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Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2020 – Call for submissions

Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, 26-28 May 2020 in Aberdeen – Call for Proposals & Submissions for Workshops, Performances and Speakers’ Corner.

Call for Proposals for Abstracts closes for the main programme closes on 12 October 2019
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/abstract-submission-911.php
We invite submissions that address aspects of the conference theme of Transformation through Time and Technology, but we also encourage applications that push the boundaries of discussion around these areas.

Call for Workshops, Performances and Speakers’ Corner closes on 1 December 2019
Institutions, organisations, projects, individuals and groups of individuals are welcome to submit proposals of max. 300 words:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/workshops-speakers-corner-and-performances-proposals-1123.php

  • Workshops will take place on Monday, 25 May 2020, the day before the main conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. They must clearly address a topic or topics in science communication, and may run for a half-day or full day. They might be a training activity, a practice demonstration, a discussion or debate, and should be distinct from the formats that the conference itself includes. The proposals should include the title, objectives, content, method and personnel. They should also detail any specific logistical or technical requirements and a proposal on how costs of room hire will be covered.
  • Performances will be scheduled through the three days of the main conference. They may be in several possible formats, including theatre, music, readings and dance. They should be maximum 30 minutes long and designed to be presented in a standard conference setting with minimal technical requirements, e.g. no spotlights, and own props. Proposals should include details of title, content, method and personnel.
  • Speakers’ Corner will be an occasional pop-up platform during the conference for short, informal, provocative talks (maximum 5 minutes) proposing a new idea or argument and aimed to stimulate discussion. Proposals are welcome from individuals representing themselves, organisations, projects or institutions. Proposals must include the title and a short descriptor of what you would like to discuss. Speakers’ Corner slots are verbal presentations but if you do have any specific requirements relating to access or anything you would like to demonstrate physically please let us know this information in your proposal.

The proposals in these three categories will be assessed by groups representing the PCST 2020 Local Organising Committee and the PCST Network Scientific Committee. These groups may ask for clarifications and / or amendments before giving a final decision. Final decisions will be communicated by end of January 2020.

Heading to London? We are holding a special preview and networking event for the conference on Wed 18 September, 6pm at UCL. Full details here: https://www.store.abdn.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-symposia-seminars/research-innovation-cpd/pcst-preview-event

Call for activities for Platform for Investigation at the Science and Industry Museum

Platform for Investigation is part of the Science and Industry Museum’s Contemporary Science programme that will run for nine days during October half term. It is a platform for scientists, researchers and STEM professionals to demonstrate their work and research through high quality and participatory experiences, showcasing the latest developments in STEM.

There are currently three dates in need of activities – 19, 20 and 27 October – and each day has a different topic. More information about this opportunity is below:

Dates: Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 October
Time: 10.30am-3.30pm
Target audience: family groups with children aged 7-14
Activity number: approx. five hands-on, drop in activities or demonstrations on each date.

More information about what kind of activities are required at each event day is in the attached brief (Platform for Investigation – October half term brief). This may be a great opportunity for colleagues within a Department/School/Research Group or across these units to work together to deliver a variety of great activities on one day.

If you are interested, please contact Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, with an outline of your topic and ideas for activities:

Email: Georgina.wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
Phone: 0161 696 7786

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum – Call for Applications: Closing date: 16:00, Monday 3rd June 2019
https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/training-and-support/peer-forum/

The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.

PEER Forum aims

  • To foster peer learning and peer support between early career scientists and engineers with a passion for public engagement and outreach.
  • To improve understanding of the support STFC provides for public engagement and outreach (including funding mechanisms, evaluation, and reporting) and how to successfully utilise this support.
  • To stimulate discussions that help to develop and influence STFC’s approaches to public engagement.

What will participation in the Forum involve?
Participants in the PEER Forum will meet face-to-face at least twice per year to share learning and to participate in session that will strengthen the depth and breadth of their understanding of public engagement and outreach.

Who can apply to join the Forum?
The PEER Forum is for practising early-career scientists and engineers who have an ambition to carry out excellent public engagement alongside, and complimentary to, their career in science or engineering. We are seeking Forum members from across the breadth of STFC’s pure and applied science and technology remit.

