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Collaborative Futures Academy – deadline approaching – 19 September

A professional development opportunity for international early career researchers and engagement practitioners who want to deepen their engagement practice.

Collaborative Futures Academy 2022: Ethics and Equity in Engagement

Are you ready to push the boundaries of your engagement practice and join an international cohort to shape the future of research dialogue? Then our next Collaborative Futures Academy on Equity and Ethics in Public Engagement is for you!

Across disciplines, researchers and practitioners are thinking about new and more ethical ways of collaborating with the public. To create a strong dialogue between research and society, engagement needs to be relevant, inclusive and adapt to different challenges. This immersive learning experience is an opportunity to reflect on your engagement practice and its place in the world. We will explore the ethics of different types of engagement, methods of co-creation and authentic strategies for including those who are often left out.

The Academy will empower you to develop a bold, creative and innovative engagement practice with integrity and equity at its heart. The programme runs across November 2022 and it is free of charge. It is open to all early career researchers and engagement practitioners but preference will be given to those with fewer opportunities to develop their work.

Deadline for applications is 19 September. For more information and how to apply go to: https://www.publicengagement.berlin/cfa2022

The CFA is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team, Wellcome Connecting Science, the Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science and the Public, and the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science.

Engage Academy 2023: APPLICATIONS OPEN, 7-month development programme for public engagement professionals

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage Academy 2023

Are you working to foster a culture of engagement in your organisation? Do you support others to engage with the public and communities? Are you keen to develop your agency, capabilities and networks to enhance your approach?

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is delighted to open applications for our sector-leading Engage Academy (https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/nccpe-projects-and-services/professional-development/engage-academy)

Whether you call yourself a public engagement professional, or wear a different title, the Engage Academy is for you.

This year’s Engage Academy will run again from January – July 2023, and provide engagement professionals with the opportunity to network amongst peers, explore common challenges, and build skills and strategies to enhance their work and develop as change agents within their institutions. Sessions will be online, bookended with the opportunity to attend two in-person events in January and July.

Programme structure: The Engage Academy provides a stimulating environment, encouraging thoughtful engagement with content; informal networking to recreate those ‘coffee queue’ moments, and opportunities to access content at times convenient to you. The programme components include:

  • Interactive online workshops
  • Webinars which can be accessed as part of a watch party, or in your own time, including opportunities to meet the webinar contributors to explore further
  • Facilitated networking social events
  • Peer learning groups facilitated by a champion and supported by an experienced mentor

The Engage Academy requires approximately 6-7 days commitment during the 7 month programme.

Is Engage Academy for me? Engage Academy is intended for those whose role primarily involves supporting others to engage. We welcome applications from those working across higher education, research, knowledge, charity, health and public sector organisations. The Academy is designed for people at every stage of their engagement career, from those new to the sector through to those with many years of experience.

Cost and bursaries: The cost to attend Engage Academy will be £900 or an £800 early bird rate for tickets purchased in September 2022. We are committed to supporting people to be able to access the Academy. We offer bursaries and an instalment option for payments. We can also support you to make a case internally for securing investment in your professional development. Please let us know what support you need when you apply. (Note: UoM staff can apply for internal funding via the University of Manchester Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Professional Development Fund – see: http://www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/blog/?p=4555)

Find out more and apply: Follow this link to find out more and apply for a place: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/nccpe-projects-and-services/professional-development/engage-academy

Deadline: Please submit your application by 17:00 on Monday 31st October. We will respond by Wednesday 16th November to let you know if you have been successful in gaining a place on the programme.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact NCCPE Senior Project Officer Siân Aggett at engage.academy@uwe.ac.uk

We look forward to learning and developing together!

Posted on behalf of The NCCPE team https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/

Lunch and Learn: Communicating animal research

Find out more on Wednesday, 7 September between 1pm and 2pm
A lunch and learn session for colleagues on ‘Communicating animal research’ will be held online via Teams on 7 September at lunchtime.

Our University is one of the most open universities in Europe in terms of the way it communicates animal research. Hear about our groundbreaking work, how openness mitigates against misrepresentation of what we do and how the Unit itself operates.

You can find out more how our Unit works and our animal research ethical conduct on our website.

If you would like to join Mike Addelman, FBMH Media Relations Officer and Rachael Bowden, BSF, email helen.dunning@manchester.ac.uk and she will send you an invite. Please request to register with your University email address.

