TIDES funding call

COST Action ES1401 –

TIDES: Time Dependent Seismology

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM):

Last-minute call for missions to be completed in 2015!

Given residual availability of funds, COST Action ES1401 TIDES – Time Dependent Seismology invites further applications for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). There is no formal deadline for these applications, that will be evaluated one by one as they are submitted. The only, strict and quite severe, time limit is that the mission must be completed by the end of the current grant period, i.e. December 31st, 2015.

STSMs are an instrument to support individual mobility from one to another COST country, to strengthen existing networks or promote new collaborations within the scientific objectives of TIDES ES1401 COST Action.

The applicant can be a PhD student, a PostDoc or staff member of an institution located in a TIDES ES1401 COST Participating Country or in a Near Neighbour Country (NNC), formally part of TIDES.

The host institution has to be sited in a TIDES COST Participating Country or in a Near Neighbour Country (NNC).

The up-to-date list of TIDES participating countries and NNCs can be found at:

Mission Duration

The STSM has to be completed by December 31st. There is a minimum duration of 5 working days and a maximum of 2 months for the current proposed STSM.

Application Procedure

To apply, the candidate should (both steps 1 and 2 are mandatory!):

  1. follow this link to apply online for a Short-term scientific mission:
  2. send a formal STSM application by e-mail to the STSM coordinator of the Action ES1401 – Graça Silveira , consisting of:
    • cover letter stating the science topic of the STSM (for information on this action science topics, please visit TIDES webpage;
    • a copy of the COST STSM Application form which has been filled online.
    • description/work-plan of the proposed visit (in PDF format); no more than 2 A4 pages;
    • a detailed CV;
    • letter of acceptance from the Host institute of the STSM;
    • letter from either the Host or Home institute indicating any extra support that may be given to the applicant, (if applicable);
    • in the case of a PhD student, a support letter for the proposed visit from the advisor.

After the STSM

1) The grantee is required to submit a short scientific report (main text of 3-5 pages with any attachments if necessary) to the STSM coordinator for approval by the STSM Committee within 15 days after the end date of the STSM keeping the STSM host institution in copy. This will include:

  • The objectives of the STSM;
  • A short description of the work carried out during the STSM;
  • A description of the main results obtained, stating (if applicable) any deviations from the initial purposes, possible impacts achieved or expected;
  • An indication of any problems that may have appeared;
  • A reference to future collaboration with the host institution (if applicable);
  • A letter by the host institution, confirming the successful execution of the STSM;
  • The actual results that may be used directly by the COST action (beyond the 2-5 pages, e.g. to be included in the action’s deliverables);
  • Other comments (if any).

Failure to submit the scientific report within 15 days will effectively cancel the grant.

2) The STSM Committee is responsible for approving the scientific report and informing the Grant Holder that the STSM has been successfully accomplished.

3) After receipt of the approval by email, the Grant Holder will execute the payment of the grant.

4) The grantee will prepare a presentation to be given in the next action meeting, stating all the contents of the short scientific report, summarizing the scope and outcomes of the STSM in terms of scientific breakthroughs, impacts and future actions.

Applicants Guide

For a detailed and complete description of the eligibility rules and financial support according to COST, please consult the VADEMECUM document (pages 28-30) here:

Also look at the additional notes from the Grant Holder, providing additional clarification on applicable fiscal issues here:

The mailing address is:


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Check out the first edition of the Postgrad Newsletter!

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Many thanks to our postgrad rep for putting it together.


Nepal earthquake – teachable moments

Here is the IRIS ‘Teachable Moments’ slide pack for the April 25th 2015 Nepalese earthquake:

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NERC – Equipment & Facility funding call

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Lectureships at Durham University

The Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University is seeking talented and ambitious academics to fill two Lectureship vacancies. The Department has broad interests across the range of geosciences (see web link below). We encourage applications from candidates working in any areas of geoscience research, although applicants with expertise in reflection seismology and/or marine sedimentology are particularly encouraged.

Successful applicants will be employed by the Department to conduct research and teaching of the highest, international quality. Academics are expected to raise funding to undertake research and to recruit and supervise postgraduate students and postdoctoral research staff. The Department will support new academic staff as much as possible to achieve this. All academic staff are encouraged to develop their own research groups and are also expected to contribute to existing Department research themes and collaborate across the University as appropriate.

The new lecturers will be expected to contribute to delivery of the Department’s research-led, undergraduate teaching in the classroom and the field. This will include teaching large groups, small (tutorial) groups, supervising dissertation/research projects and acting as an advisor for undergraduates. Staff may be asked to teach outside their expertise at an elementary level.

Further details about department and its research can be found here:

Location: Durham City, UK
Department: Earth Sciences
Position Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary (£): 31,342 – 37,394

Deadline for applications: Friday 5th June 2015

Informal enquiries to Professor Colin Macpherson, Head of Department:

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2015 Environment YES competition

Welcome to the Environment Young Entrepreneurs Scheme.

How does YES work?

A team of 4 or 5 members work together to devise a business plan for a company based on hypothetical science. Places are provided FREE of charge to most researchers.


The process

  • Form a team and apply by Friday 29 May
  • Part of the team attend a briefing session on Monday 3 August in Nottingham
  • Decide upon an innovative idea that could work as a business and think about which areas of the business each team member be responsible for and undertake some market research
  • All team members attend a three day residential workshop encompassing presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry. Workshops held in October and November
  • Teams with the best business plan are selected to go forward to the final on Thursday 10 December in London


Benefits of taking part

You will:

  • develop enterprise skills
  • cultivate business acumen
  • create new knowledge
  • think creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges
  • collaborate with peers and industry experts using a range of networking skills
  • discover how to communicate research with impact to diverse audiences
  • gain project management skills in the context of business planning
  • learn about ethical, legal and health and safety aspects
  • understand how funding is sourced and managed
  • win £2,500 and an opportunity to go to the Rice Business Plan Competition in Texas


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