SERRIH’s fourth Annual Primary Science Conference

Are you a governor at a Primary School in Greater Manchester that’s looking to improve Primary Science education?

Consider encouraging your Science leads to sign up for the Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) Annual Primary Science Conference 2020, taking place on Tuesday, 19 November at Earl Mill in Oldham. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Making it GM’, with the aim of enhancing teacher confidence in primary science with an emphasis on STEM.

For more details email:

UK Science Festivals Network Conference

Join us in London on the 20 November for the UK Science Festivals Network Conference to discuss all things science festivals and events…. This conference is for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities.

20 November 2019, 09.30-19.00 | Events @ No 6, London | £120+VAT pp

Thrilling, rewarding and exhausting: three words all science festival and event organisers can relate to. Despite the chaotic mixture of emotions we often feel, we’re all in this because we have a passion for putting on exciting and engaging activities for our audiences. Whether it be fine tuning the logistics, producing a high-quality programme or meeting inspiring people, everyone has favourite (and not so favourable) aspects of their role.

The UK science festival ecosystem is diverse and constantly evolving, but we rarely take the time to celebrate what we have achieved or to look ahead to some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector. This is where the UK Science Festivals Network (UKSFN) come in – we bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.


Following the success of the last year’s UKSFN Conference in Swansea, we’re re-lighting the fire for the third time. Based on feedback from our members, this year we will be convening in London. Join us again, or for the first time, to discuss best practice in diversifying audiences and speakers, workshop new approaches to programming and learn what else is happening beyond the UK, amongst other topics. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees – if only it serves to reassure you that you’re not alone in this crazy little science engagement bubble!


Anyone interested or involved in organising science events and activities in general. This conference is open to all, you do not have to be a member of the UKSFN to attend.
For tickets and more info please visit:

If you have any queries, please get in touch with

Posted on behaf of Hannah Lawrence, Engagement Officer, British Science Association

Ada Lovelace celebrations: wiki edit-a-thon 17 October 2019

Join us in our Ada Lovelace celebrations by helping to improve the gender diversity of Wikipedia

Mathematician Ada Lovelace has long-been recognised as one of the first computer programmers from her involvement in work carried out in the 1800s. Since 2009, her contribution to the sciences is honoured annually with events which aim to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), and to create new role models for girls and women. Many such events are based on Wiki edit-a-thons, where groups come together to increase the number of women editing and profiled in Wikipedia.

Did you know only 18.04% of Wikipedia biographies are about women?
Whilst this has improved from only 15% in 2014, the number or articles still falls far short of how many there could be. Through the tireless work of largely volunteer wiki-editors such as Emily Temple-Wood and Dr Jess Wade BEM, a staggering 86,182 new articles have been uploaded to create that near-3% increase. The WikiProject ‘Women in Red’ further highlights how many notable women* without a wiki biography have already been identified – although this is just the tip of the iceberg.
* binary and/or non-binary and/or other

So why does this matter?
We are still seeing gender inequality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine), this is further by the media . Wikipedia is the largest open-access source of information across the world; available to anyone with an internet connection, it has amazing potential in changing the stereotype of a successful scientist and inspiring young minds.

You can’t be what you can’t see
The lack of entries on women scientists on Wikipedia offers the narrative that ‘women don’t do science, or don’t do good science’, when the reality is their acheivements are being brushed under the carpet or wrongly attributed to someone else. Raising the profile of those unrecognised women scientists and their achievements can send a powerful message to its readers and achieve great impact in gender equality.

‘Women in Physiology’ Wiki Edit-A-Thon – 17 October 2019
This event focuses specifically on notable women researchers in the field of physiology, many of whom still do not have a wikipedia biography despite their significant contributions to the discipline. The event will take place as two sessions:

Session 1, 10.00 – 13.00: Talks on Women in Physiology and Gender Disparity in Wikipedia
University of Manchester, North Campus. Sackville Street Building B-Floor Entrance Hall
10.00 – 10.10: Opening statement by Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell
10.10 – 10.40: Prof. Sue Wray, University of Liverpool: ‘Women in Physiology’
10.40 – 11.20: Dr Jess Wade BEM: Gender disparity and Wikipedia
11.20 – 11.40: Dr Duncan Hull: Why Bother Editing Wikipedia?
11.40 – 11.50: Andy Mabbet: Using images in Wikipedia (tbc)
11.50 – 12.00: Closing remarks and instructions for Session 2.

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch

Session 2, 13.00 – 16.00: Wiki Edit-a-thon
University of Manchester, North Campus. Renold Building Room H1. Please bring your own laptop.

Try it yourself, experienced and non-experienced editors welcomed. You will be placed in small groups and given full guidance on how to research, create and update wiki pages. The session will be facilitated by experienced wiki-editors who will be on hand to help and answer any questions you have. Attendees will receive free Wikimedia goodies to support them to continuing editing in the future.

