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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

New Scientist Live Call for Speakers

New Scientist Live returns to London on 15-18 October 2020 and we’re looking for speakers and performers who will engage, inform, inspire and delight. Could that be you?

New Scientist Live is for everyone curious about science and why it matters. We bring together more than 140 speakers and 130 exhibitors at ExCeL to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

In 2019, we welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, launched our first dedicated schools programme and made over 2,000 tickets available free to students from disadvantaged schools. And there’s more. Most New Scientist Live talks live on as high-quality videos on our website, which attracts 3.6 million unique users.

If you know someone who should be at New Scientist Live, we want to hear from you. Please fill in the attached speaker nomination form by 31st January and return to nslspeakers@newscientist.com.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Jacqui McCarron on either jacqui.mccarron@newscientist.com or 020 7611 1248. We are offering 100 additional tickets for schools groups with a high proportion of children from a disadvantaged background for new universities or departments who book before the end of February.

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron​, Sales Director, New Scientist

Showcase your work at the Summer Science Exhibition

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’s a great event to be part of, but as our motto (Nullius in verba) urges, don’t take our word for it. A 2019 exhibitor said: “One of the most enjoyable and satisfying outreach opportunities that I have ever taken part in. The range of background of visitor is so wide that almost each encounter brings up something new.”

Our call for proposals closes on 10 September 2019 and the Exhibition will run from 6 – 12 July 2020.

If you are interested in finding out more or applying, please visit our website: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/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

Would you like to be part of our Science Fair for British Science Week 2017?

Closing date (expressions of interest) 16th December 2016

In 2017 – we will once again be running a programme of events for British Science Week; which will include the Science Fair in the Great Hall, Sackville Street. We already have 400 pupils booked onto this event, and the capacity to welcome 1000 pupils onto campus over the four event days – but rely on your support to make this event happen.

We are looking for academics and/or research groups to coordinate a stand to showcase your research area and communicate it to young people. The main aim of this programme of activities is to enthuse and inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths and increase their desire to study it to A-level and beyond.

We ask where possible you have the stand on all four days – but staffing can change – with input from UG and PG students encouraged. The science fair dates for 2017 are:

  • Monday 13th March – Set Up Afternoon
  • Tuesday 14th March, PM – Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 15th March – Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm AND Science Fair for local primary schools 1pm – 2:30pm
  • Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm
  • Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm AND Set down of stands from 12:30 onwards.

For more information, please read the EOI_BSW_2017 form and return if you’d like to take part.

Emma Lewis

The Big Bang Fair 2015 – Call for activities OPEN

Applications to run an activity at The Big Bang Fair 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham from 11 – 14 March 2015 are now being accepted!

If your organisation would like to participate as an activity provider in The Big Bang Fair 2015, please submit an application via www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/addactivity.

Application assistance
Before starting an application, please read the submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your application tells us everything we need to know when reviewing your submission. These are available to download from the activities page of our website.

Strong competition
As the popularity and success of The Fair grows, so too does the competition for activity space. Activity space is limited and will be allocated via the Activities Working Group to those organisations who have either proven the quality of their activity in previous years, or who have put together an application that is of convincingly good quality and is educational and engaging enough to excite our visitors.

Working with others
In order to make your activity more unique, you may like to consider working with others on a joint application for space. This will also enable you to share costs and resources with another group, and may give you the edge over other submissions.

To apply for activity space, please go to www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/activities where you will find a link to the activity submission form.

The deadline for submissions for the UK fair is midnight on Wednesday 3 September 2014.

Call for more engagement teams at Jodrell Bank Live

Celebrated Science-Music festival goes from strength to strength

After a successful pilot last year, Jodrell Bank will be hosting four festival dates this year with headline bands such as New Order, Johnny Marr, the Australian Pink Floyd, Sigur Rós and the Hallé Orchestra.

Once again it will be running the Science Arena on each of the dates and already have a number of engagement teams booked in for all of them. The expected audience for each date is between 4,000 and 8,000 attendees, which puts the festival overall on a similar footing to the Cheltenham Science Festival in terms of numbers.

There are still several spaces left in the Science Arena, so University staff are invited to propose engagement activities for these.

The ‘fairground’ type stands are equipped with tables and power supplies. There is no wi-fi on site because of the possibility of interference with the telescope, so any internet-based material will have to be uploaded onto computers/laptops/ipads etc before coming to site.

All Science Arena exhibitors get free access to the Music event once the Science Arena closes, usually early evening, well before the headline acts come on stage, free parking and access to the ‘Green Room’ for exhibitors where we provide tea, coffee and water and a place where people can eat packed lunches etc if they wish. We can also lock any valuable equipment into the Discovery Centre buildings at this stage so that it’s secure overnight between events (though all personal belongings must be taken away as there is no re-entry to the buildings once they are locked at night).

To see what was on offer over the last two years visit: Live from Jodrell Bank

If you would like to get involved; or have further information on the event contact: teresa.anderson@manchester.ac.uk

Bristol Festival of Nature: 14 – 16 June 2013 – call for exhibitors

This year’s Bristol Festival of Nature will be taking place from 14 – 16 June 2013.

Held annually on Bristol’s Harbourside and welcoming over 10,000 visitors, the Festival of Nature is the UK’s largest free celebration of all aspects of the natural world, bringing together over 100 organisations – including the BBC Natural History Unit, National Trust, University of Bristol, UWE – for a weekend of interactive exhibitions, talks, workshops, entertainment and more.

Call for exhibitors

This year we are celebrating our tenth anniversary and looking to make the Festival bigger and better than ever, and are keen to work with new organisations. We have exhibition options to suit all budgets, sizes and requirements – from a small stall for those looking to recruit members or raise awareness, to a major festival marquees for running interactive activities throughout the weekend.

Full details can be found here or contact me on 0117 317 8751 or ben@bnhc.org.uk if you are interested in finding out more.

Posted on behalf of Ben Connor, Project Manager, Bristol Natural History Consortium