Unusual festivals for engaging the public in your research

Our next Engagement@Manchester lunchtime meeting exploring issues of public engagement is on Wednesday 18 March, 1-2pm at Manchester Museum.

Unusual festivals for engaging the public in your research
This session will explore some of the more unusual festival events that our researchers have taken part in to engage with the public and will give attendees the chance to discuss their ideas and ask any questions.

Speakers

  • Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies will explore working with SICK! Festival, the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges. SICK! is taking place now in Manchester and Brighton.
  • Ellie Welsh, Robogals (bringing engineering to girls) working with Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire.

Save the dates

  • 20 May 2015 – The why, what and how of public involvement in research
  • 15 July 2015 – What did we learn from REF/impact and public engagement?

What is Engagment@Manchester

Are you interested in public engagement? Do you want to meet other like-minded people at the University? Would you like to hear some inspiring ideas?

Then come along to this series of lunchtime meetings exploring different aspects of public engagement. There is a wealth of expertise across our university and we are running these free events to help us share engaging ideas and experiences.

www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/resources/engagement/

Posted by Anna Bunney, Curator of Public Programmes Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

British Science Week 2015: Tell us what switched you onto science! #My1stExperiment

What was the first experiment which sparked your scientific curiosity? What did you do? Did you realise you wanted to become a scientist? It might be the first experiment that you did as a child or perhaps the first experiment you did once you started studying science at university.

Next week is British Science Week – and we will be welcoming over 1000 school pupils onto campus for 4 days of super science. In the run up to British Science Week (13 – 22 March 2015, see www.britishscienceweek.org/) we are asking staff and students from the University of Manchester and beyond to tell us about the first experiment which sparked their interest in science.

Please use #My1stExperiment and #UoM so we can identify your tweets. We’ll be retweeting as many as we can from @UoMSchools – and sharing the tweets with teachers and pupils at our Science Fair from 17 – 20 March.

Please share the word with your colleagues and students, and if you have any questions contact me on emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk

To watch a video of our British Science Week event days from last year, check out www.manchester.ac.uk/STEM

Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM) The Directorate for Student Experience, The University of Manchester

British Science Festival – September 2015 Bradford – open call

British Science Festival Open Call for proposals:

In 2015, the British Science Festival programme is opening its doors to academics, organisations and individuals who want to bring cutting-edge British Science to an adult, non-specialist audience.

There are no restrictions on who can propose an event for the Festival – staff and organisations from the host university and host city, individuals, organisations and academic institutions from all over the UK come to the Festival to host events.

The deadline to apply is 23 March 2015.

To find out more and to submit an Open Call proposal go here: www.britishscienceassociation.org/bradford-2015-call-for-proposals

SICK! Festival – unique arts and health festival in Manchester, 2 – 25 March 2015

SICK! Festival is the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges – and is expanding in 2015 into venues across Manchester, from 2 – 25 March 2015.

SICK! Festival was launched in 2013 as the first festival of its kind in the UK dedicated to exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don’t). SICK! presents an outstanding international, cross art-form programme featuring theatre, dance, film, public installations and debates in venues across Manchester and Salford.

The festival seeks out new ways of talking about and dealing with the bad times that are unflinching, informed, irreverent and humane. It is a reflection on those experiences that are most personal to us, but which somehow connect us all as individuals with bodies, minds and lives that sometimes go wrong.

SICK! Festival is delivered in partnership with leading arts organisations, medical and academic institutions, charities and community groups, including the Public Programmes team at Central Manchester NHS Trust, the University of Manchester and other partners across Manchester.

Skills Days for STEM Outreach delivery – 20 – 21 April 2015

Do you work in Outreach? Is it your role to manage, develop and deliver research engagement? For example, based in a university or research centre?

Over a number years there has been a steady increase in the number of BIG members whose role is managing public engagement of research. With lots of ideas and emerging issues in the field we’re enthused to get these like-minded people together. It will be an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences with people who work in the same field and identify developments and issues we can work on together.

This workshop will run over two half days (lunchtime to lunchtime) with an evening social in between. We have a workshop structure that combines pre-determined themes (Insight sessions) along with creative time that will be filled with attendee sessions on themes that arise before or during the workshop.

20 April (starts 12pm) – 21 April (ends 12.30pm), Edinburgh University

Costs:

  • £45 for BIG Members which includes a light lunch on arrival on the first day and refreshments on the following day.
  • £75 for non-members (which includes £30 for annual membership)

More information here: www.big.uk.com/outreach