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Eastern ARC Holds First Autumn Conference
Researchers working across the Eastern ARC’s three research themes – Digital Humanities, Synthetic Biology and Quantitative Social Sciences – met on 6 November 2015 for the consortium’s inaugural Autumn Conference, held at the University of Essex.
Welcoming more than 70 conference delegates, Essex Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said that collaboration between the three universities would enable the consortium to attain ‘critical mass’ to continue to attract research funding in an increasingly competitive environment. The three universities were ‘investing for the long term’ in the project, he added. Pro Vice-Chancellors from Kent, UEA and Essex also presented their vision for the future of the Eastern ARC.
Delegates discussed their activities to date and shared plans for the future. Since its establishment, researchers involved in the Eastern ARC have secured nearly £3 million in research grant funding and have published 56 journal articles and conference papers. Members of the research themes now seek to further develop their collaborative activity and to stimulate discussion across research themes where appropriate. The conference also provided the opportunity for the recently-appointed PhD students to introduce their planned research and to explore available training and development opportunities.
The 2nd Autumn Conference will be held on 11 November 2016 at the University of Kent.