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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

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

Science Spectacular 2017 – Applications of Interest – Now Open (closes 11 Sept 2017)

Science Spectacular – our annual university-wide family fun science fair – returns for the Manchester Science Festival 2017, and we hope you can join us.

Science Spectacular is a key event in the University’s calendar of public engagement events. It provides an interactive showcase for the exciting research taking place across the University and offers the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages. Running since 2011, we typically attract around 2,000 visitors and have featured prominently as a highlight of MSF. If you haven’t heard of Science Spectacular before, then check out our photo gallery and our short film.

What our visitors said about last year’s event:

  • “This has been a wonderful day. Our grandson has taught us so much, we had no idea he knew so much about science. Also the scientists have all been so friendly.”
  • “@UoMEngage it was brill wasn’t it? Loved the stuff in the study today. A big hit with the 7 year olds. #sciencespectacular”
  • “Hey @UoMEngage #ScienceSpectacular knocked it out of the park again. Special thanks to the rocket enthusiasts!”

This year Science Spectacular will take place on Saturday 21 October in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum.

We are looking to host 50 interactive table top science stations. So if you’d like to be a part of this year’s event, please return the attached Applications of Interest form by Monday 11 September 2017.

Download the application of interest form (doc).

Posted by Dee-Ann Johnson, on behalf of the UoM Science Spectacular Co-ordinating Group

Science and Poetry – call for scientists to take part in Manchester Science Festival

As part of Manchester Science Festival 2017, we are looking to pair up a selection of Manchester-based scientists with local poets to develop a series of interdisciplinary performances. This is a really fun and engaging event that has sold out for the past two years, and which has been of great benefit to both the poets and the researchers that have been involved.

Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. In terms of commitment, you would need to keep the following dates and times free:

  • Training Session @ Manchester Met – Saturday 23rd September; 11:00 – 15:00
  • Performance @ The Eagle Inn, Salford – Thursday 26th October; 19:00 – 22:00

If you would like to get involved this year, or if you have any questions then please do get in touch with me –  Sam Illingworth – email: S.Illingworth@mmu.ac.uk

Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, Manchester Metropolitan University

Call for nominations: The Josh Award 2017 – science communication

Are you – or do you know – an amazing science communicator who is at a defining moment in their career?

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication. The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

The Prize

  • Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for 2017. The winner will receive the support of the Manchester Science Festival team, members of BIG and previous Josh Award winners to develop and deliver an innovative and creative new project or event at Manchester Science Festival.
  • Up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget. Please note this budget will be agreed and held by the Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford.
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event (http://www.big.uk.com/event-2468918) conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2017 BIG Event will take place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2017 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award
  • The Josh Award trophy, held for one year

How to apply: Applications are now open until 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017. For more information please see the information pack and application form:

Manchester MegaPixel needs you!

Mathematician and science communication award winner Katie Steckles is running a large-scale maths project at this year’s Manchester Science Festival – the MegaPixel will be a giant photograph made from individual pixels, the same way computer and phone displays show images, built in a large window at the Museum of Science and Industry – and coloured by hand!

We’re looking for schools to take part in the project by colouring in a small section of the image and sending back pixels to us in the post – we’ll be posting out packs to schools on 16 September, to return by 10 October, and the pack will include everything you need to colour 64 pixels, plus activities, lesson ideas and worksheets around the way computers store and manipulate pixel images, suitable for KS2-5. It’d be great for a school STEM club or one-off lesson, and the activities have links with maths, physics, computer science and art.

If you’re interested in helping, please visit manchestermegapixel.com and find the sign-up form on the How do I get involved? page. The packs will be sent out on 16 September, and we only have a limited number of places, so sign up soon to make sure you don’t miss out!