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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition – call for volunteers – apply by 19 May

Volunteer at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017

The Royal Society is looking for reliable and highly motivated volunteers to work on the 2017 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition this July.

The Summer Science Exhibition is the Society’s flagship event, attracting thousands of visitors over the course of a week. Bringing together 22 exhibits and over 600 scientists, it showcases the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research from across the UK and provides a unique opportunity for members of the public to chat to scientists and ask them questions about their work. Alongside the exhibition, we run a programme of events including an adults-only Twilight Science evening, Café Scientifiques, panel discussions and interactive activities.

With so much going on, we rely on our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure the success of this event. We are looking for people who are happy to engage in a wide variety of tasks, have good team working skills, are comfortable talking to the public, have an interest in science and, above all, are enthusiastic. The exhibition takes place 3 – 9 July. Working hours are flexible although we would usually expect volunteers to commit to 15 – 20 hours across three or four days of the exhibition. Although this volunteering opportunity offers ideal experience for someone looking to get involved in science public engagement or events management, we are also keen to hear from those who are simply passionate about science. The Society is committed to increasing diversity in STEM and we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.

In return for your time, you will learn new skills, meet some of the world’s leading scientists and get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at this prestigious event. The Exhibition is always a busy time at the Royal Society, but it is also a very fun and rewarding event to work on, and successful applicants will also get the opportunity to volunteer at other events throughout the year should they wish to.

Tasks during the exhibition will include:

  • Taking responsibility for particular events, including speaker management, checking set up and introducing the event
  • Interacting with the public, greeting visitors and responding to queries
  • Briefing school groups and teachers visiting the exhibition
  • Staffing the information desk
  • Acting as human signposts outside the buildings and assisting with queue management at busy times
  • Media tasks (such as podcasting, supporting filming and interviewing and social media such as Facebook Live)
  • Supporting evaluation of the event through observations and data reporting
  • Administrative tasks including evaluation and monitoring emails

Volunteers will be given a full day of training prior to the exhibition, scheduled for Friday 16 June at the Royal Society.

We will cover travel expenses and provide meals and refreshments during exhibition opening times.

If you are interested, please send a CV and a brief cover letter of no more than one page explaining why you would like to volunteer and why you think you would be suitable for the role to exhibition@royalsociety.org by Friday 19 May. Interviews will take place by phone on 30 May – 2 June.

Please include information about your availability for the week and contact details for two referees.

Volunteers will be required to attend training on Friday 16 June 2017 prior to their placement.

For more information please call Emma Slater at 020 7451 2242 or email exhibition@royalsociety.org

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

Call for applications: Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2016

Royal Society Pairing Scheme for Scientists, Parliamentarians and Civil Servants

The Royal Society Pairing Scheme aims to help MPs and civil servants establish links with practising research scientists and to help research scientists understand political decision making and its associated pressures.

The scheme offers scientists the opportunity to understand the policy process and explore methods of sharing their knowledge with Government. Scientists will be paired with either an MP or civil servant. They will spend time together in their Laboratory and in turn in their paired MP’s constituency or Civil Servant’s Government office. All scientists will participate in a ‘Week in Westminster’ providing a valuable insight into how science policy is formed.

Applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills, and in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

The scheme is now open for applications from scientists until Wednesday 9 March.

Find out more and apply at: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/pairing-scheme/

Posted by Dee-Ann Johnson, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences, The University of Manchester

Nominations open for Royal Society Faraday Prize

The Royal Society’s medals, awards and prize lectureships provide an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievement.

Nominations for the Michael Faraday Prize are now open. This prize lecture is given by a scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary.

Previous winners have included Professor Brian Cox and Professor Frank Close.

The winner will receive a medal, a personal prize of £2,500 and will get to deliver a lecture at the Royal Society.

Nominate a colleague for this lecture
http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/c/1wsN2iY4pgb1Mw1dXQQtUS

To download the nomination form and for further details please see http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/c/1wsN8cZLuyexEmSoM7ZKWT

The deadline for nominations is Friday 30 January 2015.

To contact us for further information please email awards@royalsociety.org

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 – call for proposals

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 call for proposals – deadline 22 September.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your research at the UK’s most prestigious summer science exhibition. The call for proposals for the 2015 Exhibition is now open. Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit this event.

The Exhibition aims to help you raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public.

Funding: Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, research council or other relevant bodies to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A very limited ‘hardship fund’ is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.

Selection process: The Summer Science Exhibition Committee will invite around 25 exhibits to take part in the expanded 2015 summer science exhibition. Selection will be based on:

  • The quality and cutting-edge nature of the science: The science on show should be ground-breaking and of potential interest to the media.
  • The potential for interactive and hands-on elements: Wherever possible, exhibits should contain elements that visitors can touch and try out to understand the scientific concepts behind the research.
  • Interest of the subject matter to a broad audience: Visitors particularly like exhibits that are relevant to them or their experience.

The Committee endeavours to select a wide range of exhibits that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Proposals: For more information including successful proposals from previous years and application details see the website: https://royalsociety.org/summer-science/proposals/

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 22 September 2014.

Please contact Rebecca Jones on 0207 451 2513 or at exhibition@royalsociety.org if you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting.

Call for applications: Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2014

Royal Society Pairing Scheme for Scientists, Parliamentarians and Civil Servants

This scheme helps scientists to understand political processes and decision making by shadowing either an MP, a member of the House of Lords or a Civil Servant.

Applicants should have a strong interest in science policy, a proven ability to communicate their research and at least 2 years of postdoctoral or equivalent professional research experience in industry.

For information on how to apply click here or email: public.affairs@royalsociety.org.

Applications are open from Tuesday 22 April to Friday 23 May 2014.