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Call for researchers to join community engagement scheme

The British Science Association has announced a call for researchers to join our community engagement scheme, the Community Buddy programme.

For the last seven years, the BSA has been building a community engagement portfolio through a series of programmes, workshops, and grant schemes. Community organisers have told us that they rarely have access to researchers. As such, we are looking for researchers that live in specific areas to connect with our existing group of Community Leaders, who have an established record of delivering high-quality, impactful science engagement with the BSA.

We are looking for a researcher to match with our Community Leader based in Oldham which is why I’m reaching out to you. Perhaps in your network you know some researchers who may be interested in this scheme?

To be a Community Buddy, we ask that, researchers:

  • Live locally to one of our 2021-22 Community Leaders;
  • Be a researcher actively linked to a university or research institution;
  • Attend one half-day online introductory session in September of 2022;
  • Commit to meeting with your buddy at least six times between September 2022 – March 2023;
  • Take part in a ‘community of practice’ to share your experience with other buddy pairs in three online sessions during the programme and one in-person meeting in London in March 2023;
  • Set aside any pre-determined agendas when you first meet and be open to developing any outcomes together using a relational mindset.

The full details of the Community Buddy scheme can be found in our recent Call for Community Buddies news piece, including the link to an Expression of Interest Form which is open until Monday 18 July 2022.


British Science Association – Award Lectures – applications now open

The British Science Association are seeking applications for Award Lectureships at the British Science Festival 2021, which will take place from 7 – 11 September 2021.

To apply, please read the FAQs and complete the application form before 17.00 on 3 December 2020 – full details at: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures

About the Award Lectures:

The Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion on issues involving science and actively encourage early career scientists to explore the social aspects of their research. The applicants should be active, early career researchers who are skilled at communicating their research to the wider public. They should be available to present their Award Lecture during the British Science Festival which will be held in Chelmsford from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 September 2021, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University.

The selected Award Lecturers will receive a £250 honorarium, public engagement training, as well as travel to and accommodation for the duration of the Festival.

Awards are available in seven different areas and seek to highlight the interdisciplinarity of science, research and innovation:

  • Social sciences
  • Engineering, technology and industry
  • Environmental sciences
  • Agricultural, biological and medical sciences
  • Physical sciences and mathematics
  • Digital innovation
  • Science and the arts

More details at: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures


British Science Association – call for volunteers

Colleagues at the British Science Association are looking for academics/researchers/professionals working in Science and The Arts or Geography to be involved with the British Science Festival!

The British Science Association are looking for new Section Recorder volunteers in the fields of Geography and Science and The Arts.

If you’re a professional in one of these areas who is keen to engage the public with cutting-edge research on a national platform and expand your networks – then this could be the opportunity for you.

As part of this role, you’ll work alongside the British Science Festival team to develop relevant events for the Festival and advise on advancements in your field. Each year the Festival brings thousands of people together to excite, challenge and inspire.

The role offers budget to develop public events for the Festival, the opportunity to expand your networks, exposure to new ideas and support from the BSA who specialise in public engagement.

If anyone would like to discuss the opportunity just email Anna at anna.woolman@britishscienceassociation.org

Deadline for expressions of interest is 17.00 on the 23 November. For more information, including the (short) application process: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/current-vacancies-at-the-bsa


British Science Festival – Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher? Nominations are now open for seven Award Lectureships available to promising early career academics, skilled at engaging people with their research.

The Award Lectures are an opportunity for open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning lecture at the 2020 Festival.

Nominations close on 6 January 2020 at 5pm.

More information, including the application process can be found here.

Join the Inclusive Science Engagement Network

The British Science Association are looking for people in science engagement roles to join our network to share learning around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and support widespread change across science engagement.

Key details:

  • The network is for people based in science engagement organisation, have experience of running science engagement activities, and are committed to EDI
  • Applications are open until 09:00 on Thursday 4 October 2019
  • Members will be appointed in Autumn 2019
  • There will be three half-day network meetings per year, and a monitoring framework to follow between meetings.
  • The BSA will reimburse all travel and expenses associated with membership
  • The BSA will provide each member funding of up to £2,000 per year for them to trial projects, cover staff time, or attend training

We will appoint up eight members, who will follow a programme designed to:

  • Build confidence, expertise and leadership around EDI in science engagement
  • Capture EDI learning that can be shared across science engagement contexts
  • Build connections between science engagement and other sectors working on EDI
  • Create advocates for change within science engagement.

This group will use an action learning and case-study approach to demonstrate change, and to put structures in place which improve their approach to EDI and make their activities more inclusive.

Find full details and apply here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/news/join-the-inclusive-science-engagement-network

Posted on behalf of Fembe Nanji-Rowe, Cultural Development Project Officer, The British Science Association

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