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Video Challenge 2018

Students - Can you explain your vision for a more energy efficient future in 2 minutes?

Can you create an engaging video doing just that?

Upload your video to Youtube with the title Energy GRP Challenge 2018: [your name] by the 15th January explaining how you see the future of energy systems and you could be in with a chance to win £100.

Your topic could cover anything from heating and cooling of buildings to electric vehicles, technology, energy policy, social attitudes or any number of other aspects of the energy industry.

Wed 06 December 2017, 15:32 | Tags: Energy; Energy GRP, sustainability, GRPnews

Interview with a researcher: Mel Loveridge

The International Automotive Research Centre at WMG houses a unique battery research facility. Here researchers not only design batteries, but can manufacture multiple cells in their battery chemistry scale-up line and test them. In the small but bomb-proof Battery Abuse Centre, these cells undergo trial by fire, penetration, overcharging – often with dramatic results. Mel Loveridge is working on adding a further capability to the facility, battery forensics.
Mel’s background is in biochemistry and materials science. She began her research career as a materials scientist before moving into the field of electrochemistry. Her interest is in the materials that are used to create anodes and cathodes, particularly how they are manufactured and how they degrade.

Under her project FAB (Forensic Analysis of Batteries) Mel and her team can take existing batteries – for example, the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and subject them to numerous tests including X-ray Tomography, Electron Microscopy and Diamond Light Source Ptychography to diagnose why and how they fail. These results can then be fed back into the manufacturing process to improve the quality of batteries and make them safer. Mel has been working on other interesting avenues in battery diagnostics including in-situ sensors that can not only detect the temperature fluctuations inside a battery, but also pinpoint differences in temperature in different areas of the cell...

Wed 06 December 2017, 10:19 | Tags: Energy; Energy GRP, electricity, energy storage, batteries, interview, WMG, research

Food Security


Mon 11 December 2017, 20:33 | Tags: GRPNews

Dr Martine Barons presenting at Household Food Security Research Forum, Monash University, 7th December

Dr Martine Barons - Director of the Applied Statistics & Risk Unit Department of Statistics, University of Warwick and Visiting Educator, Monash Warwick Alliance will be giving a presentation entitled “Using Bayesian Modelling to develop an evidence based Food Security Decision Support System for Victoria.” at a Household Food Security Research Forum on 7th December entitled “Raising the profile of food insecurity in Australia: Using evidence based decision support systems and the voices of food insecurity”

Fri 10 November 2017, 18:12 | Tags: GRPNews

Innovative Manufacturing

EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Theme Sandpit

The Manufacturing the Future theme is highlighting a future call for a Sandpit in New Industrial Systems. In response to future manufacturing challenges EPSRC is running a sandpit with a focus on New Industrial Systems to engender a radical change in the research undertaken in this field in the UK. We hope that this sandpit will enable UK researchers to identify and undertake research with the potential to have a transformative impact on our manufacturing industries. It is expected that up to £5 million of EPSCR funding will be made available to fund research projects arising from this sandpit.
Opening date: 05.01.2017
Closing date: 02.03.2017

Tue 03 January 2017, 11:31 | Tags: Innovation, sandpit, Funding, technology

Funding call from Royal Academy of Engineering

Greetings from the Royal Academy of EngineeringUnder the Newton Fund, the Royal Academy of Engineering is running the Industry Academia Partnership Programme which aims to build capability in engineering teaching, research and innovation in Partner Countries through supporting bilateral links between industry and academic organisations. The programme gives £50,000 toward salary, travel and subsistence costs for UK academic and industry partners to collaborate with their counterparts in;Colombia; Indonesia; Thailand and South Africa. The Requests for Proposals is now open with a deadline of19thDecember.

Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton Fund, the Academy has partnered with Department for Higher Education and Training to enhance engineering teaching, research and innovation capacity in South Africa through building bilateral industry-academia linkages. This programme also aims to foster greater ties between innovation stakeholders in both countries.

Thu 01 December 2016, 12:48 | Tags: GRPnews, Funding, Engineering, royal academy of engineering

Science and Technology for Health

Faculty of Medicine RDF Development Awards

The Faculty of Medicine will receive £20,000 of Research Development Funding for development awards. The purpose of this fund is to help researchers to pump-prime bids for external funding. So if you need help for example in hosting a workshop to disseminate results or funding a feasibility study, this is great opportunity in getting some extra funding. Details of how to apply and the assessment process is all provided on the following webpage The deadline for applications which need to be signed off by your head of Division is 30th November 2017. For queries concerning applications, please contact: Hema Mistry ( or ext. 51183) or Roulla Philippou ( or ext. 50854).



Tue 03 October 2017, 11:00 | Tags: Health GRP GRPNews

WMAHSN - October 2017 newsletter

The monthly newsletter from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network - improving health and creating wealth.

