-million marketing of products known to contribute to unhealthy diets and obesity isn't put to better use. Children and young people deserve better: to live in an environment where they can freely choose healthy food, that is delicious & tasty, and not to grow up subtly influenced to want that which is good for company profits but not for preventing or reducing obesity”.

Sat 07 July 2018, 07:06

Innovative Manufacturing

Synthesis of nanoparticlesby heterophase polymerization/Preparation and characterization of biocomposites

"Synthesis of nanoparticlesby heterophase polymerization/Preparation

and characterization of biocomposites"

Dr Martin Arellano Martinez, Universidad de Guadalajara

Thesynthesis of polymeric nanoparticles by different heterophase polymerization methods is presented. The effect of surfactant concentration, monomer feeding rate, monomer water solubility have been studied. The nanoparticles have characterized by quasielastic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and gel permeation chromatography. Some of the studied system are pH- and thermo- responsive which make them suitable as controlled drug releasing agents.

On the other hand, the mechanical properties of composites based on poly (lactic acid) is presented. The composites were prepared by injection molding using either natural fibers and/or nanoclays. Different fiber surface treatments were evaluated to improve the fiber-polymer compatibility. The results showed increases in the modulus as well as the impact resistance.


Date: Wednesday 18thJuly 2018

Time: 12.30 – 14.00

Location: IDL Board Room, IDL Building, University of Warwick

Registration required for catering purposes: register

Connected everything - Conference 2018

Conference 2018 - Manufacturing a brave new world.
26-27 June
This year we are focusing on collaboration between academics and industry as we address the question of how best to support the future of manufacturing in the UK.

Science and Technology for Health

NCCPE - August Newsletter

Don't miss our REF 2021 consultation event, on 14th September to review the REF consultation proposals and explore their implications for public engagement.

Wed 15 August 2018, 14:10 | Tags: Health GRP GRPNews

Public Engagement Fund 2018/19

The Public Engagement Fund is now open for applications for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of the fund is to support small projects, act as a contribution/ pilot fund to support a larger project, or support the purchase of equipment to be used in future public engagement events. You can apply for up to £1,000 per project.

Wed 08 August 2018, 10:18 | Tags: Health GRP GRPNews


ICUR 2018 call for abstracts is now open

the Call for Abstracts for the 6th annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is now open! ICUR is a conference with a difference - held concurrently in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Africa, and the United States – ICUR connects conference presenters from across the world with cutting-edge video-conferencing technology.

ICUR is a fantastic opportunity for students to present and discuss their research and can help them to develop both their research and presentation skills. They also have the opportunity to connect with other undergraduate researchers across countries and disciplines, and enhance their CV.

What our past students have said:

‘ICUR was made brilliant by those that attended. They brought with them humour, energy and enough curiosity to reignite a passion for answering the unanswered questions of our time.’

‘I learned the importance of clear communication in research and enhanced my ability to deliver inspiring presentations on captivating topics.’

Students can apply at

ICUR is a two-day event, held during Welcome Week on 25th - 26th September 2018, on central campus at Warwick. It is an exclusively undergraduate forum designed to showcase the best in undergraduate research from across the globe, and to provide a supportive environment for talented young scholars, many of whom are doing and presenting research for the first time

The conference is multidisciplinary and all undergraduate students who have research to share are encouraged to apply. Students are invited to submit abstracts of 250 words for either a fifteen minute spoken presentation or a poster presentation. We welcome submissions from all disciplines and perspectives.

ICUR is an opportunity for students to:

    1. Internationalise their university experience by presenting on the world stage.
      1. Understand how to articulate the importance of their research across disciplinary boundaries.
        1. Develop an appreciation of how local specificities or global imperatives shape their research area.

        HOW TO APPLY
        Its easy to apply, students can submit an abstract using the online form at

        The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 31st May 2018. If you have any enquiries please email

        All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We welcome research projects which are the outcome of dissertations, course work, group projects, summer internships or independent research. Students are also welcome to submit work that they have developed with a member of staff. We ask students whose abstracts have arisen from a group project, to confirm they have consent from all group members/individuals involved, prior to applying.

        All submissions will be reviewed by a panel and students may be asked to revise their abstract prior to final selection. Whilst this is a competitive process, we aim to be as inclusive as possible.

        Abstracts will be reviewed against the following criteria:

          1. The project is a research project undertaken at undergraduate level which makes an interesting contribution to the field.
            1. There is a clear methodology which has been appropriately used.
              1. References show an understanding of recent developments in the field.
                1. The abstract is accessible to specialist and non-specialist interdisciplinary audiences.

                The ICUR Team will let the student know if your abstract has been selected by the end of June 2018.

                Please visit for guidance on applying to ICUR and for news, training and updates on the ICUR experience.

                Wed 21 February 2018, 11:42 | Tags: ICUR 2018

                Applications open for Materials GRP Undergraduate Research Summer Scholarships (URSS) 2018

                The Materials GRP will be supporting up to 5 Undergraduate Research Summer Scholarships (URSS), each with an award of up to £2000.

                Fri 16 February 2018, 13:45 | Tags: Materials GRP Summer Scholarships

                Sustainable Cities

                New Generation Thinkers 2019

                Thu 09 August 2018, 14:43 | Tags: Research calls, AHRC

                Connecting Cultures

                City of Culture Funding via the Connecting Cultures GRP

                The Connecting Cultures GRP has been awarded additional funds by the University in the academic year 2018-19 to support the development of collaborative City of Culture-facing research projects.

                Thu 26 July 2018, 12:41

                Open Call for Applications for Funding from Warwick Creative Exchange & Coventry University


                Warwick Creative Exchange and Coventry University are together offering four £2,000 awards to projects bringing together Warwick and Coventry academics with cultural organisations in Coventry to develop public engagement activities with impact which invite the general public to participate and respond.

                The Awards are partially linked to Coventry City Council’s work with the Arts Council of England Great Places scheme, Place, Heritage and Diversity in a Modern UK City, administered through the Coventry City of Culture Trust. Great Places seeks to enable cultural and community groups to work more closely together and to place heritage at the heart of communities.

                Supported by the University’s Connecting Cultures GRP and Coventry University, and building on the work done by initiatives including the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, the City of Culture partnership, and Coventry City Council’s Cultural strategy, these awards invite applications for either complete small-scale work or groundwork for larger projects.

                • The project team must include at least one academic from each university.
                • It must use your academic research and work with an organisation in the Coventry area, or have a clear demonstrable link with Coventry.
                • We are particularly keen to see proposals involving communities traditionally under-represented whether because of ethnicity, disability, or socio-economic status.
                • Organisations could be arts, community, health, cultural – we take a very wide view on this.
                • The proposed activity must be complete by 31 July 2018.
                • You must provide an indication of how to evaluate and/or measure your work
                Recipients be will be chosen through a two-stage process:
                • Submit a single page of A4 outlining your proposal in brief
                • Attend a workshop with your partner organisation to discuss your proposal
                All proposals and any queries should be sent to Flo Swann, by 08 December 2017. Receipt will be acknowledged.

                The workshop date will be set once we have closed applications so we can consult on suitable dates and times.

                Picture credits: 'Nuff respect - graffiti/street behind the Tile Hill Library in Jardine Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry

                Image c Lydia on Flickr,
                Wed 08 November 2017, 22:15 | Tags: Connecting Cultures

                Cyber Security

                Cyber Security GRP- Early Career Fellowships

                The Cyber Security GRP invites applications from internal early career candidates interested broadly in Cyber Security. These Early Career Fellowships are designed to facilitate greater knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of Cyber Security. These Fellowships are offered by the Warwick Global Research Priorities in Cyber Security.

                Applications which are broadly aligned with Cyber Security and are collaborative and international in scope will be favoured. More information on eligibility, provision, the application procedure and deadlines can be found in the information document.

                The deadline for applications is 04/05/18. Please contact with any queries.

                Thu 05 April 2018, 08:57

                Blockchain Technology and the Future of Banking

                Limited supply and speculative buying will likely prevent bitcoin reaching the masses. However, will the blockchain technology behind it upend the world of finance?

                In an interview with World Finance, Professor Tim Watson, Director of the WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick, described how some firms are so determined to lead the blockchain revolution, they haven’t stopped to consider how to use it. Read the full article in World Finance.

                Tue 21 November 2017, 12:00

                International Development

                SUSTLAW Call for Applications

                The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group will be running a post-graduate programme on “Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law” (SUSTLAW) from 11 February to 3 May 2019. SUSTLAW offers a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. The programme runs in conjunction with the Faculty’s Master of Laws (LL.M).

                Tue 17 July 2018, 15:47 | Tags: GRPEvents, news, events

                Book Launch Event

                Book Launch Event for: Rethinking New Womanhood - Practices of Gender, Class, Culture and Religion in South Asia

                Wednesday 27th June 2018
                Social Sciences Block
                Applied Linguistics
                Room A 0.23

                Tue 26 June 2018, 10:23 | Tags: GRPEvents, news, GRPNews, events