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Call for participants to workshop on:

Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well-Being of Older People

15 – 17 August, 2016

Venue: Chengdu, China

Cities in China, the UK and around the world face an ever increasing challenge in ensuring the health and well-being of their growing ageing populations. One consequence of the ageing demographic is the rising number of people with dementia.

The supply of efficient, personal and cost-effective support to meet the growing demands from older people with dementia is vital for our future cities. There has been, in recent years, steady progression in the use of assistive technologies about the home, including sensors and monitoring devices for safety features. There is, however, very little on how this approach can be extended into the outdoors, where older people may feel most vulnerable. The opportunities available through the use of broadband communications, smart mobile applications, big data and the Internet of Things have yet to be fully exploited for innovative use in indoor and outdoor environments.

Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, we will be holding a 3-day multidisciplinary workshop on the above theme in Sichuan University, Chengdu, China on 15 – 17 August 2016.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof Ray Sheriff of University of Bradford and Prof Xiaohai He of Sichuan University, and will have contributions from other leading researchers. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK to apply to attend this workshop

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop early career researchers 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 China. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

This Workshop is funded under the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, a part of the Newton Fund.

Around 17 UK early career researchers will have the opportunity to travel to China for the workshop, funded by this British Council award.  Successful candidates will be selected by a committee at the University of Bradford.

The British Council will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements.  Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the advertised deadline
  • Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience –) and having up to 10 years' post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the 'Recognised Researcher' and sometimes 'Experienced Researcher' categories in the EU framework for researchers' careers (see this pdf for more information). Leading Researchers as defined by the EU Framework for researchers careers are research group leaders who are internationally recognised in their field
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution in the UK.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant's research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of Results

Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief. Participants' selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.

Please see here for detail on British Council policies that relate to your work - adherence to these policies are British Council Requirements. Please refer to brand guidelines as directed by the British Council office in the country where you will be delivering your workshop.

Application and Deadline

Please download and fill the application form below and send it to before the deadline of 20th May 2016.

British Council Researcher Links application form