Social Data Science in Evidence Based Policy Making Event – co-hosted by the ESRC and the Alan Turing Institute (11 and 12 September 2018)

The ESRC and Alan Turing Institute are co-hosting an event exploring Social Data Science in Evidence Based Policy Making. The event will explore the opportunities and challenges for social data science to address diverse social and economic issues in the areas of: Cities and Public Services; Health and Wellbeing; Economy and Trade; Crime and Security. The event is hosted by the Alan Turing Institute at the British Library on 11th and 12th September 2018.

There are 5 places available at this event for current ESRC-funded students with an interest and relevance to the subject area and we are offering bursaries of up to £200 per person to support their attendance.

Interested students should complete the application form below and submit it to ESRC by Friday 24th August 2018.

Student Attendance Application Form – ESRC and Alan Turing Event (Final).._

PhD Placement Opportunities through Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is currently developing PhD placement opportunities, some of which have a social science dimension which are worth looking out for.

The Machine Intelligence Garage (in association with CAP-AI, London’s first AI enabling programme focused on stimulating growth in London’s AI cluster) will enable participating companies to access hard to find technical talent. A description of the companies for the current cohort can be found here: CAP-AI – summary research projects

New companies are coming through the scheme every 10 weeks and Digital Catapult plan to update their website regularly with more opportunities.

Innovation Caucus PhD Intern Opportunities

Applications are invited from highly motivated PhD candidates for a three month internship to undertake research to inform the strategy and practice of Innovate UK and ESRC.

The Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the ESRC to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses.

Serving as a gateway to the social sciences, the Innovation Caucus comprises 66 academics working across different disciplines with a focus on innovation. As well as promoting the awareness of and engagement with social science research, the Innovation Caucus is focused on understanding the dynamics of innovation ecosystems.

More information, including details of the internship projects and a person specification, can be found on the ESRC website.

Please note that applications must be received by 12.00 on 1 June 2018.

Runner-up prize for DTP student

Karitiana Man by Raffaela Fryer-Moreira, entry for the Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: 2017/18 competition

Karitiana Man by Raffaella Fryer-Moreira

DTP student Raffaela Fryer-Moreira (UCL Anthropology) has won a £200 prize for her photograph, ‘Karitiana Man’, in the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2017/18, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

The competition, which takes place every year, was open to all UCL graduate students, and academic staff, either science or arts based. Entrants were invited to submit images associated with their research which have aesthetic appeal.

The first prize went to David Griffiths for his image, ‘Ardara River Swirl’. A gallery of the winners and honorable mentions can be found on UCL News Flickr.

Down to Present – 3 May 2018

Students in the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership have launched their own student-run seminar series, Down to Present (‘D2P’).

The first seminar will be held at 6.00pm on 3 May at Clarke Hall in the Institute of Education. Details are available from the new D2P’ website:

We plan to make this a monthly event, happening on the first Thursday of the month. We will keep you up to date about the details of each event via e-mail and on the D2P website.

D2P is a space where you can present your work in progress, discuss your current doubts, socialise a conference paper you’re working on or anything else – all within a supportive, interdisciplinary, collegiate environment.

Three speakers will give 10-15-minute presentations followed by a short Q&A session. We’ll then head over to the aul’ Marquis Cornwallis for a couple of pints.

Your Friendly D2P organisers – Max, Kit, Peter & Jane