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SciComm Summer School in Malta – Grants Available

Are you looking to develop your skills in science communication? Do you want to learn the most innovative techniques that combine science and art? Would you like to build an international network of science communication contacts?

Registration to the fifth STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open and a select number of grants are available! The summer school provides an online course combined with a 9-day face to face programme in July. We cover a wide-range of science communication topics, including journalism, social media, event management, arts and performance. What makes us 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.

The school is 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 their own public-facing event, putting theory into practice.

Watch our video: https://youtu.be/GK6TzhJhk1c for a glimpse of what to expect from the 2020 school or head to our website to see some testimonials: http://steamsummerschool.eu/video-testimonials/ from previous attendees.

When: 18 – 26 July 2020
Where: University of Malta, Malta
Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.
Price: €700 until 31 May, €800 until 18 June
Grants: We have early career, international and Maltese grants. Deadline 6 April 2020.

For more information go to:

Posted on behalf of Amanda Mathieson, STEAM Coordinator

Policy Engagement Workshop for academics and early career researchers

17 March 9:30am – 4:30pm Hyatt Regency Oxford Road

This Policy@Manchester workshop is aimed at academics and researchers from across The University of Manchester wishing to advance their policy skills.

The training day will provide the tools that you need to influence policy and create impact with your research.

Registration is open now – to secure your place, email policy@manchester.ac.uk and let us know your dietary requirements.


Engaging with Schools – Training for Researchers

Are you passionate about your subject area? Are you interested in taking your research or an activity into the classroom? Want to develop your public engagement skills? Then this free schools engagement training opportunity is for you!

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 9:30 – 16:30, The University of Manchester

SUPI: Engaging with Schools. This one-day, interactive workshop for researchers explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools. This one-day, interactive workshop is for researchers from any discipline who are interested in communicating their research to a secondary schools audience. It explores the why, what and how of engaging with secondary schools. Full details about the course can be found here.

Open to: Postgraduate Researchers, Postdoctoral Research Associates, Research Staff and New Academics with little or no experience of school engagement. Open to all disciplines.

What do previous participants say?

  • “This workshop was a great the opportunity to share my ideas for activities with other people.”
  • “This session helped me in gaining an understanding of what schools, students, and teachers are looking for in engaging with academics/university research.”

And there’s additional funding and support: But we don’t just want to inspire you with great ideas. We want to help you develop those ideas into concrete plans! This course is all about developing confidence, networks, and experience in engaging with local secondary schools. Following the one-day workshop there will be the opportunity to access funding and support to deliver your activity in school.

Registration: Book your free place here: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/FFSES8000

What was the School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI)? A scheme providing opportunities for schools and universities to bring contemporary research to life for young people. Find out more here. Though the external funding has come to an end, the legacy of SUPI continues at The University of Manchester through collaboration with a variety of schemes such as The Brilliant Club, a charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities through sharing the expertise of the PhD community with state schools.

For enquiries please contact Roz Webster in the Widening Participation Team: roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk

Public Contributor Induction Session 22nd October

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be hosting the next Faculty Public Contributor Induction Session in October. The session is relevant for both new and experienced public contributors and will take place on the 22 October 10-1pm. Dr Stephanie Snow, Academic Lead for Community Engagement and Involvement, will be hosting.

The Induction will cover all aspects of being a public contributor within the Faculty including presentations from a public contributor, researcher, lecturer, and members of the Social Responsibility and Public Engagement team.

The presentations will provide attendees with information regarding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement within the Faculty plus the role of a Public Contributor within that area. Attendees will also have the option to attend a social media training course run by a member of the Faculty’s digital marketing team which will take place approximately 2-3pm after a lunch break.

Attending the induction session is optional and reasonable travel expenses (up to £10) will be provided. For further information including registration details please visit the following Eventbrite link http://bit.ly/PCInduction19 If you have any technical issues or you would like to register by phone or email please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or telephone 0161 275 7700. Please note you don’t need to attend both sessions and can just attend the social media session if you have already attended the Induction Session.

Further information including the confirmed programme will be sent to registered attendees via email a week before the session. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk

We plan to organise two/three induction sessions per year, if you are unable to attend the October session and would like to be contacted when future session dates are confirmed please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk and we will add you to our Induction Session distribution list.

Lunch will be provided, for dietary (vegetarians will automatically be catered for), accessibility or other specific requests please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or call 0161 275 7700 by 15th October.

Posted on behalf of the Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Are you a female academic researcher who wants to write for The Conversation

Attend a female-led writing workshop for The Conversation, delivered by Professor Colette Fagan

The University is hosting a female-led writing workshop for The Conversation on Monday, 15 July, 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), 2D Market Place.

Delivered by one of The Conversation female editors, Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research at the University, the session will look at:

  • How to write about your research in a clear, concise and compelling way
  • How to plan, pitch and write with greater impact
  • How to tailor and target your work to gain the attention of people beyond your own peers – such as the media

To take part in the workshop, email: jordan.kenny@manchester.ac.uk. Spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Conversation is an independent news website written by academics and researchers, providing expert analysis, comment and opinion. Since joining The Conversation in 2017, 141 of our academics and researchers have published nearly 200 articles, generating more than 3.6 million reads.

However, the voices of our female academics, especially early career academics, and those from BAME backgrounds are still under-represented on this platform. For this session we particularly encourage female academics that fall into these categories to join the session.

Further information

You don’t have to be scientist to be a science busker!

Science Busking training – 9 May 2019, 13:00 – 16:00

Calling all University of Manchester posgraduate and undergraduates, come and see what science busking is all about…

This practical workshop looks at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities such as science busking. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences. Science Busking involves approaching people, showing them intriguing and entertaining science demonstrations or tricks – much like street magicians! As a Science Busker, you will help to enthuse and engage with visitors, bringing the fun and wonder of hands-on science tricks to the streets of Manchester. You will get to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy a positive and memorable experience.

Following the training you be offered the opportunity to take part in range of public engagement opportunities on and off campus including our forthcoming University Community Festival (Saturday 15 June 2019).

To regiser for the training go to: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/FSESS2000