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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 National Conference 2014: Early Bird rate ends next week

24 September, The Royal Society, London

Join leaders and professionals from across the UK Science Engagement Sector for the lively ASDC National Conference.

This conference will bring together all those from across the UK who share the vision of involving and engaging people from all backgrounds with the varied and creative world of the sciences, including experts from the UK's major Science Centres, Science, Engineering and Natural History Museums, Environment organisations, Media partners, Learned Societies and Universities.

Conference Speakers include:

  • Greg Clark - Minister for Universities, Science and Cities (TBC)
  • Clare Matterson - Director, Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust
  • Professor Alice Roberts - Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham
  • Professor Justin Dillon - Professor of science and environmental education, King's College London
  • Professor Louise Archer - Department of Education and Professional Studies, King's College London
  • Professor John Womersley - Chief Executive, Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • David Watson - Campaigns & Strategy, Prime Minister's Office

Early bird prices start at £129 for members. Booking and full details are available on our website below.

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Call to submit evidence to Education Select Committee inquiry: Apprenticeships and Traineeships


Deadline noon 30 September


The Education Committee announced an inquiry into Apprenticeships and Traineeships for 16 to 19 year olds. Submissions of written evidence are invited addressing a variety of points, including the effectiveness of such offers for both young people and employers, the range available, whether funding levels are appropriate, and how the Government could encourage increased uptake of such opportunities.

If you offer these opportunities to young people or simply have a view on this then we would encourage you to submit evidence, details on how to do so are through the link below. 


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New ministers appointed in Cabinet reshuffle


July saw a number of wide-ranging changes to the Government's Cabinet during a re-shuffle. A variety of people and portfolios have been changed including:
  • Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, Dr Greg Clark  
  • Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan  
  • Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Nick Boles  
  • Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman 
You can read full details of the shuffle and what it might mean for science via the Campaign for Science and Engineering website.

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NCCPE Engage Conference 2014: Call for contributions


The NCCPE annual conference provides an opportunity for all those interested in public engagement with higher education to come together, to be inspired, challenged and refreshed. This year we’re in Bristol on the 3rd and 4th December. Our theme is : Captivating places; Captivating ideas; Captivating people: Unlocking the potential of curiosity-driven engagement. Contributions can take several different forms including Workshops, Storytelling, Presentations, Engagement encounters, Poster showcase and Seminars.

We are particularly interested in proposals that involve all the groups involved in the project, especially those with external partners.  

The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 2nd September.


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Scientific outreach grants from the Biochemical Society

The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover).

There are two round of applications per year, in September and April. The next deadline is 24 September 2014.

For full details, including criteria and examples of previous activities, visit the link below.

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British Pharmacological Society outreach grants available

BPS are looking for great ideas to put in to action by offering up to £1,500 to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities.

These grants are available to both BPS members and non-members, including science centres and museums, along with schols and teachers. Deadlines for applications fall in February and September. The current round of applications closes on Monday 15 September 2014.

Information and the application form are available through their website below.

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Royal Institution launches new campaign to get children experimenting at home


The Royal Institution launched ExpeRImental this month: a series of short videos on their website that aim to make doing science at home fun, easy, and affordable.

Each activity is designed to be easy to do using only common household objects. All the experiments are about encouraging natural curiosity and investigating the wonders of science while you play.

Alongside each film is an info sheet with all the extra information needed, including a clear explanation of the science at work and some ideas of questions to ask while playing. They also offer badges and certificates to print out.

They are encouraging those who do the activities to share them via Facebook.

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New research centre at the Science Museum, and a call for papers for the Science Museum Group Journal


The Science Museum Group Journal invites scholars to submit papers for issue 03 of the Journal, which will be on the theme of 'Communications'. With the opening of Information Age (a major new gallery on communications) this autumn, they would be delighted to spark a conversation about collecting, exhibition, interpreting and studying communication networks and technology. Within their broad definition of 'communications', this could include feature studies of film, photography and television. The submission deadline for issue 03 is the 1st November 2014 with publication in Spring 2015. If you would like to contribute an article, discussion or review piece for Issue 3 please don’t hesitate to contact the editorial team at journal@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.

Additionally there is news that a new research centre is set to be built within the current site of the Dana Centre at the Science Museum, London. It will house a small library of books and journals, a reading room and public access to the Science Museum’s electronic resources.
 

Nobel Prize winner runs workshop at Catalyst!


Trustees and staff at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre were delighted to welcome Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Sir Harry Kroto, to two events held at the centre in July.

Professor Sir Harry Kroto is an English chemist who grew up in Bolton before attending the University of Sheffield where he obtained his degree and PhD. He won the Nobel prize in 1996 along with colleagues for the discovery of the 'Buckminster Fullerene' - a football-shaped Carbon molecule.

Professor Kroto visited the centre for an informal event on 9 July as patron of the Catalyst, and the following day delivered a workshop with over a 100 local school children, which included them building their own 'Buckyballs'.
 

ASDC and CREST Pilot Activity


The ASDC and the British Science Association’s CREST Award scheme are working together to pilot a new partnership activity that could run in ASDC partner centres.
 
CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM project work. The CREST Awards give 11-19 year olds opportunities to pursue real-world investigative project work. The latest award, the CREST Discovery Award is aimed at 11-14 year olds and is ideal for centre or museum visits as it can be earned in a day, typically for 5 hours work. The Discovery Award focuses on fun, teamwork and transferable skills and often whole year groups or classes do the award together.
 
The CREST 11-19 year old programme accredits over 35 other national schemes and offers tangible benefits to both students and teachers. CREST Awards are endorsed by UCAS for use in personal statements and can now also be used toward a ‘skill’ section in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at the corresponding level. Find out more here.
 
The awards scheme also includes CREST Star for students aged 5 – 11 which since 2007, is used in over 3000 primary and special educational needs schools across the UK as well as several international schools overseas.
 
If you are interested in finding out more about CREST or exploring possible partnerships with the British Science Association, please contact us.   

 

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2015 Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Deadline 23 September
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Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) public engagement large awards 

Deadline 6 November
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ASDC Events

ASDC Annual Conference 2014: Early Bird rate ends 10 August

24 September, Royal Society, London

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the 2014 ASDC National Conference at The Royal Society On Wednesday September 24th 2014.

We also invite you to the Conference Dinner and the ASDC AGM at the Royal Society on Tuesday 23rd September. 


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Explore Your Universe Presents... Gaia and Rosetta

27 August, Conference Call

This will be a short and snappy introduction to the science behind the Rosetta and Gaia space missions, with a chance to put your questions to the experts, including Dr. Ross Burgon, Rosetta in the UK – National Co-ordinator, based at the Open University; Professor Gerry Gilmore, Gaia UK Principle Investigator based at Cambridge University; Dr. Shaaron Leverment of Explorer Dome; and Dan Hillier and Jo Lewis of STFC.

Additionally, we will provide a package of resources that you can use to inspire your audiences about these missions, what they hope to achieve, and the people who make it all happen!

The call is open to all ASDC and BAP members. For info and to register follow the link below.

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Other Events

British Science Festival


6-11 September, Birmingham

The British Science Festival arrives in Birmingham on the 6th and runs until the 11th September.
 
The streets will be paved with all things ‘science’ for a jam-packed week of entertainment for all the family. Even if you think science isn’t your thing… we promise there really is something for everyone to enjoy, and many event are free!
 
Brought by the British Science Association, the British Science Festival is all about the people: you, our visitors, and the fantastic people who want to share what they do with you. Local scientists and engineers highlight the amazing research happening in Birmingham, while Nobel Prize winners, TV personalities, top researchers, fantastic entertainers and family friendly presenters from around the country, and beyond want to share their passion with you. 


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Widening Participation in Higher Education Conference


28 October, University of Salford

The Widening Participation in Higher Education Conference 2014 will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss and debate how Higher Education institutions can overcome challenges in widening participation and consider the new opportunities to improve social mobility. Delegates will examine key plans for raising participation in Higher Education and will hear a number of different perspectives and best practice case studies as to how this can be achieved.

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Women in Science and Engineering Awards 2014
 

November, Grange Hotel Tower Bridge, London

This years awards, which celebrate female talent in science, technology and engineering from classroom to boardroom, cover three categories: role models inspiring the next generation, teachers, careers advisers and recruitment campaigns for growing the talent pipeline, and employers, leaders and champions who are making a difference to the position of women in their organisation or sector.

The black-tie awards ceremony on 13 November 2014 at Grange Hotel Tower Bridge, London, will be pre-ceeded by workshops and knowledge sharing sessions.

To find out how to nominate and book your tickets for the event follow the link below.

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The Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2015

7-10 January 2015, The University of Reading

Exceptional ideas and resources for science teaching at the flagship, four-day conference from ASE. Over 200 sessions dedicated to science education across all subject areas and phases, offering hands-on activities for the classroom and inspiring talks from the forefront of science research.

Whatever stage you are in your career, be inspired by world-class ideas for your professional development with practical learning, sharing best practice and take-home resources.

Delegate bookings open in September 2014. If you and your organisation is interested in engaging with science educators, you can book an exhibition space.

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Association of Science - Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference

18-21 October, Raleigh, North Carolina (United States)
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Research and Policy Manager x2

Nuffield Foundation
Deadline: 4 August
Details

Communications Manager

Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Deadline: 4 August
Details

Senior Media Officer

Institute of Cancer Research
Deadline: 4 August
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Senior Research Engagement Manager

Cancer Research UK
Deadline: 6 August
Details

Senior Science Communications Manager

Cancer Research UK
Deadline: 12 August
Details

Research Evaluation and Analysis Manager

Arthritis Research UK
Deadline: 13 August
Details

Public Engagement Officer

Institute of Cancer Research
Deadline: 15 August
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Education and Administration Assistant 

Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre
Deadline: 15 August
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Education Manager

Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre
Deadline: 16 August
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Head of Engagement

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Finance Manager

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Events Manager

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Policy and Campaigns Manager

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Schools Manager

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Project Officer

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Marketing Officer

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Data Officer

British Science Association
Deadline: 18 August
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Research & Teaching Assistant for Science Communication

The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Deadline: 18 August
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Education Coordinator, Midlands 

Royal Society of Chemistry
Deadline: 26 August
Details

Public Affairs and Press Manager

Royal Statistical Society
Deadline: 1 September
Details
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