Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Be part of Explorathon 2017!
May 30 @ 11:41 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

As part of the annual EU Researchers’ Night, Explorathon is back! This year’s event will be running in venues across Edinburgh on Friday 29th September, and we aim to build on the success of previous years, creating opportunities for researchers from all disciplines to share and discuss their work with a range of audiences. All information on this year’s event, including how to register an interest in participating, can be found on our website:

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 30th June.


Vacancy | Research and Public Engagement Coordinator
Jun 22 all-day

Sense about Science is a unique campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policymaking.

We’ve changed many debates about science and evidence over the past 15 years by involving the public and researchers in challenging misleading claims; we started and lead the AllTrials campaign for all clinical trials to be registered and reported; we review the transparency of government’s use of evidence each year and run the Ask for Evidence public campaign. We help people use scientific questioning to navigate debates, from forensic genetics to radiation risks. Our direct approach to difficult subjects is ‘public led, expert fed’, and it is in high demand.

We now have a vacancy for a research and public engagement coordinator to provide research assistance and to support our public engagement programmes.

Duties will include:

  • Researching and writing engaging briefings and public resources on complex or challenging subjects.
  • Involving different sections of society in developing public resources – through research, workshops and testing – and liaising with them and with specialists to make these resources useful and accessible. A recent example is our work on child heart surgery outcomes.
  • Creating well argued, attractive communications and presentations.
  • Collaborating with our public engagement partners and managing joint schedules.

It’s a busy, lively office where we all muck in and no two days are the same. You will be working with the head of partnerships, who is responsible for public engagement projects and supporting other areas of the team’s work with research and assessment. You will also have scope to lead areas of work.

As well as a collaborative spirit and an appetite for responsibility, you will need:

  • A good degree and ideally either a PhD or equivalent research experience
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • A flair for clear, engaging writing and for editing
  • An understanding of debates about evidence and a keen interest in civil society engagement and the policy environment
  • The ability to plan well but adapt quickly
  • A very friendly manner.

You will also demonstrate:

  • The ability to organise and prioritise your work
  • Confidence, enthusiasm and initiative.

However, if you don’t have a CV that matches all these requirements but you are absolutely convinced you are right for the post, feel free to write to us to make the case. There is great scope in this job to develop the role and make it your own.

Starting salary £24,000 p/a.  Central London (EC1R). Will include some travel and out of hours activity.

To apply: please submit a CV and covering letter to Emily Jesper-Mir, head of partnerships and governance. Questions? email

Application deadline: 10 am, Thurs 22 June.  Interviews on Weds 28 and Thurs 29 June. Please let us know in your covering letter if you are not available for interview on those dates.

It is essential that you explore our work before applying:

EIFF | Ideas Lab – Write to Research: Comedy
Jun 23 all-day

Expand your network: Get to know some of the UK’s up-and-coming comedy writers!

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will invite 6 comedy screenwriters from around the UK, all of whom will have had work produced for film or television to meet 6 researchers to take part in this event running over two days during EIFF.

Moderated by story editor Kate Leys, the sessions will involve discussions around the cutting edge of scientific and humanities research taking place and how writers can use this science to be inspired in their future story ideas. Discussions will include looking at connections, how science and comedic stories work together and what it is that we understand about the processes of finding a story through humour.

The aim of the event is simply to build connections.  Researchers who have attended previous Ideas Labs have all found the day extremely inspirational and useful.

Key dates and commitments:

Wednesday 21st June:

From 1630 – late   Drinks and then the EIFF Open Ceremony and After Party (optional)

Thursday 22nd June:

From 1830  Ideas Lab participants dinner (required)

Friday 23rd June:

0930-1800  Ideas Lab: Write to Research full day session  (required)

If you’d like to join us for the exciting opportunity please let us know here:

Vacancy | Lecturer for Communication Management in Science & Innovation @ Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Jun 23 all-day

As you can see from the call >> << we are looking for a colleague with at least five years of work experience (preferably ten years or more) in managing a science / innovation communication department in industry and/or the academy.

The module, which is to be taught at least in winter 2017 and summer 2018, is officially called “Corporate Communication Management, Governance and Controlling”. You will be expected to address the increasingly wide spectrum of management tasks, from internal communication and knowledge repositories to planning and evaluating exhibitions and events, as well as corporate publishing, branding, and fund-raising, controlling and project evaluation.

Rhine-Waal is Germany’s first fully international university. All of the degree programmes in our faculty are in English. 80% of our students are international. This diversity also guides our approach in research and teaching: being comparative about the different systems of science, media, policy. Regarding the lectureship in question, the module is expected to juxtapose the conditions and practises in different systems and cultural settings around the world. By completing the module, students shall also be prepared for staffing and outsourcing issues, challenges with leadership and group dynamics in communication departments.

Applications by 23rd June 2017 to our faculty management (see the call).

Our campus is located in the heart of Europe, right on the border between The Netherlands and Germany, half-way between Amsterdam and Cologne, or Brussels and Munster, at the foot of Cleves castle.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Bootcamp 3
Jun 23 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm


The third 2016 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 third one?

