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Longsight community festival – 23 June – call for volunteers

I’m planning on taking some demos out to a family community festival in Longsight on Saturday 23rd June and am looking for volunteers.

An ad from the organiser is below: I’m looking for either –

  • People to come along and talk a bit about the science of lightning and/or electricity with some demos I’ll provide (TBD but potentially static electricity and balloons)
  • People to come along and talk a bit about the science of lightning and/or electricity with activities of their own, or
  • Suggestions of simple demos to explain electricity that can be done without any power in a field

It’ll be picking up from Oxford Road campus about 11.30am and getting back about 5pm, and lunch is provided.

Bigger Book Bash Saturday 23rd June

A large scale book themed free family festival. We are looking for scientists who can explain how lightning or electricity works for the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Zone in a fun and interactive way. It could be fun activities about static electricity using bubbles and balloons- it could be anything you like! The activities run from 1pm- 4pm and we expect around 3000 visitors so whatever you choose to do will need to be something simple and repeatable! We suggest you will want to be on site by 12pm to set up. A delicious free curry lunch will be provided. You will be working in gazebo in a field across from Stanley Grove Primary Academy (M12 4NL) in Longsight.

Get in touch with me if interested!

Dr Emma Nichols, Public engagement manager, School of Physics and Astronomy,  The University of Manchester

Email: emma.nichols@manchester.ac.uk | Tel: (0) 161 306 8744

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences.

The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).

Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards

For queries please email: raghavendra.selvam@RSB.ORG.UK

Posted on behalf of Raghav Selvam AMRSB, Competitions and Outreach Officer, Royal Society of Biology

Call for: Artists & Scientists – Castlefield Gallery

Artists & Scientists @ Castlefield Gallery – 29 May 2018, 18.30 – 20.30

The May Castlefield Gallery Associates session takes a look, from both sides of the lab bench, at artist/scientist co-operation. Jon Biddulph and Dave Griffiths will talk about their experience of working with astronomers, forensic archaeologists, microbiologists and nuclear scientists, and microbiologist Jo Verran will provide a scientist’s perspective on working with artists. This session is especially aimed at artists wanting to know how to go about working with scientists, and at scientists looking for creative links.

No prior experience of art-science collaboration needed, just an interest in exploring new options.

More information on the event here: https://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/artists-and-scientists/

Any questions, please contact Jane at associates@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

Posted on behalf of Jana Wendler, Course Unit Lecturer, Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

Join us for our final Engagement@Manchester session for this academic year

Community Engagement: Empowering Young People, featuring special guest Ruth Ibegbuna – Wednesday 16 May, 13.00 – 14.30, Discovery Centre, Manchester Museum

Ruth Ibegbuna, is the Founder of RECLAIM, building on her successful teaching career to develop innovative strengths-based work which enables young people to achieve their potential. RECLAIM is a youth leadership and social change charitable organisation. Ruth was listed in The Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK, in The Debrett’s 500 in 2016. She was also listed by Virgin and Ashoka as one of the top six female change makers internationally.

In this Engage@Manchester session, Ruth will be talking about and answering questions around empowering young people, working side by side with them to build a fairer future. She is an expert in encouraging young people to believe in their inherent abilities and to demand the best for themselves and their lives.

Following the talk, join us for cake and coffee. If you only make it to one engagement@manchester shared learning session this year – then make it this one – for a healthy dash of inspiring engagement practice.

No need to book. Drop in.

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