December 2020

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Members of the BSLS can now access the recording of the PGR/ECR Training Session from this year's Winter Symposium via our new PGR/ECR Resources page. We will be adding further resources to this page over the coming months with the aim of supporting our PGR/ECR members. These will be similar to the Community Resources provided by the British Association for Modernist Studies via The Modernist Review (which we highly recommend), but with a specific focus on literature and science. If you would like to suggest content that you think would be helpful, or if you would be willing to provide examples of successful PhD, funding or job applications (which would be anonymised and checked with you before they were made available to members), please take a look at the information on our new PGR/ECR Resources page.

Abstract submission is now OPEN for this exciting new EGU 2021 session. We are looking for abstracts exploring collaboration between science and the arts! Whether it’s using art as a Science communication tool, an arts project dealing with geoscience themes (such as climate change theatre performance or an art series), an assessment of historical sci-art collaborations or a geoscience project using art - all are welcome to submit! 

To submit please visit:

Deadline for paper submissions is 13 January 2021, 13:00 CET so please submit your abstracts as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

Info on the session: 

Interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and geoscientists are becoming increasingly invaluable in communicating complex geoscience subjects to non-experts. Topics such as climate change can be contradictory and confusing to the general public, particularly in terms of uncertainty and impact. It is therefore vital that STEM communicators work to find alternative methods to enable dialogue between experts and the wider public on how to face and respond to these increasingly prevalent topics.

This session will combine a traditional academic poster session showcasing interdisciplinary research which will explore the dialogues between the geosciences and the arts alongside a display of art that aims to visually showcase these practises in action. The session welcomes submissions in medium of visual art, music, photography and/or theatre. Through symbiotically mixing STEM and the arts together in this way, the session aims to enable a discussion on how to use the two to explore and communicate the social, economic, political and environmental factors facing society and drive improved communication.

Participants from all backgrounds, whether scientist, artist or both are invited to submit content to this session, especially if they have shown interest in previous interdisciplinary ventures such as the yearly artist residency and EOS sessions. The session will host conventional presentations of research as well as mini try-out sessions aimed at getting scientists to explore their field using artistic mediums with a network with artists.

The Black Health and the Humanities project is an interdisciplinary training network and collaborative research initiative consisting of scholars, writers, artists, healthcare professionals and activists.

We invite applications from PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities who are based in the UK to participate in our Wellcome-funded Black Health and the Humanities training programme (2021-2022).

Consisting of a series of five workshops beginning online in March 2021, the programme will cover topics including the history of Black health in the UK, hostile medical environments, chronic illness, care and ageing, Black health activism and the health price of activism, healing and Black health futures. 

You can read the full call here or visit the network's website.

Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellowship at the Needham Research Institute and Darwin College Cambridge

The Needham Research Institute,
8 Sylvester Road, Cambridge CB3 9AF

Fixed Term: October 2021 for 3 years with the possibility of an extension for a further year

Salary package, which may include allowances:  £27,200 - £30,000

Closing date: Sunday 31st January 2021

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship to work on the Comparative Study of any aspect of Science and Civilization in the Ancient World (defined as down to 1000 AD). The successful applicant will be a member of the Needham Research Institute, a Research Fellow of Darwin College, and will be expected to play a full role in the intellectual life of the Institute and the College.

Applicants should have completed a PhD relevant to the fellowship by the proposed start date of October 2021; should demonstrate the ability to engage in high-level research in an interdisciplinary context, with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career; and should have the ability and aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative research projects.

Applications should be sent by email to the Administrative Manager of the Needham Research Institute, Susan Bennett (, and should arrive no later than midnight on Sunday 31st January 2021.  Applications should contain a clear description, in up to 1,000 words, of the research to be carried out during the tenure of the fellowship. This description should state explicitly what research questions will be addressed by the research proposed, what relevant work has already been carried out by the applicant or by other scholars to date, and what source materials will provide the basis for the research.  Short-listed candidates may be asked to supply a writing sample, up to 5000 words, relevant to their proposal. 

Applicants should also submit a detailed curriculum vitae with full publications list and the names and addresses of two academic referees, who should be asked to write directly to Susan Bennett (, by the closing datePlease ensure that the subject line of ALL email messages in connection with applications is as follows: Lloyd Dan David Fellowship [name of applicant].   

Please make sure that a signed Data Protection Statement is sent with your application, since we require this in order to process your application.  All applications will be acknowledged.


 The Needham Research Institute was founded by Joseph Needham (1900-95), the most eminent sinologist and historian of science produced by Britain in the 20th century.  It houses a unique library, developed on the foundation of Joseph Needham's personal collection, covering the history of science technology and medicine in East Asia, with the main focus on China.  The Institute is visited for long and short periods by scholars from all over the world who appreciate its spacious and tranquil environment, situated close to the full range of academic facilities of the University of Cambridge. In addition to the academic activities that take place in the Institute, there are regular weekly seminars in term time in other departments of the University likely to be relevant to the fellowship holder.

The Institute values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The Institute has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The sixteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will be held online from 8 to 10 April 2021, with ongoing access to posted papers through to the end of April for BSLS members. The conference will consist of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous events.

The BSLS invites proposals for 15-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science (including medicine and technology), and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, film, and television.

Please send an abstract (200 words) and short biographical note (50 words) in Word or pdf format to by no later than 18.00 GMT on Friday 11 December. Please put your surname then a brief title in the name of the file. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously. Notices of acceptances should be expected by 18 January 2021. 

Presentations of accepted papers can be shared as:

  • short videos (preferably under 15 minutes and 300 MB; we recommend .mp4 but will accept any widely-used format),
  • PowerPoints with or without audio narration (under 300 MB), or
  • PDFs of text (2500 words, maximum, excluding citations).

Membership: conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged). Delegates will need to renew their memberships by 31 March to be assured timely digital access.