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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

Welcome to the ASDC Newsletter

A round-up of the month's interesting updates, developments and opportunities for science engagement professionals across the UK.
A very warm welcome to our April newsletter.

ASDC and the science centres were delighted with the announcement 8 weeks ago by Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, in which he confirmed a £30 million Inspiring Science Capital Fund. This fund includes  £20 million from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and £10 million from the Wellcome Trust. This excellent capital investment will be the first time many science centres will have been able to apply for any capital funds from Government to help them inspire young people and families with STEM. The details, timeframe and criteria for the fund are still under discussion and we will keep all our members fully informed as soon as we have a timeframe for the launch of the programme.

ASDC are also keen to share with all the fantastic UK science engagement organisations, that yesterday, The Science and Technology Select Committee announced the launch of a new inquiry- into UK Science Communication. The details are in this newsletter and we do urge every ASDC member to submit written evidence  to the Select Committee before the deadline in April.

As many of you know, ASDC is hugely busy running a host of National and European Programmes. As an example, Destination Space, funded by the UK Space Agency, has been a rocketing success. The programme celebrates Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station and in just the first 4 months, over a quarter of a million children and adults have already taken part in our Destination Space STEM workshops and activities, at 20 science centres and museums.

Wishing you all a busy and happy Easter as your centres now fill up with families over the holidays.





Dr Penny Fidler, CEO

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£30 million for UK Science Centres


ASDC and the science centres were delighted with the announcement 8 weeks ago by Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, in which he confirmed a £30 million Inspiring Science Capital Fund. This fund includes  £20 million from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and £10 million from the Wellcome Trust.

This excellent capital investment will be the first time many science centres will have been able to apply for any capital funds from Government to help them inspire young people and families with STEM. The details, timeframe and criteria for the fund are still under discussion and we will keep all our members fully informed as soon as we have a timeframe for the launch of the programme.

You can read the BIS press release here, the Wellcome Trust press release here, and Jo Johnson's full speech here.

The Select Committee seek your views about UK science engagement


The Science and Technology Select Committee have just announced the launch of a new inquiry, into UK Science Communication. You can find all of the details by following the link below, and we really urge every ASDC member organisations to submit written evidence. You simply need to answer the questions they ask - using your own organisation as evidence of what great science engagement looks like and what you have achieved. If you are unsure about anything, simply phone the select committee number, or phone Dr Penny Fidler. The deadline is Friday 29 April 2016.

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Delighted to announce the new Deputy CEO of ASDC


We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Shaaron Leverment as the new Deputy CEO of ASDC. She takes up her post with ASDC in early April.
 
Shaaron has 18 years’ experience working in science engagement and education. She is the former president of the British Association of Planetaria and holds a first class honours in Psychology & Zoology, qualifications in astrobiology and research methods, and a recent Masters in Applied Neuropsychology.
 
Shaaron was also the founder of Explorer Dome and has worked with schools, universities, science centres and museums for many years, as well as nation-wide professional associations and Government agencies.
 
ASDC are extremely pleased to be working with Shaaron, and delighted she will be bringing her considerable talents to ASDC. Shaaron is thrilled to be joining this vibrant, valuable community at such an exciting time and looking forward to meeting all the ASDC membership.
 
Dr Penny Fidler, CEO

Science Learning+ Grants


Deadline: 14 June

Science Learning+ is an open call for proposals for Partnership Grants through an international partnership between the US-based National Science Foundation, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Wellcome Trust.
 
Partnership Grants are expected to be significant programmes of research that will strengthen the research and knowledge base, bridge the practice and research gap and/or share knowledge and experience in informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences.  
Projects must be a genuine collaboration between researchers and practitioners of informal STEM learning and between organisations in the UK/Ireland and the US. 

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Westminster Higher Education Forum


Priorities for STEM subjects in higher education: employability, female representation and engaging industry in course design.

14 April


Delegates at this seminar will assess the future of STEM subjects in higher education - and delivering a future workforce with the skills demanded by industry and research institutions, including the promotion of women into studying STEM subjects.
 
Keynote speakers include: Sir William Wakeham; Amanda Dickins, Deputy Director for Science and Society, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Professor Sir John Holman, Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of York; President-Elect, Royal Society of Chemistry and Founder, National Science Learning Centre.

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Registration now open for the 2016 Ecsite Annual Conference


9 - 11 June

Registration is now open for the 2016 Ecsite Annual Conference, the largest gathering of science communicators in Europe. Online registration will be closing on 19 May.

Pre-conference workshops will be taking place on 7-8 June, and the main conference on 9-11 June.

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Registration now open for the 2016 BIG Event


20 - 22 July, W5 Belfast

The BIG Event is a three day get-together every summer to share skills and experiences, develop professional links and keep up-to-date with the STEM engagement field. This is the place to hone your skills and recharge your professional batteries, pick up great ideas and show off your talents to peers.
 
