Call for participants to a workshop on

Genetic Improvement to reduce photooxidative stress in rice


Under the British Council and The Thailand Research Fund Researcher Links scheme we will be holding a workshop on the above theme in on 2-5 June  2014. The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Erik Murchie (University of Nottingham) and Prof Apichart Vanavichit, (Rice Science centre, Kasetsart University) and will have contributions from other leading researchers Prof Zoe Wilson (Nottingham) and Professor Poonpipope Kasemsarb (Thailand). We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and Thailand to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, applications should be made online (see link on the right).

before the deadline of 1st May  2014.


Workshop Title: Genetic Improvement to reduce photooxidative stress in rice


UK cordinator: Erik Murchie

Thailand coordinator: Apichart Vanavichit

Discipline: Agriculture (Rice physiology and genetics)

Dates and venue: 23 - 26 September  2014
Samphran Riverside, Thailand

The British Council and The Thailand Research Fund has launched a new five-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.

The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, a ‘call to action’ was issued in June 2013 for leading researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of these countries which will bring together early career researchers to discuss their research and start to build international relationships.

Successful applicant organisations from the UK and add country name are now recruiting early career researchers and welcome applications to attend the above workshop.

The workshops will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

The British Council and The Thailand Research Fund will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted by the 1 May 2014

Eligibility Criteria:

-       Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form or Click

-       Application must be submitted before the above deadline

-       Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline such as  plant/crop genetics, molecular biology and/or physiology) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
. Leading Researchers as defined by the EU Framework for researchers careers are research group leaders who are internationally recognised in their field

-       Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Thailand.

Quality Assessment

-       Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop

-       Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop

-       Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop

-       Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure:

-       Eligibility check

-       Quality assessment

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email 1-2 months prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities


The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief.  Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.