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Call for sustainability activities for the Festival of Manchester 31 August

Public engagement opportunity with the Science and Industry Museum

Festival of Manchester – Saturday 31 August, Platt Fields Park
This one day festival of music, food, sport, crafts and culture began in Platt Fields Park, Manchester in 2018, when it was attended by over 10,000 people. The festival organisers have shown a keen interest in having content related to sustainability and climate change, so we are looking for activities on this theme. As a major cultural organisation in the city, the museum will be attending this year and encouraging the festival’s diverse family audience to engage with contemporary STEM content.

What we’re looking for
We’re looking for a group of volunteers that could deliver 1-3 family friendly activities on our stand at the festival – exact timings are tbc but are expected to be 12pm-6pm.
Activities should be as hands-on and interactive as possible, and could include live experiments, make and takes, games or demonstrations.

What we can provide
We are able to provide lunch and travel expenses to all researchers taking part.
Museum staff will also be present at the event to help engage festival attendees and to support with the smooth running of the stand.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with Georgina Wells (Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator) by Thursday 8 August.
Tel: 0161 6967786

Summer Science Exhibition – Call for proposals open now (closes 1 Sept)

The Royal Society is looking for brilliant science and scientists to feature at the Summer Science Exhibition 2018.

The Exhibition features the UK’s most inspiring research and is a chance for scientists to showcase their work to over 14,000 people, including everyone from school children and families to MPs and Fellows of the Royal Society. Exhibitors are supported throughout the process and get dedicated support, advice and guidance from our Exhibition team.

It is a great event to be part of, but as our motto (Nullius in verba) urges, don’t take our word for it. A 2017 exhibitor said:

“The whole week of the exhibition was fabulous. All our team thoroughly enjoyed the event and it has been a memorable experience for us. We have learned a lot from this.”

Our call for proposals closes on 1 September 2017 and the Exhibition will run from 2 – 8 July 2018.

If you are interested in finding out more or applying, please visit our website: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science exhibition/proposals/

Please direct all enquiries to exhibition@royalsociety.org.

Posted on behalf of David Chapman, Assistant Public Engagement Manager, The Royal Society
T +44 20 7451 2254
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Cheltenham Science Festival 2017 – Call for Ideas

We’ve just launched a Call for Ideas for next year’s Cheltenham Science Festival with a deadline of Monday 21 November 2016.

You can find out more about the call and submit your ideas here:

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science with a programme of vibrant and thoughtful discussions, hot debates, mind-blowing performances, participative workshops and hands-on exhibitions. The themes for 2017 are Music and Sound, Mysteries of the Mind and Our Future World.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch directly with: hana.ayoob@cheltenhamfestivals.com

Hana Ayoob, Programming Manager, Cheltenham Science Festival
T: 01242 537291
Tw: @HanaAyoob

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

Volunteer call for Alien Invaders!

Volunteer call for Manchester Science Festival event at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

Quarry Bank Mill is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites and home to a working cotton mill active during the industrial revolution when it was manned almost exclusively by children. The site is dedicated to exploring what life was like for the Mill Community, including the type of diseases and treatments they would have received.

A new exhibition is launching at the end of September called Alien Invaders and will include activities about infection in consultation with the University of Manchester and Salford University. We need 2 volunteers for each day during Manchester Science Festival week (24-28 October) to help deliver these activities, which will include an exhibition, outdoor scavenger hunt, and Apprentice House tour.

You don’t need to be an expert! Training will be provided. Minimum commitment is 1 day. If you enjoy interacting with the public and would like an opportunity to experience a historic site please contact joanne.pennock@manchester.ac.uk or kathryn.else@manchester.ac.uk directly.

Posted on behalf of Jo Pennock and Kathryn Else, Division of Infection, Immunity & Respiratory Medicine, The University of Manchester

New Scientist Live – the UK’s biggest festival of ideas and discovery, launches this September

For four days this September (22-25), New Scientist Live will be like nowhere else on Earth. The inaugural New Scientist Live event, courtesy of the team behind the world’s most popular science weekly, is a four-day festival of ideas and discovery taking place at ExCeL London. With British astronaut Tim Peake set to open the show, don’t miss a great day out for your family.

Prepare to be wowed and amazed by the latest science, technology and more. Don’t miss the Bloodhound 1000mph rocket car and driving simulator, the world’s leading robots and drones, a 3D Selfie Booth, Virtual Reality experiences, science workshops for all ages and abilities, over 100 world-leading scientists, a robotic cocktail bar and lots lots more.

See, hear and touch the future at New Scientist Live; it’s science as you’ve never seen it before.

For further information visit www.newscientistlive.com.

Special ticket offer! Dr Sheena Cruickshank, Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research here at The University of Manchester will be a presenting a Science Live talk – Are We Too Clean? As such, a limited number of very discounted tickets are available for staff and students from The University of Manchester.  You can purchase tickets to New Scientist Live for just £14.50 (usually £29 on the door)* PLUS, kids 12 and under go free. *transaction fee applies, must be booked by midnight 21/9/16, kids 12 and under go free (excluding Main Stage)

If you’d like to take up that offer, email: engagement@manchester.ac.uk for details.

Call for event volunteers for Manchester Science Festival 2015

Want to be part of the creative and innovative Manchester Science Festival? Want to meet like-minded people? Love working with the public? Apply to become an Event Volunteer for Manchester Science Festival 2015

Event Volunteers enhance the overall visitor experience for Manchester Science Festival. You will be meeting and greeting visitors, helping them to navigate their way through the bustling Festival programme and encouraging participation in exciting, cutting-edge science events. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain experience of event management within a large-scale, city-wide Festival. If you are enthusiastic, reliable and enjoy working with the public then we would love to hear from you.

The deadline for applications is Friday 14 August 2015, 5pm.

Full details at including job description and application form here: