Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Explorathon 2018 @ Edinburgh and beyond
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day

European Researchers Night 2018

Fancy being part of Explorathon 2018, AKA European Researchers Night?

This September, do you fancy sharing your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2018 takes place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September 2018.

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.

Universities in Scotland first ran Explorathon in 2014. This year, events will take place in the cities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The Beltane Public Engagement Network coordinates the events in Edinburgh. The Scottish event as a whole is led by the University of Aberdeen. 

Last year, around 3,000 members of the public turned out across the city to see events in venues including Ocean Terminal, WHALE Arts, the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, the City Chambers, and many more.  This year, we hope to see many more people! Training will also be available the last week of July, with gamification training for specific activities in September.

If you would like to be involved, we are looking for both researchers and volunteers for the following venues:

Friday 28 September

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

The Botanics will once again be a venue for researchers to share their research through drop-in activities from 12 – 4pm. The audience will predominately be adults, with a smaller audience of 5-10 year olds. The theme for the Botanics in 2018 is ‘Native’, so although anything is welcome, there is also the opportunity to align with this theme.

Various schools across Edinburgh

Activities aimed at school groups can be shared across Edinburgh schools, either coordinated by university Widening Participation teams, or through University or Project specific contacts. Activities will take place on Friday morning, as Edinburgh schools finish at lunchtime.

Café 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. As part of Explorathon, Café Scientifique will take place in a central Edinburgh venue.

“New Scots” Science Ceilidh

Science Ceilidh is an award-winning science engagement project exploring research with traditional arts for communities across Scotland. This includes our long-term projects working with the Edinburgh “New Scots’ community (including Syrian refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers) to explore culture, including arts, music, language and science. For Explorathon, we are looking to partner with up to three individual researchers or research groups to run workshops with the New Scots community, possibly from August and certainly September, leading to a celebration “ceilidh” for the Explorathon itself (Friday night) sharing some of the learning through these new collaborations between researchers and New Scots, open to everyone. All disciplines welcome to apply – both science and humanities/social science, many of the activities will involve a mix of young children and adults.

See more: www.scienceceilidh.com/new-scots

Saturday 29 September

WHALE Arts

Building on our Explorathon activity with WHALE Arts in previous years, we will be basing one of our hubs there in 2018.  WHALE is situated in Wester Hailes in the South West of Edinburgh and is the cultural anchor organisation in its area.  It is a community-led charity and social enterprise, set up by local people in 1992. WHALE’s regular projects connect the community with creative opportunities and offer something for all ages and abilities.  We will be working with the WHALE team to create an interactive day around a number of themes: food, sustainability, placemaking and wellbeing. We are looking for researchers who use gamification and other methods of public engagement to engage for an interactive day for all the family.  Activities will take place during the day

The Lyell Centre @ Heriot-Watt

This year, the Explorathon coincides with Edinburgh Doors Open Day. To the west of the city, Heriot-Watt and BGS’s new marine and earth science centre will be opening their doors, and we will be looking for marine and earth focused activities and talks. Last years event attracted >700 people from a variety of backgrounds, and we will be building on increasing this diversity through work with local community groups. Activities and talks will take place from 10am – 4pm.

Leith Labs @ Ocean Terminal

Leith Labs is the world’s longest research-in-residency programme in a shopping centre situated in Ocean Terminal in Leith. The project aims to link the curiosity of Leithers with researchers, reaching and eventually empowering communities who many not usually go to science events (our evaluation suggest this is at least 59% of our audiences) with events year round. Activities have included table-top drop-in experiments, “science busking”, informal talks and discussions at the Living Memory Association. If you’re interested running any of these formats working with different audiences, exploring some of the 322-odd questions we’ve received from the Leith community or even partnering with a Leith Labs community scientist who has a question to ask, get in touch! All disciplines welcome (not just science!).

See more: www.scienceceilidh.com/leithlabs

Please register your interest here – note that this doesn’t commit you to anything! Any questions, please contact Explorathon@hw.ac.uk. We aim to be back in touch with all contributors in July 2018.

Key contacts for Explorathon at universities in Edinburgh are:

Oct
1
Mon
2018
Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Oct 1 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)
Oct 1 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.

Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Public Engagement Awards
Oct 1 all-day

Closing date for applications: 4pm, Monday 1 October 2018

Ingenious, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s public engagement grant scheme is now open for applications.

Apply now for funding for between £3,000 and £30,000.

If you or your colleagues have an imaginative idea that could help engineers to communicate their expertise and passion for engineering to a wider audience, the Academy wants to hear from you. You could be an engineer interested in running your own project, or a science or engineering public engagement professional keen to explore ways to provide public engagement training and opportunities.

Ingenious is an grant scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Ingenious projects provide opportunities for engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the very centre of society.

Ingenious aims to:

  • inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering prioritises projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the top 25% most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that engage with engineers and people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

The Academy welcome proposals from engineers, universities, science and engineering communicators and engagement professionals, colleges and schools.

Funding will be awarded in April 2019 with projects running from May 2019 to July 2020.

 

Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Oct 1 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.

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Biology Week 2018: get involved!
Oct 6 all-day

Biology Week 2018, the week dedicated to celebrating all things biology, kicks off on the 6th of October of this year.

Last year we saw more than one hundred events take place under the Biology Week banner, and we are always looking to get more and more people celebrating the life sciences with us.

Already running an event?

If you are running an outreach or engagement event related to biology during that week, let us know so we can add it to our Biology Week calendar and promote it through our communication channels.

Want to get involved but not sure how?

If you want to plan your own Biology Week event but not sure where to start, we’ve put together some outreach and engagement toolkits for those new to the field.

The guides are tailored for primary and secondary school teachers, university BioSocs, small organisations and individuals.

The guides include event and activity ideas, venue suggestions, budgeting and sponsorship help, accessibility and inclusion considerations, volunteer management help and more.

If you also have any feedback on the guides do let me know via email (philippa.skett@rsb.org.uk), as we are always keen to improve our digital resources.

We’ll be running an online social media campaign called #iamabiologist on Friday 12th, so all biologists are invited to get involved with that too!

Oct
15
Mon
2018
Dr Bunhead’s Improv Explosions
Oct 15 @ 2:48 pm

Description: 

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).

Oct
23
Tue
2018
Communicate 18 | Save the date @ Bristol Zoo Gardens
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm

The UK’s conference for environmental communicators

Communicate is an annual environmental communication conference bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate latest issues in science communication, nature conservation and engaging people with the natural world.

Communicate 2018 will be held for a third year at Bristol Zoo Gardens on the 23 – 24 October. Keep up to date with Communicate 18 news as it is announced at www.communicatenow.org.uk.

 

Oct
24
Wed
2018
Save the date! | Royal Society training @ Central Edinburgh - tbc
Oct 24 all-day

The Royal Society will be in Edinburgh on Wednesday 24th October to deliver their training “An Introduction to Public Engagement”. This will be a workshop with a limited number of spaces available to each of the Edinburgh universities. More information coming as we get it!

Oct
25
Thu
2018
People, Place and Public Engagement conference | Save the date @ Eastern Canada
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm

All are welcome to this conference, including community organisers, industry, researchers and university staff, students, government employees, and anyone else with an interest in making a difference through public engagement.

Sign up to the mailing list linked above to be kept updated.

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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
Email: info@beltanenetwork.org

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