Education and Learning staff from science and discovery centres and museums across the UK are invited to the ASDC Education Conference at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Join us for this lively day-long conference to meet and discuss the current learning landscape of the informal learning sector, hear from leaders and innovators in the field, and contribute to the latest discussions.
Confirmed speakers include:
Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of STEMNET
Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education and Skills, UK Space Agency
Bridget Holligan, Director of Education and Engagement at Science Oxford
Natalie Ireland, Head of Learning and Public Programmes at MOSI
Dr Penny Fidler, CEO of ASDC
Delegates are also invited to apply to speak in the Pecha Kucha session, and to join us for an informal dinner on the evening of Tuesday 24th of February. Further details of this and the full programme can be found online.
This call will cover some of the cutting edge materials science supported by STFC, and how this research can be used in science and discovery centres to inspire audiences. The guest speakers are Dr Anne Terry and Prof Stephen Bennington who will be discussing their fascinating work in nanostructures for hydrogen storage (future fuels), and the applications of naturally occurring silk proteins (spider silk).
Registration ends at 11pm on Tuesday 16th December.
Organisations, clubs, community groups and scientists have two months to bid for a share of a new £1m public engagement fund. The RAS 200: Sky & Earth grants scheme is the next step in a programme supporting innovative public engagement projects in astronomy and geophysics that marks the approach to the Society’s bicentennial in 2020.
The grants round, which closes on 2 February 2015, will see outline applications for different projects with budgets of up to £100,000. From these a panel will select up to 12 proposals to go forward for more detailed applications. Up to 6 of these will be awarded grants, with the winners announced at the RAS AGM in May 2015.
This scheme will provide longer-term support to extend and enhance excellent public engagement work and ways of working. Sustaining Excellence awards will typically be in the range of £90,000 to £1,000,000, spread across three to five years.
The Physiological Society is offering grants of up to £5000 to support public engagement.
The grants, which are available to both Society members and non-members, are designed to fund innovative and creative projects on any aspect of physiology. They are especially keen to receive project applications which fit under the 2015 theme, ‘Understanding Ageing’.
With a rebrand and renewed focus on families, British Science Week (formerly National Science & Engineering Week) will feature fascinating and engaging events across the UK from 13 to 22 March 2015. The new Engagement Team at the British Science Association is keen to work more closely with science centres, and in particular for British Science Week we’d like to support and highlight some of the wonderful activities going on in centres.
To support outreach work, centres that work with community groups are encouraged to apply for our new BSW Community Grants (deadline to submit the short application is 9am, 9 December).
The British Science Association are also looking for feedback on how they can further support organisations and how they can ensure that science centres are at the heart of British Science Week. Please get in touch with Christina Fuentes Tibbitt, Engagement Manager (Regional), to discuss ideas and opportunities: email@example.com, 020 7019 4937.
The Access to Understanding science-writing competition aims to make scientific knowledge truly accessible by encouraging early-career scientists to write clear, concise and balanced summaries of research findings making them understandable to non-specialists.
The competition is open to PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers, worldwide. Now entering its third year, it has been developed by the British Library, eLife and Europe PMC. The winner will receive an iPad and have their entry published in eLife.
The Science Communication Conference, on the 18th and 19th June 2015 at Manchester Metropolitan University, brings together people with an interest in science communication and public engagement to discuss what matters to our community. It's a chance to share the new ideas from across culture and society that will inspire and move the sector forward. This year will include sessions for a range of experience levels, from those after an introduction to science communication, to experts who want to have in-depth discussions about issues facing the sector.
Dunbar SciFest, East Lothian, Scotland is a community science festival making exciting and engaging science accessible to everyone and inspiring children to consider science careers at an early stage in their education.
If you'd like to get participate in Dunbar SciFest 2015, you can register your interest by completing this online form.
BIGs one-day conference is for early-career STEM communicators who are keen to suck the knowledge and experience out of those who have been at it for ages. It is also an excellent opportunity to make professional and friendly relationships with others in similar work, or to update job-hunting skills for those hoping to take a next step in their careers.
Calling all scientists, engineers, photographers, researchers and students! The Royal Photographic Society, with support from Siemens plc, are calling for your best photographs illustrating science and the application of science to engineering. We encourage entries from all branches of science including medicine, forensic science, zoology, engineering and astronomy. The selected images will represent the variety of ways photography is applied to science.
100 images will be selected to form a touring exhibition launching at the British Science Festival in Bradford, September 2015.
FameLab is the UK’s biggest search for the new voices of science and engineering and sets out to give enthusiastic scientists in the South West area the chance to demonstrate their communication skills.
Expect to hear anything from why men have nipples to how cabbages keep warm in winter at this entertaining event. Contestants will have just three minutes to pitch a concept in science or engineering to the panel of judges. Each judge will assess the finalists’ presentations on three qualities: content, clarity and charisma. If successful in this Bristol-based heat and the following regional final in Cardiff, the lucky winner will then have the chance to take home £1,750 to further their career in the FameLab UK final in London.
The FameLab UK heat in Bristol will take place on 10 December 2014 at 7pm in the rooms of Bristol’s Watershed
For more information about other heats across the UK, visit the FameLab website.
The UKSEDS National Student Space Conference is the premier event for space students, bringing together students, academics, and professionals from across the country to share knowledge of space, discuss the challenges facing the sector, and to create new links between groups. It features talks by leading space science and industry figures, a careers fair, and opportunities to take part in discussions and networking events.
This year it is hosted by Surrey EARS at the University of Surrey and Early Bird tickets are available until 31 December.
How do we reduce the impact of extreme weather today while preparing ourselves for future changes? What can we do to build our resilience?
‘Resilience to extreme weather’ investigates these, and other, key questions to help inform important decisions about adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.
A new Facebook group has been set up for science communication practitioners, researchers, journalists and bloggers to discuss projects related to research about science communication and evidence-based practices for the communication of science.
Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the most important problems of our time. It was launched in May 2014 by Nesta with Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board, as funding partner, to celebrate the 300th year anniversary of the original Longitude Act. The UK public cast thousands of votes during June 2014 to choose antibiotic resistance as the topic. The challenge is to develop an affordable, point of care diagnostic to help ensure the right antibiotic is used at the right time.
From mid November the Prize opens to anyone to compete. The Longitude Prize team are hoping to deliver a series of public talks about the history of Longitude and antibiotic resistance, and also to develop an exhibit to help spread the word. They want people across the UK to enter the Prize or get involved in other ways.
Ahead of the 2015 General Election, CaSE has written to the leader of every political party with at least one MP, asking them to set out their manifesto commitments that are relevant to the science and engineering sector.
A copy of the letter has been published in The Times, and the responses to it will be analysed by CaSE and made available on their website.
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