This lively one day conference brings together leaders and professionals from across the UK Science Engagement Sector to discuss how we better involve and engage people from all backgrounds with the varied and creative world of the sciences.
Delegates include colleagues from the UK's major Science Centres, Science, Engineering and Natural History Museums, Government, Research Councils, Environment Organisations, Media partners, Learned Societies, Charitable trusts and Universities.
Conference Speakers include:
Government Minister 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
David Watson - Campaigns & Strategy, Prime Minister's Office
The evening before we invite you to join us for a VIP gala dinner.
Prices start at £150 for members. Booking and full details are available on our website below.
All ASDC members are welcome to join the ASDC executive and Trustees for the 2014 AGM the afternoon before the Conference, at 3.30pm -5.30pm at the Royal Society. The Agenda and details are online and you will hear about all the highlights of ASDC's work and be free to ask questions and discuss.
Tea, coffee and networking are 3pm - 3.30.
Over the past months, applications were invited for additional Trustees for the ASDC Board. At the AGM, we will be asking the gathered membership to approve these three new Trustees. Details of their manifestos and biographies can be found here.
The UK Space Agency are offering small grants (up to a maximum of £5,000 for each award) to groups ready to present the UK’s space programme and stimulate the use of space in inspiration and learning. The scheme contributes to a goal in the current UK space strategy to increase awareness of the UK’s space programme and of the role that space plays in everyday life.
Many groups, societies and individuals across the UK share this ambition and can help us explain the importance of space.
Projects may be targeted at specific audiences and may include:
delivery of curriculum enrichment activities
delivery of activities to promote careers in the space sector
preparation of plans for long term projects
development of web or social media outreach content
The deadline for proposals is 9am 20 October 2014.
As part of its 150th Anniversary celebrations, the London Mathematical Society is pleased to announce a number of grants designed to promote mathematics to families and the general public during 2015. Organisations are invited to submit proposals for mini-festivals, maths days, special maths events, exhibits, and meet the expert series, celebrating mathematicians working locally, or with a particular connection to their local region (current or historical). Successful applicants will be welcome to receive support from the Society and local academics to create the content and find experts.
The Society is offering six to eight grants of £4,000 each for the development of these events and exhibits and is keen to accept applications from science centres within ASDC.
The deadline for submissions of initial interest to this scheme is the 25th of September, 2014. Full proposals are required by the 15th of October, 2014.
For more details and to find out how to apply please follow the link below.
Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve some of the most important problems of our time, and celebrates the 300th year anniversary of the original Longitude Act. It was launched in May 2014 by Nesta and the Technology Strategy Board is funding partner.
In partnership with the BBC, Amazon, the National Maritime Museum and the Science Museum, the public were encourage to vote for one challenge they felt the prize should focus on and were given six options (low-carbon flight, antibiotics, dementia, paralysis, food and water sustainability). At the end of June they had chosen antibiotics. Specifically awarding the prize to new a rapid, affordable, point-of-care diagnostic tool to help tackle growing resistance to antibiotics within five years.
From autumn 2014 the Prize opens to anyone and everyone to compete. The Longitude Prize team are keen to explore opportunities with science centres to raise awareness of the prize with the public, potential competitors and other opportunities to discuss antibiotic resistance with families and school.
Join the Royal Society to discuss 'Our Vision for Science and Mathematics Education' and explore how we can make it a reality.
Science and maths are at the heart of modern life, whatever your day job.
One million new science, engineering and technology professionals will be required in the UK by 2020. Yet too many young people are not given the right opportunities to learn these skills.
Our vision is for an education system which ensures everyone can study science and maths in a form that is right for them. Our ambition is for every young person leaving education at 18 to have an understanding of science and maths that will be with them for life and for more young people to be inspired to go on to further study of science, engineering, technology and maths.
The Royal Society is holding events around the UK to coincide with the party conferences. Join us and a panel including teachers, employers and policymakers to discuss our vision and explore how our education systems could better inspire young people and give them the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. For more details visit the link below.
Ecsite Honorary Member Pr. Per-Edvin Persson presented the results of a literature review he carried out, at the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres conference in May 2014.
Persson conducted an extensive literature survey on the impact of science centres and their activities. He lists facts and figures from a wealth of sources that show beyond doubt that science centres enhance learning, enhance local prosperity and contribute to social development.
A handy resource for anyone looking for robust evidence to prove value and impact.
The European Commission recently launched a consultation to inform the 2016-2017 “Science with and for Society” Programme (part of the Horizon 2020 funding framework).
