July 2016 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

7 July 2016

As always, please do circulate this notice to relevant contacts and networks.

  1. Balance Network £2.5k funding – deadline July 29
  2. Beyond Balance event outputs: slides, Twitter
  3. Balance Network / Urban Institute working paper series launched
  4. Wider funding opportunities
  5. Upcoming events

1. Balance Network £2.5k funding – deadline 29 July
A final reminder that we are currently inviting proposals for activities within the themes of ‘work-life balance in the digital age’ to be held in 2016. Grants are for up to £2.5k, and we aim to fund at least one early career researcher. The final deadline is 5pm on Friday 29 July, and the application form and guidelines are available on our website. Thanks to everyone who’s submitted already!

2. Beyond Balance event outputs
Thanks to everyone who made Beyond Balance such an enjoyable and interactive event on Jun 27 at the beautiful Savoy Place. You can view the conference programme here and we have also ‘storified’ the Twitter #BeyondBalance contributions from the day. Over the month of July, we will be uploading photos, speaker slides, and video/audio from the two keynotes, Claire Fox and Oliver Burkeman. Slides are already available for some of the sessions, including: Material desires; Going ‘off-grid; and Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand. Balance Network member Sue Thomas discussed some of her take-aways from the event in her blog, technobiophilia.

3. Balance Network / Urban Institute working paper series launched
The set of six interdisciplinary working papers, edited by Rachel Macrorie and Faye Wade, which were showcased in Beyond Balance session: Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand, are now available on the Balance Network website. Check out the picture of the beautiful postcards they made too!

4. Wider funding opportunities
Content creation and consumption in the digital economy
The Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme are investing up to £5 million to support problem-driven and interdisciplinary research in the area of digital content creation and consumption. Closing date is 12 July at 4pm.

Women in Innovation
Innovate UK will invest £200,000 to get more women innovating in business. Innovate UK will identify 12 women who will benefit from a unique tailor-made package of support. Four of these women will receive £50,000 to further their plans and make a stellar impact in the world of innovation.

5. Upcoming events
Outdoor recreation and active lifestyles: understanding behavioural change
Outdoor Recreation Network’s conference on 5-6 October in Pitlochry, Scotland will examine how behaviour influences people’s choices in outdoor recreation and active lifestyles.

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@anglia.ac.uk.