Tue 24 October 2017, 09:27 | Tags: Health GRP GRPNews


Donald M Eigler "Atom Manipulation - the Story and the People"

Tuesday 18th July; 11:30am

Ramphal Lecture Theatre, University of Warwick

In 1959 Richard Feynman gave a remarkably prescient and now-famous talk titled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" in which he spoke of the possibilities afforded by extreme miniaturization. In that talk he discussed a "great future" in which "we can arrange the atoms the way we want." Thirty years later, in 1989, we had the good fortune to achieve that milestone. Feynman's "great future" was ushered in with the discovery of ways to manipulate individual atoms using a scanning tunneling microscope. My dual goals in this presentation are to relate a story of discovery -- how we learned to manipulate atoms – and to share with you some sense of the excitement, humor and joy we found in the journey.

All welcome, no registration necessary.

Tue 13 June 2017, 08:31 | Tags: materials grp

Symposium on Molecular Phenomena at Surfaces

Thursday July 27th, University of Warwick

This symposium aims at bringing together leading international and UK experts in an unformal and stimulating environment to present recent advances in the field and encourage interdisciplinary discussion and collaborations. Early career researchers will be given the unique opportunity to showcase their research and to directly interact with international experts.

Thu 15 June 2017, 09:29

Sustainable Cities

Success in India - UK Water Quality call

Dr Jonathan Pearson, School of Engineering has been awarded funding under the NERC - EPSRC - DST India - UK Water Quality call. Dr Pearson has been awarded the funding jointly with Professor Kapil Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The title of the project is "Pathways and evolution of pollutants: Interactions between physical controlling effects, microbial community composition and pollutant biodegradation"
Fri 10 November 2017, 10:33 | Tags: GRPNews

The Sustainable Cities GRP is proud to be supporting the latest Warwick Engineering Society conference 'Colony - The Future of Living Spaces'

With the Earth having a limited number of resources and the human population growing faster than ever, what will become of the Earth in the next 100 years or so?

Where and how will humans live? Join the Engineering Society on 8th November 2017 in the Oculus to find out all the interesting ideas and projects that scientists are currently working on as we take you on an exhilarating journey starting underground, towards the surface, and beyond the clouds!

Thu 19 October 2017, 10:21 | Tags: GRPNews

Connecting Cultures

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

ESRC-ICSSR Newton call for collaborative research on urban transformations in India

A Newton call on Urban Transformation in India (to be delivered in partnership with ESRC and ICSSR) has just been launched. Proposals are invited for joint UK and Indian projects; each proposal may request £360,000 - £540,000 at 100% full economic cost (fEC) from the ESRC and with INR 25 lakhs for each successful project from ICSSR over 24 months.
The ESRC has allocated up to £1.75 million, with matched resources from ICSSR. It is expected that four to six research projects will be awarded under this call.
Key thematic areas are:
1. Urban planning, governance and management
2. Formal and informal populations
3. Place and space: challenges and solutions, including health, sanitation and labour issues
4. Small towns, dynamics of change and migration
Full details of the call can be found here and the booklet proceeded following the Scoping Workshop March 2017 held in India can be found here.
A reminder for colleagues that the proposal must meet the ODA requirements stipulated under the Newton Fund. Full background on the Newton Fund can be found here.
UK applicants must meet the ESRC eligibility and remit criteria outlined in the ESRC Research Funding Guide and applicants from Indian institutions must be employed in a research or academic position in a recognised research or academic institution – either publicly funded university/college recognised by the UGC or a public funded research institute or ICSSR research institute. They must also hold a PhD or equivalent qualification.
Deadline for applications is 1 August 2017 with decision to be announced in February 2018.
Mon 26 June 2017, 20:01 | Tags: Connecting Cultures

Cyber Security

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

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 and 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.

Wed 08 November 2017, 15:38

International Development

Global Research Priorities (GRP) in International Development, Annual Photography Competition

Global Research Priorities (GRP) in International Development

Annual Photography Competition



The GRP International Development photography competition is open to any University of Warwick student or staff member. We are looking for photographic images that address the annual research theme: ‘Poverty, Inequality and International Development ’

Mon 30 October 2017, 12:55 | Tags: news, GRPNews

Afro‐European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN) 2017 Conference

Professor Franklyn Lisk (Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick) participated at the annual conference of the Afro-European Medical Research Network (AEMRN) at the United Nations, Geneva on 7-8 December 2017. AEMRN is a Swiss-based global Diaspora health professional organisation that is accredited to the WHO and UN ECOSOC.

The theme of the conference, which brought together European and US-based Diaspora health professionals engaged in health sector development projects in Africa as well as representatives of the WHO and UNAIDS, was 'Universal Health Coverage...Leaving no one behind' (programme of the conference). Here is the PPT of his presentation entitled 'Demystifying Universal Health Coverage: Concepts, goals and impact outcomes'.

Wed 13 December 2017, 09:22 | Tags: news, GRPNews