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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

The ASDC National Conference 2015

We were delighted to welcome 115 delegates from 58 organisations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (and a few from Europe) to The 2015 ASDC National Conference in At-Bristol Science Centre last month. A huge thank you to everyone who came, and to our excellent speakers and generous sponsors. 

Science Museum seeks new homes for interactive exhibits

Deadline: 15 October 

The Science Museum has launched a UK-wide search of schools and Science Centres to find new homes for ten interactive exhibits from its Launchpad gallery.

If your organisation wants to provide a new home for one or more of them, please express your interest no later than 15 October 2015. 


Celebrate Biology Week

10 - 18 October

This week is Biology Week - an annual celebration of life science with events all over the UK and beyond for everyone from children to professional scientists! 
Get involved with one of the many events around the UK. 


Maths grant scheme for schools

Deadline: 1 November

The Royal Institution and the Clothworkers’ Foundation are offering UK schools grants of up to £500 to host a show, talk, workshop, challenge or other maths activity to supplement their students' classroom activities.

Grants of up to £500 are being offered to eligible state-funded schools, academies and FE colleges to take part in an Enrichment and Enhancement maths activity from the STEM Directories by the end of July 2016. 


Test your press release with the people behind the headlines

Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships
10 - 11 November, At-Bristol Science Centre

Reaching a broad audience with important environmental messages can be a frustrating business. No matter how exciting, well researched and convincing our stories seem to us, we can’t assume that they will catch the editors eye as the next top story.

This year, Communicate gives you the chance to explore ways to broaden the appeal of your stories and discover what it takes to make your messaging suitable for broadcast. The panel of experienced media professionals includes Ben Hoare (BBC Wildlife Magazine), James Smith (Plimsoll Productions) and Dimitri Houtart (BBC Radio 4).

Register now...

Working with Communities: Practical Skills for Engineers

12 November, London

This day of training by the Engineering Exchange is for engineering professionals who want to learn more about engaging with communities. 

This course will introduce the benefits and needs for community engagement with engineering and provide participants with basic skills for improving how they engage with community groups in their professional practice or research. Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Science Communication Workshop

25 November, London

How to engage the public with science and get your message across more effectively.

This interactive workshop is aimed anyone who wants to communicate science more effectively to the public. This includes researchers, people working in public engagement and outreach, other bioscience professionals and students. 


Science Communication Competition

Deadline: 8 January 

Are you passionate about science, writing and science communication? The 2015–16 Chemistry World science communication competition offers a fantastic opportunity to be published in Chemistry World, and demonstrate your communication skills in a ten-minute presentation at the Royal Institution's iconic Faraday theatre during the live final.

Send in your 800 word article addressing or exploring an issue or theme uncovered by the Royal Society of Chemistry's public attitudes to chemistry survey. You also need to submit a short video showing off your presentation style.


Questions for Governors

The Wellcome Trust has recently launched a primary school version of the Questions for Governors website. The questions found within the framework can help governing bodies identify areas to celebrate or challenge in their schools, enabling them to work with their senior leaders to drive improvement. 
The website’s use can extend beyond school governors and provide useful statistics, resources and information for anyone in the education sector. 


STEM Directories

The STEM Directories are a valuable and comprehensive resource for teachers listing STEM Enrichment and Enhancement activities in the UK.

Featuring on the Directories is an excellent way of increasing your exposure to teachers and you’ll be joining other important providers in the STEM community. If you are a provider of a STEM activity, you are encouraged to register on the Directories so that schools can search for you.


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

Maths grant scheme for schools

Deadline: 1 November

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund

Deadline: 30 October

Opening Doors Conference 2015

20 October, London

NAMES 2016 Conference 

26 - 28 October, Jordan

Communicate 2015

10 - 11 November, Bristol

NCCPE Engage Conference 2015

2 - 3 December, Bristol

Ecsite Annual Conference 2016

9 - 11 June, Austria

Weekend Science Presenter

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes
Rolling deadline
Email a CV and Covering letter to

Events and Development Manager

Diamond Light Source, Oxford
Deadline: 15 October

Communications Officer

The Biochemical Society, London
Deadline: 16 October

Learning Resources Project Developer

Science Museum, London
Deadline: 18 October

Science Communicator

The John Innes Centre, Norwich
Deadline: 22 October

Head of Programming

At-Bristol Science Centre
Deadline: 25 October
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