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Workshops and Training Events

04/25/2008 14:29:25

National Rapid Manufacturing Conference

13 June

The 9th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing will come to Lancaster University for the first time in its history. Co-organised by Lancaster Product Development Unit and the Centre for Rapid Design and Manufacture (CRDM Ltd) at Buckinghamshire New University, the Conference attracts leading researchers and industrialists in the field. Contributions for this years Conference have been received on exciting and innovative areas within the field and indicative session titles include (i) Computer Aided Design, Optimisation and Selection Tools; (ii) Product Development, Prototyping and Manufacturing; (iii) Sintering, Spraying and Machining Technologies; and (iv) Medical Applications and Uses. Authors contributing this year come from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, China, New Zealand and Germany.

The Conference will be opened by Dr Julie Madigan, Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Institute, with keynote speaker Dr Rupert Soar from the world leading Rapid Manufacturing Research Group at Loughborough University.

The conference fee includes attendance at the technical sessions, lunch, morning/afternoon refreshments, plus a high quality publication in hardcover, containing the papers presented at the conference. These Proceedings, having received comprehensive peer review, rank the volume as a major publication in the field.

Venue: Masters Training Suite, Engineering Department

Further details and online registration can be found via the Conference website ( Enquiries may also be directed to Mike Hacking of LPDU (

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CELT)

13 June Supervising research students one-day workshop

Dr Moira Peelo (CELT), Prof Chris Park (Director of the Graduate School) and Dr Louise Innes (CELT) will lead the sessions.

This workshop is designed for academic staff who are relatively new to the role of PhD supervision, more experienced colleagues who have some responsibility for new supervisors, and those who wish to refresh their thinking on supervision with colleagues from other departments and course tutors.

Booking is required for this event, please book at

Enquiries can be addressed to the Teaching Development Administrator, Helen Griffiths,

Department of Continuing Education – Short Courses

Improve your IT skills with DCE

Designing Web Pages

A short course on how to design (or rethink) your website. We shall cover a range of issues which affect good web page design (including short cuts in construction) and use a variety of diagnostics to check out good and bad sites. This is a level B course, and is aimed at those who are familiar with the basics of web page construction and image manipulation.

Tutor: Paul Astle

Date: Mon 9, Tues 10, Mon 16 and Tues 17 June 6.30 - 9 pm

Venue:Lancaster University

Fee: £72 (concessions £30)

To enrol: Contact the Department of Continuing Education on 01524 592623/4, email or check the website Please enrol at least one week before the course start date.


Become a Better Communicator with DCE

Effective Communication Skills

A short course which will help you improve your communication skills, including speaking and listening, writing, telephone and email. Find out how to choose which is the most appropriate method for different situations and ensure that you are using these methods effectively. An ideal opportunity to improve one of the most important personal skills!

Tutor: Kevin Downsworth

Date: Sat 7 & 21 June 9.30 - 4.30 (plus follow-up telephone tutorial)

Venue: Lancaster University

Fee: £185 (concessions £120)

To enrol: Contact the Department of Continuing Education on 01524 592623/4, email or check the website Please enrol at least one week before the course start date.

Lancaster University Three Day Course on Research Ethics as Process II

23rd - 25th June

This three day advanced training event is aimed at those researchers who wish to increase their understanding of what constitutes good ethical research. Training will focus around seminars/workshops, with informal discussions facilitated outside of the formal sessions to encourage the development of a broad forum for exchange of ideas. The course will build on issues covered in the course conducted in December 2006, discussing them in greater depth and concentrating on areas that might cause tension between researchers and approvals committees, such as techniques to minimise participant attrition and novel methods of recruitment. Each day will be applicable to both researchers and members of RECs, enabling the perspectives of each group to be presented to the other through a combination of interactive lectures, group work and role play. In this way it is anticipated that REC members will enhance their understanding of the needs of researchers, particularly in relation to different methodologies, and researchers making applications for REC approval will develop clear knowledge about the role and operation of RECs and what a REC looks for in an application.

The event will be convened by Professor Hazel Biggs and chaired by members of the training team from LancasterUniversity, with additional input from other experienced staff from across Lancaster University where appropriate. Each day will be devoted to a specific theme and will build on the expertise and experiences of participants within the group. An invited external expert, Professor Martyn Hammersly (Open University) will speak and be present on Day 1 of the workshop to address issues concerning experiences of applying to Research Ethics Committees.

The themes will include:

Research ethics – a critical review

Research Ethics review: process and pitfalls

Designing ethical research

Designing effective ethical review processes

There will be additional opportunities to continue informal discussions in a social setting during the evenings of the 23rd and 24th June.

For further information and a booking form please contact the programme administrator Mrs Sheryl Coultas at: e-mail: or access the website at:

The science and politics of breast cancer

26 June 1-4pm in Seminar Room 6, Bowland North
Lunch will be available from 12pm in foyer of Institute for Advanced Studies Building.

This afternoon workshop is an opportunity for academics, members of local support and campaigning groups and others affected by breast cancer to discuss issues concerning the science and politics of breast cancer. This event will involve researchers notable for their work on the experience of breast cancer and the formation of suport and advocacy groups for people affected by this disease. These researchers include: Sharon Batt (Dalhousie University, Canada), Sahra Gibbon (UCL, London), Orla O’Donovan (University College Cork, Ireland), and Laura Potts (York St John).

The workshop will address a number of issues including: dnvironmental factors involved in breast cancer; the diversity of breast cancer activism in the UK; the rights and wrongs of pharmaceutical industry support for breast cancer groups; the ethical and practical dilemmas academics face when conducting research on health activism.

Please note that there will be no formal talks. Instead the idea is to generate discussion amongst participants about these issues and more.

If you would like to attend please email Kate Wright at


Inaugural Cesagen Public Lecture:

26 June Inclusion and Difference: Gender, Race and the New
Biopolitics of Medical Research in the United States
Professor Steven Epstein

5-6.30pm Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre

With support from the Faculty’s Visiting Scholars Fund, Cesagen (the ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics) in the Institute for Advanced Studies is holding its first public lecture at Lancaster University on 26 June. The invited speaker is Professor Steven Epstein, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science Studies Program at the University of California at San Diego. Professor Epstein is the renowned author of the influential book Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge (1996).

The lecture is free and open to everyone and will be followed by a wine reception.

Please contact Richard Tutton at for more information.