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LFCS Lab Lunch by Carron Shankland

Tales from an EPSRC sandpit

When May 14, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where MF2
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EPSRC use sandpit events to generate transformational research. The idea is to stimulate adventurous new research and exciting (interdisciplinary) collaborations. Typically, there is a call for participation in a particular topic, and 10%-20% of applicants are successful. The sandpit itself is a five day residential interactive workshop, culminating in novel grant applications for the chosen topic with extremely high chance of funding. But it's not about the money (EPSRC catchphrase of the week).

I went to a sandpit in September 2012. It was both one of the most stimulating and stressful events I've ever attended. I met some very interesting people from quite different backgrounds. I ended up successfully leading a project on modelling for brain cancer. This sandpit also generated a network on the topic "Predictive Modelling for Healthcare Technologies through Mathematics": we will be recruiting network participants in the coming year.

I'll tell you a bit about the sandpit process from application to award, but the lab lunch is mainly an opportunity for you to ask questions.

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