August Bulletin: Selected News Stories

  15 August 2016

Dear Balance Network members,

We were thrilled with the innovative proposals for our 2016 funding, which closed to applications on July 29.  Once the review process is complete will have details about all the upcoming events and activities in our September bulletin, so please stay tuned! As always, please do circulate this notice to relevant contacts and networks.

Beyond Balance: Photos, Slides and Audio
Balance Network at the World IT project
Members on TV/Radio
Select Committee Evidence Check on Flexible Working
Several Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities: DfT

1. Beyond Balance: Photos, Slides and Audio
A selection of photos from the 27 June event can now be viewed on the Balance Network website and all slide presentations are also available at the bottom of this pageOliver’s keynote is available on myplayer, and recordings of both keynotes and audio from the main lecture theatre will be uploaded to the website during August. Thanks to everyone who submitted their feedback on the event. There were particularly positive comments about both the keynotes, as well as appreciation of the sessions, which gave the opportunity to gain “insight and quick overview into a range of projects and interests” and hear about “the variety of methods/approaches people used to study work-life balance”.

2. Balance Network at the World IT project
In the first of our activities over the next 6 months to be announced, the Balance Network is pleased to have supported Drs Penny Ross and Penny Hart from Portsmouth to attend a workshop for the World IT Project in the USA this week. The project brings together universities in 43 countries to capture views from IT professionals about their working life balance. The resulting unique dataset allows for a range of insights into the impact of the digital workplace from a multi-cultural perspective. The Portsmouth team will be using the resulting data sets to produce research papers into the impact of work on lives of IT professionals, with results also to be presented at a British Computer Society / Balance Network seminar later in the year (details tbc).

3. Members on TV/Radio
Occupational Psychologist, Coventry University academic, co-founder of the Switched On Culture Research Group and Balance Network member, Dr Christine Grant was interviewed on BBC Breakfast on 4 August, where she discussed the benefits of a digital detox, the recent OFCOM report on technology use, and ideas for managing tech use.

UWE Bristol researcher, 'Family Rituals 2.0' co-investigator and Balance Network member, Dr Juliet Jain participated in BBC Radio 4’s Bringing Up Britain. She is included in episode 3, Parenting at a Distance, which focuses on the challenge of long-distance parenting, including using technology to bridge the gap.

4. Select Committee Evidence Check on Flexible Working
Members might be interested to note that the Science and Technology Select Committee invited views earlier in the year on government evidence around 'Flexible working and facilitating working away from the office.' The committee is considering next steps.

5. Several Upcoming Events
The Digital Catapult Centre will be hosting a series of Working Lunches in August that hope to bring together those working in or researching certain topics, such as AI and augmented reality.

A workshop on Sustainability in Human-Computer Interaction will be held at Edinburgh Napier University on 1 September. This workshop looks to the solution-focused design practice and philosophy of Permaculture as an approach to addressing sustainability - focusing on its design principles and ethics. Position papers deadline: 21 August.

IoTUK and Digital Catapult Centre Brighton are hosting a clinic for those developing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the healthcare industry.  The event will be September 16, and applications to attend are due by 19 August.

ColLab Festival will be held around the UK from 19-23 September to explore the current landscape of the UK’s digital economy.

Digital methodologies and domestic energy practices workshop will be held over 19-20 October at University of St Andrews. The workshop aims to explore how scholars can use the internet to understand and investigate everyday practices, with particular emphasis on domestic energy demand. The hosts hope to discuss a range of different theoretical, methodological and technical characteristics across what might be considered: ‘online methods’; ‘netnography’; ‘digital ethnography/methods’; and ‘virtual ethnography’. Expression of interest deadline: 19 August. 

6. Funding Opportunities: DfT
The Department for Transport (DfT) has two open call grants – one targeting new ideas and innovations in intelligent transport and one supporting innovative ideas that facilitate a better transport system.  The better transport call will fund a maximum of £25,000 per project and the application is due 22 August.

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