SICSA Education – Call for Workshop Proposals in 2019

SICSA Education would like to invite the Scottish Computing community to apply for funds to host SICSA Education workshops or other education focussed events. Some of the more recent workshops that have been funded have included:

• How should we assess group work?
• Skills in entrepreneurial education
• Computational thinking in primary schools

We now invite members of the community to bid to host an event, either to expand on any of these topics; or to propose events on any other Computing Education related topic.

In order to apply please complete the attached pro forma (no more than 2 pages) and return it to admin@sicsa.ac.uk by Friday 31st May 2019. A further call will be made in the Autumn, but we will also accept applications throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact admin@sicsa.ac.uk.

Detailed information about SICSA Education can be found at http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/education/education-event-sponsorship/ and http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/education/.

DemoFest 2019: Register now to exhibit your research

SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its twelfth year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities

The event will take place on Monday 4th November 2019 from 4.00pm in the stunning venue, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

You can now register now to apply to exhibit your research.  Exhibiting your research is free and entails completing a short (one page) questionnaire which you can access here:  https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sicsa-demofest-2019-presenting-your-research
Deadline for applications is 23rd June 2019, with outcomes communicated no later than 26th June.

Why Exhibit?
We expect over 200 delegates from business and the public sector, who will be keen to discover some of the cutting-edge research taking place currently in Computer Science and Informatics in Scotland.

The event provides a space for exhibitors to showcase their current research and discuss future academic and business collaborations, commercialisation opportunities, internships and placements, employment opportunities and much more.

Who can Exhibit?
We now welcome applications from researchers at all 14 SICSA Institutions. Exhibitors are encouraged from all stages of research, from 1st year PhD to Professorial level.

We particularly encourage applicants who are keen to build collaborative linkages with industry; to commercialise their research; and to build contacts with other researchers.

Your Space
All exhibitors will be provided with their own space in the exhibition hall featuring an individual pod for your research poster and space for any technology that you wish to demonstrate.

Please do get in touch (admin@sicsa.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

SICSA PhD Conference 2019 – Registration now open

Registration for the SICSA PhD Conference is now open and is fully funded (accommodation, meals and registration) for all Computing Science PhD students working within Scottish HE institutions.  Places are filling up fast, so register soon to avoid disappointment. 

The SICSA PhD Conference will feature a range of workshops, keynotes and social activities across two full-days.  You can find more details at www.sicsaconf.org

This year’s event will also feature an Elevator Pitch Video Competition, which is open to all delegates.  For more details about submitting your video, please visit Elevator Pitch Competition

Also, don’t forget that all PhD students (whether coming to the conference or not) are eligible to vote in the SICSA Supervisor of the Year 2019 Award.  If you wish to nominate your supervisor, simply complete the 3-minute survey.

Now recruiting for Research Theme Leader in Theory, Modelling and Computation

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to co-lead the SICSA Theory, Modelling and Computation 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.

For further information on the role and to apply, please download the guidelines and application form below.

Theme Leaders Role Description

Application Form_SICSA Theme Leaders

Closing Date: 31st May 2019

SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019

The SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019 has launched this month and we are now accepting nominations from all Scottish-based PhD students in Computer Science and Informatics.

The award aims to recognise the extraordinary efforts of PhD Supervisors across Scotland and the difference they can make to their Postgraduate students.  To nominate your supervisor, please visit SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019 nominations and complete the 3-minute survey.  The deadline for nominations is 31st May 2019.

The SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019 will be announced at the SICSA PhD Conference, which takes place at the University of Stirling on 18th and 19th June.  To register for the conference, visit Eventbrite.

Launch of SICSA Conference Bursary Programme

SICSA is pleased to announce the launch of our Conference Bursary programme in March 2019, which will be available to all PhD students working in SICSA Departments/Schools.

The programme offers funding of up to £1000 for students to attend conferences in the UK and across the rest of the world.  The funding can be used for conference registration, travel and/or accommodation.  The first call is now open and the deadline is 30th April.  For further details and to apply, please visit SICSA Conference Bursaries.

Welcome to new SICSA Cyber Security Theme Leaders

SICSA extends a warm welcome to Professor Karen Renaud (University of Abertay) and Dr Deepayan Bhowmik (University of Stirling), who take over the management of the SICSA Cyber Security Research Theme this month.  Karen and Deepayan will be responsible for leading the theme for the next two years.

Thanks go to Professor Chris Johnson (University of Glasgow) and Dr Mike Just (Heriot-Watt University) for their efforts in leading the theme since 2017.

For more information about the theme or to get involved in organising theme activities or events, please visit SICSA Cyber Security.

Welcome to our new Deputy Director and Director of Knowledge Exchange & Impact

We are pleased to welcome our new SICSA Deputy Director, Dr Tim Storer of the University of Glasgow.  Dr Storer is also Director of Knowledge Exchange & Impact and our main link to industry and the public sector.

Tim will be an excellent addition to the SICSA team and has a fantastic vision for the Pool. He will be looking to build the infrastructure to support the broad range of academic – industry research collaboration within our member institutions in order to respond to new trends emerging in the computing industry and research. A full blog from Tim will be published shortly in which he will elaborate on his vision for SICSA as the new Deputy Director and Director of Knowledge Exchange & Impact

Applications invited for the post of SICSA Director

Applications are invited from any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution for the role of SICSA Director.  

The post is initially funded to end of July 2020. 

Job 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 SICSA Director provides academic leadership for SICSA, working with the SICSA Directorate and the SICSA Executive.

Main Responsibilities
The SICSA Director role is part-time, taking approximately 20% of the working week as follows:

Working with Directors and SICSA Executive to deliver activities such as research themes, researcher mobility, SICSA Graduate Academy, Knowledge Exchange and other events (10%)

Directing and Chairing the SICSA Committee, SICSA Research Committee and SICSA Advisory Board, interacting with SICSA constituent Schools. (2%)

Liaison with Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and other bodies relative to the strategic direction of SICSA.  Representing SICSA on various external boards. (2%)

Developing overall SICSA strategy with the other SICSA Directors in the areas of research, teaching and knowledge exchange. (3%)

Representing and presenting SICSA at events such as DemoFest, SICSA PhD Conference, and other external events. (2%)

Participate in the annual Performance & Development process for the SICSA Executive Officer. (<1%)

For further information on the role and to apply, please download the guidelines and application form below.

SICSA-Director-Job-Description

SICSA Director Application Form

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

SICSA Deputy Director/Director of KE & Impact – Deadline Extended

The SICSA Directors would like to invite suitable candidates from any SICSA institution to submit an application for the role of Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director.

SICSA has a strong Knowledge Exchange programme, aiming to exploit and enhance the research capabilities and reputation of Scottish Universities, by assisting researchers at all levels in making a greater economic and social impact. The SICSA KE activities are coordinated by the SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director, with support from the SICSA Executive.

The SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director role is part-time, taking approximately 20% of the working week.

Applications are sought from suitable candidates working at any SICSA institution.

The Closing Date for applications has been extended to 5pm15th February 2019.

KE and Impact Director Role Description

KE and Impact Director Application Form