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Einstein’s Garden Science Stall application now open

Call for Science Stalls at Einstein’s Garden, Green Man Festival are now open.

Deadline for applications will be 14 April 2018. Any queries regarding the application should be directed towards will@greenman.net

To apply please follow this link and scroll to the bottom to find the section for Science Stalls: https://greenman.net/information/get-involved/

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area of science and nature. Each year we curate a line up which fuses together performance, art, music and public engagement with research and brings science and the environment to life in fun and unusual ways.

We’re on the lookout for research groups and scientific organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

The Einstein’s Garden theme for 2018 is LIFETIME to mark the celebrations of our 10th year at Green Man. It is not essential for science stalls to directly relate to the theme, but it may help to shape your ideas.

Find out more about the Green Man Festival at: http://www.greenman.net/

Engagement@Manchester: Policy, Health and Culture – 21 March 2018, 1.00-2.00pm

Our next Engagement@Manchester session will be on policy, health and culture. Improving health and wellbeing has been recognised as important by policymakers and engaging in the arts is proving to have an impact on building health and wellbeing.

When and where: 21 March 2018, 1.00-2.00pm, Zochonis B24

Drop-in and join us to hear from:

  • Colin Lorne is a Research Fellow in AMBS working on the Health Foundation-funded project Devolving Health and Social Care: Learning from Greater Manchester. He will give a whistle stop tour of Greater Manchester Health Devolution.
  • Mary Tully is a Reader in Pharmacy Practice in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry who works in the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences as Director of Public Engagement for Connected Health Cities and is co-lead for Public Engagement for HeRC. Mary will share her experiences of using citizens’ juries to influence policy on health data.
  • Wendy Gallagher, Arts and Health Partnership Manager at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth, will discuss the importance of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the recent report Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing. The report contains strong evidence that creative and cultural activities can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Wendy will also highlight some of the strategic developments across the health and culture sector.

This engagment@manchester session is brought to you by Suzanne Spicer and Anna Bunney.

Manchester Science Festival 2018 – call for proposals

Manchester Science Festival is looking for individuals and organisations to partner with us and bring events to our 2018 Festival programme. The dates for our festival this year are Thursday 18 October – Sunday 28 October. Submissions are open from today and will close on Friday 13 April.

Please visit the MSF website for the full details of how you can get involved and the kind of events/projects we support.

We would also like to invite you to join us for our event organisers’ information and networking day on Monday 19 March, 3pm – 5pm at the Museum of Science and Industry. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Manchester Science Festival team, network and discuss your ideas for MSF18. Please book your place here.

In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a member of the festival team, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Posted on behalf of Tania Seher Wilson, MSF Partnerships and Collaborative Programme Manager, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP

Tel: +44 (0)161 606 0173 | +44 (0)777 997 4964
Web: manchestersciencefestival.com
Twitter: @mcrscifest #msf18

The Naturejobs #ScientistAtWork photo competition

Send us a moment from your scientific day.

Naturejobs is running their second annual photo competition this year. You can check out the result of last year’s competition here.

The competition aims to highlight the variety of work in the scientific endeavour in a way that’s fun and community-orientated. The competition will run through March. Winners will be profiled in an April issue of Nature, and will receive a year’s print and online subscription to Nature.

You can find out more about the competition  here: http://www.go.nature.com/scientistatwork

Posted on behalf of Jack Leeming, Editor, Naturejobs

BIG event 2018 – 18-20 July 2018 – Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

The BIG Event is a three day get-together every summer to share skills and experiences, develop professional links and keep up-to-date with the STEM engagement field. This is the place to hone your skills and recharge your professional batteries, pick up great ideas and show off your talents to peers.

It provides an unmissable opportunity to squeeze the skills and ideas out of all the STEM engagement people you can in a short space of time. It’s like power juice for STEM communicators.

Sessions: The content for the BIG Event is created by the members. And the people who say they get the most out of it are the people who contribute the content. The call for session proposals is now closed.

Booking: To register to attend the BIG Event 2018, click here. If you are a speaker and have a speaker registration code, you can click here.


  • Jan 2018 – The Call for session proposals closed 27 February 2018.
  • Late Feb 2018 – Registration opens (early bird prices); proposals close; sessions approved
  • Early April 2018 – Early bird registration closes and full price registration opens; BIG Bursaries open
  • May 2018 – BIG Bursaries close
  • June 2018 – Final programme published
  • July 2018 – Event takes place 18-20 July at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Find out more here: https://www.big.uk.com/bigevent18/ or follow us on Twitter @bigchats or sign up to the big-chat email discussion list for developments.