University of Greenwich PhD Student wins Curran Fellowships award

The University of Greenwich is proud to announce that PhD student Beth Gaskell has been awarded the Curran Fellowships. The grants were founded by pioneer researcher Eileen Curran to support primary source and archival research into the periodical press of 19th-century Britain and its empire. The 2020 Curran Fellowships include: Beth Gaskell, The History of Early Regimental Journals 

This grant will enable Beth to pursue her work on C19 military periodicals after her PhD, which is nearly completed.

More detail of the Curran Fellowships can be found at

http://rs4vp.org/awards/curran-fellowship/  

Creatively Engaging with BAMER communities in Greenwich

Written by Professor Tracey Reynolds, Research Lead of Applied Sociology Research Group  and Rohima  Begum Miah (Sociology Graduate and GWES intern)

The Applied Sociology Research Group is new to University, established in September 2016. This multi-disciplinary group consolidates and brings together social science research across schools/departments located in various Faculties. The research groups’ key thematic priorities are: 

  • Enhancing citizenship and participation for marginalised groups
  • Social inclusion, health and wellbeing
  • Community engagement

Since the group’s inception we have placed particular emphasis on creative, participatory and applied social research for community engagement partnerships with voluntary and community organisations to identify and respond to the needs of the local community using research for social activism. Oftentimes this involves developing research projects in  collaboration with voluntary organisations and social justice agencies. We have organised various activities, events with the aim of promoting and supporting research and engagement activities with marginalised groups in local community settings. For list of recent activities please project website Applied Sociology https://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/research/centres/asrc

Our most recent example, was an event organised in celebration of Black History Month 2019. Entitled ‘United By/Divided By Race, Ethnicity and Gender: Inter-generational legacies  explored’  this event involved collaboration with Caribbean Social forum, a local community organisation for BAME/Caribbean elders and National Maritime Museum, based in Greenwich (26th October 2019). The University’s campus Bathway Theatre in Woolwich, situated in the heart of Woolwich, with an ethnically diverse community, provided the ideal place in which to hold this event. 

The event sought to commemorate the history, achievements and legacies of Black people in the UK, across ethnic, gender  and generation divides. It was important for us to also celebrate the contribution  of Black people to UK society and raise public awareness and knowledge of Black history and culture. In addition to being a day of celebration, we also wanted it to be a learning too and the activities that took place on the day very much spoke to our ethos of the importance of participatory learning!

ISEC Team from the University of Greenwich attracts H2020 ENSURESEC Project

The Internet of Things and Security (ISEC) research group has attracted a new H2020 project, called ENSURESEC, which has a total budget of 9 Million Euro (UoG share: 489K Euro). The P.I. is Muhammad Taimoor Khan and the team also includes Ivana Tomic, George Loukas and Georgia Sakellari. It will be a sociotechnical solution for safeguarding the Digital Single Market’s e-commerce operations against cyber and physical threats.

It combines an automatic, rigorous, distributed and open-source toolkit for protecting the e-commerce infrastructure, with monitoring of the impact of threats in physical space and a campaign for training SMEs and citizens aimed at creating awareness and trust. It addresses the whole gamut of modern e-commerce, from standard physical products purchased online and delivered via post, to entirely virtual products or services delivered online.

A huge congratulations to the team on the achievement!

LOUDSPEAKER ORCHESTRA CONCERT SERIES

Tuesday 28th January 2020, 7pmSt Alfege Church, Greenwich

The School of Design and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences invite you to the next concert in the Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Series in the historic St Alfege Church. 

Explore Ensemble immerses instruments and audiences among a live 3D loudspeaker orchestra to present the London premiere of Natasha Barrett’s ‘Sagittarius A*’ and rare modernist works reimagined with ambisonic technology .

Explore Ensemble work at the radical frontiers of new music, offering audiences outstanding performances of internationally acclaimed composers, advocating music rarely heard in the UK, and working closely with composers on new works to foster a repertoire for the future. Described as ‘Indefatigably outstanding’, Explore Ensemble have featured at several editions of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival while performing alongside the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, as well as feature on BBC Radio 3, at London’s Principal Sound Festival, Cafe OTO, Kings Place, the Royal College of Music, and outside of London in Manchester, Leeds, Oxford, and Germany.

The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. Regular concerts, featuring work by international artists alongside students of Sound Design, take place in and around Greenwich.

The musical programme will be complemented with a free glass of wine in the interval.

Tickets are FREE for University of Greenwich students and staff, and £5 for external guests.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: https://explore-ensemble-loudspeaker-orchestra-concert.eventbrite.co.uk.

Media History Study Day 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Study Day is funded by Media History, an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on media and society from the fifteenth century to the present; the Media History Seminar, a London-based interdisciplinary group working on a range of media including print, radio, film, and digital communications technologies from various time periods; Queen Mary University of London; the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies; the Institute of English Studies; and the Institute of Historical Research. The Study Day is organised by PhD Researcher Ann Hale from the University of Greenwich, who is able to answer any questions that may arise.

