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EnvEast is delighted to announce a new series of events, activities, and opportunities for 2016-17, focused on innovation and enterprise.


envEXPO 2017 - A three day showcase of environmental innovation, enterprise and research

27 February - 01 March 2017 | Norwich Research Park

This major cross sectoral event will promote environmental innovation and enterprise through the development of collaborative relationships between research users and the research community. It will inform the environmental science research agenda by highlighting the environmental challenges facing businesses, industries and policy-makers. A number of contemporary big societal questions will be considered in interactive discussion sessions, informed by industry and policy challenges. There will be a range of high-profile keynote speakers, opportunities for lively debate and discussions, workshops, exhibitions as well as ample opportunity for networking.

Focus themes will include:

- Grand Challenges in Observing Systems - Big Data - Valuing Nature and Natural Resources

Further information - -


env.infohackit 2017 - Communicating science through infographics

env.infohackit is a science infographics hack event. It’s a unique opportunity for infographic designers and data developers to work with PhD scientists to produce amazing graphics to communicate research - all within an intense 12 hour period.

As participating PhD students and early career researchers, you will collaborate in teams with designers and other creatives in order to produce a compelling infographic of an agreed research topic. Over the course of the events you will combine your expertise to effectively communicate your research to end-users, stakeholders and the general public. You will gain valuable experience in working to a tight deadline in a truly multidisciplinary team, access new technology and software, and understand the challenges experienced by end-users seeking out new research. This event also provides training in key skills which you can use to communicate your research and engage future collaborators.

env.infohackit brings together research and creative communities as well as end users to collaborate, communicate, learn from each other and have fun. The multi-city infohackit competition will take place in five locations around the UK.

Further information: - @infohackit


Workshop series: Introduction to R - Camera Trapping: Data Capture, Processing and Analysis - Statistical models for wildlife population assessment and conservation

Three workshops taking place 04 - 13 January | University of Kent

Introduction to R (delivered in collaboration with Chester Zoo)
This course will introduce R to participants, including research students, and outline basic and advanced modelling routines in the software.

Camera Trapping: Data Capture, Processing and Analysis (delivered in collaboration with Borneo Nature Foundation and the Zoological Society of London)

- This workshop is now taking place 25 March 2017. See the University of Kent Graduate School website for details.

This workshop will cover key aspects of setting up a systematic camera trapping survey in the field. The course will examine the various research and conservation needs for which remote cameras provide a powerful survey tool. The workshop will discuss implications for survey design as well as the practicalities involved in creating and conducting a camera trap study. Time will also be given to discussing the variety of equipment available, designing a camera trap project (including using cameras in the tree canopy) along with software tools useful in analysing and managing camera trap data and introducing some analytical approaches.
Attendees will also be provided with a list of literature and resources to assist them with camera trap planning, how to maximise the impact of camera trap images/videos and data processing and analysis.

Statistical models for wildlife population assessment and conservation (funded by NERC via their advanced training short course programme)
The workshop will focus on ecological questions that arise in conservation practice and use real case study data. Training will include individual-based models, such as capture-recapture, but will also embrace scenarios more frequently used in EIA, such as batch-marked, presence/absence, site occupancy and counts. Applications will include newts, butterflies, birds, bees, beetles, ibex and bats. Each module will be accompanied by a practical computer session using R and each module builds on the last so that delegates build a portfolio of statistical skills.

Further information: -


Innovation and Careers in Conservation and the Environment

9 March 2017 | University of Kent, Canterbury

The career opportunities within the conservation and environment sector are diverse but highly competitive. Getting a first foot on the ladder is often the most difficult step for postgraduates. With contributions from three experienced practitioners working in this sector, this workshop will explore the qualifications, skills, and career development opportunities that lie within the professional conservation and environment sector. For those seeking to further their academic careers, tips and guidance will be also provided on applying for postdoctoral funding. 

Full details can be found on the University of Kent Graduate School website.

Professional Internships for NERC-facing Early career Scientists (PINES)

The PINES programme provides a chance for early career scientists (ECSes) to enhance their employability by gaining experience working in an area outside their normal research project.

Destinations for these internships could include policymaking, media, teaching and industry, and will help to widen your experience of the areas of work in which you can apply your ECS skills and training.  Such experience is important both to help you understand the context of your research and to expose you to the range of opportunities available to you for future employment. A tailored programme of support from the Internships Team at UEA will be provided to ensure you maximise your internship experience.

Further information: - (please put 'PINES' in the subject line)


 Call for proposals: Partnership development activities

We are pleased to be able to offer funding for partnership development activities, such as workshops and sandpit events, in areas of NERC-facing science.

Successful proposals will focus on non-academic end-user/stakeholder engagement. These can include industry, SMEs, other commercial organisations, policy-makers, government bodies, and third-sector organisations. We particularly welcome events that lead to the development of new collaborations involving opportunities for PhD students and Early Career Researchers, such as joint studentships, CASE Awards, internships, etc.

Further information: Download the full Call document [PDF, 45KB] -


Three day Raspberry Pi workshop

11-13 January | University of East Anglia

This workshop will focus on using Raspberry Pis and inexpensive sensors to create novel measurement systems.  The course will aim to equip you with an understanding of using Raspberry Pis, how to integrate different types of sensors, how to log the data, etc.  Attendees will be invited to come up with an idea for a measurement system and the E3i club will obtain the equipment necessary for the chosen systems so that you can build them after the course. If you’re interested, please email Gillian Damerell for further details and to register for the course. The course will involve 2 days in the Lewin Lab - the 11th and the 13th January, with the intervening day free to discuss ideas for measurement systems, write equipment lists, and possibly some kind of vote on what systems to take forward if there are too many ideas. But Raspberry Pis and small sensors are very cheap, so we should be able to make quite a number.


Coming soon!

Five day Innovation and Enterprise Skills course (Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia)