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Opportunities for researchers – British Science Festival 2022

We’ve got lots of opportunities for researchers to get involved in the British Science Festival 2022 in Leicester.

We welcome proposals from across the UK, from research that encompasses science in the broadest sense of the word. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please find more information about opportunities available below.

Open Call for proposals – Do you have an idea to engage public audiences with science and research?

The British Science Festival are now accepting event proposals for the 2022 Festival in Leicester, hosted by De Montfort University.

The Festival celebrates science in its broadest sense. They are looking for proposals from individuals, researchers, industry professionals, artists, writers, organisations, charities, academic institutions, and more. Highlights from the 2021 Festival can be found here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/blog/british-science-festival-2021-highlights

Festival proposals should be aimed at non-specialist adults (16+) with a broad interest in science. They are looking for events that showcase cutting-edge science, celebrate the latest developments in science and technology and engage their audience in open discussion about relevant issues that affect culture and society. They aim to programme a range of formats from talks to drop-in activities and creative content that challenges perceptions of what science is and can be.

More information, including how to submit a proposal, can be found here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival.

The deadline for proposals is 17.00 on 14 February 2022.

Award Lecture nominations – Are you, or do you know, an early career researcher passionate about public engagement?

We are now accepting applications for our 2022 British Science Festival Award Lectureships.

Each year the Award Lectures provide development opportunities for Early Career Researchers who are passionate about engaging the public with their research. Awardees receive a £250 honorarium, public engagement coaching, the chance to present their research at the Festival and more!

We encourage you to read the Award Lecture FAQs and get in touch with Anna at anna.woolman@britishscienceassociation.org

To find out more and apply visit https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures.

The deadline is 17.00 on 6 December 2021.

Posted on behalf of Anna Woolman, Engagement Manager, British Science Association

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 2018 call for proposals

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public’s understanding of science, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull – the 2017 UK City of Culture – and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11-14 September 2018.

Open call for proposals

Would you like to be involved in the British Science Festival 2018? We’re looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

The deadline for proposals is 9.00am, 19 February 2018. Please visit our webpage for further details.

Call for Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, an exceptional early career researcher? Every year the British Science Association asks for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to academics who are keen to engage people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. More information, including the application process can be found here.

Winners will have the opportunity to present their Award Lecture at the 2018 Festival.

The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 9.00am, 2 January 2018

British Science Festival Fringe Programme for families and schools: Open call

Be a part of the Fringe Science Festival 2015 in Bradford this September.

The Fringe Science Festival will be following on from the British Science Festival which is being hosted by the University of Bradford in 2015. The Fringe is starting on Friday 11 September and going through to Friday 18 September.

The Fringe Science Festival is aimed at a young audience, families and the community including schools (Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5), and hopes to attract 20,000 people in total from Bradford and beyond during the week. This open call is an opportunity for anyone interested in running an activity/event for these audiences.

The theme of the festival is ‘Science’ so it could involve anything from chemistry to religion, from art to engineering. We are open to all formats whether it is an interactive event for children or an engaging workshop for the community as long as it links with science in some way.

If you have an idea for an event which your organisation can provide, please complete the short form application form and a member of the Fringe Science Festival team will be in touch with you.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 26 April 2015.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding the application, please get in touch with Richard Davany directly R.Devany@bradford.ac.uk. Richard is overseeing the applications and will be best placed to advise on any queries.


Are you interested in finding out how Parliament examines and influences science policy in the UK?

Parliament’s Outreach Service is to hold a free interactive event that will demonstrate how select committees work and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the issues that concern them, as part of the British Science Festival in Newcastle on Thursday 12 September 2013.

‘From Big Ben to Big Bang: how Parliament impacts on science’ offers members of the public the opportunity to take on the role of select committee members and quiz three eminent North East scientists on what they see as the biggest challenges facing the Government and the UK today.

The event will be chaired by Lord Krebs, Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee and Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

The scientists acting as ‘witnesses’ for this unique event include:

  • Professor David Burn, Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health and Professor of Movement Disorders Neurology, Clinical Ageing Research Unit at Newcastle University
  • Professor Roy Sandbach, David Golman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University
  • Professor Nicola Pearsall, Professor of Renewable Energy at Northumbria University

Where and when

‘Big Ben to Big Bang: how Parliament impacts on science’ will take place on Thursday 12 September 2013 from 2-3.30pm at the Spence Watson Room, Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle, NE1 7RU.

More details and online bookings can be found here.