Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Jun
9
Fri
2017
Beltane Annual Gathering 2017 | Responding and Reusing | 9th June @ Chesser House
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Chesser House ((c) Savills)

We’re thrilled that our annual celebration of public engagement will take place at one of Edinburgh’s newest bookable spaces: Chesser House on Gorgie Road.

Previously one of the homes of the City of Edinburgh Council, Chesser House is now being developed into affordable accommodation for artists and community groups by art’s complex.

The art’s complex team was also behind the original redevelopment of St Margaret’s House on London Road. Organisations already in Chesser House include InSpire Crafts Edinburg and Re-Act Scotland.

Chesser House is not beautiful, and it is definitely not a fully-equipped events venue. We’re acting on your feedback from the 2016 Annual Gathering, in which it was clear that some of you wanted to see us creating a more exciting, novel and energetic event. By choosing Chesser House, our temporary environment will force us to be nimble and innovative! And this is the inspiration for the theme for the 2017 Gathering: “Responding and Reusing”.

The other feedback we’ll be doing best to address in our event planning includes:

  • Giving you plenty of unstructured time to chat with existing as well as new contacts
  • Having engagement beyond universities in action as part of the event (while still also having space for internally-focussed conversations)
  • Cutting way down on the plenary speakers
  • Having more space in which to move around
  • Clear programme in advance
  • A stronger Edinburgh focus
  • A longer event (with no obligation to stay for all of it)
  • A wee drink…

 

Jun
23
Fri
2017
ESOF is back! Let’s meet in Toulouse in July 2018! @ Toulouse, France
Jun 23 @ 10:54 am – 11:54 am

After Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Turin, Dublin, Copenhagen and Manchester, the 8th EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) will be held between 9 and 14 July 2018 in Toulouse, in the south-west of France. The biennial interdisciplinary European event dedicated to Science and Innovation will bring together scientific, economic, political communities and general public to debate recent advances in science and their impacts on society.

ESOF 2018 is constructed around the motto “Sharing science: towards new horizons”. The event will be divided into six different sections: “Science”, “Science Policy”, “Science to Business”, “Careers”, “Media & Communication” and the festival “Science in the City”. Scientific sessions will focus on four cross-cutting themes: “Risk and safety”, “Inequalities”, “Gender issues”, “Ethics” and ten thematic areas:

  1. Sustainable cities, sustainable living
  2. Global change: challenges and opportunities
  3. Science policy and transformation of research practice
  4. Frontier research and exploring extremes
  5. Health in our societies
  6. Understanding divided societies
  7. New trends and technologies in transport
  8. The use/mis-use of research and scientific advice
  9. Sharing knowledge
  10. A digital world

ESOF Toulouse 2018 will be a unique opportunity to celebrate science but also to discover the renowned “pink city”, its rich innovation ecosystem, stunning city centre, tasty dishes and fine wines as well as the sunny weather and welcoming way of life. Don’t miss out the opportunity to be part of ESOF 2018 in Toulouse!

Calls for sessions and initiatives for ESOF 2018

Calls for projects for ESOF 2018 are running!

The call for “Scientific Sessions” is prolonged until 23 June 2017. Make one or more proposals and take the opportunity to present your ideas, projects and expertise. ESOF 2018 will be a unique place for “sharing science” with international public across all scientific domains!

We are pleased to announce that the call for Initiatives for the Science in the City Festival has been launched! This Festival, dedicated to the general public, will be held from 7 until 15 July 2018. This open call invites all the related actors (associations, museums, researchers, artists, …) to propose their events about science or innovation and take part of the Festival programme. The deadline for submission for this call for initiatives is 30 September 2016.

Jun
28
Wed
2017
Save the date | NCCPE Ambassadors Scheme information event @ tbc
Jun 28 all-day

Full information to be announced

Do you coordinate a network or group that is related to public engagement in HE?

The NCCPE Ambassador Scheme aims to improve the quality of higher education public engagement practice, by supporting individuals who coordinate relevant networks across the UK. If you currently run or coordinate a network that is relevant to public engagement in higher education in the UK, then we would welcome your application.

Our next event in Scotland will be hosted in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28th June – save the date or contact Alex Hale for further information.

Jul
21
Fri
2017
Get Involved with – ‘Previously…’ Scotland’s History Festival
Jul 21 all-day

History Festival logo

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

‘Previously…’ Scotland’s History Festival will run this year from November 17 – 26 and we are looking for people with interesting things to say about historic stuff! Our hub venue will be the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church Halls on Nicholson Square. There are two opportunities for you to get involved.

