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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

MakeFest 2017 – call out for Makers

MakeFest is the Museum of Science and Industry’s annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making. Artists, makers, crafters and coders will take over the museum for a whole weekend to show off their skills and encourage everyone to have a go at making something for themselves.

Be a Maker at MakeFest 2017 –  19-20 August.

We need all kinds of people to make MakeFest happen. High tech or low tech and anything in between, if you want to be a Maker at this year’s MakeFest then we want to hear from you.

You can apply to:

  • Have a maker station to show your work and get people making
  • Run a workshop
  • Give demonstrations
  • Have another idea? Let us know on your application

Applications can be submitted from individuals or groups. Your creation doesn’t even need to be finished – works in progress are always welcome. All applications must be submitted by 23.59 on Friday 26 May 2017.

Please click here to apply:

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

Terrific Scientists – Closing date for submissions 30 Nov 2016

This is an amazing opportunity to engage with school children through BBC Learning.

Our FMBH digital media team can help with making the videos – if you are intending on being part of this – please contact Dr Sheena Cruickshank (University Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research) to discuss further, in the first instance.

BBC Learning is launching a bold, ambitious science campaign aimed at inspiring primary-age teachers and their pupils through exciting, innovative and accessible mass-participation investigations that every school can take part in.

We’ll also host exciting content on our website and social media channels which launch in November.

As part of this content, we’re curating a series of “Terrific Scientists” in which real life scientists like you have the chance to nominate their most inspirational scientific hero.

Children will have the chance to vote on which they think is the most “Terrific Scientist” of them all, with more in depth web content appearing around the winning scientist.

We’re keen to get a mix of male and female nominations from across disciplines and nationalities. They can be world famous or lesser known, dead or alive but the key is inspiration!

We’d like you to record a short film in the following format:

  • 30s – 45s maximum
  • Say who you are and what you do.
  • Introduce your terrific scientist. (please use the word “terrific” or phrase “terrific scientist” somewhere if you can)
  • When did they live?
  • What they did/discovered/were known for?
  • Why they inspire/d you?

Technical Stuff:

  • We’re happy with self-shot footage on a smartphone or camcorder
  • Please make sure sound/speech is legible (avoid lots of wind noise etc, use an external mic if you can)
  • Please film in LANDSCAPE mode
  • Please film down the lens (Look straight into the camera)
  • Remember, you are talking to primary age students around 10 years old
  • Please submit clips and forms to matt.gallop@bbc.co.uk using a file-sharing service of your choice

Legal Stuff:

  • We’ll use as many submissions as we can on our website as part of our campaign but might not be able to include them all
  • Please sign and return (scan and email is fine) our consent form below or we won’t be able to use your clip
  • Please avoid any corporate or other branding

Download the contribution consent form (doc).

Apply now for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition -­ deadline 26 September

There is just a week left to apply to be part of our 2017 Summer Science Exhibition. This is a fantastic public engagement opportunity for researchers and collaborators, at The Royal Society’s biggest public event of the year.

The exhibition is a diverse celebration of the UK’s cutting edge science and technology, attracting over 14,000 visitors each year, including school groups and members of the public. Applications to exhibit are open to research groups and collaborators from around the world, from industry and academia. Our only requirement is that the lead exhibitor/institution is UK-based.

To find out more about how we support you and to apply, visit https://royalsociety.org/how-to-exhibit. Our application system saves your work as you go, so feel free to start now and add to it throughout the week. Submit your proposal before Monday 26 September 2016.

We want to hear from anyone who might be interested, so please send this opportunity on. Lastly, don’t hesitate to get in touch at exhibition@royalsociety.org or on +44 207 451 2242 if you have any questions. .

Posted on behalf of Adam Morris, Public Engagement Intern at the Royal Societyadam.morris@royalsociety.org

MakeFest at Museum of Science and Industry – call for science maker activities

MakeFest is a makers fair that is held annually at the Museum of Science and Industry, this year on the 20th and 21st August, and aims to explore a wide range of making and maker techniques, and to engage audiences with makers and making in a hands-on, creative and inspiring environment.

