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STEMM is for everyone: Inclusivity in Science Communication Masterclass

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is pleased to be hosting University of Manchester alumni Dr Michelle Dickinson who will deliver a masterclass on science communication: ‘STEMM is for everyone: Inclusivity in Science Communication’.

This event is taking place on Tuesday 18 June, 3.00-4.30pm in Alan Turing Building G.107.

Michelle is a bestselling author of The Kitchen Science Cookbook and No 8 Recharged and host and co-creator of TV show Nanogirl and the imaginautsand podcasts Nanogirl’s Great Science Adventures and Stupid Questions For Scientists.

Michelle has made it her life mission to make science and engineering fun and accessible for all. In this session, Michelle will discuss how science can be more inclusive to encourage minority groups to be involved in STEMM with a focus on how minority groups can gain confidence in science communication. Michelle will argue that ‘Science is everywhere and science is for everyone.’

This event is suitable for anyone wishing to learn more about inclusivity and diversity in science communication, including PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, academics and PS staff members.

Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inclusivity-in-stemm-communication-tickets-63381876900

If you have any access requirements please contact ellie.welch@manchester.ac.uk.

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


Workshop: Engaged Research in the Arts

Tuesday 1 July 2-5pm, Contact Theatre (Space 3)

Researchers in the arts at the University of Manchester work with a range of arts and cultural organizations across the city and wider region. These collaborations can set research agendas, facilitate research, maximise its impact, ensure its social relevance and lead to creative outcomes.


This workshop will highlight engaged research in practice and explore different models and modes of engagement between researchers and arts/cultural organizations. It will also provide a forum for researchers and cultural partners to meet and share ideas, as well as an opportunity to foster new collaborations and ongoing conversations on social engagement across the arts. We’ll begin the afternoon with panel presentations followed by time for discussion, and conclude with a screening of creative work produced by the Delia Darlings followed by a wine reception and informal networking session. Support for this event has generously been provided by the Division of Art History, Music and Drama and the Division of English, American Studies, and Creative Writing.

Speakers include:

Registration and Queries

The event is free and please pass on the invitation to anyone you think might be interested, but please sign up in advance via Eventbrite as there are a limited number of places. For any further information, contact Dr. Simon Parry (simon.parry@manchester.ac.uk) or Dr. J. Michelle Coghlan (j.michelle.coghlan@manchester.ac.uk).

Posted by Dr Simon Parry, Lecturer in Drama and Arts Management, Drama / Institute for Cultural Practices, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Voice of Young Scientist Workshop – Manchester 2014

A personal perspective from Samantha Winkler…

On Friday 14 March, I had the pleasure of attending a Media Workshop for young researchers run by Voice of Young Science (part of Sense about Science). There’s a summary of the day on their website but here I provide my own brief summary before launching into a few posts about the topics discussed.

The day was divided into three main parts: a panel session with scientists, a panel session with journalists and a tips & tricks discussion session. These were interspersed with group work (which I wasn’t took keen on – I don’t think the venue was suited for it and the questions too simplistic).

Anyway. Scientists.

On the panel were the ever awesome Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb), Susanne Shultz (@Susanne_Shultz) and Jeffrey Forshaw (@jrf1968). As I have done my undergraduate and Masters degree(s) here in Manchester, I was familiar with Matthew Cobb who is one of the most dynamic and interesting lecturers I’ve ever had. If you ever have the chance to hear him lecture on biodiversity, don’t miss it!

Instead of taking notes, I was tweeting fairly heavily during this session, probably fuelled by the copious amounts of coffee provided at the workshop. So check out my tweets tagged #VoYSmediaworkshop for that!

The panelists all introduced themselves with little anecdotes that would come to form the main themes of the discussions. Jeff Forshaw who has worked with Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) told of a time when he and Brian Cox gave a talk they hadn’t prepared for – despite that their obvious familiarity with the subject matter and a few key points they knew they wanted to mention got them through.

Don’t over prepare, talk about things you’re confident in and know a few key messages. Then you can connect the dots.

Susanne Shultz spoke about a few experiences with the media and where things had gone wrong.

When things go wrong, tell the media about it. Especially with online media, it’s easy for them to correct it so it’s worth telling them about problems. And always make sure to mention and credit your team.

Matthew Cobb spoke of various interactions he has had with the media, including a story of “a duck who thought it was a dog” (of course, it probably din’t really think that!).

Don’t be afraid to say no if the request is silly. It’s not worth your time. Especially broadcast media will take up a lot of your time so make sure you get something out of it (guaranteed airtime/money).

Despite briefly derailing into a discussion of atheism (conclusion: don’t be a militant atheist), the discussions focused about when and when not to interact with the media: while you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to them and reach out to get your research presented accurately, you can also say know when they start coming up with silly requests. And always talk about what you know best.

I tweeted less during the discussion with journalists, probably stuck in a lazy, content post-lunch daze. However, I found the discussion with journalists to be a little more controversial in some matters. Panelists were Victoria Gill (@Vic_Gill) from BBC and freelancing journalist David Derbyshire (@dderbyshire) who used to work for the Daily Mail. They did an excellent job of explaining how journalists work.

Victoria Gill spoke about a (maybe not so) typical “day in the life” when she was working on a story about elephants and voice recognition (BBC article here). This focused on the benefits of having good contacts with scientists, working quickly and getting a story into their internal BBC database where it can then be picked up by different BBC outlets.

David Derbyshire spoke about how despite the majority of the room leaning towards The Guardian (as proven by a show of hands), the Daily Mail has a huge readership and those readers are keen to know about science. While competition between science stories and other stories is huge, science stories do regularly feature and it is necessary to work together with the journalists to ensure they are as accurate as possible. The Daily Mail might not have the best reputation amongst scientists but it has the relevant readership so don’t decline working with them on getting your research publicised.

In the discussions, the two topics I most noticed were “the ivory tower” and “when should we start teaching outreach/science communication/media relations to students”. As I disagreed with some of the opinions thrown around the room I will be blogging about those separately (beat me with a large stick if I fail to do so!).

The tips and tricks session was also a very useful discussion of personal experiences and suggestions, as well as a great overview of what Sense about Science and Voice of Young Science do.

Overall, it was a great day that felt very inspiring. (As you can see, it inspired me to finally blog again, so that’s a start.)

Other participants have blogged about the workshop here and here.

This post is republished with permission.

Author: Samantha Winkler (@SamW812)
Source Acknowledgement: http://sciencemediasociety.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/voice-of-young-science-media-workshop/ 

A workshop on Understanding Participation

How do you analyse participation by individuals, communities or the public in your area of study? What criteria do you use to evaluate participation? What theories or models does your discipline use?

The Understanding Participation workshop, taking place Friday 21 February 2014 from, 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m will explore these questions and more.

Participation is a key element in research and professional practice for varied academic disciplines engaging people in making decisions about issues and procedures that affect their lives, from individual well-being to global sustainability.

Would You Like to Share Your Models, frameworks or examples?

On Tuesday 21 February 2014, we will be holding a multi disciplinary workshop designed to consider a range of models for analysing and evaluating participation, whether in virtual or face to face interactions.

We are looking for individuals interested in sharing their models, frameworks or examples of their application to practice at the workshop. It does not have to be a report of research undertaken: We would welcome posters, slides or slideshows that outline or sumarise an approach to evaluating participation.

If you would like to contribute a display click here to submit details of your examples
Please note that the deadline for the description is Monday 13 January 2014

Don’t have a model, but would like to attend the event, register here.

To discuss your ideas or queries, please contact:

Kate Sapin, Programme Director, Community and Youth Work Studies, Manchester Institute for Education, School of Environment, Education and Development. Email – Kate.sapin@manchester.ac.uk or tel: 0161 275 3523

Rachel Gibson, Professor of Political Science, Institute of Social Change,
School of Social Sciences.  Email – Rachel.Gibson@manchester.ac.uk or tel: 0161-306-6933

This event is funded by Manchester Informatics

One-day workshop on patient and public involvement

The North West People in Research Forum  is hosting a one-day workshop for researchers on patient and public involvement

The workshop, Experience Matters, aims to help researchers:

  • Build their understanding of patient and public involvement in research
  • Start involving patients and public in their research, or develop their involvement activities if they are already active in this area
  • Learn from other participants about what might work in specific contexts

The workshop will take place 9 May from 10am until 4pm in Manchester city centre. It will be run by Bec Hanley and Derek Stewart, who have experience of running training sessions and facilitating workshops for clinicians, researchers, administrative staff, service users, patients, carers and staff from NHS and voluntary organisations.

For more information and to book a place (required due to limited places) please contact –  Douglas.Cooper@researchnorthwest.nhs.uk (Forum Administrative Assistant).

Find out more about the North West People in Research Forum.