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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.

GEORGINA WELLS
CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

+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.
Georgina.wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
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

Call for: Artists & Scientists – Castlefield Gallery

Artists & Scientists @ Castlefield Gallery – 29 May 2018, 18.30 – 20.30

The May Castlefield Gallery Associates session takes a look, from both sides of the lab bench, at artist/scientist co-operation. Jon Biddulph and Dave Griffiths will talk about their experience of working with astronomers, forensic archaeologists, microbiologists and nuclear scientists, and microbiologist Jo Verran will provide a scientist’s perspective on working with artists. This session is especially aimed at artists wanting to know how to go about working with scientists, and at scientists looking for creative links.

No prior experience of art-science collaboration needed, just an interest in exploring new options.

More information on the event here: https://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/artists-and-scientists/

Any questions, please contact Jane at associates@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

Posted on behalf of Jana Wendler, Course Unit Lecturer, Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester