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Join us for the UoM Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final (22 May 2019)


Get your FREE TICKETS to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition – Final
Wednesday 22 May, 14:00 – 15:45, University Place Lecture Theatre A

Your Invitation
Please join us for the University of Manchester Final. Staff and students from across the University as well as the wider public are invited to attend this FREE event.

What is 3MT?
The Three Minute Thesis ®(3MT) competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic and its significance. In just 3 minutes 10 finalists will attempt to make their thesis topic clear, compelling and entertaining!

This year’s final will be judged by Prof Sheena Cruickshank (Professor in Public Enagement), Antonio Benitez (Senior Research Engagement Manager – Cancer Research UK) and Prof Vikas Shah MBE (Manchester Alliance Business School). We also have the award winning science communicator Katie Steckles to compere and entertain.

A £500 first prize winner and £100 runner up winner but YOU get to vote for your favourite and award the £100 audience prize. Everyone is welcome. Bring your work-mates, bring your friends, bring your family!

Get your FREE TICKETS now.

BIG Event 2019 – Call for Session Proposals OPEN

BIG (the British Interactive Group) is thrilled to announce a return to Scotland for BIG Event 2019. The highlight of the STEM communicator’s annual calendar will see our conference held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh 17-19 July 2019. Dynamic Earth is a wonderful venue – lots of space and lots of spaces. Indoors, outdoors and fantastically placed for access to the airport, rail station and city centre.


If you have a session proposal you’d like to submit, you can pop your ideas on the BIG Event session proposals site www.bigevent.info (you’ll need to register for the site; tip: this isn’t the same registration as when you log into the BIG website)

The content for the BIG Event is created by the members. And the people who say they get the most out of it are the people who contribute the content.

So now is your chance to fling your session ideas into the ring. Once we have a ring-full we flirt the programme together, put people together who might like to work together, and ask a few people to do something a bit different. Your session ideas can be put forward now until 6th February.

Bring a show, a workshop, something needing tweaking, something you think is fab; bring your skills in evaluating, managing, developing, presenting, fettling; bring your planetarium, your STEM tap-routine, your busks, your IPad session. But whatever you do, make it hands-on, make it collaborative, make it a truly sharing contribution. BIG members really don’t like to be spouted at – we like to have a go at a thing so bring the thing, not a picture of the thing or a talk about the thing.

Posted on behalf of Sarah Vining, BIG Membership Services Manager and Ashley Kent, BIG Event Manager

International Women’s Day event invitation

Now more than ever there is a strong call-to-action to press forward and accelerate gender parity. Please join me to #PressforProgress to mark International Women’s Day on Monday 5 March 2018.

The Dean, Professor Ian Greer, will open the event and Vice-President for Social Responsibility, Professor James Thompson will introduce the award winning British scientist and author, Angela Saini. Angela will be discussing gender stereotypes, conditioned perception and her recently published book ‘Inferior – How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story’.

Following a networking lunch, Angela’s talk will take place 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Lecture Theatre B, University Place. This will be followed by three parallel workshops on sexual harassment in the workplace, personal impact and resilience.

12 noon-1:00pm: Registration and networking lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm: Guest Speaker – Angela Saini
2:00pm-3:00pm Workshops (run in parallel)

I hope that you will be able to join us, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-accelerating-gender-parity-tickets-41044011744

Everybody is welcome to come along to any part of this event.

Posted on behalf of Freja Karrman-Bailey, Public Engagement and Communications Intern, Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

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

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)


  • 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