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Turning your research ideas into reality – 10-11 March 2010, Edinburgh

Collaboration increasingly lies at the heart of successful research. To help develop new collaborations, the Collaborations Workshop will bring together researchers, funding body representatives and technology experts in Edinburgh on 10-11 March 2010. This expertise, combined with the workshop’s novel structure, will create the perfect opportunity to meet researchers with complementary skills who, in collaboration, could help turn your ideas into a reality.

CW2010 will take place on 10-11 March 2010. It will be held at the e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.

Visit the Collaborations Workshop website.

Register for the Collaborations Workshop.

JISC Conference 2010 blog competition launches

JISC is putting the spotlight on the education community in a blog competition, with the chance to win a flip camera and inclusion in a JISC publication.

As part of the JISC Conference 2010, JISC is asking teachers, learners and researchers to share their experiences of technology around the event theme:
‘technology – at the heart of education and research’.

The competition will be judged by Michelle Pauli, deputy editor of books section and editor of the conference blog; conference keynote speaker Bill St Arnaud, chief research officer at Canada’s Advanced Internet Development Organization; and John Traxler, professor of mobile learning and director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton.

Entrants should write a blog post or produce a short video explaining how important technology is to their work in education and research.

For example, have you been using web 2.0 tools to get in touch with or engage students or colleagues? Perhaps technology is helping to make your research quicker and easier, or maybe you’ve found a whole new angle of inquiry because of it? Whether it’s about getting in touch with far-flung colleagues, presenting your work in a new way, or working in an innovative area, JISC wants to hear from you.

Michelle Pauli explained what the judges are looking for: “We’re really looking forward to finding out what technology the education community couldn’t live without, whether it’s a cutting edge software application or a standard piece of kit used in an innovative way. Blog posts don’t need to be long to tell a good story and a short, sweet and to-the-point specific example can be just as compelling and effective.”

She added: “I’m particularly intrigued to see if anyone takes up the challenge of ‘showing rather than telling’ by using video to share their story.”

All entrants will receive reciprocal links to their blogs from the JISC website, with the chance to be part of the selected entries in a publication on the topic.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a flip camera, presented to them at the JISC Conference 2010, taking place from 12-13 April 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London.

Anyone employed by a further education college or university in the UK or abroad is eligible to enter the competition, although members of the JISC executive are not eligible to be shortlisted or win the prize.

Submit your entry via the online form before the entry deadline of 1700 GMT on Friday 19 February 2010 at

eResearch – What is it and how can it help me?

Date: Tuesday 17 November
Venue: Priorslee Hall, Telford Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Shifnal Road, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9NT

This JISC-sponsored roadshow, for researchers and those providing IT support services, will introduce the concept of e-research and some of the tools, along with case studies from practitioners in various disciplines.

Many academics engage in a combination of teaching, administration and research. All will be familiar with the use of networked technologies help them work together, teaching and administering large numbers of students, often at a distance, perhaps through managed learning environments or video-conferencing

The term e-Research describes the use of networked technologies to support research activities, by enabling the capture, storage, analysis, publishing or sharing of large amounts of complex data often by remote or distributed teams. Technologies and services specifically for e-research already exist and are increasingly used, with many freely available. Additionally, other tools already familiar to academics in other contexts can be adopted and adapted for e-research.

Guest speakers

  • Dr David Fergusson, Deputy Director, National e-Science Centre on ‘What is e-research?’
  • Dr Hugo Mills, Research Fellow, University of Reading on ‘The Use of Web 2.0 in Research’
  • Plus hear from Wolverhampton researchers about their experiences with e-research technologies.

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JISC Conference 2010 Sponsorship and Exhibition Bookings Open

We are delighted to announce that sponsorship and exhibition bookings are now open for the JISC Conference 2010. The conference will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre London on 12-13 April 2010.

For the past 7 years the JISC annual conference has been bringing expertise and knowledge to over 750 academics, IT experts, library professionals, policy makers, research staff, senior managers, students and teachers from across education in the UK and internationally. The one and a half day conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to communicate and network directly with this audience.

