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The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition (closes 31 Aug 2017)

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition closes for entries at midnight on 31 August. The overall winner will receive £500, while winners of the individual categories will receive £250.

The competition is open to scientists, and winning entries are chosen according to 2 key criteria: they should be aesthetically pleasing, and convey an interesting scientific phenomenon.

As well as an overall winner, a category winner and runner up are selected for each category. For the 2017 competition, photographs can be submitted to one of 5 categories:

  • Astronomy – for images of astronomical bodies, or that demonstrate astronomical or astrophysical phenomena
  • Behaviour – for images that show the behaviour of living species
  • Earth science & climatology – for images of physical processes or features related to Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere
  • Ecology and Environmental Science – for images that demonstrate the interaction of species within the environment and the environment itself
  • Micro-imaging – for any images taken using microscopes and other high-magnification imaging devices

Full details at:

The University of Manchester to host a second Falling Walls Lab – 25 July 2017

The University of Manchester will be hosting another Falling Walls Lab on Tuesday 25 July following on from last years’ success, giving the chance for students to reach out to the general public with their ideas for solving important world problems.

Inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the aim of the Falling Walls Foundation is to provide a platform by which innovations in a wide field of research, addressing real world problems, can be presented and discussed with a wider audience. It is supported by many high profile individuals, companies and universities and has seen labs held around the world so far this year including in Ghana, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Australia, Hawaii and Malaysia.

Last year, as part of the EuroScience Open Forum 2016, Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) hosted the Manchester Falling Walls Lab in the spectacular setting of Manchester Town Hall and the twelve presentations ranged from cleaning up oil waste and antimicrobial resistance to reducing economic equality and reducing social polarisation. Winner Daniel Laing has already begun to help businesses make the most of autistic workers unique skills based on his winning presentation.

Presenters are asked to give a three minute presentation on a solution to an important world issue they have identified from their research or business idea. The winner of each individual lab then has the opportunity to present at the Falling Walls annual conference in Berlin with all travel and accommodation provided.

The Falling Walls labs are free for members of the public to attend.

To apply or for more information visit: www.falling-walls.com or email Dr Robert Phillips (Robert.phillips@manchester.ac.uk) who will be hosting the event on the day on behalf of Manchester Enterprise Centre.

Famelab 2017 – call for scientists and engineers

Calling all scientists and engineers with a passion for public engagement to participate in FameLab 2017!

FameLab is inviting scientists, mathematicians and engineers across the globe to take part in its flagship science communications competition.

Contestants have just 3 minutes to convey a scientific concept of their choice.

They will be judged by leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation.

Each national winner goes on to compete against over 25 other contestants from around the world at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017.

Manchester heats take place on 1st February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry.

For more information, visit http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/about/famelab/what-is-famelab/

Enter now at: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/about/famelab/enter-now/

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry

Making sense of society – writing competition

ESRC writing competition 2016-17 in partnership with SAGE Publishing

We want to hear from you about your research and reward outstanding written communication.

Are you an ESRC-funded student, or have you been in the past four years? Are you keen to communicate your research to a wider audience? Then the ESRC writing competition, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, is for you.

The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication.

What’s the prize?
The winner will receive £1,000 cash prize.

Two runners-up will receive £500 cash prize each

All shortlisted entrants, including the winner and runners-up, will receive a SAGE master class on ‘how to get published’ and their articles will be published in print and online. They will also be invited to the awards ceremony which will take place in the Wolfson Library at the Royal Society, central London on 21 March 2017.

This year’s competition is now open and the closing date for entries is 30 November 2016.

Find out more at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/writing-competition/

You can follow news about the competition on Twitter using #esrcwriting.