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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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The ASDC National Conference 2015

 

Early Bird Registration ends at 11pm, Thursday 13th of August


We are delighted to announce that bookings for The 2015 ASDC National Conference are now open. This year's conference will be held in the wonderful At-Bristol Science Centre on Thursday 24th of September, with the AGM and Conference Dinner the day before on Wednesday 23rd of September.

This lively one-day national conference will bring together professionals from the UK's leading Science and Discovery Centres, Science Museums, Natural History and Environmental organisations as well as Public Engagement organisations and science-based visitor attractions.
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Engineering Education Grant Scheme


Deadline: 9 October

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme is now accepting applications for funding.
 
The scheme will be accepting bids for funding until 9th October for projects taking place from 1st January 2016. Eligible projects must help to engage UK-based young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering or develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting STEM learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.
 
Awards of up to £5000 are available, along with a very limited number of grants of up to £15,000 for projects that can demonstrate wider reach, for example national projects or those having strategic or long-reaching effect.
 
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The Francis Crick Institute Winter Workshops

Deadline: 26 August

In the run-up to the festive season, The Francis Crick Institute Communications and Engagement team is looking to deliver a programme of engaging and creative workshops with schools and community groups. It is envisaged that the project will bring the community together and allow people to explore science in a fun and accessible way, drawing links between creativity, art and science.
 
They invite proposals from companies or individuals to develop and deliver an arts-based workshop that can be delivered to local community and primary school groups. Participants should be able to create tangible objects, which can be taken home or incorporated into a collaborative piece for display. 

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CaSE Responds to Summer Budget


Last month, CaSE responded to the Chancellor's Summer Budget. The budget includes a number of new announcements, such as measures on maintenance grants, apprenticeship levies and catapult centres, however further questions remain over the timetable of the Spending Review and the science budget in the Autumn.
 
As well as setting out a full list of announcements, CaSE has also written on what's been learnt from the budget and what we still don't know.

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Science and Technology Committee membership

On Thursday 18 June 2015 Nicola Blackwood was elected as Chair of the Science and Technology Committee.

Nicola is a Conservative Party politician and is the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon. She trained as a classical musician at Trinity College of Music from the age of 14, and went on to gain a First Class Degree in Music from St Anne’s College, Oxford and an MPhil in Musicology from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  She was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary to Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Energy and Enterprise (2013-) and a key member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee (2010-). She was also previously Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2010-2013.

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Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships

10 - 11 November

Communicate is the UK's leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate the latest issues in engaging people with the natural world.

You are invited to Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships for two days of inspiring content, interactive workshops and engaging discussion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that provides fantastic opportunities for networking with fellow communicators.

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Engage 2015: Engaging with Impact


2 -3 December

The NCCPE is delighted to announce details of the forthcoming Engage conference on the 2nd and 3rd December 2015 at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol. 
 
Engage 2015 offers an opportunity to go deep into the dynamics of engaged research. We plan to tease out the dynamic relationship between engagement and impact, asking:
  • How can researchers find better ways of involving people from outside academia in conceiving, shaping, producing and applying powerful research?
  • Does such engagement actually create better research?
  • How can we find reliable ways to describe the wider social benefits that engagement can create?
Drawing on cutting edge practice across the disciplines we will explore what we know about how to make engagement processes work really well, on a local, national or global stage.
 

Booking opens for the British Science Festival 2015

Booking is now live for this year’s British Science Festival. The British Science Festival, hosted by the University of Bradford and supported by Siemens, takes place between 7 – 10 September, with events on campus and across the city of Bradford.

Expand your horizons with four days of free events, talks and performances from across the scientific spectrum. Join leading academics to discover, discuss and debate the latest ideas and innovations set to change our future.

Behind the Scenes 2016 Launches

The British Science Association (BSA) is pleased to announce a new initiative for British Science Week 2016. Behind the Scenes of British Science will throw open the doors of Britain’s most fascinating science, technology and engineering locations, operation sites, laboratories and in places where you might least expect to find it.
 
Following a successful pilot in 2015 with EDF Energy, Intertek, Network Rail, Thames Tideway Tunnel and the V&A museum, the BSA are looking to recruit STEM and non-STEM companies and organisations across the UK to be part of this exciting new initiative for 2016.

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Wellcome Trust Arts Awards

Deadline: 7 August
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The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: 11 September
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The Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants

Deadline: 25 September
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Society for General Microbiology: Education and Outreach Grants

Deadline: 1 October
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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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NCCPE Engage Conference 2015

2 - 3 December, Bristol
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Freelance Science Presenters

Explorer Dome
Rolling Deadline
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Head of Learning and Participation

Winchester Science Centre
Rolling Deadline
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STEM Resources Manager

Winchester Science Centre
Rolling Deadline
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Education Coordinator

Royal Society of Chemistry
Deadline: 7 August
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Science Events Developer

Edinburgh International Science Festival
Deadline: 7 August
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Science Communicators

Natural History Museum
Deadline: 9 August
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STEM Projects Officer

Science Oxford
Deadline: 10 August
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Project Coordinator (Research and Curriculum)

Institute of Physics
Deadline: 11 August
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Abu Dhabi Science Festival Project Assistant

Edinburgh International Science Festival
Deadline: 12 August
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Education Manager - Regional Liaison

The Institute of Engineering and Technology
Deadline: 12 August
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Freelance Science Communicator

London Transport Museum
Deadline: 14 August
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Education Officer

Research, Medical and Innovation, ABPI
Deadline: 14 August
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Education Coordinator, South East

Royal Society of Chemistry
Deadline: 16 August
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Formal Learning Manager

Imperial War Museum
Deadline: 23 August
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Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer

Royal Astronomical Society
Deadline: 24 August
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Media Officer

Institute of Physics
Deadline: 25 August
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GeoBus Education Officer

University of St Andrews
Deadline: 26 August
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Press and Policy Officer

Royal Statistical Society
Deadline: 7 September
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