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Friday 25 September - Lightfest

Library of Birmingham, 10am - 5pm

As part of the University’s forthcoming 50th anniversary celebrations, the first ever Lightfest will take place at the Library of Birmingham.  The event will showcase talks by leading academics, workshops will be running and we will have over 30 drop in demonstrations on view.

Our science festival will showcase how photonics impacts our everyday life and what researchers do in the laboratories from light science to photonics technology.  We will be presenting the science of light in an inspirational fashion, via the demonstrations, workshops and talks, offering a broad appeal to a cross section of society and clarify that science is accessible to all.

We are looking for more staff volunteers to help make Lightfest a resounding success. Staff are needed to advise schools and attendees about the activities taking place on the day and help with any queries that attendees may have. Staff will be needed between the hours of 9:30am and 5pm. A full briefing will be given to all volunteers before the event.

For further information about Lightfest, please contact Jean Hasson or by phone, ext. 4551. Lightfest is open to all schools, colleges, universities and members of the public.

Carbon Week: Volunteers Required

Carbon Week (2 - 6 November 2015) is Aston University's ambitious project to bring climate change awareness and low-carbon design thinking to all its students in a thought-provoking, 5-day-long, annual event. Preparations for Carbon Week are already well underway. If any academics who wish to contribute appropriate teaching to the week’s events, or support staff who would like to assist with the production of this ambitious project,email your interest to carbonweek@aston.ac.uk. Further details can be found here.

It will give our students the necessary knowledge in order to inform and influence their professional careers. We believe that Aston is the first university in the world to embed climate change teaching in all its courses and that this will ensure that our students enhance their employability, are better prepared for a low-carbon world and are much more useful to companies when they start their careers.

Carbon Week will consist of an Introduction Day at the Genting Arena (NEC) for all 3,100 2nd year students, followed by four days of lectures, presentations and project work back on campus. All academics are invited to attend the Introduction Day at the Genting Arena - already confirmed as participating are Robin Ince (comedian) and the event’s compere Reeta Chakrabarti (BBC News). More names will be announced soon. Visit the website for further information.

Wednesday 9 September - LibLunch 2015: Conquering your reading lists, conquering Rebus

Library Workshop (2nd floor), 1pm - 2pm

Join the Library team for a workshop on managing your reading lists using Rebus - the Library's electronic reading list system. This event is open to all academic staff, and the whole Information Specialist team will be there to offer you advice and answer your questions.

Thursday 10 September - The Complete Funding Series 2015/16 - Symposia: British Academy Small Research Grant

MB404D, 12 noon - 2pm

This year’s first Symposia will cover the British Academy Small Research Grant. The session, delivered by Dr Nathaniel Golden, will explain what the awards are for, identify best practice, talk you through the e-gap system, how to choose your external referee and will go through the internal review system in place.

Book your place here. For further information on Symposia and The Complete Funding Series 2015/16, see here. The next round of competition will be opening on 2nd September and closing at 5pm on 14th October 2015.

Tuesday 15 September - Employee Travel Scheme

MB737, 9am - 12 noon
The next issue day for the purchase/renewal of bus and rail passes will take place on Tuesday 15 September. For more information and to download an application, form visit the website. Completed forms must be returned to Barbara Power, Human Resources, by Thursday 10 September.

Thursday 17 September - The Complete Funding Series – Seminar: The Grant-Cycle

MB245, 12:00- 1:00pm

This seminar introduces academics to the life stages of the grant proposal from conception to project end. The session will answer a variety of questions in detail to ensure that the researcher comes away with an in-depth knowledge of the funding cycle. Researchers at all levels are welcome to attend, no booking is required.

For more information on all three strands of the new and improved Complete Funding Series, see here.For further information, speak to your Research Development Manager or email the RSO.

Thursday 17 September - Dare to succeed: Learning from start-ups - finding your perfect idea

MB229, 12 noon - 2pm
Learn the process top entrepreneurs use to select and assess ideas, understand their market and back winning concepts. Aston Alumnus and co-founder of Turn Partners, Mike Bandar, will show you how to be more entrepreneurial in your everyday role. Book your place.

Thursday 17 September - Vision Sciences Information Day

Room TBC, 9:30am - 3:30pm

The Optometry Clinic will be running its annual Patient Information Day. Speakers include Action for Blind, Macular Society, Seeing Sense and Essilor International. To confirm your attendance, call 0121 204 4104.

Wednesday 23 September - Aston Business Network
MBA Lounge, Aston Business School, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
For the relaunch of the Aston Business Network, guest speaker Jason Navon, co-founder of award-winning PR and social media agency, Clarity Comms will be giving a talk on ‘Is social media the new channel for building brand equity?’ Book your place here.

Friday 25 September - Lightfest - Light and Art: An Indivisible Relationship

The Library of Birmingham, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

Professor Alessandro Farini (CNR-National Institute of Optics and University of Florence) will be the guest speaker at this free event. Discussions will include the relationships between light, vision and perception, notably the recent ‘dress ‘colour’ debate on social media. For further information and to book your ticket, see here.  

Friday 9th October- Aston Welcome debrief

The Council Room, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

The debrief is open to any members of staff who were involved in Welcome Week or would just like to find out how the two weeks were received. For further information or any questions, email Jema Wyatt.