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Festival of Social Science returns to Manchester 7-15 November 2020

2020 has been a challenging year seeing many famous festival and productions unable to proceed, but we are delighted to announce that the ESRC Annual Festival of Social Science is back in Manchester for its seventh year!

Academics from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford will be partnering up to present the very latest in social science research with a programme featuring over thirty events taking place between 7-15 November.

This year, the programme features events on a variety of themes including climate change, mental health and wellbeing, living with technology and, of course, the impacts of Coronavirus.

Events include:

For up-to-the-minute booking information and details of the events, please visit www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk, or search for #McrESRCFest on Twitter.

 

Bluedot to host free virtual festival with live music, science and cosmic culture this weekend

A Weekend In Outer Space includes sets from Orbital, Elbow and Anna Matronic’s Deep Space Disco as well as album listening parties with Tim Burgess (including Doves and New Order).

A Weekend In Outer Space will be raising money for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, the award-winning science centre at the observatory, which has been closed in recent months.

A Weekend In Outer Space will take place on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2020 at aweekendinouterspace.com. It is free to view.

DNA Day – a public festival of events celebrating and investigating genetics

In April 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson published the first paper to describe the structure of DNA. In 1993 the Human Genome project began.

DNA Day is a public festival of events celebrating and investigating genetics. Marked around the world, DNA Day is a chance for us all to think carefully about genetics now and in the future.

The festival runs 23 – 35 April 2020 –  there are film screenings, workshops, lectures, and family activities including:

Find more about these opportunities and all of the forthcoming events at: https://dna-day.org/

For more information contact: Jerome.Degroot@manchester.ac.uk

Being Human festival 2020: call for applications now open

The Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will return Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 November 2020 with the theme ‘New Worlds’. Being Human is a national free festival geared towards public engagement with humanities research. The call for applications for 2020 is now live!

New Worlds

Entering a new decade offers an opportunity to think about the types of ‘new world’ that we want to inhabit. Global issues such as the climate emergency, migration, ageing populations, the rise of political populism, the fragmentation of long-held political identities, automation and changes to the world of work are likely to dominate the news agenda. As we reach the milestone of 2020, often used in science fiction as a setting for imagined futures, we might be asking ‘what happened to the future we were promised?’; ‘what new futures can we, and should we, imagine?’. How can humanities research help us to imagine futures, learn from the past, and engage with the ‘new worlds’ already out there on our doorsteps?

Echoing previous festival themes, ‘New Worlds’ also conjures ideas about how discoveries, developments and research have changed the world around us, in both big and small ways. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences. Read more about the theme here.

Get involved

There are three main pathways to taking part in the festival:

  • Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding.
  • Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.
  • Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000 – £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)

Further details, and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website here. Do check this year’s criteria even if you have applied before!

The hashtag for this year’s festival is #BeingHuman2020.

Posted on behalf of The Being Human festival team

Manchester Science Festival 2020 – call for proposals now open

Manchester Science Festival will take place 23 October – 1 November 2020, with 23 October being dedicated to school groups from KS2 and KS3.

This year’s Festival is curated around the theme of climate and it will be explored through three broad lenses of: our cities, ourselves and our natural world. We are looking to collaborate with partners to deliver meaningful, fun and engaging experiences to our visitors.

Proposals can take any form, from participatory activities, through to workshops, exhibitions, immersive experiences to art installations.

The Event Organiser Pack and detailed information about Festival can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/manchester-science-festival

REVISED DEADLINE for stage one proposals is 30 March 2020

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Festival Team: msf@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 – applications for taking part now open

Manchester Histories Festival  takes place Thursday 4 June to Monday 8 June 2020. The main hub for the festival will be at Manchester Central Library but your event could take place in any other venue across Greater Manchester. Your event can be a talk, performance, debate, film screening, discussion, exhibition or intervention around the themes of Celebrate – Learn – Challenge.

There are two ways to get involved (deadline for both applications is Friday 27 March 2020):

1. You can put on an event as part of Celebrating Alf’s Act, 50 Years of Disabled People’s Rights.

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970. This landmark legislation was pioneered by the late Lord Alf Morris, who subsequently became Britain’s first minister for disabled people. Often described at the Magna Carta for disabled people, this was the first disability rights legislation anywhere in the world and laid the foundations for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010.

Alf Morris was born and bred in Manchester and served as an MP for Wythenshawe. Throughout his lifetime, he campaigned tirelessly for the rights of disabled people.

