CRUCIBLE is an offering from the Fellowship programme at NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. This is an opportunity that will enhance the careers and creativity of early career researchers from across science, technology, engineering and medicine, including science policy and science and technology studies.

NESTA back people of exceptional talent and imagination. Through a range of pioneering programmes, we offer tailored support to enable individuals to explore new ideas, develop new products and services, or experiment with new ways of nurturing creativity in science, technology and the arts.

CRUCIBLE, piloted in 2004, offers early career scientists and engineers the chance to expand their thinking about science in relation to society, the media, politics, globalisation and creativity. It consists of a series of three career and personal development residential weekends (LABs) spread over the course of one year. The LABs bring together a cross disciplinary group of participants and present them with the chance to learn from internationally-respected speakers and from each other. In the next round of CRUCIBLE, weekends will take place at St Leonard’s Hall, Edinburgh, Devonport House, Greenwich and Dartington Hall in Totnes, Devon. Each CRUCIBLE Award will be tailor-made for the individual. The costs of travel, catering and accommodation as well as the sessions will be covered. We will also take care of any other reasonable costs incurred.

We’re looking for applications from committed researchers in science, technology, engineering and medicine who want to expand their professional capacity and their horizons. More information about CRUCIBLE and how to apply can be found on the NESTA website or you can receive an application form by emailing [email protected]. CRUCIBLE will be open for application from 6 December 2004 until 26 January 2005 (5pm).

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