Opportunities Calendar

Beltane Twilight: Year of Young People 2018 @ Room 1.21
Mar 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Multi-coloured circle with abstract design and the text Year of Young PeopleVenue will be advised shortly

Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At this Beltane Twilight, we’re find out more about Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018!

Chelsea Charles, VisitScotland’s Themed Years Communications Manager, will be our guest speaker at this event. Chelsea will provide some context and overview for the year, share information about some of the events due to take place, and will chat through potential opportunities. If you are interested in running a public engagement activity in 2018 that could have some relevance to young people in Scotland, please come along and find out more!

More information about the Year of Young People 2018 is available here.

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Apr 2 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)
Apr 2 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)
Apr 2 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.

NCCPE What Works Events
Apr 2 @ 11:31 am – 12:31 pm

There is no deadline for this opportunity.


The NCCPE are delighted to announce the first in a series of ‘what works‘ events. The first topic focusses on the use of social media in engaging the public with research.

Last year the NCCPE commissioned a short piece of desk research to explore the use of social media in engaging the public with research. The researcher found:

*         Researchers are mainly using social media for the purposes of peer-to-peer networking and dissemination, and many receive support from their universities to do so

*         Significantly fewer researchers use social media to open up conversations or invite collaboration from the public.

We are therefore looking to develop support for academics who want to engage the public with social media, and we are keen to hear from you!

What excellent practice have we missed? Have you researched the use of social media and have ideas of how to make this work well? Do you have tools to support people wanting to enhance their work in this area? Have you come up with ways of addressing the challenges in this way? If so, please read our latest blog ‘social media – a ‘go-go’ or ‘no-go’ for quality public engagement and submit evidence to our call for evidence.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for a ‘what works’ event, please get in touch.

Being Human Festival Call 2018
Apr 13 all-day

Being Human Festival 2018: Call now live!

Being Human is the UK’s national festival for the arts and humanities which aims to engage non-specialist audiences in fun, creative ways. The 2018 festival runs from the 15th until the 24th November. The 2018 Festival theme is ‘Origins and Endings’.

How to get involved

You can simply submit an activity to take place as part of the programme, or you can apply for funding from Being Human to support your activity. The deadline for funded activities is 13th April, and for unfunded activities is 4th June.

Please let your university’s relevant public engagement and/or knowledge exchange contacts know if you are planning to apply, in case they can offer additional support and/or are planning a Hub application. (N.B. The University of Edinburgh is not planning a Hub application in 2018, but please still advise of your application by emailing ke.office@ed.ac.uk)

Engage Researchers’ Academy
Apr 14 all-day

A new initiative from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), the Engage Researchers’ Academy is a year-long professional development programme for researchers with a passion for public engagement. It aims to equip early- and mid-career researchers with the understanding, skills and practical experience to enhance the impact of their engagement and to become leaders in engaged research.

Further information, including dates and costs, visit the website linked above.

Dr Bunhead’s Improv Explosions
Apr 15 @ 2:48 pm


SciProv needs you! Dr Bunhead (from TV’s Brainiac) and a team of crack comedy improvisers are looking for enthusiastic and talkative researchers to be the guest stars on Dr Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions. We turn your expertise into improvised scenes. Together, with the audience involvement, we find the theatre in your thesis and separate the reality from the ridiculous.

This is a fresh genre, this is improvised live science comedy (SciProv), this is ; pulling in new audiences. Think Who’s Line Is It Anyway? meets The Graham Norton Show and stuff them both into a blender with a dash of The Open University.

Target Audience:  Adults

Who Gets Involved: Researchers who want to share their passion with everyday folk. All abilities and all disciplines welcome… not just jolly scientists! We want passionate people with a story to tell. NO funny bones needed! Just bring your ideas and your enthusiasm. We support the hell out of you to make you the star of the night. Any researcher looking for a gentle and supportive introduction to public engagement should apply.

What will I Do? You do 10 minutes in the spotlight as an interview or your own presentation, depending on your preference. We will playfully get to know you and your research so the audience sees the person behind the PhD. You meet the team and have a chat, we explain the set up and support you all the way to have a great evening bringing your research to kind and curious audiences.

Timescale: Shows happen once or twice a month at comedy venues such as The Monkey Barrel.

Benefits: This is a great way to safely dip your toe in to the wider world of public engagement. This friendly event is an ideal springboard into more exposed performances such as Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas or Bright Club. The material generated in this event may also serve to illustrate comedic and metaphorical avenues of exploration for the speaker.

To Find out more:  Email us at tom@bunhead.com

To get involved: email the following details to tom@bunhead.com

your suggested talk/performance title;

a summary of the content (50 words max).

Mini Learning Journey: Evaluations with Young People @ Fast Forward Positive Lifestyles
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a fun, joint event with the awesome Scottish Peer Education Network Scotland!

Tickets are required as there are limited spaces. We (at Scottish Learning Group) are doing the admin so we’re your contacts for this Mini Learning Journey to SPEN offices at Fast Forward in Leith:

Get advice from Fast Forward/Scottish Peer Education Network (SPEN) in this mini learning journey about evaluations and young people. It is aimed at practitioners from all sectors who are thinking about working with young people or do/have done a little bit. Teas and coffees will be provided. Elaine MacLennan, SPEN Coordinator, will cover the points below – but as it is casual, we can all join in the chat as we go along:

  • pre-planning: know your audience, tips for how to engaging with young people
  • recording and incorporating young people’s thinking as the project unfolds – and using this as an evidence tool for funders
  • evaluations with young people – SPEN will take us through what works for them and we’ll all have a go
  • peer-to-peer education: what is it?, examples, and how to use it to upgrade the young people’s experience and your project’s impact.


Midlothian Science Festival 2018 – Creative Team Volunteer
Apr 18 all-day

The Midlothian Science Festival is currently recruiting people to join their Creative Team. This is a volunteer role and you will gain excellent and first-hand experience in event development and management alongside supporting various other aspects of “behind the scenes” work involved in managing a science festival, including partnership working, marketing and communications, funding applications and data collection. This is a great opportunity to expand your experience, creativity and skill set, whilst supporting a Science Festival aiming to engage with those people whom don’t traditionally seek out or attend science based events. A challenging but rewarding role, for sure.

No experience is required, just an enthusiasm for sharing science with others and a hard-working and friendly attitude. We welcome applications from all schools and departments.

The dates for the 2018 festival are Sat 6 – Sat 20 October 2018.  And Monthly meetings will start in April/May

Go to http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/get-involved/creative-team/ to find out more and to download (the very short) application form.

The deadline for applications in 5pm, on Wednesday 18 April.

If you have any questions about joining the Creative Team please do get in touch  –  email: claire.jellema@ed.ac.uk or call 07930409940.