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.

 

 

Jun
5
Mon
2017
Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Jun 5 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
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
17
Sat
2017
EIFF | Youth Hub – Filmmaking Challenge
Jun 17 all-day

Inspire young filmmakers with your research!

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) Youth Hub offers a free programme of events for 15 to 25 yr olds who are passionate about cinema and the moving image and/or who might be considering working towards a career in film or television. As part of the Ideas Laboratory, we will work with the EIFF Education and Learning team to deliver an event as part of the EIFF Youth Hub activity.

The Ideas Laboratory Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition will connect with our younger audiences, encouraging them to think and learn a little more about science through creativity and filmmaking. Teams of young filmmakers will be challenged to make a short film in a week around a scientific theme.

We are seeking researchers to talk to the young filmmakers at the launch of the competition 17 June, about their field of work. This is to allow the teams to ask questions and develop their plans before shooting. In addition, EIFF will offer a practical workshop with a filmmaker in attendance advising on how to incorporate the research theme. The researchers and filmmaker will then make up a jury to select the winning film.

Ideally we’d like to recruit three researchers each working in one of the following topic areas: 1) Environment and Climate Change; 2) Pandemics and Infectious Diseases and 3) Neuroscience.  We will also consider researchers working in other fields within Wellcome’s remit.

Key dates and commitments:

Saturday 17th June:

1400-1600  Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition Launch workshops

Week of 25th June:

Judging: either at a viewing at the Filmhouse (date tbc) or remotely on-line.

Sunday 2nd July:

1535-1705  Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition screening

If you’d like to get involved with the Youth Hub Filmmaking Challenge please let us know here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B_EIFF_2017_YH

Jun
23
Fri
2017
EIFF | Ideas Lab – Write to Research: Comedy
Jun 23 all-day

Expand your network: Get to know some of the UK’s up-and-coming comedy writers!

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will invite 6 comedy screenwriters from around the UK, all of whom will have had work produced for film or television to meet 6 researchers to take part in this event running over two days during EIFF.

Moderated by story editor Kate Leys, the sessions will involve discussions around the cutting edge of scientific and humanities research taking place and how writers can use this science to be inspired in their future story ideas. Discussions will include looking at connections, how science and comedic stories work together and what it is that we understand about the processes of finding a story through humour.

The aim of the event is simply to build connections.  Researchers who have attended previous Ideas Labs have all found the day extremely inspirational and useful.

Key dates and commitments:

Wednesday 21st June:

From 1630 – late   Drinks and then the EIFF Open Ceremony and After Party (optional)

Thursday 22nd June:

From 1830  Ideas Lab participants dinner (required)

Friday 23rd June:

0930-1800  Ideas Lab: Write to Research full day session  (required)

If you’d like to join us for the exciting opportunity please let us know here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B_EIFF_WTR_2017

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Bootcamp 3
Jun 23 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Description

The third 2016 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas bootcamp!

What are the bootcamps?

The bootcamps are part of the support and development programme given to all Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas performers. They are a chance to get tips from Edinburgh Fringe veterans, sound out ideas and polish your performance. If you’ve been through the bootcamp process before, please come along and pass on your learning to the new intake!

Why should I come to this third one?

This third and final bootcamp is aimed at all performers, both first-timers and experienced. It’ll give you a good induction into stagecraft techniques, like the (harder-than-it-looks) art of using a hand-held microphone. It’s also a chance to meet your fellow performers in the flesh and share tips!

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
30
Fri
2017
Call for 2017 Explorathon Edinburgh contributors
Jun 30 all-day

Harmony Choir @ Leith Labs (Ocean Terminal) at Explorathon 2016

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 30th June at 5pm

Fancy sharing your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2017 takes place on Friday 29th September!

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.

The types of events that happen at Explorathon are varied. Traditional science communication, like ‘science busking’ and drop-by table-top activities, is a valuable part of it, but we’re also really keen to further develop other types of research engagement activity, including: informal conversations; storytelling; facilitated debates and discussions; co-designing workshops with community partners; theatre.

Our venues for 2017 will include the National Museum of Scotland (for a very special “Murder in the Museum” event!), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Ocean Terminal.

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
3
Mon
2017
Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Jul 3 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

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