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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).

Deadlines:
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

Women in Environmental Sciences workshop

On the 6 April WiES will host the first of two workshops that looks at equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in Higher Education.

The workshop will use the University of Manchester as a case study to explore the diverse aspects of connectivity through leadership, teaching, learning and workings of our institution explore co-production of knowledge and practices by members of the UoM community identify synergies, interactions, and conflicts of EDIA to connectedness and inclusivity and, act on co-created ways to redress them aim to promote genuine inclusion and diversity in real life.

The workshop will be a mix of guest presentations and knowledge exchange sessions and is open to all.

Featuring

  • Ms. Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development
  • Dr Jen O’Brien , Principal Fellow of Advance HE and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
  • Karen Devine, Director of External Affairs for the British Ecological Society
  • Dr Cecilia Medupin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Workshop 1 – 6 April 10am-3pm Simon Building- Theatre C, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester

Workshop 2 – 15 June 10am-3pm Roscoe Building- Theatre B, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester

More information and registration details here.

 

 

Josh Award for Science Communication 2022 – applications close 24 April 2022

Are you passionate about communicating STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) or exploring what a career in science engagement might look like for you? Got an idea for a project or event you’d like to develop with the support of the Science Museum Group?

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award for STEM communication. It is designed to recognise, celebrate and nurture emerging talent in the sphere of science communication. In addition to winning £2000 from the Josh Award Fund, the winner will get the chance to develop and deliver a new project or event for Manchester Science Festival 2022, a biennial festival produced by the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. The project or event should showcase innovative practice in the field of STEM communication and explore the festival’s theme.

It is open to individuals and groups, involved in STEM communication and resident in the UK. We welcome applicants who will bring valuable difference to the sector, either through the audiences they work with or their creative practice.

Applications open on the 15 March 2022 and close on the 24 April 2022.

Full details and an application pack can be found here:

https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/manchester-science-festival/josh-award

The award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips, who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Science and Industry Museum. As well as proposing and leading the first Manchester Science Festival, Josh was also the Chair of BIG, the UK’s premier science communicators network, at the time of his passing.

 

Being Human festival 2022: call for applications now live!

We wanted to let you know that the call for applications to be part of Being Human festival 2022 is now live! This year’s national festival of the humanities will take place 10–19 November, and our theme is ‘Breakthroughs’ — you can read more about it on our blog: https://beinghumanfestival.org/news/breakthroughs.

What we’re looking for

A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, Being Human is a place-based festival that emphasises interaction and working with communities outside academia and those less typically engaged with humanities research. Whether digital, hybrid, or in-person, we are on the look out for innovative, participatory, and creative activities that foster genuine, two-way connections with people not usually engaged with academic research. Events should take place off-campus and be designed to facilitate mutual learning between researchers and publics. Read more about our work and priorities here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/about-us/our-work.

Pathways

There are four ways to get involved in the festival: 

  1. Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities (deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 April)
  2. Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000–£5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub (deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 April)
  3. Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding from us (deadline: 5pm, Friday 24 June)
  4. Being Human Cafés: a simple ‘off-the-shelf’ format for an activity that does not require funding from us (deadline: 5pm, Friday 26 August)

Further details, and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/.

Resources

We have a range of toolkits and case studies available on our website, which we encourage prospective applicants to refer to before applying. We have just published a new toolkit on online engagement, too! https://beinghumanfestival.org/resources.

Applying to Being Human 2022 webinar

You can find out more about applying to the festival at our webinar ‘Applying to Being Human 2022’ taking place on Wednesday 16 March, 11:00–12:00. Find out more and sign up here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/applying-being-human-2022.

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Communications Officer, Being Human festival.

UoM Three Minute Thesis Competition 2022

Attention Postgraduate Researchers!

Once again the University of Manchester will be taking part in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Postgraduate Researchers from across the University are invited to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using only 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 winner will be announced at the live in-person final on Wednesday 8th June 2022.

Why Take Part?

3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development to effectively explain research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Hear from some of our previous winners:


Exclusive Training:

Entrants will be offered tips and training for delivery skills to help with your 3MT presentation, including looking at body language, emotional projection and auctioning and techniques for dealing with nerves. Additionally the finalists will be invited to submit their videos to gain specialist personal feedback and tips for improving their presentation.

Prizes:*

  • Winner – £500
  • Second prize – £250
  • Third prize – £100

*Please note prizes will be paid in the form of vouchers.

Eligibility

Open to all active second and final year PhD candidates (including candidates in their submission pending period or whose thesis is under examination) by the date of the 3MT first submission deadline, 8th April 2022. Read the full set of rules and the judging criteria.

