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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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This Month's Top Stories

ASDC Change of Address

ASDC have moved to a new and improved office! Our new address is:

Suite 101
30 Queen Charlotte Street

All of our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. 

ASDC Networking Event at Ecsite 2015

Wednesday 10 June, 8:15pm

The 2015 Ecsite Annual Conference will take place in the alpine city of Trento, Italy, from the 11th to the 13th of June. 

We are delighted to invite all UK members and friends for dinner and drinks the evening before the conference. This informal networking event will take place in a beautiful restaurant very close to the speakers' reception. 

Please book via the ASDC Website if you would like to join us. We look forward to seeing you there!


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.


Pecha Kucha Applications

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....


Society for General Microbiology: Education and Outreach Grants 

The Society offers grants to fund relevant science promotion initiatives or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.

Up to £1,000 will be awarded to contribute to the expenses of the proposed activity.

The next closing date for this scheme is 1 October 2015. The application form will be made available in August 2015.


Science in Public 2015 draft programme and registration

Registration is now open for this year's Science in Public meeting. The conference, with the theme “Science in Public: research, practice, impact" will be hosted by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England, Bristol, on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July 2015.
The conference offers a broad platform for discussion and debate across disciplinary boundaries about all aspects of science in the public sphere.
We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker will be Professor Maja Horst of the  Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen. She will be speaking on 'Culture, identity and the eco-system of science communication'. The draft programme is now available online and includes a lively mix of practice oriented workshops and research presentations.


Part-bursaries available for UWE Science Communication Courses

The Science Communication Unit at UWE, Bristol, is currently offering two part-bursaries to contribute to the tuition fees for its MSc Science Communication and PGCert in Practical Science Communication in 2015.

For further information on the part-bursary and how to apply, or for information on either of the courses, please contact the Programme Leader or +44 (0)117 328 2146. 


Open call for the Otley Science Festival

Deadline: 5 June

The Otley Science Festival is now in its 8th year and takes place in the historic market town of Otley, West Yorkshire. The festival, which continues to grow each year, caters for children and adults of all ages with a wide range of events and activities. 
The week of science events culminates in the Family Science Fair on Saturday 14th November between 10 am and 4 pm at the Otley Courthouse Arts Centre. This event attracts over 600 visitors both locally and from further afield, and in response to visitor feedback we are hoping to expand the fair this year. Participation in the Science Fair can involve providing a stall of engaging activities or a short drop-in workshop. In addition we are looking for longer workshop activities that can be delivered as part of our Workshop Day on Sunday 8th November.


Alison James Professional Development Bursary

Deadline: 9 June 

Are you a student on a Museum or Science Communication course interested in specialising in Visitor Studies or Audience Research? Or have you been working specifically in Visitor Studies for a relatively short time?

After much consideration the Visitor Studies Group Committee has decided this year, for the first time, to change the eligibility criteria for applications for the Alison James Professional Development Bursary. As a Committee they are keen to support and encourage those at the earliest stages of their careers in visitor studies. This year they will prioritise applications for the Bursary from students on a course relevant to visitor studies or someone who has worked in audience research for two years or less. You do not have to have previously been a VSG Member to apply for the Bursary.


Science Writing Competition

Deadline: 19 June

Have you always dreamed of becoming a science writer but never known how to get started? Well, the Science Communication Unit (SCU) at UWE is running a science writing competition in conjunction with BBC Focus magazine.

Aimed at non-professional science writers, the winners will have their work published in BBC Focus magazine and on the BBC Focus and SCU websites as well as winning a year’s subscription to BBC Focus.

Winners over 18 will also have the chance to spend a week with the BBCFocus team learning how the magazine is put together, and take science writing classes at UWE.


Refloating the Ark Conference

17 - 18 June

‘Refloating the Ark’ is a two-day meeting at Manchester Museum exploring how museums with natural history collections can maximise their contribution towards environmental sustainability, by engaging effectively with the public and the scientific research community. The meeting is aimed at museum workers, environmental educators, conservationists, scientific researchers, academics, students, amateur naturalists, funders and the biological recording community.
Registration is £25 for one day and £40 for two days, including lunch and refreshments.


Professor Justin Dillon's inaugural lecture 

"Learning in diverse contexts: issues, challenges and opportunities"

Professor Justin Dillon is Professor of Science and Environmental Education & Head of School at the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education. His inaugural lecture will examine learning in diverse contexts.

Initiatives such as Bristol Learning City and Bristol Green Capital offer opportunities to re-examine where exactly learning can take place. What is the role of museums, science centres and the outdoors in education? Do such places and spaces do more than increase motivation? In what ways can schools benefit from working more closely with other educational sites? In this talk Justin Dillon draws on evidence from the UK and overseas to illustrate the potential impact of collaborations between 'formal' education and 'informal' education.

Open to all, this event will be followed by a drinks reception.



National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM 

NCCPE are pleased to announce the launch of the National Forum for Public Engagement in STEM, which was established in 2014 by the Wellcome Trust and the department for Business, Innovation and Skills to bring together key funders and organisations involved in setting the national agenda for public engagement in STEM.

The Forum aims to help deliver a step change in activity across the sectors involved in informal science learning, by improving collaboration, co-operation and learning.


A call to arms for UK Science Festivals 

There has been a request from Professor Andy Miah for anyone who runs a Science Festival in the UK to update the "Science Festivals" Wikipedia page with their event, with the aim of making it an up-to-date and useful resource. 

You can find the page here.

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

Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme

Deadline: 8 June

Science & You Conference 2015

2 - 5 June, France

ASDC Members' Meal at Ecsite 2015

10 June, Trento, Italy

2015 Ecsite Annual Conference

11 - 13 June, Trento, Italy

Science Communication Conference 2015

18 - 19 June, Manchester Metropolitan University

Science in Public Conference 2015

9 - 10 July, Bristol

The Big Event 2015

22 - 24 July, Norwich

ASDC National Conference 2015

24 September 2015, At-Bristol

Communicate 2015

10 - 11 November, Bristol

NCCPE Engage Conference 2015

2 - 3 December, Bristol

Programme Manager, North of England and Midlands (home-based)

Royal Society of Chemistry
Deadline: 17 May

Outreach and Impact Leader

UCL Department of Earth Sciences
Deadline: 21 May

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager

Bournemouth University
Deadline: 25 May

Project Manager (Rewrite the Headlines)

Heriot-Watt University
Deadline: 25 May

Planetarium Officer

Glasgow Science Centre
Deadline: 27 May

Science and Strategy Coordinator

The University of Edinburgh
Deadline: 12 June
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