Announcement of Opportunity: UK Geoenergy Observatories training opportunities - Activity 2 ideas workshop

Please note that the closing date has been extended.

Closing date for applications: 17:00 on 5 February 2019

NERC invites applications from PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs)[1] to participate in an ideas workshop with experienced academics and innovators, which will help generate novel research and innovation ideas that extend the reach and impact of the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS).

Following a light-touch open competition application process, up to 24 PhD students / ECRs will be selected to participate in a one-day workshop, which will take place at the National Railway Museum in York on Wednesday 27 February 2019 between 10:00-16:30 (registration from 09:30; indicative timing).

Funding is available to reimburse eligible travel and subsistence costs (exceptional costs, for example unarranged / additional childcare, will be considered) associated with workshop attendance. Successful applicants will be informed of further details and the agenda of the workshop when they become available.

The provisional programme is as follows (details are subject to confirmation):

  • Background to the project - Why the subsurface is important
  • The UK Geoenergy Observatories in the global context
  • Practicalities: Design of the observatories, access, capabilities and limitations
  • Networking break
  • Facilitated group-based breakout 1 - What are the pressing research questions that participants want to address using UKGEOS?
  • Networking lunch
  • Funding: Routes to research and innovation funding in the present landscape; links with industry
  • Facilitated group-based breakout 2 - How do the ideas map onto the funding routes that are available? What is a convincing project business plan? How can you take this forward into a proposal?
  • Closing plenary

Further information on the call and how to submit an application can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 216KB)

Application form (Word, 13KB)

The closing date for submission of applications is 17:00 on 5 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by 14 February 2019.


Rachel Leader
07928 655831

Weihao Zhong
01793 413172

  1. Defined as having up to a maximum of eight years of full-time equivalent post-doctoral research experience from PhD certificate date to the application closing date.