While PGRs/ECRs are encouraged to share work that resonates with the theme, submissions on all media-related subjects are welcome. Participants will give 10-minute presentations on their works-in-progress followed by a 5-minute discussion of a question/problem related to their research. Research posters or presentations in alternative formats will also be considered.

Media History Study Day 2020 is an opportunity for postgraduate students (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) working on any aspect of media studies to share and discuss their work in a collegial, multidisciplinary environment. ECRs/PGRs working on media from any time period, social/cultural context, or perspective are invited
to participate, including, but not limited to, those examining book history, broadcast media, electronic media, ephemera, film, journalism, media theory, newspapers, periodicals, or print culture.

MEDIA HISTORY STUDY DAY 2020: MEDIA LIVES
DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 TIME: TBD–19:30
LOCATION: Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London
KEYNOTE: Dr. Rebecca Roach, University of Birmingham, 18:00–19:30

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: February 1, 2020

For more information on how to participate and apply, please access

Media History Seminar Website

FSEG GEO-SAFE Evacuation Workshop

The FSEG Team at the University of Greenwich invites you to participate in a one day workshop as part of the GEO-SAFE project, taking place 20th February 2020 at the University of Greenwich.

GEO-SAFE (Geospatial based Environment for Optimisation Systems Addressing Fire Emergencies) is a H2020 – MSCA-RISE project (n.691161), co-ordinated by FSEG of the University of Greenwich with 17 partners from 7 countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Australia) and is a four year project running from May 2016 to April 2020.

The aim of GEO-SAFE is to create a network enabling the two regions to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience, thus boosting the progress of wildfires knowledge and the related development of innovative methods for dealing efficiently with such fires.

Wildfires

The workshop will comprise of the following themes:

  • Identification and quantification of human behaviour in response to wildfire.
  • Role, requirements and capabilities of evacuation modelling in the planning and management of wildfires.
  • Development and application of Large Scale Wildfire Evacuation Models
  • Future directions for wildfire evacuation modelling.
  • The workshop consists of:
  • 7 invited lectures
  • 3 discussion panels
  • 1 hands on session using urbanEXODUS urban-scale evacuation simulation model
  • 1 demonstration session showing recent developments in coupling wildfire, pedestrian and vehicle models

The deadline to register is 14 February 2020, access EVENBRITE

This is a free event

NRI scientists of Chatham helping in the battle against malaria appear on BBC South East Inside Out programme

Dr Tim Acott appeared on BBC South East Inside Out programme to talk about the work of the NRI on mosquitoes and malaria. The BBC programme, aired in October, visited the Natural Resources Institute in Chatham, University of Greenwich Campus.

Dr Tim Acott

‘Mosquitoes can detect over 300 specific chemicals to find someone to bite’, says Professor Gabriella Gibson

FACT: Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal in the world, killing more than a million people a year. The malaria parasite persists in warmer climates and rapidly spreads.

WetlandLIFE shares project findings at the Royal Society, London

Last October, the final Valuing Nature (VN) Programme Conference was held at the Royal Society in London where the WetlandLIFE team represented the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich.

The VN Programme, supported by a consortia of UK Research Councils including the AHRC, ESRC and NERC, funded seven research projects orientated around two research enquiries; the impacts of potential ecological tipping points for natural resources within the UK and the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing for British citizens. The WetlandLIFE team have been involved in the latter research area, human health and wellbeing, through their collaborative work within the WetlandLIFE project, which is drawing to an end in January 2020.

Project leader Dr Tim Acott addressing delegates at the Valuing Nature Conference 2019

The VN conference was an opportunity for all the WetlandLIFE team to present their initial findings ahead of a synthesis of their overall research discussion and conclusions. Director of the Greenwich Maritime Centre, Reader in Human Geography at the University of Greenwich, and wetlandLIFE Principle Investigator, Dr Tim Acott helped to opening proceedings with a plenary talk summarising the overall impression of findings so far and focussing on the interdisciplinary nature of the project. A key feature of the wetlandLIFE project has been to use multiple ways of knowing to understand the diversity of values associated with wetlands, and the combination of disciplines involved has provided fertile grounds for additional discoveries to emerge. Tim then joined a lively panel discussion about lessons learned across the protfolio of Valuing Nature projects.

#WetlandLIFE

Best Research Project 2019 for Fire Safety Engineering Group Team at the University of Greenwich

Congratulations to Prof Ed Galea, Dr Hui Xie, Dr Steve Deere, Dr Lynn Hulse and Mr David Cooney of the Fire Safety Engineering Group, University of Greenwich for the achievement of the prestigious award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (UK Chapter).

The winning project, on Construction site evacuation safety: Evacuation strategies for tall construction sites, was a result of team effort and ‘it was also a great example of what can be achieved when academics partner with industry’, according to Professor Ed Galea.

“Outstanding, unique and informative research in an area seldom explored. There is great potential to make the construction environment and all those who work in it safer from fire and  this research provides data and tools to achieve this objective.” SFPE

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is a professional society for fire protection engineering established in 1950. SFPE publishes the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, published on behalf of the society by SAGE Publications and Fire Protection Engineering magazine is published quarterly by SFPE. The Society has nearly 5,000 members.