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Call for Science Stalls at Einstein¹s Garden, Green Man Festival 2019 are now open

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area of science and nature. This year the festival takes place 15 – 18 August. 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 deadline for applications is Monday 15th April at 12noon.

To apply, please follow this link and scroll down to ‘Create’ to find the section for Science Stalls: https://www.greenman.net/information/get-involved/

There is more information available on the application form, but please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Posted on behalf of Hana Ayoob, Einstein’s Garden Manager (Email: hana@greenman.net)

Nominations now open: The Josh Award and Beetlestone Awards

It’s time to cast your nominations for the two major awards in Sci Comm, each recognising an individual, at different stages of their careers, who’ve made a significant difference to the industry.

The Josh Award is the UK’s national Award in science communication, established to recognise and encourage early professional career, talented innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement. The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry and also Chair of BIG at the time his passing. The Josh Award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner’s STEM communication skills, networks and awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network. Applications close: 24 April 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/josh/

The Beetlestone Award is now in its second year and was established to recognise leadership and legacy in the field of ‘informal science learning’ (in memory of Professor John Beetlestone, the founding Director of Techniquest Science Discovery Centre). To be considered for this Award, nominees must be actively engaged and well-established in the field of ISL. They must be currently in a leadership role in the UK and able to demonstrate strategic vision and the creation of a legacy. Applications close: 1 May 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone/

Photo competition in Nature (ScientistAtWork)

We’ve opened our third yearly #ScientistAtWork photo competition.

We’ve already had over 100 responses from researchers keen to exhibit their science. Here are the results from last year: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04881-z

Winners will be featured in Nature and receive a £500 prize. The competition closes at midnight on the 17th of March.

Here’s a link to the competition page: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00589-w

Posted on behalf of Jack Leeming, Careers & Spotlights Editor, Nature, Nature Research
jack.leeming@nature.com
nature.com/careers

Bursaries for Science in Public Conference 2019

The Science in Public 2019 conference is in Manchester this year, and we
have a bursary scheme to encourage researchers and practitioners, in
particular from the global south, people with disabilities, and people
with low/ or no income, who would otherwise not be able to come to the
conference.

The deadline for applications is 23:00 (GMT) on Friday 15th March. All
successful applicants will be informed via email by 23:00 (GMT) on Friday
22nd March.

The website for the conference can be found here: https://sip2019.com/

And here is a direct link to the bursary scheme:
https://goo.gl/forms/0lz17bmrMRWAHL4D2

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science
Communication, MMU

Science in Public Conference 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with The University of Manchester and The University of Salford, will be hosting The Science in Public Conference 2019 from 10th-12th July.

The call for contributions is now live via the website.

The deadline for these submissions is 11pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Notifications of acceptance expect to be provided by 11pm on Friday 26 April.

If you have any questions or queries about the process or conference, please contact S.Illingworth@mmu.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, MMU

Nuffield Research Placement Scheme – register your interest now!

Every year, The University of Manchester hosts sixth form students participating in the Nuffield Research Placement scheme. The placement is a brilliant way of working with talented young people from local schools who are interested in academic research, and who meet our widening participation criteria.

Register an interest: We are looking for staff and Early Career Researchers who would be willing to host a Nuffield Research Placement student in July or August 2019. The student will work with you for 4 weeks on a project of your choice.

Who is it for? Staff and Early Career Researchers who are interested in offering a project in any area of STEM or quantitative Social Science.

For more information or to register an interest, please contact laura.cragg@manchester.ac.uk

See: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements

Demonstrator Vacancies at Manchester Museum: Paid Positions for PhD Students

Manchester Museum is looking to recruit PhD students to deliver educational sessions for their Secondary (11-16 year olds) and Post-16 (16-18 year olds) programmes. The aim is to utilise PhD student’s expert knowledge to enrich the student experience for our formal school and college visitors and provide PhD students with the confidence and training to share their research in a wider forum.

This will be a paid position for the delivery of education sessions (which includes set-up and clear-away time where applicable) as they are booked by schools and colleges. Delivery of sessions will be on a casual basis depending on demand. Demonstrators will receive full training in communication, facilitation (incl. classroom management) and session-specific skills before being requested to deliver any sessions. Further details of roles, responsibilities and payment will be given on enquiry.

Applicants should:

  • Be able to speak enthusiastically about their subject
  • Be able to communicate complex concepts in an approachable and engaging manner
  • Be interested in inspiring pupils to explore further study
  • Have excellent communication skills, preferably with experience of presenting to secondary or college students
  • Be organised, self-motivated, reliable and keen to work with groups of up to 30 secondary or A-level students
  • Be flexible and able to commit to dates up to one month in advance
  • Have experience in conservation (but not essential)
  • Have some teaching experience (not essential)

Applicants for the Manchester Museum Science Programme should:

  • Be studying a Science subject at PhD level
  • Have a strong subject and practical knowledge in one or more of the following areas: PCR techniques, DNA, molecular biology, biodiversity, or conservation (which would be preferable) a similar subject area
  • Have a passion for museum collections or be excited to work with them

What you will get in return

  • Flexible working hours around your studies to suit you
  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Fantastic public engagement and teaching experience
  • An official letter of recommendation/reference from the museum
  • Skills development – A chance to develop transferable CV skills such as team work and decision making to help with career development

Please apply by completing the online application form via this link the application process is on a rolling basis. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for one of the above role please contact Barinur Rashid, Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Science):
Email: Barinur.rashid@manchester.ac.uk Tel: 0161 306 1764