Research Methods Summer School – Spring into Methods 2021

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, is excited to announce that applications for Spring into Methods 2021 is now open.

The Spring into Methods programme brings together arts, humanities and social science doctoral researchers from across Scotland and offers sessions providing an interdisciplinary and in-depth approach to learning a specific research method. These interdisciplinary workshops are open to all doctoral researchers aligned with SGSAH, SGSSS, SOCIAL AI or SICSA at member HEIs.

Eight workshops will be running as part of Spring into Methods between Tuesday 06 April and Friday 21 May 2021:

Applications are open via Social at 9am on Monday 15 February and close at 5pm on Monday 01 March.

Registered with Social.

If you have any questions regarding this scheme then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mike Crabb.

The Coffee Break at RIS

Research and Innovation Scotland are pleased to announce the launch of The Coffee Break @ RIS – an on-going opportunity to participate in short, informal online conversations with researchers in other disciplines from across RIS. Working across disciplines is notoriously difficult in ordinary circumstances. Currently, we don’t have those opportunities for fortuitous encounters that happen in the coffee break – the kind of conversations that can, just sometimes, lead to something really interesting.

The Coffee Break @ RIS facilitates short online calls between researchers in different fields from across the disciplines represented within RIS. We don’t place any expectations on the conversations. Our aim is to make taking the opportunity to talk as straightforward and painless as possible. To minimise the impact on time, each one-to-one meetup lasts just 15 minutes – no longer than it would take to queue to use the coffee machine. The RIS team will coordinate the matching of participants from across disciplines and scheduling of meeting time and online meeting room.

To participate, just fill out the very short application form.

If you have any questions or would like some more information please get in touch with Tim Storer (SICSA KE Director on behalf of RIS)

Announcing our new Research Theme Leaders

Artificial Intelligence Research Theme

On 1st January 2021, we welcomed Dr Dimitra Gkatzia, Edinburgh Napier University, to the position Co-Leader of the SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme.  The research theme will have a further change in leadership in April this year when Dr Sandy Brownlee, Stirling University will also commence as joint Co-Lead and will work alongside Dimitra in directing and driving the AI Research Theme forward.  We are thrilled to have Dimitra and Sandy as the new theme leaders; both have been closely involved with SICSA in the past and we look forward to working with them going forward.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Professor Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, and Professor Helen Hastie, Heriot Watt University the outgoing AI Theme Leaders.  Both Emma and Helen have been instrumental in driving the AI theme forward in this time of change including their input and SICSA representation with Scotland’s AI Strategy. We thank them both for their hard work and commitment to SICSA over the years.

Networking & Systems Research Theme

Dr Jeremy Singer, University of Glasgow, also joined us as the co-lead of the SICSA Networking and Systems Research Theme from the 1st January 2021 and with Dr Paul Patras, (University of Edinburgh), will be responsible for shaping and directing the Networking & Systems Research Theme as well as providing a national representation for the theme area.

Welcome to our new Director, Professor Stuart Anderson

We are very pleased to confirm that Professor Stuart Anderson from the University of Edinburgh has been confirmed as the Director of SICSA.   Stuart took over from Professor Aaron Quigley on an interim basis but was confirmed in post by the SICSA Committee in December last year and will now lead SICSA through the transitional period of the Research Pools.  When informed that his appointment had been confirmed by the SICSA Committee Stuart said, “I am delighted to have been chosen as SICSA Director.  In these challenging times the research pools are a tried and tested way to act across the entire community and to link with other research pools to tackle recovery and development out of the pandemic.  I feel privileged to contribute to the development of SICSA’s role in Scotland’s economy and society.”

Stuart previously held the position of SICSA Director back in August 2014 and we are so pleased to have him back.

Call for proposals – Spring into Methods Programme

A new cross discipline collaboration has been initiated between the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, the SOCIAL Centre for Doctoral Training and SICSA.

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) are collaborating on Spring into Methods to commission high quality methods training for our postgraduate students. This year, they are also accepting applications from, and offer training to, staff and doctoral researchers affiliated with SICSA.

The Spring into Methods programme brings together arts, humanities and social science doctoral researchers from across Scotland and offers sessions providing an interdisciplinary and in-depth approach to learning a specific research method for up to a maximum of 10 hours.

Proposals are welcome from members of staff in any of the affiliated HEIs to provide this interdisciplinary online training. Considering the global pandemic, and to increase accessibility, we are asking for interactive online proposals that may be flexibly spread over several days. We aim to support 6-8 proposals for events with a maximum cost of £1500 each

Proposals are welcome on the following topics where demand has been identified, however proposals are also welcome in areas that have a convincing case that demonstrates need and demand.

The topics for this year are:

  • Building research methods on principles of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Adapting methods for research during a pandemic
  • Rethinking ethics for research during a pandemic
  • Decolonising Methods
  • Methods and Climate Crisis
  • Creating and using open research data
  • Feminist research methods
  • Mining administrative data
  • Exploring secondary analysis of multimodal or qualitative datasets
  • Posthumanist or more-than-human research
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Relating your research to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Rethinking ‘vulnerability’ in participatory research
  • Open category

The initial deadline for workshop proposals is Friday 22nd January 2021 and more information can be found here.

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