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You don’t have to be scientist to be a science busker!

Science Busking training – 9 May 2019, 13:00 – 16:00

Calling all University of Manchester posgraduate and undergraduates, come and see what science busking is all about…

This practical workshop looks at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities such as science busking. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences. Science Busking involves approaching people, showing them intriguing and entertaining science demonstrations or tricks – much like street magicians! As a Science Busker, you will help to enthuse and engage with visitors, bringing the fun and wonder of hands-on science tricks to the streets of Manchester. You will get to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy a positive and memorable experience.

Following the training you be offered the opportunity to take part in range of public engagement opportunities on and off campus including our forthcoming University Community Festival (Saturday 15 June 2019).

To regiser for the training go to: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/FSESS2000

Nominations now open: The Josh Award and Beetlestone Awards

It’s time to cast your nominations for the two major awards in Sci Comm, each recognising an individual, at different stages of their careers, who’ve made a significant difference to the industry.

The Josh Award is the UK’s national Award in science communication, established to recognise and encourage early professional career, talented innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement. The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry and also Chair of BIG at the time his passing. The Josh Award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner’s STEM communication skills, networks and awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network. Applications close: 24 April 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/josh/

The Beetlestone Award is now in its second year and was established to recognise leadership and legacy in the field of ‘informal science learning’ (in memory of Professor John Beetlestone, the founding Director of Techniquest Science Discovery Centre). To be considered for this Award, nominees must be actively engaged and well-established in the field of ISL. They must be currently in a leadership role in the UK and able to demonstrate strategic vision and the creation of a legacy. Applications close: 1 May 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone/

Bursaries for Science in Public Conference 2019

The Science in Public 2019 conference is in Manchester this year, and we
have a bursary scheme to encourage researchers and practitioners, in
particular from the global south, people with disabilities, and people
with low/ or no income, who would otherwise not be able to come to the
conference.

The deadline for applications is 23:00 (GMT) on Friday 15th March. All
successful applicants will be informed via email by 23:00 (GMT) on Friday
22nd March.

The website for the conference can be found here: https://sip2019.com/

And here is a direct link to the bursary scheme:
https://goo.gl/forms/0lz17bmrMRWAHL4D2

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science
Communication, MMU

Science in Public Conference 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with The University of Manchester and The University of Salford, will be hosting The Science in Public Conference 2019 from 10th-12th July.

The call for contributions is now live via the website.

The deadline for these submissions is 11pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Notifications of acceptance expect to be provided by 11pm on Friday 26 April.

If you have any questions or queries about the process or conference, please contact S.Illingworth@mmu.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, MMU

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences.

The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).

Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards

For queries please email: raghavendra.selvam@RSB.ORG.UK

Posted on behalf of Raghav Selvam AMRSB, Competitions and Outreach Officer, Royal Society of Biology