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Nominations open for The Josh Award 2020 – Science Communication (closes 14 April)

Applications are now open for the Josh Award, which celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK.

If you have an idea for a show-stopping science communication activity, the Josh Award can provide the platform, experience and support to help you bring it to reality.

What is the Josh Award?

The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives. The winner of this year’s Award will receive up to £2,500 to develop and deliver an activity for Manchester Science Festival in October 2020, along with a personal prize of £2,000 from the Josh Award Foundation, a year’s paid membership to the BIG STEM Communicators Network and access to professional development opportunities. Last year’s winners, Ben and Fred, wowed festival audiences with a science-themed juggling show.

Find out more and apply

Further information about the Award can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website.

You can submit your application through the online form or visit the website to access a downloadable form.

Audio and video submissions, as well as written applications are welcomed.

The deadline for applications is 10.00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

SciComm Summer School in Malta – Grants Available

Are you looking to develop your skills in science communication? Do you want to learn the most innovative techniques that combine science and art? Would you like to build an international network of science communication contacts?

Registration to the fifth STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open and a select number of grants are available! The summer school provides an online course combined with a 9-day face to face programme in July. We cover a wide-range of science communication topics, including journalism, social media, event management, arts and performance. What makes us unique is the combination of the Arts with STEM subjects for creative communication approaches. The course will be comprehensive and no previous experience is required.

The school is hosted at the University of Malta and will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from international experts and mix with science communication enthusiasts from around the world. Participants will be able to explore ways to engage various public groups with research and will have a chance to improve writing, speaking and other transferable skills for career development. Through the course, students will also organise their own public-facing event, putting theory into practice.

Watch our video: https://youtu.be/GK6TzhJhk1c for a glimpse of what to expect from the 2020 school or head to our website to see some testimonials: http://steamsummerschool.eu/video-testimonials/ from previous attendees.

When: 18 – 26 July 2020
Where: University of Malta, Malta
Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.
Price: €700 until 31 May, €800 until 18 June
Grants: We have early career, international and Maltese grants. Deadline 6 April 2020.

For more information go to:

Posted on behalf of Amanda Mathieson, STEAM Coordinator

Fanaroff Lecture – 19 February 2020, 6pm – with Dr Marga Gual Soler

If you are interested or involved in science communication and policy, then you won’t want to miss out of the Fanaroff Lecture – 19 February 2020, 6pm – with Dr Marga Gual Soler.

Find out more and get your free tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fanaroff-lecture-2020-tickets-91803078479

About the 2020 Fanaroff Lecture
The 2020 Fanaroff Lecture will be held Wed 19th Feb at 6pm in the Samuel Alexander Building on the University of Manchester campus. This lecture has been organised through the DARA Big Data project, led by Prof Anna Scaife. The Fanaroff Lecture honours scientists who have been instrumental in developing policy and working with policy makers. It is a public lecture and is intended to raise the importance of science communication for policy within the scientific community.

About the speaker – Dr Marga Gual Soler
This year we are delighted to have the inspiring Dr Marga Gual Soler as the speaker for the Fanaroff Lecture.Dr Gual Soler will talk about the role that scientists have to play in international relations and policy, her own career path and her vision for how the global science community can most effectively engage with policy makers.

Following her PhD in Molecular Biology, investigating the role of protein trafficking in organ development and cancer, Dr Gual Soler joined the United Nations with an ambition of bridging the worlds of science and international policy. Since then Dr Gual Soler has led the development of science diplomacy globally, advising multiple national governments and the EU on science diplomacy strategy and training thousands of young scientists and diplomats around the world in this emerging field. Notably, Dr Gual Soler was responsible for overseeing the landmark cooperation agreement between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Cuban Academy of Sciences after full diplomatic relations resumed between the USA and Cuba in  2015. She has recently returned from the largest-ever all-women expedition to Antarctica to promote the role of women in science diplomacy and climate action.

FameLab UK – Applications close midnight, Friday 28 February 2020

Are you interested in… Improving your communication skills, talking about your research with a public audience, joining a global network of science communicators and an all expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival? Hundreds of science communicators across the UK go head to head every year to become the FameLab UK champion. So why not enter…


Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Read the eligibility criteria to check you can apply
  2. Look at which regional training and heat you would like to attend
  3. Apply to take part! You will then be contacted by the regional organiser to confirm your attendance
  4. Prepare a 3-minute talk on your research
  5. Either: Attend the training session and heat at your chosen UK location. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare a second talk and attend your regional final. Or, send a video of your 3-minute talk to famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare and send us a second talk for the video final.

Apply here now

Applications close at midnight on Friday 28 February 2020.

Prizes – If you win your regional final, you will be invited to:

  • A weekend masterclass with a professional science communicator 30 & 31 May 2020
  • Participate in the FameLab UK final at Cheltenham Science Festival 1 June 2020
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival 2-7 June 2020 where you can meet FameLab participants from all over the world, engage with audiences and other science communicators, and immerse yourself in the vibrant festival programme
  • Receive up to £2000 prize money

If you win the UK final, you will be invited to represent the UK at the International FameLab Semi-Finals, and possibly the International FameLab Final at Cheltenham Science Festival 4 June 2020!

Please contact famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com if you have any questions.