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Leverhulme Follow Up Writing Retreat - 31st Jan/1st Feb

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Following on from all of the work we put into the Leverhulme outline we are hoping to capitalise on that and start to work up some of these ideas in more detail. The aim is that when the next funding opportunity arises we are ahead of the game.

You are therefore invited to attend a 24 hour writing retreat funded by the Global food security Dragon’s den money. The plan would be to meet at 2pm one day, have short introductions so that everyone knows who everyone else is, particularly re their research interests. We would then sit and write for a few hours. We will provide a template.

You would ideally be aiming for something like 2 pages of the project idea you would have proposed if we were going ahead with the Leverhulme bid, you should also identify possible funders, other resources needed, what would it cost, any other partners required etc. These could be done in small groups if that was appropriate.

We would then hopefully have a set of initial project ideas. We would then have dinner and a few drinks, for those who need to go home that is completely fine, but those who wish to can stay overnight. I think social opportunities are good for team bonding so if most people could at least stay for dinner that would be great.

We would then start again the next morning, perhaps sharing our ideas in groups both as a sort of peer review exercise and as a way of finding links between these project ideas. We would aim to finish at 12 noon the next day.

You are obviously at liberty to also work these ideas up into your own proposals, this is absolutely not about these “belonging “ to the programme in any way, but if we can use them in future large scale interdiscplinary proposals that would be great and if it stimulates more discussions and ideas that is also great.

This first “writing retreat” is a bit of an experiment and therefore only those people involved in the Leverhulme Centre bid and the Dragon’s den are invited. If the format is successful then we may run more throughout the year and open them up more widely.


There will be a second 'writing retreat' held at the end of January - you are welcome to attend either or both, to work on the same proposal or to develop new, relevant ideas.


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