Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Vacancy | Science Presenter
Jul 24 all-day

Be Experimental are looking for a part time science presenter to work a minimum of 20 hours per week covering parties, events, labs and to help deal with customer enquiries. Full details on their website:

HW Engage Workshop @ Heriot-Watt University
Jul 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

‘Proper Science’ – how to design science workshops for children

When children conduct experiments they often cry out ‘This is proper science’! Yet kids are by nature the most curious “scientists” and ask great questions about how the world works. The hands-on laboratory “Vienna Open Lab” invites families to conduct experiments, allowing parents, grandparents and children to work side by side, observing, planning, testing and collecting data. Why are some activities more successful than others? How can they be improved? Is there a way to promote experiments without reinforcing misconceptions? Discuss your experiences and join external visitor, Manuela Ringbauer of Vienna Open Lab, in designing some simple but effective science outreach activities.

Facilitator biography:

Manuela Ringbauer, MSc, MA has Master’s Degrees in Molecular Biology and in Journalism. As project manager at the hands-on laboratory Vienna Open Lab, she combines these two interests in her profession. The Vienna Open Lab has not only about 12,000 visitors per year but also attracts about 6,000 people with hands-on workshops on outreach events such as the “long night of research”. Being responsible for PR and Social Media as well as programme development and planning/organising outreach events, Manuela Ringbauer has great experience with communicating science topics to different target and age groups.

Colleagues from other Universities/Institutes should select ‘External’ from the drop-down list when booking via the website link.

Engage 2017 – NCCPE conference | Call for contributions
Jul 30 all-day


This year’s theme is Exploring Collaborations; the call deadline is 30th July and the conference itself will be in Bristol on 6-7 Dec 2017. Self-nominations can be for workshops or posters, further details about each option can be found on the website linked above.

‘Smoothies and Science’ – Engaging young people in Midlothian through science at community football tournaments
Aug 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.



Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2017!
Aug 4 – Aug 27 all-day
Research, Impact and Knowledge Exchange Data Coordinator | Vacancy @ University of Edinburgh
Aug 4 all-day
Vacancy Ref: : 040502

Applications are invited for the post of Research, Impact and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) Data Coordinator in our Research & Knowledge Exchange Office in Moray House School of Education. You will be working with academic and research colleagues, and associated stakeholders to support the implementation of the Moray House School of Education knowledge exchange and impact plans and research outcomes strategy, including developing procedures to support the collation, curation, dissemination and use of research data, activities, and publications and advising staff on how to record and evidence research impact.

You will have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the work practices, processes and procedures relevant to research data, findings, and publication management, gained from previous experience in the HE sector. As well as proven ability to use databases and reporting systems to prepare and analyse complex datasets you will have excellent interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for working in a varied and busy role. Previous experience of supporting the Research Excellence Framework exercise, or a similar data collection exercise within the HE sector would be an advantage.

This is a full-time (35 hours per week), open-ended post.

Salary: £26,829 – £31,076 per annum

Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) Friday 4th August 2017

Vacancy | Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre Officer
Aug 4 all-day

The University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, home to The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, is seeking to recruit a motivated and experienced individual to fill the newly-created post of Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre Officer, which will focus on developing and running the new Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC).

EBSOC is a purpose-built teaching laboratory that will enable visiting groups to experience real scientific techniques and explore current research (predominantly but not exclusively biomedical, biological and veterinary sciences) via encounters with researchers and clinicians from across the University of Edinburgh.

The EBSOC Officer will be the main point of contact for EBSOC and will provide technical and administrative oversight for the centre’s public engagement activities. This will include planning and setting up of activities, maintenance of equipment, ordering of supplies and administering bookings. The post-holder will assist in the development and delivery of EBSOC activities and will work closely with researchers and public engagement practitioners from across the University of Edinburgh, as well as external stakeholders, to develop new relationships and establish the EBSOC programme.

Applicants will need proven technical laboratory experience, a strong interest in and enthusiasm for public engagement with research and excellent all-round communication skills. In addition, applicants with experience of developing and running public engagement, science communication and/or formal teaching activities are strongly encouraged to apply.

This post is offered on a part-time (0.5FTE, hours per week may be flexible), fixed-term basis for 12 months and is available from September 2017.

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Aug 7 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)
Aug 7 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)
Aug 7 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

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