2022 Global Young Scientists Summit

This year’s call for participants in the 2022 Global Young Scientists Summit has now been launched. The summit will take place virtually and the University of Manchester have been invited to submit 10 participants and 10 viewers (participants are allowed to take part and contribute to break out sessions).

You can refer to the GYSS homepage for more information on past Summits.

Eligibility criteria: Nominations for GYSS participants are for students or researchers from universities and research institutions worldwide, at the following levels:

  • Undergraduate students;
  • Master’s and Doctoral students; and
  • Young postdoctoral scientists.

All nominated participants and open applicants should

  • Not be older than 35 years of age at the time of the Summit;
  • Show a strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to interdisciplinary work;
  • Not have participated in previous Global Young Scientists Summits, with the exception for GYSS 2021; and
  • Not yet have a permanent position (scientists with permanent positions, in particular on the professor level, will in general not be admitted to the Summit)

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered for a place at the summit please submit your name and email address to james.p.evans@manchester.ac.uk before 12pm on Friday 20th August 2021.

Summer Science Exhibition 2022 – call for proposals now open

We’re pleased to announce the Summer Science Exhibition 2022 call for proposals is now open. We are looking for researchers to take part in our festival celebrating the cutting-edge of UK science.

Find out how to take part here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/summer-science-exhibition/2022-summer-science-proposals/what-does-the-exhibitor-do/

See the 2019 Summer Science Exhibition here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying outreach opportunities that I have ever taken part in. The range of visitors is so wide that almost each encounter brings up something new.” Exhibitor, 2019

Taking place between 4 – 10 July 2022, the Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your institution’s research, including members of the public, school groups, policy makers and potential funders and fellows of the Royal Society. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors through our doors and reach many more through national coverage on TV or in the media.

It is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of UK research and gain valuable experience communicating with diverse audience groups. The Royal Society also helps applicants every step of the way, from guidance on submitting a proposal to preparing and coordinating an exhibit.

I would highly recommend taking part in Summer Science, for the exposure it has given our research, and for the fantastic experience of connecting with visitors and getting direct feedback.” Exhibitor, 2019

Find out how to apply or read our case studies from previous exhibitors to find out about their experiences first-hand. The deadline for proposals is 21 September 2021.

Judit Agui, Public Engagement Officer, The Royal Society
Email: exhibition@royalsociety.org

Being Human Cafés call – Being Human festival 2021

We are currently looking for humanities researchers to hold Being Human Cafés as part of this year’s Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities taking place 11-20 November.

Being Human Cafés are based on the idea that you can engage with some fascinating new ideas and research in the humanities in the time that it takes to have a cup of tea. Find out more here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/. If you’re stuck for an idea but would like to take part, we encourage you to use this year’s festival theme of ‘Renewal’ as a starting point!

We would particularly love to hear from people in the East of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Here are just a few reasons to get involved with the festival and hold a café:

  • Participate in a national campaign to champion and celebrate research and the humanities
  • Try out public engagement if you haven’t before
  • Develop skills in event planning
  • Use it as a catalyst to get a project up and running which might not happen otherwise
  • Engage with a new audience and get refreshing new perspectives on research
  • Get public engagement advice and support
  • Work with new cultural partners or develop an existing relationship
  • Make contacts and start collaborations with other researchers nationally
  • Raise visibility of your research nationally and within your own institution

We’ll be reviewing Being Human Café applications on a rolling basis right up to the deadline of Friday 27 August, so there is plenty of time left to apply.

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Public Engagement Officer: Projects and Communications, University of London

Free webinar: Building Study Skills & Student Engagement

The pandemic forced us into isolation, and we needed to find new ways to connect across distances and support engaged learning in the process.

I am delighted to announce that the teaching innovations we developed to help overcome these challenges have been awarded the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 2021 prize for ‘Excellence in Teaching’.

Join me and the teaching team in a free webinar to explore lessons learned during the pandemic around active learning and engagement across settings. One of these lessons was the value of using public participation methods to support engagement, and labelling them as such – so students are aware that they are developing skills they can use in future engagement.

Dates: Aug. 17th 2-3 PM BST OR Sept. 9th 2-3 PM British Standard Time

Register here:

You will learn how the digital canvas Padlet was integrated with sense of place exercises and use of Ketso Connect, an individual, hands-on learning tool. The webinar will explore how these innovations can work across settings – in remote, dual, face-to-face and socially distanced teaching.

