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Falling Walls Engage – call for applications

This year Falling Walls Engage will return to Berlin as a physical event as part of Falling Walls 202 on 7-9 November. To prepare this great reunion, we have just launched our Call for Applications for the 2021 Breakthrough of the Year in Science Engagement, together with our founding partner, the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

It is our goal to reach as many diverse Science Engagers and Science Communicators as possible around the world. Our 4th edition will be another amazing opportunity for applicants to gain international visibility on stage in Berlin, and connect with other inspiring Science Engagers involving communities in meaningful and impactful ways around the world.

We welcome projects that actively engage the public with science through participatory and interactive formats of all kinds and all sizes. We are looking for projects with transferable and/or scalable approaches, and which have a measurable outcome and long-term impact on their target groups.

This year, 50 Finalists will be selected and 20 Winners will get the chance to present their project in person in Berlin in front of an international audience (our FAQs for more information).

If you know an individual or organization around you running an inspiring project, please feel free to nominate. To apply or nominate, simply click on this link. The deadline for both is 15 June 2021.

The 2021 Beetlestone Award – leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

Are you a leader in the field of ‘informal learning in science’? Or do you work with someone who is?

Now in its fourth year, this Award is to recognise someone who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field. This Award has been made possible through the generosity of the Beetlestone family and other private donors.

The prize

  • UK-wide recognition amongst your peers in the ISL field.
  • The Beetlestone Award trophy
  • A personal award of £500
  • A bursary of up to £500 to facilitate dissemination
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event free of registration charge.

Details of how to nominate someone, or to apply yourself, are now available at: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone

The closing date for completed applications for this year’s Award is Saturday 1 May 2021.

Posted on behalf of Colin Johnson, Chair, Beetlestone Award Organising Group

Volunteer of the Year Awards 2021 – now open for entries

In a year like no other, the impact of COVID-19 has shown just how incredible volunteers are, from supporting the NHS, to foodbank donations and helping neighbours.

Now is your chance to recognise their ongoing efforts in our annual Volunteer of the Year AwardsMake a nomination before midnight on Sunday, 7 March 2021.

Celebrating the very best of volunteering, the awards give our University and our community partners the opportunity to recognise those who epitomise what it means to make a difference. There are three individual categories: student, staff and alumni; and one group category for students.

Very often, the nominees who get recognised have been put forward by someone who knows them at the University, and are often in a great position to explain the difference these individuals have made to their communities.

Last year’s winners include projects where volunteers expanded a sustainability shop business; assisted students in a night time safety initiative; delivered youth programmes nationally and internationally and ran sessions to SEN and SED young people in Manchester with charity Sexpression:UK.

Be inspired by the stories of our past winners and place your nomination on the Volunteer of the Year Awards website.

Important information:

  • Entries to be submitted to the volunteering website
  • Deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday, 7 March
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party
  • Individuals and teams (for student group) can enter
  • If you have any trouble accessing the nomination form, please email volunteers@manchester.ac.uk

There’s still time to enter our Making a Difference Awards – extended closing date

Due to popular demand, we are extending the deadline for our Making a Difference Awards entries – closing date midnight 24 January

At a time in which we are all probably reeling from the latest announcement of a third lockdown, we want to encourage you to highlight the great work and resilience that our staff, students, alumni and external partners are showing and the huge difference they are making to the lives of others.

If you haven’t already, please enter or nominate someone you know, to help recognise and celebrate the positive social responsibility achievements being made across our University during these challenging times.

The Awards are open to all staff and students at the University as well as alumni and external partners. Individuals or teams can submit an entry for themselves, or be nominated by a third party.

The award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative (subcategories include: local engagement; national/international engagement; public contribution; contribution by our Cultural Institutions)
  • Outstanding benefit to society through research
  • Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact through enterprise
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding professional services for social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding contribution to widening participationVolunteer of the Year Award

Culminating in a major awards ceremony hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2021, the awards will celebrate, raise awareness and provide valuable recognition of how individuals and teams across the University are making a difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

Further information, award criteria and the entry form can be found on the social responsibility website.

Maddox Prize: nomination deadline extended to 26 May

Nominations for the John Maddox Prize now extended to 26 May, 11:59am.

The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.

The Prize is awarded to an individual for any kind of public activity in any of the areas listed below:

  • Addressing misleading information about a scientific issue (including social science and medicine).
  • Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
  • Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.

Nominated candidates for the Prize will be judged on the strength of the nomination based on the following criteria:

  • How clearly the individual advanced the discussion of good science, despite challenges.
  • The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual.
  • How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.
  • Their level of influence on the public debate.

Winners receive £3000. An additional award is also made to someone who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career.

Find out more and make a nomination at:
https://senseaboutscience.org/john-maddox-prize/maddox-prize-nominations/

Beetlestone Award ­for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

The Beetlestone Award – for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

The purpose of the Beetlestone Award is to recognise a leader in the field of ‘informal learning in science’ – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field.

Professor John Beetlestone (1932-2017), the founding director of the UK’s first purpose-built science discovery centre, Techniquest in Cardiff, was one of the ISL pioneers of the 20th century.  Who is following in his footsteps?

Now in its third year, this Award has been made possible through the generosity of the Beetlestone family and some other private donors.  Details of how to nominate someone, or to apply yourself, are now available on the BIG website.

The closing date for nominations and applications for this year’s Award is Friday 1 May 2020.

Nominations open for The Josh Award 2020 – Science Communication (closes 14 April)

Applications are now open for the Josh Award, which celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK.

If you have an idea for a show-stopping science communication activity, the Josh Award can provide the platform, experience and support to help you bring it to reality.

What is the Josh Award?

The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives. The winner of this year’s Award will receive up to £2,500 to develop and deliver an activity for Manchester Science Festival in October 2020, along with a personal prize of £2,000 from the Josh Award Foundation, a year’s paid membership to the BIG STEM Communicators Network and access to professional development opportunities. Last year’s winners, Ben and Fred, wowed festival audiences with a science-themed juggling show.

Find out more and apply

Further information about the Award can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website.

You can submit your application through the online form or visit the website to access a downloadable form.

Audio and video submissions, as well as written applications are welcomed.

The deadline for applications is 10.00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

There’s still time to enter the Making a Difference Awards

With a closing date of 20 January there is just one week to go before the deadline for entering the Making a Difference Awards.

The Making a Difference Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of the University’s academic and professional services staff, students and alumni.

The Awards are open to all staff and students at the University and external partners. Individuals or teams can submit an entry for themselves, or be nominated by a third party.

The award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding benefit to society through research
  • Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact through enterprise
  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding Professional Services for social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding contribution to widening participation
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Culminating in a major awards ceremony hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2020, the awards will celebrate, raise awareness and provide valuable recognition of how individuals and teams across the University are making a difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

Further information, award criteria and the entry form can be found on the social responsibility website.

British Science Festival – Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher? Nominations are now open for seven Award Lectureships available to promising early career academics, skilled at engaging people with their research.

The Award Lectures are an opportunity for open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning lecture at the 2020 Festival.

Nominations close on 6 January 2020 at 5pm.

More information, including the application process can be found here.