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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/

Manchester Access Programme Tutor 2021 – applications now open

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is now recruiting new academic tutors for 2021. If you are an academic member of staff or a PhD student and want to support the progression of talented local young people to university, we want to hear from you!

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the social responsibility goals of the University whilst also further developing your one-to-one tutoring.

What is MAP?
The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme, supporting the progression of local sixth form (Year 12) students from underrepresented backgrounds into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university. You can find out more about MAP on our webpages. Each year we recruit approximately 640 students onto the programme, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family.

In order to successfully complete the programme and earn a two A-level grade reduction (or equivalent) towards an admissions offer from The University of Manchester and a scholarship, each MAP student must complete an academic assignment. The academic assignment is 1,500 words on a topic of their choice and will help them to develop the essential research and academic writing skills needed to be a successful university student.

MAP Academic Tutors
Being a MAP Academic Tutor involves supporting 1- 6 MAP students during their time on the scheme, and overseeing their completion of the academic assignment. The tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student via Zoom and the marking of their draft and final assignment. There is no requirement to be on campus, as we delivered MAP 100% remotely in 2020 and will do so again in 2021.


  • Thursday 6 May – First Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to introduce themselves and to arrange a time for the first meeting.
  • Thursday 3 June – First Meeting – To agree on an appropriate assignment title and go through the expectations and learning outcomes of the assignment process. (45 minutes)
  • Wednesday 23 June – Second Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to contact to arrange the second meeting.
  • July – Mark Draft Assignment – Mark the draft assignment through Blackboard. You must provide feedback by Tuesday 10 August. (2 hours)
  • Wednesday 7 July – Tuesday 10 August – Second Meeting – To give feedback to the students regarding the draft they should have submitted to you and to highlight areas for improvement. (45 minutes)
  • September – Mark Final Assignment – Mark the final assignment through Blackboard. You must provide assigmnent marks by Sunday 5 September. (1.5 hours)

Payment is fixed at £60 per student you tutor. These are paid in two £30 instalments – one payment after the first meeting and one after the final assessment has been marked through Blackboard.

Please note that you will need to have a current contract with the University of Manchester to cover the dates set out above. We make the final payment at the end of October, once all academic assignments are complete. For this reason, please note on the application form if your contract ends before November 2021. Please also note any planned periods of extended absence that cover the dates above.

How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming a MAP Academic Tutor, then please complete the online application form. The application form takes approximately 7 minutes to complete.
The application closing date is midnight on Sunday 7th February 2021. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of February.

How applications are considered
Although we would hope to offer as many colleagues as possible the chance to work with us, we cannot guarantee that by completing the application you will be able to tutor on the programme next year.

Priority will be given to the following;

  1. Individuals that indicate they can tutor in subject areas that are in demand for the 2021 cohort. (As we are still recruiting students for 2021, we are still unsure of subject demand and how many tutors are required for each discipline).
  2. Individuals that have previously applied to be an Academic Tutor but have not been offered this opportunity.
  3. We will then consider how well an individual has met the person specification on their application.

Person Specification

  • Experience of working with young adults or young people under the age of 18, delivering mentoring, tutoring, outreach or enrichment activities.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), demonstrating the ability to understand and adapt to different learning styles to communicate in a way that is clear and engaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of developing positive and professional relationships with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to offer advice, support and guidance in a constructive, positive and non-judgmental way.

DBS and Training
All new tutors MUST have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to work as an academic tutor on MAP. This is to ensure we are working in line with the University of Manchester’s Child Protection Policy. If you are successful in being offered this role, and you do not currently have a DBS check, then you will be invited to complete a DBS check by the MAP team in March.

All new tutors must also attend a compulsory tutor training session. We will be running training sessions for all tutors during March and, if we are able to offer you a tutoring role, will be in touch to let you know when they are running. You will also be supported by the MAP team throughout the process and receive resources to help you.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please do not hesitate to contact Alex Jackson (MAP Officer) via map@manchester.ac.uk if you have any queries.


The MAP Team | Manchester Access Programme | Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation| Division of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment | 2.054 The Rutherford Building | Coupland Street | The University of Manchester | Manchester |M13 9PL

Email: map@manchester.ac.uk
Web: www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/map/

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21

Widening Participation Fellowships 2020/21 – paid fellowships to develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. Positions are open to all non-final year PhD students.

WP Fellows are expected to contribute in various ways to the development and delivery of a wide range of events and resources for young people, their parents, carers and teachers including:

  • Subject taster workshops and lectures;
  • Academic Study Skills e.g. essay writing, research skills;
  • Student Life activities, teaching and learning at university;
  • School and college careers events;
  • Delivering “Why Study” talks in Schools/Colleges;
  • Developing resources and delivering online sessions.

