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Global Science Show – Biodiversity Bonanza

The Global Science Show is a virtual science festival that has taken place on Twitter every month from March 2020. You can check us out at @GlobalSciShow on Twitter, we’re also
expanding out to Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

We invite people to share their own little slice of science as part of a day long event, whether through short videos, threads, animations, livestreams and more! They post on their own accounts, and content is then retweeted into a long thread on the Global Science Show account.

*Biodiversity Bonanza – 21st May*

We are looking for presenters for our next show celebrating animals, plants and fungi in collaboration with https://www.backyardbio.net/

From 9am BST, we will have a new presenter every 15 minutes showcasing a little slice of the natural world via a video, thread or livestream from their Twitter accounts.

You can see what has happened at previous shows by heading here

If you would like to be involved, you can register at this Eventbrite link

You don’t have to be a biologist to take part (you don’t even need to be a scientist!), we’re looking for anyone who is keen to share something cool about the natural world to get involved.

Posted on behalf of Sam Langford, Freelance Science Communicator/Engagement Consultant

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 – applications for taking part now open

Manchester Histories Festival  takes place Thursday 4 June to Monday 8 June 2020. The main hub for the festival will be at Manchester Central Library but your event could take place in any other venue across Greater Manchester. Your event can be a talk, performance, debate, film screening, discussion, exhibition or intervention around the themes of Celebrate – Learn – Challenge.

There are two ways to get involved (deadline for both applications is Friday 27 March 2020):

1. You can put on an event as part of Celebrating Alf’s Act, 50 Years of Disabled People’s Rights.

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970. This landmark legislation was pioneered by the late Lord Alf Morris, who subsequently became Britain’s first minister for disabled people. Often described at the Magna Carta for disabled people, this was the first disability rights legislation anywhere in the world and laid the foundations for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010.

Alf Morris was born and bred in Manchester and served as an MP for Wythenshawe. Throughout his lifetime, he campaigned tirelessly for the rights of disabled people.

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 is a collaborative programme between The University of Manchester, the family of the late Lord Morris of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester’s Students’ Union, the TUC (Manchester), Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.

In 2021 People’s History Museum will be exploring the theme of  disabled people’s rights and activism through a year of events, exhibitions and learning sessions. Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will mark the start of this exciting programme of activity.

Applications are open to all – individuals, organisations, health professional, researchers, historians, campaigners, academics, artists, musicians – anyone with a connection or interest in disabled people’s rights.

To apply for putting on an events as part of Celebrating Alf’s Act, go here: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/getinvolved/putonanevent

2. You can be part of Manchester Histories Celebration Day on Sunday 7 June 2020 at the wonderful and historic Whitworth Art Gallery, Institute and Park.

Exhibition stands celebrate and share the rich and diverse histories and heritage of Greater Manchester. Celebration Day is open to all and does not have to fit into the themes of the events happening at Manchester Central Library.

Past exhibitors have included The John Rylands Library, Royal Northern College of Music, Friends of Platt Fields, Heaton Park Tramway, Hungarian English Cultural Society, Peterloo Memorial Campaign and Historic England, to name but a few.

To apply for the Celebration Day go here: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/getinvolved/celebrationday

The deadline for both applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

Call out for Science Fiction: Late – 18 March 2020, Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum are looking for individuals and groups working on projects inspired by science fiction to support the delivery of their next Late on Wednesday 18 March 2020, which is going to look at how science fiction has predicted developments in technology and engineering, and reveal the science facts behind the fiction.

We’re looking for:

  • Demonstrations of new technologies
  • Entertaining shows or TED-style talks
  • Hands-on activities, crafts and challenges

They should be inspired by science fiction and appeal to an adult audience. There’s more information about the event in the call out document here.


+44 (0)161 696 7786 | Georgina.Wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Do you work with technology? DigiLab needs you!

DigiLab is running a two week residency from 4th -15th November (weekdays only, 11am – 4pm) and we’re looking for demonstrators and lightning talks.

DigiLab is a library run service which allows all students and staff to access new technologies, chat to companies and people who make technology, as well as provide feedback, contribute to play tests and participate in research.

We’re running two weeks of events and workshops in the ground floor of the Main Library, and we’re looking for the following people:

  • Anyone who needs participants for their research – as long as it somehow involves technology
  • Anyone who has created something with technology and is happy to talk about it with visitors – this could be students, staff, an external company – anyone.
  • Anyone who wants give short lightning talks or presentations on a technology-based subject of their choosing on the Wednesday afternoons during the two week residency (6th or 13th November, 1pm – 4pm, name your time)

Participate for as many or as few days/hours as you want.

DigiLab is aiming to democratise technology by providing a place for the entire university community to learn about and with technology. We want to showcase what our University community is capable of.

Full timetable will be released next week, however we’ll have workshops and demonstrations on the following areas: Virtual Reality, automotive technology, robotics, 3D printing, hardware computing, coding, eTextiles and more!

For information on how to get involved, please email me: Ros Bell – ros.bell@manchester.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Ros Bell AV & New Technologies Coordinator, University of Manchester Library

Call for sustainability activities for the Festival of Manchester 31 August

Public engagement opportunity with the Science and Industry Museum

Festival of Manchester – Saturday 31 August, Platt Fields Park
This one day festival of music, food, sport, crafts and culture began in Platt Fields Park, Manchester in 2018, when it was attended by over 10,000 people. The festival organisers have shown a keen interest in having content related to sustainability and climate change, so we are looking for activities on this theme. As a major cultural organisation in the city, the museum will be attending this year and encouraging the festival’s diverse family audience to engage with contemporary STEM content.

What we’re looking for
We’re looking for a group of volunteers that could deliver 1-3 family friendly activities on our stand at the festival – exact timings are tbc but are expected to be 12pm-6pm.
Activities should be as hands-on and interactive as possible, and could include live experiments, make and takes, games or demonstrations.

What we can provide
We are able to provide lunch and travel expenses to all researchers taking part.
Museum staff will also be present at the event to help engage festival attendees and to support with the smooth running of the stand.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with Georgina Wells (Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator) by Thursday 8 August.
Tel: 0161 6967786

Science Week and Lates event at Eureka! Halifax

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire are hosting a range of activities to celebrate British Science Week.

Alongside our own events we are looking for STEM professionals with a passion for inspiring and enthusing primary age children (and grown-ups!) to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations about their stories, work, innovation or research, and engage the school groups and families that visit us. Eureka! is celebrating British Science Week from 8th – 15th March with the exception of 11th March as the museum is closed.

In addition to our family and school events, Eureka! is also hosting an adults only Late event on 7th March from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Again we are looking for people to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations and talk to our visitors about their work.

For further information please contact Chris Snowden, STEM & Public Engagement Manager via email: chris.snowden@eureka.org.uk