The British Council and CONACyT have launched Researcher Links programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and Mexico, by providing grants for research visits, in which they will be able to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

 If you participated in the call of 2014, wait for the results soon.

Know more about our workshops and join them.

Biorefinery Workshops

About the workshop:

The use of biomass to replace or substitute existing products makes biorefineries an attractive alternative to tackle current global problems derived from the extensive use of fossil resources (crude oil, natural gas and coal) as raw materials. Biorefineries are a means to process locally available raw materials (residues and wastes generated from cities or agriculture) into products, carbon content from which is continuously captured from the environment thus reducing the net GHG emissions and contributing to climate change mitigation. This could only be realised in a sustainable manner if the establishment of biorefineries is a result of extensive collaborative research and development with a focus on the search for optimal combinations of feedstock-process technologies-products across the value chain that provide the best trade-off between economics, environmental impact and social development.

This workshop will provide a platform for early stage researchers from UK and Mexico to discuss the concepts and strategies for the development of sustainable biorefineries. It will be designed as a forum for a technical review and evaluation of existing research on biorefinery technologies, as well as to foster partnerships and spread information about activities in the area. This will allow gathering valuable inputs from existing initiatives and to establish consensus about research priorities and the path forward in the field. The workshop will promote the creation of research consortia between researchers from both countries for future project developments with an integral vision throughout the new value chains created for biorefinery deployment. The workshop seeks to bring together specialists in valorisation of organic wastes, lignocellulosic residues and non-food crops for the production of biofuels, bioenergy and high value products by means of highly integrated biorefinery process schemes.

The workshop is coordinated by Dr Jhuma Sadhukhan from University of Surrey and Dr Jorge Arturo Aburto-Anell from the Mexican Institute of Petroleum with support from Dr Elias Martinez Hernandez from the University of Oxford.

Key dates:

Deadline for registration: 23 January 2015

Workshop dates: 18-22 May 2015

Educational dialogue and transformative learning in STEM subjects in Mexico and the UK Workshop


About the workshop:

This workshop aims to link early career researchers from Mexico and the UK in order to build a sustainable research network which will support the development of knowledge in the conceptual areas of educational dialogue and transformative learning.  Coordinated by Dr. Catherine Montgomery from the University of Hull (UK) and Dr. Juan Manuel Fernández-Cárdenas from Tecnológico de Monterrey (México), this workshop also will strengthen ties in the field of education, science and innovation between the UK and Mexico. With the participation of 5 senior scholars in the role of mentors, all of them experts in the field of dialogue and STEM subjects in basic education in Mexico and the UK, this workshop will provide participants a supportive environment aimed to carry out research and to publish in academic journals. Thus, it is intended that all this experience will be compiled in a special issue of an academic journal, and also in an edited book compiling a collection of papers. Mentors will support 30 early career researchers, selected through an open call (15 from Mexico and 15 from the UK) in order to deepen their knowledge on how to carry out research and design innovative practices to promoting dialogue and transformative learning, all this following a comparative theoretical and methodological perspective.

Workshop Mentors (alphabetical order):

Dr. Manuel Flores Fahara, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Sara Hennessy, Cambridge University

Dr. Rebeca Mejía Arauz, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)-

Dr. Guadalupe Rodríguez Bulnes, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Professor Rupert Wegerif, University of Exeter

Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Fernández-Cárdenas, coordinators of the workshop will also act as mentors.

Key dates:

Workshop dates: 9 -13 February 2015


Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

Towards comprehensive evaluation for health and development: promoting the integration of evaluation methods

About the workshop:

As part of this programme, staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) Mexico are organising a workshop that will bring together researchers from Mexico and the United Kingdom who have research experience in the field of evaluation in health care. The aim is to share understanding of evaluation methods, and how to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods within evaluation to assess whether an intervention works and how it works.

Participants should be early career researchers with experience using experimental or quasi-experimental methods to evaluate impact in health and/or process evaluation methods, and participatory approaches to understand implementation and how interventions work.   A further theme within the workshop will be the evaluation of financial incentives in health (for example, performance based financing or conditional cash transfers, vouchers, health insurance or other demand-side financing approach).  

Knowledge sharing and learning between participants will be promoted through a mix of lectures, research “surgeries” (where 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), and networking sessions pairing researchers from each country to further discuss specific methodological issues in relation to their own research and learn from one another.   The workshop will have a methodological focus, aiming to raise awareness and understanding of state of the art methods for evaluation and to promote working together on collaborative proposals and research papers.  Time will also be set aside to discuss further training and funding opportunities.  There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.  


Kay dates:

Deadline for applications: February 20

Notification for applicants: February 27


London, UK

Workshop: Advanced Digital Manufacturing for Industrial Development

About the workshop:

This 2 day workshop is directed to Early Career Researches and academics currently active in any field of Additive Manufacturing /3D printing, who would like to share their main research interest with other peers from Mexico and the UK. The 2 day workshop will include space for individual presentations, networking, industrial visits lo relevant industrial centres and briefing on further collaboration avenues between Mexico and UK researchers.

The requirements to attend this workshop are: 1) Being an Early Career Researcher (ECR):

1)Having a PhD/postgraduate degree level and/or equal industrial experience, with less than 10 years after obtaining the relevant title.  

2) Researchers must be based in Mexico or the UK and all nationalities are welcome to apply. Both academic and research institutions are equally considered.  

The workshop organization will cover all related costs: Transport (UK-Mexico-UK flights), accommodation, diets, local transportation and social activities.  

The event will take place at CIATEQ- Queretaro, Mexico; at the heart of Mexico's aerospace corridor. Please refer to the other sections for further location details.  

Attendance to the full workshop is FREE, but places are limited to 20 delegates.

The organizing committee will evaluate and inform the selected candidates on the basis on their application form and scientific history

Kay dates:

2-3 June 2015


Queretaro, Mexico

Workshop: Interra incognita

About the workshop:

Researchers from Birmingham City University, UK, will be visiting Mexico in order to transfer and exchange creative industries innovation and entrepreneurship practices and tools for delivering economic impact.

The practices and tools will be explored within a gastronomic/food industry context.

For general audience

Kay dates:

Conferences: May 4


Constituyentes 455, Col. America

Mexico City

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