We hope you enjoy the final Balance Network bulletin for 2015! As always, if you’d like us to include an item in the bulletin and on our website, email a title and short description to stephanie.cziczo 'at' anglia.ac.uk.
• Recent Events: Rhythms, routines and relationships & IET House of Lords event
• Work and Family Researchers Network
• What happened to the 9 to 5?
• Future and Emerging Technologies funding
• Women in the tech sector
• PhD Scholarship in Mobilities Research
• Recent Publications: Creativity Greenhouse, Creativity Bento Box, and Digital Ethnography
Rhythms, routines and relationships
The first of the Balance Network-funded activities - Rhythms, routines and relationships working party – was held 26-27 November. As tweeted by one attendee: "Great discussions of #dailyrhythms and digital tech. Looking forward to more. Thanks to @Rachel_Macrorie & co for organising". The group will now be developing a series of short Working Papers based on discussions. Visit the webpage to see the full programme - more information including presentations from the event will be uploaded there.
IET House of Lords event
The Balance Network was invited to the Institute of Engineering & Technology's (IET) annual House of Lords event on 25 November. It was great to make new connections between the network and a number of organisations within the technology industry, as well as members of the IET's policy panels on communication and IT, and those working within parliament and government, like the House of Lords Communication Panel. We are always happy to facilitate links between groups connected to the Balance Network, so if you are interested, please get in touch.
Work and Family Researchers Network
What happened to the 9 to 5?
Balance Network member Dr Juliet Jain of UWE passed along The Joy of 9 to 5, a 30-minute BBC radio programme on the UK's office culture and long working hours.
Future and Emerging Technologies funding
The 2016-2017 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme will include additional funding for previously supported projects, as well as new topics, including Future technologies for societal change and Disruptive information technologies.
Women in the tech sector
Westminster Forum Projects is running a (admittedly not cheap!) one-day seminar on Women in the tech sector: access, skills development and policy priorities to be held 1 March 2016 in Central London. The seminar will discuss next steps for policy - and businesses and the education system - to further increase opportunities for women within the tech sector, and improve gender equality throughout related industries.
Australian National University PhD Scholarship in Mobilities Research
The Australian National University is currently offering a PhD scholarship for a student to work on an ARC Discovery project entitled 'Living apart together: How mobile work is transforming Australian homes'. The project is being led by Dr David Bissell (ANU) with Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray (Western Sydney University). This scholarship is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and applications close at 12pm 14 December.
Holger Schnadelbach of Nottingham University has co-authored two publications about the Creativity Greenhouse project, at which the Balance Network was developed. The overall project is described in Creativity Greenhouse: At-a-distance collaboration and competition over research funding, which will be downloadable until 7 January. The second paper is Creativity Bento Box - A Physical Resource Pack to Support Interaction in Virtual Space .
Digital Ethnography Principles and Practice contextualises digital and pre-digital ethnographic research and demonstrates how the methodological, practical and theoretical dimensions are increasingly intertwined.