Posts Tagged ‘competition’

CommonwelathgamesCommonwealth Games organisers have produced a Glasgow 2014 Factsheet that outlines the history of the event, information on the participating countries and the venues for each event. There is also a Game On Scotland site that “aims to provide inspiration and learning and teaching opportunities related to Glasgow 2014 and other momentous events happening throughout Scotland in the coming years”.

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leather_footballCan the pressure of perfectionism put on young elite footballers lead to a form of burnout?
What is burnout? Are there psychological aspects to it, or does the multidimensional side of things make it very difficult to tie down?
For anyone involved in youth soccer there are aspects of this interview with Dr Andrew Hill, Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Leeds, which make for uncomfortable reading.

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Research Councils UK has helped compile a report, “Supporting a UK success story: The impact of university research and sport development“, which aims to highlight just some of the many ways in which research has helped Team GB limber up and prepare for London 2012. The report shows how research taking place at universities across the UK is helping to give athletes that extra split second or millimetre advantage which can mean the difference between gold and silver medals in competitive sports.

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Remember the “Dance Your PhD” competition from September?  It’s been won by Joel Miller, a biomedical engineer at the University of Western Australia in Perth, who has interpreted his PhD topic on hip replacements as a stop motion movie.  The 53 other entrants can also be viewed online.

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Photograph of an open bookThe Royal Society run a competition to find the year’s best popular science books.  The nominees for this year’s Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books are now available from the Library.  Which one would you choose as the winner?

  • Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

The judges said: “A playful book that joyously takes us all by the hand on a grown-up trip through the world of mathematics” [Borrow from UWS Library]

  • Here on Earth: A new beginning by Tim Flannery

The judges said: “Depicting the Earth as a superorganism of which we are just a part, the author uses his optimistic, experienced voice to unravel the natural history of our world and ourselves.” [Borrow from UWS Library]

  • Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science by Ian Sample

The judges said: “An exciting adventure through the world of the biggest subject in physics: the Higgs boson.” [Borrow from UWS Library]


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The James Dyson Award 2011 is now open (closing date 2nd August).

The brief is straightforward: “Design something that solves a problem”.  The award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation), and the main prize is £10,000 for you and £10,000 for your university.  Previous finalists have included a design to adapt domestic kitchen taps to produce a water mist when fires are detected and a device to allow wheelchairs to be steered by head movement alone.

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“Young Researchers Improving Lives Competition

Glasgow City of Science, in partnership with the Glasgow Science Festival, is launching a new competition for early career researchers working in industry and academia in the West of Scotland. Entrants will showcase their research emphasising how it impacts on improving lives across Scotland and beyond. There will two prizes of £500 – one for PhD students/first post docs based in academia and the other for early career researchers from companies with a West of Scotland base. All candidates should have no more than 5 years research experience.

Entrants will be asked to submit a 100 word outline of their research, written in layman’s language, explaining “how it will improve lives”. They should also include one image relevant to their research and a personal photograph. A selection panel will short list 5 entrants in each category and winners will be chosen by panels of P6 and P7 children in schools across Glasgow.

Entry forms are now available on the websites of Glasgow City of Science www.glasgowcityofscience.com and Glasgow Science Festival www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk.  The closing date for entries is May 2, 2011.”

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The Wellcome Trust, the Guardian and The Observer have launched a competition for science journalism.  The competition is open to everyone who is not a professional writer.

“We want to identify some of the best writing about the remarkable ideas and stories emerging from the world’s laboratories, field trips and research journals … You might be a new PhD student laying out your research ideas, a seasoned blogger who writes about science in his spare time, or a professor of biology discussing a new idea in her field. You might be none of the above and, instead, someone who just looks at the world in wonder and wants to write about what you see.”

Thirty short-listed entrants will be invited to take part in a science writing workshop, and the winning articles (one by a professional scientist and one by a writer who isn’t a professional scientist) will be published in the Guardian or The Observer.  The winners will also receive £1000.

Competition details can be found on the Wellcome Trust’s website.  The closing date is 30th May.

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Image of maths formulaTell the UK Centre for Bioscience about “the pluses and minuses of maths on my bioscience course” and you could win £300.  There are two prizes, one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates.

You can submit your entry as:

  • A leaflet – maximum 2 sides of A4.
  • A poster – maximum size A3.
  • A film / video – maximum 5 mins.
  • A podcast – maximum 5 mins.
  • A PowerPoint presentation – maximum 20 slides.
  • A written entry – maximum 1000 words.
  • An online submission – either a web page, a blog posting, a wiki or other social media contribution.

The closing date for entries is 8th April 2011.  You can find more information on the UK Centre for Bioscience Student Award website.

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