Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Jun
1
Thu
2017
‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Jun 1 all-day

Midlothian Science Festival have been awarded funding from RCUK to take a pop up ‘Smoothies and Science’ activity to community football tournaments in Midlothian from May-Oct 2017. They will have a small marquee/tent, and will invite young people to come and make a smoothie on their smoothie bikes and meet researchers working on physiology-related projects.

 

The events will be informal and would be a good place for researchers to engage with new audiences and develop/test new activities. Staff and students from Queen Margaret University are already on board to help to deliver the events and Midlothian Science Festival are keen to involve other researchers too.

 

Audience: The main target age for this is children aged 11 – 15 years who are unlikely to attend science events. Many will be potential early school leavers. Some of the events may be in secondary schools with pupils who are being encouraged to stay in school at lunchtime to play football.  The festival hopes to offer them a rich learning experience through their interactions with researchers.

 

Dates and venues: Likely dates are weekends (and possible some weekday lunchtimes) between May and October. Venues to be confirmed but the festival are working with football clubs in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg and Loanhead (and possibly Easthouses). Weekend events are likely to last 2-3 hours.

 

 

Jul
1
Sat
2017
‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Jul 1 all-day

Midlothian Science Festival have been awarded funding from RCUK to take a pop up ‘Smoothies and Science’ activity to community football tournaments in Midlothian from May-Oct 2017. They will have a small marquee/tent, and will invite young people to come and make a smoothie on their smoothie bikes and meet researchers working on physiology-related projects.

 

The events will be informal and would be a good place for researchers to engage with new audiences and develop/test new activities. Staff and students from Queen Margaret University are already on board to help to deliver the events and Midlothian Science Festival are keen to involve other researchers too.

 

Audience: The main target age for this is children aged 11 – 15 years who are unlikely to attend science events. Many will be potential early school leavers. Some of the events may be in secondary schools with pupils who are being encouraged to stay in school at lunchtime to play football.  The festival hopes to offer them a rich learning experience through their interactions with researchers.

 

Dates and venues: Likely dates are weekends (and possible some weekday lunchtimes) between May and October. Venues to be confirmed but the festival are working with football clubs in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg and Loanhead (and possibly Easthouses). Weekend events are likely to last 2-3 hours.

 

 

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

Aug
1
Tue
2017
‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Aug 1 all-day

Midlothian Science Festival have been awarded funding from RCUK to take a pop up ‘Smoothies and Science’ activity to community football tournaments in Midlothian from May-Oct 2017. They will have a small marquee/tent, and will invite young people to come and make a smoothie on their smoothie bikes and meet researchers working on physiology-related projects.

 

The events will be informal and would be a good place for researchers to engage with new audiences and develop/test new activities. Staff and students from Queen Margaret University are already on board to help to deliver the events and Midlothian Science Festival are keen to involve other researchers too.

 

Audience: The main target age for this is children aged 11 – 15 years who are unlikely to attend science events. Many will be potential early school leavers. Some of the events may be in secondary schools with pupils who are being encouraged to stay in school at lunchtime to play football.  The festival hopes to offer them a rich learning experience through their interactions with researchers.

 

Dates and venues: Likely dates are weekends (and possible some weekday lunchtimes) between May and October. Venues to be confirmed but the festival are working with football clubs in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg and Loanhead (and possibly Easthouses). Weekend events are likely to last 2-3 hours.

 

 

Aug
4
Fri
2017
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2017!
Aug 4 – Aug 27 all-day
Aug
31
Thu
2017
Citizen Science Showcase | Call for contributions @ Manchester Science Festival
Aug 31 all-day

We invite you, the citizen science community, to celebrate and get involved in developing a Northern Network of Citizen Scientists. The event offers the opportunity to showcase your project, get Northern participants involved and excited about the potential of citizen science over a fun weekend as part of The Manchester Science Festival.

The Proposition
Over the weekend of Sat 21 and Sun 22 October, we’d love you to come along and set up stall to showcase your citizen science project as part of The Salford Science Jam. See the VIDEO below. The event runs from 11-4pm and, over the course of the weekend, you will have the chance to talk to and engage the public in your work and get involved in a peer-to-peer sharing with citizen science peers. We are really keen for participating projects to include both scientists and non-science experts from the project.

