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Making a Difference Awards – 8 categories including public engagement

Making a Difference Awards 2022 – now open for entries.

Do you know somebody who is working to improve the lives of others? Are you making a difference in your local community and beyond? Is there a cause that you think needs to be more widely understood?

Enter or nominate for a Making a Difference Award!

Our annual Making a Difference Awards are back and open for entries, ready to celebrate the achievements of our staff, students, alumni and external partners. The eight award categories (including public engagement) acknowledge the difference people are making in their communities and beyond, covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities. If you, your team or someone you know has made a difference enter now, the deadline for applications is January 17 2022.

Take a look at the statements from our previous winners and highly commended recipients to see how receiving a Making a Difference Award has given them a boost to continue tackling issues they feel passionate about, shone a spotlight on the impact their work has had and inspired further funding opportunities.

Important Information:

  • Deadline for entries is 17 January 2022.
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.
  • Entries are submitted through the social responsibility website.
  • Printed entry forms are available from the Office for Social Responsibility, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road or by calling: 0161 306 3059.
  • Individuals and teams can enter.

For further information see the Award’s website.

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


Manchester Science Festival 2020 – call for proposals now open

Manchester Science Festival will take place 23 October – 1 November 2020, with 23 October being dedicated to school groups from KS2 and KS3.

This year’s Festival is curated around the theme of climate and it will be explored through three broad lenses of: our cities, ourselves and our natural world. We are looking to collaborate with partners to deliver meaningful, fun and engaging experiences to our visitors.

Proposals can take any form, from participatory activities, through to workshops, exhibitions, immersive experiences to art installations.

The Event Organiser Pack and detailed information about Festival can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/manchester-science-festival

REVISED DEADLINE for stage one proposals is 30 March 2020

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Festival Team: msf@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

New Scientist Live Call for Speakers

New Scientist Live returns to London on 15-18 October 2020 and we’re looking for speakers and performers who will engage, inform, inspire and delight. Could that be you?

New Scientist Live is for everyone curious about science and why it matters. We bring together more than 140 speakers and 130 exhibitors at ExCeL to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

In 2019, we welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, launched our first dedicated schools programme and made over 2,000 tickets available free to students from disadvantaged schools. And there’s more. Most New Scientist Live talks live on as high-quality videos on our website, which attracts 3.6 million unique users.

If you know someone who should be at New Scientist Live, we want to hear from you. Please fill in the attached speaker nomination form by 31st January and return to nslspeakers@newscientist.com.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Jacqui McCarron on either jacqui.mccarron@newscientist.com or 020 7611 1248. We are offering 100 additional tickets for schools groups with a high proportion of children from a disadvantaged background for new universities or departments who book before the end of February.

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron​, Sales Director, New Scientist

Scientists, artists, filmmakers, anyone passionate about science communication!

Are you interested in telling a story related to human health via short films? Your time is now!

Apply here:  www.warwick.ac.uk/labcut

LabCut Science Film Workshop will be free to attend and lasts three days (13-15 June 2019) in University of Warwick. It’s open to anyone who has a passion in science communication. The films created during the workshop can be submitted to Bristol Science Film Festival (BSFF2019), and will be screened during British Science Festival in September 2019 here in Warwick, and the public can vote for the best one!

Find out more:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LabCutSciFilms/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LabCutSciFilms
Instagram: https://twitter.com/LabCutSciFilms
Email: LabCut@warwick.ac.uk

Festival of Social Science 2019 (2-9 Nov) – applications to participate now open

The University of Manchester will again partner with the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University on the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science in 2019.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last year we hosted an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more.

The call for applications to host events is now open.

The Festival will run from 2-9 November and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events. The Manchester Festival will provide an insight into the many ways in which social science research contributes to social, economic and political life across the city, region and beyond.

Any researcher can apply to hold their event, new or existing, under the Festival banner. In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,000 sponsorship from the University of Manchester to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events must include social science and must engage with groups outside of academia (e.g. young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers).

Applications for interdisciplinary events, and applications that seek to bring together two or more Festival partners, are strongly encouraged. We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers, including PhD students. PhD student applicants must name as a co-applicant on the application form a member of staff who has agreed to provide advice and assistance where necessary, and to take formal responsibility for the event (including managing the finances, any health and safety requirements, etc.). The co-applicant may, but need not, be your supervisor.

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2018 events at www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk.

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made to the ESRC, but rather via the University of Manchester. The application deadline is 4pm on Friday 17 May. An application form and guidance notes are attached to this email. They can also be found at https://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/social-sciences/research/esrc-festival/.

Please address any queries to Clare Canning, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer (clare.canning@manchester.ac.uk) — or, before 29 April, to Carly Chadwick (carly.chadwick@manchester.ac.uk).

Being Human festival is now inviting applications for 2019!

Being Human festival is now inviting applications for 2019!

See: https://beinghumanfestival.org/apply/

The sixth annual Being Human festival will run 14-23 November 2019. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research.

This year our festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories, or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities – the possibilities are endless. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences. We are really excited to see what you come up with this year!

There are three main pathways to getting involved:

  1. ‘Small Awards’: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities.
  2. ‘Hub Awards’: apply for a larger grant of £2,000- £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)
  3. ‘Open Call’: organise an activity that does not require funding.

Further details, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website: https://beinghumanfestival.org/apply/

The deadline for applications for funding is 5pm Monday 8 April.

Many of you have been involved in the Being Human festival before and have helped the festival to grow. I hope that you’ll consider getting involved/taking part again in 2019.

Posted on behald of Dr Michael Eades, Manager and Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities
Twitter: #BeingHuman19