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A round-up of the month's interesting updates, developments and opportunities for science engagement professionals across the UK.

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The ASDC National Conference 2015


Delegate List closes TOMORROW at 11pm, Wednesday 9th September

We are delighted to invite you to The 2015 ASDC National Conference. This year's conference will be held in the wonderful At-Bristol Science Centre on Thursday 24th of September, with the AGM and Conference Dinner the day before on Wednesday 23rd of September.

This lively one-day national conference will bring together professionals from the UK's leading Science and Discovery Centres, Science Museums, Natural History and Environmental organisations as well as Public Engagement organisations and science-based visitor attractions.

Register Now!


Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund

Deadline: 30 October

The Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund provides financial support to individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences. Through the fund, they can support their members, and other advocates, to engage with different audiences, and provide people with an entry point into the chemical sciences.


What does UK science communication mean today?

Deadline: 18 September

The British Science Association vision is to make science a fundamental part of culture and society – they recognise that they can’t achieve this alone and aim to create a community of people who are equipped and motivated to achieve this too. So they are finding out what science communication means today, and what people like you, who work to engage the public with science really need.

If you work as a science communicator, filmmaker, artist, or in any way engage with the public about science, they’d love to hear your views.


Ecsite 2016: Call for proposals

Deadline: 15 October

The call for session proposals for the 2016 Ecsite Annual Conference is now open. The conference will be taking place in Graz, Austria, on 9-11 June 2016. 

The majority of the conference’s unique programme comes from practitioners sharing and discussing experiences, research, trends and visions. The call for session proposals is open to all: team up with colleagues from around the globe and submit a session idea! A rich variety of formats is encouraged, from plenary talks to highly interactive workshops.


Opening Doors Conference

20 October

Presented by the IOP and GEO, this conference aims to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss the important issue of gender and education. 

As you may be aware, the Institute has done a lot of work on gender issues in STEM subjects. The factors determining student choices are connected to much broader issues and our most recent project Opening Doors, funded by the GEO, had no such subject emphasis and instead focussed on whole school culture. 


UWE Science Communication Masterclass

9 - 12 November

UWE's Science Communication (SCU) Masterclass is an intensive, short course created to provide professional development in science communication. The masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical MSc in Science Communication.

The next  SCU Masterclass takes place 9-12 November 2015 at At-Bristol. Registration is now open.

Science Capital – an introduction

Science capital - an introduction

Professor Louise Archer and her team at King's College London have put together a short animation explaining the concept of 'science capital'. Everything you need to know in just 2 minutes!

See the video here:

15 Years of At-Bristol Science Centre

At-Bristol Science Centre turned 15 this summer! To celebrate, they made a short film about what they do and why more than 4 million people have visited since they opened. They asked visitors, teachers, community leaders, their staff and even the Bristol Mayor George Ferguson why they love At-Bristol.

The video can be found on their YouTube channel here:

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The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: 11 September

The Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants

Deadline: 25 September

Society for General Microbiology: Education and Outreach Grants

Deadline: 1 October

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund

Deadline: 30 October

ASDC National Conference 2015

24 September 2015, At-Bristol

Communicate 2015

10 - 11 November, Bristol

NCCPE Engage Conference 2015

2 - 3 December, Bristol

STEM Learning Officer (Formal Learning Programme)

Dundee Science Centre
Deadline: 10 September

Research Communications Officer

Breast Cancer Now
Deadline: 11 September

Researchers’ Engagement Adviser

Wellcome Trust
Deadline: 11 September

ASPIRES2 Research Administrator

Kings College London
Deadline: 20 September

Outreach Communicator

Cambridge Science Centre
Deadline: 21 September

Impact and Engagement Officer

University of Kent
Deadline: 23 September

Fundraising Manager

Deadline: 25 September

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Manager

Babraham Institute
Deadline: 28 September

Astronomy Distance Learning & Engagement Developer

Liverpool John Moores University
Deadline: 30 September
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