The event takes place at our amazing Media City building, home to the BBC, ITV, the Lowry theatre, and many other cultural organizations in the heart of Salford and a tram ride away from Manchester city centre. You’ll have the opportunity to share and learn from practice and we’ll document the event with you to share further.

Just to reinforce, it’s really crucial that you are able to host a stand for people to participate in your project(s) and be set up from 10am, ready to welcome the public at 11am through til 4pm on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October, 2017. We can also help you out with some volunteers over the weekend. Just let us know.

We hope that this event will be a way to establish a Northern Network of Citizen Scientists who can work more closely together, and encourage learning from across the UK.

Deadline: please complete this Google form by 31 August 2017, but the sooner the better!

Sep
1
Fri
2017
‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Sep 1 all-day

Midlothian Science Festival have been awarded funding from RCUK to take a pop up ‘Smoothies and Science’ activity to community football tournaments in Midlothian from May-Oct 2017. They will have a small marquee/tent, and will invite young people to come and make a smoothie on their smoothie bikes and meet researchers working on physiology-related projects.

 

The events will be informal and would be a good place for researchers to engage with new audiences and develop/test new activities. Staff and students from Queen Margaret University are already on board to help to deliver the events and Midlothian Science Festival are keen to involve other researchers too.

 

Audience: The main target age for this is children aged 11 – 15 years who are unlikely to attend science events. Many will be potential early school leavers. Some of the events may be in secondary schools with pupils who are being encouraged to stay in school at lunchtime to play football.  The festival hopes to offer them a rich learning experience through their interactions with researchers.

 

Dates and venues: Likely dates are weekends (and possible some weekday lunchtimes) between May and October. Venues to be confirmed but the festival are working with football clubs in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg and Loanhead (and possibly Easthouses). Weekend events are likely to last 2-3 hours.

 

 

Oct
1
Sun
2017
‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Oct 1 all-day

Midlothian Science Festival have been awarded funding from RCUK to take a pop up ‘Smoothies and Science’ activity to community football tournaments in Midlothian from May-Oct 2017. They will have a small marquee/tent, and will invite young people to come and make a smoothie on their smoothie bikes and meet researchers working on physiology-related projects.

 

The events will be informal and would be a good place for researchers to engage with new audiences and develop/test new activities. Staff and students from Queen Margaret University are already on board to help to deliver the events and Midlothian Science Festival are keen to involve other researchers too.

 

Audience: The main target age for this is children aged 11 – 15 years who are unlikely to attend science events. Many will be potential early school leavers. Some of the events may be in secondary schools with pupils who are being encouraged to stay in school at lunchtime to play football.  The festival hopes to offer them a rich learning experience through their interactions with researchers.

 

Dates and venues: Likely dates are weekends (and possible some weekday lunchtimes) between May and October. Venues to be confirmed but the festival are working with football clubs in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg and Loanhead (and possibly Easthouses). Weekend events are likely to last 2-3 hours.

 

 

Oct
7
Sat
2017
Fun Palaces 2017 @ You choose :)
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

Save the dates: 7th-8th October 2017

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of every community, with particifun-palace-illustration1_smallpation led by, for and with local people.

The 2017 Fun Palaces weekend is 7th-8th October. Anyone and everyone – anywhere –  is welcome to make a Fun Palace.

The guidelines are that each Fun Palace is :

  • Free (for people to participate)
  • Local (ideally made by local people, for local people)
  • Innovative (a space or a place doing something they don’t usually do)
  • Transformative (changes the nature of the place it happend in)
  • Engaging (so there is something for everyone, all ages, all abilities, to DO, not just observe/audience)

Fun Palaces Scotland has been set up to coordinate Scottish Fun Palaces. Keep an eye out for their preparatory meetings in 2017.

Nov
3
Fri
2017
Take part in Edinburgh Science Festival free family fun day
Nov 3 all-day

Oriam

Deadline for proposing ideas is Friday 3rd November 2017

Heriot-Watt University’s Oriam sport’s centre will be hosting a free family fun day on Saturday 14th April 2017 as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Staff and students from all universities in Edinburgh are invited to get involved. Some funding is available for activities, and all other costs are covered.

The format for the day is still in development, but there are likely to be:

  • Drop-in activities
  • A  ‘Crystal Maze’ style set of research-led challenges

Community groups from Livingston/West Lothian areas, and Sighthill/Wester Hailes will hopefully be in attendance, so this is a chance to potentially reach a different audience.

Contact Us

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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