Public engagement opportunity with school students

Calls are open for the following online school engagement opportunities:

From the I’m History, Get me out of here team – Enrichment activity connecting with historians to learn about historical figures.
In October, give school students the chance to get to know lesser-known historical figures in Black British History through live, text-based Chats as part of I’m History, Get me out of here. I’m History is a student-led online outreach activity. We are looking for people to share the stories of amazing and often-hidden Black British historical figures. Empower school students to revisit British history and gain a deeper understanding of Black British history. The activity is funded by UKRI. Anyone interested should sign up via https://bhm22.imhistory.uk/historians/ by 7 September.

From the I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here team – an engagement activity for school students, connecting them with people working in STEM.
This October, take part in flexible online outreach with school students. We’re looking for people working in the creation and re-use of plastics and polymers to take part in our Plastic Zone! The Plastic Zone will run for 4 weeks from the end of September to the end of October and participants are invited to take part as much or as little as their schedule allows. The activity is funded by UKRI and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The activity connects scientists with school students in text-based live Chats that last for 40-minutes. Chats are booked by school teachers for their classes and take place online and throughout the school day. Anyone interested should sign up via https://imascientist.org.uk/scientists/ by 14 September.

Being Human Cafés call – Being Human festival 2022

We are currently inviting humanities researchers (including PhD candidates) to hold Being Human Cafés as part of this year’s Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities taking place 10-19 November 2022.

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/

As with our other festival activities, Being Human Cafés should be fun, creative, and aimed at an audience without an existing relationship to a university/ research. If you’re stuck for an idea but would like to take part, we encourage you to use this year’s festival theme of ‘Breakthroughs’ as a starting point. We would particularly like to hear from people in the East of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North East, the West Midlands and the South West.

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

The deadline for café applications is 5pm Friday 26 August.

Call for researchers to join community engagement scheme

The British Science Association has announced a call for researchers to join our community engagement scheme, the Community Buddy programme.

For the last seven years, the BSA has been building a community engagement portfolio through a series of programmes, workshops, and grant schemes. Community organisers have told us that they rarely have access to researchers. As such, we are looking for researchers that live in specific areas to connect with our existing group of Community Leaders, who have an established record of delivering high-quality, impactful science engagement with the BSA.

We are looking for a researcher to match with our Community Leader based in Oldham which is why I’m reaching out to you. Perhaps in your network you know some researchers who may be interested in this scheme?

To be a Community Buddy, we ask that, researchers:

  • Live locally to one of our 2021-22 Community Leaders;
  • Be a researcher actively linked to a university or research institution;
  • Attend one half-day online introductory session in September of 2022;
  • Commit to meeting with your buddy at least six times between September 2022 – March 2023;
  • Take part in a ‘community of practice’ to share your experience with other buddy pairs in three online sessions during the programme and one in-person meeting in London in March 2023;
  • Set aside any pre-determined agendas when you first meet and be open to developing any outcomes together using a relational mindset.

The full details of the Community Buddy scheme can be found in our recent Call for Community Buddies news piece, including the link to an Expression of Interest Form which is open until Monday 18 July 2022.


Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2023 – call for exhibitors

Apply now to be part of the Royal Society’s flagship Summer Science Exhibition in 2023.

We are looking for researchers to take part in our festival celebrating the cutting-edge of UK science.

“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 in July 2023, the Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your research, including members of the public, school groups, policy makers, 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 your team’s research and gain valuable experience communicating with diverse audience groups. The Royal Society also helps you every step of the way, from guidance on submitting your proposal to preparing and coordinating your 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 12 September 2022.

Come along to the University of Manchester Three Minute Thesis Final 2022

Join us for the University of Manchester Three Minute Thesis Final 2022 – Wednesday 8 June 2002, 13:00 – 15:00, University Place (Lecture Theatre A)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one static PowerPoint slide.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae.

Individual UK universities run their own competitions and put forward one winner per participating institution for the national finals. The University of Manchester is one of around 40 institutions participating in 2022.

Finalists from all three faculties will share their presentations with judges and the audience with the chance to win £500, £250 or £100.

So come and see some great science communication in action and find out what our difference our doctoral candidates are making through their research!

Register for your free tickets –  available now.

Follow along on twitter: #UOM3MT22 #3MT2022

Call for volunteers for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

The Royal Society is looking for reliable and highly motivated volunteers to be part of the 2022 Summer Science Exhibition, taking place on 6 – 10 July 2022 in London.