Posted on behalf of Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi BSc, Charter Marks’ Co-ordinator (Athena SWAN and Race Charter)/Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, The University of Manchester

Engaging with Schools – Training for Researchers

Are you passionate about your subject area? Are you interested in taking your research or an activity into the classroom? Want to develop your public engagement skills? Then this free schools engagement training opportunity is for you!

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 9:30 – 16:30, The University of Manchester

SUPI: Engaging with Schools. This one-day, interactive workshop for researchers explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools. This one-day, interactive workshop is for researchers from any discipline who are interested in communicating their research to a secondary schools audience. It explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools. Full details about the course can be found here.

Open to: Postgraduate Researchers, Postdoctoral Research Associates, Research Staff and New Academics with little or no experience of school engagement. Open to all disciplines.

What do previous participants say?

  • “This workshop was a great the opportunity to share my ideas for activities with other people.”
  • “This session helped me in gaining an understanding of what schools, students, and teachers are looking for in engaging with academics/university research.”

And there’s additional funding and support: But we don’t just want to inspire you with great ideas. We want to help you develop those ideas into concrete plans! This course is all about developing confidence, networks, and experience in engaging with local secondary schools. Following the one-day workshop there will be the opportunity to access funding and support to deliver your activity in school.

Registration: Book your free place here:

What was the School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI)? A scheme providing opportunities for schools and universities to bring contemporary research to life for young people. Find out more here. Though the external funding has come to an end, the legacy of SUPI continues at The University of Manchester through collaboration with a variety of schemes such as The Brilliant Club, a charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities through sharing the expertise of the PhD community with state schools.

For enquiries please contact Roz Webster in the Widening Participation Team:

Launch of the Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

You are warmly invited to the launch of this year’s Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The launch will take place in the Fossils Gallery at Manchester Museum, on Wednesday 30 October from 5.30 to 7pm. There will be some short presentations from some of the event organisers, wine and nibbles, and a chance to look around the gallery and browse posters advertising some of this year’s events across University of Manchester, University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University.

All are very welcome: staff, students, visitors, friends.

Please sign up on Eventbrite at:

Science Museum Group Research Conference 4-5 November, Manchester

Join us on 4–5 November 2019 at the Science and Industry Museum to discuss ‘The Place of Industry’ – a conference organised by the Science Museum Group.

Tickets and full programme are available here:

The conference features a number of contributors from the University of Manchester from across multiple disciplines and offers a diverse programme exploring:

  • Place-based approaches to science and industry. From the coffee house to the technical school, from bricks and mortar to regional strategies. What does a focus on place and space bring to our understanding of science and industry?
  • Interfaces and juxtapositions of industry with other disciplines and frames. From applying a science, technology, engineering and maths lens to industry to making space for artists and creative practitioners to extend industry’s meaning. What potentials are there in pushing and exploring the boundaries of industry?
  • The proximity of industry. From the haptic perception of technologies to the sensory qualities of industrial cities and spaces. How does industry being close-at-hand alter human experience? And how does experience design respond to industrial spaces?

The Place of Industry will be the fourth Science Museum Group Research Conference.

This annual conference is an opportunity to showcase research activity, gather together new thinking that resonates with the collections and practices of the Science Museum Group, and draw out emerging work from our research community. Its offers a great opportunity for anyone based at the University of Manchester to get a sense of the research activities, interests and opportunities of the Science and Industry Museum and the wider Science Museum Group.

Find out more at here:

Do you work with technology? DigiLab needs you!

DigiLab is running a two week residency from 4th -15th November (weekdays only, 11am – 4pm) and we’re looking for demonstrators and lightning talks.

DigiLab is a library run service which allows all students and staff to access new technologies, chat to companies and people who make technology, as well as provide feedback, contribute to play tests and participate in research.

We’re running two weeks of events and workshops in the ground floor of the Main Library, and we’re looking for the following people:

  • Anyone who needs participants for their research – as long as it somehow involves technology
  • Anyone who has created something with technology and is happy to talk about it with visitors – this could be students, staff, an external company – anyone.
  • Anyone who wants give short lightning talks or presentations on a technology-based subject of their choosing on the Wednesday afternoons during the two week residency (6th or 13th November, 1pm – 4pm, name your time)

Participate for as many or as few days/hours as you want.

DigiLab is aiming to democratise technology by providing a place for the entire university community to learn about and with technology. We want to showcase what our University community is capable of.

Full timetable will be released next week, however we’ll have workshops and demonstrations on the following areas: Virtual Reality, automotive technology, robotics, 3D printing, hardware computing, coding, eTextiles and more!

For information on how to get involved, please email me: Ros Bell –

Posted on behalf of Ros Bell AV & New Technologies Coordinator, University of Manchester Library