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Service-learning / Community engaged learning – Invitation for July conference proposals

Sent on behalf of the Service Learning/Community Engaged Learning Network

We are delighted to invite you to submit proposals for our Service-learning / Community Engaged Learning Summer Conference which will take place virtually on 7 July 2021.

The conference will cover 3 broad themes- 1) Operational (what practical learning would you like to share); 2) Pedagogical (what methodologies or approaches have you used and what was the outcome); and 3) Innovation (would you like to share a new initiative or approach, or something surprising from the field).

We are looking for 2-3 interested practitioners to present in each of the above themes, in 45 minute sessions, on Service-learning or Community Engaged Learning, whether you are from this specialism or from other associated specialisms such as working on civic engagement or in public engagement.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the attached template Conference Proposals Form (doc) and submit to louise.gough@kcl.ac.uk by the end of the day on 28 May 2021. We will confirm the agenda by 14th June 2021.

Louise Gough, Director of Service Strategy and Planning, King’s College London

BIG Event 2021 – Call for session proposals

Once again, the BIG Event conference will be held online, and this time Cardiff University are playing host!

With approximately 25 hours of STEM Communication content and great networking opportunities, we hope you can join us for the conference in July. Session dates are as follows: July 14, 15 & 16 and July 19, 20, 21,22 & 23.

The programme is created by STEM Communicators, for STEM Communicators, which means we need you! So jump in and share your expertise and knowledge with the community by proposing sessions. And if your session is chosen for the programme, you’ll get a discount on your conference fee!

Propose sessions on our proposals website: http://bigevent.info/ no later than 10am on 10 May 2021.

Don’t want to propose a session, but still want to attend the conference? Tickets are available at https://www.big.uk.com/Event21 £95 for non-members and £60 for members.

Posted on behalf of Ashley Kent, BIG – STEM Communicators Network

UK Science Festivals Network Conference 2021

Join us online on 19 January 2021 to discuss all things science festivals and events…

UK Science Festivals Network Conference -This conference is for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities.

19 January 2021, 08.45-18.00,  £25+VAT pp

You can expect a day packed full of fantastic content with amazing speakers from across the science engagement sector. We will be discussing:

  • How festivals and others from the science engagement community have been rising to the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19
  • New ways that we can listen to and build trust within our communities
  • The ways in which we can acquire the practical skills to foster inclusivity in our science events as we look ahead to the future
  • Plenty of other topics including design thinking, conspiracy theories, funding, as well as yoga classes and a virtual petting zoo! There’s something for everyone at #UKSFN21

To find out more, head over to the Hopin event page, where you can read the full programme and purchase your tickets: https://hopin.com/events/uk-science-festivals-network-conference-2021

To find out about the UK Science Festivals Network please visit:

Please get in touch with info@sciencefestivals.uk if you have any queries.

Posted on behalf of Hannah Lawrence, Engagement Officer British Science Association

UK Science Festivals Network Conference

Join us in London on the 19 November for the UK Science Festivals Network Conference to discuss all things science festivals and events…. This conference is for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities.

19 November 2019, 09.30-19.00 | Events @ No 6, London | £120+VAT pp

Thrilling, rewarding and exhausting: three words all science festival and event organisers can relate to. Despite the chaotic mixture of emotions we often feel, we’re all in this because we have a passion for putting on exciting and engaging activities for our audiences. Whether it be fine tuning the logistics, producing a high-quality programme or meeting inspiring people, everyone has favourite (and not so favourable) aspects of their role.

The UK science festival ecosystem is diverse and constantly evolving, but we rarely take the time to celebrate what we have achieved or to look ahead to some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector. This is where the UK Science Festivals Network (UKSFN) come in – we bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.


Following the success of the last year’s UKSFN Conference in Swansea, we’re re-lighting the fire for the third time. Based on feedback from our members, this year we will be convening in London. Join us again, or for the first time, to discuss best practice in diversifying audiences and speakers, workshop new approaches to  programming  and learn what else is happening beyond the UK, amongst other topics. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees – if only it serves to reassure you that you’re not alone in this crazy little science engagement bubble!


Anyone interested or involved in organising science events and activities in general. This conference is open to all, you do not have to be a member of the UKSFN to attend.
For tickets and more info please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-science-festivals-network-conference-2019-tickets-65427889579

If you have any queries, please get in touch with hannah.lawrence@britishscienceassociation.org

Posted on behaf of Hannah Lawrence, Engagement Officer, British Science Association

Science Museum Group Research Conference 4-5 November, Manchester

Join us on 4–5 November 2019 at the Science and Industry Museum to discuss ‘The Place of Industry’ – a conference organised by the Science Museum Group.

Tickets and full programme are available here: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/smg-research-conference-2019

The conference features a number of contributors from the University of Manchester from across multiple disciplines and offers a diverse programme exploring:

  • Place-based approaches to science and industry. From the coffee house to the technical school, from bricks and mortar to regional strategies. What does a focus on place and space bring to our understanding of science and industry?
  • Interfaces and juxtapositions of industry with other disciplines and frames. From applying a science, technology, engineering and maths lens to industry to making space for artists and creative practitioners to extend industry’s meaning. What potentials are there in pushing and exploring the boundaries of industry?
  • The proximity of industry. From the haptic perception of technologies to the sensory qualities of industrial cities and spaces. How does industry being close-at-hand alter human experience? And how does experience design respond to industrial spaces?

The Place of Industry will be the fourth Science Museum Group Research Conference.

This annual conference is an opportunity to showcase research activity, gather together new thinking that resonates with the collections and practices of the Science Museum Group, and draw out emerging work from our research community. Its offers a great opportunity for anyone based at the University of Manchester to get a sense of the research activities, interests and opportunities of the Science and Industry Museum and the wider Science Museum Group.

Find out more at here: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/smg-research-conference-2019