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British Council

Researcher Links is a series of bilateral scientific workshops for young researchers in Russia and the UK on a range of topics spanning the natural, formal and social sciences. Since launching in 2013, more than 400 young scientists from both Russia and the UK have participated in the workshops.

As a result of a joint competition organised by the British Council and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), five Researcher Links workshops will be funded in Russia with another four planned in the UK between 1 June and 31 December 2018.

The nine events are part of the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017 programme. 

Workshop topics

Senior scientists are invited to participate in the Researcher Links project to propose workshop topics and act as coordinators in the following scientific fields:

  • Mathematics, mechanics and computer science
  • Physics and astronomy
  • Chemistry and materials science
  • Biology
  • Fundamental principles of medical science
  • Fundamental principles of agricultural science
  • Earth sciences
  •  IT and computer systems
  • Fundamentals of engineering sciences
  • History, archaeology, ethnology and anthropology
  • Economics
  • Philosophy, political science, sociology, law, social history of science and technology and science studies
  • Philology and art history
  • Psychology, fundamental problems of education and social problems in health and human ecology
  • Global issues and international relations.


The project’s budget covers the following expenses:

  • Travel and accommodation workshop participants, including local transfers
  • Visas for workshop participants
  • Catering for workshop participants
  • Other organisational expenses (in accordance with the tender documentation and agreements with the grantors).

To organise Researcher Links workshops in Russia, two applications must be prepared: one joint application is to be submitted to the British Council by the Russian and UK workshop coordinators while the second application is to be submitted to the RFBR by the Russian workshop coordinator. The British Council supports workshop participants from the UK while the RFFI funds the Russian participants. Joint applications for social and humanitarian disciplines should only be submitted to the British Council.

To organise the Researcher Links workshops in the UK, workshop coordinators from Russia and the UK must submit a joint application to the British Council.

The deadline for applications is 19 September 2017. For more information on how to apply including application forms, please visit our global website  

We recommend that you read the competition documentation available for download below.

Workshops supported by the Researcher Links grants in 2016

1. Dynamical plasma processes in the heliosphere: from the Sun to the Earth

Venue, Date:

UK Coordinator:

Russia Coordinator:

Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 18-21 September 2017 

Prof. Valery Nakariakov, The University of Warwick

Prof. Aleksandr Altyntsev, Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences

2. Climate change impacts on surface water and groundwater hydrology in cold regions

Venue, Date:

UK Coordinator:

Russia Coordinator:

Melnikov Permafrost Institute (MPI), Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, 28 May — 1 June 2017

Dr Ross Woods, University of Bristol

Dr. Victor Shepelev, Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

3. Prediction of complex reservoir systems under uncertainty: value of multi-scale and multi-physics challenges

Venue, Date:

UK Coordinator:

Russia Coordinator:

Tomsk Polytechnic University, 3-7 July 2017 

Dr Vasily Demyanov, Heriot-Watt University

Prof. Ivan Goncharov, Tomsk Polytechnic University

For queries about Researcher Links, please contact Inna Popova (Project Coordinator):

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