It provides an unmissable opportunity to squeeze the skills and ideas out of all the STEM engagement people you can in a short space of time. It’s like power juice for STEM communicators.

Early Bird discount is available before 31 March.

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Einstein's Garden Science Stalls


Deadline: 31 March

Einstein’s Garden is a fusion of science, art and nature. They have a diverse programme of performances, workshops and installations that use creativity, play and participation to engage people with science and research in unexpected ways. 
 
They are looking for organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls could explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

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Engineering Open House Day 2016


29 July 

The ‘Engineer a Better World’ campaign aims to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians through a variety of engaging tactics aimed to appeal and nurture natural curiosity, specifically aimed at young people (especially girls) and their parents. Engineering Open House Day gives the IET (and the venues and organisations involved) the opportunity to not only tell, but actually show the exciting and rewarding careers available in the engineering sector.

The IET are looking to work with more organisations where engineers play a central role in day-to-day running of that business. If your organisation would like to get involved in Engineering Open House Day 2016 please visit the website.

Ecsite white paper: the changing roles of science centres

What do we need a science centre for in the future? More of the same stuff, or new approaches to science communication and audience participation?

How do you summarize the trends for change shaping our field’s future, what strategy do you put in place to make the most of them and how do you convince your organisation’s stakeholders that this is the way to go?

Can Heureka's vision help your own organisation further?

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Connected Science Learning


One of the recommendations of Wellcome’s Review of Informal Science Learning was the creation of a journal that was focused on informal science education. Connected Science Learning (CSL) has the goal to fill much of that need, with a priority of highlighting high quality research and programmes that bridge between in-school and out-of-school STEM Learning.
 
The first issue will be published this spring, with the second issue coming out later this year. 

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MBE for ASDC Board Member

Linda Conlon, ASDC Trustee and chief executive of the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, was made a Member of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours List on December 31, 2015. The New Year Honours List recognizes the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. The recognition is for Conlon’s services to science and science education in North East England.

“This is a delightful and unexpected accolade and I am incredibly proud to receive this honor not only for me, but for the Centre for Life and everyone involved with its success,” said Conlon.

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Science is too important to be left to scientists alone

The first essay in the British Science Association's ‘Science: not just for scientists’ essay collection has been published by the Guardian.

The collection, and this essay by BSA's Chief Executive Imran Khan, marks the relaunch of the BSA's vision and mission. In it, Imran argues that science is "too important to just be left to scientists alone".

He writes: “At the BSA we see science as the way in which we explore the natural and social world. We see its influences in fields ranging from mathematics to engineering, and medicine to economics. But even with this broad and inclusive definition and scope, science is often seen as too complex for anyone but experts… For the good of society, the public and scientific progress itself, science needs a broader community.”

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Mission: Starlight


Mission Starlight is a global experiment on UV protection in collaboration with the UK Space Agency, featuring Tim Peake. The experiments ask school students and science enthusiasts to investigate materials that block or limit UV light. Using affordable and widely available UV colour-changing beads, participants test different materials for their ability to block UV light to determine which materials can protect an astronaut in space.

Join the global experiment and tweet about your experiment using #globalexpeirment.

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

Science Learning+ Grants

Deadline: 14 June
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CASE Training Day: Working with Volunteers

13 - 14 April, Nottingham
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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

14 April, London
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CASE Training Day: Events Forum

18 - 19 May, London
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Ecsite Annual Conference 2016

9 - 11 June, Austria
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Primary Science Teaching Trust International Conference

9 - 11 June, Belfast
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EuroScience Open Forum 2016

23 - 27 July, Manchester
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British Science Festival

6 - 9 September, Swansea
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Engagement and Communications Officer

University of Glasgow
Deadline: 27 March
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STEM Engagement Adviser Inverness

Skills Development Scotland
Deadline: 29 March
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Events & Facilities Co-ordinator

Skills Development Scotland
Deadline: 29 March
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Chair of Board (part-time)

STEM Learning 
Deadline: 31 March
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Research Engagement Manager - Francis Crick Institute

Cancer Research UK
Deadline: 31 March
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Live Science Officer – Shows and Special Events

At-Bristol Science Centre
Deadline: 3 April
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Events Officer

National Museums Scotland
Deadline: 3 April
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Volunteer Engagement Officer

British Science Association
Deadline: 4 April
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Research Events Manager

Cancer Research UK
Deadline: 8 April
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Education Officer

At-Bristol Science Centre
Deadline: 11 April
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Public Engagement with Research Policy Manager

Research Councils UK
Deadline: 11 April
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Lecturer (Science Communication)

Manchester Metropolitan University
Deadline: 13 April
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Public Involvement & Events Officer

University of Manchester
Deadline: 13 April
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