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Packages Information document which lists all the available opportunities, what is included in each package, the prices and how to book. Please refer to the booking form for full details.

NB: Early Bird package rates end 1 December 2009 – so get booking now to secure your discount!

For further information about the JISC Conference please visit the conference website.

JISC sponsored UCISA event: Liaising with researchers

Title:                      SSG Liaising with researchers
Date:                     Wednesday 20 January 2010
Venue:                   Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester
Booking deadline:     Friday 8 January 2010
Cost:                      UCISA Members – £105       Non-Members – £165

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Many institutions are already developing, or are looking to develop, a liaison or relationship management strategy to improve the links between central information services and the departments and divisions of the wider institution. Given limited resources, such liaison work often involves engaging only with a few individuals, who are expected to represent the needs and views of their whole department. Researchers, however, have IT needs that are somewhat different to those of other IT users within their institution. The challenges of liaising with researchers include:

  • Pro-actively engaging with researchers, particularly with those in disciplines which are not traditionally innovative users of IT
  • Ensuring that IT requirements are built into research plans and budgets right from the earliest stages
  • Successfully advocating the benefits of centrally provided facilities compared to local self-managed facilities

A variety of models for liaising with researchers exists within the HE community and an understanding of what constitutes good practise is still developing. Through a combination of presentations and discussion workshops, this event will aim to improve on that understanding and enable delegates to discuss and share good practise where it exists.

If you or others within your institution need to improve your liaison or communication with researchers, then this event should be of interest to you. The event is being run in collaboration with JISC, who hope to commission a study of the various models in use across HE for engagement with researchers. The presentations and workshop discussions would therefore feed into that study and inform future developments in this area.

Sponsored by JISC.

JISC Conference 2010 – save the date!

londonbus.jpgThe JISC Conference 2010 is taking place on 12-13 April 2010, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. Make sure you have the date saved in your diary!

The main conference will open with a drinks reception on the evening of the 12 April, with a full programme on the 13 April. Pre-conference activities on the afternoon of the 12 April are planned and these will be announced along with the parallel session details later in the year.

We are delighted to welcome the following keynote speakers to the conference:

  • Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor, The Open University
  • Bill St Arnaud, Chief Research Officer, CANARIE Inc.

Sponsorship and Exhibition bookings are now open and full details of the packages and how to book can be found at:

Delicious feeds

Delicious feeds of tagged blog posts, website news feeds etc, all relating to events organisation on subjects such as

  • green events
  • how to make sessions more interactive
  • how to use Twitter at an event
  • pre-event community building

and  much much more, can now be viewed here on the JISC events blog.

The tags being used are:

  • jisceventsresourcesgeneral – for general event related resources
  • jisceventsresourcesonline – for resources relating to use of web 2.0 technologies and social media at events

JISC Access & Identity Management Programme Call

The new JISC Access and Identity Management Programme call has been released:

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12 noon GMT on Monday 19th October 2009.

The JISC is holding a community briefing event where potential bidders will be given information about the background to the call, its objectives and the bidding process. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of JISC Executive staff. This meeting will take place Thursday 17th September 2009 at the ICC in Birmingham. Registration for this event closes 13:00 Friday 11th September 2009. More information is available from

Further details about the call can be found at the AIM blog at Queries about the call can also be posted on Twitter using the tag #AIMCall09.

If you have any queries or require further information please do not hesitate to contact the AIM Programme Manager Christopher Brown at or on 020 3006 6072 and 07891 501177.

