28 Mar

‘Evolution, not revolution’ will guide next EU research funding programme – Jean-Eric Paquet

‘Evolution, not revolution’ will guide next EU research funding programme – Jean-Eric Paquet“‘On open innovation (there are) ongoing discussions on the European Innovation Council (EIC) (and) on disruptive innovation. There is a lot which was done under Horizon 2020<ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/what-horizon-2020>, but the Commission is certainly very ambitious to do more. And this is, for me, a particularly interesting part of the mandate … because it really leads into a key discussion of how research results are then used.”‘We have now the guidelines of the European Council which were agreed by leaders, which I think are quite explicit. We clearly envisage, in terms of socio-economic cooperation, to continue to have a solid relationship with the UK – also in research and science.’‘We now have two more months to fine tune and fine-tuning is going to be an important part of the process. A key element is going to be the overall amount of the budget. The three scenarios (we are working with) are 80 (billion euros), 120 (billion euros) or 160 (billion euros).’Read more: goo.gl/5ARadp

03 Nov

Another day in 2017

We had a good game of Symbaroum last night, Thursday. Bit of a headache but sat down at iMac and ploughed on. Had a Telco at 2:30 I was nervous about but it went well. PNM invited me to be a project manager in a proposal. I sub edited 6&7, revised some graphics. In the evening we are going to see the new version of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Tyneside Cinema.
I feel old.

02 Nov

Chapter 8, the construction

I worked last on Chapter 8 some months ago, since I needed to replicate the SPSS work from Chapter 4 to compare and contrast. Now I am back, building the framework now I have documented the DMF work in Chaper 5, the BMC in Chapter 6 and the actual operation in Chapter 7. I know this makes no real sense to anyone but me, but in many ways it’s a record for me. I am very weary of this all now.
In recent months I have also completed (with others) a deliverable of note for NOVELOG.eu and also (with others) submitted a second stage EU proposal called dLogistics that will be evaluated by March 2018. I so very very very want that to succeed. The team is good, the proposal is good, the work would be highly interesting, and it would resolve so many funding issues. But it’s a lottery, and this is the fourth or fifth time in as many years that we have got to the final stage on a 33%/50% chance, and not succeeded. I have to be realistic and look to pursue other avenues.
I just need to get the ruddy PhD out of the way.
In other news, Mike and Amy and Ollie Bear have moved into their new home in Chester, and Matt has gone to live in Cambridge with Alaa and others. Ann is considering taking up amateur dramatics and we bought a lovely lovely red chair that I seem to have got away with making mine!

27 Oct

Hello Old Fiends

Been a while hasn’t it? Welll I am still here, plugging away at the PhD thesis, although many other tasks and reports and proposals have bumped into the way.
On the PhD front I am now at Chapter 8, maybe 33% finished, and I hope to have it nailed by mid November.
Then Chapter 9, Reflections, or as I like to think of it “Now I read it again, how would I have done it properly”..
Then Chapter 10, which in truth I hope will write itself.
I want a bound softcopy for the supervisors in their hands before the Christmas vacation..
Other things we/I did:
Went to Thailand for the International City Logistics Conference: freightandlogisticsnews.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-10th-international-conference-on.html
Went on a cruise to Norway and it was rainy: www.facebook.com/tom.zunder/media_set?set=a.10154918642471453&type=3
Seen my lovely grandson Ollie Bear less than I would like 🙁
Ann retired..
The CHARM project ended, and probably so did any further work with the EU.. 🙁
Shacon 2017 was great. Furnace 2017 was hohum for me.
BREXIT rumbles on like a senile blue colossus, whilst everyone with any sense just looks on, including me, sorry to say.
Ah well. No wonder I feel down..
But life is good, Ollie Bear is lovely, Matthew has come home and completed his Masters, and is living in Cambridge with Alaa and applying for graduate schemes. Ann is fit and healthy (well apart from her foot) and despite putting on kilos of weight, and grinding my teeth and suffering from rolling cluster headaches.. so am I…. am I?
Tom

20 Nov

New website

I have changed our pages to a new ICT platform, WordPress, and am testing out the features and so on.
There may be some rogue posting or nonsense, so don’t fret about it for a bit, eh?