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NERC Impact Development Programme (applications now open until 9 March)

If you would like to increase the impact of your environmental science research, and want to improve your skills in using public engagement to achieve this, then the NERC Impact Development Programme is for you! We will cover the breadth of issues you might encounter, from choosing the best type of public engagement for your specific research; to working through practical issues; to considering how to evaluate your public engagement to find out if it was worth it.

The programme

The Impact Development Programme is a dynamic nine-month professional development opportunity for 40 environmental science researchers to work with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to develop their skills in delivering high quality engagement with impact.

The programme includes:

Two online events (31st March and 24th June 2021)

These engaging and specifically tailored events will provide the chance to:

  • Receive expert input on engagement and impact from public engagement experts
  • Participate in interactive group discussions to improve your work and share your feedback with others
  • Hear from other researchers about their engagement and impact work
  • Dedicate time to developing your research and engagement projects, including evaluation plans

The online workshops will be accessible and recorded with regular scheduled screen breaks.

Networking
Building connections and expanding support networks is key to navigating the engagement world. The Impact Development Programme will facilitate formal and informal discussions with peers and mentors to help you along the way.

Peer learning
Through small learning groups. The NCCPE work with a pool of experienced mentors from the engagement sector, each learning group will be allocated a mentor to support you in developing your engagement skills.

Is this programme for me?

Applications will be accepted from researchers who are working in NERC remit, based within eligible UKRI eligible research organisations. This includes current and past grant holders, and potential future grant holders, those working across disciplines but linked to environmental science and those who work on NERC funded projects but may not be named on the grant.

Proposals from applicants with diverse backgrounds and experience are encouraged, and there are no limits on amount of postdoctoral experience.
Priority will be given to researchers who can demonstrate that they do not have access to free engagement and impact support and/or networks of those involved in environmental science engagement within their institution or project.

Support to enable researchers to take part

NERC are offering small grants to individuals from UKRI eligible research organisations, who take part in the Impact Development Programme:

  • Small grants will be available to cover time spent participating in the programme, when this is not part of normal work duties, as set out by your employer organisation or company. Grants do not cover time spent planning and development of engagement activity, which is considered part of your responsibilities as a researcher.
  • NERC will also cover reasonable costs where relevant, according to the UKRI Travel and Subsistence policy.

Find out more

Click to find out about the Impact Development Programme.

How to apply

The Impact Development Programme cohort will be selected by NERC, following an application process. Please follow the link to complete your application.

NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9 March 2021, 16:00

Contacts

NCCPE contact – stephanie.todd@uwe.ac.uk
NERC contact – hannah.king@nerc.ukri.org

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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Scicomm 101 training session (pay what you can basis)

Hana Ayoob and Sarah Cosgriff (of the BIG STEM Communicators Network much more) are offering a two hour training session which is aimed to provide an introduction to science communication. This is ideal for those who are new to science communication.
The session will take place Wed, 28 October 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 GMT.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • What is science communication & why do we do it
  • What to think about while communicating your science
  • Different forms of science communication & choosing a format
  • Tailoring your content to different formats and audiences
  • How to find science communication opportunities

They are running this on a pay-what-you-can basis with a recommended ticket price of £25 (minimum price is £1). They wanted to offer this training session on a pay-what-you-can basis with the hope to improve access to science communication training.

You can find more details and book at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scicomm-101-with-sarah-and-hana-tickets-122057564461?aff

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:
http://www.steamsummerschool.eu

Posted on behalf of Amanda Mathieson, STEAM Coordinator