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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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Invitation to contribute to JustFest 2016

Do you work on issues of social justice that you’d like to bring to the wider student audience? If so, you might be interested in contributing to JustFest 2016, the University of Manchester’s very own social justice festival, which takes place on March 9th, right here on campus, in and around the Manchester Academy.

JustFest celebrates the University’s commitment to social responsibility and is a flagship event of the University’s Ethical Grand Challenges programme. The Festival seeks to start conversations about how we can build fairer communities in Manchester, the UK and across the globe. JustFest aims to encourage and enable UoM students to explore aspects of social justice in a creative and festival environment of performance and exhibition, stimulating curiosity and providing a springboard towards further action for a just society.

There are plenty of ways in which you can get involved. There will be a hands-on social justice-themed exhibition in Academy 1, including a programme of short films, a soap-box-style talks tent, and a fringe festival, as well as bands and spoken word artists on the Main Stage, and quite a few surprises..

We want JustFest to reflect the University’s rich social justice heritage, and the wealth of research taking place around Social Justice themes, and welcome contributions from University staff.

To find out about the different ways in which you can contribute, visit our website. If you’d like to talk about how you might contribute, please let me know. I’d be very happy to discuss further via email: Sian.Yeowell@manchester.ac.uk or telephone: 0161 2752851

Sian Yeowell, Senior Learning and Assessment Developer |Student Development and Community Engagement Division of The Directorate for the Student Experience | The University of Manchester

British Science Festival – September 2015 Bradford – open call

British Science Festival Open Call for proposals:

In 2015, the British Science Festival programme is opening its doors to academics, organisations and individuals who want to bring cutting-edge British Science to an adult, non-specialist audience.

There are no restrictions on who can propose an event for the Festival – staff and organisations from the host university and host city, individuals, organisations and academic institutions from all over the UK come to the Festival to host events.

The deadline to apply is 23 March 2015.

To find out more and to submit an Open Call proposal go here: www.britishscienceassociation.org/bradford-2015-call-for-proposals

UK’s first national festival dedicated to the humanities is announced

The AHRC is working with the School of advance study on the UK’s first national festival dedicated to demonstrating the value, vitality and relevance of humanities research called Being Human. The festival will explore what it means to be human over nine days from 15 to 23 November 2014.

Being Human is now inviting higher education institutions across the country to apply for small grants to participate in the festival by holding their own public events and activities to showcase innovative humanities research.

The grants will fund creative programming which engages the public with leading humanities research, including debates, performances, virtual activities and exhibitions.
Festival director, Professor Barry Smith of the School of Advanced Study, said: ‘In today’s hyper connected world, where it is possible to connect with millions of people at the touch of a screen, the study of humanities and what makes us human has never been more in the spotlight.’

‘Being Human will get to the heart of what it means to be human today and how key thinking in the humanities affects our lives, from shaping our scientific studies and how our society works, to the effect it has on the economy.’

Held with the participation of arts and cultural organisations and universities across the UK, the festival will draw together the most exciting and inspiring work in the humanities research field to present a week of creative public events that inspire, inform and extend our contemporary thinking and imagination.

Professor Smith continued: ‘There is a huge amount of exciting work happening in the humanities right now, and we are inviting universities across the country to hold their own events to highlight the vitality and interdisciplinary nature of humanities today.’

For further information on how to apply for funding, visit: www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/being-human-festival

Jodrell Bank Live 2013 – Science Arena

Following on from a successful pilot last year, Jodrell Bank will be hosting four festival dates this year – 6 and 7 July and 30 and 31 August.

Headline bands have been announced for two of these dates and the subsequent dates will be announced will be announcing the headliners for the following two over the next few weeks.

Once again – they will be running the Science Arena on each of the dates and already have a number of engagement teams booked in for all of them. The expected audience for each date is between 7,000 and 10,000 attendees, which puts the festival overall on a similar footing to the Cheltenham Science Festival in terms of numbers.

Jodrell Bank are opening places in the Science Arena to the University of Manchester and will be able to provide a limited number of people with ‘fairground’ type stands equipped with tables and power supplies. There is no wi-fi on site because of the possibility of interference with the telescope, so any internet-based material will have to be uploaded onto computers/laptops/ipads etc before coming to site.

All Science Arena exhibitors get free access to the event once the Science Arena closes (usually early evening, well before the headline acts come on stage), free parking and access to the ‘Green Room’ for exhibitors where we provide tea, coffee and water and a place where people can eat packed lunches etc if they wish. We can also lock any valuable equipment into the Discovery Centre buildings at this stage so that it’s secure overnight between events (though all personal belongings must be taken away as there is no re-entry to the buildings once they are locked at night).

An impression of the events over the last two years can be found on the Live from Jodrell Bank website  – www.livefromjodrellbank.com/

If you would like to get involved; or have further information on the event – please contact Dr Teresa Anderson on teresa.anderson@manchester.ac.uk