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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:

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