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N8 AgriFood: Pump Priming Funding

There is an opportunity to apply for Pump Priming funding with N8 Agrifood.  Please visit this website for further details:

Projects will be of no longer than a nine month duration. The lead N8 partner will apply for funding on behalf of the collaboration and will distribute the funding between the partners and report back.  Proposals can be up to £30k but awards are expected to vary in scale as appropriate to the specific proposal. There are two schemes (Strategic and Local); the scale of the collaboration and the strategic importance of the project will determine the most appropriate pump priming scheme.

The project outline needs to demonstrate the criteria below and has to be a high profile project with strategic significance:

  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative projects involving at least two N8 institutions.
  • Projects that develop, or have the potential to develop, meaningful collaboration with industry or other external stakeholder partners.
  • Projects that address important research problems that can only be achieved through a collaborative team effort.

The first application round was open on Monday 4th July and proposals must be submitted by Friday 28th October. Decisions are expected to be made by end November 2016, and you will be notified in December. Projects are expected to start on 1st January 2017.

Unveiling the Impact of HPC in Soft Condensed Matter

This N8 HPC Network event, which took place on 12th April 2016 at The University of Manchester, brought together early career and senior researchers across the UK interested in understanding the role of HPC in Soft Matter and how the current available HPC software and hardware can support/boost their research.

The event consisted of two main parts. In the first part, the five invited speakers presented their work and highlighted the impact of HPC from different perspectives resulting from their heterogeneous background. In particular, two speakers were academics (Profs Anwar and Wilding), two software (Dr Seaton) or hardware (Dr Gray) developers, and one from a British multinational company (Dr Briquet). All presentations are available from the event website.

The second part of the workshop consisted of a round table discussion. The round table discussion was particularly useful to (1) identify the importance of consolidating the identity of the Soft Matter community in the UK, and (2) reflect on the benefits of creating a scientific consortium of computational scientists working in Soft Matter. All participants agreed that the discussed topics are worthy of long term debate in the research community.

Inaugural UK Fluids Conference

The EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds and Imperial College London have joined forces to organise what is planned to be a new annual UK Fluids Conference. The primary intention is to encourage greater cohesion and interaction amongst the fluids communities in the UK and to be of benefit, in particular, to PhD students.

Dates:  7 – 9 September 2016

Venue:  Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus



Plenary Speakers:

  • Prof Janet Barlow, University of Reading – The fluid dynamics of urban meteorology
  • Prof Oliver Jensen, University of Manchester – Grow with the flow: applications of viscoplasticity
  • Prof Neil Sandham, University of Southampton – Compressibility and pressure fluctuations in turbulent flows
  • Prof Andy Woods, BP Institute, University of Cambridge –Ash flows, turbidites and blowouts: multiphase buoyancy-driven flows

For more information and to submit an abstract (max 200 words) for a contributed talk or poster presentation, visit the conference website


  • Abstract submission:  25 April
  • Notification of abstract acceptance:  31 May
  • Early bird registration deadline: 17 June
  • Registration deadline: 1st September

Registration rates are given below and include refreshments on Wednesday to Friday and lunch & dinner on Thursday. Advice on booking accommodation is available from the conference website

  • Early bird Student rate £50 (until 17 June)
  • Early bird Standard rate £150 (until 17 June)
  • Student rate £100 (from 18 June)
  • Standard rate £200 (from 18 June)

The conference is a joint collaboration and will be subsidised by the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Fluids Dynamics at Imperial College London and the University of Leeds. The members of the organising committee are:

  • Professor Peter Jimack, CDT Director and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Professor Christos Vassilicos, CDT Director, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London
  • Professor Chris Jones, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
  • Professor Cath Noakes, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Dr Andrew Ross, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
  • Professor Omar Matar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Professor Peter Schmid, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • Professor Berend van Wachem, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London



Autumn Academy for High Performance Computing

The HPC Short Courses Consortium wishes to announce the fifth Autumn Academy for High Performance Computing which will take place 12th – 23rd September, 2016 at the Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge.


Who should attend?

The Autumn Academy is suitable for any researcher who has some familiarity with programming and wishes to start modifying and/or writing code for use on mid and high performance computer resources.

The Academy is particularly well suited to PhD students or those on other research degrees who are about to start their first or second year of research in any area of Scientific Computing, although we also welcome applications from more experienced researchers.



Please consider recommending this to students you will have starting in September/October, as well as to those who started since October 2014.


What is covered?

The Academy will lead students through programming (C or Fortran) parallel programming (OpenMP and MPI) program profiling and optimisation, and common numerical analysis methods. The course will provide both underpinning expertise essential for all application areas, and the opportunity to apply them in focussed workshops within three themes: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Atomistic and Molecular Modelling and Machine Learning

Teaching will take place through a mix of lectures and hands-on practicals using both local and national HPC facilities.

Further information can be found at


Applications and Deadlines

  • Applications should be submitted via the web site by 14th August 2016
  • Applications for bursaries should be made by July 3rd 2016.

(Applications received after this date will be considered only if places and funding is still available)


Who is the HPC Short Courses Consortium?

The HPC short Courses Consortium is a group of 12 UK Universities and the STFC Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, and was formed in response to an EPSRC call to provide advanced short course training in HPC. The Consortium will also be organising a programme of courses on more advanced HPC topics. More information is available from the website.

The Consortium was established and is supported by the EPSRC.


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