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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

Could you inspire the next generation of science communicators?

Do you want to help inspire the next generation of scientists and science communicators?

Here at the Manchester Branch of the British Science Association we recognise that the public gain most of their understanding of scientific advancement through news reports; and want to help the next generation of scientists and communicators successfully navigate the world of the press release. So, we are launching a competition for 6th form students across Greater Manchester to create their own scientific press releases and we need your help!

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers from all stages of their careers to act as mentors – teaching students about their field and helping them create informative and informed press releases. The competition is set to run in March 2016 and we are looking to gather together a range of mentors from a number of different academic backgrounds to liaise with the students. We’d love your help with this important and exciting venture so, to register your interest, please e-mail us at: britsciassoc@manchesterscience.co.uk.

We look forward to working with you.
Sarah, Mike and the BSA-Manchester team

Science Uncovered Manchester – European Researchers Night Friday 25 September (deadline 29 June)

Science Uncovered Manchester European Researchers Night at Manchester MuseumFriday 25 September 2015, 4-5pm – A level social and 6-10pm – Adult social – After Hours

What is it?
Friday 25 September is European Researcher’s night and for the first time Manchester Museum will be hosting Science Uncovered Manchester – a night showcasing Manchester’s finest researchers and their work for an adult audience. There’ll be research on show, music, drinks and a lively atmosphere. Our participation in Science Uncovered event is funded by the Natural History Museum, who’ve hosted this event successfully for several years in London and Tring. European Researcher’s Night is a Europe wide initiative, in which thousands of researchers all across Europe meet the public and share their work in a social setting.

Get Involved
We want 50 researchers to join us at the Museum to share research with our curious audience. We want to give preference to research that connects to our collection, as we would love to get objects out on the night. But we’re really keen to talk about lots of research. So if you’ve got something interesting to share do get in touch?

Thinking of applying?
Fill out our online Science Uncovered Manchester application form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iNVjaPEhG0J6NdOtAiPdTm0eOcHco-9q0AyJJN3F794/viewform by 29 June 2015. It’s not too long but helps us get a feel for what you might be interested in.

Got a question?
Contact Anna Bunney anna.bunney@manchester.ac.uk or tel: 0161 30(61581)

Ways to get involved
There are a number of ways of participating:

1) Research Stations – Show us your best work with interactive table top activities to get a conversation started. The focus of our research stations is to get chatting to the public – so leave the poster boards behind and bring your best conversation starters (objects, equipment and demonstrations). The smallest practical station would be two researchers at a time and researchers would need to work in rotation for the duration that a station is running. A limited number of large, flagship stations are possible on the night and these may have 10 or more researchers and be supported with small pop-up banners.

2) Flash talks in the Study – got something interesting to say in 3 minutes? Join us in our brand new space for curious adults, the Study. Opening on 11th September 2015, the Study is a place for discovery and creativity, for exploration and reflection. Drawing on our artefacts and knowledge it’s the perfect space for research, learning, activities, temporary exhibitions, or just to take time out in the city. In the Study you can hop on our soapbox and give us an entertaining 3 minute insight into your work.

3) Researchers speed dating – choose some fun topics or burning questions and we’ll pop them on your speed dating card. We’ll find the audience for you to have a fun informal chat about your work over a glass of wine.

We are open to your trying your hand at any of our activities but bear in mind, if you are on a research station, you’ll need to find a colleague to keep the conversation flowing while you’re away.

Is it for you?
Science Uncovered Manchester is open to a wide array of researchers including:

  • Research leaders
  • Research groups
  • Postgraduate students
  • Early career researchers

What do you get from it?
You get a fun night of conversations around your research. We will evaluate the event and include questions around the impact of research for you to use to evidence your public engagement activities. We are hoping to get a significant audience so you could reach lots of curious adults.

What’s the A-Level Social?
As the Museum has an established A-Level audience, we want to offer them a chance to participate in this one off event. Starting earlier, students will be able to meet for a tour of some of the activities on offer and quiz you about how you found your way into research. A great engagement opportunity to inspire the researchers of the future.

Posted by Anna Bunney, Engagement Manager, Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Nuffield Research Placements: Host a Student this Summer

Could you host a sixth form student on a Nuffield Research Placement in July / August 2015?

Last the University of Manchester were proud to have hosted more students than any other institution in the UK. They are now looking for researchers and academic staff who might be interested in offering a Nuffield Research Placement in 2015. Details on what this entails can be found below and in the 2015 Project Providers Leaflet (pdf).

Nuffield Research Placements are a fantastic way of working with young people from local schools and colleges who already have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; and giving them an insight into the research which goes on within our University. With The University of Manchester’s commitment to widening participation and supporting talented young people from local schools to progress onto research intensive universities, we really welcome this move – and look forward to working with you to offer a wide range of Nuffield Research Placements this academic year.

If you have been involved in the scheme before, then Sarah Fenton the Regional Coordinator will contact you, either directly, or via a central contact in your School.

If you have not been involved in the scheme before please see below to find out more.

If you are interested in offering a project for 2015; or would like more information, please reply to me at roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk by 31 January in the first instance, and I will pass on your details to Sarah Fenton, the Regional Coordinator.

For further information on the scheme, see the attached leaflet or visit the website: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements

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