SICSA and ScotCHEM are coming together for a Speed Networking Fortnight

SICSA and ScotChem are coordinating a fortnight of short remote one-to-one calls between researchers to stimulate inter-disciplinary exchanges of research ideas and agendas.  Working across disciplines is notoriously difficult in ordinary circumstances, but the restrictions caused by the current pandemic have even further curtailed opportunities for chance encounters at conferences, or meetings that lead to fruitful collaborations. To address this, the aim of the Speed Networking Fortnight is to put researchers in touch with each other across disciplines to foster understanding of existing disciplinary research challenges and provide opportunities.

To minimise the impact on time, each one-to-one meetup will last as long as just 15 minutes – no longer than it would take to queue to use the coffee machine. SICSA and ScotChem will coordinate the matching of participants from across disciplines and scheduling of meeting times, as well as a follow up to document any interesting outcomes. The initiative is open to any researcher (academic, postdoc, PhD student) from either pool.

To participate, just fill out the very short application form here:  https://form.jotform.com/203174064600343 .

If you have any questions or would like some more information please get in touch with Tim Storer (SICSA KE Director) and/or Alan Wiles (ScotCHEM Director of Operations)

SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme…..recruiting a new Co-theme Leader

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to co-lead the SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme.

Role Purpose

SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and Knowledge Exchange.

The role of the SICSA Theme Leaders is to coordinate activities within each of the defined SICSA themes and further develop coherent communities in these areas.

Research Theme leaders are taking on increasingly public facing roles on behalf of SICSA. For example, our current AI theme leaders are part of the government strategy group developing a national AI strategy for Scotland. While another team leader is currently considering Co-chairing a large event with business here in Scotland on behalf of SICSA. Theme Leaders are called upon to help shape and direct the theme but also to provide a face and national representation for their theme area.

For more information on the role please refer to the AI Co-Theme Leader Job Descriptor.  If you would like to speak to the current Theme Leaders about the role please get in touch with Emma Hart and/or Helen Hastie

To apply, please complete the AI Co-Theme Leader application form and send to Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk by 11 December 2020

 

Have your say on image data research

Do you need access to high quality, high volume medical imaging data for your research projects? PICTURES is a 5-year programme aimed at increasing the capabilities of Safe Havens to support emerging technologies and new data types such as images, MRIs, CTs, X-rays etc in health data research.

The PICTURES team want to hear from researchers about their tools, technology and image data needs to better inform these new capabilities. If you would like to have your say and shape the future of health data research in Safe Havens, please complete this short survey. It should take around 7 minutes to complete and closes on 17th November. You can access the survey here.

Suffrage Science Awards in Computing Science

The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences invites you to our virtual celebration of the Suffrage Science Awards 2020 ‘Life Sciences’ and ‘Maths and Computing’ groups on Friday 6th November 2020, 6pm-7pm.

Come along and hear stimulating stories of women in Maths, Computing and Life Sciences. The event is hosted by Science Storyteller Dr Kat Arney.

There’s a great speaker line-up including:

  • Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon (Maths and Computing Awardee 2020)
  • Lakechia Jeanne (Girls in Science)
  • Dr Jennifer Rohn (Life Sciences Awardee 2014)

The panellists will be visible on screen. Attendees will be able to ‘chat’ with them, and with others in the audience, via a text feed.

Programme of the event:

6:00 Welcome

6:05 Life Sciences video premiere

6:15 Panel: key themes of 2020 and the Suffrage Science network

6:45 Maths and Computing video premiere

6:55 Close

7:00 End

Registration

To attend, please click this link  to send your name and email address, by Sunday 1st November.

After this date participants will be contacted with details of the event portal.

You can find out more about the Suffrage Science Awards here.

SICSA warmly welcomes two new Research Theme Leaders

SICSA would like to extend a very warm welcome to Dr Paul Patras, University of Edinburgh, who takes over the leadership of the SICSA Networking & Systems Research Theme and Dr Mike Crabb, University of Dundee who will be co-leading the HCI Research Theme with Dr Mary Ellen Foster (University of Glasgow)

Dr Patras and Dr Crabb have been great supporters of SICSA and have had engagement with the research pool over the years through various funding programmes and the SICSA PhD Conference.  As SICSA Research Theme Leaders, Paul and Mike will be responsible to help shape and direct their themes but will also provide a face and national representation for their theme areas.

The SICSA Directorate would like to pass on their thanks to Professor Dimitrios Pezaros and Dr Martin Halvey, respectively for their input, dedication and hard work in (co) leading the themes over the past few years.

For more information about the themes or to get in touch with the theme leaders, please visit the SICSA Research Themes web-page

Through the Looking Glass: Breaking Barriers in STEM Event- Artwork Competition

Can’t get to the pub.. SULSA has your lockdown activity sorted!

As part of the Through the Looking Glass: Breaking Barriers in STEM event, SULSA is launching an original artwork competition! We want to know what an inclusive and diverse environment in STEM looks like to you? And so we are welcoming original creations that depict this, these creations can come in any form, audio, images, video or physical creations (send us a video of these).

Please upload your entries here by the 1st December at 5pm.

The winner will be announced at our event and will win £150 in Amazon vouchers!

If you haven’t already, you can still register for our event, either just for the panel session or for the full day including the breakout sessions. The afternoon will be introduced by Richard Lochhead, MSP, and we have support from our fellow RIS members as well as Evidence Base. This is an action-orientated event to explore where the issues lie in Inclusion and Diversity in STEM and to identify actions to take forward to tackle these. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Art Competition is being run by SULSA but is open to all to enter and attend the event!

SICSA Conference 2020

We are delighted to announce that the SICSA Conference 2020 will take place, on-line on 1 October 2020 and will be under the theme SICSA and the Sustainable Society.

The conference this year will be co-located with ScotSoft, which is Scotland’s leading tech conference allowing our delegates to access elements of the event throughout the day.

For this year’s conference we have prepared a rich and varied schedule addressing the many challenges presented by the idea of a future Sustainable Society. We are delighted to have Dr Elizabeth F. Churchill (UX Director, Google) and Professor Sally A. Fincher (School of Computing Science, University of Kent) as our Keynote Speakers.

You will have the chance to hear about issues and challenges encountered in Computing Science Education, discussed at the Education Panel Session. Excellent exemplars of graduate research across SICSA will be presented from the shortlisted candidates for the SICSA PhD Award for Best Dissertation during at the PhD Lightning Talks session.

We have invited participation from our partner research pools across Scotland, allowing us to bring together a large community of people to discuss the Computing and interdisciplinary challenges ahead. The SICSA Research Themes will show case research that demonstrates cutting edge computing research and its potential to address the Sustainable Society Challenge.

We have inaugurated a new award for Best PhD Thesis in Scotland at the Conference this year and the winner will receive a prize of £2,000 generously sponsored by Amazon Development Scotland.

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic the Conference this year will be held online, allowing us to increase our audience and have invited speakers from far and wide. The Conference will be open to all members from across the SICSA institutions, industry partners and all SICSA key stakeholders

Visit the SICSA Conference 2020 website to find out more and register your interest to attend the event.

ScotCHEM 2020 Computational Chemistry Virtual Symposium

SICSA is pleased to inform you that the ScotCHEM 2020 Computational Chemistry Virtual Symposium will take place on 26 August 2020 and all SICSA members are invited to attend.  The event is hosted by the University of Strathclyde

The Plenary Speaker is Prof. Adrian Roitberg, University of Florida and his talk will be “Is Quantum Chemistry Amenable for Machine Learning? Are the Computers Coming for Our Jobs

The full program can be accessed at https://www.scotch-research.com/compchem2020-program

The deadline to register is 24th August.  Full details of the event can be found here: https://www.scotch-research.com/compchem2020 

Now Recruiting for SICSA Research Theme Co-Leader in Human-Computer Interaction

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to co-lead the SICSA Human-Computer Interaction Research Theme.

Role Purpose

SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and Knowledge Exchange.

The role of the SICSA Theme Leaders is to coordinate activities within each of the defined SICSA themes and further develop coherent communities in these areas.

Research Theme leaders are taking on increasingly public-facing roles on behalf of SICSA. For example, our AI theme leaders are part of the government strategy group developing a national AI strategy for Scotland. While another team leader is currently considering Co-chairing a large event with business here in Scotland on behalf of SICSA. Theme Leaders are called upon to help shape and direct the theme but also to provide a face and national representation for their theme area.

If you would like to speak to the current Theme Leaders about the role please get in touch with Martin Halvey and/or Mary Ellen Foster

Please see the full HCI Research Theme Co-Leader job description for more details of the role.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and send to Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk by 30 September 2020

Now recruiting SICSA Research Theme Leader(s) in Networking & Systems

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to lead/co-lead the SICSA Networking & Systems Research Theme.

Role Purpose

SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

The role of the SICSA Theme Leaders is to coordinate activities within each of the defined SICSA themes and further develop coherent communities in these areas.

Research Theme leaders are taking on increasingly public facing roles on behalf of SICSA. For example, our AI theme leaders are part of the government strategy group developing a national AI strategy for Scotland. While another team leader is currently considering Co-chairing a large event with business here in Scotland on behalf of SICSA. Theme Leaders are called upon to help shape and direct the theme but also to provide a face and national representation for their theme area.

If you would like to speak to the SICSA Directorate informally regarding the role please contact Tim Storer, SICSA Deputy Director & Director of Knowledge Exchange.  Alternatively, you can contact one of our current theme leaders for some insight into the role.

Further details of the role can be found on the N & S Theme Leader Job Description.

To apply, please complete the N & S Theme Leader Application form and send it to Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk by 31 August 2020.