London-Munich

Velodrome, Olympic Park, London

11-15 June 2018

 

Deadline for applications: LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING! Apply by midnight 02.02.2018

In collaboration with the Technical University Munich (TUM), Imperial College is offering an opportunity to participate in the Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future which will be hosted in the Velodrome, Olympic Park, London. This unique offering consists of a five-days of professional development as part of a Cities of the Future themed programme, followed by an opportunity to complete a three-week research placement with a lab or group at TUM. The content of this exciting programme is enhanced by the involvement of a range of academic experts.

The programme will take place in the Velodrome, Olympic Park, London and accommodation will be provided during the programme week. Assistance will be provided in finding accommodation during the placement period.

This is a chance to challenge yourself outside of your normal working environment, meet people from other disciplines and cultures, and have fun!

Should you have any any questions or queries having read through the course information, please contact Laura Bulmer

Further Information

Course

The Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future will bring together doctoral researchers from Technical University of Munich and Imperial College who share an interest in Cities of the Future to develop the professional, research and collaborative skills that are needed to find workable solutions to this global challenge. Doctoral researchers from all disciplines across the College are invited to come together for 5 days of professional development and collaboration activities under the academic theme of ‘Cities of the Future'.

The focus for 2018 will be “Innovation and Design for Health and Wellbeing” covering all aspects of health care, transport, housing and sustainability for all generations and all communities. Technological innovations and solutions which assist in improving quality of life in cities will also be explored.

The location of the programme in the Olympic Park, London will allow researchers to develop their experience of working in intercultural teams and to develop their collaboration skills in a thriving international city, as well as benefitting from insights of leading researchers.

In a competitive research environment, funding is increasingly drawn to interdisciplinary, collaborative research. This programme is designed to challenge researchers to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research ideas. The programme will focus on professional development essential for researchers and also feature insights from current researchers from Imperial College and Technical University Munich and input from other sectors.

Doctoral researchers should have a keen interest in Cities of the Future and be willing to engage with topics and concerns in this area. However applicants do not have to have an in-depth background in the area.

Programme Detail

Doctoral researchers from Imperial College and Technical University of Munich will work together on a 5-day programme to develop their research and professional skills.

Participants will work in small groups, assisted by a coach from one of the participating institutions. The programme provides researchers with a chance to develop their professional and research skills in an international environment.

Topics covered in this programme include:

  • Creating new networks and learning about other research institutions
  • Effective international team working
  • Creativity and the development of collaborative research ideas
  • Effective communication with impact
  • Current research into Cities of the Future

At the end of this programme attendees will have developed:

  • Their appreciation of research in different institutions (posters and networking)
  • Their ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams (team activities)
  • Their intercultural and international competency (networking and team activities)
  • Their ability to work collaboratively on research ideas (project)
  • Their awareness of Cities of the Future research (academic content)

Links are made to the research environment and participants are encouraged to apply the new insights gained from the programme to their doctoral study at Imperial.

This programme meets the professional skills requirements for the Early Stage Assessment (ESA). Students are therefore not required to take additional courses. However, attendees are still entitled to take other courses, if desired.

The research environment is increasingly competitive and requires both excellence in research and developed professional skills. This programme is designed to challenge researchers to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research. 

Academic Theme

Academic Theme: Cities of the Future

This year's Cities of the Future is focussesd on “Innovation and Design for Health and Wellbeing” theme covering all aspects of health care, transport, housing and sustainability for all generations and all communitiesOver half the world’s population now live in cities and it is estimated to increase to 66% by 2050[1]. Imagining cities of the future involves considering a wide range of issues and concepts from promoting healthy living to providing healthcare, from ultra-connected homes and businesses to integrated driverless transport and from resource allocation to sustainable living.

The future is urban[2] and this exciting programme will bring together participants from TUM, Imperial College to develop their skills in interdisciplinary collaborative research. Applying knowledge and skills to suggest how cities can develop to improve quality of life for the urban populations of the future. Doctoral candidates from any discipline are invited to take part and to share their varied expertise during the programme.

The programme will highlight some areas of research that is happening now and ask participants to develop their collaborative research skills by working together to consider the challenges and opportunities of the Cities of the Future.

Researchers will be challenged to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research.

[1] World Urbanisation Prospects

[2] Future of cities: an overview of the evidence

Eligibility & How to Apply

Imperial College participants must:

  • Be a current doctoral student (from any discipline, please note this programme is not open to MRes students)
  • Be between 6 and 30 months into their PhD at the time the programme takes place (6 and 48 months for part-time students).  Students outside of this timeframe are encouraged to apply, but priority will be allocated to students between 6 - 30 months (6-48 months for part-time students)
  • Not have taken part in a previous Imperial College Global Fellows Programme

Successful applicants will:

  • Be willing to be a good ambassador for Imperial College
  • Possess awareness of the skills necessary to develop links with international collaborators
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for engaging with peers from the partner institution
  • Gain the most from this specific programme and explain how in their application
  • Have realistic expectations of the experience and explain their goals for the programme in their application
  • Have an interest and awareness of issues affecting Cities of the Future and a willingness to engage with current topics in responses to developing global cities
  • Be willing to share their experiences on the programme with the Imperial campus community after the programme

Applicants should explain how they meet the above criteria in their application (note applicants who have not addressed this requirement will not be offered a place on the programme).

Applicants should have a keen interest in Cities of the Future and be willing to engage with topics and concerns in this area. However applicants do not have to have an in-depth background in the area.

Applicants who arrange research visits as part of visiting TUM will be considered favourably in the application process however undertaking a research visit is not a compulsory requirement.

Approximately 30-50% of participants undertake a 3 week research visit following the Global Fellows Programmes.

How to Apply-LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING!!

Please click here and complete the online form in order to apply

Please note that the extended closing date for applications is Friday 2nd February 2018.

Any additional queries not answered in webpages, please contact l.bulmer@imperial.ac.uk

Accommodation and Travel

Imperial will arrange and pay for accommodation for participants for the Programme week (Spring 2018). Breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday is also included together with two evening meals. 

Applicants, with assistance from their supervisors and departments, will be responsible for accommodation and subsistence during the research placement. The International Relations Office will assist applicants in arranging accommodation during the research placement period and participants will be eligible to apply for a bursary to support participation.

 

Research Placement

Following the 5 day residential programme, Imperial doctoral researchers will have the opportunity to complete a three-week research visit at Technical University of Munich. Completing the research placement portion of the programme is not a requirement, but applicants who secure research placements will be looked on favourably in the application process.

Doctoral researchers should first discuss with their supervisor or other contacts in their department their interest in pursuing a research placement to gain a sense of existing collaborative relationships with Technical University of Munich and to gauge the potential of finding a host supervisor.

If you identify an academic or group which you think might be suitable for a placement, you should contact them directly to see if they would be willing to host you during the placement period. Once agreement is received, please include this information in your application for the programme.  If successful, applicants will be asked to forward confirmation emails, so please keep track of any correspondence related to your research placement.

How can I finance my placement?

You should discuss with your supervisor possible sources of funding from themselves or within your department to help pay for your accommodation and expenses during your research placement. Please also include this information in your application.

The amount of money needed will vary depending on accommodation requirements, but researchers should budget for about £1000.

Participants will be eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £750 from the International Relations Office to help with the costs of undertaking a placement.