Forthcoming Event

STFC:  Registrations for STFC's 'Doing Business with Big Science' Roadshow, calling at Cardiff, Belfast & Edinburgh in April 2012 are now open (see press release for dates).  These FREE events are designed to support greater engagement between engineering companies and large international European research institutions, such as CERN, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue Langevin ( ILL ). 

The roadshows will provide an opportunity for engineering firms to find out more about these facilities' current procurement needs & processes and to hear from other companies that have already benefited from such collaborations.

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HSE:  Apprentice tradesmen in the region are set to benefit from a new e-learning package to help them better understand the risks from asbestos.  Those who train or take on apprentices are getting the opportunity to find out how they can use the interactive resource, developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at a FREE training event on Tuesday 20 March at the Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Low Fell, Gateshead.

It will equip lecturers, trainers & employers with information about the ‘Introduction to Asbestos Training Package’ that includes a lesson plan, power point presentation including notes for lecturers, task sheets and posters so that they can build it into training for their apprentices.  Those who take part will also be offered a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate for attending the event.

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OS:  People across are being given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open data, and the tools & techniques to use open datasets, through a series of 6 masterclasses hosted by Ordnance Survey.

The open data FREE masterclasses will combine theory & practical sessions and provide participants the opportunity to use & harness free-to-use open datasets, including Ordnance Survey’s own free-to-use OS OpenData, now approaching its second anniversary, after being released on 1 April 2010.

Ordnance Survey is able to offer up to 30 places at each masterclass, running from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm each day (See press release for locations & dates 16 – 30 March 2012).

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UKOC:  On 22 March 2012, UK Online Centres will be holding a research symposium at the London School of Economics to bring together people and & currently doing research (in any form) on social digital behaviour. The symposium aims to encourage sharing between partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

At the moment they are putting together a list of recent & ongoing research programmes that cover any of the above themes that they will share before the symposium - please do share your latest research plans as well as any downloadable versions or links to your latest research papers and reports.

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ACE:  Booking is now open for the fourth seminar in the Building digital capacity for the arts programme.  Emerging business models for the digital environment (20 March 2012) is aimed at arts organisations & artists across who are grappling with the disruption to existing business models caused by digital platforms and who aspire to be on the front foot rather than the back. 

The seminar will draw on a mixture of talks, case studies and discussions about the challenges & opportunities associated with identifying sustainable business models within a rapidly changing environment.

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NE:  A series of ‘Farming More Precisely’ farmer events are being held across the South West this spring as part of the Soils for Profit Project.  These FREE group training sessions (places are limited) will help farmers & land managers to learn new techniques to improve the management of their soils, manures & nutrients with a view to improving productivity, making savings on expensive inputs and reducing losses to the environment.

The Project is also running a series of workshops during the spring on how to use the PLANET computer program for nutrient management.  For further details on the Farming More Precisely events and PLANET workshops, including dates & venues, visit NE farm events webpage or the SWARM Knowledge Hub.

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