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Global Food Security (GFS) Competition

Global Food Security has launched a new research communication competition for UKRI-funded PhD and postdocs called Speak Up for Food Security. To reflect the multifaceted nature of the global food security challenge GFS is keen to engage early career researchers from a range of different research backgrounds whose research is linked to, or has implications for, food security.

Finalists will be invited to a two-day research/science communications training course in London, all expenses paid.

The winner will be invited to speak with GFS and Dr Adam Rutherford (BBC presenter) at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019.

The competition is open to all UKRI-funded PhDs and post-docs whose research feeds into the food security challenge (directly or indirectly).

The closing date is 24 February 2019 and more information can be found here:

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NPIF Event

The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) are holding an event to bring together fellow and students. This event is for those in receipt of an Innovation Fellowship or a studentship that is thematically aligned to the  Industrial Strategy (i.e. awarded as part of the first tranche of funding in 2017). This event will be an opportunity for the students to learn more about long-term trends in the funding environment, to explore real world examples of social science collaboration with industry and to network with other NPIF award recipients.

Date:           Monday 4 March 2019

Location:   Jury’s Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

This invitation is also extended to Postdoctoral Fellows in receipt of a steered award.

Students and industrial strategy-aligned Postdoctoral Fellows can register for the event using the following link:

Please register by 14 February 2019. 

Please note, thematically aligned to the Industrial Strategy does not include awards allocated in advanced quantitative methods or data skills.

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AQMEN: Data Science Training

AQMEN are running the following training courses free of charge, on a first-come basis. Catering is provided and they are able to offer modest travel and/or accommodation bursaries to attend these events.

Data Wrangling – Organising and Enabling Data: 12th – 14th March 2019 London

This three-day workshop will provide a fast-track introduction for individuals wishing to learn how to work with data suitable for statistical analysis of business problems. Preparing and enabling data (data wrangling) is an essential aspect of undertaking data intensive statistical research. Data wrangling is highly time consuming and can be complex especially when dealing with messy data, which is often encountered in the business world.

Full details of the workshop and a link to register are available at

Predictive Data Analytics: 19th – 21st March 2019 Edinburgh

This three-day workshop will provide a fast-track introduction for researchers wishing to learn how to undertake statistical modelling using data from non-academic research domains. The workshop will introduce participants to fundamental concepts and approaches in statistical modelling and multivariate data analysis. There will be an emphasis on understanding outputs and interpreting results. These skills are critical for the successful analysis of complex data.

Full details of the workshop and a link to register are available at

Data Visualisation: 26th – 28th March 2019 London

Visualising data is emerging as a key component in effectively communicating research results and evidence. This three-day workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction for individuals wishing to learn how to design, produce and interpret data visualisations.

Full details of the workshop and a link to register are available at

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CLOSER Workshop

CLOSER is running a workshop ‘Using multiple longitudinal studies for age-period-cohort investigation’ as follows:

Date & Time: Thursday 21 February 2019 09:30-16:00

Venue: Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Longitudinal studies provide rich data for life course epidemiology (e.g. understanding some age-related process or its causes and consequences), but this power is magnified by working across multiple studies. In particular, with multiple cohorts (representative of the same population) born at different points in time, researchers can investigate how some age-related process or association has changed over time in response to shifts in the behavioural, nutritional, and political etc. environments.

This workshop will focus on the use of multiple longitudinal studies for age-period-cohort investigation.

This event is aimed at PhD students and early-career researchers, however everyone is welcome to attend.

Speakers include: Dr Will Johnson, Dr Silvia Costa, Dr Tom Norris and Liina Mansukoski (Loughborough University), Dr Andrew Bell (University of Sheffield), Dr Alice Goisis (LSE), and Dr Anamaria Braelian (King’s College London)

Click here to view the programme

Click here to book your place on this free workshop

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Is it just me? Discussing mental health and the PhD experience

Date: 30 January 2019

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Location: Mason Lecture Theatre in Bancroft Building (no. 31 on the map), Queen Mary University of London, Mile End.

This event aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among PhD students and will consist of talks by invited academics who have worked on the topic, a panel discussion and questions from audience members. A reception will follow at the Bancroft building foyer from 18:00.

For more information, including abstracts and bios, and to register, please visit:

Registration is free and open to everyone.