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Being Human Cafés call – Being Human festival 2022

We are currently inviting humanities researchers (including PhD candidates) to hold Being Human Cafés as part of this year’s Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities taking place 10-19 November 2022.

Being Human Cafés are based on the idea that you can engage with some fascinating new ideas and research in the humanities in the time that it takes to have a cup of tea. Find out more here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/

As with our other festival activities, Being Human Cafés should be fun, creative, and aimed at an audience without an existing relationship to a university/ research. If you’re stuck for an idea but would like to take part, we encourage you to use this year’s festival theme of ‘Breakthroughs’ as a starting point. We would particularly like to hear from people in the East of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North East, the West Midlands and the South West.

Here are just a few reasons to get involved with the festival and hold a café:

  • Participate in a national campaign to champion and celebrate research and the humanities
  • Try out public engagement if you haven’t before
  • Develop skills in event planning
  • Use it as a catalyst to get a project up and running which might not happen otherwise
  • Engage with a new audience and get refreshing new perspectives on research
  • Get public engagement advice and support
  • Work with new cultural partners or develop an existing relationship
  • Make contacts and start collaborations with other researchers nationally
  • Raise visibility of your research nationally and within your own institution

The deadline for café applications is 5pm Friday 26 August.

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.

 

Call for Expressions of Interest for the 2022 Community Festival

Get involved in showing our local friends and neighbours, the breadth of work that goes on at The University of Manchester.

Community Festival, The University of Manchester

As part of our commitment to enhancing our relationship with members of our local communities, we are holding our annual University-wide Community Festival on Saturday, 25 June 2022, from 11.00am-4.00pm.

In 2020 and 2021, we moved to a fully digital programme of events, however this year we return to an on campus in person event. We will also offer a smaller programme of digital activities.

We’ve previously welcomed over 4,000 people, many from our local neighbourhoods and beyond to enjoy our Community Festival by getting hands-on and finding out about the work of the University; with many speaking of seeing lots of friendly smiley faces having fun and really enjoying the day.

The 2022 Festival will be centred round Alan Turing, University Place and Brunswick Park. We’ll also be hosting a mini Manchester Museum marquee.

We’ll be looking to build on the success of the previous years, inviting our local neighbours on to campus to discover the wide variety of things we do, to meet our staff and students and to find out what opportunities are available for them to get involved with.

If you are interested in taking part in this year’s Community Festival, then please register your interest by completing the online expression of interest form by 5pm Friday 11 March.

If you have any questions, please contact: Dee-Ann.Johnson@manchester.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival in June!

 

Submissions open to be part of Cheltenham Science Festival 2022

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science, jam-packed with thought-provoking discussions, energetic schools shows, hands-on workshops, mindblowing performances and interactive exhibitions.

The 2022 programme will feature over 100 events for adults and families, over 70 events for schools, and have three large interactive free drop-in zones – The Discover Zone, the Maker Shack and the Cyber Zone. Apply to be part of the programme here.

Submit your interest to be a speaker or be part of an event here.

Deadline 12 November 2021.

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

Summer Science Exhibition 2022 – call for proposals now open

We’re pleased to announce the Summer Science Exhibition 2022 call for proposals is now open. We are looking for researchers to take part in our festival celebrating the cutting-edge of UK science.

Find out how to take part here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/summer-science-exhibition/2022-summer-science-proposals/what-does-the-exhibitor-do/

See the 2019 Summer Science Exhibition here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying outreach opportunities that I have ever taken part in. The range of visitors is so wide that almost each encounter brings up something new.” Exhibitor, 2019

Taking place between 4 – 10 July 2022, the Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your institution’s research, including members of the public, school groups, policy makers and potential funders and fellows of the Royal Society. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors through our doors and reach many more through national coverage on TV or in the media.

It is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of UK research and gain valuable experience communicating with diverse audience groups. The Royal Society also helps applicants every step of the way, from guidance on submitting a proposal to preparing and coordinating an exhibit.

I would highly recommend taking part in Summer Science, for the exposure it has given our research, and for the fantastic experience of connecting with visitors and getting direct feedback.” Exhibitor, 2019

Find out how to apply or read our case studies from previous exhibitors to find out about their experiences first-hand. The deadline for proposals is 21 September 2021.

Judit Agui, Public Engagement Officer, The Royal Society
Email: exhibition@royalsociety.org

Being Human Cafés call – Being Human festival 2021

We are currently looking for humanities researchers to hold Being Human Cafés as part of this year’s Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities taking place 11-20 November.

Being Human Cafés are based on the idea that you can engage with some fascinating new ideas and research in the humanities in the time that it takes to have a cup of tea. Find out more here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/. If you’re stuck for an idea but would like to take part, we encourage you to use this year’s festival theme of ‘Renewal’ as a starting point!

We would particularly love to hear from people in the East of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Here are just a few reasons to get involved with the festival and hold a café:

  • Participate in a national campaign to champion and celebrate research and the humanities
  • Try out public engagement if you haven’t before
  • Develop skills in event planning
  • Use it as a catalyst to get a project up and running which might not happen otherwise
  • Engage with a new audience and get refreshing new perspectives on research
  • Get public engagement advice and support
  • Work with new cultural partners or develop an existing relationship
  • Make contacts and start collaborations with other researchers nationally
  • Raise visibility of your research nationally and within your own institution

We’ll be reviewing Being Human Café applications on a rolling basis right up to the deadline of Friday 27 August, so there is plenty of time left to apply.

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Public Engagement Officer: Projects and Communications, University of London

Call for Speakers for New Scientist Virtual Events

Live events may still be on hold, but here at New Scientist we are continuing to plan an exciting programme of virtual events throughout 2021. We’re getting audiences in excess of 1,000 for our evening talks with ticketholders from every corner of the world. Our 2021 line-up already includes speakers such as Carlo Rovelli, Ella Al Shamahi, Susan Schneider and Aubrey de Grey.

And at our recent one-day virtual event more than 4,100 viewers heard talks about the future of food and agriculture and engaged with a wealth of workshops, live science chats and activities run by partner organisations.

We’re now expanding our programme of virtual lectures and one-day events, as well as re-imagining our award-winning festival New Scientist Live. The themes of our one-day events this year include Science for good, sustainability, and the future of medicine …. we’re always open to ideas!

We’re on the lookout for inspiring speakers and performers, stimulating experiences and engaging activities. If that’s someone in your place of study and education, we’d love to hear from you! We particularly welcome applications from early-career and underrepresented scientists and communicators.

Please return your New Scientist Events 2021 Speaker Submission Form (doc) by Friday 5th March 2021 to New Scientist Live at: nslspeakers@newscientist.com

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron, New Scientist.
Email: Jacqui.McCarron@newscientist.com
Web: https://www.newscientist.com/science-events/