Earthquake Engineering Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Workshop on Seismic Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Existing Buildings and Structures, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, 17-21 October 2016


The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career
researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore
opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme,
the University of Sheffield (UK) and Universidad Michoacan de San Nicolas de Hidalgo
(Mexico) are now recruiting early career researchers and welcome applications to attend the
workshop: Seismic Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Existing Buildings and

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and
networking. During the workshop early career researchers will have the opportunity to
present their research in the form of a poster/short oral presentation and discuss this with
established researchers from the UK and Mexico. There will be a focus on building up links for
future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and
ability to build longer term links.

The British Council and CONACYT will cover the costs related to the participation to
the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals.
Costs for the visa will be covered; however, participants will be responsible for making all
the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council,
participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The
British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the
participants are in-country.

Application and Deadline
Applications must be completed online (see below) and received by 31 July 2016.
For enquiries about the workshop and application process contact Dr Maurizio Guadagnini
( or Dr Jose Manuel Jara Guerrero (

Eligibility Criteria
- Applications must be submitted using the online application form available at
- Participants must be Early Career Researchers (ECR)
- ECRs are expected to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the
workshop, but allowances can be made for career breaks
- Participants are also expected to have a PhD or equivalent research experience, but all
applications will be considered on an individual basis
- All participants should have a degree of confidence and autonomy that will allow them
to establish long-lasting links with peers in the partner country
- Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post,
research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research institution either in the
UK or in Mexico

Quality Assessment
- Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
- Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
- Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
- Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure
- Eligibility check
- Quality assessment

Notification of results
Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 August 2016.

Equal Opportunities
The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities
and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to
gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief. Participants’
selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support
to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.