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Only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication!

Get your skates on, folks! There are only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication.

The winner of the 2017 Josh Award will get a fantastic string of prizes, including the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival

You’ll also receive up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget.

Attendance at the annual BIG Event (conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300 – http://www.big.uk.com)

A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award. The Josh Award trophy, held for one year. And bags and bags of prestige and kudos!

Applying is really simple so there’s no reason not to try! Apply by 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017 by clicking on http://www.big.uk.com/josh

Posted on behalf of, Sarah Vining, Membership Services Manager, BIG STEM Communicators Network

Leading lights of science put on show for Festival

PRESS RELEASE: 7 October 2013: Leading lights of science put on show for Festival

Glow in the dark chemicals, dinosaurs and nanotechnology are amongst the hands-on science activities showcased by The University of Manchester at an event for the Manchester Science Festival (24 October – 3 November).

Science Spectacular features scientists and engineers from throughout the University who will demonstrate their work through fun activities and workshops and the science buskers will be back on Oxford Road to show off their science tricks for everyone to learn. Visitors can find out about luminescent chemicals, how to make graphene and use laser scanning techniques to study dinosaurs.

The science buskers will challenge passers-by to understand the laws of physics and other science with things you can find at home, such as balancing tricks with a fork and corks or making music with baking trays and straws. There will be roaming ‘pop-up scientists’, who will talk about their science in 60 seconds or less, as well as face painting and crafts. From the secrets of meteorites to the diseases associated with worms, to the mysteries of skin or the insides of a nuclear reactor, this event shows visitors the very latest research and encourages them to get involved.

Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, said “Engaging our local community with the work of the University is one of our key priorities. The Science Spectacular provides a brilliant opportunity for our scientists and engineers to enthuse children and adults from across Manchester about the wonders of science.”

The annual Festival, now in its seventh year, is an 11-day celebration of science, which is produced by MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester) in partnership with Siemens. Visitors are invited to play, create and experiment with science through surprising installations, immersive science experiences and hands-on experiments in over 100 events for all ages at venues throughout Greater Manchester.

Manchester Science Festival encourages us to look at science differently and demonstrates how it affects our lives – from the aesthetic beauty of a microbe, to designer Helen Storey’s unique installation in which visitors interact with real eyes. Some of the most innovative and progressive architecture of the Antarctic is showcased in the exhibition Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica, which is organised by the British Council and curated by The Arts Catalyst.

The festival’s family programme features hands-on activities which give visitors a chance to learn about research, meet real scientists, and try out simple experiments, while the fantastical Rube Goldberg Machine is a playground of physics, with vortex rings, seesaws and domino rallies. Chemistry shows will entertain the crowds with the flash-bang side of science, and there will be comedy, quizzes, films and conversations to engage all ages about the big questions of science today.

A new Citizen Science project, #Hooked, will be launched at the Festival to get thousands of people involved in research to find out the science behind what makes music catchy.

Siemens is the Headline Sponsor for Manchester Science Festival 2013. Waters Corporation, Electricity North West and the University of Salford are Major Sponsors of the Festival.

Science Spectacular is held on 2 November from 11am – 4pm at the Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum. Free entry.

To find out more or download the programme for Manchester Science Festival look up www.manchestersciencefestival.com
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Press enquiries for Manchester Science Festival
Sarah Roe (Press & Publicity Officer)
Museum of Science and Industry
Email: s.roe@mosi.org.uk
Tel: 0161 606 0176

Notes to Editors

About Manchester Science Festival
Manchester Science Festival is an annual multi-venue festival that engages and inspires people with science (science, technology, engineering and maths), building their confidence in exploring and questioning science in the most creative ways possible. It is the North West’s premier cultural celebration of all things science.

Call for volunteers for Manchester Science Festival 2013

The Manchester Science Festival is set to take place 24 October – 3 November. You can get involved by becoming a festival volunteer.

The volunteer programme is an exciting opportunity to get behind the scenes of event management and get involved in hands-on, cutting-edge, exciting science events. There are also some great benefits too:

  • Meet like-minded people
  • Enjoy a positive and memorable experienceReceive a full briefing at an event prior to the Festival
  • You’ll get a free MSF T-shirt

Timings: To work helping at events during Manchester Science Festival, 24 October – 3 November 2013. You must commit to a minimum of 4 x 4 hour shifts.

Briefing Session: If you are would like to volunteer for Manchester Science Festival, you need to attend one of our briefing sessions which will take place at MOSI on:

  • Tuesday 24 September, 3pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 26 September, 5pm – 7pm

To sign up to a volunteer briefing session, please complete this online form.

More Details:
You can see the full role description and application details at www.manchestersciencefestival.com/connect/getinvolved/volunteer

If you have any queries, please contact the festival team here.