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MakeFest 2018 – calls for makers (scientists, engineers, artists and more)

MakeFest is back! This year, our family festival of making, building, coding, crafting and tinkering has new dates and an exciting programme to celebrate the Year of Engineering 2018. But it’s still all about hands-on, do-it-yourself making at a festival that will take over the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 May and give our visitors a chance to try something new.

We need all kinds of people to make MakeFest happen. Techie, maker, engineer, hacker, hobbyist, crafter, artist, tinker, tailor or even a candlestick maker – we want to hear from you.

If you’re available to take part on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May,  go to our website and fill out a short application form to be part of MakeFest 2018.

Applications can be submitted by individuals or groups. For more information on the event and timescales, click here to go to our website where you can download the Festival Pack.

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry T: +44 (0)161 696 7786 E: Georgina.Wells@msimanchester.org.uk

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

Science Spectacular 2017 – Applications of Interest – Now Open (closes 11 Sept 2017)

Science Spectacular – our annual university-wide family fun science fair – returns for the Manchester Science Festival 2017, and we hope you can join us.

Science Spectacular is a key event in the University’s calendar of public engagement events. It provides an interactive showcase for the exciting research taking place across the University and offers the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages. Running since 2011, we typically attract around 2,000 visitors and have featured prominently as a highlight of MSF. If you haven’t heard of Science Spectacular before, then check out our photo gallery and our short film.

What our visitors said about last year’s event:

  • “This has been a wonderful day. Our grandson has taught us so much, we had no idea he knew so much about science. Also the scientists have all been so friendly.”
  • “@UoMEngage it was brill wasn’t it? Loved the stuff in the study today. A big hit with the 7 year olds. #sciencespectacular”
  • “Hey @UoMEngage #ScienceSpectacular knocked it out of the park again. Special thanks to the rocket enthusiasts!”

This year Science Spectacular will take place on Saturday 21 October in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum.

We are looking to host 50 interactive table top science stations. So if you’d like to be a part of this year’s event, please return the attached Applications of Interest form by Monday 11 September 2017.

Download the application of interest form (doc).

Posted by Dee-Ann Johnson, on behalf of the UoM Science Spectacular Co-ordinating Group

Summer Science Exhibition – Call for proposals open now (closes 1 Sept)

The Royal Society is looking for brilliant science and scientists to feature at the Summer Science Exhibition 2018.

The Exhibition features the UK’s most inspiring research and is a chance for scientists to showcase their work to over 14,000 people, including everyone from school children and families to MPs and Fellows of the Royal Society. Exhibitors are supported throughout the process and get dedicated support, advice and guidance from our Exhibition team.

It is a great event to be part of, but as our motto (Nullius in verba) urges, don’t take our word for it. A 2017 exhibitor said:

“The whole week of the exhibition was fabulous. All our team thoroughly enjoyed the event and it has been a memorable experience for us. We have learned a lot from this.”

Our call for proposals closes on 1 September 2017 and the Exhibition will run from 2 – 8 July 2018.

If you are interested in finding out more or applying, please visit our website: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science exhibition/proposals/

Please direct all enquiries to exhibition@royalsociety.org.

Posted on behalf of David Chapman, Assistant Public Engagement Manager, The Royal Society
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Call for PhD researchers – become a paid widening participation fellow

Are you a PhD student passionate about your subject area? Would you like the opportunity to work with local school children? …then the Widening Participation Fellow programme might be for you!

The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team are recruiting PhD students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows. These flexible paid positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth form. Fellows deliver workshops and sessions for students linked to their subject area.

For more information about the University’s widening participation work please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/schoolsandcolleges/

More details about the role and the application form can be found here:
http://bit.ly/2slP6I7

Apply online by 5pm on Friday 25th August 2017: http://bit.ly/2rMg3rJ

Please note these positions are open to PhD students who won’t be in their final year from September 2017. Students who will be 1st Years in their PhDs in September are able to apply.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the relevant Faculty Officer below: