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TUCS Newsletter 7.2.2012

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TUCS Research Units renewed

In its meeting last week, the TUCS board has decided on the list of TUCS research units. The research units that were granted the status for the period 2012-2014 are:

The research units and their descriptions can be found at http://www.tucs.fi/


TUCS Research Programmes – call for proposals

In an effort to create clearer research profile for TUCS and larger critical mass within TUCS, the board has decided to create a number of research programs, which will be awarded support from TUCS. The board has reserved a total of 40000€ of support for Research Programs.

The application process is the following:

Proposals should fulfill the following criteria. A research program should

  1. Have a defined research area and a research goal
  2. Consist of TUCS research units
  3. Have a defined leader who is responsible for reporting to TUCS directors
  4. Have a steering group that consists of senior researchers from participating research units
    • The steering group can also have external members
  5. Have a defined activity plan and budget
    • The budget should quantify support requested from TUCS and other funding.
    • Activities include:
    • organize in the Turku area at least one scientific workshop per year in their area
    • organize a seminar series in their area, running at least once a month
    • seminar events that have the form of a short course are eligible for short course support from TUCS, however such funding should be explicitly applied for in the activity plan and budget.
  6. Participate in the organisation of the Frontiers of IT lecture series planned to start in fall 2012.

A research program can have external (non-TUCS) affiliate partners. Such partners can participate on equal basis in research program activities; however they have to cover their own costs.


TUCS Study Report 2012

The yearly TUCS Study Report round will be organised again this spring. The system will be open for the students during 1.-29.2.2012 to fill in their reports. The supervisors will fill in their statements during 1.-9.3. After which the Graduate Programme Committee will give their recommendation and the TUCS Board will make the final decision on the continuation of status of the TUCS PhD students.


TUCS Graduate Programme application round spring 2012

The TUCS Graduate Programme will have a new application round in spring 2012. More details on the call will come soon at http://tucs.fi/education/phd/


TUCS Publication Search interface updated

We have updated the TUCS publication search interface to allow for more search criteria such as search by laboratory, keywords, author names, or various combinations of these. The interface can be found at http://tucs.fi/publications/search/


Call for applications to the international master programs in the TUCS Departments

All international master programs in the TUCS departments have a new call for applications. The list of the programs and their deadlines is at http://tucs.fi/education/masters/


Academy of Finland – the report of the Graduate School Working Group

The Graduate School Working Group, set by the Academy of Finland, published their recommendations for doctoral training development 15.12.2011 (in Finnish). This report has now also been published in English. http://www.aka.fi/en-GB/A/For-researchers/The-research-career/Graduate-schools/


Academy of Finland – call for applications for Centers of Excellence 2014-2019

The next Programme for Centres of Excellence in Research will run between 2014 and 2019. The call for letters of intent to the new programme will open in connection with the Academy’s April 2012 call, which opens on 2 April. Units selected to the second round of application will be requested to submit their full applications between December 2012 and January 2013. The Academy Board will decide on the new centres in June 2013. http://www.aka.fi/en-GB/A/Academy-of-Finland/Media-services/Releases/Centres-of-Excellence-20142019-call-for-letters-of-intent-in-April-2012/


Double degree agreement on Embedded Systems

Department of IT at Åbo Akademi has signed a double degree agreement with French school of engineering ESIGELEC in Rouen. The double master's degree programme in Embedded Systems will start next spring. A maximum of 5 students are going to be pre-selected by their home institution and will be accepted by the host institution on the basis of their applications and study merits. Through this 6 semesters programme, including two mandatory placements, students will be able to gain two Master level degrees: the Diplôme d’ingénieur (300 ECTS) from the ESIGELEC and the Diplomingenjör (120 ECTS) from Åbo Akademi university. The programme languages of instruction are English, French and Swedish. http://www.abo.fi/ddes


NODES winter school and seminar

The school/seminar took place in the ICT House during February 1-3, organized by Department of IT, Åbo Akademi. The event attracted 23 PhD students and 21 senior researchers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, France, UK and Canada. http://www.it.abo.fi/NODESWinterSchool/



EUROWEB is a scholarship programme offering fully funded scholarships for students on undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral level as well as for university staff in academic or administrative positions. The overall objective of EUROWEB project is to create a partnership in research and education that will strengthen the ties between EU and Western Balkans. The project is part of the large-scale, EU-funded programme Erasmus Mundus Action 2. http://tucs.fi/news/article/20111215.euroweb.php


International Conference on Engineering Education, Turku, July 30 – August 3, 2012

The deadline for the abstract submission has been extended until February 10. The conference is hosted by Turku University of Applied Science in close collaboration with TUCS. http://www.icee2012.fi/



TUCS will participate in the INFORTE programme this year as well. Both TUCS-funded students and those with TUCS status can attend the INFORTE lectures free of charge! http://inforte.jyu.fi/


Courses on transferable skills at University of Turku

Continuous seminars & courses

Life after PhD - Seminars in the Spring 2012
Time & Place : 30.1., 5.3., 2.4. and 7.5.2012 (for details, see the programme)
Target group: PhD students, supervisors, other researchers and those interested in the topic
Further information: eeva.sievi(at)utu.fi
Organizer: UTUGS
eRegistration for the seminar on May 7, 2012 (registration deadline April 27, 2012)
eRegistration for the seminar on May 22, 2012 (registration deadline May 14, 2012)

Frontiers of Science Seminars
Time: on Thursdays at 12.00
Place: Mauno Koivisto Centre auditorium, BioCity (Tykistökatu 6, Turku)
Organizers: Biomaterials Research, Centre for Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, Diagnostic Technologies and Applications, Receptor Program, Systems Biology Program, Program for Infection Biology and Infectious Diseases, Doctoral Programmes participating in Turku BioNet


Academic Writing for Publication (4 ECTS)
Time: 17.2. at 9-14 (lectures), 20.4. at 8-16 (workshop and supervised writing), 14.-15.6.2012 at 9-16 (workshops and supervised writing + lectures)
Place: University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science (Sanitas building, Lemminkäisenkatu 1)
Course leader: Sanna Salanterä, Professor of Clinical Nursing Science
Requirement for participation: Student must have material for scientific article. Recommended for first or second year of PhD studies
Registration: by 10.2.2012 via emailing to toimisto-hoitotiede(at)lists.utu.fi (max. 20 participants)
Organizer: Post-Graduate School in Nursing Science


Wordillä väitöskirjoja ja tutkimuspapereita
Aika: to 1.3. klo 8.30-10.00 (osa 1) ja 10.15-11.45 (osa 2)
Paikka: Turun kauppakorkeakoulu (Rehtorinpellontie 3, T57 kampuskartassa), atk1-luokka
Kohderyhmä: tohtorikoulutettavat ja muut tutkijat
Kouluttaja: Lehtori Timo Leino, Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Ilmoittautuminen: www-ilmoittautumislomakkeella 17.2.2012 mennessä (max. 24 osallistujaa)
Järjestäjä: UTUGS

Philosophy of Science (3 ECTS)
Time:Tuesdays at 16.15-17.45 starting on 13.3.2012 (no lecture on 1.5.)
Place: lecture hall Pub4 (Assistentinkatu 7)
Registration: by March 6, 2012 via eRegistration
Responsible Lecturers: Marko Ahteensuu & Timo Kajamies
Organizer: UTUGS


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