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British Science Festival – September 2015 Bradford – open call

British Science Festival Open Call for proposals:

In 2015, the British Science Festival programme is opening its doors to academics, organisations and individuals who want to bring cutting-edge British Science to an adult, non-specialist audience.

There are no restrictions on who can propose an event for the Festival – staff and organisations from the host university and host city, individuals, organisations and academic institutions from all over the UK come to the Festival to host events.

The deadline to apply is 23 March 2015.

To find out more and to submit an Open Call proposal go here: www.britishscienceassociation.org/bradford-2015-call-for-proposals

2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival – call for proposals

Would you like to be part of the 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival? Well the time to get involved is now as the EdSciFest team have just launched our annual Call for Ideas.

The 2015 Festival will run from 4-19 April and if you’ve got some fascinating concepts to communicate or have something exciting to contribute to Edinburgh’s cultural richness, the time is right to get in touch.

We specialise in bringing together those working in diverse fields from across the sciences, arts and cultural sectors so the call is open to those working in a variety of fields. Anyone is invited to get in touch – individuals, groups or organisations – all you need is bright ideas and a passion for communicating them.

If you’re keen to get involved simply go to the Your Call section of our website. There you’ll find all the information you need alongside a link to complete our External event proposal form.

The deadline for completed applications is Monday 1 September so don your thinking caps and get your application over to us for the chance to be part of one of the world’s best science festivals.

Volunteer with the x-change

Applications for the 2014 x-change are now OPEN! Application deadline – 17.00, 16 July 2014 

Be a part of the British Science Festival, in Birmingham September 2014 – Become an x-change volunteer!

Apply here.

This is the perfect opportunity for those with a particular interest in science communication to work on one of the most popular parts of the British Science Festival: the live (and lively) daily round-up of the best bits of the Festival – the x-change!

It’s a great chance to gain experience in producing science communication events and media. You will be involved in the whole production of the event from speaker selection to event management each day. It’s also an excellent opportunity to take part in the UK’s longest-established science festival and have many chances to network with some of the UK’s top science communicators. We will also cover your travel expenses, food and accommodation for the duration of the Festival in exchange for your time and hard work.

What does it take to be an x-change volunteer?

We’re looking for confident, creative and hard-working people with the ability to be proactive and work to tight deadlines. You must be a team player and adaptable to new ideas. A genuine enthusiasm for science communication is essential, as is an interest in podcasting. We’re looking for people with great ideas and attitude but may not have had the opportunity to put these into practice yet.

This role is designed to give you great experience in science events or broadcasting, if you’re looking to start a career in science communication but haven’t had a lot of experience yet, this could be the role for you! It would particularly suit those doing an MSc in Science Communication or hoping to do so but this is not essential.

The x-change team take part in five intense days of work, starting at 8.30am and ending each day at around 6.00pm. You must also be free for the x-change training day and you will be required to do some preparation work before the Festival.

As part of the x-change team you would be involved in all aspects of running the event from production and publicity to blog-writing and podcast editing.

If you’ve got any questions about being part of the x-change team, get in touch with the organisers here.

Find out more about past volunteers:

Time commitment:

If you wish to volunteer for the x-change, you must be able to meet the following time commitments:

  • Team briefing day – 24 or 25 July 2014, London – date TBC
  • Some (online) preparation work before the Festival – emailing speakers, planning shows etc
  • Attending the British Science Festival and being willing to relocate to Birmingham for the duration – 6-11 September 2014

Call for Science Spectacular 2014 (part of Manchester Science Festival)

This year will see the eighth Manchester Science Festival taking place from Thursday 23 October – Sunday 2 November 2014. With over 100,000 people attending last year’s event, this has become one of the UKs most popular science festivals.

The University of Manchester is a key partner to this Festival – and we want to help promote your participation and provide an opportunity for you to take part one of the biggest, most diverse science fairs in Manchester. There are a number of ways in which you can get involved:

  • The University will be hosting the “Science Spectacular” on Saturday 25 October, from 11am – 4pm, in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum. We are looking for researchers, students or academics who are confident communicators to run a tabletop activity as part of this family fun science fair. With more than 2000 visitors last year, the focus will be on communicating your passion for your research, and ensuring that attendees leave with a spark for science! Check out of video highlights from what we did last year or take a look at our photo gallery.
  • Running a “trailblazer” event in the weeks running up to the Science Festival.
  • You may already have planned your own event as part of the Science Festival. We would really like to know about all events so we can help cross promote.

So let why not let us know what you have planned or register your interest to take part in the Science Spectacular by completing our online form by 7 July 2014 (extended date)

(Alternative form available in Word – MSF_ScienceSpectacular_Proforma_2014).

If you have any questions please contact one of the following:

Science Stalls for Einstein’s Garden at the Green Man Festival 2014

The Green Man Festival is held near the Black Mountains in Wales and attracts 20,000 festival goers. The festival has earned a reputation as one of the great independent festivals in the UK. In 2010 Green Man won ‘Best Medium Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards and in 2012 the ‘Grass Roots Festival Award’. The 2014 festival dates are 14/15/16/17 August.

