Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Be part of Explorathon 2017!
May 30 @ 11:41 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

As part of the annual EU Researchers’ Night, Explorathon is back! This year’s event will be running in venues across Edinburgh on Friday 29th September, and we aim to build on the success of previous years, creating opportunities for researchers from all disciplines to share and discuss their work with a range of audiences. All information on this year’s event, including how to register an interest in participating, can be found on our website:

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 30th June.


Vacancy | Full Professorship for Science Communication @ Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Jun 26 all-day

We have just reopened the call for the second Science Communication Chair.

This is a lifetime-tenure Full Professorship. If the new colleague is 49 years or younger, s/he will additionally become a civil servant. Profs at German universities of applied sciences offer up to 18 hours of teaching per week. Depending on the amount of research (and several other activities), this load is reduced significantly.

Rhine-Waal is Germany’s first fully international university. All of the degree programmes in our faculty are in English. 80% of our students are international. For the time being, we have the great privilege to offer our courses without asking for tuition-fees, which enables young people from meanwhile more than a hundred different countries to study with us. This diversity also guides our approach in research and teaching: being comparative about the different systems of science, media, policy, etc.

Our campus is located in the heart of Europe, right on the border between The Netherlands and Germany, half-way between Amsterdam and Cologne, or Brussels and Munster, at the foot of Cleves castle. There are direct low-cost flight from Edinburgh, Luton, and Stansted to our regional airport (“NRN”), ca. 20 mins from campus.

Engaging Session | Engaging with policy @ Venue to be advised
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

engaging-sessionsThis session is organised by Heriot-Watt Engage, but staff and research students from all of Edinburgh’s universities are welcome to attend.


Learn about the multi-stage process of policy making, and the windows of opportunity to Ishare your research with policymakers.

Save the date | NCCPE Ambassadors Scheme information event @ tbc
Jun 28 all-day

Full information to be announced

Do you coordinate a network or group that is related to public engagement in HE?

The NCCPE Ambassador Scheme aims to improve the quality of higher education public engagement practice, by supporting individuals who coordinate relevant networks across the UK. If you currently run or coordinate a network that is relevant to public engagement in higher education in the UK, then we would welcome your application.

Our next event in Scotland will be hosted in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28th June – save the date or contact Alex Hale for further information.

Call for 2017 Explorathon Edinburgh contributors
Jun 30 all-day

Harmony Choir @ Leith Labs (Ocean Terminal) at Explorathon 2016

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 30th June at 5pm

Fancy sharing your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2017 takes place on Friday 29th September!

Explorathon is Scotland’s event for EU Researchers’ Night. Researchers’ Night takes place on the last Friday in September each year. It is a public celebration of research that takes place in more than 300 cities across Europe.

You don’t need to be funded by the European Commission to take part in Researchers’ Night, and you can be working on any area of research – the arts, humanities and social sciences are welcome.

The types of events that happen at Explorathon are varied. Traditional science communication, like ‘science busking’ and drop-by table-top activities, is a valuable part of it, but we’re also really keen to further develop other types of research engagement activity, including: informal conversations; storytelling; facilitated debates and discussions; co-designing workshops with community partners; theatre.

Our venues for 2017 will include the National Museum of Scotland (for a very special “Murder in the Museum” event!), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Ocean Terminal.

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



Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Jul 3 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)
Jul 3 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)
Jul 3 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

Organising and Evaluating Public Engagement Events and Festivals | London Workshop with Dr Eric Jensen, University of Warwick @ CitizenM Hotel
Jul 6 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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This workshop introduces the tools for successful event and festival organisation, management and evaluation. The workshop provides highly practical advice and opportunities to develop your event or festival plans and evaluation methods.

This workshop addresses the following questions:

    • How do you establish an effective plan for event or festival delivery
    • How do you maintain quality and address your event or festival’s goals?
    • How do you evaluate the quality and impact of event or festival using quantitative and qualitative methods?

This workshop focuses on the steps involved in organising and evaluating public engagement events and festivals. For detailed guidance about the full range of evaluation methods, please consider the online course ‘Public Engagement Evaluation’

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The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

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