Education and Learning staff from science and discovery centres and museums across the UK are invited to the ASDC Education Conference at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Join us for this lively day-long conference to meet and discuss the current learning landscape of the informal learning sector, hear from leaders and innovators in the field, and contribute to the latest discussions.
Confirmed speakers include:
Kirsten Bodley Chief Executive of STEMNET
Jeremy Curtis Head of Education and Skills, UK Space Agency
Details of the full programme and registration will be available at the end of November.
Explore Your Universe Phase 2 is now well underway; we now have 24 organisations involved in the project including 2 development partners, 2 STFC facilities and 20 delivery partners (15 science centres and 5 universities):
Catalyst Science Discvoery Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre
Observatory Science Centre
Our Dynamic Earth
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Winchester Science Centre
Cambrdige Science Centre
National Museums Scotland
University of Manchester
University of Warwick
University of York
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
National Space Centre
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
The phase 2 training academy was hosted by the National Space Centre in October and the National Meeting will be taking place in November, hosted by RAL.
Additionally, each member above has been invited to attend a very special visit to CERN at the end of January, generously supported by STFC. More details about this will be available soon.
ASDC is delighted to announce a partnership with the UK Space Agency to create and run a fabulous astronaut programme to run across the UK. The programme will be celebrating the launch of the UK's first sponsored astronaut, Tim Peake, who will be spending 6 months on board the International Space Station from November 2015. We will be seeking 15 science centres and museums to take part in early 2015.
We're working with with the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and the Science Museum to develop the programme.
Dr Michaela Livingstone has been the ASDC Special Projects Manager for the past 3.5 years, successfully delivering two great national programmes, ‘Hands-on DNA’ and ‘Explore Your Universe’.
Michaela will be moving from ASDC at the end of this year to take up an exciting new post in Public Engagement at Oxford University. We wish Michaela every success with her new adventures, will miss working with her very much and hope our paths will continue to cross. Her last day with ASDC will be Friday 19 December 2014. If you would like to send a good luck message for her card, please send these to Maddy Foard.
ASDC will be seeking to recruit a new exceptional ASDC Special Projects Manager to deliver our new ‘National Astronaut Programme’ for families and Phase 2 of ‘Explore Your Universe’. Recruitment will begin in November and details will go on the ASDC website.
Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the most important problems of our time. It was launched in May 2014 by Nesta with Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board, as funding partner, to celebrate the 300th year anniversary of the original Longitude Act. The UK public cast thousands of votes during June 2014 to choose antibiotic resistance as the topic. The challenge is to develop an affordable, point of care diagnostic to help ensure the right antibiotic is used at the right time.
From mid November the Prize opens to anyone to compete. The Longitude Prize team are hoping to deliver a series of public talks about the history of Longitude and antibiotic resistance, and also to develop an exhibit to help spread the word. They want people across the UK to enter the Prize or get involved in other ways.
Deadline: 10 November
At the UK Science Festivals Network meeting in July, the RSC brought a proposal to the network for a new scheme with a specific ask for engaging audiences that had not planned on visiting a science event that day. After further discussion with UKSF members and British Science Association a formal call for expressions of interest is now going out.
At this stage in this new way of working RSC are happy to include scientific disciplines outside of chemistry and are more concerned with the audience and format of experience.
The deadline is November 10th to put in an expression of interest. For more details download the paper via the link below.
10 June, Trento, Italy
The 2015 Ecsite Annual Conference will take place in the alpine city of Trento, Italy, from the 11th to the 13th of June. It will be hosted by MUSE, Trento's new science museum designed by Renzo Piano, nestled in the Dolomites mountains.
We are delighted to invite all UK members and friends for dinner and drinks the evening before the Ecsite Conference in Trento on 10 June. This informal networking event will take place in a restaurant close to the speakers' reception. You are welcome to arrive early and have a drink on the terrace.
Full details and registrations are via the link below.
