Automatic door. Main entrance to the Lyell Centre.

Events will generally be held in the last week of each month and will alternate between Lyell drinks and the lunchtime forum.

Lunchtime Forum

Building REF returnable research

Date: 19/07/17

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: Enterprise Oil Building EN 1.13 (Seminar Room)

Professor Mike Christie (IPE) will lead an informal chat about what REF is and what we need to do as ECRs to make our research count towards it.

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Past Lunchtime Forum Talks

Fixed-Term Policy & Open-ended contracts

Lorraine Klimek

Date: 26/04/17

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: Enterprise Oil Building Seminar Room

Lorraine Klimek from HR will discuss the Heriot-Watt University Fixed-term Policy, different ways to an open-ended contract & what open-ended actually means.

Escape to Nature towers

Dr Heidi Burdett

Date: 22/02/17

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Edwin Chadwick G02

Dr Heidi Burdett, Lyell Research Fellow, will talk about her experience as an assistant editor.

Scientists all aspire to publishing in the Nature and Science journals, but does anyone actually know what goes on behind the scenes at these high profile publications? Who are these elusive editors who reject our papers in a few hours? Well, during 2015-16, I worked as an editor for Nature Microbiology, so I have a little insight! I’ll share some of my experiences of what it was like to work in ‘Nature Towers’, who the editors are, what they do, and how the research papers are handled. I’ll also discuss the pros and cons of a professional editorial career, including why I initially left academia, but later decided to come back to science.

Small Grants – How and why apply?

Date: 30/11/16

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: JNCF16 – John Coulson Building

We will have a talk from a representative of Research And Enterprise Services (RES) about how to apply for small research grants and why you should.
Lunch will be provided after the talk and there will be plenty of time for discussion and informal networking.

Lunch will be provided after the talk and there will be plenty of time for discussion and informal networking.

From Stars to Reservoirs

Dr Gillian Pickup

Date: 28/09/16

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Tom Patten Meeting Room

Our first talk as part of the EGIS postdoc forum for postdocs and early career scientists working at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University, at the British Geological Survey and beyond.

Dr Gillian Pickup, assistant professor at IPE, will be giving a talk about her career path to date from a degree in astrophysics to modelling fluid flow in reservoirs and some things in between.

Lunch will be provided after the talk and there will be plenty of time for discussion and informal networking.


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Gillian Pickup is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.  She holds BSc and PhD degrees in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh.  She joined Heriot-Watt University in 1990, initially as a Research Associate, and then gradually progressed to becoming a Lecturer in 2010.  Gillian’s research interests include flow through porous media and upscaling of small-scale effects for use in larger-scale models, simulation of CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers, and CO2 EOR.

Gillian is the deputy leader for the PE program.  Over the past 10 years, she has taught the Res Sim course in various places, including Dubai, Malaysia, Lisbon and Cairo, and she has supervised numerous MSc Individual Projects.  In Semester 1 in 2014, Gillian was in charge of the PE program in Dubai.