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EnvEast is delighted to be hosting a series of events and activities during 2016-17, focused on innovation and enterprise.

 

EnvEast/Norwich Business School Innovation and Enterprise training course

30-31 October & 16-17 November 2017 | University of East Anglia

FREE to all NERC-facing postgraduate research students and early career researchers at EnvEast partner institutes. Funding for travel and subsistence is available to PhD students funded by or associated with EnvEast.

The course will address three main themes and develop the skills of participants, as follows:

Innovation: Exploring the question ‘What is innovation?’ in commercial context. How should the student approach the issue of commoditising ideas and intellectual ideas/property?

Enterprise: How does ‘business’ work? How are commercial propositions evaluated? What does a Business Plan built around intellectual capital/ideas as the value proposition look like?

Consultancy: What is consultancy? How – within your academic career – can you offer a ‘consultancy service’? What tools and practice should you adopt to give a consultancy service academic and professional rigour? What would be the right fee structure?

The programme will develop the following skills: communication, team working, professional collaboration, networking, commercial acumen and business development.

Download the full programme

Applications should be emailed to env.east@uea.ac.uk by 15 September 2017; please include the following details:

  • Your name;
  • The institute (e.g. University/Department) at which you are based;
  • Your current position (e.g. PhD student; Research Associate);
  • For ECRs/postdoctoral researchers only, the month/year of graduation from your PhD;
  • Your source of funding (if applicable);
  • Any dietary requirements;
  • Any other requirements you may need met in order to access the course.

 

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.

A list of previously funded activities can be found below.

Further information: Download the full Call document [PDF, 45KB] - env.east@uea.ac.uk

 

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.

Please note that phase one of the PINES scheme has now ended, but it is intended to continue the PINES scheme for EnvEast DTP-funded postgraduate students. Please direct any queries to env.east@uea.ac.uk in the first instance.

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Past events

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

27 February - 01 March 2017 | Norwich Research Park

envEXPO 2017 helped to shape the agenda for environmental innovation, enterprise and research. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, envEXPO was brought to you by EnvEast, in partnership with 4 of the UK's foremost research and training partnerships, between them representing 22 UK universities.

You can find full details of the event on the main UEA website.

 

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. You can find information about the hack events funded during by EnvEast during 2017 in collaboration with partners on the main infohackit website.

 

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

University of Kent

The Use of Drones in Conservation Surveys and Assessments

Introduction to R (delivered in collaboration with Chester Zoo)

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

Statistical models for wildlife population assessment and conservation (NERC Advanced Training Short Course)

The statistical modelling workshop will take place again in 2018. For details of this and other advanced training offered by the University of Kent, please see their Graduate School website.

 

Innovation and Careers in Conservation and the Environment

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. 

Details of this and other workshops can be found on the University of Kent Graduate School website.

 

Video making and editing workshop

This event had the specific goal of producing professional quality videos of innovative activities, and highlighting potentially commercial aspects of the students’ research. 

 

Weather Presenting and Media course

Training was provided by Weatherquest and a tutor from the BBC, using the equipment available in the UEA TV Studio.

 

Animation workshop

University of East Anglia

This three day training event was run with professional research communicators and animators with the specific goal of producing short animations summarising research objectives and possible applications/impact. 

 

Raspberry Pi workshop

University of East Anglia

This three day workshop focussed on using Raspberry Pis and inexpensive sensors to create novel measurement systems.  The course aimed to equip students with an understanding of using Raspberry Pis, how to integrate different types of sensors, how to log the data, etc.

One of the devices constructed during the workshop can be followed on twitter.

 

Anglian Water with UEA:  Workshop to consider embedding natural capital principles into core business decision making.

University of Plymouth with West Country Rivers, Wessex Water, Wessex River Trust, UK River Restoration Centre, Environment Agency, West Country Rivers and South West Water:  Studentship development workshop on ‘Appraisal of fine and coarse sediment management techniques in improving habitat quality’.

University of East Anglia with the Broads Authority, the Environment Agency and regional engineering and consultancy firms:  ‘Identifying preferences for ‘green’ versus ‘gray’ infrastructure investments to protect East Anglian coasts’

University of Kent with the Universities of East Anglia and Essex, and the Institution of Environmental Management and Assessment:  ‘Environmental Impact Assessment:  Putting theory into practice’

Gardline and University of East Anglia:  Innovation Away Day

Satellite Applications Catapult with the University of East Anglia, Cefas and Gardline – events and discussion ongoing around possible training, internships, and studentship development.