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UK Science Festivals Network Conference

Join us in London on the 20 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.

20 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.

What?

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!

Who?

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

Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2020 – Call for submissions

Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, 26-28 May 2020 in Aberdeen – Call for Proposals & Submissions for Workshops, Performances and Speakers’ Corner.

Call for Proposals for Abstracts closes for the main programme closes on 12 October 2019
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/abstract-submission-911.php
We invite submissions that address aspects of the conference theme of Transformation through Time and Technology, but we also encourage applications that push the boundaries of discussion around these areas.

Call for Workshops, Performances and Speakers’ Corner closes on 1 December 2019
Institutions, organisations, projects, individuals and groups of individuals are welcome to submit proposals of max. 300 words:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/workshops-speakers-corner-and-performances-proposals-1123.php

  • Workshops will take place on Monday, 25 May 2020, the day before the main conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. They must clearly address a topic or topics in science communication, and may run for a half-day or full day. They might be a training activity, a practice demonstration, a discussion or debate, and should be distinct from the formats that the conference itself includes. The proposals should include the title, objectives, content, method and personnel. They should also detail any specific logistical or technical requirements and a proposal on how costs of room hire will be covered.
  • Performances will be scheduled through the three days of the main conference. They may be in several possible formats, including theatre, music, readings and dance. They should be maximum 30 minutes long and designed to be presented in a standard conference setting with minimal technical requirements, e.g. no spotlights, and own props. Proposals should include details of title, content, method and personnel.
  • Speakers’ Corner will be an occasional pop-up platform during the conference for short, informal, provocative talks (maximum 5 minutes) proposing a new idea or argument and aimed to stimulate discussion. Proposals are welcome from individuals representing themselves, organisations, projects or institutions. Proposals must include the title and a short descriptor of what you would like to discuss. Speakers’ Corner slots are verbal presentations but if you do have any specific requirements relating to access or anything you would like to demonstrate physically please let us know this information in your proposal.

The proposals in these three categories will be assessed by groups representing the PCST 2020 Local Organising Committee and the PCST Network Scientific Committee. These groups may ask for clarifications and / or amendments before giving a final decision. Final decisions will be communicated by end of January 2020.

Heading to London? We are holding a special preview and networking event for the conference on Wed 18 September, 6pm at UCL. Full details here: https://www.store.abdn.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-symposia-seminars/research-innovation-cpd/pcst-preview-event

Bursaries for Science in Public Conference 2019

The Science in Public 2019 conference is in Manchester this year, and we
have a bursary scheme to encourage researchers and practitioners, in
particular from the global south, people with disabilities, and people
with low/ or no income, who would otherwise not be able to come to the
conference.

The deadline for applications is 23:00 (GMT) on Friday 15th March. All
successful applicants will be informed via email by 23:00 (GMT) on Friday
22nd March.

The website for the conference can be found here: https://sip2019.com/

And here is a direct link to the bursary scheme:
https://goo.gl/forms/0lz17bmrMRWAHL4D2

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science
Communication, MMU

Science in Public Conference 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with The University of Manchester and The University of Salford, will be hosting The Science in Public Conference 2019 from 10th-12th July.

The call for contributions is now live via the website.

The deadline for these submissions is 11pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Notifications of acceptance expect to be provided by 11pm on Friday 26 April.

If you have any questions or queries about the process or conference, please contact S.Illingworth@mmu.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, MMU