Ecsite is gathering contributions from science engagement organizations and professionals (both members and non-members) in order to submit a contribution in the network’s name.
Use the online form to contribute and read more on the consultation's website.
The call for session proposals for the 2015 Ecsite Annual Conference 2015 has just been launched. The conference will be hosted by MUSE in Trento (Italy), 11 - 13 June 2015. Have a look at the first announcement to find out more about Trento, MUSE and the conference theme: 'Food for curious minds'.
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. The 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.
They 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.
The International Centre for Life in Newcastle is celebrating a bumper year. Visitor figures show that the number of people visiting the centre is up 20% in 2013/14, making it the best year yet in its 14 year history. School workshops and other activities have also been a hit, with significantly more people taking part.
In addition, the centre welcomes a new trustee to their board, Patrick Hussey, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Science) at Durham University.
Topping it all off the centre has plans in development for two new exhibitions with over £1 million funding awarded; A Biffa Award Flagship Scheme for a hands-on science area, and a Wellcome Trust Capital Award towards an exhibition on the brain.
As part of the Science Museum's climate change programme, artist Joshua Sofaer has collaborated with the museum to create an exhibition presenting the institution's waste over a month in all its glory.
The Rubbish Collection displays the variety, value and volume of the museum's waste alongside displays created from it, to explore what we view as 'rubbish'.
Now that Sofaer has documented the month's rubbish he will be recycling it to create new displays from the unwanted materials.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill has been awarded not one but two Green Flag Awards for 2014, by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The awards recognise and rewards the best green spaces in the country.
The best of Sciencewise's research: reflecting on 10 years of public dialogue
8 September, webinar
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Sciencewise is holding a webinar on 'The best of Sciencewise's research' on the 8 September 2014, 13.00-14.00. We’ll discuss our latest publication – due to be released in the first week of September – which reviews 10 years of thought-leadership papers.
Museums Association Annual Conference and Exhibition
9-10 September, Wales Millennium Centre
This year’s conference will take the MA’s landmark Museums Change Lives campaign as one of its driving themes. Another key idea is resilience – look out for a number of helpful sessions on how museums can ride out the tough funding climate.
Delegates will have a range of opportunities to network with other museum professionals from far and wide.
New to the programme are pop-up museums, which will see mini-exhibitions turning up in unexpected places both inside and outside the conference centre.
Featuring Google Creative Lab’s Tom Uglow, architect Usman Haque, artist Luke Jerram and Ogilvy’s Tara Austin, this two-day international conference will explore the theme of the ‘Playable City’, asking what it might mean for citizens, urban planners, tech giants, small companies, artists and designers in imagining and making the cities of the future.
A brilliant group of thinkers, makers, planners and civil disobedients will be brought together to look at cities as playable places and ask the question: how do we make and unmake our future cities?
The conference will feature playful interventions, networking, debate and discussion, artist commissions and a cross-disciplinary academic strand.
Interpreting the Information Age: New Avenues for Research and Display conference
3-5 November, Science Museum, London
In October 2014, the Science Museum will open a new permanent gallery, Information Age. The gallery will expose, examine and celebrate how information and communication technologies have transformed our lives over the last 200 years. To mark this launch, the Museum is hosting a free, three day conference which will discuss how the history and material culture of information can be made relevant for today’s audiences.
This conference will combine reflections on collecting practice and academic related to information, showcase innovative approaches to interpreting and displaying this content, and examine the opportunities and challenges of working in partnership with audiences to bring the collections to life.
Communicate 2014: Changing Stories - Registration now Open
4-5 November, At-Bristol, Bristol
We are living through a time of immense and accelerated change: environmental, technological and social. Are our well-rehearsed environmental messages and our tried and trusted communications tools still relevant in today’s rapidly evolving world? Communicate 2014: Changing Stories will address this question.
Join us for two days of inspirational sessions, thought-provoking discussions, practical workshops and outstanding networking opportunities at the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators. Develop your skills, share best practice and debate the latest challenges with over 150 delegates from NGOs, public sector, media, academia and beyond.
Two day delegate pass: £250+ VAT; one day delegate pass: £150+VAT
12-14 November, Science Centre AHHAA, Tartu, ESTONIA
Directors and senior management staff of Ecsite full members are invited to join this three day conference to find out everything you want to know, and should know, about the future. Topics covered include Technology and leadership, creativity
and innovation, uploading and downloading.
Keynote speeches include the founder of Skype and the president of Estonia.
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