Opportunities Calendar

Jul
1
Mon
2019
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Jul 1 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.

Jul
15
Mon
2019
STEAM Summer School Malta @ The University of Malta
Jul 15 – Jul 24 all-day

STEAM Summer School 2019

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

Registration to the fourth STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open! The summer school provides an online course combined with a 10-day face to face programme from the 15–24 July. We cover a wide-range of science communication topics, including evaluation, 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.

The school is hosted at the University of Malta and will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from international experts (University of Edinburgh, Rhine-Waal University, Science View) and mix with science communication enthusiasts from around the world. Participants will be able to explore innovative ways to engage various public groups with research and will have a chance to improve writing, speaking, performance, mediation and other transferable skills for career development. Through the course, participants will also organise and enjoy our social events which include science theatre, stand-up comedy and film.

Watch our video for a glimpse of what to expect from the 2019 school. We hope to see you there!

 

When: 15 – 24 July, 2019

Where: University of Malta, Malta

Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.

Price: €700 until 15 May, €750 until 4 June

 

For more information go to:

http://www.steamsummerschool.eu

steam@um.edu.mt

Jul
16
Tue
2019
The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas-Fringe Preview @ The Stand Comedy Club
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Now in its seventh year at the Fringe, The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas sees some of the country’s leading academics and researchers escape from their ‘ivory towers’, with the express purpose of simultaneously explaining their most dangerous ideas and entertaining real people.

They call it ‘public engagement’; we call it ‘a right good night!’.

With plenty of time for questions and discussion, three academics preview their Fringe shows, ably assisted by compere and self-styled ‘stupidest person in the room’, Susan Morrison.

Spoiler alert: This is NOT a lecture.  Attendees are liable to learn something new and interesting!

Rebekka Puderbaugh – Don’t believe your ears!

Did Grover drop an F-bomb on Sesame Street? Do the names Yanny and Laurel make you want to fight? You know what your ears tell you – you heard it yourself! But why do so many people disagree? How can people can hear radically different things in the same sound? Who’s right? Can even a professional linguist say for sure? Pit your ears against your friends’ and neighbours’ and let’s settle this once and for all. Using acoustic trickery Rebekka Puderbaugh (The University of Edinburgh) will make you doubt reality and distrust everything (you think) you hear.

Ron O’Donnell – Art is Shit!

What is art and should we fund it? Have you ever thought: “What the f**k is that? People pay money for that? A two-year old could do it!”.  We’re talking art with Ron O’Donnell (Edinburgh Napier University).

Who decides what is valuable, or creative? Do you need to be educated to understand it? Would you despair if a great artwork was destroyed? Would you give a shit if all contemporary art disappeared tomorrow? If art is an act of expressing feelings, thoughts, and observation, why is so much of it baffling and aloof?

RayyaGhul – Are you a problem addict?

Problems are like whirlpools – they suck you in.  How often have you found yourself talking over and over about the same ‘difficult’ people and other irritations?  What if you don’t actually need to understand a problem to come up with a great solution?  This is the radical idea at the heart of Solution Focus.

Rayya Ghul (The University of Edinburgh), internationally-renowned solution-focused practitioner, will bust myths about the value of problem-solving.  You’ll have a chance to learn the skills behind conversations that can create real and lasting change.  Are you ready to give up stressing?

Duration: 120minutes | Show ends: 10.30pm approx. | Age Guidance: 18+ | Bar: From when doors open and after the show | Food Service: Bar snacks available

Jul
24
Wed
2019
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas-Fringe Preview @ The Stand Comedy Club
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Now in its seventh year at the Fringe, The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas sees some of the country’s leading academics and researchers escape from their ‘ivory towers’, with the express purpose of simultaneously explaining their most dangerous ideas and entertaining real people.

They call it ‘public engagement’; we call it ‘a right good night!’.

With plenty of time for questions and discussion, three academics preview their Fringe shows, ably assisted by compere and self-styled ‘stupidest person in the room’, Susan Morrison.

Spoiler alert: This is NOT a lecture.  Attendees are liable to learn something new and interesting!

Tonight!

Paola Ruffo – Can Google really translate?

What does it mean to be a human in the era of Google Translate? Is it really taking over human translation? What if it isn’t just words after all? Can machines replicate human feelings and language nuances?  Paola Ruffo (Heriot-Watt University) explores how the boundaries between humans, words and machines are being redrawn. Join her at the edges of the magic world of translation to discover what happens when humans and machines meet new languages. Can you tell the difference between a text from a human and one written by a machine?

 

Amy Andrada – Are Women Assholes?

Women are constantly measuring one another by ideals of thinness, beauty, ‘best mommy practices’, and keeping a happy home with a happy partner. Why? Are their values warped? Are they not happy with themselves, or are they afraid of being alone? Why is single status so threatening? Does competitiveness drive their insecurities or do women’s insecurities drive their competitiveness? Amy Andrada (The University of Edinburgh) dares to ask. In her quest, she discovers that women are much more than they appear and accept far less than they deserve.

Jenny Paterson – Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD

The NHS are getting it wrong! Funny? No! Laughable? Maybe! Jenny Patterson (Edinburgh Napier University) hits out at the NHS for neglecting midwives and heartlessly letting women suffer – almost like trauma-stressed war veterans. Neglected midwives can end up lashing out or burning out, leaving some women feeling shocked and abandoned. Sadly, both midwives and women can end up with PTSD. Do midwives need to toughen up? Do women? Jenny doesn’t pull her punches and says: “Never mind the women, what about the midwives?”.

Duration: 120minutes | Show ends: 10.30pm approx. | Age Guidance: 18+ | Bar: From when doors open and after the show | Food Service: Bar snacks available

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Explorathon 2019 @ Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day

EXPLORATHON 2019 is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night and will take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019.

The Night gives researchers the opportunity to share their research with members of the public. All subject areas and career stages are welcome. Your research does not need to be funded by the European Commission, and it does not need to be science-based.

Find out how to get involved here.

 

Oct
7
Mon
2019
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Oct 7 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.

Jan
6
Mon
2020
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Jan 6 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.

Apr
6
Mon
2020
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Apr 6 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.

Jul
6
Mon
2020
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Jul 6 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.

Oct
5
Mon
2020
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Oct 5 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.