2015 ~ Welcome Back

I hope everybody enjoyed relaxing Christmas breaks, and came back full of newfound enthusiasm as we hit the ground running in the New Year. Whether you’re wondering what the results of the REF mean (there are some excellent – albeit slightly gloomy! – articles in Research Fortnight here); thinking about new funding schemes available from the Wellcome Trust (with more to come in the next few months, according to their 2014 annual report) and others such as the MRC’s new Industry Asset Sharing Initiative or pondering the broader underpinning messages of the Government’s new Science & Innovation Strategy (a nice quick overview from the Society of Biology here and a good blog post through LSE here); there is clearly plenty to be thinking about. Continue reading


100K Genome Project Training and Education Workshop 4 December 2014

Following the highly successful Genomics Medicine Research Workshop held on 11th November, a further training and education workshop designed to provide an  overview of the 100K Genome Project, and the approach being adopted, will take place on 4th December 2014.   Continue reading

Seminar: Health Informatics and the possibilities for your research.

Monday 20th October 11.30-12.30 IBR Seminar Room (N143)

The seminar will showcase two sources of Health informatics data, give examples of how researchers have used these resources and opportunities for your own research to be enhanced by the resources.

Speakers are:

  • Professor Tom Marshall, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. Tom uses The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database, a source of electronic primary care records to assist earlier identification of chronic diseases.
  • Dr Krish Nirantharakumar is a Senior Clinical Lecturer his research focuses on the role of informatics and digital technology in the management of diabetes and multiple morbidities.
  • Daniel Ray is Director of Informatics at UHB and one of the leads in the Quality and Outcomes Research Unit (QuORU) at UHB

Open to all, no registration required.


Workshop on Intelligent Computation and Biomedical Research

Michael Biehl,  Professor of Computer Science and Machine Learning at the University of Groningen, will be co-chairing a workshop in Birmingham on “Intelligent Computation meets biomedical research: recent developments in computational biology”.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 9th October and will feature talks by Gyan Bhanot from Rutgers University, Guillaume Assie from Paris, Paulo Lisboa from Liverpool and Peter Tino from Birmingham. Continue reading

Research Funding Opportunities Seminar

The R&KT Office is holding its first seminar of the academic year  TOMORROW, Thursday 2nd October,  between 1-2 pm in the IBR Seminar Room (N143).

The seminar will highlight the information we produce in the R&KT Office about funding opportunities and some of the more unusual opportunities.

Please come along if you can!  Continue reading

Library Services sessions for researchers

Library Services at the University of Birmingham are running a series of four awareness-raising sessions to support early, mid or later-career researchers at every stage of the research process.

Who will benefit from the sessions?:  All researchers and staff who support them.

Where will the sessions be held?: Main Library Training Room

When will the sessions take place?: Wednesday afternoons in June

Will there be time for questions and hands-on practice?: Yes

  1. Bibliometrics: What can you measure and how?
    Wednesday 4th June, 2-4pm.  Linda Norbury (l.norbury@bham.ac.uk)
  2. New publishing models: Extending reach through UBIRA, Open Access and beyond
    Wednesday 11th June, 2-4pm.  Suzanne Atkins (s.atkins.1@bham.ac.uk)
  3. Publishing Strategies: Choosing the right journals for you.
    Wednesday 18th June, 2-3:30pm.  Gerald Watkins (g.g.watkins@bham.ac.uk)
  4. Social Media: Generating interest and momentum via new channels
    Wednesday 25th June, 2-4pm.  Lisa Anderson (l.anderson@bham.ac.uk)

Each session covers different ground, so you are welcome to book for individual sessions.

Please book online:


Library Services look forward to welcoming you to the sessions.