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Public Engagement at Manchester

Free Training: Engaging with Select Committees and MPs – 9 May 2018

Engaging with Select Committees and MPs – Wednesday 09/05/2018 13:00 – 16:30, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, Manchester Museum

Run in conjunction with the Royal Society

In the last Research Exercise Framework, 20 percent of impact case studies outlined substantive engagement with Parliament, while Parliamentarians are often cited by researchers as being among those they want to influence. Arguably, technology and a drive towards more ‘open policy making’ now makes it easier to connect with policy actors.

But do you really understand what these policy actors want from academics? How is academic research and evidence viewed – and used – by your target audience? And what are the secrets to getting your messages across, to shape debates and decisions?

This session is specifically designed for researchers who intend to actively engage with politicians and policymakers in the near future.

Contributors to this session include;

  • A member of staff from a Parliamentary Committee
  • A former Parliamentary Assistant to an MP
  • A member of the Royal Society’s Public Affairs Team.
  • Academics who have engaged with Parliament and policy

Places are limited and are expected to be in high demand, so please only book if you can definitely attend. Please note we may charge for non-attendance or restrict your ability to book onto future training if you book a place and do not turn up. (Please note that lunch is not provided.)

Register: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/TP45MP


Learn the basics of UK Policy Making and Influencing – Free Training!

Policy@Manchester is offering researchers a chance to get a basic grounding in public policy and policymaking; with the aim of helping them better understand opportunities for impact.

Introduction to UK Policy Making and Influencing, run by Policy@Manchester, will run on Wednesday 28 March, 2.00-4.30pm.

Register: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/TP45P

This session is designed to be a primer on what is meant by public policy and policymaking, the environment in which national and regional policy is made, and the policy actors who have the ability to influence decisions.

It is suitable for those with no or little public policy experience, who want to understand more about the policy environment and landscape regionally and nationally, and how they might use their research to engage. This session is aimed primarily at researchers, but will also be of relevance to PSS support staff working in engagement and knowledge exchange, who need to facilitate academic and policymaker interactions.

Places are free, but are limited and must be booked here; https://app.manchester.ac.uk/TP45P.

The session will take place on the 5th Floor in the Roscoe Building on the Oxford Rd campus. Please only book a place if you can definitely attend on that day.

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

Grants for STEAM Summer School in Science Communication

Registration to the third international STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open.

See: http://www.steamsummerschool.eu/course/

The summer school is a 10-day intensive course in July which covers a wide-range of science communication topics, including journalism, social media, policy, management, arts, and performance. What makes it unique is the combination of the Arts with STEM subjects for creative communication approaches. The course will be comprehensive and no previous experience is required.

This year the school will be hosted at the University of Malta and will be a fantastic
opportunity to hear from international experts and mix with science communication
enthusiasts from around the world. Participants will be able to explore ways to
engage various public groups with research and will have a chance to improve
writing, speaking and other transferable skills for career development. Through the course, students will also organise and enjoy our social events which include science theatre, stand-up comedy and film. Watch our promo video to see more – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdUqzzXd3aQ

There are three grant options available to attend the school which will cover
registration fees, accommodation and funds towards travel. These include our
institutional grant, an international grant and those who apply through ERASMUS+
Mobility. More information about how to apply for each of these grants can be
found on our website. It is also possible to attend via paid registration and an early-bird discount is currently applied. We hope to see you there!

When: 2 – 11 July, 2017
Where: University of Malta, Malta
Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.
Price: Free (for grant winners), €550 (early-bird), €600 (full price).

For more information go to: http://www.steamsummerschool.eu or email: steam@um.edu.mt

Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

Interactive Masterclass: The Wow! to How? of Science Communication seminar – 5th July 2017, 2-3pm

Registration is now open for “The Art of Attraction” seminar by internationally renowned TV science performer Tom Pringle (AKA Dr Bunhead from Brainiac) on Weds 5th July at 2pm in Roscoe Theatre B.

The seminar is suitable for anyone with an interest in science communication.
In this interactive presentation Tom will distil 30 years of science communication experience into one hour of proven tips and techniques to attract lay audiences into science. From public speaking skills to theatrical techniques, this whirlwind tour will cover everything you ought to know to shape up your science communication skills.

Attendance is free but sign up is essential!! Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and we expect this event will be extremely popular so book now to avoid disappointment!


Meriel Maddocks – Outreach Administrator (Mon-Weds 8am-4pm, Thurs 10am-2pm) Room G.027 I School of Chemistry I The University of Manchester I Oxford Road I Manchester M13 9PL
E-mail : outreach.chemistry@manchester.ac.uk