We’re looking for makers to engage the public with workshops, hands-on making activities or to integrate a hands-on experience into their contribution. The museum has a wide ranging visitor base but is mainly composed of families so people experiencing MakeFest can range from an 8 year old, 30 year old or 80 year old. So far programmed activities range from soldering workshops, pattern crafting with mine craft, creating theme tunes, mono-printing on fabric, the Manchester Robot Orchestra and more!

We’re looking for makers in the field of science to bring interesting, hands-on, interactive and visual activities to MakeFest.

Science based maker activities currently include

  • Examining the effect of force with catapults
  • Grown your own crystals
  • Make your own torch workshops
  • Making and racing electric model cars

If you have an idea or activity that you’d like to bring to the Museum of Science and Industry’s visitors contact Jamie and Rosie at makefest@msimanchester.org.uk

Be part of Biology Week 2016

Biology Week is an annual celebration of life science with events all over the UK and beyond for everyone from children to professional scientists. It is a great opportunity to share your passion for biology as part of the biggest week in the life sciences calendar, now in its fifth year!

See: http://www.rsb.org.uk/biologyweek

Biology Week 2016 will run from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 October inclusive. There are many different ways to get involved:

Biology Week 2015 was a huge success with over 130 events taking place. Relive the highlights, in our news story, photo album, Storify, and awards or debate podcasts. We hope many more of you will get involved this year.

Posted on behalf of: Natasha Little, Royal Society of Biology, Media Manager, 020 7685 2553, 07770 685 101

Web: www.rsb.org.uk
Twitter @RoyalSocBio

NERC Into the Blue – free-to-exhibit opportunity

Into The Blue: Science we live and breath – 25-29 October 2016

Get involved with this event by submitting an exhibit idea.

NERC are offering a free-to-exhibit opportunity to have an exhibition stand or run public engagement activities as part of our Into The Blue showcase, which is taking place in Manchester during October half-term (25-29 October 2016). Visitors to the event will be a broad public audience, primarily focused on families and young people.

The showcase will comprise about 40 stands, as well as stage and discussion space, both inside and outside an aircraft hangar. Through the exhibition stands, talks, debates and discussions, the event will engage visitors with the wonders of the natural world and the process of doing research.

For more information about the project, application criteria, FAQs and how to apply please view the application guidelines on http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/events/blue/. Applications for exhibits and other activities should be made using the online form by 16:00 on Friday 1 July 2016.


Posted on behalf of Hannah King, Public Engagement Officer, Natural Environment Research Council

Invitation to contribute to JustFest 2016

Do you work on issues of social justice that you’d like to bring to the wider student audience? If so, you might be interested in contributing to JustFest 2016, the University of Manchester’s very own social justice festival, which takes place on March 9th, right here on campus, in and around the Manchester Academy.

JustFest celebrates the University’s commitment to social responsibility and is a flagship event of the University’s Ethical Grand Challenges programme. The Festival seeks to start conversations about how we can build fairer communities in Manchester, the UK and across the globe. JustFest aims to encourage and enable UoM students to explore aspects of social justice in a creative and festival environment of performance and exhibition, stimulating curiosity and providing a springboard towards further action for a just society.

There are plenty of ways in which you can get involved. There will be a hands-on social justice-themed exhibition in Academy 1, including a programme of short films, a soap-box-style talks tent, and a fringe festival, as well as bands and spoken word artists on the Main Stage, and quite a few surprises..

We want JustFest to reflect the University’s rich social justice heritage, and the wealth of research taking place around Social Justice themes, and welcome contributions from University staff.

To find out about the different ways in which you can contribute, visit our website. If you’d like to talk about how you might contribute, please let me know. I’d be very happy to discuss further via email: Sian.Yeowell@manchester.ac.uk or telephone: 0161 2752851

Sian Yeowell, Senior Learning and Assessment Developer |Student Development and Community Engagement Division of The Directorate for the Student Experience | The University of Manchester