Images of Research Photography Competition (opens 19 Aug – closes 19 Sept 2011)

Snap! Calling All Researchers! Using a single inspiring photographic image and short description can you illustrate your research to the general public? Can that image show how your research contributes to a sustainable future, how it benefits society, or how your research makes a difference?

We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition. The theme of this year’s competition is Visions of Sustainability and you can enter your image in one of the following categories: People, Environment, or Culture.  The image could be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research. Each submission must include a 150 word abstract including an interesting title, a description of the picture and the benefits of the research.  You must ensure the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free.

The Public Will Decide! In the lead up to the Manchester Science Festival in October, shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library Deansgate and online. The general public will be invited to vote for the best image and associated abstract.

First prize: £250 Amazon vouchers | Runners up per category: £100 Amazon vouchers | Highly commended: £50 high street vouchers

Who Can Enter? Open to academics, research fellows, postdoctoral research associates, postgraduate research students and research technical support staff including experimental officers across all disciplines at The University of Manchester.

Submission Details: Submissions close 19 September 2011, 12pm (BST). One submission per entrant.  So get snapping, we look forward to seeing the wonder of your research. Find out how to enter and see the full terms and conditions at:

Thought for Food Student Challenge – Apply by 9th March

Sponsored by Syngenta, the challenge will encourage talented students to break the rules, let their imaginations run wild and become the champions and visionaries for a new generation.

The University of Manchester is proud to be one of 12 Universities across Europe to take part in the inaugural Thought For Food European student challenge.

As this is the first time it has been run, the organisers are strictly limiting it to invited universities across Europe. The contest leads on such that the 2 best entries go to the Zurich ‘One Young World’ event. The latter is branded as the “Young Person’s Davos” and had the likes of Kofi Annan and Bob Geldoff as key-note speakers last year.

We now need to put together a five person team to represent The University of Manchester in the competition (criteria under 27 years old – preferably postgraduate & PhD students). The five students will form an exceptional multidisciplinary student team.

Students interested in participating in the contest should contact Dr Bruce Grieve by 9th March. Further details may be found on the SCI website.

Staff interested in judging shortlisted applicants, and would be available for an hour to hour and a half next Friday, 11th March between 12 and 4, should contact Jane Raftery.

The final team of five will be submitted to Syngenta on 11th March. The challenge will be announced on the 15th March.

Junk the Jargon Competition Final – 10.02.11

Junk the Jargon Competition Final

Thursday 10 February 2011 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm
C16, Renold Building

Come along to this free event, which challenges our researchers to present their research topics to the general public.

In just 3 minutes our researchers need to make their topic clear, interesting and entertaining – strictly no jargon allowed!

You get to vote on the winner in this X-Factor style competition.

The inspiring, creative, and amusing talks include:
– How computers can find a cure for cancer
– Untangling the atmosphere – the hunt for turbulence
– Skedaddle! The Victorian love affair with American Slang
– Why you should cook your meat
– How I taught my Dad to use predictive text
– Business talking green: red herrings, rose-tinted spectacles and blue-skies thinking

Everyone is welcome. Bring your work-mates, bring your friends, bring your family!

Along with our judges from the BBC, Museum of Science & Industry and the Institute of Ideas you get to take part in the audience vote.

For further information and to get your free event ticket please visit:

Junk the Jargon Competition

Yesterday we held the Faculty Heats for the “Junk the Jargon” competition.

Congratulations to Joanna Hudson, Hilary Sandig and Anisa Visram who were announced as winners by our Panel of experts. We wish them all the best for the University Final on 10th February (3.30 Renolds Building C16). Please do come along to support them you may gain a few tips from the winners that will help you for next years competition.

The competition asked students and research staff to present their research in a way that anybody could understand everything that they were talking about. With just three-minutes to deliver a clear the message this was a tall order as no powerpoint were allowed. I’m glad to say that people did bring a number of props that they used to cleverly convey the complex research that they were involved in.

The competition was really fierce with a very high standard from all of the competitors and we would like to say congratulations to everyone that took part.

JunkCast Episode 3 out now!

In this episode Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, shares some of her own public engagement experiences and gives advice for engaging the public in your research – including, talk to someone who is used to doing public engagement, choose an easy audience, keep it simple, less is nearly always more, don’t just give facts tell a story and make the audience a part of it.

To access the JunkCast please click on the following link:

To enter the Junk the Jargon competition please click here.  For further details about the competition please visit:

Junk the Jargon Competition – £500 prize

PhD students and Post-Docs,

The Junk the Jargon competition challenges you to present your research to a non-specialist audience. Can you make it clear, interesting and entertaining in just 3 minutes?

Your chance to win £500! – see the advert and  website for more details:



BBSRC Innovator of the Year Competition 2010

BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2010

The Innovator of the Year competition recognises BBSRC supported scientists who have identified and harnessed the potential of their excellent research to produce real-world impacts.

 How to apply Application form, eligibility details and guidance notes are available from the BBSRC website: Closing date: 16 December 2009

Cash prizes of £5000 will be awarded in three categories: Commercial Innovator, Social Innovator and Most Promising Innovator

One of the category winners will receive an additional £5000 prize and the award of BBSRC Innovator of the Year.