Monday, 31 August 2009

William Dick Memorial Lecture

Professor Richard Leakey will deliver this year's lecture.

Friday 18 September 2009, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Assembly Hall, New College

Ticketed event.

RIN newsletter

The Research Information Network (RIN) August newsletter includes:

Keeping Research Data Safe 2 project which is inviting people to contribute to the data survey, if they have research datasets and associated cost information.

The RCUK Public Engagement with Research Team has announced the dates for the 2010 scheme aimed at supporting public engagement activities in National Science and Engineering Week 2010 (12-21 March). All seven Research Councils are involved in supporting the scheme, providing access for funds of up to £2,000 per project.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has published its annual higher education National Student Survey (NSS)

Also, Events and training courses which include

"Text mining hands-on course and training seminar", 5-6 October 2009, Cambridge,

"Vitae national research staff conference", 5 November 2009, London. "This national conference will enable attendees to consider the research environment and examine issues that impact on research staff across institutional and disciplinary barriers..."

Call for Papers - CCCT 2010

Call for Papers/Abstracts and Invited Sessions Proposals for
The 8th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2010
April 6 -9, 2010
Orlando, Florida, USA

website =

Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals:
September 30th, 2009

Authors Notifications:
November 16th, 2009

Camera-ready, full papers:
December 16th, 2009

Tribes of Science - Astronomers & Mathematicians

Radio 4's "Tribes of Science" was concerned with the astronomers at Jodrell Bank on Sunday so that's available to listen until next Sunday when it's Mathematicians at Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematics in Cambridge

Tribes of Science - The Astronomers

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Centre for Research Collections - tours and talks for new session

Centre for Research Collections (CRC - which includes Special Collections, The University Archives and The Lothian Health Services Archive) is preparing for the coming academic year and would like to promote its collections and services to new staff and students.

CRC staff would be happy to arrange induction tours or formal presentations early in the new session. These can be arranged to take place either in the CRC (which is in the newly refurbished levels 5 and 6 of the Main Library in George Square) or talks can also be given to groups in their Schools .

To arrange a tour or a talk, please get in touch with your liaison librarian.

more about CRC at their webpages

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Main Library - extended opening hours

Ground Floor of the Main Library, George Square, will be open to users on a self-service basis on Saturdays and Sundays this coming weekend (15h and 16th August) and for the subsequent 4 weekends of the Vacation in order to provide enhanced access to study space and other Ground Floor facilities.

This is in addition to the normal opening (access to all Floors) on Saturdays 10am to 1pm.

The following revised opening hours will apply:

Saturday 15th August, 22nd August, 29th August, 5th September, 12th September: Building open 10am to 8pm (staffed service 10am to 12.50pm)

Sunday 16th August, 23rd August, 30th August, 6th September, 13th September: Building open 12 noon to 8pm (no staffed service)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

JISC Second Life guide helps lecturers teach in the virtual world

JISC's new guide to Second Life is written by lecturers for lecturers, to help others to use virtual worlds for teaching.

'Getting Started in Second Life' answers some common questions like how to set up in Second Life, what the rules of the world are, how to plan lessons and how best to help students use it effectively for learning.

The aim of the guide is to present the basics in order to help lecturers experiment, rather than them getting lost in mastering the detail of the virtual environment.

To download 'Getting Started in Second Life' or order a paper copy, go to

Thursday, 6 August 2009

eLearning@Edinburgh conference

26th of August 2009
National e-Science Centre (NESC)

Speakers this year have been invited to highlight ways in which technology can support group working and peer engagement. The invited speaker is Megan Quentin Baxter (acting Director of Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine)

The provisional timetable and for booking:
(N.B. wiki is on planned downtime this morning so try later).

If you'd like to showcase your work and discuss it on the day, there is space for posters and/or demos for break times. These can be about any eLearning topic and the contact for this is Daniela Gachago.


CERN Library and OA staff (Anne Gentil-Beccot, Salvatore Mele, Travis Brooks) published at the end of June the study "Citing and Reading Behaviours in High-Energy Physics: How a Community Stopped Worrying about Journals and Learned to Love Repositories".

Report is in at

Analysis of citation data in the report demonstrates that free and immediate online dissemination of preprints creates an immense citation advantage in High Energy Physics, whereas publication in Open Access journals presents no discernible advantage.

In addition, the analysis of clickstreams in the leading digital library of the field shows that HEP scientists seldom read journals, preferring preprints instead.

changing Academic Practice: Implications for future Physical Sciences academics

Wed 4th Nov 2009
University of Oxford - Lincoln EPA Science Centre

A colloquium to bring together doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and junior and senior academics to discuss challenges etc for those wishing to pursue an academic career in physical sciences.

More details and registration at:

Making Web 2.0 Work for You - workshop

Wed 28th Oct 09
Leeds - The Old School Board

Focus on implications arising when teaching practice leaves the classroom/VLEs. Examples of practice on integrating new technologies and techniques into teaching.

More details and registration at:

Workshop for New and Aspiring Lecturers

Fri 30th October 2009 (noon) - Sat 31st October 2009 (1pm)
York - Best Western Monk Bar Hotel.

Delivered by physical science practitioners in a context relevant to chemistry, physics and related disciplines.

More details and registration at:

New Approaches to Old Physics - one day meeting

Wednesday 21st October 2009
University of Warwick

New contexts in the teaching of standard core physics. Aims to cover issues from all years of undergraduate teaching.

More details and to register:

NeSC newsletter - digital astronomy

August 2009 issue at

Front page for summary of Bob Mann's public lecture on "Next Generation Sky Surveys: Astronomical Opportunities and Computational Challenges".