Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Oct
23
Tue
2018
Communicate 18 | Save the date @ Bristol Zoo Gardens
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm

The UK’s conference for environmental communicators

Communicate is an annual environmental communication conference bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate latest issues in science communication, nature conservation and engaging people with the natural world.

Communicate 2018 will be held for a third year at Bristol Zoo Gardens on the 23 – 24 October. Keep up to date with Communicate 18 news as it is announced at www.communicatenow.org.uk.

 

Oct
24
Wed
2018
Save the date! | Royal Society training @ Central Edinburgh - tbc
Oct 24 all-day

The Royal Society will be in Edinburgh on Wednesday 24th October to deliver their training “An Introduction to Public Engagement”. This will be a workshop with a limited number of spaces available to each of the Edinburgh universities. More information coming as we get it!

Oct
25
Thu
2018
People, Place and Public Engagement conference | Save the date @ Eastern Canada
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm

All are welcome to this conference, including community organisers, industry, researchers and university staff, students, government employees, and anyone else with an interest in making a difference through public engagement.

Sign up to the mailing list linked above to be kept updated.

Oct
26
Fri
2018
Festival of Physics 2018 @ Dynamic Earth
Oct 26 all-day

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Institute of Physics is now accepting event applications for the 2018 Scottish Festival of Physics.

The festival will take place from Friday 26th October – Sunday 28th October inclusive at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

The event will be a celebration of the role that physics plays in our world and beyond, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary content that demonstrates the intersections of physics with other sciences and forms of culture – not only physicists need apply. If you have an interesting event, we’d love to hear from you.

The programme will include an adult event strand alongside teen, family and early years offerings, so  we are seeking inspiring and interactive content in the form of workshops, shows, talks, debates, games and art for a range of ages.

This year, the theme of the festival is Time. We would be keen to encourage submissions of content that explores or is related to this theme, although it is not prohibitive.

 

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Festival of Physics 2018 @ Dynamic Earth
Oct 27 all-day

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Institute of Physics is now accepting event applications for the 2018 Scottish Festival of Physics.  

The festival will take place from Friday 26th October – Sunday 28th October inclusive at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. 

The event will be a celebration of the role that physics plays in our world and beyond, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary content that demonstrates the intersections of physics with other sciences and forms of culture – not only physicists need apply. If you have an interesting event, we’d love to hear from you. 

The programme will include an adult event strand alongside teen, family and early years offerings, so  we are seeking inspiring and interactive content in the form of workshops, shows, talks, debates, games and art for a range of ages.  

This year, the theme of the festival is Time. We would be keen to encourage submissions of content that explores or is related to this theme, although it is not prohibitive.

 

Oct
28
Sun
2018
Festival of Physics 2018 @ Dynamic Earth
Oct 28 all-day

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Institute of Physics is now accepting event applications for the 2018 Scottish Festival of Physics.  

The festival will take place from Friday 26th October – Sunday 28th October inclusive at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. 

The event will be a celebration of the role that physics plays in our world and beyond, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary content that demonstrates the intersections of physics with other sciences and forms of culture – not only physicists need apply. If you have an interesting event, we’d love to hear from you. 

The programme will include an adult event strand alongside teen, family and early years offerings, so  we are seeking inspiring and interactive content in the form of workshops, shows, talks, debates, games and art for a range of ages.  

This year, the theme of the festival is Time. We would be keen to encourage submissions of content that explores or is related to this theme, although it is not prohibitive.

 

Nov
5
Mon
2018
Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Nov 5 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)
Nov 5 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)
Nov 5 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 lindsaymurphy@beexperimental.co.uk.

Nov
29
Thu
2018
NCCPE Engage Conference @ Edinburgh
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

Framing new futures for public engagement

At the Engage Conference this year we’ll celebrate the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary and take stock of the lessons learned. We’ll build on work to date to consider: where next for university public engagement? Weaving in stories from people who have been working to embed public engagement in their practice and institutions – and with provocation from outside the sector –  join us to plot an exciting future for public engagement.

We’ll be exploring:

  • Our visions for public engagement: the landscape for public engagement continues to morph and change, sensitive to broader changes in wider society. How can we make sense of the dramatic changes we are living through? How do we need to adapt our engagement activity? What opportunities are we missing? Who else can help? What will it look like 10 years from now? How will we get there?
  • Personal journeys: engagement takes time, but can be transformative. Do you have stories to share – about your own journey or about how teams, projects or whole institutions have been changed by engagement?
  • Perspectives on practice: engagement is typically a human, subtle process that creates significant change – to people, practices and products. There are a multitude or methods and approaches. Can you help us understand how to make engagement work?

This year we are going to Edinburgh, one of the original Beacons for Public Engagement, and now home of the Beltane Public Engagement Network. We are working with the Beltane Public Engagement Network which comprises Edinburgh Napier UniversityHeriot Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University to curate, organise and deliver an Engage Conference with a difference. Expect all the things you love about Engage – including plenty of opportunities to network and connect with others, inspiring keynote speakers, critical analysis, and stories of excellent engagement. A new place gives us the opportunity to include some new features, including a community focused ‘poster party’, and wrap-around events with a Scottish flavour.

Our call for submissions will open in April. For all enquiries, please contact lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk.

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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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