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What does Wikipedia have to do with data mining, the semantic web and scholarly literature?

The Betty and Gordon Moore Library are currently home to a Wikipedian-in-Residence, who is hosting three sessions looking at the reliability of Wikipedia as an academic source, Wikidata and the semantic web, and how Wikipedia relates to systematic text and data mining of scientific literature. The sessions all include a free sandwich lunch and run on the 22 June, 29 June and 6 July. Please bring your own device with you to the session. 

More information can be found at:

How do machines "see" and how does this affect our perception of seeing?

A three-day workshop on 26-28 June organised by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, CoDE (Cultures of the Digital Economy Researh Institute) and Cambridge Big Data looks at questions of vision, information processing, and the creation of meaning.

More information can be found at:


What impact does the use of software containers have on research? 

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop brings together researchers, developers and educators to explore best practices when using containers, not only Docker, and the future of research software with containers. Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR) will take place from 27 to 28 June.

More information can be found at:


Are you thinking about a career move to research in industry?

An introduction to R&D careers

DATE/LOCATION: Mon 19th June, 1-2pm, Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane


The session will cover:
What options are open to postdocs
How industry careers compare with academia
How to find positions
Hints for successful applications and interviews
Gaining useful experience while a postdoc



Postdocs of Cambridge Society (PdOC) Annual General Meeting

DATE/LOCATION: Monday 19 June, 6-8pm, Audit Room, King's College


All postdocs associated or affiliated with the University of Cambridge, its Colleges and University Partner Institutions are invited to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the PdOC Society. The purpose of the AGM is to report on the activities of the Society for the past year, discuss how PdOC should develop in the next year, and elect a Committee for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The aims of the PdOC society are to:

  • Represent Postdocs from all Faculties, Schools and Departments at the University of Cambridge and University Partner Institutions (UPIs).
  • Facilitate communication and networking between Postdocs both within the Departments and across Faculties and the wider University community.
  • Provide information and support so that Postdocs can make the most of their time at Cambridge.
  • Create a social and intellectual network for Postdocs throughout the University.

The current Constitution of the PdOC Society was adopted at an Extraordinary General Meeting in January 2017 and it states the aims and terms of membership of the Society, explains how the Society functions and how Officers of the Society are elected.


Fellowship Research Proposals Workshop

DATE/LOCATION: Wednesday 5 July, 2-5pm, venue provided on sign-up


To learn the secrets of getting your proposal selected for a fellowship, come to this popular workshop. It runs only twice a year, so don't miss out.

You will have a unique chance to take part in a mock panel exercise as a selector – this is the best way to learn what works and what doesn't. And you will get personalised feedback on your own proposal from a careers adviser.

How to book: to secure a place on this workshop, you need to send us a short proposal by 9am on Wed 21 June. Once your proposal is approved by a careers adviser, we will email you the link to book your place. We will allocate places as the proposals come in, and we will let you know via email once the workshop is full.


Information on Applying for Housing at North West Cambridge

Postdocs employed by the University, Colleges, and Partner Institutes can now apply to rent accommodation on the North West Cambridge (NWC) site, which is due to be completed from spring 2017 onwards.

Here is some information about what is available, how eligibility and priority on the waiting list is calculated and how to apply.

* The first phase of accommodation is due to be available from Spring 2017. This will consist of around 700 furnished 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.  Maximum occupancy is a household of two adults and one child.

* Rents on the NWC site are subsidised and will vary for each individual or household - they will be calculated based on 30% of household income.

* To be eligible for NWC accommodation you must have a contract of at least 18 hours/week with the University, College, or Partner Institute - and you must have at least 12 months remaining on your contract.

* You can apply now via the Accommodation Service website - you can find more info on how to do this and some things to bear in mind when applying for NWC housing here.

* Applicants are placed on the waiting list for NWC accommodation in one of eight categories, with the highest priority given to those new to Cambridge.

The Accommodation Service website:

If you have questions, you can contact Ruth Mann, Area Housing Manager, at