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After School Science Club – MSF event needs your help!

After School Science Club: BLOCKS – Friday 27 October, 6.30pm-10pm, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, Tickets £9.50, adults 18+ (bar open all night)

Finished school, but still excited about science? After School Science Club is a night of carefully curated science talks, table-to-table science demos and puzzles, and hands-on science stuff, put together by award-winning mathematician and communicator Katie Steckles.

The event will take place in the Museum of Science and Industry’s main gallery, and the theme of the evening will be blocks – with block-themed talks, a giant table of LEGO courtesy of LEGOLand Discovery Centre, LEGO telescopes and microscopes you can build and use, and a team-of roving block-buskers around the room.

We’ll be joined by this year’s Ri Christmas Lecturer neuroscientist Sophie Scott, nanochemist Suze Kundu, materials scientist Jamie Gallagher and xenobiologist and author Lewis Dartnell. We’ll also have a bar, thematic freebies, and some puzzles and competitions with prizes to win!

If you’re interested, tickets cost £9.50 and they’re selling fast, so get one soon! For more information, and to book, visit afterschoolscience.club or follow @AftSchSciClub on Twitter for updates.

This message is posted on behalf of Katie Steckles
katiesteckles@gmail.com

Had Enough of Experts? You Are Invited to the Launch of the Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science

You are warmly invited to an exciting and topical debate to launch the 2016 Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science: SOCIAL SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC: BETWEEN OPPOSITION AND ACCOMMODATION

Wednesday 2 November, 5pm – 7pm (drinks and nibbles will be served)
Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, M 15 6BH.

Free tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-science-and-the-public-between-opposition-and-accommodation-tickets-28549466222

The recent decision to leave the European Union has re-ignited a long simmering debate on the role of experts in both the public policy process and civic debate more generally. Similarly, policy tumult in both the UK and the US suggests that a large swathe of citizens have genuinely ‘had enough of experts.’ At the same time, social media increasingly makes experts of us all, but is this a recipe for misinformation, or a valuable new form of scrutiny?

This debate – organised to launch the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science – considers the proper role of the social scientist within public discourse. At a time where full time academics are increasingly required to justify their research activities, with respect to ‘impact’ to (and for) the economy and society, we ask:

Can social scientists contribute to public discourse whilst retaining their integrity?

  • In the Chair: Michael Taylor (External Relations Adviser, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Panel:

  • Professor Francesca Gains (Professor of Public Policy, University of Manchester)
  • Professor Kevin Albertson (Professor of Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Professor Andy Miah (Professor of Public Engagement, University of Salford)

The full programme for the Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science can be found at www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk.

Dr Carly Chadwick | Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer, School of Social Sciences | School of Environment, Education and Development

Stories of Women in Science – Walking Tour for Manchester Histories Festival

On Sunday 5 June 2016, join Manchester Girl Geeks and guests from the University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, for an afternoon walking tour of Manchester’s city centre featuring stories of Manchester’s historical scientific women.

Learn about the contributions women have made to science in Manchester and around the world, and hear the stories of well-known (and less well-known) science heroes. And afterwards, come for tea and cake (included in your ticket price).

Tickets are £4.50, available from mgg-mhf.eventbrite.com.

Posted on behalf of Manchester Girl Geeks/Katie Steckles.