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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.

Being Human Festival Open Call

This is just a quick message to let you know that we are now accepting applications for the Being Human festival ‘Open Call’.

This second wave of applications is all about activities that can run without start-up funding from the festival, but which still fulfil the festival’s key criteria of making research in the humanities accessible, engaging and fun for people across the UK.

This year’s Being Human festival will run 14-23 November 2019. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research.

This year our festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories, or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities.

Open call

The open call is all about activities that can run using existing funding (e.g. institutional funding, research grants) but which will still benefit from promotion and support as part of the national festival. Examples of activities that often come forward under this pathway include walking tours, ‘café culture’ style activities, pop-ups in museums and galleries, object handling sessions, film screenings…

Further details, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website.

The deadline for applications for funding is 5pm Monday 3 June.

Many of you have been involved in the Being Human festival before and have helped the festival to grow. I hope that you’ll consider taking part again in 2019.

Please do help to spread the word. The hashtag on Twitter is #BeingHuman19

Dr Michael Eades, Manager and Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities

PCST Network – Public Communication of Science and Technology – Call for proposals

16th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference – 26–28 May 2020, Aberdeen, Scotland – Time, Technology and Transformation

PCST Network announces the call for proposals for its conference to be held in Aberdeen, Scotland, 26–28 May 2020. Submissions can be made from 12 April 2019; the deadline for proposals is 12 October 2019.

PCST2020 in Aberdeen will be the first PCST conference in the United Kingdom, enabling stronger relations between the global network for science communication and one of the largest and most influential national science communication communities. The conferences are open to all who have a professional or personal interest in science communication, as practitioners, educators, researchers.

The PCST2020 conference theme is Time, Technology and Transformation, and we encourage proposals that engage with these themes:

Find out more at and submit your proposal: https://pcst.co/conferences/proposals

Einstein’s Garden Science Stall application now open

Call for Science Stalls at Einstein’s Garden, Green Man Festival are now open.

Deadline for applications will be 14 April 2018. Any queries regarding the application should be directed towards will@greenman.net

To apply please follow this link and scroll to the bottom to find the section for Science Stalls: https://greenman.net/information/get-involved/

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area of science and nature. Each year we curate a line up which fuses together performance, art, music and public engagement with research and brings science and the environment to life in fun and unusual ways.

We’re on the lookout for research groups and scientific organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

The Einstein’s Garden theme for 2018 is LIFETIME to mark the celebrations of our 10th year at Green Man. It is not essential for science stalls to directly relate to the theme, but it may help to shape your ideas.

Find out more about the Green Man Festival at: http://www.greenman.net/

Manchester Science Festival 2018 – call for proposals

Manchester Science Festival is looking for individuals and organisations to partner with us and bring events to our 2018 Festival programme. The dates for our festival this year are Thursday 18 October – Sunday 28 October. Submissions are open from today and will close on Friday 13 April.

Please visit the MSF website for the full details of how you can get involved and the kind of events/projects we support.

We would also like to invite you to join us for our event organisers’ information and networking day on Monday 19 March, 3pm – 5pm at the Museum of Science and Industry. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Manchester Science Festival team, network and discuss your ideas for MSF18. Please book your place here.

In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a member of the festival team, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Posted on behalf of Tania Seher Wilson, MSF Partnerships and Collaborative Programme Manager, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP

Tel: +44 (0)161 606 0173 | +44 (0)777 997 4964
Web: manchestersciencefestival.com
Twitter: @mcrscifest #msf18

British Science Festival 2018 call for proposals

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public’s understanding of science, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull – the 2017 UK City of Culture – and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11-14 September 2018.

Open call for proposals

Would you like to be involved in the British Science Festival 2018? We’re looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

The deadline for proposals is 9.00am, 19 February 2018. Please visit our webpage for further details.

Call for Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, an exceptional early career researcher? Every year the British Science Association asks for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to academics who are keen to engage people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. More information, including the application process can be found here.

Winners will have the opportunity to present their Award Lecture at the 2018 Festival.

The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 9.00am, 2 January 2018

Your chance to shape Manchester Histories Festival 2016

Manchester Histories Festival 2016 is on the way and will be taking place from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 June across Greater Manchester, and we’re organising a planning meeting on Tuesday 10 November to discuss how you can take part in the festival.

We’ll cover planning timescales, what you need to do to get involved and also answer any questions that you may have. Whether you’re new to the festival or have taken part before, we’re keen to meet with everyone and discuss how we can make the next festival a great success and benefit all partners.

Annie Keane, the new Director of the 12 month Science in the City festival that is part of 2016’s European Open Science Forum, will also be at the meeting to talk with you about how you can get involved in the programme.

Additionally, when we’ve hosted previous meetings for the festival, many people have mentioned the opportunity it also provides to meet with other groups, organisations and individuals who are planning on delivering activities in the festival, share information and make new links.

If you have any questions about the meeting and how you could get involved, please contact Claire Turner on claire@manchesterhistories.co.uk or call 0161 306 1982.

Sign up to attend the planning event here.

We hope to see you there.

About the Manchester Histories

Manchester Histories is a charity that celebrates Greater Manchester’s unique histories and heritage, through a range of events and projects, including Manchester Histories Festival. Manchester Histories purpose is transforming lives through histories and heritage. The next festival runs from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 June 2016. For further details, please visit www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk

Electric Art – Call for Artists – Manchester Science Festival 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS – Electric Art

Are you or do you know an artist who can help realise a visual art work?

Manchester Science Festival 2015, in Partnership with Electricity North West, and the University of Salford, Manchester.

This £5,000 commission seeks to help realise a visual art work, developed through the theme of ‘electricity’ for exhibition during the Manchester Science Festival (October 22 – November 1, 2015). The final work will create public debate around the role of electricity in our lives and may engage. We are keen to hear from artists working across genres from digital and mixed media to craft and performance. Thematic areas may include attention to the future of electricity, forms of sculptural lighting, smart grid design, laser and alternative fuel sources.

Deadline for Proposals: Monday 8 June 2015, 12.00pm

Find out full details here:
www.manchestersciencefestival.com/electricart

British Science Festival – September 2015 Bradford – open call

British Science Festival Open Call for proposals:

In 2015, the British Science Festival programme is opening its doors to academics, organisations and individuals who want to bring cutting-edge British Science to an adult, non-specialist audience.

There are no restrictions on who can propose an event for the Festival – staff and organisations from the host university and host city, individuals, organisations and academic institutions from all over the UK come to the Festival to host events.

The deadline to apply is 23 March 2015.

To find out more and to submit an Open Call proposal go here: www.britishscienceassociation.org/bradford-2015-call-for-proposals