October 2015 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

22 October 2015

A selection of articles from the Balance Network’s October 2015 bulletin. To be added to our mailing list, please click the ‘Sign Up To Our Bulletins’ icon above.  If you have news you’d like included in a future bulletin, email the details to stephanie.cziczo ‘at’ anglia.ac.uk.

  1. ‘Always On Culture’ meeting 
  2. Activity Proposal Funding Application Update
  3. EPSRC: ICT Outline Proposal Invitation
  4. Dr. Renee Lertzman:  “Behaviour change from the inside out”
  5. Network Plus – Future Digital, Smart and Intelligent Manufacturing

1. ‘Always On Culture’ meeting
The Balance Network attended a meeting of the ‘Always On Culture’ group in September.  The group, which is part of the British Psychological Society (BPS) DOP Work-Life Balance Working Group, discussed lots of synergies amongst the attendees. Several interesting ideas were raised, for example regarding shared repositories of relevant publications, an idea for a book in the pipeline, the Network’s plans to launch a series of videos about ‘balance challenges’ (watch this space!), and the final Always On BPS funded seminar which will take place on 11 Mar 2016. We look forward to continuing working together!

2. Activity Proposal Funding Application Update
We were thrilled to receive 19 very strong activity proposals in response to our invitation over the summer.  Proposals have been reviewed, and we look forward to notifying grant recipients of outcomes by Friday 9 October.  We will be announcing the funded activities (which will run between Nov and Apr) in our November newsletter – stay tuned!  And a giant thank you to our reviewers!

3. EPSRC: ICT Outline Proposal Invitation
The EPSRC Information and Communication Technologies Theme has announced funding to link existing test-beds in order to undertake a variety of internet-relevant research. The closing date is 28 October.

4. Dr. Renee Lertzman:  “Behaviour change from the inside out”
The Global Sustainability Institute (out of which the Balance Network is led) will be hosting Dr. Renee Lertzman as a visiting fellow in October and November.  Her expertise is in psychosocial methods, which place affect and emotion at the centre of design. Network members with an interest in behaviour change (including why some commonly tried approaches fail) might be interested in these methods.  Rosie and Renee will be running a two-day workshop over 29-30 October in Cambridge called “Behaviour change from the inside out”.

5. Network Plus – Future Digital, Smart and Intelligent Manufacturing
Rhia Visavadia, the manager of EPSRC’s Manufacturing for the Future, has offered a slightly later deadline on this for Balance Network members. The deadline was originally 14 December, but if you are interested, the deadline has been extended to 21 December.

EPSRC are looking for people interested in participating in a network on the theme of Future Digital, Smart and Intelligent Manufacturing. The idea for this Network Plus follows on from a workshop held at the University of Nottingham titled, ‘Digital Technologies for Manufacturing Innovation: Embracing Industry 4.0’.

This announcement is aimed at researchers or industry collaborators interested in participating in Network activities, or in volunteering to be part of an executive grouping that will lead this network.

If you are interested please read the one-page briefing (see “Resources” on this page) and email the answers to the questions asked at the end of the briefing, to manufacturing@epsrc.ac.uk by 16:00 on 14 December 2015.