JISC Conference 2009 – preconference activities

We are pleased to announce some pre-conference events that are taking place the day before the main conference on Monday 23 March at the EICC. To register simply go to the registration booking form online and choose the pre-conference sessions that you want to attend along with the parallel sessions on the main conference day:

Higher Education in a global economy. The implications for technology and JISC
Monday 23 March, 12.30 – 1600
The pre-conference activities will start with a forum to discuss the changing higher education environment and the implications for JISC and the academic community. The purpose of the forum will be to engage with senior management and policy makers as part of the JISC strategy consultation process. Professor David Baker, Vice-Chair, JISC will be chairing a panel of expert speakers including:

  • Rashik Parmar, CTO & Distinguised Engineer, IBM
  • Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President & Chief Strategist, OCLC
  • Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal Knowledge Management, CIO, University of Edinburgh
  • Juliet Williams, Chair, South West Regional Development Agency

For full details, see the programme online

JISC Question Time: Student Experiences
Monday 23 March, 1615 – 1745
The forum will be followed by a JISC Question Time event on Student Experiences, chaired by Donald MacLeod, the Guardian HE Editor. Donald will be chairing a panel including:

  •  Professor Sir David Melville, Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience
  • Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal Knowledge Mangement, Chief Information Officer, University of Edinburgh
  • Rob Howe, Head of Learning Technology & Media, University of Northampton
  • Sue Beck, Student, University of Northampton

This special event will allow attending delegates to pose questions to the panel and take part in discussion and debate around the theme of Student Experiences. For full details please refer to the programme online

Join in Online

There will be lots of online amplification activities around the JISC Conference 2009. In the run-up to the conference, delegates will be able to benefit from taking part in online discussion forums around the sessions they are attending. Further information about this will be sent to registered delegates nearer the time. Delegates can also submit questions to session leaders/presenters via the booking form in advance of the conference, this facility is now live on the Day Planner Service.

On the day, make sure you bring your laptop/hand-held device so that you can follow and contribute to the conference blog. There is free wifi throughout the conference venue. Perhaps you have your own blog or are a Twitter fan. The conference tag is: jisc09 – so if you blog or twitter about the JISC Conference 2009 on the day make sure you tag it! We will be showing a live feed of all tagged posts on the day. This will includes any photos you take and post!

We will have official JISC Conference roving bloggers, blogging about all the various aspects of the conference. They might stop you for an interview to find out your experience of the day?!! So we encourage everyone to join in online, if you don’t, you might be missing out!

We will also be live streaming the plenary sessions, so anyone that isn’t able to attend can watch, hear and follow the presentation and slides online, live. Delegates physically attending may also want to do this, as there will be the facility to comment live online whilst the speeches are taking place. You can either follow the commenting or contribute yourself, live.

Finally, we will also be launching the 1-2-1 networking facility 2/3 weeks before the conference; delegates will be sent full details when this happens. Delegates will be able to use the Day Planner Service to search for other delegates that you might want to meet and use the system to book appointments with them in a dedicated networking area at the conference venue.
We hope this will all make for a memorable JISC Conference 2009 and we look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!

How to organise greener events

Here are a few suggestions to help you reduce the carbon footprint of your event. Any more suggestions very welcome!  In my opinion the key ‘green’ factors to consider when organising or supporting events are:

  1. Venue choice
  2. Co2 emissions
  3. Locally produced food
  4. reducing waste

The planning you do or don’t do with respect to the above points can greatly affect the carbon footprint of your event. So here are some suggestions to help you with your ‘green’ planning. Remember the 3 Rs:



  • Find a venue with ‘Green credentials’. Find out what their Green Policy is eg. recycling, energy saving etc.
  • Find a venue that is easily accessed by public transport and as close to a mainline train station / bus station as possible
  • Make sure the venue has good disabled access
  • Where possible use the in-house AV and Technical services to reduce equipment transportation
  • Better still – do you need to have a physical event? Why not try and organise an online event?
  • Consider video conferencing and/or recording the event for wider access via the internet
  • Minimise unnecessary lighting, heating / air-conditioning
  • Perhaps look at offsetting Co2 emissions arising from the event
  • Work with the venue to ensure that all lights and air-conditioning units are switched off when rooms are not in use


  • Put as much information on the event website as possible about how to travel to your event including pedestrian routes
  • Encourage delegates to take public transport and encourage car sharing. Perhaps set up a car-sharing page on the website/wiki?

