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ROADMap: enhanced optical networks for a high-quality internet experience

DATE/LOCATION: Tuesday 14th November 2017, 18:00-20:00, Rayleigh Seminar Room, The Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Avenue.


On Tuesday 14th November, Karl Heeks, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ROADMap Systems Limited, will give a talk about the research that spun out of the Department of Engineering, the relationship with Cambridge Enterprise and the technology that they are now developing.

 ROADMap Systems Limited, spun out of research developed at the Electrical Engineering division of the Department of Engineering. As telecom networks are under increasing pressure due to the ever higher demands from users for streaming video, online gaming and data-hungry applications, ROADMap is working on a new type of optical switch, used to create Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs), a fast-expanding part of optical telecom networks, and enabling the flexible use of different wavelengths of light that carry traffic through the network.

 This event will provide a networking opportunity to meet like-minded people with an interest in entrepreneurship and is open to academics, postdocs, PhDs and undergraduates alike from across all departments at the University.


Further information and details on how to register can be found here.


Cambridge Enterprise and Postdoc Business Plan Competition Grand Finale!

DATE/LOCATION: Thursday 2 November 2017 6-9pm, The Theatre, Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Register here to attend

Join to watch the finalists pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges as part of an audience that includes postdocs, senior University members, mentors and investors. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded, with a first prize of £20k investment. 

The prize-giving will be followed by a networking reception and refreshments.

Speakers include: 

Ed Newton-Rex, Founder of Jukedeck

Richard Bowman, Founder of Waterscope and previous competition entrant

The competition offers the chance for University postdocs to win early stage funding for their business ideas. Finalists received support to improve their plans, including high-level mentoring from Cambridge Enterprise’s network, pitching training and a workshop for guidance on IP issues.

 Last year’s finalists were so outstanding that the judges chose two first prize winners, each receiving £20,000 investment. They were CamGaN Devices, created by Dr Giorgia Longobardiand and Netwookie, created by Dr Max Bock.

 Sponsors of this event include Marks and Clerk, Parkwalk Advisors, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Barclays Eagle Labs. The competition is run collaboratively between Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge.



The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) will hold a specialised leadership programme for postdocs in 2018. Applications are now open.

Emerging Research Leaders’ Development Programme (ERLDP) to support postdocs aspiring to achieve research independence in order to lead a research group and/or become a research leader in any field. ERLDP provides an advanced leadership programme for those wishing to explore and consolidate their leadership practice over a four-month period within a multidisciplinary group.  

  • This cohort programme is intended for postdoctoral researchers from any discipline with at least two years’ postdoc experience.
  • To be eligible for the programme, you will have applied or be aiming to apply for independent research funding, and you will be currently responsible for managing/supervising students or others (officially or unofficially).
  • ERLDP will run from January to April 2018 with sessions meeting at St John’s Old Divinity School.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, 23rd October 2017.

Follow this link to the programme description, dates, and application. 

Or click here:


CE Commercialisation Roadshow 2017

DATE/LOCATION: September to November 2017

Cambridge Enterprise will be holding a series of departmental Roadshow events showcasing some of the most prominent research that has spun out of the university. These events will provide a networking opportunity to meet like-minded people with an interest in entrepreneurship and is open to academics, postdocs and PhDs alike from across all departments at the University.

CEGX: The spinout that’s measuring the epigenome to improve human health

DATE/LOCATION: Tuesday 12th September 2017, 18:00-20:00


Not your typical spin out: How ICthinking is changing society and preventing extremism

DATE/LOCATION: Wednesday 11th October 2017, 18:00-20:00


ROADMap: the spin-out developing technology to improve efficiency of fibre optic networks

DATE/LOCATION: Tuesday 14th November 2017, 18:00-20:00



Are you considering becoming a consultant?-You might be interested in Cambridge Enterprise Consultancy 101 worksho 

DATE/LOCATION: Wednesday 4th October, Cormack Room, University Centre, Mill Lane 


Cambridge Enterprise is holding  the next workshop for individuals considering becoming a consultant, and for those who are already consulting but wish to gain further insight on how to work more effectively, get the best price for their skills and to simplify admin work.

Cambridge Enterprise is delighted to be offering this free workshop in how to effectively manage consultancy projects, sharing expertise on best practice, tips on making life easier and trouble-shooting for some of the key issues faced by consultants.


The tenth round of the Returning Carers' Scheme.

Applications are invited from academics, researchers and employees whose primary role is undertaking research for funding to support career development following a career break or a period of leave for caring responsibilities.

Examples of activities that have been funded by the Scheme include:

· Attendance at conferences in the UK and overseas

· Short-term research support, for example to generate preliminary data to support research grant applications

· Teaching 'buy-outs' for college or departmental teaching

· Travel and accommodation costs of research collaborators coming to Cambridge (to reduce the need for the returning carer to travel and to support work-life balance)

· Indirect childcare expenses, for example, the travel and accommodation expenses of the person looking after an accompanying child while the researcher/academic attends a conference overseas

· Secondments or short term research assignments (for example to an external laboratory)

· Training to support career development

· Support for assistance in grant writing

· Training to support career development

· Equipment purchase to support independent research

The updated guidance and application form are available on the HR Division website, as follows:



National Postdoc Meeting: Postdocs, Policy and the Future

DATE/LOCATION: 19-20 September 2017, The Postdoc Centre at Eddington, Cambridge

National Postdoc Meeting is hosted by the Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society and the University of Cambridge. The meeting aims to bring together representatives from research staff associations (RSAs) from around the UK and all interested postdocs.

The meeting will give postdocs from all different disciplines and research institutions in the UK a chance to meet and network with each other and with invited guests and speakers from the academic and research policy world. Additionally the meeting will fall during what is known in the US as the Postdoc Appreciation Week which will be celebrated!




EPSRC Physical Sciences Early Career Researcher Workshops

DATE/LOCATION: Thurs 5th October (Bristol), Tues 17th October (Manchester)


The EPSRC Physical Sciences theme will be holding 2 one day workshops for ECRs in October. The purpose of these events includes to communicate EPSRC policy changes around the transition from First Grants to New Investigator Awards, changes to our Fellowship priority areas and to facilitate career development and contact with colleagues. Engagement with a broad range of ECRs is part of the theme mission and goals.

The workshops are being held in Bristol and Manchester on 5th October and 17th October 2017 respectively.  An expression of interest form is being used to aid selection of attendees. Applications to express interest in attending are open until 18th August 17.00. The link to the EOI and further information can be found here:


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