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Science Spectacular 2017 – Applications of Interest – Now Open (closes 11 Sept 2017)

Science Spectacular – our annual university-wide family fun science fair – returns for the Manchester Science Festival 2017, and we hope you can join us.

Science Spectacular is a key event in the University’s calendar of public engagement events. It provides an interactive showcase for the exciting research taking place across the University and offers the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages. Running since 2011, we typically attract around 2,000 visitors and have featured prominently as a highlight of MSF. If you haven’t heard of Science Spectacular before, then check out our photo gallery and our short film.

What our visitors said about last year’s event:

  • “This has been a wonderful day. Our grandson has taught us so much, we had no idea he knew so much about science. Also the scientists have all been so friendly.”
  • “@UoMEngage it was brill wasn’t it? Loved the stuff in the study today. A big hit with the 7 year olds. #sciencespectacular”
  • “Hey @UoMEngage #ScienceSpectacular knocked it out of the park again. Special thanks to the rocket enthusiasts!”

This year Science Spectacular will take place on Saturday 21 October in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum.

We are looking to host 50 interactive table top science stations. So if you’d like to be a part of this year’s event, please return the attached Applications of Interest form by Monday 11 September 2017.

Download the application of interest form (doc).

Posted by Dee-Ann Johnson, on behalf of the UoM Science Spectacular Co-ordinating Group

Calls for applications of interest – Science Spectacular 2016 and Sampling Science Talks

Science Spectacular – a key event in the Manchester Science Festival programme, returns for 2016 and you are invited to take part.

When: Saturday 29 October 2016, 10:00 – 16:00
Where: Manchester Museum

What is it?
Now in it’s 6th year, our university-wide science fair invites families to explore interactive exhibits and take part in a diverse range of science and engineering challenges.

  • Take a look at the Science Spectacular photo gallery
  • Watch the 2015 Science Spectacular film

Science spectacularGet Involved
We are looking for researchers, students or academics to run Tabletop Activities as part of this family fun science fair. With more than 1,700 visitors last year, the focus will be on communicating your passion for your research, and ensuring that attendees leave with a spark for science! The event caters for researchers familiar with public engagement to showcase their activities, whilst providing a supportive environment for less experienced colleagues to try new ideas. (Download the Science Spectacular pro-forma for more details)

This year we are also hosting Sampling Science talks – 3 researchers share a 30 minute space to share insights into their work. Props, images and objects are used to get the conversation started with the audience. (Download the Sampling Science Talks Proforma for more details).

Thinking of applying?
If you’d like to be a part of this award winning event, please complete the applicable pro forma by 9 September 2016.

And please do get in touch with any queries – tel: 64155 or
email: Dee-Ann.Johnson@manchester.ac.uk

The Science Spectacular Co-ordinating Group
Dee-Ann Johnson, Suzanne Spicer, Emma Lewis, Ceri Harrop, Hawys Williams, Anna Bunney, and Vicky Grant

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: