October Bulletin: Selected News Stories

  13 October 2016
  1. Autumn/winter 2016 Balance Network Activities

  2. Travel bursaries to BN events

  3. News

  4. Funding Opportunities


1. Autumn/winter 2016 Balance Network Activities

See the webpage for latest details, or download the flyer at the bottom of the page. Feel free to disseminate!

  • ICT SKILLS AND ONLINE PLATFORMS FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION, workshop and evidence-based paper, 28 November, Coventr
  • THE ROLE OF MICROBOUNDARIES FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE, individual diary studies & intervention workshops, workshops: 1, 3 & 5 December, London,
  • WORK-LIFE BALANCE WITHIN THE IT PROFESSION, half-day seminar, 7 Dec afternoon, Portsmouth
  • DIGITAL SCHOLARS IN A MOBILE WORLD, one-day research symposium, 14 Dec, Hull
  • CONVERSATION PIECES, three, two-hour workshops, week of 12 Dec, London
  • BALANCING WORK AND MILITARY SPOUSE LIFE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, workshop, week of Dec 19, Northamptonshire


2. Travel bursaries to BN events

We have a number of travel bursaries (less than £100) available for attendance of the above events, in return for a short summary of your experience and ‘take-home messages’ for publication on our website. To apply, send your name, position and organisation, along with a brief statement of what you would hope to get out of the event, and amount requested to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If your institution is able to provide some degree of match-funding, please include details. We aim to review requests each Tuesday and reply by Friday.


3. News

The Busyness Paradox

Oliver Burkeman, one of the keynotes at our Beyond Balance conference, talks about how “busy” we all are in this recent series on the BBC: “There's a ritual of the modern workplace - one you've heard and most likely indulged in yourself. It's the call and response we go through when you ask a workmate how they're doing: "Busy!" "So busy." "mentally busy." It is pretty obviously a boast disguised as a complaint. And our simultaneously grim and half chuckled reply comes as a kind of congratulation: "Ha, better than the opposite." When did we start doing that?”

Part Time and Flexible Working (at universities or other institutions)

Rosie Robison, PI on the Balance Network, has recently co-founded a staff forum at Anglia Ruskin University focused on part-time and flexible workers. We are planning a special event for the forum in the coming months, and are keen to know of any other similar groups which might exist across UK universities (or other organisations) who may be interested in attending. To get in touch about this, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tech & Work Life Balance Conference: Friday December 16, 2016

Understanding how issues such as information overload, and constant connectivity affect the quality of our work-life balance is essential for the health, wellbeing and professional performance of modern day information workers. The Tech & Work Life Event, which takes place online, brings together speakers to share tools, best practices, the latest research and the most innovative techniques for workers, team leaders and department heads seeking the best ways to improve the performance and wellbeing of their work lives. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Call for Papers: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) - Special Issue on Re-imagining Participatory Design

Original contributions are requested for a Special Issue of TOCHI on Reimagining Participatory Design. In particular, research contributions are requested that address the potentials and failures of participatory design in pursuing its democratizing project in emerging Information Technology domains. Abstracts are due 5 Jan and full submissions are due 23 Jan.


4. Funding Opportunities

Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2016

The RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is running this competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having. Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience. Deadline 1 December, 12:00.

Future Photonics Hub Innovation Fund 2016

The EPSRC-funded Future Photonics Hub has an 'Innovation Fund' available to enable the inclusion of academic partners who bring additional value to the Hub's research programme. The first call for applications for this funding is now open. Deadline 7 November, 17:00.


As always, please do circulate this notice to relevant contacts and networks. 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. 







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