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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

British Science Association 2015 Science Communication Conference – call for proposals

The call for proposals for sessions at the 2015 Science Communication Conference is now open.

If you’d like to propose a session that you would like to help organise, complete this online form – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QXKYYY

Your session could look to the future of communications, and science’s role in culture and society, or it could address one of our key topics for 2015:

  • Communicating through play
  • Science communication for the public good?
  • Crowd-sourcing
  • Telling stories with complex science and big data.

The deadline for proposals is 9 January 2015.

About the Conference:

When and where is the Science Communication Conference in 2015?
The 2015 Science Communication Conference will take place on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Who organises the Conference?
The Science Communication Conference is organised by the British Science Association in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

Who attends the Conference?
We welcome anyone who works in or has an interest in public engagement with science. That includes people who work in all sectors, as well as freelancers and small consultancies. The Conference will include sessions for all levels of experience, from seasoned pros to those new to the sector.

What is the Conference for?
The Conference aims to:

  • Address key issues facing all people doing and researching science communication, policy and public engagement
  • Link together this diverse group, to share new ideas and move the sector forward
  • Help the community to find inspiration and connections from culture throughout the UK.

Not sure if this conference is for you? Read this handy blog post from Dr Sam Illingworth:
http://thebrainbank.scienceblog.com/2014/12/01/science-communication-in-manchester/

TeenTech Manchester 2014

On 10 December 2014, we will be hosting the 2nd TeenTech Manchester event – and due to a few companies no longer being able to attend, we’re looking for input into two of our activity zones, see more information below:

There are two ways in which you could get involved, either in our Challenge Zone (providing a 30 min challenge for 10 students at a time) or our Insight Zone (providing a 15 min set of activities for groups of ~5 pupils at a time).

TeenTech events are designed to get young people excited about the possibility of working in a STEM related career, TeenTech Manchester seeks to enable young people to meet and work with organisations like yours, who recruit from these subject areas. The event will welcome around 300 13/14 year old pupils and their teachers; from 30 different schools into the University Campus. It’s a great opportunity to share information about the work you do, to support an initiative seeking to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and most of all; it’s a fantastic development opportunity, and good fun! There is no cost for involvement. We would require your time, enthusiasm and activities.

I have attached to this email a business information pack, which should have all the information you need, and also a company information form – which you can complete to confirm your involvement with this event. The deadline I’ve given has now passed – but obviously I can extend this for you to be involved!

I look forward to hearing from you, please let me know if you have any questions – Emma.Lewis@manchester.ac.uk or (0)161 306 1715

Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM)

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 – call for proposals

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 call for proposals – deadline 22 September.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your research at the UK’s most prestigious summer science exhibition. The call for proposals for the 2015 Exhibition is now open. Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit this event.

The Exhibition aims to help you raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public.

Funding: Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, research council or other relevant bodies to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A very limited ‘hardship fund’ is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.

Selection process: The Summer Science Exhibition Committee will invite around 25 exhibits to take part in the expanded 2015 summer science exhibition. Selection will be based on:

  • The quality and cutting-edge nature of the science: The science on show should be ground-breaking and of potential interest to the media.
  • The potential for interactive and hands-on elements: Wherever possible, exhibits should contain elements that visitors can touch and try out to understand the scientific concepts behind the research.
  • Interest of the subject matter to a broad audience: Visitors particularly like exhibits that are relevant to them or their experience.

The Committee endeavours to select a wide range of exhibits that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Proposals: For more information including successful proposals from previous years and application details see the website: https://royalsociety.org/summer-science/proposals/

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 22 September 2014.

Please contact Rebecca Jones on 0207 451 2513 or at exhibition@royalsociety.org if you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting.