Theme update February 2012

Posted by egg3 at May 28, 2012 11:50 AM |
Update on organisation for the theme, following our steering group meeting on 23rd February 2012

As you know, Gordon Harold and Ian Forsythe are leading the theme which will be divided into five ‘Strand’ interest groups.  Emma Gisborn will provide support across the theme.  The aim is to continue to promote research – in terms of obtaining grant funding and assisting our members in writing papers and grants. The overall philosophy is simple: to encourage everyone to take ‘one step forward’. This is a co-operative venture and should be positive, supportive and avoid creating barriers or wasting time.

Things to do

Strand Membership

Please email your membership interest to Emma and the Strand leader(s).

Please update your Affiliate Webpage

Here are the five key elements of the theme.

1. Five Strands or subthemes will encapsulate our key interests (Strand Leaders).

• Psychology & Behaviour (Gordon Harold: )

• Degeneration & Disease (Ruth Luthi-Carter: )

• Sensory Processing (Hearing – Ian Forsythe:, Vision – Irene Gottlob: )

• Neurons & Networks (Tom Matheson:  – including Bioengineering)

• Channel & Receptor Signalling (Richard Evans: )
Membership of multiple strands is encouraged, but please note which is your primary interest.

2. Mission:  "Promote research activity through collaboration, mentorship and planning"

• To promote research activity and the research profile of the Theme.

• To take responsibility for encouraging members in grant and paper writing.

• Strands will meet 3 or 4 times per year and agree development plans. 

• To enjoy conducting and sharing our research!

The idea is to avoid invasive steps within individual’s research, but to encourage good practice and where that is already happening, promoting links, synergies and further activity.  Research programmes will not be compromised but can benefit from the different levels of support that the theme can offer.  We hope to provide collective benefit and positive progression for all our research activities..  The objective is to assist in developing existing or potential outputs and will be supportive rather than primarily managerial.

3. Priority jobs. The Strand leaders will be asking you to participate in the following actions:

• Requests will be made to populate each strand with members. Please join as many as you want, but be prepared to participate in a ‘primary’ strand.

• Strand Webpages. Images and text are needed for EG to construct a web page for each strand.

• Individual’s ‘affiliate’ webpages need to be updated.

• Participate in meetings and discuss your collective plans with your Strand leader.

• Register for peer review panels which will meet twice to discuss grants (before writing, before submission).

4. Research days

The Annual Neuroscience & Behaviour Symposium will be held on 3rd May 2012.  This will serve to make everyone more aware of the theme and what it can offer.

5. Peer Review

We need to emphasize that the Theme is meant to be a supportive and constructive process.  It will not be a barrier to getting a grant submitted but is aimed at developing and assisting the submission. We hope you will enjoy participating in reviewing other people’s proposals as well as making your own.

If you need any assistance with any theme issue please contact Emma ( who will be happy to help.

I hope that we can enjoy building our Theme to foster the individual excellence of all of our members.

Please help where you can.


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