This third and final bootcamp is aimed at all performers, both first-timers and experienced. It’ll give you a good induction into stagecraft techniques, like the (harder-than-it-looks) art of using a hand-held microphone. It’s also a chance to meet your fellow performers in the flesh and share tips!

ESOF is back! Let’s meet in Toulouse in July 2018! @ Toulouse, France
Jun 23 @ 10:54 am – 11:54 am

After Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Turin, Dublin, Copenhagen and Manchester, the 8th EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) will be held between 9 and 14 July 2018 in Toulouse, in the south-west of France. The biennial interdisciplinary European event dedicated to Science and Innovation will bring together scientific, economic, political communities and general public to debate recent advances in science and their impacts on society.

ESOF 2018 is constructed around the motto “Sharing science: towards new horizons”. The event will be divided into six different sections: “Science”, “Science Policy”, “Science to Business”, “Careers”, “Media & Communication” and the festival “Science in the City”. Scientific sessions will focus on four cross-cutting themes: “Risk and safety”, “Inequalities”, “Gender issues”, “Ethics” and ten thematic areas:

  1. Sustainable cities, sustainable living
  2. Global change: challenges and opportunities
  3. Science policy and transformation of research practice
  4. Frontier research and exploring extremes
  5. Health in our societies
  6. Understanding divided societies
  7. New trends and technologies in transport
  8. The use/mis-use of research and scientific advice
  9. Sharing knowledge
  10. A digital world

ESOF Toulouse 2018 will be a unique opportunity to celebrate science but also to discover the renowned “pink city”, its rich innovation ecosystem, stunning city centre, tasty dishes and fine wines as well as the sunny weather and welcoming way of life. Don’t miss out the opportunity to be part of ESOF 2018 in Toulouse!

Calls for sessions and initiatives for ESOF 2018

Calls for projects for ESOF 2018 are running!

The call for “Scientific Sessions” is prolonged until 23 June 2017. Make one or more proposals and take the opportunity to present your ideas, projects and expertise. ESOF 2018 will be a unique place for “sharing science” with international public across all scientific domains!

We are pleased to announce that the call for Initiatives for the Science in the City Festival has been launched! This Festival, dedicated to the general public, will be held from 7 until 15 July 2018. This open call invites all the related actors (associations, museums, researchers, artists, …) to propose their events about science or innovation and take part of the Festival programme. The deadline for submission for this call for initiatives is 30 September 2016.

Vacancy | Full Professorship for Science Communication @ Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Jun 26 all-day

We have just reopened the call for the second Science Communication Chair.

This is a lifetime-tenure Full Professorship. If the new colleague is 49 years or younger, s/he will additionally become a civil servant. Profs at German universities of applied sciences offer up to 18 hours of teaching per week. Depending on the amount of research (and several other activities), this load is reduced significantly.

Rhine-Waal is Germany’s first fully international university. All of the degree programmes in our faculty are in English. 80% of our students are international. For the time being, we have the great privilege to offer our courses without asking for tuition-fees, which enables young people from meanwhile more than a hundred different countries to study with us. This diversity also guides our approach in research and teaching: being comparative about the different systems of science, media, policy, etc.

Our campus is located in the heart of Europe, right on the border between The Netherlands and Germany, half-way between Amsterdam and Cologne, or Brussels and Munster, at the foot of Cleves castle. There are direct low-cost flight from Edinburgh, Luton, and Stansted to our regional airport (“NRN”), ca. 20 mins from campus.

Engaging Session | Engaging with policy @ Venue to be advised
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

engaging-sessionsThis session is organised by Heriot-Watt Engage, but staff and research students from all of Edinburgh’s universities are welcome to attend.


Learn about the multi-stage process of policy making, and the windows of opportunity to Ishare your research with policymakers.

Save the date | NCCPE Ambassadors Scheme information event @ tbc
Jun 28 all-day

Full information to be announced

Do you coordinate a network or group that is related to public engagement in HE?

The NCCPE Ambassador Scheme aims to improve the quality of higher education public engagement practice, by supporting individuals who coordinate relevant networks across the UK. If you currently run or coordinate a network that is relevant to public engagement in higher education in the UK, then we would welcome your application.

Our next event in Scotland will be hosted in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28th June – save the date or contact Alex Hale for further information.

Call for 2017 Explorathon Edinburgh contributors
Jun 30 all-day

Harmony Choir @ Leith Labs (Ocean Terminal) at Explorathon 2016

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 30th June at 5pm

Fancy sharing your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2017 takes place on Friday 29th September!

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.

The types of events that happen at Explorathon are varied. Traditional science communication, like ‘science busking’ and drop-by table-top activities, is a valuable part of it, but we’re also really keen to further develop other types of research engagement activity, including: informal conversations; storytelling; facilitated debates and discussions; co-designing workshops with community partners; theatre.

Our venues for 2017 will include the National Museum of Scotland (for a very special “Murder in the Museum” event!), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Ocean Terminal.

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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