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Judging and Mentoring Opportunity for Youth Grand Challenges 2017 Competition

The Youth Grand Challenges is a new STEM competition inspiring young people, aged 11-to-19, to use science and technology to change the world. The competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions to address global health issues, and builds on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges programme for researchers.

See: http://www.crestawards.org/youth-grand-challenges/

We’re calling on STEM professionals to support the young people involved in the competition, and we hope you can join them. We are on the lookout for:

Volunteer Judges: will donate their time and expertise to help select the most deserving finalists. Judges will be registered on the online entry platform, where they will explore entrants’ innovative solutions and score their work. Judges are free to judge as many, or as little, projects as their time will allow, and will be assigned projects that fit in with their own expertise and interests.

Project Mentors: We are also looking for a smaller number of mentors to support students during their projects. Mentors play an important role by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to encourage students and provide guidance where required. Whilst the time offered by mentors varies depending on the complexity of the project and the agreement in place with their mentee, mentoring typically involves donating between 15 minutes – 1 hour a week.

Interested? To register your interest in either opportunity, please complete this short expression of interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YGC2017

If you have any questions or would like more information on the programme, please get in touch with the Youth Grand Challenges team at: youthgrandchallenges@britishscienceassociation.org

Posted on behalf of Jacob Ohrvik-Stott, Project Officer, British Science Association
T: +44 (0)20 7019 4967 E: jacob.ohrvik-stott@britishscienceassociation.org

British Science Association Media Fellowship Scheme – closes 18 March 2016

Applications are now open for the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme.

To apply for 2016’s placements, please fill out the online application form by the 18 March at http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/media-fellows-applications

The Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.

Any queries, please email: mediafellows@britishscienceassociation.org

Know a rising star of science communication? Nominate them for an Award Lecture

Nominations for rising science communication stars, to be honoured in 2016, are now being sought.

For over 20 years, the British Science Association has acknowledged the work of promising early career researchers and scientists, through its Award Lectures. Previous Award Lecturers include Brian Cox, Richard Wiseman, and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

The Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion on issues involving science and actively encourage scientists to explore the social aspects of their research. The nominees should be active, early career researchers who are skilled in communicating their research and who are able to present their Award Lecture during the British Science Festival, 6 – 9 September 2016 at Swansea University.

Award Lecture nominations close Friday 4 March 2016.

Full details can be found here – http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures

Could you inspire the next generation of science communicators?

Do you want to help inspire the next generation of scientists and science communicators?

Here at the Manchester Branch of the British Science Association we recognise that the public gain most of their understanding of scientific advancement through news reports; and want to help the next generation of scientists and communicators successfully navigate the world of the press release. So, we are launching a competition for 6th form students across Greater Manchester to create their own scientific press releases and we need your help!

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers from all stages of their careers to act as mentors – teaching students about their field and helping them create informative and informed press releases. The competition is set to run in March 2016 and we are looking to gather together a range of mentors from a number of different academic backgrounds to liaise with the students. We’d love your help with this important and exciting venture so, to register your interest, please e-mail us at: britsciassoc@manchesterscience.co.uk.

We look forward to working with you.
Sarah, Mike and the BSA-Manchester team

British Science Association 2015 Science Communication Conference – call for proposals

The call for proposals for sessions at the 2015 Science Communication Conference is now open.

If you’d like to propose a session that you would like to help organise, complete this online form – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QXKYYY

Your session could look to the future of communications, and science’s role in culture and society, or it could address one of our key topics for 2015:

  • Communicating through play
  • Science communication for the public good?
  • Crowd-sourcing
  • Telling stories with complex science and big data.

The deadline for proposals is 9 January 2015.

About the Conference:

When and where is the Science Communication Conference in 2015?
The 2015 Science Communication Conference will take place on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Who organises the Conference?
The Science Communication Conference is organised by the British Science Association in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

Who attends the Conference?
We welcome anyone who works in or has an interest in public engagement with science. That includes people who work in all sectors, as well as freelancers and small consultancies. The Conference will include sessions for all levels of experience, from seasoned pros to those new to the sector.

What is the Conference for?
The Conference aims to:

  • Address key issues facing all people doing and researching science communication, policy and public engagement
  • Link together this diverse group, to share new ideas and move the sector forward
  • Help the community to find inspiration and connections from culture throughout the UK.

Not sure if this conference is for you? Read this handy blog post from Dr Sam Illingworth:
http://thebrainbank.scienceblog.com/2014/12/01/science-communication-in-manchester/