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Call for Participants to Researcher Links Workshop: Healthcare Technologies for Aging Populations

6-8 December 2016, Chengdu, China

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Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme within the Newton Fund, the University of Bradford and Sichuan University will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Sichuan University, Chengdu, China on 6-8 December 2016.

The workshop is being coordinated by Professor Phil Coates, Director of the Polymer IRC Laboratories of University of Bradford and Professor Hesheng Xia, Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering of China, 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.

Further details

Developments around advanced materials applied in medical technology are recognised as a valuable and attractive area for achieving more effective and more affordable solutions to treat a range of diseases and conditions which particularly affect aging populations. 

Building on our strong UK-China network Science Bridges China, the workshop aims to address growing healthcare needs of the ageing populations in China and the UK, especially in affordable medical technology for enhanced mobility (as increasing immobility leads to many further complications and significant increased healthcare costs) e.g. associated osteoarthritis treatment via joint repair and tissue fixations (including those suited to poorer quality bone) particularly through minimally invasive surgery techniques.  A secondary but related area is that of drug delivery techniques which are suited to elderly patients, e.g. routes to ensuring correct dosage including implants (including the above fixations) and patches with self-evidence of dosing.  These can be complemented by digital technologies to enhance monitoring of patients.  

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 partner countries. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations. Participants are selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

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

Application and Deadline

Please download and fill out the Application Form (docx, 55KB). and send it to before the deadline of Sunday 31 July 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline

  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience in medical technology or advanced materials, including biomaterials, or drug delivery) 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).

  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK.

  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.


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

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. 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.