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Standing up for Science workshop – 1 December 2021

Applications are now open for our next Standing up for Science workshop taking place on 1 December at Wellcome Collection, London.

The aim of the free workshop is to encourage early career researchers (ECRs) to make their voices heard in public debates about science. Join us to find out how to contribute research findings to public discussions and engage effectively with journalists and policymakers.

The session will be made up of three panels, a researcher panel, media panel and a policy panel, where ECRs can learn what is expected of them from other researchers, journalists and policymakers, routes and pathways to engage with media or policy worlds, as well as useful tips and tricks from the panellists and each other.

Find our more on our Sense About Science webpage and complete the online application form.

The application deadline is 17:00, Monday 1 November.

Posted on behalf of Joshua Gascoyne, Policy Officer, Sense about Science

Opportunity: Evidence Week – What will you ask your MP?

Sense about Science, a UK charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policy making, have an exciting opportunity which we would love to share with you!

On 1st November, we are launching Evidence Week in Westminster 2021. We are inviting individuals from across the UK to ask how well-equipped the government and parliament are to understand and use scientific information. Brand new for 2021 is our Ask an MP discussion board, providing you and your colleagues the chance to ask an MP about whether they’re using evidence to inform decisions on issues that matter to you.

Evidence Week will cover many topics including net-zero carbon emissions, evidence on improving employment prospects and digital twinning, but we want people to ask about the issues that matter to them. We will be inviting a cross section of those who submit questions through the site to attend our Virtual Opening Event and directly ask their question to their MP along with a panel of experts, including the National Statistician and, parliamentary committee chairs, to provide answers.

The recording from last year’s event can be found here.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more policy has been passed than any other time outside of wartime. We have all seen how essential it is for decision makers to be able to rapidly get to grips with all kinds of evidence, and be able to lead informed policy making in a complicated and quickly changing situation.

Parliament’s role is to scrutinise what the government does, and to look at and understand issues that affect their constituents in the UK. That is why we are hosting a question-led conversation, to make sure that MPs have their hands on the best tools and information to hold the government to account. Right now, I’m sure you, along with us, feel that this is urgently needed.

This is a fantastic opportunity to Ask an MP about the evidence that matters to you. We would be grateful if you could spread the word to colleagues, friends, family and others to submit questions and help us in the aim of equipping our parliament with the tools to tackle the challenges ahead.

Become part of the conversation on twitter with #AskAnMP and #EvidenceWeek.

If you have any questions about the event or the discussion board, please do not hesitate to email me.

Posted on behalf of Sam Shingles, Events and Communications Assistant, Sense About Science

Policy Engagement Workshop for early career researchers: Apply by 5 July

Voice of Young Scientists (VoYS) has a special opportunity for Early Career Researchers (ECR) in the UK to find out how to communicate evidence to policymakers. 

Applications are now open for our first ever online Policy Engagement workshop taking place on Friday 30 July 2021. See the application form – apply by Monday 5 July.

The workshop will be an interactive experience inspired by Sense about Science’s experience of working with researchers and policymakers over two decades to shape and influence policy at national and international level. ECRs and VoYS members will learn about what policy is and get a breakdown of the British policymaking landscape, understand the societal and personal benefits of getting involved, how evidence is used in policymaking and the routes to engaging with policymakers. ECRs will take away some tangible and practical policy engagement tips and ideas.

Effective decision-making in government is guided by high-quality research, and during the pandemic there’s been an incredible call for ECRs to contribute research evidence to policy discussions. The VoYS Policy Engagement workshop is a chance to answer that call.

Posted on behalf of Hamid Khan , Programme Manager – Research Culture and Quality, Sense about Science
Because evidence matters

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Standing up for Science workshop – 26 March 2021

Do you want to learn how to effectively engage with the media, understand how evidence is used by policymakers, and confidently communicate your research?

Sense about Science are hosting their first Standing up for Science online workshop of the year, on Friday 26 March, 10:00-13:30.

As part of the Voice of Young Science, a 4000+ network of Early Career Researchers from across Europe, this workshop encourages early career researchers to make their voices heard in public debates about science. During this half-day event, you will meet scientists who have engaged with the media and learn from respected science journalists, hear from policymakers on how to inform policy and talk about involving the public in communicating research with public engagement experts.