The Ecsite Business Bistro is the social and commercial hub of the Ecsite Annual Conference. Part coffee bar, part trade show, it’s a relaxed environment in which to explore cutting-edge products and strike commercial deals. Book a booth and do business with the science communication decision-makers of Europe and beyond.
The different packages available, their price and full details are available via the link below.
Rosetta, the ambitious mission from the European Space Agency (ESA) to chase down and study the comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, will be marking another milestone on November 12 when it attempts to land it's Philae lander on the surface of the comet, which it has been accompanying since catching up to it in August this year.
This is a world first and a number of events are taking place internationally. ESA have released a series of resources for educators and others to use to bring this mission to life, have live broadcasts planned via their website for November 12, and have even made a captivating short film about the mission where science fact meets science fiction.
For regular updates and links to all of their resources, visit the link below. You can also access the resources created as part of the Explore Your Universe project here.
To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2020 a £1 million outreach fund was announced. This fund is intended to be used to fund a number of different projects across the UK to bring alive astronomy and geophysics to all audiences.
Since the initial announcement a series of Town Hall meetings have been arranged to bring together potential partners, ahead of a two-round submissions process. So far a number of meetings have taken place, with more to come. If you'd like to attend these meetings or would like further information please visit the link below.
ASDC members are invited to join the next conference call in the 'Explore Your Universe Presents' series focused particularly on how, as a sector, we can help to address and decrease the gender gap of those choosing to study, and pursue careers in, science and engineering through providing a backdrop to the issues, practical recommendations, and space for discussion for those involved in this area of work.
Speakers for this call include Katharine Lee, Head of Youth Programmes for Girlguiding, Emily Dawson, lecturer at University College London whose work focuses on equity around science engagement, and Andrea Meyrick, Head of Education at Techniquest.
This event is free but registration is required. You can see the programme and register via the link below.
On Friday 24 October 2014 Her Majesty The Queen opened the Science Museum's new Information Age gallery by sending her first tweet.
It read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”
The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh had earlier toured the pioneering gallery, listening to personal recollections of people whose first experience of television was watching the Coronation in 1953.
Do you deliver shows, talks, workshops, excursions, challenge days, debates or other activities that help promote science, engineering and maths to schools?
The STEM Directories are a free resource, run by the Royal Institution, for teachers to search for external providers to help supplement their classroom activities. There is no charge to appear in the directories, but your scheme must fit the following criteria.
be related to science, engineering or mathematics
be available to schools in the UK – either on a local, regional or national level.
be up-to-date – schemes may be removed if we believe they have inaccurate listing information.
be personal – we only list schemes which involve personal contact. Educational materials such as web resources, computer games, teacher packs or information based schemes can be listed on the national STEM resource centre elibrary instead.
For full details and to register follow the link below.
EuroStemCell is a project funded by the European Commission to help European citizens make sense of stem cells. They provide reliable, independent information and road-tested educational resources on stem cells and their impact on society.
They've just launched a new film looking at how specialised cells develop from stem cells. They're always adding new resources to support engagement around stem cells. You can access all of these for free online via the link below.
12-14 November, Science Centre AHHAA, Tartu, Estonia Read More...
BBSRC's Great British Bioscience Festival
14-16 November, Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, London Read More...
Women in Science and Engineering Awards 2014
13 November, South Bank Centre and Grange Hotel Tower Bridge, London Read More...
SINDBAD SCI-FI presents:Arab Science Fiction: From Imagination to Innovation
15 November, Science Museum
BBC broadcaster, Samira Ahmed, chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through science fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise.
What is the link between technological innovation and artistic imagination? Science fiction is often thought to be the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envision an alternative future of the Middle East? Can inventive forms of art, film and literature help to inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world today and beyond?
In true geek spirit, this event is about brokering dialogue and engagement between different spheres; science and the arts, 'East' and 'West', academia and popular culture. And we also hope participants will have a good time! To book and for more information follow the link below.
Birckbeck University of London
Deadline: 24 November Details
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