Hours and Pay:
The period of employment is from October – July (10 months). Most WP Fellows complete between 20 to 70 hours, but this is flexible depending on your workload and availability. Fellows are paid monthly, at an hourly rate, currently of £13.43 per hour.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application form and a two minute video of an elevator pitch about their research for Year 10/11 pupils (ages 14 to 16).

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application form by 5pm on Monday 24th August 2020.

Find out more:
Full application and submission details here.

Roles are available for PhD students in all three faculties and are managed by the Academic Enrichment Officers for each Faculty (listed below):

Science Showoff needs you

Wanted new performers for Science Showoff – 17 March 2020, Star of Kings near King’s Cross in London

Science Showoff, a series of science performance events for adult audiences that raise money for charity and help science communicators develop their skills. Previous performers include a then-unknown Hannah Fry, a not-yet-on-telly Fran Scott and a “who’s this guy?” Alex Lathbridge.

We’re back on 17 March at the Star of Kings near King’s Cross in London, and looking for people who’ve never performed for us before to take part and raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

We welcome science presentations, demos, comedy, music, interpretive dance whatever you’ve got as long as it’s about science. This gig is perfect if you’re a scientist eager to get out more, a science teacher who wants to have an audience of adults for once, a science fan who wants to try a stage out for the first time, a musician or comedian with some experimental science material to try out or ANYONE AT ALL WHO LIKES FUN AND SCIENCE.

Tell us you’d like to perform using the signup link on our website.

Signing up here doesn’t guarantee a slot. Signup order is not running order. We reserve the right to refuse performers or topics.

You can already buy tickets to see the gig and donate to charity at https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/2607/science-showoff-new-performer-special. Use the code “steve” to get £5 off when you buy four tickets.

See you all when you’ve got a mic in your hands!

Posted on behalf of Dr Steve Cross


Future Engineers April Half Term (8-15 April) – call out to engineers

The Museum of Science and Industry are looking for real-life engineers to take part in one day of Half Term to inspire Future Engineers (8 – 15 April 2020).

The Future Engineers programme will encourage visitors to find their hidden engineer through playful activities and explore the skills engineers use such as creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and investigation.

Please see the attached call for Future Engineers (PDF) for more information and to register you interest get in touch with Georgina.Wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Deadline for applications of interest: Monday 9 March 2020.

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry.

Get involved in Makefest 30-31 May 2020 – our making and engineering festival

Calling all makers, innovators, engineers, crafters, artists and hobbyists. Makefest is back at the Museum of Science and Industry and we’re looking for all sorts of playful ideas, activities and workshops to be part of the celebration.

What is Makefest?

Makefest is our weekend family festival of making, engineering, technology and crafts that takes over the museum galleries from Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May, 11am – 4pm. We’re looking for hands-on activities, big or small, that will encourage our visitors to have a go at making, get creative and learn new skills.

To see the festival pack and to propose an activity – visit: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/take-part-makefest-2020

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 April 2020

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry.

Take Part in the Over-Ambitious Demo Challenge at Cheltenham Science Festival

We’re on the hunt for new contestants for the 2020 Over-Ambitious Demo Challenge at Cheltenham Science Festival.

In previous years, our audiences have been wowed by ballet dancing on cornstarch, crazy bubbles, steel-cutting sausages and lots lots more.

Demos need to be fun, exciting, surprising and overly ambitious, keeping the audience in suspense until the very end!

In previous years, contestants have prepared a 12-minute demo for the first round, and a 5-minute demo for the second round.

The event will be on the evening of Sunday 7 June.

How to apply:

Please complete the registration form at: https://cheltenhamfestivals.wufoo.com/forms/xpi5l2o0ygkoyg/

The deadline for applications is Monday 24 February at 12 noon.

Cheltenham Science Festival will cover your travel and one night accommodation (if required) and an honorarium.

If you have any questions, please drop a line to: science@cheltenhamfestivals.com

Posted on behalf of Dr Marieke Navin, Cheltenham Science Festival Head of Programming

Call for exhibits and activities at NERC Public Engagement Showcase 2020

NERC is offering an opportunity for researchers to run public engagement activities as part of our annual showcase 2020. The showcase will take place at Techniquest Science Centre in Cardiff in July 2020.

Visitors to the event will range from the general public, including families and young people, to policymakers and people that do not usually interact with science in their daily lives.

The environmental science showcase will comprise of approximately 20 hands-on exhibits, talks and debate, and science buskers. Through the exhibition activities, talks, debates and discussions, the event will engage visitors with research of the natural world, connecting a diverse range of people to environmental science, and the process of doing research.

Please read the application guidelines document (PDF, 69KB) which contains information about the project and application criteria, before you apply to attend.

The closing date for applications is 16:00 on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Further information
Hannah Lacey, NERC Public Engagement Programme Manager
M: +447892764849 T: 01793411535