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The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres brings together over 60 of the nation's major science engagement organisations, who together reach 20 million people each year

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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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ASDC Education Conference 2014: Bookings now open!


Wednesday 25 February 2014

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.

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Fantastic opportunity at ASDC

ASDC is seeking an exceptional individual for the post of Special Projects Manager to deliver two of our exciting flagship national science engagement programmes:

  1. ASDC's new 'National Astronaut Programme' for families, celebrating the UK's first sponsored Astronaut who goes into Space in November 2015.
  2. Our hugely successful national physics and engineering programme for schools and families 'Explore Your Universe' which attracted 156,880 participants in the first year and is now in Phase 2.
The deadline for applications is 7 December at 11pm, and interviews will be held on 16 December in Bristol.

A full job description and details on how to apply can be found on the ASDC website.

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Explore Your Universe Presents: Future Materials


Thursday 18th December

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.

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RAS 200: £1m for public engagement


Deadline: 2nd February 2015

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.

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Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence Awards


Deadline: 18 February 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.

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The Physiological Society’s Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2015


Deadline: 15 February 2015

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’.

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British Science Week Community Grants


Deadline: 9 December

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: christina.fuentes@britishscienceassociation.org, 020 7019 4937.

 

Access to Understanding 2015 science-writing competition now open


Deadline: 9 December 2014

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.

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Science Communication Conference 2015: Call for proposals


Deadline: 9 January 2015

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.

To propose a session, use the online form or visit the website

 

Maker Faire UK - Call for Makers 


Deadline: 25 January 2015

Maker Faire UK is back for its 6th year at The Centre for Life in Newcastle, on Sat 25 + Sun 26 April 2015.

The Call for Makers is now open, so if you want to submit a project, or know someone who might, please visit the website

Invitation to register to take part in Dunbar SciFest 2015


Thursday 5 - Sunday 15 March 2015

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.

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The Little Event 2015: Registration open


Thursday 15 January 2015
 
Thinktank, Birmingham


BIG’s 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.

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Call for entries for the world's best scientific images by The RPS


Deadline: 23 March 2015

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. 

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FameLab UK heat comes to Bristol


10 December 2014

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.
 

National Student Space Conference 2015


28 February - 1 March 2015

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. 

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University of Bristol Engage Conference - Follow Up


Resources are now available from the University of Bristol's Engage Conference in September, including presentations, table discussion notes and collated answers from Q&A sessions. 

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New Diversity reports from IOP


Two new diversity reports are now available from the Institute of Physics. 

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Major new Policy Report from the Royal Society

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.

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The Science of Science Communication


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. 

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Longitude Prize 2014 open now


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.
 
Please contact Tamar Ghosh to explore opportunities. To keep up to date with developments on Longitude Prize follow @longitude_prize or visit: www.longitudeprize.org.

CaSE Election 2015 Letter


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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Do you have news to share with the network? Send it to us!

British Science Week Community Grants

Deadline: 9 December
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RAS 200: £1m for public engagement

Deadline: 2 February 2015
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Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellowships

Deadline: 13 February 2015
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The Physiological Society’s Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2015

Deadline: 15 February 2015
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Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence Awards

Deadline: 18 February 2015
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Teaching and Communicating Science in the Digital Age

15-17 December, Charles Darwin House, London
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Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2015

7-10 January 2015, University of Reading
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ASDC Members' Meal at Ecsite 2015

10 June, Trento, Italy
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ASDC National Conference 2015

24 September 2015, At-Bristol
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Explainer Team

Techniquest Glyndŵr
Deadline: Ongoing
Details

Science Instructors

Mother Nature Science
Deadline: Ongoing
Email Roseline Yoganandhan for more information

Climate Scientists

Enlightenment Cafe - New Atlantis
Email Andy Franzkowiak for further details

STEM Delivery Staff

The Engineering Development Trust
Deadline: Ongoing
Contact Caroline Gaskin for details

Trainee Science Explainer

The Centre for Life
Deadline: 4 December
Details

Head of Public Engagement & Communications – Maternity cover

The Royal Geographical Society, 
Deadline: 4 December
Details

Science Communications Manager

Cancer Research UK, London
Deadline: 4 December
Details

London STEM Advisor North

STEMNET
Deadline: 5 December
Details

STEM Ambassadors Coordinator West

STEMNET
Deadline: 5 December
Details

Project Coordinator (Initial Teacher Training)

Institute of Physics, London
Deadline: 5 December
Details

Media Relations Manager

University of Oxford
Deadline: 5 December
Details

Special Projects Manager

The Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Deadline: 7 December
Details

Teacher of Science

The Society of Biology
Deadline: 7 December
Contact Sarah Cox for more details

Communications Officer

Institution of Chemical Engineers
Deadline: 8 December
Details

On the Road Programme Manager

Cambridge Science Centre
Deadline: 8 December
Details

Research Marketing & Public Engagement Officer

Swansea University
Deadline: 9 December
Details

Science Events Developer

Edinburgh International Science Festival
Deadline: 10 December
Details

FameLab Manager

Cheltenham Festivals
Deadline: 11 December
Details

Diversity Manager

Royal Society
Deadline: 14 December
Details

Education Coordinator, North East

Royal Society of Chemistry, Sunderland
Deadline: 15 December
Details

Festival Co-ordinator (Public Engagement)

UCL
Deadline: 17 December
Details
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