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Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2023 – call for exhibitors

Apply now to be part of the Royal Society’s flagship Summer Science Exhibition in 2023.

We are looking for researchers to take part in our festival celebrating the cutting-edge of UK science.

“One of the most enjoyable and satisfying outreach opportunities that I have ever taken part in. The range of visitors is so wide that almost each encounter brings up something new.” Exhibitor, 2019

Taking place in July 2023, the Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your research, including members of the public, school groups, policy makers, potential funders and Fellows of the Royal Society. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors through our doors and reach many more through national coverage on TV or in the media.

It is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your team’s research and gain valuable experience communicating with diverse audience groups. The Royal Society also helps you every step of the way, from guidance on submitting your proposal to preparing and coordinating your exhibit.

“I would highly recommend taking part in Summer Science, for the exposure it has given our research, and for the fantastic experience of connecting with visitors and getting direct feedback.”   Exhibitor, 2019

Find out how to apply or read our case studies from previous exhibitors to find out about their experiences first-hand.

The deadline for proposals is 12 September 2022.

Being Human festival 2020: call for applications now open

The Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will return Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 November 2020 with the theme ‘New Worlds’. Being Human is a national free festival geared towards public engagement with humanities research. The call for applications for 2020 is now live!

New Worlds

Entering a new decade offers an opportunity to think about the types of ‘new world’ that we want to inhabit. Global issues such as the climate emergency, migration, ageing populations, the rise of political populism, the fragmentation of long-held political identities, automation and changes to the world of work are likely to dominate the news agenda. As we reach the milestone of 2020, often used in science fiction as a setting for imagined futures, we might be asking ‘what happened to the future we were promised?’; ‘what new futures can we, and should we, imagine?’. How can humanities research help us to imagine futures, learn from the past, and engage with the ‘new worlds’ already out there on our doorsteps?

Echoing previous festival themes, ‘New Worlds’ also conjures ideas about how discoveries, developments and research have changed the world around us, in both big and small ways. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences. Read more about the theme here.

Get involved

There are three main pathways to taking part in the festival:

  • Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding.
  • Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.
  • Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000 – £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)

Further details, and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website here. Do check this year’s criteria even if you have applied before!

The hashtag for this year’s festival is #BeingHuman2020.

Posted on behalf of The Being Human festival team

New Scientist Live North – coming to Manchester 5 – 7 February 2021

Curated by New Scientist magazine, New Scientist Live North is a three-day science festival and exhibition that brings together over 9,000 visitors, 45 speakers and dozens of exhibitors under one roof to create an unrivalled atmosphere through talks, discussions and hands-on demonstrations.

The inaugural event will take place on 5-7th February 2021 at Manchester Central.

The event organisers are looking for new voices and ideas to inform, inspire and surprise the audience – they are seeking nominations for speakers, presentation/performances, activities/workshops.

For more details, see the attached – 2021_NSLiveNorth_Media Pack_update (pdf))

For applications, see the attached – Nomination Form NSL North (docx). Send completed forms to New Scientist Live nslspeakers@newscientist.com by 30 April 2020.

Note that if you wish to run an exhibition stand there is a cost for space, see the attached – New Scientist Live North Exhibition Costs (pdf) and for exhibition space layout see the attached – New Scientist 2021 North (Sales plan) (pdf)

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron, Sales Director, New Scientist
E:  Jacqui.McCarron@newscientist.com

Manchester Science Festival 2020 – call for proposals now open

Manchester Science Festival will take place 23 October – 1 November 2020, with 23 October being dedicated to school groups from KS2 and KS3.

This year’s Festival is curated around the theme of climate and it will be explored through three broad lenses of: our cities, ourselves and our natural world. We are looking to collaborate with partners to deliver meaningful, fun and engaging experiences to our visitors.

Proposals can take any form, from participatory activities, through to workshops, exhibitions, immersive experiences to art installations.

The Event Organiser Pack and detailed information about Festival can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/manchester-science-festival

REVISED DEADLINE for stage one proposals is 30 March 2020

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Festival Team: msf@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 – applications for taking part now open

Manchester Histories Festival  takes place Thursday 4 June to Monday 8 June 2020. The main hub for the festival will be at Manchester Central Library but your event could take place in any other venue across Greater Manchester. Your event can be a talk, performance, debate, film screening, discussion, exhibition or intervention around the themes of Celebrate – Learn – Challenge.

There are two ways to get involved (deadline for both applications is Friday 27 March 2020):

1. You can put on an event as part of Celebrating Alf’s Act, 50 Years of Disabled People’s Rights.

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970. This landmark legislation was pioneered by the late Lord Alf Morris, who subsequently became Britain’s first minister for disabled people. Often described at the Magna Carta for disabled people, this was the first disability rights legislation anywhere in the world and laid the foundations for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010.

Alf Morris was born and bred in Manchester and served as an MP for Wythenshawe. Throughout his lifetime, he campaigned tirelessly for the rights of disabled people.

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 is a collaborative programme between The University of Manchester, the family of the late Lord Morris of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester’s Students’ Union, the TUC (Manchester), Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.

In 2021 People’s History Museum will be exploring the theme of  disabled people’s rights and activism through a year of events, exhibitions and learning sessions. Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will mark the start of this exciting programme of activity.

Applications are open to all – individuals, organisations, health professional, researchers, historians, campaigners, academics, artists, musicians – anyone with a connection or interest in disabled people’s rights.

To apply for putting on an events as part of Celebrating Alf’s Act, go here: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/getinvolved/putonanevent

2. You can be part of Manchester Histories Celebration Day on Sunday 7 June 2020 at the wonderful and historic Whitworth Art Gallery, Institute and Park.

Exhibition stands celebrate and share the rich and diverse histories and heritage of Greater Manchester. Celebration Day is open to all and does not have to fit into the themes of the events happening at Manchester Central Library.

Past exhibitors have included The John Rylands Library, Royal Northern College of Music, Friends of Platt Fields, Heaton Park Tramway, Hungarian English Cultural Society, Peterloo Memorial Campaign and Historic England, to name but a few.

To apply for the Celebration Day go here: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/getinvolved/celebrationday

The deadline for both applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

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

Whitworth Art Gallery Thursday Lates – Call for proposals

Do you have an idea that brings art, people and ideas together and think it would make a great Thursday Late event at the Whitworth Art Gallery?

Fill in our #ThursdayLates proposal form here: http://ow.ly/pWsS30pm9ZU

What are Thursday Lates?
A series of sociable, after work and late openings that are the perfect place to meet up with friends, explore the gallery and enjoy a specially curated selection of talks, performances, film screenings, live music and artist interventions. Thursdays, 6-9pm.