Opportunities Calendar

Edinburgh International Film Festival call for Neuroscience Researchers
May 17 all-day

The Edinburgh International Film Festival in partnership with the Beltane Network are looking for researchers interested in meeting writers from film and television to talk about their research. Selected researchers will be invited to the film premier opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 19th of June. They will then spend the 21st of June with the writers.

As a direct result of a similar networking event last year, Edinburgh based researchers have been hired as consultants on a commissioned BBC project due to broadcast later this year. This year we will bring together eight researchers and eight writers interested in projects with a neuroscience theme. This project is funded through the Wellcome Trust.

To apply please contact filmfestival@beltanenetwork.org for an application form. Applications must be submitted by the 17th of May 2019.

Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme
May 31 @ 5:00 pm

The Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme is now open!!

The IOP public engagement grant scheme provides up to £3000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

The grant scheme has two rounds each year. Round 1 of the 2019 scheme is now open for applications received by 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019. You can find the application form and guidance here.

This grant is for projects taking place after 1 August 2019 and finishing before the end of July 2020.

We strongly recommend applicants get in touch with Paul Branch, coordinator of this round of the grant scheme, to discuss ideas and ask questions before submission. You can get in touch by emailing paul.branch@iop.org.

To find out more about projects we have previously funded please visit our website.



RCPath Public Engagement Innovation Grant scheme
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

The Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant scheme is now open and accepting applications until 3 June 2019. The scheme provides financial support for the delivery of pathology-related activities and events in the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.

To be eligible, proposed events and activities should:

  • include the involvement of pathologists and/or laboratory scientists as a key part of the activity (although to apply, you do not have to be a College member yourself).
  • be pathology-based and explore underlying concepts and issues, rather than just providing information.

If you have a great idea but don’t work in pathology or medicine, get in touch and we will do our best to link you up with a pathologist to work with on your grant application.

Find out more here: https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/funding-for-public-events.html

STEAM Summer School Malta – Registration Deadline @ The University of Malta
Jun 4 @ 4:00 pm

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:



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

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

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

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

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 @ 11:45 pm


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


  • 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.


Application Deadline

30 June 2019 (23:59 CEST)

Contact us via engage@falling-walls.com

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.