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The Royal Society Pairing Scheme – applications from scientists now open

The Royal Society Pairing Scheme gives UK researchers and policymakers the unique opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

Each year we pair 30 researchers with MPs, Peers and civil servants to spend a week in Westminster. If selected, you gain an insight into how research is used to create policy and make contributions in the future. After spending time in Westminster, your partner makes a reciprocal visit to your workplace.

The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair. This year’s week in Westminster will take place from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 November 2019.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills and, in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

Deadline for researchers: Sunday 7 April, 2019

Find out more here: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/pairing-scheme/

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition (closes 31 Aug 2017)

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition closes for entries at midnight on 31 August. The overall winner will receive £500, while winners of the individual categories will receive £250.

The competition is open to scientists, and winning entries are chosen according to 2 key criteria: they should be aesthetically pleasing, and convey an interesting scientific phenomenon.

As well as an overall winner, a category winner and runner up are selected for each category. For the 2017 competition, photographs can be submitted to one of 5 categories:

  • Astronomy – for images of astronomical bodies, or that demonstrate astronomical or astrophysical phenomena
  • Behaviour – for images that show the behaviour of living species
  • Earth science & climatology – for images of physical processes or features related to Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere
  • Ecology and Environmental Science – for images that demonstrate the interaction of species within the environment and the environment itself
  • Micro-imaging – for any images taken using microscopes and other high-magnification imaging devices

Full details at:
https://royalsociety.org/journals/publishing-activities/photo-competition/how-to-enter/

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.

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