Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Mar
24
Fri
2017
Einstein’s Garden at the Green Man Festival 2017 | Science Stall applications @ Brecon Beacons, Wales
Mar 24 all-day

If you would like to apply to run a science stall in Einstein’s Garden this year please complete the online form here by Friday 24th March 2017.

https://greenman.wufoo.com/forms/z12j6q8715qcmpm/

 

For background:

The Green Man Festival is held on the beautiful Glanusk Park site in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Attracting 20,000 visitors a year the festival has earned a reputation as one of the great independent festivals in the UK. The 2017 festival dates are 17/18/19/20 August. For more information see www.greenman.net

 

Einstein’s Garden is Green Man festival’s area of science and nature where art and science collide to bring an exciting and unique line up of performances, workshops and installations that use creativity, play and participation to engage people with science and research in unexpected ways. www.greenman.net/explore/areas/einsteins-garden

 

We are looking for organisations interested in bringing eye catching activity stalls to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden.

 

The fee for standard stalls (up to 4mx4m) is £250 plus VAT. Fees for larger stalls will be negotiable on a case-by-case basis. There will be a limited number of free pitches available for small organisations. This price will include 6 festival passes for successful applicants but we are unable to cover any other expenses.

 

We expect organisations who apply to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden to be able to support their stall holders participation in the festival and cover all materials, equipment, travel and subsistence expenses. Stall holders must provide their own small marquee. The stall must be set up by 4pm on Wednesday 16th August (for a site-wide health and safety inspection) and your stall must be open from 12 midday until 7pm on 18th August and from 10am until 7pm on 18th, 19th and 20th August. There will be no power available for stalls and no generators are allowed in Einstein’s Garden so if your stall does need power you must provide your own renewable energy. All stall holders must have comprehensive public liability insurance.

 

Please note that information about Science Stalls will be included on the Green Man Festival website but will not be included in the festival programme.

 

 

Researchers needed for Seriously Funny!
Mar 24 all-day

The fantastic Just Festival is looking for speakers for its new 2017 Friday night flagship event, Seriously Funny. Could you, or someone you know, be ripe for the stage? If so, please contact us ASAP!

Seriously Funny is a pairing of researchers and comedians who share in common an interest in social consciousness. The idea is that you and the comedian exchange skills and knowledge, before taking to the stage together in August for conversational, humorous but challenging discussion.

The Just Festival would especially like to hear from researchers who have an interest in:

  • Brexit
  • Trump
  • Israel-Palestine conflict
  • Drag performance and queering of institutions
  • Transgender matters

The events will take place on Friday evenings in August 2017 (4th, 11th, 18th or 25th).

If you would like to discuss this further (no obligation to go ahead) please contact the Beltane team.

Mar
27
Mon
2017
Managing Your Science Festival Drop-In @ 1.18 Paterson's Land
Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

So you’ve got a beautifully designed activity, a venue, and a team to deliver it. You’re science festival-ready, right?

Almost. There is an art to running a successful drop-in activity; it also requires common sense and some health and safety know-how.Come to this workshop to get tips and guidance on:

  • How to entice people into coming to your activity instead of just walking on by
  • How to engage different ages
  • Learning from visitors (there are some knowledgeable people out there!)
  • Preparing your opening chat
  • Managing busy and quiet times
  • Working in partnership with demonstrators
  • Health and safety (with a focus on working with vulnerable groups)

This workshop will be delivered by Eureka Edinburgh.

Eligibility

This workshop is aimed at individuals who will shortly be doing a drop-in at Edinburgh International Science Festival (or similar). Places are available free-of-charge to staff and students from universities in Edinburgh.

Mar
30
Thu
2017
STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement – 2017
Mar 30 all-day

The STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement  scheme is now open for applications to this pioneering programme that  seeks to boost engagement skills within the  wider science community.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched a new leadership scheme to help inspirational researchers champion public engagement across their academic communities. The call for applicants to the scheme – which seeks to empower scientists to train other scientists in public engagement – is now open and replaces STFC’s existing Public Engagement Fellowships.

