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AHRC SFC Knowledge Exchange Programme: A healthier Scotland: Monday 11 October 2010
Placement Fellowship based in the Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Wednesday 27 October 2010
Collaborative Doctoral Awards: Thursday 4 November 2010
New funding opportunities on the Connected Communities programme: Friday 26 November 2010
New generation of technology for art conservation
AHRC & EPSRC Researchers use new technology to examine valuable works of art
A team at Nottingham Trent University will use �600,000 of funding to develop a new generation of technology, which it is hoped will become a tool for use by galleries and art conservators around the world.
More details can be found on our website
City living helped humans evolve immunity to disease
Research published in the journal Evolution
New research co-funded by the AHRC has found that a genetic variant which reduces the chance of contracting diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy is more prevalent in populations with long histories of urban living.
Find out more
Due to a marketing and communications freeze across the public sector, the AHRC will not be publishing its bi-annual magazine PODIUM this autumn. This will be reviewed after the freeze is due to end on 31 March 2011. In the meantime please keep an eye on the website to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and case studies from the AHRC. If you have ideas for case studies, podcasts and news items, please let Emi Spinner know at
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Researchers in Residence (RinR)
Public engagement opportunity
Funded by the seven UK research councils with support from the Wellcome Trust, RinR brings together researchers, young people and teachers through exciting and innovative placements in secondary schools and colleges across the UK.
If you are a PhD or post-doctoral researcher funded by the AHRC and interested in undertaking public engagement work with local schools then visit the RinR website
AHRC research getting strong media coverage
Over the summer AHRC-funded research was profiled on a number of TV and radio programmes. The PASE Domesday project was featured in a one hour special primetime documentary on BBC2 with viewing figures of over 2 million. Further to this the AHRC Beaker Isotope project was featured on an episode of Digging for Britain, also on BBC2 and also with an audience of over 2 million. If you are undertaking AHRC-funded research that you think would lend itself to media coverage then please let our communications team know and they would be happy to work with you to promote your research. Please contact Jake Gilmore at
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THREADS OF FEELING: Fabric swatches from the 18th Century tell stories of mothers and babies parting
14 October 2010 � 6 March 2011, London
The Foundling Museum celebrates the opening of a new and highly emotive exhibition entitled Threads of Feeling. The exhibition, which is funded by the AHRC, will showcase a never seen before collection of 18th-century fabrics that illustrate the moment of parting as mothers left their babies at the original Foundling Hospital.
More can be found on The Foundling Museum website
Should the University Retain its Current Form? - Panel discussion - Part of the AHRC-sponsored Inside Out Festival
25 October 2010, London
An exciting debate on the future of universities, addressing some topical questions such as: What could be the future role for the university? What could be the role of the university in the Big Society?
Speakers include: Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice-Chancellor, University of London, May Chien Busch, MCB Enterprises, ex-Chief Operating Officer Morgan Stanley Europe, Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Professor AC Grayling, Birkbeck, University of London.
Find out more about the event on the Inside Out Festival website
Free Thinking Festival
5-7 November 2010, Gateshead
AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are joining forces to find the next generation of public intellectuals. The Free Thinking Festival (Nov 5-7 in Gateshead) will mark the launch of New Generation Thinkers, a talent scheme for emerging academics with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience.
Sign up to the @ahrcpress twitter feed for further details
BBSRC/AHRC Workshop on "The challenges of visualising biological data"
16-17 November 2010
BBSRC and AHRC recognise this as an area where some facilitated networking between different disciplines would be beneficial, and is holding a workshop to bring experts together to explore some of the challenges and possible solutions to the visualisation of biological data, bringing to bear the expertise of the creative and information research disciplines.
Find out more about the event
Careers in Focus: Creative Industries Event
23 November 2010
AHRC is collaborating with Vitae on an event focussing on arts and humanities and the creative industries. The aim of this one-day event is to provide researchers with an opportunity to meet key employers and explore the breadth of exciting career opportunities available to them. The event will be held at The Dominion Theatre, London.
If you would like to know more about the event and book a place, information can be found on the Vitae website.
Award holder events
A selection of events organised by our award holders
Find out more about our award holder events
- Exhibition - Against Mussolini, Art and the Fall of a Dictator
Until 19 December, London
- Exhibition - The Art of Faith
Begins 2 October, Norwich Castle Museum
- GOBSMACKED - Call for Postgraduate Students Researching Performance
20 November, London
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Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Collaborative Doctoral Awards (also known as CASE awards) are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses.
Please note there have been updates to this scheme for 2011 projects.
There are also a further 10 additional awards potentially available to support additional high quality proposals addressing the aims of the Connected Communities Programme.
Find out more information on our Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Placement Fellowship based in the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Project Title - Solidarity as a Core Value in Contemporary Bioethics
As part of their Placement Fellowship Scheme the AHRC and ESRC welcome applications from academics interested in working in a research capacity with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The scheme encourages arts and humanities and social science researchers to spend time within a partner organisation to undertake policy-relevant research and to develop the research skills of partner employees.
Find out more about the Placement Fellowship on our website
Connected Communities programme
New funding opportunities
Applications are now being invited to conduct scoping studies and research reviews on a number of topics relevant to the programme.
In partnership with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), the programme is offering a Fellowship to exploit the research and engagement opportunities offered by the RSA�s Citizen Power in Peterborough programme.
Both competitions have a closing date of 26th November 2010.
Find out more about the Connected Communities programme on our website
Highlight notices are also in place for the Connected Communities programme as well as AHRC�s emerging themes until April 2011.
Non-AHRC News and Competitions
News from the arts and humanities community
The following items are not AHRC news but may be of interest to our community.
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies offers a number of Visiting Fellowships each year
More information on these fellowships can be found on the website
UK-US New partnership fund
The British Council invites applications from UK higher education institutions for grant funds of up to �20 000 to develop partnerships with higher education institutions located in the United States. The deadline for applications is 1730 BST on 31 October 2010.
More details are listed on the British Council website
Launch of the European Holocaust Archives- 16 November Brussels
The event marks the start of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. In this project twenty organisations join forces to build a cohesive corpus of resources for European Holocaust research.
More infomation can be found on the website
JSPS London Short-Term Award, 2011 Fellowships
The award provides the opportunity for pre-and post-doctoral UK researchers and European and North American researchers based in the UK to visit Japan for 1 to 12 months to undertake cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. Closing Date: 17:30, Wednesday 1 December, 2010
More details can be found on the JSPS London website
FP7 funding call
Including Environment (including Climate Change) Calls: FP7-ENV-2011, for colleagues working in the heritage science/cultural heritage field.
A full list of current Humanities calls can be accessed on the Cordis website
8th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2011), USA
Submissions are invited to the 8th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition as well as to the related art program, tutorials, workshops, and graduate student symposium. November 3-6, 2011. Atlanta, Georgia, USA
More information can be found on the Creativity & Cognition website