24 August 2015

Free talk on searching for life in space

Eso ImageA free talk on searching for life in space will take place at Queen's this week.

Professor Ignas Snellen from Leiden University, a world leading expert on the study of exoplanet atmospheres using ground-based telescopes, will deliver the Michael West Lecture on Exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life

The lecture will take place on Thursday 27 August at 7.30pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre.

Register for the lecture at: 

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Centre launches new website

CDDA WebsiteThe Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) based in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology has launched a new website.

The Centre is amongst the leading Digital Humanities groups in both the UK and Ireland, offering a comprehensive digitisation service and advanced analytic tools. The Centre's latest research themes involve complex visualisation of 3D artefacts, work on Big Data, and projects on Humanities Geographical Information Systems.

To find out more about the Centre and its work, including how it can assist university colleagues, visit the website at:

For further information, contact Elaine Reid,, 028 9097 2513.

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Wave Power Talk

Dr Bjoern ElsäßerThe McClay Library Green Impact Team will host a lunchtime talk on Wave Power on Wednesday 2 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in the Auditorium (McClay Library).

The talk will be given by Dr Bjoern Elsäßer, a Senior Lecturer in Coastal Science and Engineering at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, who will discuss his research.

Tea and coffee will be provided. If you would like to attend the event, please register your attendance.

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Walking on Fire with Guide Dogs NI at Queen’s

Guide Dogs NI Fire Walk at Queen'sThis October, Guide Dogs NI are offering 70 people the chance to walk on fire at Queen’s. The special event will help raise funds for the charity which supports people in Northern Ireland living with sight loss by providing them with life-changing guide dogs. Guide Dogs NI is one of the RAG Charities for 2015-16.

The event will take place on Thursday 8 October at 6.00pm. A £35 registration fee applies and each firewalker is asked to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

To register and find out more information visit:

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Chief Executives' Club Lecture

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the School of Law will welcome Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives, to give a lecture on The New Social Economy: Transition to a Post-Carbon World.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 17 September, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.

To register to attend, please email Brenda Carabine in the Research and Enterprise Directorate:

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The Conversation

Click on the link below to read the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation:

If you would like to find out how writing for The Conversation can help you to promote your work to a global audience, watch this short video featuring Queen’s staff.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact to find out more.

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MSCA ITN Info Session

Queen's will present a lunchtime information session on the MSCA ITN programme on Wednesday 9 September at 12.30pm.

Innovative training networks (ITN) bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of early career researchers. The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

This event will provide an overview of the ITN programme, and attendees will hear the experiences of successful ITN coordinators at Queen's. Lunch will be provided.

To register your attendance, please complete the registration form or email Details of the agenda and venue will be made available closer to the date.

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IT Training courses

Places are still available on the following September courses:

  • Tuesday 29 September: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online (, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – The next test date is Monday 31 August, 9.30am – 11.00am. To find out more about ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: The TODAY function in Excel is dynamic so will update each time the workbook is opened to always display the current date.  Enter =TODAY() in a cell 

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The Welcome Centre

QFabulous Felt at the Welcome Centreueen’s Welcome Centre is now stocking ‘Fabulous Felt’ by Irish designer, Kate Ramsey. Kate’s beautiful scarves are handmade in Limerick and made from a mixture of silk and merino wool. 

The depth and range of colour that Kate has been able to achieve make this an especially bespoke collection. 

Staff receive a 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.

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This week at QFT

WolfpackThis week at QFT:

The Wolfpack - In this stranger-than-fiction documentary, we meet six brothers who have spent their entire lives locked by their father into their Manhattan apartment - where they watch movies obsessively and film their own ingenious re-enactments.

Precinct Seven Five - In the 1980s, Michael Dowd patrolled the mean streets of one of Brooklyn's toughest precincts. He also headed a ruthless criminal network of cops that stole money and drugs. In this explosive true-crime saga, Dowd tells all, reliving his days as a mobster with a badge for a riveting, real-life thriller of outsized personalities, stunning double crosses and epic downfalls.

The Wonders -  Teenager Gelsomina helps her chaotic family tend their beehives and produce honey, the family business. When she convinces her family to enter a popular TV show (hosted by a goddess-like Monica Bellucci) the consequences are bizarre…

The Long Good Friday - A 35th anniversary restoration of this iconic and influential London gangland thriller. In his breakthrough role Bob Hoskins is the fierce, muscular gangland boss Harry Shand, while Helen Mirren is every inch his equal as his moll.

Queen's staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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