Our Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement will support passionate academics and STFC facility users to undertake their own engagement and to actively increase the skill and confidence of their colleagues when it comes to engaging others with their research. This broader effort at spreading skills and confidence is designed to enhance engagement between the public and the wider science and technology community.

The STFC community has a long track record of delivering high quality engagement and outreach, and our existing Public Engagement Fellows have proved highly successful in strengthening relations with public audiences.

The 2017 call for STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement is now open for applications. The call closes at 16:00 on 30 March 2017.

Before submitting your application you are encouraged to contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Head of College of Science and Engineering Prizes
Mar 31 all-day

This opportunity is only open to staff in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering/staff/head-of-college-prizes

 

At the link above is information about the seven Head of College prizes for staff, one of which is the Outreach Prize. Every winner will receive £500 and a trophy, with nominations of others and self-nominations possible.

 

Online nominations can be made through the link at the top of this message until the 31st March 2017.

Interactivos?’17 – Re-imagining movement in the city: citizen science for a sustainable present
Mar 31 all-day

Interactivos?’17 – Re-imagining movement in the city: citizen science for a sustainable present

 

Medialab-Prado (Madrid) is launching an open call for the submission of projects and research articles for the international collaborative prototyping seminar and workshop to be held in Madrid from 17 to 31 May 2017. As a theme, Interactivos?’17 suggests mobility in the city (living beings, material goods, pollutants, etc) on the intersection of three wide perspectives: citizen science, environmental sustainability and creativity and art with digital tools.

 

What do the workshops consist of?

 

Interactivos? is a research and production platform for the creative and educational uses of technology. Its main goal is to expand on the use of electronic and software tools for artists, designers and educators, thus contributing to the development of local communities of cultural producers in this field.

 

Interactivos? events are a hybrid between an international production workshop, a seminar and a showcase. After the first days of seminar, projects promoters and collaborators work together to develop the proposed prototypes. Then these prototypes are showcased in a public exhibition in Medialab-Prado. Thus a space for reflection, research, and collaborative work is created. The process is open to the public from beginning to end.

 

If you want more information, want to submit a project proposal or a research article or want to join as a collaborator by 31 March, please visit: http://medialab-prado.es/article/interactivos17

Apr
3
Mon
2017
Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Apr 3 all-day

We would like to invite Edinburgh Researchers to deliver workshops for Dunbar Science Club on a Saturday morning during 2017.

Dunbar Science Club

Dunbar Science Club was created in 2011 by a small team of volunteer parents of pupils attending Dunbar Primary School.  Our objective is to inspire and encourage a life-long interest in science amongst children living in the Dunbar Cluster area by running an annual programme of varied workshops provided by local scientists (including volunteer parents) and external providers.

Dunbar Science Club was an initiative of Dunbar PS’s Parent Council’s “Science, Maths, Engineering & Technology Sub Group” that also created the annual award winning community science festival, Dunbar SciFest.

Dunbar Science Club is supported by Community Windpower Ltd, who also support Dunbar SciFest.

Please see the Dunbar Science Club Facebook page and our website to see previous workshop blogs etc.

Dunbar Science Club Workshops

We deliver three one-hour long workshops, ideally fortnightly between September and June annually. The first two workshops, starting at 9.30am and 10.30am are for children aged 5-8 and the third workshop, starting at 11.30am, is for children aged 9-12+.

We open the online workshop booking, via our own Dunbar Science Club App, two weeks before the workshop date.

Dunbar Science Club Workshops Dates 2017

  1. 01.17
  2. 02.17
  3. 02.17
  4. 03.17
  5. 03.17
  6. 04.17
  7. 05.17
  8. 05.17
  9. 06.17
  10. 06.17

Are you interested in delivering workshops for Dunbar Science Club?

