Being Human Festival Open Call

This is just a quick message to let you know that we are now accepting applications for the Being Human festival ‘Open Call’.

This second wave of applications is all about activities that can run without start-up funding from the festival, but which still fulfil the festival’s key criteria of making research in the humanities accessible, engaging and fun for people across the UK.

This year’s Being Human festival will run 14-23 November 2019. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research.

This year our festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories, or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities.

Open call

The open call is all about activities that can run using existing funding (e.g. institutional funding, research grants) but which will still benefit from promotion and support as part of the national festival. Examples of activities that often come forward under this pathway include walking tours, ‘café culture’ style activities, pop-ups in museums and galleries, object handling sessions, film screenings…

Further details, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website.

The deadline for applications for funding is 5pm Monday 3 June.

Many of you have been involved in the Being Human festival before and have helped the festival to grow. I hope that you’ll consider taking part again in 2019.

Please do help to spread the word. The hashtag on Twitter is #BeingHuman19

Dr Michael Eades, Manager and Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities

New scicomm podcast

Several of us have been working on a new #scicomm and public engagement podcast, and we have a pilot to share with you all.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could listen to the pilot episode of ‘PE Shorts’ here:

And give us your feedback here:

Many thanks, Dr Sam Illingworth,
(On behalf of the ‘PE Shorts’ podcast team)

PCST Network – Public Communication of Science and Technology – Call for proposals

16th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference – 26–28 May 2020, Aberdeen, Scotland – Time, Technology and Transformation

PCST Network announces the call for proposals for its conference to be held in Aberdeen, Scotland, 26–28 May 2020. Submissions can be made from 12 April 2019; the deadline for proposals is 12 October 2019.

PCST2020 in Aberdeen will be the first PCST conference in the United Kingdom, enabling stronger relations between the global network for science communication and one of the largest and most influential national science communication communities. The conferences are open to all who have a professional or personal interest in science communication, as practitioners, educators, researchers.

The PCST2020 conference theme is Time, Technology and Transformation, and we encourage proposals that engage with these themes:

Find out more at and submit your proposal:

You don’t have to be scientist to be a science busker!

Science Busking training – 9 May 2019, 13:00 – 16:00

Calling all University of Manchester posgraduate and undergraduates, come and see what science busking is all about…

This practical workshop looks at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities such as science busking. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences. Science Busking involves approaching people, showing them intriguing and entertaining science demonstrations or tricks – much like street magicians! As a Science Busker, you will help to enthuse and engage with visitors, bringing the fun and wonder of hands-on science tricks to the streets of Manchester. You will get to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy a positive and memorable experience.

Following the training you be offered the opportunity to take part in range of public engagement opportunities on and off campus including our forthcoming University Community Festival (Saturday 15 June 2019).

To regiser for the training go to:

Research for All Journal seminar

Are you passionate about involving publics in research? Join us for a day thinking about the future of the Research for All journal. How can we be more inclusive? How should we evaluate our achievements? We’d love to see you at the Research For All Journal Seminar – Tuesday 7 May, 10:30 – 16:00, London


Since its launch 2 years ago, the Research for All journal has established itself as an open access, peer reviewed, international journal on all aspects of engaged research. A partnership between UCL IOE; NCCPE; and UCL IOE Press, the journal enables critical reflection on all aspects of engaged research, providing opportunities for all those involved to share their knowledge, expertise and perspectives.

The Research for All journal editors invite you to join them for this seminar, an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on the journal to date
  • Discuss key themes reflected in journal content
  • Consider what more we can do to encourage a greater diversity of people from across the world to contribute their knowledge and expertise of engaged research to Research for All.

This is a free event, funded through the Research for All partnership. Please note places for this event are limited and your place is not confirmed until you’ve received a booking confirmation email from the Research for All team.

Posted on behalf of Laura Steele, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Join an Action Learning Set to #CoProduceGM

An invitation for those in the Greater Manchester area:

Co-production is an increasingly important part of many people’s work, so how can you help shape your own practice…

Trials and tribulations with co-production? Want company in the hunt for honest practice? Need uncorrupted space for structured thinking to solve that wicked problem? For those who would relish regular meetings with a focused peer group, the Coalitions for Change programme invites you to join a #CoProduceGM Action Learning Set. The commitment is 12-18 hours over 6 months. In return you’ll receive facilitated support, and a ready-made set of critical friends to help you identify, evaluate and celebrate the change you can achieve as part of pioneering GM as a co-productive city region.

Each participant brings their own problem, challenge or issue, knitted together by the common goal of co-producing Greater Manchester. Find out more, or sign up immediately!

Sent on behalf of the Jam and Justice programme.
Twitter: @JamandJustice.