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I’m a Scientist Pandemic Prevention Zone – call for participants

In January 2022, show school students how science can help us survive, and prevent, pandemics, in the I’m a Scientist Pandemic Prevention Zone.

The I’m a Scientist team are looking for people whose work is related to pandemics – including virologists, epidemiologists, geneticists, and immunologists – to take part in live text-based Chats with students, and answer follow-up questions.

The Pandemic Prevention Zone will run alongside the televised Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES series. Take part alongside contributors to the lectures.

Take part at the times that suit your schedule throughout January, as much or as little as you like. Scientists who take part report having improved communication skills, more confidence with engagement, and feel energised about their own research.

The Pandemic Prevention Zone is produced on behalf of the Ri.

What do I need to do now? Let us know whether you can participate by 15 December. We will then send you your login instructions if there’s a place for you.

Register your interest for the Pandemic Prevention Zone

If you have any other questions, get in touch: support@imascientist.org.uk

PhD researchers – University of Manchester taking part in 3MT 2021 (register by 26 March)

Once again the University of Manchester will be taking part in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Postgraduate Researchers from across the University are invited to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using only one static PowerPoint slide.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions and put forward one winner per participating institution for the national finals. The University of Manchester winner will be announced on Wednesday 16th June 2021.

Why Take Part?

3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development to effectively explain research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Hear from some of our previous winners:

Exclusive Training:

Entrants will be offered tips and training for delivery skills to help with your 3MT presentation, including looking at body language, emotional projection and auctioning and techniques for dealing with nerves.

Additionally the finalists will be invited to submit their videos to gain specialist personal feedback and tips for improving their presentation.


Winner – £250

Second prize – £150

Third prize – £100

*Please note prizes will be paid in the form of vouchers.


Open to all active second and final year PhD candidates (including candidates in their submission pending period or whose thesis is under examination) by the date of the 3MT first submission deadline, 14th April 2021. Read the full set of rules and the judging criteria.

How to take part:

To take part in 3MT this year, you need to follow the steps below

  1. Complete the registration form by Friday 26th of March
  2. Sign up for 3MT online training session on 24th March, details will be sent to those who have registered
  3. Create your presentation slide and film your presentation
  4. Submit your final 3MT presentation by 14th April

Full details on how to prepare and submit your presentation will be sent directly following completion of the registration form and further details can also be found online via the Research Degrees and Researcher Development Events page.


MakeFest 2018 – calls for makers (scientists, engineers, artists and more)

MakeFest is back! This year, our family festival of making, building, coding, crafting and tinkering has new dates and an exciting programme to celebrate the Year of Engineering 2018. But it’s still all about hands-on, do-it-yourself making at a festival that will take over the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 May and give our visitors a chance to try something new.

We need all kinds of people to make MakeFest happen. Techie, maker, engineer, hacker, hobbyist, crafter, artist, tinker, tailor or even a candlestick maker – we want to hear from you.

If you’re available to take part on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May,  go to our website and fill out a short application form to be part of MakeFest 2018.

Applications can be submitted by individuals or groups. For more information on the event and timescales, click here to go to our website where you can download the Festival Pack.

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry T: +44 (0)161 696 7786 E: Georgina.Wells@msimanchester.org.uk

The Brilliant Club – PhD Tutor Recruitment

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Through working as a tutor with The Brilliant Club, you will:

  • Develop teaching experience and other employability skills
  • Receive high-quality training in teaching pedagogy
  • Enhance your knowledge of the UK education system
  • Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Have the choice of how many placements you’d like to take part in, getting paid £500 per placement

What is The Brilliant Club?

Only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year olds progress to a highly-selective university. Over the last five years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase this number by recruiting, training and placing over 1000 researchers across the UK to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

There is now the opportunity for you to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor in 2017-18, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be holding an Information Event at The University of Manchester in the Roscoe Building, room 3.3, on Wednesday 6 September at 1pm. Please come along if you would like to find out more about becoming a Scholars Programme tutor.

To find out more about the tutoring opportunity and to watch a short video of tutors speaking about their experience, please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/ To apply, please complete the application form found at the bottom of the Brilliant Club website page.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at apply@thebrilliantclub.org

Posted on behalf of Roz Webster, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (SUPI & Academic Enrichment for Biology, Medicine, and Health

Tel +44(0) 161 275 7676 | Email roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk

Call for PhD researchers – become a paid widening participation fellow

Are you a PhD student passionate about your subject area? Would you like the opportunity to work with local school children? …then the Widening Participation Fellow programme might be for you!

The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team are recruiting PhD students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows. These flexible paid positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth form. Fellows deliver workshops and sessions for students linked to their subject area.

For more information about the University’s widening participation work please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/schoolsandcolleges/

More details about the role and the application form can be found here:

Apply online by 5pm on Friday 25th August 2017: http://bit.ly/2rMg3rJ

Please note these positions are open to PhD students who won’t be in their final year from September 2017. Students who will be 1st Years in their PhDs in September are able to apply.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the relevant Faculty Officer below:

Just So Festival: Science Workshop 2017


The multi-award winning Just So Festival is on the lookout for an exciting porposal for a science workshop over over 8’s. A weekend camping event for families in Cheshire (a short 45 mins from Manchester) on the 18th, 19th & 20th of August Just So provides a space to take families out of their day to day lives and into the extraordinary. A place where art, music, theatre, puppetry, circus and literature are embedded in the beautiful wild landscape of Rode Hall, Cheshire. All of our programme, from pillow fights and midnight feasts to performances and dance workshops are designed for families to do together.

We have recently created a new area of our festival, in partnership with The Week Junior, The Forgotten Courtyard, which is a space full of interesting talks and workshops -we have a whole host of brilliant people, from The School of Tropical Medicine to Project Real Junk Food along side award winning authors and adventurers and The Week Junior themselves hosting big debates and journalism workshops.

You can see a bit more about what we do here and here. If you are interested in proposing something for the festival contact Cathryn on cathryn@justsofestival.org.uk with a brief outline of what you would like to do and any costs associated by the 2nd of June.

Cathryn Peach, Creative Producer, Wild Rumpus

Manchester MegaPixel needs you!

Mathematician and science communication award winner Katie Steckles is running a large-scale maths project at this year’s Manchester Science Festival – the MegaPixel will be a giant photograph made from individual pixels, the same way computer and phone displays show images, built in a large window at the Museum of Science and Industry – and coloured by hand!

We’re looking for schools to take part in the project by colouring in a small section of the image and sending back pixels to us in the post – we’ll be posting out packs to schools on 16 September, to return by 10 October, and the pack will include everything you need to colour 64 pixels, plus activities, lesson ideas and worksheets around the way computers store and manipulate pixel images, suitable for KS2-5. It’d be great for a school STEM club or one-off lesson, and the activities have links with maths, physics, computer science and art.

If you’re interested in helping, please visit manchestermegapixel.com and find the sign-up form on the How do I get involved? page. The packs will be sent out on 16 September, and we only have a limited number of places, so sign up soon to make sure you don’t miss out!