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PERCAT Research Gala 

Registration has now opened for the PERCAT Research Gala to be held on Thursday 2 October 2014, Great Hall, Aston Webb, University of Birmingham.

This year we are collaborating with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the University of Nottingham. 

Registration for this event is free, please complete the registration form to reserve your place as soon as possible as places will be limited.

Abstract submission now open, submit your abstract online.
Please note submissions close on Friday 22 August.

To give a more interesting flow to the event we have introduced themes rather than individual school talks

  • Molecules and Cells (to include drug molecules and targets)      
  • Systems (biological, environmental)
  • Development and Behaviour
  • Environment and Health (including epidemiology and public health)
  • Technological innovation

Public Engagement

 Message from Alice Roberts - Calling all engaged researchers!

A University of Birmingham research shop, "Think Corner”, will pop up soon in the city centre, opening its doors to the public from 25 August to 12 September, coinciding with the British Science Festival on campus. This is FREE space for public engagement activities, which could be anything from hands-on demos to citizen science, soapbox talks to in-depth discussion. And we’re keen to have a really wide range of research on show - across arts, humanities, science and engineering.

If you’ve got an idea for an activity but need some support - financial, logistical or planning - we can provide that, so please get in touch. Or if you’d like to volunteer for existing events - again, please contact us. We’d love to hear from students and postdocs too.

Do email the team. Ideally we need expressions of interest to run activities by Friday 1August (particularly proposals requesting internal funding) so that we can effectively plan the programme, but there will still be plenty of opportunities to get involved after this date if you get in touch.

Women in Academic Medicine (WAM)

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) charter was established in June 2005, and encourages the advancement of female academics in UK Higher Educational institutions.

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences was recently awarded the Silver Award, which is a very significant achievement. The Award recognises the College’s success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in academia.

To align with the goals of the Athena SWAN charter, the College of MDS has practices and guidelines in place to support and nurture female academics across all of our disciplines. We aim to encourage the growth and progression of women in medicine and science, creating an establishment of excellence that attracts and retains the brightest women in medicine and science. The group are now pursuing the Athena Swan Charter silver award. This is essential for the college in light of the NIHR announcing that funding will not be given to any institute not holding the Athena SWAN silver award.