1) PUBLIC TALKS We will have speaking slots available throughout the ten day festival, so please get in touch with us to tell us about your work, and we will get you into our programme.

  • Event dates : every day 17 – 26th November
  • Event time : anytime between 10am and 10pm
  • Event length : usually about one hour
  • Suitable for : PhDs to Profs

2) COFFEE, TEA AND A PHD Come and talk about your research in the comfortable surroundings of the Café for an hour! We’re looking for early career researchers to engage with the public about their work and findings.

  • Event dates : every day 17 – 26th November
  • Event time : 2.30
  • Event length : one hour
  • Suitable for : early career researchers (PhDs to PostDocs)

HOW TO APPLY

All we need from you for either opportunity is:

  • A title
  • 40 words about your topic/event (for the printed programme) • 100 words about your topic/event (for the website) • Do you have an image we could use? This could be a photo of yourself, or an image relevant to your subject.
  • Your contact details
  • PREFERRED DATE / TIME (please note, we will do our best to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee your preferences)

There is no registration fee for University of Edinburgh speakers. A modest registration fee of £40 is requested for speakers from other organisations.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS   21 JULY, 2017

Email : info@historyfest.co.uk  Call : 0131 561 0031

Jul
30
Sun
2017
Engage 2017 – NCCPE conference | Call for contributions
Jul 30 all-day

NCCPE Logo

This year’s theme is Exploring Collaborations; the call deadline is 30th July and the conference itself will be in Bristol on 6-7 Dec 2017. Self-nominations can be for workshops or posters, further details about each option can be found on the website linked above.

Aug
4
Fri
2017
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2017!
Aug 4 – Aug 27 all-day
Sep
29
Fri
2017
European Researchers’ Night 2017
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

Check out the full Edinburgh programme here!

Oct
30
Mon
2017
Beltane Public Engagement Fellowships | Call for Applications 2017/18
Oct 30 all-day

 

Background

The Beltane Public Engagement Network (Beltane) is a network for people interested in making academic research accessible to a wide variety of audiences. We work with the four Edinburgh universities: the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

To date we have appointed 34 Beltane Public Engagement Fellows and two honorary Beltane Fellows, including five Parliament Fellowships. Beltane Fellowships undertaken between 2008 and 2015.

This year’s Fellowships are funded by the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh and are only open to the University of Edinburgh staff at this time.  We are expecting to put out separate calls for Edinburgh Napier and Heriot Watt University staff shortly.

Now that public engagement and impact activities are recognised as essential to a researchers’ role these Fellowships do not buy out a researchers time, but instead provide funds (up to £1k) for training, travel and/or activities.  In addition, Fellows will have access to mentoring, advice and practical assistance to develop a portfolio of public engagement activities.

Purpose, scope and themes

Beltane Fellowships in are for academic and research staff. The Fellowships provide funding, mentoring, training, advice and practical support for staff to develop their portfolio of public engagement activities.

It is not essential, but it is desirable that you are able to show that your engagement activity is relevant to one of the six RCUK cross cutting themes in a Scottish context. The themes are:

  • Digital economy
  • Energy
  • Global Food Security
  • Global uncertainties; security for all in a changing world
  • Living with environmental change
  • Lifelong health and wellbeing

In addition the Beltane has a close partnership with Scotland’s Futures Forum based at the Scottish Parliament and there is an opportunity for the Fellowship to be hosted by SFF if the topic chosen is relevant to Scottish Parliament future business.

All Fellowship applications must show how the proposed work is relevant in the Scottish context.

 

Eligibility and funding

To be eligible for a Beltane Fellowship in 2017-18 you must be a member of academic or research staff at the University of Edinburgh; support staff are not eligible to apply. You must be employed at grade 6 level or above. If you are employed on a fixed-term contract, your termination date must be beyond December 2018.

Funding for University of Edinburgh applicants is provided by the Institute for Academic Development. We are expecting to put out separate calls for Edinburgh Napier, Heriot Watt and Queen Margaret University staff shortly.

All applicants must provide written support from their supervisor, line manager, Head of School or other equivalent as part of their initial application.

All applicants must be provisionally available to attend for interview on the 15 November 2017.