The Summer Science Exhibition is the Society’s flagship event, attracting thousands of visitors over the course of 5 days. This year it is coming back to London as a hybrid event with more than 16 exhibits and interactive activities and workshops for families during the weekend. It showcases the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research from across the UK and provides a unique opportunity for members of the public to chat to scientists and ask them questions about their work.

With so much going on, we rely on our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure the success of this event. We are looking for people who are happy to engage in a wide variety of tasks, have good team working skills, are comfortable talking to the public, have an interest in science and, above all, are enthusiastic. The exhibition takes place 6 – 10 July. Working hours are flexible although we would usually expect volunteers to commit to 8 – 12 hours across three or four days of the exhibition. Although this volunteering opportunity offers ideal experience for someone looking to get involved in science public engagement or events management, we are also keen to hear from those who are simply passionate about science.

The Society is committed to increasing diversity in STEM and we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups. We are also committed to ensuring the exhibition is open to all and would encourage applications from people who have experience working with visitors with a wide variety of access requirements.

In return for your time, you will learn new skills, meet some of the world’s leading scientists and get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at this prestigious event, which has been in existence for over 200 years. The exhibition is always a busy time at the Royal Society, but it is also a very fun and rewarding event to work on, and successful applicants will get the opportunity to volunteer at other events throughout the year should they wish to.

Tasks during the exhibition will include:

  • Interacting with the public, greeting visitors and responding to queries
  • Briefing school groups and teachers visiting the exhibition
  • Staffing the information desk
  • Acting as human signposts outside the buildings and assisting with queue management at busy times
  • Supporting feedback of the event through observations and data reporting
  • Administrative tasks including evaluation and monitoring emails

Volunteers will be given a full day of training prior to the exhibition, scheduled for Monday 27 June at the Royal Society in London.

We will cover travel expenses and provide meals and refreshments during exhibition opening times. Volunteers must be aged 18 or over and no longer in full time secondary education.

Next steps

If you are interested, please submit a CV and a brief cover letter of no more than one page explaining why you would like to volunteer and why you think you would be suitable for the role by Friday 13 May 2022.

Your cover letter must include information about your availability during the Exhibition week and contact details for two referees.

Interviews will take place by phone the week commencing Monday 16 May. Please note, all volunteers will be required to undergo basic safeguarding guidance and will have a level of responsibility (under supervision) for safeguarding visitors of the exhibition.

Volunteers will be required to attend training on Monday 27 June prior to their placement.

For more information, please, email exhibition@royalsociety.org.

Funding available for capacity building in public engagement

Are you or your department looking to develop your public engagement skill?

Apply to the ISSF Professional Development Fund.

To support the University’s strategic goal for Social Responsibility, which includes objectives for Public Engagement (PE) and Civic Engagement, the University has set up a fund for capacity building in PE – the ISSF PE Professional Development Fund. The Fund is open to University Staff, Post-Docs and Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) from every faculty:

  • If you’re applying for yourself, you can apply for up to £2000 to cover all expenses related to taking part in your professional development.
  • If you’re applying on behalf of a department/team, you can apply for up to £3000 to cover all expenses related to the development opportunity.

What ISSF can fund:

  • Public engagement practice and skills (e.g Engage Academy, Little Event, evaluation courses etc)
  • Skills development on delivering Equality Diversity and Inclusion relevant to public engagement (e.g. accessibility, working with diverse audiences)
  • Creative practice relevant for public engagement (e.g. production courses, theatre making, design thinking etc)
  • Practice-focused conferences (e.g. BIG STEM communicators network, Talking Maths in Public, The Presenter Network Conference etc)
  • Ad-hoc opportunities (e.g. mentoring with community groups, creatives etc) on a case-by-case basis
  • Team development opportunities (e.g. facilitator led bespoke team training).

R2 – 09:00 am 18/04/2022
R3 – 09:00 am 16/05/2022
R4- 09:00 am 13/06/2022
R5 – 09:00 am 12/09/2022
R6 – 09:00 am 03/10/2022
R7 – 09:00 am 31/10/2022
R8 – 09:00 am 21/11/2022
R9 – 09:00 am 09/01/2023
R10 – 09:00 am 30/01/2023

Find more and how to apply here.

If you have any questions or want to know more, please contact ISSF PE Project Manager Paolo Arru on paolo.arru@mft.nhs.uk