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Call for volunteers for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

The Royal Society is looking for reliable and highly motivated volunteers to be part of the 2022 Summer Science Exhibition, taking place on 6 – 10 July 2022 in London.

The Summer Science Exhibition is the Society’s flagship event, attracting thousands of visitors over the course of 5 days. This year it is coming back to London as a hybrid event with more than 16 exhibits and interactive activities and workshops for families during the weekend. It showcases the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research from across the UK and provides a unique opportunity for members of the public to chat to scientists and ask them questions about their work.

With so much going on, we rely on our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure the success of this event. We are looking for people who are happy to engage in a wide variety of tasks, have good team working skills, are comfortable talking to the public, have an interest in science and, above all, are enthusiastic. The exhibition takes place 6 – 10 July. Working hours are flexible although we would usually expect volunteers to commit to 8 – 12 hours across three or four days of the exhibition. Although this volunteering opportunity offers ideal experience for someone looking to get involved in science public engagement or events management, we are also keen to hear from those who are simply passionate about science.

The Society is committed to increasing diversity in STEM and we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups. We are also committed to ensuring the exhibition is open to all and would encourage applications from people who have experience working with visitors with a wide variety of access requirements.

In return for your time, you will learn new skills, meet some of the world’s leading scientists and get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at this prestigious event, which has been in existence for over 200 years. The exhibition is always a busy time at the Royal Society, but it is also a very fun and rewarding event to work on, and successful applicants will get the opportunity to volunteer at other events throughout the year should they wish to.

Tasks during the exhibition will include:

  • Interacting with the public, greeting visitors and responding to queries
  • Briefing school groups and teachers visiting the exhibition
  • Staffing the information desk
  • Acting as human signposts outside the buildings and assisting with queue management at busy times
  • Supporting feedback of the event through observations and data reporting
  • Administrative tasks including evaluation and monitoring emails

Volunteers will be given a full day of training prior to the exhibition, scheduled for Monday 27 June at the Royal Society in London.

We will cover travel expenses and provide meals and refreshments during exhibition opening times. Volunteers must be aged 18 or over and no longer in full time secondary education.

Next steps

If you are interested, please submit a CV and a brief cover letter of no more than one page explaining why you would like to volunteer and why you think you would be suitable for the role by Friday 13 May 2022.

Your cover letter must include information about your availability during the Exhibition week and contact details for two referees.

Interviews will take place by phone the week commencing Monday 16 May. Please note, all volunteers will be required to undergo basic safeguarding guidance and will have a level of responsibility (under supervision) for safeguarding visitors of the exhibition.

Volunteers will be required to attend training on Monday 27 June prior to their placement.

For more information, please, email exhibition@royalsociety.org.

Summer Science Exhibition 2022 – call for proposals now open

We’re pleased to announce the Summer Science Exhibition 2022 call for proposals is now open. We are looking for researchers to take part in our festival celebrating the cutting-edge of UK science.

Find out how to take part here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/summer-science-exhibition/2022-summer-science-proposals/what-does-the-exhibitor-do/

See the 2019 Summer Science Exhibition here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying outreach opportunities that I have ever taken part in. The range of visitors is so wide that almost each encounter brings up something new.” Exhibitor, 2019

Taking place between 4 – 10 July 2022, the Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your institution’s research, including members of the public, school groups, policy makers and potential funders and fellows of the Royal Society. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors through our doors and reach many more through national coverage on TV or in the media.

It is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of UK research and gain valuable experience communicating with diverse audience groups. The Royal Society also helps applicants every step of the way, from guidance on submitting a proposal to preparing and coordinating an exhibit.

I would highly recommend taking part in Summer Science, for the exposure it has given our research, and for the fantastic experience of connecting with visitors and getting direct feedback.” Exhibitor, 2019

Find out how to apply or read our case studies from previous exhibitors to find out about their experiences first-hand. The deadline for proposals is 21 September 2021.

Judit Agui, Public Engagement Officer, The Royal Society
Email: exhibition@royalsociety.org

Higgs particle not the only sweet success for science

University of Manchester scientists are well represented at this year’s Royal Society Summer Exhibition with stands about ‘sweet’ science and an elusive sub-atomic particle on display this week.

Manchester physicists will be on hand in London from today (Tuesday) to recount last year’s hunt for the Higgs boson, also known as the ‘God particle’, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border and the Fermilab Tevatron in Chicago. Manchester researchers are heavily involved in the experiments that led to the discovery of the particle scientists believe explains the standard model of physics and why objects have mass.

Meanwhile, Manchester chemists will display their latest research about sugars and how a relatively new discipline, ‘glycomics’ – the study of sugars – could provide answers to a range of previously unsolved problems, ranging from disease to clean energy.

“The search for the Higgs boson in science is on an epic scale – it is a quest that has spanned half a century and created the most ambitious experiments science has ever seen,” said Professor Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

“The CERN experiments have discovered a new particle that, from initial tests, has mass and other properties consistent with the elusive Higgs boson. Our exhibition at the Royal Society next week will attempt to explain to the public just how important these findings are and where we go from here.”

Professor Sabine Flitsch, another Manchester exhibitor at the Royal Society, said: “The aim of our exhibition is to explain to the public just how important and exciting research into sugars is – it really could unlock answers to many scientific questions that have remained a puzzle until now.”

The Manchester scientists will be presenting their research at the Royal Society in London from Tuesday, 2 July, until Sunday, 7 July.

Source Acknowledgement: University of Manchester StaffNet (published 2 July 2013)

Royal Society Royal 2014 Summer Science Exhibition – Call for proposals

Be inspirational: Exhibit at the 2014 Summer Science Exhibition, which will be held in London from 30 June – 6 July 2014.

The Exhibition offers an unrivalled opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge research to over 10,000 members of the public, school students, policy-makers and the wider scientific community, as well as to many tens of thousands more through the exhibition website.

How to exhibit: You can find a proposal form, as well as guidance on submitting a proposal here. Deadline for proposals is Monday 23 September 2013.

More information: To find out more and experience the Exhibition first-hand, visit the 2013 Summer Science Exhibtion taking place 2-7 July or explore the exhibition online.
Around 25 exhibit teams will be selected to share the excitement of their research with a wider audience.

The Royal Society provides support at each step of the way for exhibitors.