UK-Colombian interdisciplinary research collaboration and career opportunities announced

Professor Hamish Mair, from the School of Life Sciences, is leading a British Council funded Early Career Researcher Workshop to be held in Colombia on 18-21 November.

Early Career Researchers from the UK and Colombia will be attending a four day workshop on Marine Science and Technology. They will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster/short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Colombia. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

Other experienced academics helping to run the workshop include Dr Joanne Porter from Heriot-Watt University, Professor Richard Preziosi from University of Manchester and three senior Colombian researchers from Universities of Del Valle and Antioquia.

Although the British Council Early Career Researcher scheme has been running for a couple of years, it is soon to come under the range of international activities of the UK's Newton Programme, a £375m fund spread over five years to encourage collaboration with 'emerging power' partner countries.

As part of the activities to encourage international research and mobility collaboration between the UK and Colombia, Professor Mair recently attended 'De Pais en Pais Reino Unido 2014', an event organised by the British Council and the British Embassy at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.

Professor Mair gave a seminar on 'Marine science in Scotland and potential for UK-Colombian collaboration'. He also held talks with numerous academics in the University with a view to preparing research proposals for the Newton-Caldas Programme research and mobility calls which will be announced within the next few weeks.