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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.

Nominations open: Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Awards 2019

Nominations required: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE). Deadline Monday 24 June 12pm

Building upon last year’s success, we will recognise inspirational and outstanding commitment to PPIE that has made a positive difference, through the FBMH ‘Outstanding Contribution to PPIE’ awards.

The awards are open to Public Contributors, staff, students and groups contributing to PPIE in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Activities may include, but not limited to: setting research/teaching priorities, co-production of research/ teaching, enabling and evidencing high quality PPIE through public partnerships and sheer hard work and commitment to enable excellence in the Faculty’s work.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Public Contributor
  • Staff
  • Student
  • Group (e.g. research user group) please provide the names of every member of the group.
  • New comer (has only been doing PPIE for up to two years)
  • One off event/project

You can nominate someone for more than one category and you can also self-nominate as well.

To submit a nomination please visit the following link and complete the required information: https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=m6KJ3561H

We would like to create a poster of the nominations to showcase at the event so please confirm that you are happy for the information you have provided in the nomination form to be presented on the day.

Please note: We strongly recommend that you inform the person that you are nominating them.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by the end of June and will be invited to the PPIE Celebration event on Wednesday 17 July, Core Technology Facility where winners will be announced.

Should you require any further information, please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or Tel: 0161 275 5186.

Posted on behalf of Imogen Halls, Public Engagement and Communications Intern
Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Nominations now open: The Josh Award and Beetlestone Awards

It’s time to cast your nominations for the two major awards in Sci Comm, each recognising an individual, at different stages of their careers, who’ve made a significant difference to the industry.

The Josh Award is the UK’s national Award in science communication, established to recognise and encourage early professional career, talented innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement. The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry and also Chair of BIG at the time his passing. The Josh Award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner’s STEM communication skills, networks and awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network. Applications close: 24 April 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/josh/

The Beetlestone Award is now in its second year and was established to recognise leadership and legacy in the field of ‘informal science learning’ (in memory of Professor John Beetlestone, the founding Director of Techniquest Science Discovery Centre). To be considered for this Award, nominees must be actively engaged and well-established in the field of ISL. They must be currently in a leadership role in the UK and able to demonstrate strategic vision and the creation of a legacy. Applications close: 1 May 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone/

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences.

The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).

Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards

For queries please email: raghavendra.selvam@RSB.ORG.UK

Posted on behalf of Raghav Selvam AMRSB, Competitions and Outreach Officer, Royal Society of Biology

Only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication!

Get your skates on, folks! There are only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication.

The winner of the 2017 Josh Award will get a fantastic string of prizes, including the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival

You’ll also receive up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget.

Attendance at the annual BIG Event (conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300 – http://www.big.uk.com)

A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award. The Josh Award trophy, held for one year. And bags and bags of prestige and kudos!

Applying is really simple so there’s no reason not to try! Apply by 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017 by clicking on http://www.big.uk.com/josh

Posted on behalf of, Sarah Vining, Membership Services Manager, BIG STEM Communicators Network

Call for nominations: The Josh Award 2017 – science communication

Are you – or do you know – an amazing science communicator who is at a defining moment in their career?

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication. The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

The Prize

  • Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for 2017. The winner will receive the support of the Manchester Science Festival team, members of BIG and previous Josh Award winners to develop and deliver an innovative and creative new project or event at Manchester Science Festival.
  • Up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget. Please note this budget will be agreed and held by the Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford.
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event (http://www.big.uk.com/event-2468918) conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2017 BIG Event will take place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2017 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award
  • The Josh Award trophy, held for one year

How to apply: Applications are now open until 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017. For more information please see the information pack and application form:
http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/2017/04/the-josh-award-2017-call-for-nominations/

International Women’s Day Awards 2017 – open for nominations

Manchester City Council have launched their International Women’s Day Awards 2017. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women, promote role models, raise aspirations and tackle the under representation of women in many areas of work.

The awards are open to individual women or groups of women who have worked tirelessly over the last 2 years or more to promote the issues that are important to women and help improve the lives and life chances of women in the city of Manchester.

The awards:

  • Our Manchester Women – Outstanding Woman: a woman/group of women who through her job or voluntarily has improved the lives of either a community of place or a community of interest within the city.
  • Our Manchester Women – Business of the Year: outstanding business woman who has promoted and improved skills, training and employment opportunities for women.
  • Our Manchester Women – Intergenerational Award: outstanding woman/group of women who have promoted positive working relationships with women from different age groups.
  • Our Manchester Women – Community Award: outstanding woman/group of women whose work has had a positive lasting impact on either a community or place in the city.

The deadline for nominations: Friday 9 December 2016.

For more information and how to nominate: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200041/equality_and_diversity/6793/international_womens_day_awards_2017

Posted by Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, Office for Social Responsibility , The University of Manchester