Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

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.

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

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