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Faculty Focus - November 2018

Spotlight on...
Georgia Pitts

Georgia Pitts
This month’s staff spotlight is Georgia Pitts, public engagement manager for BEAMS. Georgia’s role is focused on supporting staff and students to embed public engagement into their research and teaching, facilitating the development of ideas, and connecting UCL researchers with external audiences and communities. 
Read Georgia's full profile

News, Announcements and Updates
Thanh Nguyen
Fellowship news
Congratulations to Professor Nguyen T. K. Thanh who has been elected as Fellow (FIMMM) of IOM3, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
UCL library

Submit to the UoL University Taster Course Programme
To take advantage of this great opportunity and to ensure the taster course website is ready to be launched when applications launch on 3rd January 2019, please submit your taster course/s using the online booking form ideally before Friday 23 November 2018.   


Participate in the Dive into Data Challenge 2019
UCL researchers, PhDs and Master’s students are invited to participate in a Dive into Data challenge 2019! See all details and register on the dive into data website. Deadline for Expression of Interest and brief summary submission is 18 January 2019.


B-MEntor: Call for mentors and mentees
UCL is currently recruiting mentees and mentors for B-MEntor, the cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. Find out how to get involved.

Black mathematicians month

Black Mathematicians Month
Chalkdust magazine has been celebrating Black Mathematicians Month in October, head over to their website to see what they're doing to promote and celebrate diversity in mathematics.

Faculty Highlights
Ivan Parkin and Sally Price
Professors Ivan Parkin and Sally Price elected as 2018 Members of the Academica Europea
The UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences is pleased to announce that Professor Ivan Parkin and Professor Sally Price have been elected as Members of the Academica Europea.
Read more on the faculty news page.
Neturino Detector
World’s largest neutrino detector brings scientists closer to understanding the universe
International scientists are one step closer to answering the most fundamental question of our existence, ‘why are we here?’, as part of a global collaboration involving UCL researchers.
Read more on the faculty news page.
Ada Lovelace
MAPS Faculty launches new podcast on Ada Lovelace Day
UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MAPS) launches new podcast Hypot-enthuse with a special episode for Ada Lovelace Day, featuring UCL’s first female Head of Mathematics, Professor Helen Wilson.
Read more on the faculty news page.
SCIdea team
UCL Natural Sciences students win the Bright SCIdea Challenge
The 2018 Bright SCIdea Challenge was awarded to three UCL undergraduate students for their product Glucoguard, a probiotic diabetes drug.
Read more on the faculty news page.
Vascular health
Unexpected role of enzyme may help develop anti-cancer drugs
A newly discovered role for the enzyme glutamine synthetase could have important implications for developing anti-cancer drugs according to a new UCL study.
Read more on the faculty news page.
Data clouds
Maths formula links clouds, marriages and atoms
UCL scientists have made a new discovery that will help describe and predict how collision probabilities involving subatomic particles vary with energy.
Read more on the faculty news page.
The Future of Scientific Advice in Europe
8th November, 5:30-7:00pm
Join us as we discuss how to work at the interface between governments and research in a globalised world that questions experts and the validity of evidence-based policies.
Register via Eventbrite
Career clarity workshop
5th December, 1:30-3:45pm
The MAPS Faculty will be running a Career Clarity Workshop which will provide an opportunity for Professional Services staff within MAPS to hear about some of their colleagues’ experiences across the course of their career, particularly the things they found most helpful in developing within their roles and progressing onto other opportunities.  Register on eventbrite.
UCL Interfaith event
13th November 2018, 12-2pm
Register via Eventbrite

eResearch Domain Career Network's Lunch'n'Learn
16th November 1-2pm

Centre for Engineering Education Lunchtime Seminar: "Introducing Phenomenography". 
20th November 1-2pm
Malet Place Engineering building 1.03
Demonstrating real world impact through your research
23 November 2018
Register here

Tricks of the Trade with Carey Jewitt: Developing your research identity
30 November 2018 
Register here

UCL / UK Government networking event 8 November
Network with government agencies and explore potential collaboration projects around mathematical tools in security. Academics wishing to give a 5-min pitch and PhDs/post docs interested in presenting a poster please contact Marina Fuentes


Training on entrepreneurship for global humanitarian impact - 16 November
This UCL workshop will introduce you to the ways in which you can commercialise your research to address global humanitarian challenges. Join us to explore your interest in reducing disaster risks and building resilience.


MAPS Enterprise Committee
The MAPS Enterprise Committee has opened three vacancies for post-docs interested in enterprise in the Faculty. Those interested please send a short bio to Dr Marina Fuentes indicating involvement in innovation activities (if any), research areas with enterprise opportunities, and proposed actions.

Public Policy

Launch of the UCL Public Policy Blog
UCL Public Policy have launched a brand new Blog – Policy Postings. The blog features articles on: why academics should engage with policy and UCL researchers discussing the policy impacts of their work. If you would like to contribute  then send us your thoughts or reach out for an informal discussion.

Kathleen lonsdale building

EPSRC Opportunities: Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme
UCL Public Policy has established a Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme. The scheme awards expert engagement grants up to £5000 to enable the development/delivery of urgent short-term policy work in response to policy demand. 

The Future of Scientific Advice in Europe
Thursday 8th November, 5:30pm
The Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, UCL
The role of scientific advice in informing policy solutions to major global challenges is increasingly well recognised. In recent years, European science advisory structures have been strengthened, and UK academics and scientific organisations have a considerable role in these.
This event will explore the experiences of past and current science advisors and the opportunities for the UK-based scientific community to contribute to evidence systems at an international level.
Our speakers:
Professor Nicole Grobert, University of Oxford, Member of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.
Professor Chris Whitty, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Head of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Parliament.
Dr Mangala Srinivas, Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands), Vice-Chair of the Young Academy of Europe.
The evening will be chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at UCL.
Find more information and sign up on eventbrite
Training and Development
UCL Library
Creating impact through knowledge exchange: How I&E funding can boost your career
This free workshop will provide information about the benefits of knowledge exchange and impact. You’ll also learn about the various types of funding and support available for UCL staff. Register on eventbrite.
UCL Education Events in November
UCL Area have a long list of events in November, including accredited professional development for staff who teach or support teaching, workshops and seminars to share best practice, and celebrations of UCL education through conferences and awards.
See full list of events
Submit your news: what would you like to hear about?
If you have any upcoming events that you like to be promoted to MAPS Faculty staff please let us know.
Feedback on the faculty newsletter
Thanks to those who completed the UCL MAPS Internal Communications Survey. We have tried to take your comments on board when putting this newsletter together. We are keen to make sure that this addresses your needs so please let us know how we can continue to improve.
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