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Enter the Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2016

Are you a scientist and write for the media or produce your own blog? Do your students produce a science publication or a blog?

Then you or your students could enter ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland.

The awards, supported by Janssen Research and Development, are now open for entry until Wednesday, 16 March 2016.

There is a range of categories and prize money, and some winners will be eligible for the Dr Katharine Giles Award, which provides funding for media training.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday, 16 March.

For full details and the entry form, visit: http://www.absw.org.uk/absw-awards/awards.html

Science Blogging Day – call for academics and postgrads (European City of Science)

#leapyear Donate Your Extra Day To Science! Calling all Manchester writers

We are running a Science Blogging day to start working towards the European City of Science. Over one day, we want to kick start the Manchester 2016 Science Bloggers community and give you a platform for the year. We’ve got a great line up of contributors and our aim is to populate the ECOS website with stories. This invitation is open to all academics and postgrads across the University of Manchester, University of Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Leap into Science Blogging
Monday 29 February, 2016 at 11:00 AM – Salford, United Kingdom

Full details and registration at:

Posted on behalf of Professor @andymiah
Chair in Science Communication & Future Media
School of Environment & Life Sciences

Popular science blog looking for contributors

The Brain Bank, one of the North West’s largest science blogs (with over 600,000 views to date), is looking to recruit new contributors.

See: http://thebrainbank.scienceblog.com

We are a friendly group who aim to support scientists at all stages of their careers (from undergraduate to professor) in engaging with the public and improving their communication skills. Our contributors enjoy the opportunity to develop and explore their own voice, gain editorial experience and compile an impressive online portfolio of published work – with previous contributors now holding a remarkable array of academic and publishing positions.

Although our current posts cover predominantly biological sciences, we hope to expand our reach and would love to hear from scientists from all academic backgrounds.

So, if you have a passion for science communication and would like to learn more about this opportunity please e-mail Sarah Fox (sarah.fox-3@manchester.ac.uk) for more details.

Activist Performance blogging events – 10 July, 2 – 8pm, Manchester

Activist Performance blogging events – 10th July, 2 – 8pm, MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HN


2 – 5pm: A collective blogging workshop with artists, activists, researchers (Please bring ideas for protest gestures to research, and also (if you have one) a laptop or tablet with wireless capability, as well as any other materials that might stimulate your own or other people’s blogging …

Tea and coffee provided!

6 – 8pm: Public seminar, with short presentations on protest gestures from artists, activists and researchers

You are very welcome to attend both or either of these blogging events. To register, please go to: http://activistperformance.wordpress.com/resources-links/

We are responding to a century that has witnessed a proliferation of theatrical forms of activism perhaps unprecedented in its global scale. Artists and performance groups have often played an active role in protest events, drawing on bodies, text, image, movement as imaginative projections against the perceived order of things, and as tactical interventions and communicative tools.

The Activist Performance blogging events offer the idea of ‘gesture’ as an open-ended stimulus for contributors, with the aim of documenting activist events past and present.

This blog is a collaborative dimension of a research project based at the University of Manchester. It complements and feeds into a special issue of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review . Selected extracts from the blog (with the authors’ permission) will be curated and published as a “Gestural Notes” document within the issue.

Twitter – @ActivistPerform
Blog – http://culturalpractice.wordpress.com/
Blog – http://activistperformance.wordpress.com/

Posted on behalf of Dr Simon Parry, Institute for Cultural Practices / Drama, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester