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Conference and event grant awards

Applications are invited from individual and teams of doctoral researchers at Durham University responsible for organising short-term, well-defined conferences and events of a subject-specific, interdisciplinary or generic nature.

The next deadline is 21 November, with decisions announced by mid-December.

Please see guidance notes and an application form here.


Introduction to the News Media

The Science Media Centre are hosting a news media session.

All scientists, engineers and clinicians are invited to the Introduction the the News Media session on Tuesday 15 November 2016. It will be held at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. The event will take place from 12.30 until 17.00 with drinks afterwards.

You can find out more here.

Webinar: measuring and increasing the impact of your research

Kudos Educational Researcher Webinar – Wednesday 31st August 2016
Increase and evidence the impact of your published work

Co-hosted with Kudos, Altmetric, ORCID and Thomson Reuters, this session will give you hints and tips on how to promote your work effectively, measure current reach and how to further increase the impact of your work (reach, altmetrics and citations) – all in one place.

Find out more and register here –

Any questions, please do email and we will happily help.


“Earth: Between Science and Culture”


 Talk by


Visiting Fellow

in the Department of Earth Sciences

Geology is the science of earth. rock is the basic unit in the structure of the earth’s crust, and culture is the collection of knowledge and cultural creations of the human mind. Between the origin of the universe (17 milliard years ago) and the emergence of the Earth (4 milliard years ago) there is 13 milliard years. Between the origin of the Earth and the emergence of the first life on Earth (since the role of the Cambrian 600 million years) there is 3.5 milliard years. And between the emergence of the first life on Earth and the emergence of human (since 5 million years) there is 595 million years. The emergence of human on the surface of the land formed a frontier between the natural sciences (the representative of biology, geology) and social sciences (the representative of archaeology, history sciences). The fossil aspects were adopted to study the ancestors of humans, such as skulls, bones and teeth. However, these are very rare. While, the cultural aspects are more prevalent such as stone tools, because they are more resistant to corrosion (weathering and erosion).

 Thursday 3 December 2015

at 5.00pm in the Trevelyan College Bar

How to publish in a Nature Publishing Group Journal

Nature are running a new series of webinars for researchers, and the first one is about “How to publish in a Nature Publishing Group journal”.

Registration is free! Details below:

How to publish in a Nature Publishing Group journal – FREE Webinar

Join us for a webinar on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM GMT.

Register now!

Nature Publishing Group would like to invite you to a very special webinar, hosted by Nature Plants Chief Editor Chris Surridge. This is a webinar open for students and researchers who would like to know more about how to get published in a prestigious and high-quality journal.


    • How to get published in a Nature Publishing Group journal
    • Article selection and working with authors
    • Aims and scope of Nature Plants
    • Opportunity to ask questions to the Chief Editor of Nature Plants

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Ustinov Annual Conference: Register Now!

What makes interdisciplinarity work? Crossing academic boundaries in real life

Friday and Saturday 10–11 July 2015

The conference will bring together research students and established practitioners to share knowledge and insights on interdisciplinary projects. Particular significance is given to the processes, challenges and successes of interdisciplinary research in practice as we invite participants to share their experiences of crossing academic boundaries. Registration is only £15.00 and includes breakfast, lunch and drinks reception. The online registration form offers options to book accommodation and conference dinner. For more information, contact or visit

For information please see here: UAC 2015_Conference Programme

Winners of Regional Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Regional 3MT 2015

The Regional Three-Minute Thesis Competition took place on 11th June at the Durham Law School. Contestants from Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside Universities as well as the University of Sunderland presented their research. It was fascinating to see the broad range of topics that the regional universities’ postgraduates engage in.

The winner of the competition is Raveen Kaur Sandher from the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University. Raveen’s title was ‘Spermatogonial stem cells: a route to preserving fertility’. Currently male childhood cancer survivors have no method of preserving their fertility prior to embarking on cancer treatment. Her project is aimed at addressing this problem by optimising culture and cryopreservation of human spermatogonial cells.

The runner-up and people’ choice is Patrick Low from the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland. Patrick’s title was ‘Privacy, Punishment and the Press: Capital Punishment in the North East 1750-1880’. The spectre of the scaffold loomed large over c18th and 19th England, but the universality of its reception and reach is the subject of increasing debate. His thesis challenges the frequently London centric narrative by analysing the North East experience of execution: An experience that challenges many dominant understandings.

Congratulations to them, but also to all the other participants including our two Durham representatives Rachel Dunn and Tom Rodger!

We are looking forward to next year’s regional competition which will be hosted by Newcastle University.




NEPG 2015 – the largest annual biomedical sciences conference in the UK for postgraduate students

Registration and abstract submission for NEPG 2015 is now open

We invite you to attend the 10th annual North East Postgraduate (NEPG) conference which will be held on 12th October 2015 at Newcastle Civic Centre.  The event is free to attend and will include a free lunch and conference pack for all delegates.  The NEPG conference has now become the largest annual biomedical sciences conference in the UK for postgraduate students and we would like to invite you to register and submit an abstract for oral or poster presentations.

Abstract submission will close on 17th July 2015.  Abstract guidelines and submission form can be found at

To register, click here

For more information about the conference visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn @ NEPGConference


Yours sincerely,

The NEPG 2015 Organising Committee


Regional Three-Minute Thesis competition between 5 North East universities

Durham is hosting the first ever regional Three-Minute Thesis competition this Thursday 11th June from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre in the Law School.

Rachel Dunn from Philosophy and Tom Rodger from History will compete against 10 other contestants from Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Teesside University and the University of Sunderland.

Please come along and support our students. You will also have a say in the people’s choice ballot.

Judging panel:

Dr Karen Clegg, Director of Researcher Development, University of York.

Dr Simon Goon, Managing Director, Business Durham

Malcolm Wright, Managing Director, ITV SignPost

There will be 12 participants – three or two from each university – competing against each other.

Durham University:

Rachel Dunn (Philosophy): The Life and Pedagogy of John Dalton

Tom Rodger (History): Bishops as Legislators: the Lords Spiritual in the twentieth century

University of Sunderland:

Marc Husband (Faculty of Education and society):The new technological environment: the implications for informal educational youth work theory and practice. A study of youth work providers in the northeast of England.

Simin Baloochzadeh (Faculty of Applied Science): Communicating and Sharing knowledge via the web: A contextual study of Web 2.0 technologies in project management

Patrick Low (Faculty of Education and Society): Privacy, Punishment and the Press: Capital Punishment in the North East 1750-1880

Teesside University:

Alistair Bowden (School of Social Science, Business and Law): wicked problems, complex partnerships – frequent failure

Tony Rees (School of Social Science, Business and Law): Pierre Bourdieu – Good to think with

Newcastle University:

Raveen Kaur Sandher (Institute of Genetic Medicine):Spermatogonial stem cells: a route to preserving fertility

Ourooba Shetewi (School of English Language, Literature and Linguistics): There is more than meets the ear

Hadi Ismail (Dental School, Newcastle University): Braces for better or worse

Northumbria University:

Xirong He (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences): Today hearing parents, Tomorrow deaf children. 

 Andrew Fletcher (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences): What are the mechanisms that connect musical activity with increased wellbeing in social settings?

Still Telling Sexual Stories: CSGS Summer School 2015

Thursday 2nd July – Friday 3rd July, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College

 This two-day event is a place for postgraduate and early career researchers to develop their methodological expertise and present their own research on gender and sexuality among leading international scholars. Featuring pleanary lectures from Professor Elizabeth Ettore, Professor Ken Plummer and Professor Ron Weitzer, this Summer School will offer the opportunity to engage in a welcoming and supportive environment.

The event includes: Methods workshops, Planning an academic career, how to publish sexualities research, lunch, dinner and refreshments.

Follow this link to register. The conference fee is £30. Accommodation can be booked and paid for on-line as part of the registration process.

Abstracts for presenting a paper on the second day are welcomed. Please send abstracts (after you have registered) to Fiona Bonar.