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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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There's still time to apply to speak at the ASDC National Conference!

Deadline: 1 July

We are delighted to invite delegates to apply to present at the 2015 ASDC National Conference as part of the lively 'Pecha Kucha' session. This takes place during the main conference programme.

Entitled 'The Innovation Showcase', this fast-paced session showcases the very best of new ideas and research from people working in UK science centres, discovery centres, museums and universities.

There are eight spots available and the selected speakers will have the opportunity (and challenge) of sharing their ideas speedily and energetically, using only 20 powerpoint slides that auto-forward every 20 seconds.

Registration for the conference will open in June.

Read more and apply....

 

Call for Exhibitors


The 2015 ASDC National Conference will take place on Thursday 24th of September in At-Bristol Science Centre in Bristol. ASDC are delighted to invite exhibitors to join us for this lively one-day national conference, bringing together professionals from the UK’s leading Science and Discovery Centres, Science Museums, Natural History and Environment organisations as well as Public Engagement organisations and science-based visitor attractions.
 
Exhibitor packages include a stand in the lunch/coffee area and delegate places to the conference, and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Please call Maddy Foard at ASDC on 0117 915 0181 to discuss.

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Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme

Deadline: 6 July

The Institute of Physics public engagement grant scheme provides up to £2000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

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The Royal Society Partnership Grants

Deadline: 31 July

Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects. Projects needs to be investigative and supported by teachers and STEM professionals (research or industry) working in partnership. They should

  • Deliver a better understanding of the latest developments in STEM;
  • Improve perceptions of those working in STEM professions;
  • Give students pride and ownership in STEM from participation in the investigative process.
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Wellcome Trust Arts Awards


Deadline: 7 August
 
Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science. The Wellcome Trust strives to work with all art forms and the diverse community they support includes artists, scientists, curators, writers, academics, producers, directors and education officers.

You can apply for funding at two levels:

Small Arts Awards (small- to medium-sized projects - up to and including £40 000)

Large Arts Awards (larger projects - above £40 000)

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The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants


Deadline: 11 September

The British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. To this end, they offer Outreach Grants of up to £2,000.

All projects must be aimed at a non-academic audience and all projects must provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with the public. Awards are open to individuals and organisations to organise public engagement events in ecology. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the BES, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups.

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Science Learning+ Conference

Deadline: 19 June

On 27 July the Wellcome Trust will be hosting a conference to share learning and ideas from the five projects funded by the Wellcome Trust and ESRC as part of the Science Learning+ initiative.

The day will be an opportunity to meet and share ideas with potential collaborators for Phase 2 applications, hear about the research carried out to-date and meet those involved in the Phase 1 projects.   

Places are limited – please note that registering does not guarantee you a place. Participants will be finalised to ensure an appropriate spread of expertise and applicants will be notified as to whether they have been successful during the week commencing 22 June 2015.

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Science in the Spotlight


Deadline: 24 June

Edinburgh International Science Festival are looking to commission two new science theatre productions to be delivered at the 2016 festival.

Science in the Spotlight is an ambitious new project by Edinburgh International Science Festival, in partnership with Imaginate, which aims to bring together the wonder of theatre and the explosive world of science communication.

They want to offer an opportunity for these two creative industries to meet and make wonderful, fresh, innovative and exciting pieces of science theatre. The project will encourage collaboration between theatre makers and the scientific world.

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Enter the BIG Event Best Demo Competition

Deadline: 30 June

The Best Demo Competition really does provide some of the best fun you can have in your STEM engagement career, and applications are now being taken to enter.

The Best Demo Competition presents a lighthearted look at some of the demos you think are worth sharing; it invites you to demonstrate the maths,
science, engineering and so on that really lights your fire and you just can't help but show off to your peers. 
 
The Competition takes place on the evening of Thursday 23 July as part of the BIG Event at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, immediately before the conference dinner. Anyone attending is invited to join the evening's running order. The competition is not scary, intimidating or harsh in any way - the main purpose is to enjoy what we do. It's very simple: demos presenting STEM subject matter must be no longer than 3 minutes, you must bring all of the equipment you need for your demo and you must sign up in advance.

Please email Rachel Mason with your name, demo title and a short (50-80 word) description.

The Brilliant Club Conference

8 July

The Brilliant Club annual conference will take place on Wednesday 8th July 2015 at King's College London.