To apply for your free place, fill out the application form by 17:00, Monday 1 March.

Standing up for Science Workshop, 17 November

Voice of Young Scientists are delighted to announce applications for our 17 November ‘Standing up for Science online workshop are open.

We’re proud to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) at a time when so much else is uncertain. Amid complex, polarising debates on subjects from AI to vaccines, food security, youth justice, radiation and, of course, COVID-19, we aim to equip researchers to engage with the public, journalists and policymakers – helping them to ask useful questions and put research findings and real-world events in context.

We will combine discussion around misrepresentation of science in the media and how evidence influences policy with practical tips and tricks on how ECRs can start standing up for science.

This online workshop is free for early career researchers. Please see our website for details. The application deadline is 17:00 on Monday, 26 October. 

Posted on behalf of Joshua Gascoyne, Programmes Officer, Sense about Science

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Sense about Science Media free workshop for researchers (Manchester 29 March)

Sense about Science is delighted to announce that applications are open for the popular ‘Standing up for Science’ workshop.

Early career researchers are invited to join us in Manchester on 29 March 2019. (5 priority places allocated to UoM researchers).

This free workshop is aimed at early career researchers in all social sciences and STEM fields (PhDs, post-docs or equivalent welcome). At these day-long events, participants get the chance to hear directly from and ask questions of: researchers with experience in public engagement, science journalists, and policymakers. It is an opportunity to learn how the media works, how evidence can inform policy, what journalists and policymakers want and need from researchers, and how to involve the public in communicating your research.

Details and registration for the workshop at: https://senseaboutscience.org/activities/voys-workshop/
(Applications of interest due: 28 February 2019)

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions at all: Hamid Khan – hamid@senseaboutscience.org

Hamid Khan
Public Engagement Coordinator

Standing up for Science workshop, 13 April, 10am to 5pm – applications now open

Applications are now open for the popular Standing up for Science workshop, taking place at The University of Manchester, 13 April, 10am to 5pm.

  • Find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science.
  • Meet researchers who have engaged with the media, learn from respected science journalists, find out how researchers can inform policymakers, and learn how to involve the public in communicating research.
  • FREE for STEM and social science early career researchers (PhDs, post-docs or equivalent), trainees, and medical professionals.

Not sure if this is for you? Then take a look at what Charlie Campion, PhD Student, School of Biological Sciences, FBMH had to say about last year’s event:

To apply: Fill out the online form by 30 March | http://bit.ly/2Hd3kCE (be sure to mention that you a staff member or student of the University of Manchester. As event sponsors we have some guaranteed places on this course.

Want some more information? See the Sense About Science website: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/voys-workshop/

Email Sanjana at: sanjana@senseaboutscience.org

Sanjana Balu, Events & public engagement coordinator, Sense about Science

Applications now open for “Standing up for Science Media Workshop” Friday 7 April, Manchester

STANDING UP FOR SCIENCE Media Workshop – Friday 7 April, 10.30am – 5pm, University of Manchester

This full day event is FREE for early career researchers and scientists in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job). Join us to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science. Meet scientists who have engaged with the media and learn from respected science journalists about how the media works, and how to respond and comment, and what journalists expect from scientists.

What do previous participants (researchers at the University of Manchester) have to say about this workshop:

To apply: Fill out the online form by 9am, Tuesday 21st March:

For more information, email Joanne – jthomas@senseaboutscience.org or visit: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/manchester-workshop/

Standing Up For Science Media Workshop – 8 April, Manchester

Sense About Science will be holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the University of Manchester on Friday 8 April 2016.

This full day event is free and for early career researchers and scientists in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

During the workshop we combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media.

Further information here:

And a workshop review from one of last year’s University of Manchester participants here:

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. Closing date for applications is Thursday 24 March.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to Joanne Thomas, email: jthomas@senseaboutscience.org

The University of Manchester is a partner organisation for this event, so be sure to state this in your application – as partners hold five priority places for this workshop.

Posted by: Dee-Ann Johnson, Researcher Development Communications Officer, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences, The University of Manchester

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