April 2016 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

14 April 2016

We hope you’ll be joining us for the E-resilience Conference or the April Life Swap events this month, or that we might see you at the Women’s Engineering Society Annual Conference. Another huge thank you to the organisers and attendees of our March and early April events. Partly due to the success of these events, we hit 200 members of the mailing list this week!

  1. Balance Network funding guidelines and application available
  2. Beyond Balance early bird £10 tickets available until 30 Apr
  3. E-resilience Conference, 21 Apr, London
  4. “Life Swap” – PhD Time Management Events, Birmingham
  5. Women’s Engineering Society Annual Conference
  6. Balance Network Meet-up at CHI 2016
  7. Related Funding Opportunities and Events

1. Balance Network funding guidelines and application available
The Balance Network is once again inviting proposals for funding of activities within the themes of ‘work-life balance in the digital age.’ Funded activities will form part of the network’s programme of activities between now and December 2016. The maximum available per application will be £2.5k. They must be led by an academic/PhD student but can involve close collaboration with other organisations. We will be accepting and approving applications on a rolling basis, with the final deadline for submission of 5pm on 29 July 2016.  Core EPSRC funding for the Balance Network runs until the end of January 2017; we are therefore particularly interested in proposals that aim to continue the legacy of the Network beyond this date. Please visit the website for full guidelines.

Beyond Balance £10 tickets available until 30 Apr

“Early Bird” tickets are available for just £10 until the end of April for Beyond Balance: how digital technologies are affecting our work, our homes, and everything in between, which will be held 27 June, 9.30am–5pm IET’s Savoy Place, London. Keynote speakers are Claire Fox (Global HR Director at Save the Children International and author) and Oliver Burkeman (author of the Guardian’s This Column Will Change Your Life). Presenters include researchers from Loughborough University, University of Bristol, Coventry University, Birkbeck (University of London), University of Bedfordshire, Goldsmiths (University of London), University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, University of Sheffield, University of East Anglia, The Open University, Royal Holloway (University of London), University of Sussex, University of Hertfordshire and Bournemouth University.

E-resilience Conference, 21 Apr, London
E-Resilience Conference: A transdisciplinary approach to building e-resilience: managing technology, Birkbeck University, London
Join Coventry University and the Switched On Culture Research Group (SOCRG) in exploring this important area of research. You will hear from high profile researchers, practitioners and industry experts about the emerging concept of e-resilience and its application and wide-ranging implications for well-being and performance. The event, funded by the Balance Network, will involve a mix of keynote speakers, bite-size sessions and poster presentations which will increase your understanding of the challenges and opportunities. For more information, please visit the event website.

“Life Swap” – PhD Time Management Events, Birmingham

A series of Balance Network-funded research workshops, held at University of Birmingham, aim to assist PhD students in sharing technology habits to help with time management skills.  Public transport costs can be funded, and participants will receive a £20 voucher at the event, and a £10 voucher for submitting a questionnaire one month after. Three dates are available: Saturday 23rd April, Monday 25th April, or Thursday 28th April. If you are interested, contact Rowanne Fleck.

Women’s Engineering Society Annual Conference

The 22 April conference focuses on Professional Development. Whether you are already a professionally registered engineer or technician, or whether this is an ambition for the future, this conference will give an update and an overview of CPD, why it is important, and what is new in terms of overarching competencies including health and safety at work, risk, ethics, inclusivity, work/life balance, mentoring, and skills development.  There will be two workshop sessions, one is a training session for MentorSET mentors and mentees (or anybody thinking that they would like to become one), and another on Negotiating Skills by Sam Macbeth of Scotwork UK. Register your place for these workshops in advance. This conference is open to all (men and women).

Balance Network Meet-up at CHI 2016

As in previous years, the Network will organise a meet-up of members at ACM CHI 2016, which is scheduled for May 7 – 12 in San Jose, CA, USA.  Please let us know if you will be attending and if you’re interested in joining the meet-up.

Related Funding Opportunities and Events
Social Tech Seed 
Nominet Trust, a leading UK Social Tech funder, is accepting Stage 1 applications for their Social Tech Seed scheme. Social Tech Seed is an open grant-funding programme that offers entrepreneurial organisations early-stage investment to develop innovative projects harnessing the power of the internet and digital technologies to deliver significant social change.

€4m for ‘Design-based consumer goods’ 
This call for applications aims to fund goods designed to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or services) and improve the competitiveness of European SMEs in world markets

ICiTy – Enhancing Places through Technology conference 
Balance Network members might be interested in the CyberParks European COST network: Fostering Knowledge about the Relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces. The network focuses on the opportunities and challenges to public spaces brought about by the advancements of ICT. If you fancy a last minute spring holiday (!) they are running an interdisciplinary scientific conference over 18-19 Apr (Malta) open to academics, researchers, practitioners and PhD students alike.

Please do circulate this notice to relevant contacts and networks. If you’d like us to include an item in the bulletin and on our website, email a title and short description to stephanie.cziczo ‘at anglia.ac.uk.