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Submissions open to be part of Cheltenham Science Festival 2022

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science, jam-packed with thought-provoking discussions, energetic schools shows, hands-on workshops, mindblowing performances and interactive exhibitions.

The 2022 programme will feature over 100 events for adults and families, over 70 events for schools, and have three large interactive free drop-in zones – The Discover Zone, the Maker Shack and the Cyber Zone. Apply to be part of the programme here.

Submit your interest to be a speaker or be part of an event here.

Deadline 12 November 2021.

Opportunities for researchers – British Science Festival 2022

We’ve got lots of opportunities for researchers to get involved in the British Science Festival 2022 in Leicester.

We welcome proposals from across the UK, from research that encompasses science in the broadest sense of the word. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please find more information about opportunities available below.

Open Call for proposals – Do you have an idea to engage public audiences with science and research?

The British Science Festival are now accepting event proposals for the 2022 Festival in Leicester, hosted by De Montfort University.

The Festival celebrates science in its broadest sense. They are looking for proposals from individuals, researchers, industry professionals, artists, writers, organisations, charities, academic institutions, and more. Highlights from the 2021 Festival can be found here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/blog/british-science-festival-2021-highlights

Festival proposals should be aimed at non-specialist adults (16+) with a broad interest in science. They are looking for events that showcase cutting-edge science, celebrate the latest developments in science and technology and engage their audience in open discussion about relevant issues that affect culture and society. They aim to programme a range of formats from talks to drop-in activities and creative content that challenges perceptions of what science is and can be.

More information, including how to submit a proposal, can be found here: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival.

The deadline for proposals is 17.00 on 14 February 2022.

Award Lecture nominations – Are you, or do you know, an early career researcher passionate about public engagement?

We are now accepting applications for our 2022 British Science Festival Award Lectureships.

Each year the Award Lectures provide development opportunities for Early Career Researchers who are passionate about engaging the public with their research. Awardees receive a £250 honorarium, public engagement coaching, the chance to present their research at the Festival and more!

We encourage you to read the Award Lecture FAQs and get in touch with Anna at anna.woolman@britishscienceassociation.org

To find out more and apply visit https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures.

The deadline is 17.00 on 6 December 2021.

Posted on behalf of Anna Woolman, Engagement Manager, British Science Association

Volunteering at Cheltenham Science Festival 2020 (applications close 23 March 2020)

The Cheltenham Science Festival is looking for friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers will be needed from Monday 1 June – Monday 8 June to help with all aspects of running a successful festival. This would be a valuable experience especially for those passionate about arts administration, events management and stage production.

We try to give our volunteers the best experience possible and we are so grateful for the time and effort given. So, whether you have a bit of free time, are looking to gain some experience in the events industry, or, acquire new skills and knowledge on how to run a festival, this is for you! This is also a very good opportunity to give something back to the community, and whether you’re a fan of Science or simply looking to get into it, this is a great opportunity to discover more about this world. Above all, being a volunteer is also being part of a family, getting to know new people and have a great time all together.

In return for volunteers’ hard work, UK travel expenses are paid and accommodation is provided if not local, as is a small contribution towards living costs (please note that we are unfortunately unable to offer single rooms and the accommodation is in shared apartments). You will also receive a free Cheltenham Festivals T-shirt to wear during the festival and to keep. And of course, the opportunity to get behind the scenes at a famous festival with the chance to see great events for free!

Find out more and apply at:
https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/news-3/2020/02/volunteer-at-the-festival/

Applications close 23 March 2020.

New Scientist Live North – coming to Manchester 5 – 7 February 2021

Curated by New Scientist magazine, New Scientist Live North is a three-day science festival and exhibition that brings together over 9,000 visitors, 45 speakers and dozens of exhibitors under one roof to create an unrivalled atmosphere through talks, discussions and hands-on demonstrations.

The inaugural event will take place on 5-7th February 2021 at Manchester Central.

The event organisers are looking for new voices and ideas to inform, inspire and surprise the audience – they are seeking nominations for speakers, presentation/performances, activities/workshops.

For more details, see the attached – 2021_NSLiveNorth_Media Pack_update (pdf))

For applications, see the attached – Nomination Form NSL North (docx). Send completed forms to New Scientist Live nslspeakers@newscientist.com by 30 April 2020.

Note that if you wish to run an exhibition stand there is a cost for space, see the attached – New Scientist Live North Exhibition Costs (pdf) and for exhibition space layout see the attached – New Scientist 2021 North (Sales plan) (pdf)

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron, Sales Director, New Scientist
E:  Jacqui.McCarron@newscientist.com

Take Part in the Over-Ambitious Demo Challenge at Cheltenham Science Festival

We’re on the hunt for new contestants for the 2020 Over-Ambitious Demo Challenge at Cheltenham Science Festival.

In previous years, our audiences have been wowed by ballet dancing on cornstarch, crazy bubbles, steel-cutting sausages and lots lots more.

Demos need to be fun, exciting, surprising and overly ambitious, keeping the audience in suspense until the very end!

In previous years, contestants have prepared a 12-minute demo for the first round, and a 5-minute demo for the second round.

The event will be on the evening of Sunday 7 June.

How to apply:

Please complete the registration form at: https://cheltenhamfestivals.wufoo.com/forms/xpi5l2o0ygkoyg/

The deadline for applications is Monday 24 February at 12 noon.

Cheltenham Science Festival will cover your travel and one night accommodation (if required) and an honorarium.

If you have any questions, please drop a line to: science@cheltenhamfestivals.com

Posted on behalf of Dr Marieke Navin, Cheltenham Science Festival Head of Programming

New Scientist Live Call for Speakers

New Scientist Live returns to London on 15-18 October 2020 and we’re looking for speakers and performers who will engage, inform, inspire and delight. Could that be you?

New Scientist Live is for everyone curious about science and why it matters. We bring together more than 140 speakers and 130 exhibitors at ExCeL to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

In 2019, we welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, launched our first dedicated schools programme and made over 2,000 tickets available free to students from disadvantaged schools. And there’s more. Most New Scientist Live talks live on as high-quality videos on our website, which attracts 3.6 million unique users.

If you know someone who should be at New Scientist Live, we want to hear from you. Please fill in the attached speaker nomination form by 31st January and return to nslspeakers@newscientist.com.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Jacqui McCarron on either jacqui.mccarron@newscientist.com or 020 7611 1248. We are offering 100 additional tickets for schools groups with a high proportion of children from a disadvantaged background for new universities or departments who book before the end of February.

Posted on behalf of Jacqui McCarron​, Sales Director, New Scientist

Einstein’s Garden Accepting Applications

Green Man’s curious and wacky science engagement area, Einstein’s Garden,
is now open for applications for stalls and performances.

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man’s area for creative engagement with science, nature and technology. Each year we curate a lineup which fuses performance, art, music and research to bring the world around us and our questions about it to life in the most wacky and wonderful ways.

We’re on the lookout for organisations, research groups, and any other science/nature/technology-minded folk that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with their work. Your stall will explore any aspect of science or tech research, nature, curiosity or questions about the world around us, which you’ll bring to life in a unique way to amaze and engage our audience of thousands

Stalls/installation applications are here; then scroll down to ‘Create’.

Applications for Performances, Speakers, Walkabout, Bands, Workshops and
anything else is here.

The first round deadline for these applications will be at midnight on Friday 6 March 2020,

For queries contact: Sophie Perry, Einstein’s Garden Curator & Producer – sophie@greenman.net

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.
Georgina.wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
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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