Opportunities Calendar

Jun
12
Wed
2019
Curiosity Live at Glasgow Science Festival @ Glasgow Science Centre
Jun 12 – Jun 16 all-day

Curiosity Live, the celebration of research, creativity and innovation is back for Glasgow Science Festival 2019. As always I am excited to start booking in excited and ethusiastic researchers who are keen to share the work they do with little kids and big kids here at Glasgow Science Centre.

This event will run from 12th to 16th June 2019, however as with previous events we would not be expecting contributors to be here for the whole time.

We are looking for anyone who would like to share their work through exciting and interactive tabletop activities which are accessible for a range of age groups. The audience and timings for each day are as follows:

12th – 14th June – Schools event running from 10am – 2pm
15th June – Families event running from 12pm – 4pm
16th June – Families event with two separate start times
9am till 4pm to include our Autism Friendly Hours event
12pm till 4pm for general family event

We can provide tables, chairs, access to power and a limited number of TV screens. I am very keen to include as wide a range of contributors as possible, and in particular to add those from chemistry, animal biology, computing science and the arts.

If you are interested in taking part please contact:

Sam Langford
Sam.Langford@glasgowsciencecentre.org
SCIENCE LEARNING COORDINATOR | SCIENCE SAM | @scottishscicomm

Glasgow Science Centre | 50 Pacific Quay | Glasgow
0141 420 5010 ext 363 | glasgowsciencecentre.org

Jun
13
Thu
2019
Beltane Annual Gathering @ Grassmarket Centre
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

It’s ten years since Beltane was first set up and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the different projects which Beltane has played a role in, look ahead to the network’s future and meet up with old friends.

We’d like to invite you to the Beltane Annual Gathering on Thursday 13 June at the Grassmarket Centre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://beltane10.eventbrite.co.uk

Jun
14
Fri
2019
Register Interest for Explorathon 2019
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm

Fancy being part of Explorathon 2019, AKA European Researchers Night?  

This September, do you want to share your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2019 takes place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019.

Explorathon is Scotland’s event for EU Researchers’ Night. Researchers’ Night takes place on the last Friday in September each year. It is a public celebration of research that takes place in more than 300 cities across Europe.

You don’t need to be funded by the European Commission to take part in Researchers’ Night, and you can be working on any area of research – the arts, humanities and social sciences are welcome.

Universities in Scotland first ran Explorathon in 2014. This year, events will take place in the cities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The Beltane Public Engagement Network coordinates the events in Edinburgh. The Scottish event as a whole is led by the University of Aberdeen.

Last year, around 3,000 members of the public turned out across the city to see events in venues including Ocean Terminal, WHALE Arts, Royal Botanic Gardens, the Lyell Centre, and many more.  This year, we hope to see many more people!

If you would like to be involved, we are looking for both researchers and volunteers for the following venues:

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh – daytime drop-in session for families
  • Various schools across Edinburgh – school-age focused activities
  • Café Scientifique – informal talks for an adult audience
  • New Scots Ceilidh – workshops with the New Scots community, possibly from August and certainly September, leading to a celebration “ceilidh”
  • WHALE Arts – daytime interactive activities around a number of themes – food, sustainability, placemaking and wellbeing
  • The Lyell Centre @ Heriot-Watt – daytime drop in activities and talks, themed around marine and earth science
  • Leith Labs @ Ocean Terminal – table-top drop-in experiments, “science busking”, informal talks and discussions
  • Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh – daytime drop in activities, themed around science and engineering

Training will also be available in the months prior to the event.

Please register your interest here – note that this doesn’t commit you to anything! The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm 14th June 2019.

If you have any questions check out this and/or contact us on info@beltanenetwork.org.

Best wishes,

The Explorathon Edinburgh team – Laura, Dawn, Fiona, Miriam, and Ally

Jun
20
Thu
2019
Bootcamp 3 // 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas // Stagecraft and more marketing! @ The Stand Comedy Club
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the third Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) bootcamp of 2019! This session is aimed at those performing at the summer 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.

This session is chance to develop your performance technique, plus come up with more ideas for marketing your show. It’s also when you will meet the August 2019 CoDI intern – your key contact from June-August 2019 inclusive.

The session will be facilitated by Susan Morrison, CoDI’s resident MC, and Stephen Wright, CoDI’s producer. It will also be a chance to meet your fellow potential performers, including those who have done it before.

Lunch will be served 1-2pm.

While you’re waiting, please also check out our webpages for 2019 performers and supporters, and consider joining our Facebook group!

New Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas performers are expected to participate in, at the very minimum, one bootcamp, and, preferably, all three.

Jun
30
Sun
2019
FALLING WALLS SCIENCE ENGAGER OF THE YEAR 2019 @ Falling Walls Conference
Jun 30 @ 11:45 pm

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Submissions from any field of science engagement, communication, outreach, education – large or small – are welcome. The most impactful, novel, and cost-effective projects will be invited to Berlin (travel and accommodation costs will be covered). We are looking for:

  • all forms of science engagement with a focus on impactful, cost-effective, novel approaches to building opportunities for dialogue and participation in science
  • hidden champions from the whole world who pursue scalable projects
  • initiatives with local impact or wider outreach with the potential to become role models for other projects or scientists
  • new ways of communication and cooperation with the goal of empowering scientists to engage with public audiences

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

  • The 20 best submissions will be invited to share their science engagement projects on 8 November in a fast-paced pitch competition in front of a peer audience and a distinguished jury
  • The winner will get the chance to pitch their project on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference to an audience of 750 global leaders, decision-makers, and international media representatives
  • All selected participants will receive an invitation to join the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November and its network of international science leaders, media, and outreach professionals
  • Increase international visibility for your organisation’s science engagement work
  • Share your experiences and learn from like-minded people in a co-learning environment
  • Become part of a sustainable community dedicated to a common cause – pushing forward the dialogue between science and society.

FULL DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY 

Application Deadline

30 June 2019 (23:59 CEST)

Questions?
Contact us via engage@falling-walls.com

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.