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The Public Engagement blog is a forum to share views, thoughts, feedback and generally chat about how the University of Manchester interacts with the public.

Scicomm 101 training session (pay what you can basis)

Hana Ayoob and Sarah Cosgriff (of the BIG STEM Communicators Network much more) are offering a two hour training session which is aimed to provide an introduction to science communication. This is ideal for those who are new to science communication.
The session will take place Wed, 28 October 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 GMT.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • What is science communication & why do we do it
  • What to think about while communicating your science
  • Different forms of science communication & choosing a format
  • Tailoring your content to different formats and audiences
  • How to find science communication opportunities

They are running this on a pay-what-you-can basis with a recommended ticket price of £25 (minimum price is £1). They wanted to offer this training session on a pay-what-you-can basis with the hope to improve access to science communication training.

You can find more details and book at:

Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Public Lecture

The 2020 Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Public Lecture will be held on Tuesday 13 October 2020, 6pm. The Ollerenshaw Lecture is a prestigious annual lecture in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manchester, named in honour and recognition of Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw.

Please do read more about her remarkable work and life through: https://bit.ly/324ekMZ

This year’s lecture will be presented by Katie Steckles. Katie is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops and writes about mathematics. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio and TV, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. Please see Katie’s abstract for the lecture below:

Mathematical Stories

Mathematics is a broad and complex subject, and it can be easy to forget that mathematical ideas and techniques were invented and discovered by real people. Mathematician Katie Steckles tells the stories of some of those who spent months, years and even lifetimes developing the maths we use today, and explores how their lives and work across the centuries are connected through mathematics.

Unlike previous years, the lecture this year will be held online due to COVID-19. The lecture will begin at 6pm.

Attendance for this event is free of charge and all are welcome. However, spaces are limited and registration is required. We will be sending all registered guests a link and password to the zoom lecture a few days prior.

Please register your place at the lecture by following the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-dame-kathleen-ollerenshaw-public-lecture-tickets-121154958743

If you would like any further information, please contact the department through lauren.teasdale@manchester.ac.uk

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21 – paid fellowships to develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. Positions are open to all non-final year PhD students.

WP Fellows are expected to contribute in various ways to the development and delivery of a wide range of events and resources for young people, their parents, carers and teachers including:

  • Subject taster workshops and lectures;
  • Academic Study Skills e.g. essay writing, research skills;
  • Student Life activities, teaching and learning at university;
  • School and college careers events;
  • Delivering “Why Study” talks in Schools/Colleges;
  • Developing resources and delivering online sessions.

Hours and Pay:
The period of employment is from October – July (10 months). Most WP Fellows complete between 20 to 70 hours, but this is flexible depending on your workload and availability. Fellows are paid monthly, at an hourly rate, currently of £13.43 per hour.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application form and a two minute video of an elevator pitch about their research for Year 10/11 pupils (ages 14 to 16).

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application form by 5pm on Monday 24th August 2020.

Find out more:
Full application and submission details here.

Roles are available for PhD students in all three faculties and are managed by the Academic Enrichment Officers for each Faculty (listed below):

Rosalind Franklin’s 100th birthday

We have appointed an artist to respond to the printed copy of the Human Genome, one of only three copies, which is held in The University of Manchester NHS FT library on Oxford Road. Our artist in residence, Andee Collard, has made images to celebrate Rosalind Franklin’s 100th birthday: https://dna-day.org/images/

That page also has a little outline by the artist about what he is doing: The human genome as recorded in the Unversity’s printed volumes is sequenced fully but not yet completely interpreted. The work that I’m making confronts the anachronisms inherent with this subject. I’m interested in working with visual metaphors related to this vast research area. Everything about DNA is fascinating and my perceptions shift constantly. The micro macro of the topic has encouraged me to work across media, exploring new areas of work and methods of working. I am making oil paintings from documentary photographs, digital/analogue hybrid animations and using generative code. I see DNA as a maze filled a series of metaphors where understanding leads to more questions. I’m relishing the task of exploring the different paths.

The images and link are tweeted, here: https://twitter.com/DNADay1/status/1286584305037312000

Posted on behalf of Professor Jerome de Groot, English, American Studies and Creative Writing, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester

Bluedot to host free virtual festival with live music, science and cosmic culture this weekend

A Weekend In Outer Space includes sets from Orbital, Elbow and Anna Matronic’s Deep Space Disco as well as album listening parties with Tim Burgess (including Doves and New Order).

A Weekend In Outer Space will be raising money for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, the award-winning science centre at the observatory, which has been closed in recent months.

A Weekend In Outer Space will take place on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2020 at aweekendinouterspace.com. It is free to view.