Manchester Histories Festival 2020 is a collaborative programme between The University of Manchester, the family of the late Lord Morris of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester’s Students’ Union, the TUC (Manchester), Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.

In 2021 People’s History Museum will be exploring the theme of  disabled people’s rights and activism through a year of events, exhibitions and learning sessions. Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will mark the start of this exciting programme of activity.

Applications are open to all – individuals, organisations, health professional, researchers, historians, campaigners, academics, artists, musicians – anyone with a connection or interest in disabled people’s rights.

To apply for putting on an events as part of Celebrating Alf’s Act, go here: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/getinvolved/putonanevent

2. You can be part of Manchester Histories Celebration Day on Sunday 7 June 2020 at the wonderful and historic Whitworth Art Gallery, Institute and Park.

Exhibition stands celebrate and share the rich and diverse histories and heritage of Greater Manchester. Celebration Day is open to all and does not have to fit into the themes of the events happening at Manchester Central Library.

Past exhibitors have included The John Rylands Library, Royal Northern College of Music, Friends of Platt Fields, Heaton Park Tramway, Hungarian English Cultural Society, Peterloo Memorial Campaign and Historic England, to name but a few.

To apply for the Celebration Day go here: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/getinvolved/celebrationday

The deadline for both applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

Call for Science Stalls at Einstein¹s Garden, Green Man Festival 2019 are now open

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area of science and nature. This year the festival takes place 15 – 18 August. Each year we curate a line up which fuses together performance, art, music and public engagement with research and brings science and the environment to life in fun and unusual ways.

We’re on the lookout for research groups and scientific organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15th April at 12noon.

To apply, please follow this link and scroll down to ‘Create’ to find the section for Science Stalls: https://www.greenman.net/information/get-involved/

There is more information available on the application form, but please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Posted on behalf of Hana Ayoob, Einstein’s Garden Manager (Email: hana@greenman.net)

Einstein’s Garden Science Stall application now open

Call for Science Stalls at Einstein’s Garden, Green Man Festival are now open.

Deadline for applications will be 14 April 2018. Any queries regarding the application should be directed towards will@greenman.net

To apply please follow this link and scroll to the bottom to find the section for Science Stalls: https://greenman.net/information/get-involved/

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area of science and nature. Each year we curate a line up which fuses together performance, art, music and public engagement with research and brings science and the environment to life in fun and unusual ways.

We’re on the lookout for research groups and scientific organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

The Einstein’s Garden theme for 2018 is LIFETIME to mark the celebrations of our 10th year at Green Man. It is not essential for science stalls to directly relate to the theme, but it may help to shape your ideas.

Find out more about the Green Man Festival at: http://www.greenman.net/

Apply now for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition -­ deadline 26 September

There is just a week left to apply to be part of our 2017 Summer Science Exhibition. This is a fantastic public engagement opportunity for researchers and collaborators, at The Royal Society’s biggest public event of the year.

The exhibition is a diverse celebration of the UK’s cutting edge science and technology, attracting over 14,000 visitors each year, including school groups and members of the public. Applications to exhibit are open to research groups and collaborators from around the world, from industry and academia. Our only requirement is that the lead exhibitor/institution is UK-based.

To find out more about how we support you and to apply, visit https://royalsociety.org/how-to-exhibit. Our application system saves your work as you go, so feel free to start now and add to it throughout the week. Submit your proposal before Monday 26 September 2016.

We want to hear from anyone who might be interested, so please send this opportunity on. Lastly, don’t hesitate to get in touch at exhibition@royalsociety.org or on +44 207 451 2242 if you have any questions. .

Posted on behalf of Adam Morris, Public Engagement Intern at the Royal Societyadam.morris@royalsociety.org

Be part of Biology Week 2016

Biology Week is an annual celebration of life science with events all over the UK and beyond for everyone from children to professional scientists. It is a great opportunity to share your passion for biology as part of the biggest week in the life sciences calendar, now in its fifth year!

See: http://www.rsb.org.uk/biologyweek

Biology Week 2016 will run from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 October inclusive. There are many different ways to get involved:

Biology Week 2015 was a huge success with over 130 events taking place. Relive the highlights, in our news story, photo album, Storify, and awards or debate podcasts. We hope many more of you will get involved this year.

Posted on behalf of: Natasha Little, Royal Society of Biology, Media Manager, 020 7685 2553, 07770 685 101

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