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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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Closing Soon! The ASDC Education Conference


Delegate list closes on Wednesday 11th February

There is just 1 week left to register for the fantastic ASDC Education Conference and ensure your details are on the delegate list. 

On Wednesday 25th of February, join Education and Learning staff from science and discovery centres across the UK at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester for this lively day-long conference.

Register now

Introducing the new Special Projects Manager at ASDC


We are delighted to announce that in January 2015, James Summers started as the new ASDC Special Projects Manager. He is project managing two of our exciting National Programmes - The new National Astronaut Programme as well as the already successful Explore Your Universe Programme.
 
James comes to us from Techniquest and was formerly at W5. He has a degree in archaeology, a masters in environmental science and amongst other roles at Techniquest was the lead developer for their planetarium shows and their Explore Your Universe programme. Over the years he has also trained and supervised students in Borneo, lectured at the University of South Wales, and developed a number of learning programmes.
 
Dr Penny Fidler would like to also take this opportunity to thank Dr Michaela Livingstone for all her excellent work in so successfully managing these programmes and Hands on DNA before, and in general for all her hard work for members and ASDC for the past 3 1/2 years. We all wish her success and happiness in her new post at Oxford University and look forward to working with her in the future.
 
James will be at our 2015 National Education Conference on February 25th at MOSI, and has already met 25 of you on the Explore Your Universe project trip to CERN two weeks ago.

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National Celebrations for the UK's first Astronaut


On Friday November 20th 2015 Tim Peake will launch into space as the UK's first 'official' astronaut. He will be spending 6 months on board the International Space Station, before returning to earth in May 2016.

To celebrate this exciting mission, the UK Space Agency has joined forces with The UK Association for Science and Discovery to create a National Astronaut programme...and in February we will be inviting 15 Science and Discovery Centres and Science Museums across the UK to take part in Level 1.

Our mission is to engage, inspire and involve UK families and school age children with the amazing stories, science and innovative ideas of human space flight and the achievements of Tim Peake. The selected centres will be given an Astronaut show for families, special equipment, access to great footage, activities and more. 

In the next weeks we will open the quick turnaround selection process and invite ASDC members to apply. We will send details direct to ASDC members, as well as putting them on our website. If you would like this email sent direct to you, please let James Summers, the ASDC Special Projects Manager, know now.
 
 

Are you ready for the Solar Eclipse?


At 9.29am on Friday March 20th 2015 the UK's skies will darken as the Sun becomes partially eclipsed when the Moon blocks between 80 to 90% of the Suns light.

The eclipse will begin around 8.15 am and end around 10.40am with maximum eclipse around 9.29am depending on location. A total solar eclipse will occur in the Northern reaches of Europe and the Arctic. The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 47 seconds near the Faroe Islands. This will be the last total eclipse to occur in Europe for a decade, with the next due on August 12th 2026.

To  celebrate this event the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres will be hosting a conference call on the topic of Solar eclipses and Solar science for all 20 Explore Your Universe delivery partners on March 4th from 3.00 - 4.30pm. An email will be sent out with the agenda for this call and details how to register soon. If you are not an Explore Your Universe delivery partner and wish to take part please check our website in the next two weeks for details on how to register.

 

ASDC Networking Event in Trento

The 2015 Ecsite Annual Conference will take place in the alpine city of Trento, Italy, from the 11th to the 13th of June.

We are delighted to invite all UK members and friends for dinner and drinks the evening before the Ecsite Conference in Trento. This informal networking event will take place in a restaurant close to the speakers' reception.

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Royal Society Partnership Grants


Deadline: 5 February

The Royal Society Partnership Grant scheme funds STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) investigation projects at primary, secondary or college level in partnership with a practising scientist or engineer.

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Engineering Education Grant Scheme


Deadline: 3 March

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting STEM learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5000 (inclusive of any applicable VAT) are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.

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New Grant Scheme for Biology Events in Scotland


Deadline: 16 March

The Society of Biology is pleased to announce the first round of their Regional Grant Scheme for Scotland.
 
Individual biologists or biology-related organisations can apply for funding to run a biology public engagement or schools event or activity in Scotland. The grant scheme is funded by the Scottish Government and offers grants of up to £200 for small events and up to £500 for larger events.

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The Biochemical Society - Scientific Outreach Grants


Deadline: 29 April 

The Biochemical Society have grants of up to £1000 available to help fund activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience, or more general biology, to young people and the community. 

