Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Bootcamp 2 @ Stand Comedy Club
Apr 20 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

2016 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

The second 2017 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 second one?**

This second bootcamp is aimed primarily at people who haven’t done the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas before. It’ll focus on writing and promoting your show.

Gentle Introduction to Survey Design for Evaluation @ SocietyM London Bankside
Apr 20 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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About This Workshop

This workshop introduces how, why and when to use surveys for evaluation and how to avoid common pitfalls in survey design. The event addresses the following:

  • Why use surveys for evaluation?
  • When you shouldn’t use surveys for evaluation.
  • How to develop a “good” survey question and response options.
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in survey design: How to spot a bad survey question and response options.
  • Using open-ended questions in your survey.
  • Using online, iPad-based and automated surveys.
  • Pilot testing your survey.

Dr. Eric Jensen Associate Professor

Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Jensen is author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). He has extensive experience designing and conducting quantitative and mixed methods evaluations at institutions including the National Gallery, London Zoo, Natural History Museum, Cheltenham Literature Festival, the British Museum, San Diego Zoo and Bronx Zoo. Dr. Jensen holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge (UK). He teaches social research methods at the University of Warwick.

Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation | Call for Proposals now open
Apr 21 all-day

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 10th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation which will take place in Braunschweig from 27 to 29 November 2017. The venue will be the Stadthalle Braunschweig

Through the Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation, Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), an initiative of German science research organisations, offers an opportunity for science communicators to exchange ideas and expertise. Since 2008 the forum has offered professionals in the field an overview of recent trends and strategies in science communication.

This year’s thematic focus is ‘Reaching different audiences – tools and techniques in science communication’. Wissenschaft im Dialog and the programme committee cordially invite you to participate in the Call for Proposals for the 10th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation.

You can submit proposals for panel discussions, interactive workshops and project presentations. To submit your proposal, please use the online form on The deadline for all submissions will be 21 April 2017. On the website you will find further information, the Call for Proposals, conditions of participation and the venue.

Please note the new conditions of participation for speakers and moderators. The reduced conference fee, which includes catering, will be available to speakers and moderators for the entire event (100€/1 day or 160€/3 days). The fee applies to presenters for the first time in 2017 due to increasing costs resulting from more parallel sessions as well as increasing costs for venues, equipment and catering. In order to keep costs reasonable for all participants, participation fees will now apply to presenters also, since they benefit from the Forum like all other attendees.

As a speaker/moderator you are eligible for the reduced fee and will receive a registration link for the reduced registration. As in previous years you are responsible for your own travel and hotel costs.

We will provide equipment including a laptop, projector, flip chart or pin board if requested. Please bring any additional materials such as pens, moderation cards or paper with you.

The programme committee assesses all submitted proposals and compiles the selected contributions in the conference programme. You will be informed of the selection outcome in July 2017.

We are looking forward to your contributions to the 10th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation!

Apr 27 all-day

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched the new Spark Awards scheme aimed at supporting high quality programmes of novel public engagement that inspire and involve audiences with stories of STFC science and technology. Grants of up to £15k are available.

The scheme replaces the STFC’s Small Awards Scheme.

Proposed engagement programmes must focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (comprising astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science). Applicants should make clear how their application relates to the aims of the STFC Public Engagement Strategy.

Applicants may choose which audiences to engage with and the methods of engagement. However, we encourage applications that propose engagement with audiences considered to have a low ‘science capital’. In addition, applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed.

The 2017A call for STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards is now open for applications. The call for proposals closes at 16:00 on 27 April 2017.

Before submitting your application you are encouraged to contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.

An Introduction to Exhibition Design @ Charles Darwin House 2
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


This course will introduce participants to exhibition making, from the development of an exhibition concept to the final product.

This practical course is suitable for those who may need to create a display, for example science communicators or scientists working in public engagement & outreach.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points.

Please see the event webpage for further info and booking:


Artist-Scientist Festival Residency Open Call
Apr 28 all-day

Guerilla Science is partnering with the Pratt Institute, New York to host a residency for up to 15 artist-scientist collaborations to bring transformational experiences to a major art and music festival. The residency will take place over six weeks, beginning early June culminating at Oregon Eclipse, an epic gathering of festival goers from around the world.

Music, cabaret, theater and art are pervasive at music festivals – so why not science? As part of our National Science Foundation project, we are seeking applicants interested in developing new forms of interactive installations and live events that mix science with art, music and play. We believe that games,hands-on workshops, participatory art, and immersive performances are great ways to connect with people. These types of creative expression are a unique way to engage with people who may be distant to science.

We are grouping scientists with artists to produce an interdisciplinary work of their choice. Applicants will be matched based on interests and preferences. Groups will be provided with an honorarium of $4,500, 2 festival tickets and a travel subsidy per project team.

Studio space at the Pratt Institute, along with access to the project’s network of mentors and partners, will be available throughout the residency period.

More details and instructions for applying, including who should apply, can be found here. Review of applications will begin on April 28th 2017.

You can read more about our National Science Foundation project on our blog.

Call for participation * Midlothian Science Festival * 7th to 21st Oct 2017
Apr 30 all-day

This year, the Midlothian Science Festival will run from the 7th to the 21st October.

Public events 7th to 21st October

Schools week 9th to 13th October

(Half Term w/c 16th October)

In this, our 6th year, are keen to invite scientists to trial new formats and inventive ways of talking about science, alongside our ‘tried and tested’ activities.  We continue with our aim to attract people who would not normally consider attending a Science Festival.  Whether you have a workshop or activity, are a scientist looking to come and talk about your research, or a supporter of the festival in any way, and would like to see us explore a topic, please get in touch.

An event ideas form is  available here: MSF 2017 – event form BLANK.

If you have only a kernel of an idea, please get in touch and we can talk about how you could get involved.


Vacancy | Leverhulme Research Centre For Forensic Science – Public Engagement Officer @ University of Dundee
Apr 30 all-day

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

8 months

The Public Engagement Officer (PEO) will play a key role in establishing the profile of the Leverhulme Research Centre with a range of vital audiences. Through imaginative and disruptive use of a range of communication channels and tools the post holder will help the LRCFS establish a public identity to best meet its core mission.

The post holder will work alongside colleagues to establish a Communications and Public Engagement Strategy (CPES) and take responsibility for delivering against agreed goals.

Principal duties include:

  • Develop a detailed implementation plan for the CPES with clear milestones and deliverables.
  • Work alongside topic project teams to best engage stakeholders and the wider public in their work, including citizen science approaches to research, and to disseminate the outputs of the research to create wider impact.
  • Implementation of a social media strategy layered within the broader CPES as the principal owner of an appropriate range of social media channels.
  • Develop content for bespoke printed and digital corporate briefing materials for engagement with partners, funders and the wider public.
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.

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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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