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British Science Festival 2018 call for proposals

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public’s understanding of science, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull – the 2017 UK City of Culture – and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11-14 September 2018.

Open call for proposals

Would you like to be involved in the British Science Festival 2018? We’re looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

The deadline for proposals is 9.00am, 19 February 2018. Please visit our webpage for further details.

Call for Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, an exceptional early career researcher? Every year the British Science Association asks for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to academics who are keen to engage people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. More information, including the application process can be found here.

Winners will have the opportunity to present their Award Lecture at the 2018 Festival.

The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 9.00am, 2 January 2018

Pint of Science ’18 – Volunteers needed!

The Manchester team are looking to recruit volunteers for the next Pint of Science Festival (14-16 May 2018)!

Pint of Science is a three day festival taking place across Manchester, where scientists are brought to the pub to share their research with the public. The festival has been a great success and now simultaneously takes place in over 10 countries. This year marks the 5th year that the festival has taken place in Manchester.

We need volunteers to organise the following themes, as well as one-off events throughout the year:

  • Atoms to Galaxies – e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Materials.
  • Beautiful Mind – e.g. Neurosciences, Psychology, Psychiatry.
  • Planet Earth – e.g. Earth Sciences, Plant Science, Zoology.
  • Our Body – e.g. Biology, Medicine, Health.
  • Tech Me Out – e.g. Technology, Engineering, Computing.
  • Our Society – e.g. Sociology, Public policy Law, History, Archaeology

Don’t be put off if you’re not a scientist! There are numerous roles in organising this event and we need plenty of creative minds. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in event organisation and public engagement, as well as meeting new people. There will also be positions on the committee such as promotion, social media officer, website organisation etc.

We will be holding out first meeting in the University of Manchester Students Union Council Chambers (room 2) at 17:00 – 18:00 on 7 November 2017.

*It is important that you register your interest using the following link*:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLI-2_ccRA8uL3z4Jt0oh_VlyPuubKJPi85SINYllGrIDC4g/viewform

Please have a think about which theme you might be interested in being involved with before the first meeting. It doesn’t have to be your own speciality!

If you have any questions or cannot make the first meeting, please do not hesitate to email posmanchester@yahoo.co.uk

Best wishes,
Lucy and Becky
Pint of Science Manchester Team

After School Science Club – MSF event needs your help!

After School Science Club: BLOCKS – Friday 27 October, 6.30pm-10pm, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, Tickets £9.50, adults 18+ (bar open all night)

Finished school, but still excited about science? After School Science Club is a night of carefully curated science talks, table-to-table science demos and puzzles, and hands-on science stuff, put together by award-winning mathematician and communicator Katie Steckles.

The event will take place in the Museum of Science and Industry’s main gallery, and the theme of the evening will be blocks – with block-themed talks, a giant table of LEGO courtesy of LEGOLand Discovery Centre, LEGO telescopes and microscopes you can build and use, and a team-of roving block-buskers around the room.

We’ll be joined by this year’s Ri Christmas Lecturer neuroscientist Sophie Scott, nanochemist Suze Kundu, materials scientist Jamie Gallagher and xenobiologist and author Lewis Dartnell. We’ll also have a bar, thematic freebies, and some puzzles and competitions with prizes to win!

If you’re interested, tickets cost £9.50 and they’re selling fast, so get one soon! For more information, and to book, visit afterschoolscience.club or follow @AftSchSciClub on Twitter for updates.

This message is posted on behalf of Katie Steckles
katiesteckles@gmail.com