Requirement and Application

      Conference Title: Resilience of Groundwater Systems to Climate Change and Human Development

      Thailand coordinator: Dr.Uma Seeboonruang

      UK coordinator: Dr. Mohammad Shamsudduha

      Discipline: Water resources, earth science, climate change, social and economic development

      Dates and venue: February 8-11, 2016, Hotel Windsor Suites & Convention, Bangkok, Thailand

      The British Council and the Thailand Research Fund has launched a programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.

      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, a ‘call to action’ was issued in April 2014 for leading researchers to propose themes for bilateral conferences/workshops to be held in one of these countries which will bring together early career researchers to discuss their research and start to build international relationships.

      Successful applicant organisations from the UK and Thailand are now recruiting early career researchers and welcome applications to attend the above conference.

      The conferences/workshops will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the conferences/workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of an oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. 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 the Thailand Research Fund will cover the costs related to the participation to the conference, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered if needed; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. 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:

      The full application below must be completed and submitted by November 15, 2015 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (if applicant is from the UK) and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (if applicant is from Thailand).

      Instructions for applicants

      1.     Each applicant is required to submit the filled application with 300 words abstract in English. It is required to use format in Microsoft Word for Windows,

      2.     For consistency, use a 12-point type font. Please include all required information indicating name, title, affiliation, complete postal address, e-mail address, telephone number and fax number of the corresponding authors.

      3.     For submission of your abstract, please send it by e-mail as an attached file to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (if applicant is from the UK) and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (if application is from Thailand) by December 9, 2015 at the latest,

      4.     All abstracts are subject to a blind review process. Abstracts and materials submitted to the organizer will be considered as public domain.


      Notification of results:

      5.     Successful applicants will be notified by email by December 19, 2015.


      Eligibility Criteria:

      Ø  Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form

      Ø  Application must be submitted before the above deadline

      Ø  Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience in any related field) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience.

      Ø  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 Thailand.


      Quality Assessment:

      Ø  Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the conference

      Ø  Motivation and contribution to the aims of the conference

      Ø  Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the conference

      Ø  Ability to disseminate conference’s outcomes


      Selection Procedure:

      Ø  Eligibility check

      Ø  Quality assessment


      Equal Opportunities

       The British Council is committed to equality of opportunity and inclusion, and employs positive action to promote this. We believe that an Equal Opportunity Policy helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of staff on the basis of gender including transgender, marital status (which includes civil partnerships), sexual orientation, religion and belief, political opinion, ethnicity/race, work pattern, age, disability or HIV/AIDS status, socio-economic background, spent convictions, trade union activity or membership, on the basis of having or not having dependants, or any other irrelevant grounds.

      Participants’ selection undertaken by conference organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.