European Funding for Research – Opportunities, Case-Studies and Information-sharing



Event Date: 17 April 2013
Anatomy Museum,
King’s College London.
London WC2R 2LS

The Culture Capital Exchange presents:

European Funding for Research – Opportunities, Case-Studies and Information-sharing

Building on the 2011 event ‘European Funding for Research: What’s Out There? Who’s Getting it and What For?’ The Culture Capital Exchange was delighted to further explore the benefits and opportunities that European Funding can present for academics in 2013 and beyond.

The event provided valuable insights on current funding schemes and presented a number of case studies with time for in-depth discussion and networking.

It was introduced by Daniel Walker (Head of the EU Research Funding Office at King’s College London). Emma Carey (AHRC) then presented a comprehensive overview of current and future funding schemes. This was then be followed by case studies from academics who have successfully secured diverse sources of funding from Europe; Professor Helen Gilbert (RHUL) and Professor Peter McOwan (QMUL).

Daniel Walker, KCL
Daniel Walker is Head of the EU Research Funding Office at King’s College London, a role he was appointed to in April 2011. Daniel leads a team that is responsible for all administrative, financial & legal aspects of King’s College London’s ever-expanding involvement in EU funded projects. Since joining King’s College London in 2006, Daniel has amassed considerable experience and expertise collaborating with researchers on thousands of applications and hundreds of funded projects, enabling them to secure funding from the European Commission and complete successful projects across the four pillars of Framework 7 (Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities), as well as Frameworks 5 & 6 and other related funding schemes.

A graduate of Queen Mary, University of London (Hispanic Studies & Business Studies) Daniel began his career in academic publishing, first at Palgrave MacMillan and later at Research, the publisher of Research Fortnight & Research Europe. Moving into research management in 2003 Daniel joined the world-renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as an Assistant Research Contracts Officer where he was responsible for obtaining funding from sponsors including the Department for International Development, The Gates Foundation, UK Department of Health, and European Commission.

Emma Carey, AHRC
Emma Carey is currently acting European Strategy and Development Manager at the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to this, she spent four years working at the Research Councils’ UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels, where as part of her job she was the UK’s National Contact Point for the EU Marie Curie Actions.

Professor Helen Gilbert, RHUL
Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely in postcolonial theatre and cultural studies and is currently running a 5-year project on contemporary indigenous performance in the Americas, the Pacific, Australia and South Africa, funded by the European Research Council. This team-based work will culminate in an exhibition at the Bargehouse in October 2013. Her books include Performance and Cosmopolitics (2007) and The Wild Man of Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan (2013).

Professor Peter McOwan, QMUL
Peter McOwan is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary. He was appointed to the role of Vice Principal for External Partnerships and Public Engagement in January 2012.

Peter’s research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, in particular motion, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware and software. He has authored more than 100 papers in these areas. He recently served on the Program Committee for ACII2009, CVPR 2009 and IEEE Artificial Life and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces.

Current research projects include LIREC, an EU FP7 IP, developing long-term synthetic companions, an EPSRC programme grant CHI+MED investigating design to reduce human errors in medical software and an EPSRC Partnership for Public Engagement Scheme CS4fn, an outreach project to enthuse schools about computer science research. He was also elected a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy in 2008 and was awarded the 2011 IET Mountbatten Medal for his work in promoting Computer Science to diverse audiences.

The event was attended by a range of academics, PhD supervisors, staff involved in supporting research collaborations and those who wanted to benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the current European funding landscape.

A follow up event on this subject will be scheduled for early next year. Please see for details.


Welcome by Evelyn Wilson (TCCE).

Introduction by Daniel Walker (KCL)



Emma Carey (AHRC) – The AHRC and Europe   


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Case Study 1 – Professor Peter McOwan (QMUL)


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Case Study 2: Professor Helen Gilbert (RHUL)


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General Q&A and Close

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