Opportunities Calendar

“So This Is CoDI” // Intro session for potential performers at the 2018 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (repeat) @ Paterson's Land (1.19)
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Interested in performing at the 2018 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas?

Come along to this informal information session to:

  • Find out more about what performing at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas involves
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Meet the MC, Susan Morrison, who you would be performing with

While you’re waiting, please also check out our webpages for 2018 performers and supporters, and consider joining our Facebook group!

If you already have an idea of what you would like to do a show about, please fill out out our expression of interest form. The form will close on 14th December, but you can still get involved with the Cabaret after this point. Filling in the form is not binding – it just allows us to gauge interest and get a feel for the programme.

An Action Plan for Homelessness: Briefing and Reception @ Scottish Parliament
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As an ambitious Housing First programme is launched by Social Bite, join co-founder Josh
Littlejohn to hear about the organisation’s action plan for tackling homelessness in Scotland.
Speakers include Professor Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University, co-author of research on
the Housing First model, and John Sparkes, CEO of Crisis and chair of the Scottish Government’s
Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.

Chaired by Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer and Scotland’s Futures Forum chair

Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?
Jan 31 – Feb 25 all-day

Renewed call for volunteers! Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?

Ulrike Knies-Bamforth is looking for someone to help her run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique. She needs one (or more!) people to help her advertise the group’s events through social media and other channels. Depending on your interests, you could also help with booking speakers and venues. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of running a series of public engagement events for adults!

Want to get involved?


Meanwhile, you can find out more on the Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique Facebook page.

What is Cafe Scientifique?

Cafe Scientifique is an open and informal forum for the public discussion of science and engineering! The cafe is committed to encouraging public engagement with science and engineering by hosting monthly Cafes in which expert speakers are discussing timely topics with an audience of non-specialists.

What happens at a Café Scientifique event?

The session begins with our guest speaker giving a 30-45minute talk about the subject. The key here is that it is informal. That means no need for PowerPoint or any visual aides, just the speaker addressing the issue. There is then a short break to allow glasses to be refilled, followed by discussion about the topic, initially taking form of a Q&A session directed at the speaker.

Why Have Café Scientifique?

Public engagement with science is an important issue as the lay communities’ understanding of topical science exerts strong influence over its boundaries and uses.
One only has to recall the MMR scandal in recent years to see how important the lay community is in the advancement and implementation of modern science, and how vital it is that we are all reliably informed.

Who attends?

Due to the nature of Café Scientifique our attendees come from all walks of life, all sharing a common interest in science.

Ok, so when is it on?

The café runs on the second Monday (occasionally alternative Mondays) of the month at the Filmhouse bar (Lothian road), starting at 8.30.

How much does it cost?

FREE! (although we welcome donations)

Hope to see you there!

Voice and Presentation Skills Workshop @ Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh
Feb 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will promote and enhance an awareness of what makes your voice interesting and sustainable. If you feel you are not using your voice to its full potential, or you are concerned that it is not as strong or expressive as you would wish, this course will help you to improve.

We look at:



•Clarity of speech

•Facial expression



As part of the workshop, we will also look at how to use your body language to enhance your communication.

Please note that this workshop focuses on how you deliver rather than the content of your presentation or technical aids. It does not cover the use of PowerPoint slides, Prezis or similar.

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

1.Warm up your voice and body effectively to develop and protect it

2.Recognise opportunities to use your voice with greater clarity and range of expression

3.Use vocal techniques and body language to enhance the impact of your presentation


Please bring a 5-10 minute prepared speech or presentation on any topic to deliver on the day.

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 (louise.mckay@ed.ac.uk).

Researching Together Conference @ John MacIntyre Conference Centre
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

>> Conference website

Who is the conference for?

Individuals and organisations interested in third sector research, in particular people who work in the third sector and academics. It is free of charge to attend.

Conference aims:

Third sector and academic delegates will have the opportunity to meet each other, participate in interactive sessions and hear about:

  • Academics and third sector researching together
  • Researching together with our service users or communities
  • How to support research collaboration and do it well
  • What third sector research tells us about working together more generally


The programme will include:

  • Sharing the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum’s evidence paper ‘Evidencing genuine co-production in the third sector’
  • Presentations from academics and third sector organisations about collaborative research
  • Research findings about funding for third sector/academic research collaborations

Cost to attend: Free of charge but booking is necessary.  Conference is supported by Scottish Government funding.

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Feb 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)
Feb 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)
Feb 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.

Facilitation Training @ The Melting Pot
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A unique day of interactive and participatory learning to build your skills and confidence as a facilitator, meeting organiser or workshop leader.

We will look closely at what facilitation is, the role facilitators may play and how facilitating can encourage long term community development. The day will build the confidence of anyone keen to be a good facilitator and give them a solid basis on which to develop their own skills. You’ll take part in engaging exercises and discuss where you might or might not use them. You’ll look at ways to work with people in large and small groups and how and when to leave a group to their own devices. The day also covers the practical ‘tools and techniques’ that make meetings work.

People attending this course will learn how to:

  • Plan meetings and design them to be effective and enjoyable
    • Make a meeting, workshop or training session work well as facilitator or chair
    • Build a working relationship with an existing organisation or a group of individuals
    • Use appropriate tools and techniques
    • Develop facilitation work in ways appropriate to different communities
    • Deal with problematic situations
    • Evaluate facilitated processes
    • Develop their communications skills

(This is course gives you tools to use during your sessions. Our ‘Advanced Facilitation’ course looks more a power dynamics, privilege and rank when working with groups. See here for details)

Who should attend this course?

Talk Action have run this facilitation training skills course for over six years with consistently excellent feedback. The event will benefit anyone working with groups of people in formal or informal settings. Whether a novice starting out, or an experienced facilitator wishing to expand on their techniques, the course will provide a valuable insight into good facilitation


£425: Corporate/Large businesses
£338: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£195: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and self-funded individuals.

Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact us at training@talkaction.org for further details.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean vegetarian buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

For bookings and information please contact:

Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: training@talkaction.org

Science Communicator | Vacancy @ Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018
Feb 11 all-day

Edinburgh International Science Festival


The Edinburgh International Science Festival is currently recruiting for Science Communicators to work for its 2018 Festival in Edinburgh.


Job opportunity: Science Communicator

Pay description: £8.45 per hour

Work location: Edinburgh


About the role:

As a Science Communicator with Edinburgh International Science Festival, you will form part of the team delivering the workshops and activities that make up the Festival’s family programme. High quality science communication is at the heart of what Edinburgh International Science Festival is all about and our Science Communicators are our ambassadors. Festival dates are March 31st – April 15th 2018


About you:

You are a confident presenter with good communication skills, and a quick learner comfortable with scientific information. We are looking for outgoing people who are excellent communicators and who enjoy working with parents and children aged 3-15 years. Previous experience in Science Communication would be beneficial as would experience working in education or learning support, or a background in theatre and performing arts. However, passion is the key and an ability to work hard and retain your sense of humour is essential.


How to apply:

Visit www.sciencefestival.co.uk for a job description.  Or click the link below to visit our dedicated careers portal. Please note that only applications submitted via our careers portal will be considered.


The closing date for applications is: 11:59pm, Sunday 11 February 2018

Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 February & Monday 26 February 2018