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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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Introducing the new Special Projects Manager at ASDC

 
We are delighted to welcome Alan Sweetman to The Association for Science and Discovery Centres as our new Special Projects Manager.

Alan will be managing our new National Food and Drink Programme and comes to us from Groundwork Hertfordshire where he was responsible for a variety of environmental and food growing projects with hard-to-reach communities.  Alan has over 10 years of experience in project management and also worked at the Science Museum for six years within the Interactive Galleries team in various roles.

The ASDC National Food and Drink programme and is supported by The Wellcome Trust and will engage and inspire 130,000 people in families across the UK with the amazing stories and science behind our food and drink.  The programme kicks off in April 2015 and we will be partnering  with nine science centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who will involve a wide variety of their communities and families with this programme. Further details will be announced over the coming months.
 

STFC Small Awards Scheme

 
Deadline: 30 April

The STFC Public Engagement Small Awards 2015 call for proposals is now open.
 
The scheme provides funds for small, local or 'pilot' projects promoting STFC science and technology. Almost anyone can apply, including grant-funded research groups, STFC research facility users, schools, museums, etc. Awards range from £500 to £10,000 and the expenditure can go towards materials, salaries and travel & subsistence.

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Guardian masterclass in science communication 


25 April

A masterclass on everything you need to know about science communication - taking place on Saturday 25 April from 10am to 4pm and costing £129, this is part of the Guardian Masterclass series with a capacity of 100 people. Speakers include Brian Clegg, Jenny Rohn, Marcus Chown and Angela Saini who will speak on a variety of topics and lead discussions.

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BIG Event bursaries now open 


Deadline: 29 April

BIG is offering 3-4 bursary places to attend the BIG Event 2015, taking place in Norwich between 22-24 July.

The bursary covers conference registration fees and gives limited travel and accommodation support. This is open to BIG members who are in the first five years of their professional career and have not attended a previous BIG Event.

Deadline for application: 5pm on Wednesday 29th April 2015. Late applications will not be considered.

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Dundee Science Festival call for event applications

 
Deadline: 1 May

Dundee Science Festival is a 2 week celebration of science , taking place from 31st October to 15th November, bringing a wide range of events, to people of all ages and background. Led by Dundee Science Centre, the festival attracts around 40,000 through a schools programme and a public programme.
 
The festival is currently accepting proposals for events for 2015. Please submit through the online application page on their website.

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Apply for I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer


Deadline: 3 May

I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer are two outreach events in which scientists and engineers talk to school students online at imascientist.org.uk and imanengineer.org.uk.  They are recruiting scientists and engineers to take part between 15 – 26 June where researchers will answer students’ questions, and engage directly with them in live text-based chats. Students will vote for their favourite researcher to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.

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Children and young people as tour guides


25 June

Kids In Museums have teamed up with the Wallace Collection to develop a new workshop about training and preparing children and young people to lead tours around museums and heritage sites. 
 
Find out how to set up and sustain tours lead by children and young people. Go on a tour led by child guides and hear their Top Tips on being a young tour guide. Speakers from a range of museums and galleries will talk about how they have set up and successfully run young tour guiding programs, and how to empower young participants to give them a real feeling of ownership of the museum or gallery.

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STFC Roadshows available for ASDC members


With the publicity surrounding the re-start of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN this past weekend, ASDC member Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) thought it may be helpful to remind centres about the STFC Roadshows available to them.

STFC has three travelling exhibits on offer to science centres to host free of charge: the ‘Large Hadron Collider’, ‘Seeing the Universe in all its light’ or the brand new ‘Incredible power of light’ exhibitions. These exhibitions feature informative displays, topical science images, hardware, scale models, animations and interactive exhibits replicating the awe inspiring lives of STFC scientists, in order to inspire the public and schools. 

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Public Engagement with Science MSc 


The Public Engagement with Science MSc delivered jointly by The Centre for Life and Northumbria University in Newcastle is now recruiting for its second year.

The only course in the UK to concentrate on science communication through science centres and live science presentation is partly based at Northumbria University and partly at Life, giving students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a science communication environment and take part in programmes and events such as Maker Faire UK, Life's programme of adult Lates and a whole spectrum of other activities as well as exploring how to create, deliver and manage science communication experiences to the general public

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Brilliant new public engagement website launches


At long-last someone has created a fabulous new website where academics who want to do excellent public engagement and those of us who run major public engagement organisations and events can find one another!

speakezee.org launched just a few weeks ago and already 600 vibrant experts, scientists and researchers have joined up. It’s kind of a facebook for public engagement. So if you are looking for a speaker or expert, just jump on the site and search for the subject and where you are located and a selection of faces will pop up. Likewise, if you know of a researcher who is great with the public, get them to upload a profile (takes 2 minutes) and where they are happy to travel to. The site is clever, and could really help what we all do. You can even sign yourself up if you have a specialism to focus events on.

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The Biochemical Society - Scientific Outreach Grants

Deadline: 29 April
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Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme

Deadline: 8 June
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Science & You Conference 2015

2 - 5 June, France
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ASDC Members' Meal at Ecsite 2015

10 June, Trento, Italy
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2015 Ecsite Annual Conference

11 - 13 June, Trento, Italy
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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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Engagement Manager

British Science Association
Deadline: 13 April
Details

Creative Producer

Manchester Science Festival
Deadline: 13 April
Details

Partnerships and Collaborative Programme Manager

Manchester Science Festival
Deadline: 13 April
Details

Programme Coordinator

Manchester Science Festival
Deadline: 13 April
Details

Touring Exhibitions Manager

National Museums Scotland
Deadline: 13 April
Details

Discovery and Learning Officer

ZSL London Zoo
Deadline: 13 April
Details

Seasonal Practical Learning Officer

ZSL London Zoo
Deadline: 14 April
Details

Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinator, South East

University of Reading
Deadline: 15 April
Details

Learning and Programmes Development Officer

National Museums Scotland
Deadline: 15 April
Details

Programme Administrator

Nuffield Research Placements
Deadline: 15 April
Details

Science Festival Director

Cheltenham Festivals
Deadline: 17 April
Details

Associate Professor / Professor in Science Education

University of Exeter
Deadline: 19 April
Details

STEM Coordinator (Dorset)

Catalyst Learning and Communication
Deadline: 20 April
Details

STEM Programmes Manager

Dundee Science Centre
Deadline: 26 April
Details

Fundraising and Projects Manager

Dundee Science Centre
Deadline: 27 April
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