Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

STEAM info session for Edinburgh-based applicants (King’s Buildings) @ Cafe, Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come along to this lunchtime meeting to find out more about applying for the STEAM Summer School!

STEAM is an innovative science communication summer school that marries science and art through practice. Attendees get involved with expert case studies, field trips, science slams, networking, and theatre performances.  Participants can be university students or professionals, researchers, educators, science communication practitioners, and science journalists.

There are four routes to applying to be part of the summer school:

  • Apply for a grant (University of Edinburgh staff and students only) by 27th November 2017
  • If you’re a national of a non-EU country, and not studying at the University of Edinburgh, you can apply for an international grant by 27th November 2017
  • Anyone can apply for a reduced rate, early-bird registration by 1st May 2018 (or full price by 4th June 2017)
  • Anyone in an EU country (including the UK right now!) can apply for an Erasmus + Mobility grant – info coming soon

Come along to this lunchtime session to find out more about applying through each of these routes and, if applying for a grant, how to make your application as competitive as possible.


STEAM Summer School 2018 – 10 days of Science Communication Training
Nov 27 all-day

2-11 July 2018; Malta

Join us for a 10-days intensive training in science communication in Malta. STEAM provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators and inventively marries science and art in science communication practice.

Ways to apply:

  1. Apply for a STEAM grant for travel, accommodation & fees (for University of Edinburgh staff & students only) due 27 November 2017
  2. Apply for a Eurasmus+ mobility grant for travel, accommodation & fees through your university (due date to be advised – but likely to be early February 2018)
  3. Pay to attend with an earlybird registration fee of €550 before 1 May 2018
  4. Pay to attend with a late registration fee of €600 before 4 June 2018

For more information see or contact Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), science communication company Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures!
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

*This is a two day workshop running on the 29th and 30th November and participants must attend both days*

All researchers are expected to do public engagement – to interact with stakeholder groups and/or wider ‘publics’ in order to increase the impact of their research. Public engagement takes different forms in different disciplines, but in all cases it is most effective when researchers talk with people rather than lecturing at them, when  we are open to hearing what other groups have to say.

This course gives practical guidance on how to go about such ‘collaborative conversations’ in a way that is relevant to your research. It builds on the principles of ‘dialogue’, which has proved a powerful approach to communication in public engagement and many other areas. Come to this course and you will:

•Learn to recognise and address where your publics are coming from;

•Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;

•Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;

•Start developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

Our training approach combines theory and practice. We will take you through a series of focused exercises, interspersed with short presentations and time for reflection, so that you experience a range of approaches and techniques you can then use in your future work.

Whether you are planning to engage with government bodies, business, product or service users or citizens, this course can help make you more effective. You will leave with a toolbox of skills and techniques that you can use (and refine) in a range of different settings, including – but not only – public engagement with research.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1.Recognise and address where your publics are coming from;

2.Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;

3.Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;

4.Continue developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

University of Edinburgh staff and students can book a place using MyEd.

For Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University staff and others please book a place by contacting Louise McKay (


Storytelling Techniques for Effective Communication @ Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop is an introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective communication about research. It is ideal if you want to find a way to make your talks more engaging. It is suitable for both informal talks (e.g. chatting at drop-in sessions) and formal presentations.

We will look at what makes a story engaging (for example, anecdote) as well as at the variety of ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings.  You will learn simple ways of working with story structure and techniques for telling.

University of Edinburgh staff and students can book a place using MyEd.

For Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University staff and others please book a place by contacting Louise McKay (

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Dec 4 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)
Dec 4 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)
Dec 4 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

Beltane Breakfast | Engage 2017 Wash-up @ Levels Cafe and Lounge
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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 this final Beltane Breakfast of 2017, we’ll be hearing from people who attended the 2017 Engage conference. If you’ve not managed to get a place, or if you want a chance to hear about the sessions you couldn’t make, please come along!


Rough programme

8.30am Grab tea and coffee and breakfast

8.45am Update from Beltane universities key contacts about upcoming activities and changes

8.50am 3-minute updates from all those who attended the conference

9.30am Opportunity for smaller group discussions about topics where there is special interest

10.00am End

Engagement and Communications Officer | Vacancy @ University of Glasgow
Dec 13 all-day

Vacancy Ref: 019430
Salary: Grade 6, £28,098 – £31,604 per annum pro rata
Contract length: funding until 31st July 2019
FTE: part time (28 hours per week)

This post will be based at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), University of Glasgow. The aim of the Unit is to improve human health and wellbeing via the study of social, behavioural, economic, cultural and environmental influences on health. This is an important, exciting time to be joining the Unit as it strengthens ways to communicate and disseminate its leading research with funders, stakeholders and the public, demonstrating the impact of evidence-led interventions and policies. The Engagement and Communications Officer will be responsible for the operational delivery of many of the Unit’s key communications and engagement channels and use these to demonstrate the value and insight of the research undertaken.

This position is part time (28 hours per week) and has funding until 31 July 2019.

The full details are available here. The closing date for applications is 13th December.

European Science Engagement Conference 2018 | Call for Proposals @ Madrid
Dec 15 all-day

Please send us your proposals for the European Science Engagement Conference 2018 until 15 December 2017.
We are looking for workshops, team-sessions or Horizon als sessions and workshops that include

  • significant trends, challenges and needs in public engagement and science communication;
  • strategically-relevant themes for science communication on a European or international level;
  • innovative developments that can, or should, impact on the future of our work;
  • outstanding communication formats, especially those with the potential to be game-changers;
  • factors that could alter our attitudes to science communication, or the attitudes of our audiences and target groups.


Further information available on the website linked above.

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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The Beltane team is delighted to be partnering with the Royal Society, London on a Public Engagement Networking event here in Edinburgh. Meet organisations who can provide you with opportunities to share your research. Wed 24th Oct, 6-8pm

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