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BIG’s Sci Comm Social, Tuesday, 23 February, 7:30pm

BIG, the Skills Sharing Network for people in STEM Communication, would like
to invite you to our next BIG Sci Comm Social on Tuesday, 23 February, 2021

BIG’s Sci Comm Socials are a regular social gathering of people who work in,
or are interested in, science communication, outreach or public engagement
in STEM. The sessions run approximately every two weeks and each session is
hosted by a different group/person/organisation. These are primarily social
in nature, but it’s also a chance to share news, ideas, upcoming events and
thoughts on STEM communication.

Sessions are free to attend and you do not need to be a Member of BIG to

The upcoming session will be on Tuesday, 23 February, 7:30pm – 9pm.

To receive the Zoom link and passcode, please visit http://www.BIG.uk.com/Socials where you can sign up to our mailing list.

Posted on behalf of  Ashley Kent, BIG – STEM Communicators Network


Engagement@Manchester – 26 June 2019, 1-2pm with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement

Join us for our next Engagement@Manchester session with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement, as we explore Einstein’s Garden: Reflections on Creative Engagement with Science.

26 June 2019, 1-2pm, Michael Smith Building (lecture theatre at entrance), followed by light refreshments and informal networking.

In 2015, the Green Man Festival’s Einstein’s Garden began a Wellcome funded Society Award to experiment with new approaches to creative science engagement. At the end of this award, 12 projects have been produced in partnership with four universities, involving dozens of researchers and in collaboration with creative practitioners including sand sculptors, performers, sound designers, textile artists, architects and puppeteers. These 12 projects have engaged audiences at the Green Man and in many other cultural contexts, including a playground, a city farm, a beach, a market, a beer festival, a book festival and an agricultural show.

This session is an opportunity to discover what learning came out of the Einstein’s Garden Society Award and to inspire your own ideas about creative engagement with science.

Ellen Dowell is a creative producer of science engagement. She works part-time for Imperial College’s National Heart and Lung Institute where she produces a creative engagement programme called The Curious Act. From 2009 until March this year, she worked for the Green Man Festival, establishing, managing, curating and producing Einstein’s Garden, the science, nature and environment area of the festival.

All welcome to this best practice session. No registration required.

Do get in touch if you have any queries.

Dee-Ann Johnson, Public Engagement Manager, Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester, 0161 306 3231, Twitter: @uomengage

SUPI Networking Event 2016 – call for researchers

Are you a researcher interested in engaging with local schools? Want to share your passion for research and your subject area with teachers and students? Want to develop your public engagement and outreach skills?

Date: Wednesday 9 November, 4pm- 6:30pm (provisional time)
Location: The University of Manchester campus
Aims: An opportunity for researchers to meet with teachers interested in fostering links with their schools, and running collaborative research-led activities for secondary school and college students.

The School-University Partnership Initiative is an RCUK-funded project to create structured and strategic mechanisms for universities to work in partnership with secondary schools and FE colleges. This supports researchers’ direct engagement with students and brings contemporary and inspirational research contexts into formal and informal learning to enhance and enrich the curriculum.

In line with this, the UoM SUPI team are holding a networking event at The University of Manchester on Wednesday 09 November from 4pm – 6:30pm to provide a space for researchers to meet with teachers interested in fostering links, and hosting research-led activities with their students. The event will include an overview of the SUPI project, with specific reference to collaborative projects between teachers and researchers, and with the main focus being a networking session. The expectation is that teachers and researchers will gain new contacts at the event, and come away with ideas for developing collaborative, engaging, school-based projects together. We have held an annual networking event since 2013 and many partnerships have since developed between researchers and teachers, with both groups giving positive feedback about the opportunity to discuss collaborations.

If you are interested in coming along to this event, please complete the registration of interest survey here by Monday 03 October: http://bit.ly/SUPINetworkingResearcher PhD students, postdocs, lecturers etc all welcome.

Researchers are asked to provide an ‘elevator pitch’ to briefly summarise their research focus to attendees, as this will be provided to teachers in advance in a hand-out. We would also like researchers to submit keywords about their research, to further help signpost teachers to relevant researchers. We would expect researchers to come to the event with information about their research and their areas of interest, including visual representations if possible (conference posters, images of research etc). It would be worth considering if possible how your research can link into and add value the school curriculum, however the teachers should be able to discuss this with you at the event.

There will be the opportunity to attend an optional briefing session for researchers in advance of the event, and further details will be circulated soon to registered attendees. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Ed Trotman at edward.trotman@manchester.ac.uk

Find out more at SUPI at Manchester http://www.supi.manchester.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Edward Trotman | Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Intern (SUPI) | Directorate for the Student Experience

University of Manchester Environmental Research Outreach

Advice, Networking & Exchange of Practical Ideas

Wednesday 14 September 2016, 11am – 2 pm (lunch included), Williamson building G12

All researchers welcome – whether academic staff, research staff or postgraduate research students with an interest in both environmental (science, health, humanities, engineering) research and its dissemination to the public and stakeholders through outreach events. We are equally keen to attract those with experience and advice to share and those with an interest and passion to start to undertake outreach work about their or the university’s environmental research. Early career researchers are particularly welcomed.


  • 11:00 – Outreach showcase – short introduction talks by researchers already involved in environmental outreach including advice on how to get involved.
  • 12:00 – Lunch and outreach demo session – a chance to network and bring along outreach activities which have worked well for engaging the public.
  • 12:45 – Outreach clinic – Submit a description of your research or paper using the form below and we will have a collective think about an outreach activity to help communicate this at an outreach event.
  • 13:30 – Open discussion – To cover topics surrounding how we can better represent the UoM environmental research in outreach events.


Please fill out this form to book your place at the event https://goo.gl/forms/ENSCuEnFqy4DOMN93

Dr Helen Downie, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester 

Manchester Geomicrobiology group blog: http://manchestergeomicro.wordpress.com/

Manchester Sci-comm Burrito – May and June events

In Manchester, we sci-commers get together roughly monthly to eat burritos and discuss sci-comm in an informal environment. (I’d love to see a formal environment in which people eat burritos).

Our next meeting will be next Wednesday 7 May, from 6.30pm, at Barburrito on Piccadilly Gardens. Details of this and other upcoming meetings are online here, and we use the hashtag #scicommburrito on Twitter, so you can easily find the approximately four tweets resulting each month. Sometimes there are photos!

If you know anyone based in Manchester who works in sci-comm, PE, outreach, museums, science centres, science-related art/performance, or people who
just go on about science stuff in the pub too much, please let them know
they’re welcome to join us. Email me to be added to a reminder list.

Posted on behalf of Katie Steckles

Engagement@Manchester – Public Engagement in Teaching

Our next engagement@manchester event explores “public engagement in teaching”. All staff and students are welcome to attend this free lunchtime event taking place Wed 19 March, 1-2pm, Kanaris lecture theatre, Manchester Museum

Public engagement can be incorporated into teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Whilst presenting some challenges this can be very rewarding both for students, teachers and for the organisations or groups that are involved. This session will explore a range of different approaches.

Speakers include:

  • Jo Deakin (Law) – From scatter gun to cohesion: opportunities for social responsibility in Criminology. Criminology courses lend themselves to engagement with communities, practitioners and policy makers but how can we pull the strands together into a cohesive, ’embedded’ strategy?
  • Peter Liddel & Polly Low (Classics and Ancient History) – ‘The Iris Project: enhancing literacy through Latin’. We will discuss the involvement of students of Classics and Ancient History in a project which aims to enhance performance in literacy among Year 7 pupils at Canon Slade School, Bolton, by introducing them to Latin.
  • Simon Parry (Arts, Languages and Cultures) – Cultural Work Placements. The Institute of Cultural Practices runs an assessed work placement module for postgraduate students from across the school. Students work in a range of cultural organisations, including museums, theatres and music organisations developing skills such as drama workshop facilitation, museum curating, arts marketing and fundraising at the same time as delivering projects for their host organisations.

There will also be an opportunity to network with others who have an interest in public engagement.

What is engagement@manchester?
Engagement@manchester are lunchtime events to provide informal professional development/networking sessions for anyone interested in public engagement.  We’ve looked at a huge range of topics including citizen science, working with schools, presenting in unusual places, and using social media. You can catch up on previous sessions (filmed events, presentations and resources) here.

Posted by Simon Parry, Lecturer in Arts Management and Drama, The University of Manchester