SICSA-funded places available at The Internet at 100 event, with Dr Vint Cerf

We are very pleased to be a sponsor for the forthcoming “The Internet at 100” event, which culminates in a talk by Dr Vint Cerf.  A limited number of SICSA-funded places are available at the event, which takes place on Monday 22nd June at the University of St Andrews.


Dr Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet, will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of St Andrews.  In honour of Dr Cerf’s visit to the University, the School of Computer Science will be hosting an event, culminating with a talk by Dr Cerf.

The event will take place in the Medical and Biological Science (Medical School) Main Auditorium, University of St Andrews.

The Internet is, of course, not 100 years old. It’s not even quite 50 years old, but the talks at this event will look at its history, its current state, and forward to what it might look like at 100.


SICSA have sponsored a limited number of places for staff working within SICSA member institutions.  If you would like to register for a place:

Please go to Eventbrite and use: i@100-sta! as the password, the select the: The Internet at 100 (S/S/N) ticket.


Morning Session
0950-1000 Welcome
Prof Steve Linton, Head of School, School of Computer Science, St Andrews.

1000-1100 Dr Colin Perkins, University of Glasgow. “Video”
chair, Dr Colin Allison

1100-1130 Break 1 (tea/coffee)

1130-1230 Prof Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute. “Security and Privacy”
chair, Dr Tristan Henderson

1230-1330 Lunch, sponsored by FanDuel

Afternoon Session
1330-1430 Prof Julie McCann, Imperial College. “Things and Sensors”
chair, Prof Simon Dobson

1430-1440 Comfort Break

1440-1540 Dr Lars Eggert, NetApp and Chair of the IRTF. “Research Directions”
chair, TBC

1540-1610 Break 2 (tea/coffee)

1610-1710 Panel Session – Guest Speakers and Session Chairs
chair, Prof Aaron Quigley

Evening Session – chair Prof Saleem Bhatti
1730-1830 Prof Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge Computer Lab. “A True History of the Internet”

1830-1840 Comfort Break

1840-1940 Dr Vint Cerf, Google.

1940-1945 Closing remarks, Prof Saleem Bhatti

1945-2045 Cheese and Wine reception, sponsored by Google

The Data Lab MSc Programme launched

The Data Lab Innovation Centre has recently announced the launch of their MSc Programme.  The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative effort between Robert Gordon University, The University of Dundee, The University of Stirling and The Data Lab Innovation Centre.  Through this collaboration, each university has developed an MSc programme based on its own strengths and capabilities, with the support of The Data Lab to facilitate industry involvement and collaboration, and provide funding and resources.

For more information on the Data Lab MSc Programme please visit the web site of The Data Lab or email at


Call re-opened for the SICSA Saltire Fellowship

Those that missed out on applying for the SICSA funded Saltire Fellowship first time around will have another opportunity to apply for this exciting opportunity over the next few weeks.  We are now accepting applications from Early Career Researchers working at SICSA institutions – there is no deadline, but please apply soon as the place is offered on a first-come-first-served basis (subject to successful completion of the review and interview process).

Information about the programme: 

During 2015, SICSA will fund 1 Saltire Fellowship (coordinated by the Saltire Foundation) for Early Career Computing Science Researchers working within SICSA institutions.  If you want to increase your capabilities in the tech sector, spend time in Boston where, per capita basis, there are more software developers and R&D investment then anywhere in the world; as well as spend time in Silicon Valley, then China, the Saltire Fellowship is for you. The programme boasts an established reputation of quickly and effectively developing the skill set necessary to succeed in competitive markets: it expands leadership skills and capabilities; it provides experiential learning with hands-on work experience; and it delivers graduates with a global mindset.

  • The Saltire Fellowship is aimed at professionals from a range of backgrounds. Eligible candidates for the SICSA funded Fellowship will be Early Career Researchers (within 7 years post PhD) working within a SICSA institution
  • The Fellow will be based in Boston for 3.5 months and can continue to work on a US-based project for your organisation during that time; plus 2 one week trips to Silicon Valley and China; then the following 3 months will consist of a project within your own organisation
  • The costs directly associated with the Fellowship will be fully funded. These include: Tuition & Fees; Accommodation; Travel; Health Insurance

The application process: 

We are currently accepting applications for the funded Fellowship.  There is currently no deadline and the place is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  

  • Applicants should visit the web site of the Saltire Foundation to register their interest.

Research Ventures Entrepreneurship Course – SICSA funded places available

SICSA has 12 fully-funded places for research students in Computer Science to attend the next Research Ventures event, which will take place in Glasgow in June 2015.

To apply for a fully funded place on this course, please email with your name, institution, year of study, whether you require accommodation on the 22nd June, any special dietary requirements you may have, and also provide up to 200 words on why you wish to attend the course and how it might benefit you.

However big, however small your ideas, Research Ventures is about finding out how you can develop them into something that matters for you.  We’ll cover all the areas you’d expect from an entrepreneurship course (different business models, protecting your ideas, where to get funding…the nuts and bolts) but it doesn’t stop there. In two days, we get to the heart of what it means to be an enterprising researcher. You’ll meet some inspirational people and come away with new ideas, friends and collaborators, as well as a better understanding of what motivates you and how you can transform your ideas into reality.

The course and the skills you will learn from it is designed to be relevant to you now, in your research environment, as well as in the future, whether you see that as being in academia or in another kind of role. The course is being run in collaboration with Enterprise Campus.

Who is it for?
This course brings together early-career researchers (PGR and postdoctoral) from a wide variety of backgrounds, including physics, computer sciences, engineering, energy, chemistry and marine and earth sciences. It’s aimed at researchers with an interest in:

  • Exploring the commercial possibilities of a research idea and how your research might attract industrial funding or be used in setting up a spin-out company
  • Knowledge exchange, research impact and winning funding for academic career progression
  • Future employment in industry
  • Collaboration with researchers from other disciplines

Venues, travel and accommodation details
The course is free and takes place at The University of Glasgow. For anyone coming from outside of Glasgow, we will provide you with accommodation in the West End, close to the University.
To reach the University of Glasgow from Queen Street Station, you can take the Underground to Hillhead Station (about 10min) and from there it’s a 10min walk to the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre. You should claim back travel expenses from your home institution or research pool. Please arrive no later than 10.30am on day one. We will finish by 4.30pm on day two.

Tutor and guests

Chris Russell
Chris Russell is a freelance education and skills trainer, based in the South West and working all across the UK. Always the budding scientist, Chris took a degree in Applied Physics, from which he graduated in 1998 before taking a year out for some “real world” experience. On returning to education to undertake a Masters, he finally found something he was really interested in and decided to study for a PhD in Medical Laser
Imaging. After seven years of PhD, post-doc, project management and presentations, Chris’ passion was on the wane and a new challenge beckoned. Pulled out of his indecision by redundancy and to the other side of the country by his personal life, his life as a roving freelancer began. Chris spends his time rejoicing in how others learn and excel; whether that’s youth groups, post grads, research staff or his extremely cheeky
son. His interest in thinking, inspiration and creativity extend through his work and life, and his passion for the outdoors sees him walking, biking, eating and growing wherever he can find fresh air.

Josh Sauter
Josh is the Enterprise Manager for Enterprise Campus West, supporting students and alumni with new venture creation. In order to provide the innovative and tailored advice necessary to support his current clients Josh has actively leveraged his five plus years of production process control and quality assurance as well as management of several departments within a high paced production environment (USA). Josh championed several improvement projects that have ranged in scale of both time and financial commitment which, combined with his recent MBA with distinction, allows him to deliver targeted and experience backed direction to sustain enterprise growth in the UK.

Other speakers will include patent attorneys, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and academic staff involved in spin-outs and other forms of commercialisation.

SICSA Elevate Business Accelerator 2015 – Call now open

We are pleased to announce that the call for participants for the 2015 SICSA Elevate programme is now open.  The deadline for applications is April 30 2015.

Turning your idea into a business can be challenging but we’re here to help, so that you don’t have to make the journey alone. If you have the idea, we’ll provide the space, mentor support, entrepreneurial training, and an injection of cash to kick start your business in just 12 weeks over the summer.  The programme this year will take place at the University of Glasgow from 18th June 2015 – 3rd September 2015.

Successful participants will benefit from a programme developed and presented by experts in business.  You will also receive a £3000 scholarship for each team member; plus £750 per participant to cover project costs – travel, software, hardware etc.

For further information and to make an application, please visit  You can also find case studies from previous participants at

If you have any questions at all, please drop us a line at

SICSA to sponsor 2 Saltire Fellowships in 2015. Deadline for applications – 17th March

The SICSA Directors are pleased to announce that SICSA will sponsor 2 Saltire Fellowships in 2015, coordinated by the Saltire Foundation. The Saltire Fellowship is a world-class, 8 month long programme that equips Fellows with the skills and experience required to take a leadership role within Scottish business. It blends teaching at the #1 ranked Business School in the world for entrepreneurship (Babson College, Boston), followed with hands on international experience at Silicon Valley and in China; then back in Scotland.

Funding will cover most of the associated expenses relating to the Fellowship, including: Tuition fees; accommodation in Boston, Silicon Valley and China; Return travel to all locations; and health insurance.  The funding is valued at approximately £50K per candidate.

Eligible candidates for the SICSA funded Fellowships will be Early Career Researchers (within 7 years post PhD) and working within a SICSA institution.

The deadline date for applications is 17th March 2015.


For detailed information about this exciting opportunity, please visit our Saltire Fellowship information page.

4 SICSA Research Challenges launched for 2015

The SICSA Directors are pleased to announce that from February 2015 SICSA will fund a number of Research Challenges per year, each running for a period of 12 months.   Each of the SICSA Research Challenges will be driven by a problem or issue whose resolution will have impact on the world outside Informatics and Computer Science research; and they will require the combination of research from different areas across SICSA as well as involving other Research Pools or researchers in other disciplines.

The four SICSA-funded Challenges for 2015 will be

Future Cities
Identifying Health Promoting Elements in Care Homes
UX for mHealth: Understanding & Supporting Health and Wellbeing “In the Wild”
Visually-Impaired access to Visualised Data (VIVID) 

If you wish to find out more about the current Research Challenges or if you want to get involved, please visit the pages above or SICSA Research Challenges.

Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECE) – Next Deadline 28th February

SICSA has funding of up to £7500 available per applicant to undertake an exchange to a University in Europe, North America, China or India. This funding has been made available to support existing research collaborations or to establish new connections.

The funding can be used for return travel; accommodation and subsistence; and for additional childcare costs incurred as a result of the exchange (if applicable).  #

The next deadline for applications is 28th February 2015.

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit our PECE web page.

SICSA Funding Opportunity: Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER) – Open Call

SICSA is able to provide support of up to £10,000 for researchers in Informatics and Computing Sciences at SICSA institutions to boost participation in European projects. We will consider proposals from any Scotland-based computing science academics pursuing involvement in EU projects.

What type of activities does this funding cover?

Funding can be sought for a broad range of activities relating to any relevant EU call including:

• Travel to consortium meetings;
• Travel for establishing network connections;
• Cost of specialist consultant support for EU funding bids;
• Support for SICSA academics time to develop proposals (i.e. charging an agreed percentage of staff time to SICSA); and
• Admin time to coordinate bids and meetings (i.e. charging a percentage of staff time to SICSA).

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this funding please contact in the first instance or visit the PEER web page to download an application form. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time.