Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Beltane Breakfast | Engage 2017 Wash-up @ Levels Cafe and Lounge
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At this final Beltane Breakfast of 2017, we’ll be hearing from people who attended the 2017 Engage conference. If you’ve not managed to get a place, or if you want a chance to hear about the sessions you couldn’t make, please come along!


Rough programme

8.30am Grab tea and coffee and breakfast

8.45am Update from Beltane universities key contacts about upcoming activities and changes

8.50am 3-minute updates from all those who attended the conference

9.30am Opportunity for smaller group discussions about topics where there is special interest

10.00am End

Engagement and Communications Officer | Vacancy @ University of Glasgow
Dec 13 all-day

Vacancy Ref: 019430
Salary: Grade 6, £28,098 – £31,604 per annum pro rata
Contract length: funding until 31st July 2019
FTE: part time (28 hours per week)

This post will be based at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), University of Glasgow. The aim of the Unit is to improve human health and wellbeing via the study of social, behavioural, economic, cultural and environmental influences on health. This is an important, exciting time to be joining the Unit as it strengthens ways to communicate and disseminate its leading research with funders, stakeholders and the public, demonstrating the impact of evidence-led interventions and policies. The Engagement and Communications Officer will be responsible for the operational delivery of many of the Unit’s key communications and engagement channels and use these to demonstrate the value and insight of the research undertaken.

This position is part time (28 hours per week) and has funding until 31 July 2019.

The full details are available here. The closing date for applications is 13th December.

European Science Engagement Conference 2018 | Call for Proposals @ Madrid
Dec 15 all-day

Please send us your proposals for the European Science Engagement Conference 2018 until 15 December 2017.
We are looking for workshops, team-sessions or Horizon als sessions and workshops that include

  • significant trends, challenges and needs in public engagement and science communication;
  • strategically-relevant themes for science communication on a European or international level;
  • innovative developments that can, or should, impact on the future of our work;
  • outstanding communication formats, especially those with the potential to be game-changers;
  • factors that could alter our attitudes to science communication, or the attitudes of our audiences and target groups.


Further information available on the website linked above.

Dr Bunhead’s Improv Explosions
Dec 15 @ 2:48 pm


SciProv needs you! Dr Bunhead (from TV’s Brainiac) and a team of crack comedy improvisers are looking for enthusiastic and talkative researchers to be the guest stars on Dr Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions. We turn your expertise into improvised scenes. Together, with the audience involvement, we find the theatre in your thesis and separate the reality from the ridiculous.

This is a fresh genre, this is improvised live science comedy (SciProv), this is ; pulling in new audiences. Think Who’s Line Is It Anyway? meets The Graham Norton Show and stuff them both into a blender with a dash of The Open University.

Target Audience:  Adults

Who Gets Involved: Researchers who want to share their passion with everyday folk. All abilities and all disciplines welcome… not just jolly scientists! We want passionate people with a story to tell. NO funny bones needed! Just bring your ideas and your enthusiasm. We support the hell out of you to make you the star of the night. Any researcher looking for a gentle and supportive introduction to public engagement should apply.

What will I Do? You do 10 minutes in the spotlight as an interview or your own presentation, depending on your preference. We will playfully get to know you and your research so the audience sees the person behind the PhD. You meet the team and have a chat, we explain the set up and support you all the way to have a great evening bringing your research to kind and curious audiences.

Timescale: Shows happen once or twice a month at comedy venues such as The Monkey Barrel.

Benefits: This is a great way to safely dip your toe in to the wider world of public engagement. This friendly event is an ideal springboard into more exposed performances such as Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas or Bright Club. The material generated in this event may also serve to illustrate comedic and metaphorical avenues of exploration for the speaker.

To Find out more:  Email us at

To get involved: email the following details to

your suggested talk/performance title;

a summary of the content (50 words max).

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Jan 1 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)
Jan 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.

Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Jan 1 all-day

be-experimentalFreelance Science Presenters 

Central Scotland 

Competitive hourly rate

 No application deadline

We are always looking for dynamic freelance science presenters to deliver our science experiments, demonstrations and workshops to people of all ages. We have a schools and nursery  programme, we run events for groups and clubs, and provide entertainment for parties and events.

You should have experience of working with children and presenting science to public audiences, and be enthusiastic and engaging. Must be a self-starter. A driving licence and access to a reliable car is essential.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to

Research Engagement Manager | Vacancy @ Cancer Research UK
Jan 3 all-day

New year, new opportunity?

It’s a fixed term contract (12 month maternity cover) Research Engagement Manager for Cancer Research UK. You would be part of a talented and friendly team of Engagement Managers across the UK, with special responsibility for planning and delivering engagement for our supporters and publics in the Newcastle area.

Cancer Research UK’s Research Engagement team brings to life our life-saving research in communities across the UK, encouraging people to join us in the fight to beat cancer.

For more information and to apply visit:

Apply for Expert Women Scotland 2018 BBC Academy
Jan 14 all-day

We want to hear from you if you’re interested in contributing to television, radio and online content, can be at BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA on Tuesday 13 March 2018 and have expertise in any of the areas listed below.

We welcome applicants from any area of expertise, but particularly the following:

  • all aspects of Brexit, especially farming, fishing and business
  • business and the economy in Scotland
  • politics
  • health
  • education
  • science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • law, especially Scottish constitutional law

More information via the website linked above.

Public Engagement Grants | Applications now accepted @ The Physiological Society
Jan 14 all-day

The Physiological Society is offering grants of up to £5000  to support public engagement. The grants, which are available to both members and non-members, are designed to fund innovative and creative projects on any aspect of physiology. We particularly encourage collaborations between science communicators, artists, facilitators of public engagement, and our members.

We are open to any ideas from you as to how physiologists can engage with the public. We are especially keen to receive project applications which fit under our 2018 focus sleep and circadian rhythm.

The scheme is open year-round with two funding rounds. The next deadline for applications is Sunday 14 January 2018. The review period will take 6-8 weeks.

Apply via the website linked above.

Contact Us

The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

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The Beltane team is delighted to be partnering with the Royal Society, London on a Public Engagement Networking event here in Edinburgh. Meet organisations who can provide you with opportunities to share your research. Wed 24th Oct, 6-8pm

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