 

Application process

The application process consists of a short form and an interview. Key dates are:

  • Deadline for form submission: 11 am, Monday  30 October 2017
  • Interview for shortlisted candidates: Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Deadline for notification of interview outcomes: Early December 2017
  • Fellowship start date: 1st January 2018
  • Latest date for Fellowship completion: 30 June 2018

Beltane Fellowship application form (Word)

Beltane Fellowship application form (PDF)

Expected outcomes

Examples of suitable activities for consideration would include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and managing a cross-discipline or cross-institution public event in an area relevant to public policy.
  • Working closely with government, charitable or public-interest agencies to foster links between academia, policy makers and the public.
  • Developing training programmes for staff development in the skills required for good public engagement.  This could include transferring existing models of best practice in training to or from the Fellow’s own institution.
  • Stimulate, support, and facilitate public engagement activity across an institution, School, Faculty or department by developing a network of PE practitioners, creating a web presence about PE activity and/or Co-ordinating and recording engagement activities across the institution.
  • Working with media partners to develop materials (print, film or podcast) for a media campaign about research in an area relevant to public policy.

We expect to see reflective evaluation by the Fellow of their experience and activities. We also hope that Fellows will share their learning with the members of the Beltane and beyond; this could be achieved through the maintenance of a reflective blog, or by publishing a detailed case study.

On completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow is expected to act as a key contact and ambassador for public engagement within their institution. The Fellow is also required to disseminate the outcomes of the Fellowship to colleagues at their employing institution.

 

Appointment criteria

Factors which will be taken into account when choosing candidates for appointment are:

  • Timeliness.
  • How relevant the applicant’s research is to the call theme (where applicable).
  • Whether the Fellowship will include cross-disciplinary or cross-institution activities.
  • Whether the Fellowship will be supported by contributions in-kind, such as hosting at a non-academic organisation.
  • Whether the Fellowship has the support and involvement of non-academic partners.
  • Whether there are plans for evaluation and dissemination strategies.
  • Whether the proposed work has the potential to leverage further funding.
  • Whether the proposed work has potential to feed into public policymaking process.
  • Whether the applicant has plans for post-Fellowship propagation of engagement activities in their home institution.
  • How the candidate will use the resources of the Beltane Network for their development plans.

Previous experience in public engagement activities will not necessarily be an advantage and we would encourage staff new to this area to apply. 

 

Questions and advice

 We encourage anyone considering an application for a Beltane Fellowship to contact us before submitting their form. Beltane staff will be able to offer informal advice and answer any specific questions you may have.

Nov
14
Tue
2017
STEAM info session for Edinburgh-based applicants (central) @ Levels Cafe and Lounge
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come along to this lunchtime meeting to find out more about applying for the STEAM Summer School!

STEAM is an innovative science communication summer school that marries science and art through practice. Attendees get involved with expert case studies, field trips, science slams, networking, and theatre performances.  Participants can be university students or professionals, researchers, educators, science communication practitioners, and science journalists.

There are four routes to applying to be part of the summer school:

  • Apply for a grant (University of Edinburgh staff and students only) by 27th November 2017
  • If you’re a national of a non-EU country, and not studying at the University of Edinburgh, you can apply for an international grant by 27th November 2017
  • Anyone can apply for a reduced rate, early-bird registration by 1st May 2018 (or full price by 4th June 2017)
  • Anyone in an EU country (including the UK right now!) can apply for an Erasmus + Mobility grant – info coming soon

Come along to this lunchtime session to find out more about applying through each of these routes and, if applying for a grant, how to make your application as competitive as possible.

 

Nov
21
Tue
2017
STEAM info session for Edinburgh-based applicants (King’s Buildings) @ Cafe, Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come along to this lunchtime meeting to find out more about applying for the STEAM Summer School!

STEAM is an innovative science communication summer school that marries science and art through practice. Attendees get involved with expert case studies, field trips, science slams, networking, and theatre performances.  Participants can be university students or professionals, researchers, educators, science communication practitioners, and science journalists.

There are four routes to applying to be part of the summer school:

  • Apply for a grant (University of Edinburgh staff and students only) by 27th November 2017
  • If you’re a national of a non-EU country, and not studying at the University of Edinburgh, you can apply for an international grant by 27th November 2017
  • Anyone can apply for a reduced rate, early-bird registration by 1st May 2018 (or full price by 4th June 2017)
  • Anyone in an EU country (including the UK right now!) can apply for an Erasmus + Mobility grant – info coming soon

Come along to this lunchtime session to find out more about applying through each of these routes and, if applying for a grant, how to make your application as competitive as possible.

 

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

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875
Email: info@beltanenetwork.org

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