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GSE Opportunities: Futures training, big data event, vacancies & more

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This blog post is a collection of vacancies, events and learning and development opportunities for people working in Government Science and Engineering.

GSE Futures & Foresight training, 1st March

Following on from the success of the first GSE Futures session in November 2017, we have commissioned another run of this course for GSE members. Learn about how futures techniques such as horizon scanning and road-mapping, could help to inform your work and policy making. The day will be interactive and give hands-on experience of several of the techniques in the Futures Toolkit.

Sign up for the 1st March 2018 event via Eventbrite.

GSE Regional Event, Newport – Big Data, February 27th

The Intellectual Property Office is hosting a regional event for GSE Members in Newport on 27th February 2018. Come and learn about Big Data, with talks from our neighbours in the Data Science Campus & Big Data team at the Office for National Statistics and from the IPO Informatics team.  The afternoon will be about what it is like to be a scientist or engineer working in operational and policy roles in government with a series of presentations and a roundtable session.

Closing Date: 12 February 2018

Please register on Eventbrite.

Vacancy: Head of Energy & Climate Science (SCS1), BEIS

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Head of Energy and Climate Science to join the Directorate of Science and Innovation for Climate Energy. This is a pivotal role, bridging the energy policy agenda with BEIS's wider objectives on business growth and Industrial Strategy.

Our goals are long-term, highly inter-dependent and complex, and affect everyone throughout the UK: delivering secure, affordable clean energy, transforming our energy system, and generating economic opportunity and growth.
The job advert can be found on Civil Service Jobs site.
Closing date: 29 January 2018

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in partnership with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, is inviting applications for a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, which will address how policymakers in the resilience and national security fields can draw on NERC science to protect the people of the UK. The fellow will enable CCS to take into account the latest environmental science, demonstrating the value and impact of environmental science within national risk assessment and resilience policymaking.

For more information please see NERC’s webpage.

Closing date: 6 February 2018

Vacancies: System Engineers, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (HEO & SEO), Home Office

The National Communications Data Service (NCDS) Team are looking to recruit 5 HEOs and 5 SEOs to provide engineering leadership to ensure that the maintenance, development and continuous improvement of Communications Data (CD) Services are conducted with appropriate engineering rigor to ensure that service levels are maintained and provide value for money.

Providing subject matter expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Technology & Communications Environment
  • IT Security
  • Technical Architecture

The HEO & SEO adverts can be found on the Civil Service Jobs site.

Contact point for applicants: Head of Engineering:

Closing date: 29 January 2018

Space for Smarter Government, Open Call Competition

The UK Space Agency’s SSGP have launched an Open Call Competition with the aim of awarding grant funding to support innovative satellite-enabled applications ideas that will benefit the UK Public Sector.

Project proposals are sought for both feasibility studies and demonstrators, from UK Higher Education Institutions, other research organisations, industry and (not for profit) government research institutes.

Further information and the full application documents can be found on the SSGP page.

If you have any questions, contact: (with SSGP COMPETITION QUERY in the subject).

Closing date: 9am, 1 February 2018

2018 Campion Award for Excellence in Official Statistics

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Excellence in Official Statistics Award. The award has been renamed this year in honour of RSS former president, the late Sir Harry Campion, who left a generous legacy to the Society. Campion was also the first director in 1941 of what was then the UK Central Statistical Office.

The award is for anyone working in UK government statistics and rewards good practice, focusing on statistics for the public good. We are pleased to announce that Civil Service World are the media partner for this year’s award.

Particular attention will be paid this year to citations from users that show how the relevant statistical output has helped to make a decision, inform a debate or bust a myth. Credit will also be given to entries showing an excellent communication of results, innovative statistical development and work that goes beyond normal expectations.

Work must have been carried out or completed between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.

Deadline: Midnight 31st March 2018

To nominate a piece of work, produced by an individual or a team, visit the RSS website.

Contact point: Mags Wiley:

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Featured image by  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  used under Creative Commons licence.

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