Check out the first edition of the Postgrad Newsletter!

Check it out here:

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:

IRIS: Special Event: Nepal

Some of the science behind the Nepal earthquake disaster:

IRIS: Special Event: Nepal.

NERC – Equipment & Facility funding call

Check out the link below!

NERC – Community Engagement Process: Ideas for New Strategic Science Capital.

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:

In pictures: 25 years of Hubble – BBC News

In pictures: 25 years of Hubble – BBC News.

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


Find out more and APPLY by visiting or

Lava – beautiful footage

This is one of the most beautiful compilations of lava footage:

This video can be found in its original form here.

InSight landing site chosen!

InSight landingsite

The finalist ellipse marked within the northern portion of flat-lying Elysium Planitia is centred at about 4.5 degrees north latitude and 136 degrees east longitude.

Read the article.

JPL | News | Single Site on Mars Advanced for 2016 NASA Lander.

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