How to take part:

To take part in 3MT this year, you need to follow the steps below

  1. Complete the registration form by Friday 19th of March.
  2. Sign up for 3MT online training session on 22nd  March.
  3. Create your presentation slide and film your presentation.
  4. Submit your final 3MT presentation / slide by 8th April.

Full details on how to prepare and submit your presentation will be sent directly following completion of the registration form and can also be found online via the Research Degrees and Researcher Development Events page.

University of Manchester Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) – Public Engagement Schemes

The University has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from Wellcome.

As well as supporting research, this fund supports the University’s strategic goal for  Social Responsibility, which includes objectives for Public Engagement (PE) and Civic Engagement.

Our social responsibility activities capture our unique Manchester spirit, motivating communities to research, teach and share their ideas and students to study with us. We have been ranked as the top UK University for our social and environmental impact for two years running (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings).

To support our commitment to social impact, the ISSF Public Engagement (PE) Schemes aim to support and encourage staff and postgraduate students to connect, share and involve the public in our work.

There are two schemes which are open to University Staff, Post-Docs, Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) from every faculty:

  • Skill Sharing Programme
  • Professional Development Fund

Skill Sharing Programme

We are hosting a series of online sessions (March 2022 to February 2023) which will provide practical insights about public engagement, with a diverse range of experienced practitioners, sharing case studies and best practice

These sessions follow on from the online masterclasses focusing on engaging audiences digitally 2020-2021.

This programme is primarily aimed University Staff, Post-Docs, Postgraduate Students (PhD and PGT) and Public Contributors with little to no experience in public engagement but are also open to anyone wanting to know more about PE practice.

All sessions are free to attend, will be captioned and BSL interpreted. Where possible we’ll also publish a video recording of the session and/ or additional resources.

Find the full list of sessions and booking instructions below:

Using visual storytelling methods to talk about your research by Hana Ayoob:

When: 24/03/2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Summary: Pictures, diagrams, and other tools can help you to tell engaging and effective stories about your work and research. Hear about how visual elements can add clarity to your stories, discover techniques and tools for creating different visuals and find out how to ensure these visuals remain accessible. During the session you will begin making your own mini zine (pamphlet/magazine) to put these visual storytelling principles into practice.

Resources from this session:

  • Summary of tips and tools: here
  • How to make a simple zine guide: here

Impactful engagement: evaluating your projects by Jamie Gallagher

When: 18/05/2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Summary: Successful public engagement can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; record Impact for REF; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with 

Resources from this session: coming soon.

Using traditional storytelling to talk about research and co-creation of stories by Nathaniel Hall

When: 3 June 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Summary: Using storytelling to talk about your research is an engaging and effective communication technique. In this workshop you’ll learn about the principles of facilitating co-production of stories, best practice in storytelling and how to use storytelling to talk about research

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/issf-pe-using-traditional-storytelling-to-talk-about-research-tickets-274684638147

Speakers and details to be announced:

Accessible and inclusive Public Engagement practice

When: 09/2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Summary: This session will feature a roundtable discussion from a range of speakers and internal case studies about accessible and inclusive public engagement practice followed by a Q&A section.

Community Engagement: different ways of working with community partners

When: 02/2023 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Summary:  The session will include case studies about different ways of working with community partners and principles of what makes a good partnership, followed by a Q&A section.

If you have any questions about the sessions please contact Paolo Arru at vocal@mft.nhs.uk

Professional Development Fund

If you want to develop your own skills or those of your team you can apply to the Professional Development Fund.

  • 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.

Awards will be made monthly starting in March 2022 and awardees must spend funds by   March 2023.

Apply for this if…

  • You want to boost your team’s public engagement skills
  • You already have a public engagement dimension to your research or role and you want to develop professionally.

What you need to demonstrate in your application:

  • The outcomes you or your team aim to achieve through this development
  • Details of the activity and how you or your team will apply the learning in your work
  • Timescales
  • Budget
  • Evaluation plan
  • Legacy and how you will share your learning with other staff within the University

What we 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).

Requirements for awardees who receive the funding:

  • Spend funds by March 2023
  • To acknowledge ISSF and Wellcome funding as part of activities and in any publications
  • To write a blog post about your experience and the outcome of your public engagement activity for University’s ISSF webpages and other relevant channels
  • To participate in the scheme’s monitoring and evaluation process.

To apply:

Deadline: Monthly deadlines, please see more details below.

Send by deadline to: vocal@mft.nhs.uk

When will I know if my application is successful or not? We aim to get back to applicants within 3 weeks of the application deadline.

Please complete the online monitoring form and the application form observing the stated word limits. Please use font Arial 10 pt and submit your application as a Word.

Download the ISSF Professional Development Application Form (word).

Deadlines

  • R1 – 09:00 am 28/03/2022
  • 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

For more information or any question related to this programme, please email Paolo Arru on vocal@mft.nhs.uk