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Engagement@Manchester – 26 June 2019, 1-2pm with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement

Join us for our next Engagement@Manchester session with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement, as we explore Einstein’s Garden: Reflections on Creative Engagement with Science.

26 June 2019, 1-2pm, Michael Smith Building (lecture theatre at entrance), followed by light refreshments and informal networking.

In 2015, the Green Man Festival’s Einstein’s Garden began a Wellcome funded Society Award to experiment with new approaches to creative science engagement. At the end of this award, 12 projects have been produced in partnership with four universities, involving dozens of researchers and in collaboration with creative practitioners including sand sculptors, performers, sound designers, textile artists, architects and puppeteers. These 12 projects have engaged audiences at the Green Man and in many other cultural contexts, including a playground, a city farm, a beach, a market, a beer festival, a book festival and an agricultural show.

This session is an opportunity to discover what learning came out of the Einstein’s Garden Society Award and to inspire your own ideas about creative engagement with science.

Ellen Dowell is a creative producer of science engagement. She works part-time for Imperial College’s National Heart and Lung Institute where she produces a creative engagement programme called The Curious Act. From 2009 until March this year, she worked for the Green Man Festival, establishing, managing, curating and producing Einstein’s Garden, the science, nature and environment area of the festival.

All welcome to this best practice session. No registration required.

Do get in touch if you have any queries.

Dee-Ann Johnson, Public Engagement Manager, Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester, 0161 306 3231, Twitter: @uomengage

Call for Researchers: SUPI Engaging with Secondary Schools Training Opportunity – 2 March 2015

Would you like the opportunity to develop an outreach activity and engage with a local secondary school? Are you passionate about your subject area? Are you interested in taking your research into the classroom? Want to develop your outreach skills?

Then this free public engagement training opportunity is for you!

What: SUPI: Engaging with Secondary Schools. This one-day, interactive workshop for researchers explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools.

When: Monday 2 March 2015, 9:30am – 5pm

Where: The University of Manchester

Who: Postgraduate Researchers, Postdoctoral Research Associates, Research Staff and New Academics with little or no experience of school outreach. Open to all disciplines.


If you would like to be added to a waiting list in case places come available, or to put your name down for the next training date (TBC), then send an email to roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk and we will get back in touch as soon as a date is fixed to offer you a priority place

With best wishes,  Dee-Ann Johnson, Suzanne Spicer, Ceri Harrop, & Roz Webster

This opportunity is brought to you by The University of Manchester: School – University Partnership Initiative (SUPI).

Take chemistry to Parliament

If you’re a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) member with or currently working towards your PhD, you can apply to get directly involved in communicating science for and to parliamentarians through the RSC Westminster Fellowship scheme.

Two successful applicants will spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), an office of the two Houses of Parliament that provides balanced and objective analysis of science and technology issues, where they will:

  • Brief MPs on science and technology issues
  • Aid scientific research into public policy areas
  • Help raise public awareness.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2014 and candidates should be available to start between October 2014 and May 2015. Each successful fellow will be funded by a £5,000 bursary from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Find out more and download an application form here – www.rsc.org/science-activities/parliament/westminster-fellowship-scheme/index.asp

You can also read about the Westminster Fellowship and hear from past fellows in the latest issue of RSC News (pages 10-11). Download the digital edition here – www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/RSCnews/

Ketso Taster session: Integrating co-production into delivery of strategies and services

Learn how the Scottish Refugee Council has been using Ketso to engage with refugees and the public sector across Scotland.

Ketso Taster session: Integrating co-production into delivery of strategies and services

17 March 2014, 14:00 – 17:00 (tea and coffee from 13:45), Studio 2.3, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester 

Ketso is a hands-on kit for creative engagement, which was awarded a commendation by the Royal Town Planning Institute NW for ‘positive contribution to community engagement’ in 2013. (www.ketso.com)

Joe Brady, the Head of Integration of the Scottish Refugee Council will discuss their experience of using Ketso to facilitate genuine dialogue with stakeholders, from designing events and projects, to developing services and programmes of work to developing a refugee integration strategy. This strategy, “New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities”, looked at integration across the public sector, in partnership with COSLA and the Scottish Government and involved communities and the voluntary sector at its core.

There will also be the opportunity to experience Ketso with a practical introduction to the tool kit, giving you an opportunity to share ideas around co-production and engagement with other delegates.

Please register here.

Posted on behalf of Dr Joanne Tippett, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester & Managing Director and Founder: Ketso.