For more information see www.greenman.net

Einstein’s Garden is a creative fusion of science, art and nature. Our venues are packed with a vibrant programme of performances, workshops and installations that use art, entertainment and participation to engage people with the diverse aspects of science and nature in fun, quirky and unexpected ways.

See www.greenman.net/area/einsteins-garden

We are looking for organisations that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls could explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden. Einstein’s Garden is a family friendly area of the festival so stalls should be suitable for children and adults. Previous science stalls have included: ‘The Periodic Table Quilt’, ‘The Egg and Sperm Race’ and ‘The Laboratory of Neuroillusions’.

Previous Einstein’s Garden stalls holders have said that the working with the Green Man audience has been some of the best science engagement they have ever experienced.

From 2014 we are charging organisations a fee to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden. This decision has been made in order to develop Einstein’s Garden and improve it’s financial sustainability. The fee for standard stalls (up to 4mx4m) will be £250. Fees for larger stalls will be negotiable on a case-by-case basis. There will be a limited number of free pitches available for small organisations.

We expect organisations who apply to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden to be able to support their stall holders participation in the festival and cover all materials, equipment, travel and subsistence expenses. Stall holders must provide their own small marquee. The stall must be set up by 6pm on Wednesday 13 August (for a site-wide health and safety inspection) and your stall must be open from 12 midday until 8pm on 14 August and from 10am until 8pm on 15, 16 and 17 August. There will be no power available for stalls and no generators are allowed in Einstein’s Garden so if your stall does need power you must provide your own renewable energy. All stall holders must have comprehensive public liability insurance.

If you would like to apply to run a science stall in Einstein’s Garden please complete the online form here:
www.greenman.net/get-involved/einstein-s-garden-science-stalls by Monday 14 April.

The Green Man Festival will provide tickets for successful applicants but we are unable to cover any expenses or provide meal vouchers.

Please note that information about Science Stalls will be included on the Green Man Festival website but can not be included in the festival programme.

Ellen Dowell, Curator & Manager of Einstein’s Garden, Green Man Festival


Leading lights of science put on show for Festival

PRESS RELEASE: 7 October 2013: Leading lights of science put on show for Festival

Glow in the dark chemicals, dinosaurs and nanotechnology are amongst the hands-on science activities showcased by The University of Manchester at an event for the Manchester Science Festival (24 October – 3 November).

Science Spectacular features scientists and engineers from throughout the University who will demonstrate their work through fun activities and workshops and the science buskers will be back on Oxford Road to show off their science tricks for everyone to learn. Visitors can find out about luminescent chemicals, how to make graphene and use laser scanning techniques to study dinosaurs.

The science buskers will challenge passers-by to understand the laws of physics and other science with things you can find at home, such as balancing tricks with a fork and corks or making music with baking trays and straws. There will be roaming ‘pop-up scientists’, who will talk about their science in 60 seconds or less, as well as face painting and crafts. From the secrets of meteorites to the diseases associated with worms, to the mysteries of skin or the insides of a nuclear reactor, this event shows visitors the very latest research and encourages them to get involved.

Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, said “Engaging our local community with the work of the University is one of our key priorities. The Science Spectacular provides a brilliant opportunity for our scientists and engineers to enthuse children and adults from across Manchester about the wonders of science.”

The annual Festival, now in its seventh year, is an 11-day celebration of science, which is produced by MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester) in partnership with Siemens. Visitors are invited to play, create and experiment with science through surprising installations, immersive science experiences and hands-on experiments in over 100 events for all ages at venues throughout Greater Manchester.

Manchester Science Festival encourages us to look at science differently and demonstrates how it affects our lives – from the aesthetic beauty of a microbe, to designer Helen Storey’s unique installation in which visitors interact with real eyes. Some of the most innovative and progressive architecture of the Antarctic is showcased in the exhibition Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica, which is organised by the British Council and curated by The Arts Catalyst.

The festival’s family programme features hands-on activities which give visitors a chance to learn about research, meet real scientists, and try out simple experiments, while the fantastical Rube Goldberg Machine is a playground of physics, with vortex rings, seesaws and domino rallies. Chemistry shows will entertain the crowds with the flash-bang side of science, and there will be comedy, quizzes, films and conversations to engage all ages about the big questions of science today.

A new Citizen Science project, #Hooked, will be launched at the Festival to get thousands of people involved in research to find out the science behind what makes music catchy.

Siemens is the Headline Sponsor for Manchester Science Festival 2013. Waters Corporation, Electricity North West and the University of Salford are Major Sponsors of the Festival.

Science Spectacular is held on 2 November from 11am – 4pm at the Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum. Free entry.

To find out more or download the programme for Manchester Science Festival look up www.manchestersciencefestival.com
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Press enquiries for Manchester Science Festival
Sarah Roe (Press & Publicity Officer)
Museum of Science and Industry
Email: s.roe@mosi.org.uk
Tel: 0161 606 0176

Notes to Editors

About Manchester Science Festival
Manchester Science Festival is an annual multi-venue festival that engages and inspires people with science (science, technology, engineering and maths), building their confidence in exploring and questioning science in the most creative ways possible. It is the North West’s premier cultural celebration of all things science.