Opportunities Calendar

Aug
3
Fri
2018
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2018 @ New Town Theatre
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm – Aug 26 @ 9:10 pm

The tickets for the 2018 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) are on sale!black outline of a lightbulb with the letters CODI inside

Now in its sixth year, CoDI has been running at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2013.

CoDI is a unique blend of serious academic research, irreverent comedy and a liberal dose of controversy – all in the cause of our universities’ brightest and bravest engaging with the public through the medium of entertainment at the world’s largest arts festival.

The majority of the researchers performing are from universities in Edinburgh. Many are returning veterans, but we also have a whole host of new performers cutting their teeth!

This year, we’ll even have a special fringe of the Fringe, with a one-off show compilation at the Book Festival’s Unbound series (details to be published shortly).

 

Aug
6
Mon
2018
Dunbar Science Club | Invitation to deliver workshops @ Bleachingfield Community Centre
Aug 6 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)
Aug 6 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)
Aug 6 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.

Aug
15
Wed
2018
Dr Bunhead’s Improv Explosions
Aug 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).

Aug
29
Wed
2018
@ B.09 (Institute for Academic Development)
Aug 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is ideal for Explorathon student volunteers and others who are new to engaging members of the public with their research. It is an ission which looks at:

– Reasons to communicate (with different publics)

– Thinking about your audience in terms of who they are, their motivations for being there, how to facilitate a good experience

– Various tools to build a narrative e.g. simple structures, jargon busting, use of questions, signposts, body language

It is suitable for researchers working on any research topic.

This session will be delivered by Briony Curtis, an experienced freelance public engagement practitioner.

 

Explorathon 2018 Communications Toolkit @ Institute for Academic Development
Aug 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is ideal for 2018 Explorathon student volunteers and others who are new to engaging members of the public with their research. (Depending on demand, others are also welcome to attend – please email info@beltanenetwork.org to inquire.)

It is an interactive session which looks at:

– Reasons to communicate (with different publics)

– Thinking about your audience in terms of who they are, their motivations for being there, how to facilitate a good experience

– Various tools to build a narrative e.g. simple structures, jargon busting, use of questions, signposts, body language

It is suitable for researchers working on any research topic.

This session will be delivered by Briony Curtis, an experienced public engagement practitioner.

Aug
30
Thu
2018
Explorathon 2018 Storytelling Training @ Scottish Storytelling Centre
Aug 30 @ 9:30 am – 1:45 pm

This workshop is aimed primarily at Explorathon 2018 participants, but others are also welcome to attend if there is capacity. Please email info@beltanenetwork.org before booking if you are *not* planning to take part in Explorathon.

This workshop is an introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective communication about research. It is ideal if you want to find a way to make your talks more engaging. It is suitable for both informal talks (e.g. chatting at drop-in sessions) and formal presentations.

We will look at what makes a story engaging (for example, anecdote) as well as at the variety of ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings. You will learn simple ways of working with story structure and techniques for telling.

This training is delivered by staff of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Explorathon 2018 Storytelling Training @ Scottish Storytelling Centre
Aug 30 @ 9:30 am – 1:45 pm

This workshop is an introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective communication about research. It is ideal if you want to find a way to make your talks more engaging. It is suitable for both informal talks (e.g. chatting at drop-in sessions) and formal presentations.

We will look at what makes a story engaging (for example, anecdote) as well as at the variety of ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings. You will learn simple ways of working with story structure and techniques for telling.

This training is delivered by staff of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Aug
31
Fri
2018
Call for content for the British Science Week 2019 Activity Packs produced by the British Science Association
Aug 31 all-day

We are inviting organisations to submit activities to be included in one or more of the activity packs for British Science Week 2019 for release in November 2018. There are three activity packs released online each year in the lead up to British Science Week which takes place from 9-17 March in 2019. The activities are aimed at: ages 3-5 (Early Years), ages 5-11 (Primary) and ages 11-14+ (Secondary). The packs are available to download for free by educators across the UK and beyond including teachers, out of school group leaders, home educators, child care providers, parents and community group leaders. In the lead up to British Science Week 2018 we had over 75,000 downloads of the activity packs. The packs stay online all year and continue to be available in the following year.

This is a valuable opportunity for organisations to promote resources and connect with new audiences. There is a supporter fee for each of the three packs which helps to support the development and the wider British Science Week campaign.

Early Years: one activity £1000 +VAT (We had approximately 20,000 downloads in 2018)

Primary: one activity £1300 +VAT (We had approximately 41,000 downloads in 2018)

Secondary: one activity £750 +VAT (We had approximately 14,000 downloads in 2018)

The theme for 2019 is Journeys.

We are encouraging people to be creative in their interpretation of the theme, a few suggested sub themes which have already come up are:

  • Journeys and travel
  • Journeys of objects (making of objects and their lifecycles)
  • Journeys and life cycles (people, plants, animals)
  • Journeys through time (landscapes and historical change)
  • Journeys of people (leading to sharing of culture, ideas, stories)

We expect the 2019 packs to take a similar format to this year. You can download the packs from this year here:

www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/

There are limited spaces in each pack and we want to ensure a balance of content across subject areas, so please get in touch by Friday 27th July at the latest to reserve a slot or express an interest. We will send further information and guidance on content and the format for activities. The pack will be produced and released in early November and we will need all content by Friday 31st August.

Please get in touch: angus.woodhams@britishscienceassociation.org