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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.

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