Opportunities Calendar

Apr 26 all-day

The Edinburgh branch of the British Science Association are looking for speakers for our monthly  “Sci-Screen” events in collaboration with the Edinburgh Skeptics. These evenings involve a researcher giving a short talk about their research/ a science topic they are interested in, followed by a screening of a related movie. Often, there will also be some discussions following the talk and/ or the movie. If you are interested in coming along and sharing their knowledge with us but don’t have a film in mind, we can help find one!

Here’s an example of a past Sci-Screen (https://www.facebook.com/events/1511685212217767/

These events normally take place on the 4th Thursday of the month and we are currently looking for speakers for our April Sci Screen on the 26th April. If you would like to speak at this event, or at any events beyond that, please get in touch by emailing us at edinburg@britishscienceassociation.org or send us a message on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/BSAEdinburgh/

Beltane Brunch: Dilemmas Cafe on Ethics in Public Engagement @ Room 1.19
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

This event is an opportunity to develop your thoughts around any ethical dilemmas you may have encountered when undertaking public engagement with research.

The format (and the image to the right!) is borrowed from Durham University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. At this event, the format will be used to:

  • Raise awareness of the ethical challenges involved in undertaking public engagement with research
  • Listen to, question and learn from those who have encountered challenges
  • Develop some recommendations for action

Who’s this for?

The session is open to anyone involved with research at universities in Edinburgh, plus anyone interested in working with researchers at universities in Edinburgh. We need several people to present dilemmas in order for the session to work. However, you are also welcome to come to listen to others – a dilemma is not a pre-requisite!

Will the information be confidential?

The session will take place under Chatham House rules (participants will be free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed). For all dilemmas presented, the names of people and places must be kept anonymous in the session (as far as is practical).

Call for Contributions | Midlothian Science Festival
Apr 30 all-day

Deadline for entries is Monday 30th April 2018

The Midlothian Science Festival is looking for contributions for its 2018 Festival, which will run 6-20th October 2018. The Festival takes place in a variety of venues across Midlothian, and reaches a number of people who would normally attend science festivals. The Festival’s ‘gala days’ are especially popular with attendees.

The Festival organisers are looking for events and activities (talks/tours/workshops/table-top activities/drop-ins) that will:

  • Inspire, engage and excite…
  • Will appeal and be accessible to a diverse range of audiences (including those not traditionally engaged with science)
  • Connect the audience / participants with scientific research
  • Showcase STEM happening in Midlothian
  • Showcase Midlothian’s role at a global level

At this stage you do not have to have all of the details finalised; the Festival’s volunteer Creative Team are very happy to help you to develop your idea and to support you to co-create your event/activity with local Midlothian communities & organisations.

Please fill in as much information as you can on the online form.





Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer (CCACE) | Vacancy @ University of Edinburgh
Apr 30 all-day

Vacancy reference: 043457

Applications are invited for the position of Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer in the based in Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.

The successful candidate will provide high-level support through the organisation and development of knowledge exchange and impact activities across the Centre, working with a variety of both internal and external stakeholders.

More information on CCACE and they work they carry out can be found can be found on their webpage.

For informal enquiries please contact Denise Munro on behalf of the CCACE directors (denise.munro@ed.ac.uk )

This is a full time post on a fixed term basis until 28th February 2019.

Salary: £32,548 – £38,833.

Closing Date: Monday 30 April 2018, 5pm (GMT).

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences particularly welcomes applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the subject, including, but not limited to, women and ethnic minorities.

For more information on our family-friendly policies please visit – https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-guidance

Volunteers Needed for Soapbox Science Edinburgh
Apr 30 all-day

Are you passionate about science and love talking to people about it? Do you want to help raise awareness about gender equality in science careers? Soapbox Science Edinburgh is looking for volunteers to help out at their event on 2 June 2018!

Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers. Without a supportive team of committed, enthusiastic people, a Soapbox event simply cannot happen. Volunteers play a crucial role in rounding up the public, chatting to them informally about science, supporting the speakers by managing props and helping to calm any pre-box nerves, as well as handing out Soapbox goodies to lucky audience members! But perhaps the most important role of the volunteers is gathering data so we can effectively monitor the success of the event: volunteers carry out the bulk of our streamlined evaluation process, through interviews, observations and counting footfall.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, informal and inspiring science and help challenge ideas about who can be a scientist!

To register your interest, please email: soapboxscienceedinburgh@gmail.com

STEAM Summer School 2018 – 10 days of Science Communication Training
May 1 all-day

2-11 July 2018; Malta

Join us for a 10-days intensive training in science communication in Malta. STEAM provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators and inventively marries science and art in science communication practice.

Ways to apply:

  1. Apply for a STEAM grant for travel, accommodation & fees (for University of Edinburgh staff & students only) due 27 November 2017
  2. Apply for a Eurasmus+ mobility grant for travel, accommodation & fees through your university (due date to be advised – but likely to be early February 2018)
  3. Pay to attend with an earlybird registration fee of €550 before 1 May 2018
  4. Pay to attend with a late registration fee of €600 before 4 June 2018

For more information see www.steamsummerschool.eu/register-steam or contact steam@um.edu.mt. Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), science communication company Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

Summer Schools Assistant | Vacancy @ The Royal Institution
May 2 all-day

An exciting new job opportunity this summer to help run the popular Summer Schools programme.  Great for someone looking to gain skills and experience in the science communication sector, and bring STEM subjects to life for young people.

Job Title:                             Summer Schools Assistant

Accountable to:                 Family Programme Manager

Location:                             21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract type:                  Fixed term contract, June 25 to September 7 2018, full time (35 hours per week)

Salary:                                  Circa £24,000 per annum (pro rata for length of contract)

Deadline:                            Wednesday 2 May 2018

The role
The Summer Schools Assistant is responsible for administrative coordination and day-to-day oversight of the Ri’s popular Summer Schools programme. The programme consists of workshops delivered by a variety of speakers: experts in industry, University academics and specialist teachers. While not being responsible for the delivery of educational content themselves, this post works with a wide range of people to ensure the Summer Schools programme runs smoothly and successfully. The successful candidate will be excited about bringing STEM to life for young people, and working in the science communication sector. They will have some experience of event management and informal learning programmes, as well as being organised and hard-working with a can-do attitude, and the ability to quickly resolve issues as and when they arise.

For further information and an application form please visit our website: http://www.rigb.org/about/work-with-us/jobs/summer-schools-assistant-2018. Applications must be received no later than midnight Wednesday 2 May 2018. Interviews are likely to be between 8 and 18 May 2018. Please email recruitment@ri.ac.uk with any questions.

Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
May 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)
May 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)
May 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 lindsaymurphy@beexperimental.co.uk.