Dear UKAN+ Member

Welcome to our November newsletter, a range of news from across our network reflecting and informing our community.
New ambitions research funding
UKAN+ launched its first funding call on Thursday 4th November. Project proposals are accepted in areas across the Acoustics Research Priorities that UKAN+ has identified.

Project Proposals
Application is through a simple 3 part application form via the UKAN+ website:
Call opens: 4th November 2021
Call closes: 15th December 2021
Visit the UKAN+ site for full guidance and eligibility requirements.
SIG Event
UKAN+ is organising a series of Connecting SIGs events, the aim of which is to enable members across all special interest groups (SIGs) to learn more about the research conducted in other SIGs. This should especially benefit early career members, who might not have had a chance to find out more about research that other UKAN+ members are carrying out due to pandemic-induced restrictions. Four events will be held, each highlighting the activities relating to four of the UKAN+ SIGs.

We are happy to announce that the first event will be held at 3-5:30 pm on Friday 3rd December (UK time), as a fully virtual event. The four SIGs presenting in the first event will be Sensors, Mathematical Acoustics, Computational Acoustics, Communication and Room Acoustics.

Full details are on the UKAN+ website
Our sense of sound can be a powerful tool in exploring and analysing data collected from satellites. But what is the best way to make this data audible? Space science researchers at Imperial College London are asking for input from communities with relevant expertise (including Audio, Citizen Science, Music, Public Engagement, and Science Communication) to help us choose the best method of making Ultra-Low Frequency waves around the Earth audible. Fill out our quick survey telling us which you think sounds best. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Your valuable feedback and recommendations will help space scientists around the world to improve science communication, public engagement, and citizen science.

If you would like further information please contact Dr Martin Archer, Stephen Hawking Fellow in Space Physics at Imperial College London via m.archer10@imperial.ac.uk. Thank you for your help!
EPSRC has launched a second phase of the pilot New Horizons scheme, focused on highly speculative research projects across the remit of EPSRC’s engineering and information and communication technologies (ICT) themes.
To help EPSRC plan for this opportunity, applicants are asked to submit an ‘intention to submit’ by 16:00 on 7 December 2021.
Note that applications for this phase of the pilot scheme will be assessed at outline and full proposal panel meetings where streamlined assessment criteria will be used compared to current standard funding routes. Postal peer review will not be utilised at neither the outline nor full proposal stages.
Panel membership
To support the delivery of this funding opportunity, EPSRC are planning panel membership now ahead of the initial outline panels in March 2022. We require a large number of panel members across all of the engineering and ICT theme research areas, career stages, academia, industry, etc. If you are not applying to the scheme and are interested in being a panel member, please complete this survey to express interest by Tuesday 30 November.
Have you seen our new website?

We've improved the site and following member network feedback our directory now has the option of including a photo. Members are invited to update their profile providing details about themselves (photo, ORCID account).

We are keen to ensure our network is for active members. In due course a review will take place where old and inactive profiles will be removed.

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UKAN, and UKAN+ via the Bioacoustics SIG have funded an exciting new outreach interactive game 'Seeing With Sound', which has just gone on display at the @WinSciCentre. Winchester Science Centre is the only science and discovery centre in the central South of England and one of the largest in the country, with a strategic vision of sparking curiosity and a mission to build science capital for all. Here is what they say about the new exhibit:

"Have you spotted the new exhibit at the Winchester Science Centre? It's based on scientist Marc Holderied's research, from@BASElabBristol, into bats' use of echolocation to locate their prey.

Have a go and see how you'd get on as a bat. Discover how moths have developed a way to hide from hungry bats. Let's go!"
The scientist behind the research, and Bioacoustics SIG co-leader Prof Marc Holderied from the University of Bristol says: "Moths possess an amazing defence against detection by echolocating bats - an acoustic invisibility cloak. The tiny hairs and scales covering their bodies and wings are such incredibly efficient sound absorbers that they are helping us develop better and thinner noise control solutions for our homes and offices."
UKAN+ Events
Providing you details of upcoming events.

Looking to share your knowledge virtually with the UKAN+ community?
Email Zoë at z.hunter@acoustics.ac.uk to secure a slot for a UKAN+ Zoom webinar as we plan our schedule for 2022.

You can replay our various webinars via our YouTube channel, including Bryn Davies' webinar on Mathematical analysis of subwavelength metamaterials: sensors, biomimicry and tuneable topological edge modes.
Get in touch!
If you have any news for our January newsletter do drop us an email before the 26th of January. We are interested to hear a range of news, perhaps you have a recent publication, or you would like to offer a blog for our community or maybe you know of some industry news we could share.