The webinar will be of interest to educators and those at the intersection of education and public engagement. All are welcome.

Dr. Joanne Tippett (she/her), Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Planning and Environmental Management, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester and Managing Director and Founder: Ketso Ketso.com Twitter: @KetsoLtd

Policy Engagement Workshop for early career researchers: Apply by 5 July

Voice of Young Scientists (VoYS) has a special opportunity for Early Career Researchers (ECR) in the UK to find out how to communicate evidence to policymakers. 

Applications are now open for our first ever online Policy Engagement workshop taking place on Friday 30 July 2021. See the application form – apply by Monday 5 July.

The workshop will be an interactive experience inspired by Sense about Science’s experience of working with researchers and policymakers over two decades to shape and influence policy at national and international level. ECRs and VoYS members will learn about what policy is and get a breakdown of the British policymaking landscape, understand the societal and personal benefits of getting involved, how evidence is used in policymaking and the routes to engaging with policymakers. ECRs will take away some tangible and practical policy engagement tips and ideas.

Effective decision-making in government is guided by high-quality research, and during the pandemic there’s been an incredible call for ECRs to contribute research evidence to policy discussions. The VoYS Policy Engagement workshop is a chance to answer that call.

Posted on behalf of Hamid Khan , Programme Manager – Research Culture and Quality, Sense about Science
Because evidence matters

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Now Available: Video Recordings (with BSL) for the ISSF Skill Sharing Programme on Digital Engagement

In December 2020 we launched a programme of skills sharing sessions on engaging audiences digitally as part of the University of Manchester’s Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Public Engagement schemes.

During these three online sessions we explored key questions with researchers, community organisations and public engagement practitioners who have experience with digital projects:

  • How do I design, run and evaluate digital public engagement projects?
  • How can I engage communities around me?
  • What makes digital content compelling?
  • How do I ensure that my project is as accessible and inclusive as possible?

In each session, we asked speakers to share case studies about their work and then invited an experienced professional to deliver an introductory training session.

The recordings of the sessions are now available to watch online, you can follow the links below to access these videos.

Please note that all videos are BSL interpreted and captions are available (here’s how to activate them).


Running Digital Engagement Projects
During this first session, we explored how to design, run and evaluate digital public engagement projects.

Case studies (click here to watch the video):

  1. Eva Sprecher and Dr Eleanor Armstrong (Zine but not Heard)
  2. Dr Alexandre Heazell (Each Egg a World)
  3. Katharine Cresswell (Planet DIVOC-91)

Training (click here to access the video): The Vocal team delivered a workshop introducing to project design, delivery, evalutation and diversity and inclusion for digital projects.


Creating Digital Content for Engagement
This session looked at how to create different types of digital content to engage different audiences with research and similar topics.

Case studies (click here to watch the video):

  1. Sam Langford (Freelance Science Communicator) talked about his experience developing and delivering the Global Science Show, a social media event that showcases the work of researchers across the globe.
  2. Jemma Naumann (Presenter) gave us an insight into videomaking, drawing her experience working on the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures and making her own YouTube videos.
  3. Dr Oz Ismail (researcher and podcaster) discussed his experience co-hosting ‘Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet’, which tells compelling and diverse stories, combining science and tech with popular culture and comedy.

Training (no recording available): During this training session, Dr Jamie Gallagher helped us navigate how we can create content that shines online. Jamie created a series of short videos and resources on this topic, which you can find on his YouTube channel and website.


Changing Contexts: Engagement with Communities
In this session we invited community leaders who have been continuing their work throughout the pandemic to tell more about their work and how they adapted to working with people in their communities.

Case studies (click here to watch the video):

  1. Emily McChrystal (Comics Youth)
  2. Najma Khalid (Women’s CHAI Project)
  3. Adil Mohammed Javed (Alchemy Arts)

Roundtable discussion (click here to watch the video): In this informal discussion, Circle Steele (Wai Yin Society), Ehinor Otaigbe-Amedu (Wonderfully Made Woman) and Najma Khalid (Women’s CHAI Project) share their thoughts on engaging and working with local communities.


Looking for more resources on digital engagement?

General resources on online engagement:


Social media-specific:

Accessibility and inclusion:

An in-depth read:
Digital engagement in culture, heritage and the arts, SUMO