Delegate Packs

  • Don’t give out notepads and ask delegates to bring their own
  • Try electronic delegate packs – send the pack out by email before the event, with pdfs or urls to webbased documents. Delegates can download them onto their laptops, PDAs, iPhones etc. and use on the day. Have a plasma or two around the main areas of the conference showing the programme/schedule for the day.
  • NOTE: putting everything onto a memory stick does reduce paper, but think about how the USB stick was manufactured, was it produced in an environmentally way and is it made of green materials? Plastic is not a good solution!
  • If you cannot do without a programme or programme guide, reduce the size of it or print on recycled paper.
  •  Provide delegate bags made from 100% recycled material or reusable bags or better still do without!
  • do a green USB stick made from 100% recycled ABS plastic – a green way of distributing documents!

Recycling and Reducing Waste

  • Use websites and emailing lists to promote the event
  • Use electronic registration and publish event itinerary online
  • Use double-sided printing for promotional materials and handouts. Use recycled paper where possible.
  • Use portable and re-usable display materials
  • Seek naturally lighted meeting and exhibition areas
  • Format any handouts so as to minimise the amount of paper used
  • Where possible, write material in a re-usable format (general rather than event specific)
  • Ask the venue to provide paper recycling bins to be placed in all main areas of the conference and by the exit doors
  • Take all the event signage with you and recycle or ask the venue to recycle or donate to local charity art projects. Better still also produce the event signage on recycled material!


  • Check whether the venue caterers are able to source local ingredients/produce, to reduce food miles and consider going organic if your budget allows!
  • If serving fish, use fish from sustainable sources
  • Plan food requirements carefully to avoid unnecessary waste
  • Ensure that all dietary requirements are catered for and offer vegetarian choices
  • Wherever possible ensure fruit is provided as an alternative to sweet desserts
  • Consider donating leftover food to local charity or sending for local composting
  • Ensure tea/coffee is Fair Trade and provide tap water as an alternative (if you must use bottled water make sure it is local!)
  • Or place water coolers throughout the building and encourage attendees to bring water bottles from home to use throughout the conference
  • Minimise use of individually packaged food/drink items (eg. provide milk / cream in jugs rather than individual plastic cartons)
  • Use reusable crockery, glassware and cutlery where possible (to reduce waste) or if not make sure it is compostable
  • Ask the caterer to use bulk dispensers for sugar, salt, pepper, cream and other condiments.


  • If you are having exhibitors at your event, encourage them to bring as little literature as possible. Alternatives could be distributing CDRoms with information or USB sticks made from recycled materials.
  • Encourage exhibitors to source conference giveaways that have as little impact on the environment as possible (eg. nothing plastic)

On the day

  • Avoid mass distribution of handouts – allow attendees to download copies from the internet
  • Ensure presenters are aware of electronic presentation facilities and that their presentation will be available online after the event
  • Provide re-usable name badges (and remember to collect them at the end of the event!)
  • Minimise use of accessories that are harmful to the environment (eg. plastic leaflet wallets)
  • Feature conference name and date on holding slide rather than use single use stage graphics
  • Promote energy and water efficiency to participants eg. switch off lights when rooms are not in use
  • Use drymark eraser boards rather than paper in workshp presentations
  • Request that any usused items be collected for use at another event


  • If not issued at the event, sent out an online delegate feedback questionnaire by email
  • Give any feedback you have to the venue


  • Choose a hotel with a linen reuse programme and that uses bulk dispensers for soap and toiletries
  • Choose a hotel within walking distance of the conference venue

A useful website listing hotels that are part of the official Green Tourism Business Scheme:

Tell people!

  • Make sure you advertise the fact you are making efforts to reduce the environmental impact of your event
  • Write an Environment Policy or Statemtn for your event or statement and share it with all delegates, speakers, exhibitors etc.