The Brilliant Club works at the interface of public engagement and widening participation and the conference is aimed at university representatives, teachers, pupils and anyone else with an interest in promoting fair access to higher education. Topics to be covered include: the UK education sector; university and school practice internationally; as well as at industries beyond education to see if there are any lessons we could learn from them.
 
The hope is that by bringing together policy makers and professionals from across the education and other sectors, they will explore contemporary research, discuss examples of best practice and encourage delegates to identify concrete steps they can take to further support the young people they work with.

 
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Call for venue partner for the Science Communication Conference 2016

Deadline: 17 July

The British Science Association (BSA) is inviting expressions of interest to host the Science Communication Conference. The Conference has been the ‘must go’ annual event in the science communication profession’s calendar for 12 years, attracting up to 400 individuals annually from across the field to share learning and ideas.

They are inviting expressions of interest from universities, organisations, venues or a coalition of partners that can host the two-day Conference in May or June 2016. Following a consultation with the science communication community, we are planning to host the Conference in London or the South East every two years, and visit a different UK city in intervening years. In 2016, we are looking for partners in London or the South East of England.

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Play your part in The Big Bang Fair 2016!

The largest celebration of science and engineering for young people in the UK, The Big Bang Fair is an opportunity to inspire over 50,000 young people across four days and promote your programmes, workshops and activities to over 800 schools as well as over 12,000 teachers, parents, industry and Government officials.
 
Working together, we can provide the introduction and inspiration that puts young people on the course to follow rewarding careers in science or engineering.
 
There are many ways to get involved with The Big Bang national and regional Fairs, from interactive stands, workshops, theatre shows, busking, competition showcases and ceremonies as well as private meetings for launch activities or debates.
 
The Big Bang Young Scientist & Engineers Fair 2016 will take place 16-19 March at the NEC, Birmingham.
 
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Engineer your Future - Open House event

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is on the lookout for organisations to take part in their ‘Engineering Open House Day’ a core strand of their Engineer a Better World Campaign. The campaign is targeted at parents and young people, especially girls. It aims to create a mind-set within parents that recognises, encourages and promotes jobs in engineering-related fields to their children, and particularly to their daughters.
 
Engineering Open House Day will see the IET looking to throw open the doors of a range of exciting venues and businesses to showcase engineering jobs around the UK on Friday 31 July (near the beginning of the school holidays), in order to lift the lid on the breadth and creativity within the sector.
 
IET is looking for venues to put on tours, workshops or talks from inspirational engineers discussing what they do and why engineering appealed to them.
 
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New SCORE guide for HEIs


SCORE have produced a guide for HEIs on the new practical endorsement which will be introduced to new science A levels this September.The report covers changes to the assessment of A-levels in the sciences, and what they mean for higher education admissions.

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

Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme

Deadline: 6 July
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The Royal Society Partnership Grants

Deadline: 31 July
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Wellcome Trust Arts Awards

Deadline: 7 August
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The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: 11 September
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Society for General Microbiology: Education and Outreach Grants

Deadline: 1 October
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Science Communication Conference 2015

18 - 19 June, Manchester Metropolitan University
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Science in Public Conference 2015

9 - 10 July, Bristol
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The Big Event 2015

22 - 24 July, Norwich
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ASDC National Conference 2015

24 September 2015, At-Bristol
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Communicate 2015

10 - 11 November, Bristol
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NCCPE Engage Conference 2015

2 - 3 December, Bristol
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Planetarium Officer

Winchester Science Centre
Rolling deadline
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My WOW Live! Science Communicators

Glasgow Science Centre
Deadline: 19 June
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Exhibition Content Developers, Contemporary Science

Science Museum, London
Deadline: 21 June
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Head of Exhibitions and Programmes

Science Museum, London
Deadline: 21 June
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Research and Development Manager, Citizen Science

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Deadline: 21 June
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Project and Public Engagement Officer

Genetic Alliance UK
Deadline: 24 June
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Project and Public Engagement Manager

Genetic Alliance UK
Deadline: 24 June
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Communications Officer

University of Bristol
Deadline: 25 June
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Assistant Content Developer, Wounded Exhibition

Science Museum, London
Deadline: 28 June
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Technology Projects Officer

Science Oxford
Deadline: 29 June
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Science Support Officer

Institute of Physics
Deadline: 30 June
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Public Engagement Coordinator

University of Oxford
Deadline: 13 July
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