The specific personal requirements of PEER Forum membership are that members:

  • Have completed their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks)
  • Are employed at a Higher Education Institute, or a research-intensive Public Sector Research Organisation or Research Laboratory (including STFC’s own national laboratories)
  • Work within a science and technology field in STFC’s remit, or with a strong inter-disciplinary connection to STFC’s remit, or use an STFC facility to enable their own research
  • Demonstrate a highly credible track record of experience in their field, corresponding to the length of their career to date
  • Demonstrate a highly credible track record of leading and delivering public engagement or outreach
  • Are keen communicators with a willingness to contribute to the success of a UK-wide network

Further information
For details on how to apply please go to our website: https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/training-and-support/peer-forum/
or contact: Andy.Thompson@stfc.ac.uk

Call for Science Stalls at Einstein¹s Garden, Green Man Festival 2019 are now open

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area of science and nature. This year the festival takes place 15 – 18 August. Each year we curate a line up which fuses together performance, art, music and public engagement with research and brings science and the environment to life in fun and unusual ways.

We’re on the lookout for research groups and scientific organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15th April at 12noon.

To apply, please follow this link and scroll down to ‘Create’ to find the section for Science Stalls: https://www.greenman.net/information/get-involved/

There is more information available on the application form, but please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Posted on behalf of Hana Ayoob, Einstein’s Garden Manager (Email: hana@greenman.net)

Nuffield Research Placement Scheme – register your interest now!

Every year, The University of Manchester hosts sixth form students participating in the Nuffield Research Placement scheme. The placement is a brilliant way of working with talented young people from local schools who are interested in academic research, and who meet our widening participation criteria.

Register an interest: We are looking for staff and Early Career Researchers who would be willing to host a Nuffield Research Placement student in July or August 2019. The student will work with you for 4 weeks on a project of your choice.

Who is it for? Staff and Early Career Researchers who are interested in offering a project in any area of STEM or quantitative Social Science.

For more information or to register an interest, please contact laura.cragg@manchester.ac.uk

See: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements

Demonstrator Vacancies at Manchester Museum: Paid Positions for PhD Students

Manchester Museum is looking to recruit PhD students to deliver educational sessions for their Secondary (11-16 year olds) and Post-16 (16-18 year olds) programmes. The aim is to utilise PhD student’s expert knowledge to enrich the student experience for our formal school and college visitors and provide PhD students with the confidence and training to share their research in a wider forum.

This will be a paid position for the delivery of education sessions (which includes set-up and clear-away time where applicable) as they are booked by schools and colleges. Delivery of sessions will be on a casual basis depending on demand. Demonstrators will receive full training in communication, facilitation (incl. classroom management) and session-specific skills before being requested to deliver any sessions. Further details of roles, responsibilities and payment will be given on enquiry.

Applicants should:

  • Be able to speak enthusiastically about their subject
  • Be able to communicate complex concepts in an approachable and engaging manner
  • Be interested in inspiring pupils to explore further study
  • Have excellent communication skills, preferably with experience of presenting to secondary or college students
  • Be organised, self-motivated, reliable and keen to work with groups of up to 30 secondary or A-level students
  • Be flexible and able to commit to dates up to one month in advance
  • Have experience in conservation (but not essential)
  • Have some teaching experience (not essential)

Applicants for the Manchester Museum Science Programme should:

  • Be studying a Science subject at PhD level
  • Have a strong subject and practical knowledge in one or more of the following areas: PCR techniques, DNA, molecular biology, biodiversity, or conservation (which would be preferable) a similar subject area
  • Have a passion for museum collections or be excited to work with them

What you will get in return

  • Flexible working hours around your studies to suit you
  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Fantastic public engagement and teaching experience
  • An official letter of recommendation/reference from the museum
  • Skills development – A chance to develop transferable CV skills such as team work and decision making to help with career development

Please apply by completing the online application form via this link the application process is on a rolling basis. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for one of the above role please contact Barinur Rashid, Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Science):
Email: Barinur.rashid@manchester.ac.uk Tel: 0161 306 1764

PGR Applications of Interest – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 2019 – Win £500

Once again the University of Manchester will be taking part in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

About
3MT challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one static PowerPoint slide.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions and put forward one winner per participating institution for the national finals. The University of Manchester is one of around 40 institutions participating in 2019.

Why Take Part?
3MT develops your academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of your capacity to effectively explain your research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. You will have access to exclusive 3MT presentation training.

Oh and don’t forget the prizes: £500 winner, £100 runner up, and £100 audience favourite

Eligibility
Open to all active second and final year PhD candidates (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first 3MT presentation in the heats. You must be able to attend at least one of the scheduled Heats and, if successful, the University Final. Read the full set of rules and the judging criteria.

How to apply
Applications will officially open on February 1st 2019. To receive a link to the registration form and further details by email on this date please contact me (alex.hinchliffe@manchester.ac.uk) to register your interest.

Important Dates
Participant training: Feb 26th
Heats: March 21-29
Finalist Training: May 14th
Final: May 22nd

*prizes are paid in Amazon vouchers.