Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
May 1 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
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
May 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.

Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
May 1 all-day

be-experimentalFreelance Science Presenters 

Central Scotland 

Competitive hourly rate

 No application deadline

We are always looking for dynamic freelance science presenters to deliver our science experiments, demonstrations and workshops to people of all ages. We have a schools and nursery  programme, we run events for groups and clubs, and provide entertainment for parties and events.

You should have experience of working with children and presenting science to public audiences, and be enthusiastic and engaging. Must be a self-starter. A driving licence and access to a reliable car is essential.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to

‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
May 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.



I’m a Scientist…/I’m an Engineer | Call for applications
May 2 all-day

I’m a Scientist… / I’m an Engineer… are online opportunities to connect with pupils around your research (including PhD level) in a competitive way they are currently open for applications until the 2nd May (so be quick!), with the event running 12th-23rd June.

For further details (including prize information): OR

For applications: OR

Engaging Session | Primary Engineer @ Heriot Watt University (Postgraduate Centre, Room 3.04)
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Engaging with schools is a well-established public engagement route. Highly impactful if done well, it faces several challenges, such as the short duration of projects, the limited reach and the sustainability of funding. Join us to meet Lise Mccaffrey, Director of the Primary Engineer programme for Scotland, to find out how Primary Engineer addresses some those obstacles. Primary Engineer are keen to work with both undergraduate and postgraduate science and engineering students, so join us to learn how you and/or your students could get involved in the work of Primary Engineer. Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Scottish Engineering, AMS Neve and Babcock International which aims to develop the skills and confidence in teachers first and then extend from this secure foundation. The programmes are whole-class focused, including learners of all abilities.

POSTPONED Beltane Twilight | Engaged Teaching @ Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (Training and Skills Room)
May 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation ((c) ECCI)

We have decided to postpone this Beltane Twilight until September 2017.

A number of people have contacted us to say they would love to come and share their work, but cannot make the date.

We want to make the session as beneficial as possible for everyone who comes, so would rather wait and do it well!

We’ll let you know the new date as soon as possible. Meanwhile, do register for our Beltane Breakfast at the end of May!

Please accept our apologies.


Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At our May 2017 Beltane Breakfast, we’re looking at engaged teaching.

For the purposes of the meeting, we’re thinking of engaged teaching as where the teaching and learning is somehow linked to interactions with communities outside the university in question. There is often an emphasis on learning though practical experience (AKA ‘experiential learning’).

Most of Beltane’s activities look at engaged research but, given the sometimes close links between research, teaching and learning, we thought it was time to look at engaged teaching!

IOP Public Engagement Grant Scheme
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

The first round of the IOP 2017 Public Engagement Grant Scheme has opened. Our public engagement grant scheme provides up to £2000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. We are able to fund projects taking place before the end of February 2018.

To find out more about the scheme and access guidelines on eligibility and making an application, please visit the grant scheme page here:

Applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday 12 May.

Applicants are encouraged get in touch with Hannah Renshall (Outreach Officer) before submitting their application. Please email to arrange a phone call.

Information on previously-funded projects is available here.

Pint of Science 2017 | Call for Volunteers!
May 15 – May 17 all-day

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What is Pint of Science?

Pint of Science is an annual festival that happens over three evenings in May simultaneously in multiple cities around the globe. Each night, science researchers explain their latest findings to the general public – all in the comfort of the local pub!

2016 saw Pint of Science land in Edinburgh for the first time, leading to national press coverage, 12 sell-out events (covering everything from insect-eating to Alzheimer’s), and hundreds of happy science- and/or beer-loving Edinburgh citizens.

We’re now looking for volunteers with a passion for science communication to help organise Pint of Science 2017.

What’s involved for volunteers?

  • Pint of Science is a great way to learn team-working, event management and science public engagement.
  • Get involved and help showcase the science that happens in Edinburgh’s world class universities.
  • Be part of an international festival and join a fabulous team of volunteers!

We have lots of roles available including: Event Managers, Publicist, Treasurer, Web Manager. Each role involves commitment over a period between October 2016 to May 2017.

Our events may include the following topics:

  • Beautiful Mind – neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
  • Atoms to Galaxies – physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy
  • Our Body – medicine, human biology, health
  • Planet Earth – geosciences, plant sciences, zoology
  • Tech Me Out – biotechnology, robotics, computers
  • Our Society – law, history, politics, policy, languages

Interested in finding out more?

Visit the website for more info:

If you’re interested in being part of Pint of Science 2017 in Edinburgh, get in touch by emailing and

We look forward to hearing from you!

EIFF | Ideas Lab – Learning Event – Laugh Off
May 18 all-day

Help explain the science of laughter!

Primary 5-7 children (aged 9-12) will attend a workshop hosted by a researcher and presenter to examine the physical and or mental health effects of comedy. The session will use clips from different comedy films and videos which the children will watch individually (on iPads) and collectively to explore and discuss how their reactions change, how they are influenced by others and what is happening to them physically when they laugh at different types of comedy. The audience will learn about the science behind laughter, such as what makes them laugh along with how, why it’s infectious and why it’s so good for us.

Key dates and commitments:

30 May :

Commit to being involved and agree the nature of the workshop

June-July 2017:

Work with presenter to develop the workshop

August 2017:

Date and time tbc: Deliver the workshop to two primary school classed

If you have some research about laughing to share please drop us a line at by the 18 May.

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The Beltane Public Engagement Network
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