If so, please contact the organiser asap and confirm the following:

  1. Which date / dates from the list above you would be available to deliver your workshop activities?
  1. That you are happy to deliver 3 x 45-50 minute duration workshops within the hour-long slots, starting at 9.30, 10.30 & 11.30am?
  1. That your workshop activities are suitable for the 2 age groups (5-8 and 9-12+)? Please note that we are very happy for you to use us as ‘guinea pigs’ to test out activities that may wish to run at open days, science festivals etc.
  1. How many people will deliver the workshops?
  1. Whether you charge a fee and if so how much or whether you’d be happy for us to cover your travel expenses? We will provide hot drinks and snacks from the Ridge Cafe

We would need you to provide the following information asap please:

  • Workshop Title
  • Workshop descriptive blurb (ideally 50 words, max 100 words)
  • The capacity of each workshop – please advise us on what you think will work best for your activity, anywhere between 10-30 children per session
  • Workshop Risk Assessment
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Apr 3 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Science Engagement Manager Vacancy | Deadline 3rd April @ National Museums Scotland
Apr 3 all-day
National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the past decade, we have invested over £110 million in our collections, our museums and the experiences we provide for our visitors. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. This year, the continuing implementation of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland has seen the opening of ten inspiring galleries of fashion, applied art and design and of science and technology. At the National Museum of Flight further investment has enabled us to make a step change in the visitor experience through the restoration of two historic hangers and creation of new displays.

In this two-year, full-time post you will develop National Museums Scotland’s Science Engagement Strategy, ensuring that excellent science engagement is delivered to a range of audiences. While you build and maintain relationships with external partners and experts you will champion National Museums Scotland within the wider science engagement sector and bring best practice to the role.

Based in the Science & Technology Department and working closely with the Learning & Programmes Department you will be required to plan, co-ordinate and manage effective science engagement teamwork across multiple departments to ensure the development and delivery of inspiring and innovative programmes and events. You will also be responsible for the evaluation and monitoring of these against corporate objectives.

Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience (ideally but not necessarily in the sciences), you will also have current knowledge of the wider educational environment and an understanding of how the museum’s collections can be used to support science engagement. Knowledge of the potential of digital and online learning is also essential; as is budget, project and resources management. With proven excellent communication and interpersonal skills you will have significant experience working in a relevant science learning environment and a good understanding of different learning styles.

This position has been made possible thanks to generous support from Scottish Power Foundation

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.

Science Engagement Outreach Assistant Vacancy | Deadline 3rd April @ National Museums Scotland
Apr 3 all-day
National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the past decade, we have invested over £110 million in our collections, our museums and the experiences we provide for our visitors. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. This year, the continuing implementation of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland has seen the opening of ten inspiring galleries of fashion, applied art and design and of science and technology. At the National Museum of Flight further investment has enabled us to make a step change in the visitor experience through the restoration of two historic hangers and creation of new displays.

You will play a key role in delivering National Museums Scotland’s science engagement programme by planning and running science outreach and engagement activities for schools, families and community groups. Managed by the Community Engagement Manager (Learning & Programmes Department), you will assist the Science Engagement Manager, community engagement and learning staff to develop new activities by identifying and consulting with target audiences and partner museums to understand their needs. You will consult and develop links with external experts in order to contribute to programme development and you will report on, monitor and evaluate science engagement activities.

This one-year part-time post is based in the Learning and Programmes Department but you will work closely with the Science & Technology Department and other departments across National Museums Scotland.

Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science related subject, you will have current knowledge of the wider learning environment, especially developments in community and audience engagement. An understanding of the potential of museum science and technology collections as resources for learning for community groups and under-represented audiences is also essential, as is creative thinking, proven interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Experience of working in a relevant science learning environment is also a requirement of this post.

This position has been made possible thanks to generous support from Scottish Power Foundation

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.

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