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Working in University Outreach – Skills for STEM Engagement


20 - 21 April, Edinburgh

Do you work in Outreach? Is it your role to manage, develop and deliver research engagement? With lots of ideas and emerging issues in the field, BIG presents an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences with people who work in the same field and identify developments and issues to work on together.

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Cardiff Science Festival - Call for Proposals


Deadline: End of May

A call for proposals for the 2015 Cardiff Science Festival is now open. They are interested in all sorts of events – in order to have a varied programme they want a mixture of topics and formats so don’t be afraid to suggest something a bit different!

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Engaging Underserved Audiences Workshops


The Wellcome Trust is organising five regional day-long workshops on the topic of engaging underserved audiences. Underserved audiences in this context are groups under represented by the reach of engagement activities run or funded by the Wellcome Trust. 
 
The workshops will include people working to engage underserved audiences both with science and outside of science bringing together researchers, public engagement practitioners and community/cultural organisations. The aim is to generate ideas, share successes and failures, build new relationships, explore the theme of underserved audiences and learn about funding opportunities.
 
The workshops will take place in May and June and will be held in:

North East (Newcastle)
North West (Manchester)
Scotland (Glasgow)
South West (Bristol)
South East (Oxford)
 
If you would be interested in attending one of these workshops please email g.bladon@wellcome.ac.uk and let her know which workshop you would like to receive an official invitation for. Please note that spaces are limited and you are not guaranteed an invitation. 

The Josh Award 2015


Applications are now open for the Josh Award 2015.

The Josh Award is an award established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication, nurture development in the field (with the support of BIG - the skills sharing network for people involved in the communication of STEM) and support the involvement in the Manchester Science Festival. The award is open to science communication practitioners who can be full-time, part-time or practising science communication through various aspects of their jobs, e.g. as a researcher at a University.  

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Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellowships

Deadline: 13 February 2015
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The Physiological Society’s Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2015

Deadline: 15 February 2015
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British Pharmacological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: 16 February 2015
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Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence Awards

Deadline: 18 February 2015
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STFC Public Engagement Fellowships Proposals

Deadline: 26 February 2015
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The 2015 ASDC Eduation Conference

25 February, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
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UKSEDS National Student Space Conference

28 February - 1 March, University of Surrey
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Visitor Studies Group Conference 2015

4 - 5 March, London
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Science & You Conference 2015

2 - 5 June, France
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ASDC Members' Meal at Ecsite 2015

10 June, Trento, Italy
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2015 Ecsite Annual Conference

11 - 13 June, Trento, Italy
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Science in Public Conference 2015

9 - 10 July, Bristol
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The Big Event 2015

22 - 24 July, Norwich
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ASDC National Conference 2015

24 September 2015, At-Bristol
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Education Officer

Centre for Life
Deadline: 6 February
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Head of National Public Programmes

The Natural History Museum
Deadline: 8 February
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Research Communications Officer

Alzheimer's Society
Deadline: 9 February
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Research Communications Officer

Alzheimer's Society
Deadline: 9 February
Details

Field Teachers

The Royal Parks Foundation
Deadline: 9 February
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The Clothworkers' Fellow in Mathematics/Mathematics Programme Manager 

Royal Institution
Deadline: 9 February 
Details

Scientific Outreach Manager (maternity cover)

Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Deadline: 9 February
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Public Engagement and Events Officer

Nowgen Centre, University of Manchester
Deadline: 10 February 
Details

Experiment Zone Laboratory Technician 

Centre for Life
Deadline: 11 February
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Education Officer

Bristol 2015
Deadline: 12 February
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National Programmes Adviser, Engaging Science

Wellcome Trust
Deadline: 13 February
Details

Head of Eco Centre

Centre for Alternative Technology
Deadline: 16 February
Details

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Centre for Alternative Technology
Deadline: 16 February
Details

Online Moderators

I'm a Scientist/ I'm an Engineer/ I'm a Geoscientist
Deadline: 18 February
Details

Head of Science Administration and Communications

The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh
Deadline: 18 February
Details

Outreach Officer

Institute of Physics
Deadline: 19 February
Details

Marketing & Communications Officer

Centre for Alternative Technology
Deadline: 20 February
Details

Communications and Events Officer

Centre for Alternative Technology
Deadline: 20 February
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Scientist in Residence

Lab_13
Deadline: 9 March
Details
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