Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?
Sep 5 – Sep 30 all-day

Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?

Ulrike Knies-Bamforth is looking for someone to help her run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique. She needs one (or more!) people to help her advertise the group’s events through social media and other channels. Depending on your interests, you could also help with booking speakers and venues. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of running a series of public engagement events for adults!

What is Cafe Scientifique?

Cafe Scientifique is an open and informal forum for the public discussion of science and engineering! The cafe is committed to encouraging public engagement with science and engineering by hosting monthly Cafes in which expert speakers are discussing timely topics with an audience of non-specialists.

What happens at a Café Scientifique event?

The session begins with our guest speaker giving a 30-45minute talk about the subject. The key here is that it is informal. That means no need for PowerPoint or any visual aides, just the speaker addressing the issue. There is then a short break to allow glasses to be refilled, followed by discussion about the topic, initially taking form of a Q&A session directed at the speaker.

Why Have Café Scientifique?

Public engagement with science is an important issue as the lay communities’ understanding of topical science exerts strong influence over its boundaries and uses.
One only has to recall the MMR scandal in recent years to see how important the lay community is in the advancement and implementation of modern science, and how vital it is that we are all reliably informed.

Who attends?

Due to the nature of Café Scientifique our attendees come from all walks of life, all sharing a common interest in science.

Ok, so when is it on?

The café runs on the second Monday (occasionally alternative Mondays) of the month at the Filmhouse bar (Lothian road), starting at 8.30.

How much does it cost?

FREE! (although we welcome donations)

Hope to see you there!

Ingenious public engagement awards
Sep 18 all-day

The Ingenious public engagement awards are now open for applications. The deadline for applications is Monday 18 September at 4pm.

Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering and aims to

  • Inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • Motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • Raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering amongst people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering

Funding is available from £3,000 to £30,000.

We prioritise projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the top 25% most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that engage with engineers and publics of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Find out more on our website or use the contact details above.

Beltane Lunch! | The NUCLEUS Project @ Outreach Centre
Sep 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for our first ever Beltane Lunch!

This lunch, like our regular programme of Breakfasts and Twilights, will be an informal meeting where you can get together with people from Edinburgh’s universities to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics.The events are open to anyone with an interest in public engagement with research – staff or student, academic or professional/support/administrative.

At our September Beltane Lunch, we’ll be talking about the NUCLEUS project with special guest speaker Heather Doran. Heather works in the Public Engagement with Research Unit (PERU) at the University of Aberdeen. Part of her role there is to help run the NUCLEUS project, a European Commission-funded project looking at best practice in responsible, ethical research. Heather Rea, Beltane Project Lead, is also currently involved with this project as a mentor.

Please do come along to the Lunch if you’d like to find out more about NUCLEUS! There will be plenty of time for questions.

Rough programme

12.30pm Grab lunch!

12.45pm Guest speaker: Heather Doran, the NUCLEUS project

1.15pm Group discussion session 1

1.35pm Group discussion session 2

2.00pm End

Job Opportunity | EU Project Officer | DEADLINE TODAY @ University of Malta
Sep 25 all-day

We have recently opened up a job opportunity for a part-time science communication project manager at the University of Malta. It will focus on the implementation of a very exciting EU project called NUCLEUS ( that will see the concepts of Public Engagement and RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) being made part of the University of Malta. This project is probably the largest sci comm activity happening in the world right now with over 20 partners including China and South Africa. Additional work will involve helping in science communication activities under the STEAM ( project which will involve a sci comm summer school and a national campaign of activities. Hand in hand with this EU project called CREATIONS ( seeing science creatively going into schools.

The position is ideal for enthusiastic individuals interested in taking a fresh approach to public engagement. We are looking for people with previous experience in science policy, policy development, organising events and managing projects. The job description can be seen here:,CREATIONSAndSTEAM2017.pdf

The salary depends on qualifications, Undergrad: €10 & Masters: €12 EUR per hour, 20 hours per week. These salaries are the national standard in Malta.

Symposium | Using the mass media for public health: what’s the evidence? @ University of Stirling
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
European Researchers’ Night 2017
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

Check out the full Edinburgh programme here!

Explorathon at Leith Labs @ Ocean Terminal
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fancy finding out about the amazing things happening in the research institutions of Edinburgh while you do your shopping? Join us for an extravaganza of science demonstrations, amazing installations, fascinating exhibits, inspiring drop-in talks for adults at Living Memory Association and lots and lots of questions! Presented in conjunction with Leith Labs as part of #Explorathon17.

Explorathon at The Botanics @ John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discover a world of fascinating stories and investigations into the health of plants and our planet at the Botanics. Meet a range of researchers, play a virtual forest strategy game and delve into the
secrets of the soil with a range of fun activities for all the family. Presented in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of #Explorathon17.

Explorathon: Murder at the Museum @ National Museum of Scotland
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join our experts to explore forensic science and crime. Test your forensic reconstruction skills, learn about the lethal links between poison and herbalism, and dig into the stories behind death,
past and present.

In partnership with the National Museum of Scotland. Part of Dig It! 2017 and VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and #Explorathon17

Explorathon at WHALE Arts @ WHALE Arts
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun, interactive, creative activities on a whole variety of topics from the scientific to the musical and much more, created by researchers and representatives from the community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts. Recommended for 6 – 10 year-olds and their grownups. Booking is required for this session – please call or email

Presented in partnership with WHALE Arts as part of #Explorathon17.

Contact Us

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

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

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