Opportunities Calendar

Mar
4
Mon
2019
Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Mar 4 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.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Bootcamp 2 // 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas // Marketing your show @ The Stand Comedy Club
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for the second Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) bootcamp of 2019! This session is aimed at individuals planning to perform at the summer 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.

This session is chance to develop a marketing strategy for your show.

The session will be facilitated by Susan Morrison, CoDI’s resident MC, and Stephen Wright, CoDI’s producer. It will also be a chance to meet your fellow potential performers, including those who have done it before.

Lunch will be served 1-2pm.

While you’re waiting, please also check out our webpages for 2019 performers and supporters, and consider joining our Facebook group!

New Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas performers are expected to participate in, at the very minimum, one bootcamp, and, preferably, all three.

Apr
1
Mon
2019
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Apr 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.

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

May
10
Fri
2019
Beltane Sparks
May 10 @ 5:00 pm

To celebrate the Beltane Public Engagement Network turning 10, we are launching our inaugural Beltane Sparks Programme, to encourage the development of new and innovative partnerships between researchers from across the Edinburgh universities, focused on engaging the public in their research.

The Beltane partnership was originally formed in 2008, when the universities in Edinburgh were awarded over £1 million of funding to become an RCUK Beacon for Public Engagement. The mission of the Beltane Network is to support and advance a culture of public engagement with research at its partner universities. It aims to make it easier for researchers to undertake excellent, impactful public engagement with research and for partner organisations and individuals to locate and work successfully with our researchers.

Through this new cooperative model, we are exploring ways we can support interdisciplinary, multi-institution public engagement initiatives that create two-way dialogue with publics and community groups. The Beltane Sparks is one of the new ways we will be working together to facilitate high quality public engagement with research.

The Call

The call is open to researchers with an interest in public engagement, from all levels and areas of academia and public engagement experience. During the half day workshop, attendees will be supported to come up with innovative public engagement projects within cross-institution, multi-disciplinary teams. Teams will pitch their idea, Dragons-Den style, to a prestigious panel, who will award funding to the winning team to pilot their idea.

The Panel
We are delighted to be welcoming Public Engagement experts from UK Research and Innovation, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and one of our key local community partners, WHALE Arts Agency, to be part of our expert panel. Places are limited and will be allocated based on the following criteria:

  1. An understanding of the importance of engaging the public in research
  2. The ability to embrace new and inspiring thinking

We will be looking for a range of researchers at different levels and areas of academia and from across all Edinburgh-based research institutions. All applicants must be available to attend the workshop in Edinburgh from 1-5pm on Thursday 13 June 2019.

Timescales and Decision making

Your application will then go through an assessment process involving a selection panel of public engagement experts from the four Edinburgh Universities. We will inform applicants of the outcomes of the decision-making process by end May 2019.

Apply here

May
15
Wed
2019
Early Bird Deadline – STEAM Summer School Malta @ The University of Malta
May 15 @ 4:00 pm

STEAM Summer School 2019

Are you looking to develop your skills in science communication? Do you want to learn the most innovative techniques that combine science and arts? Would you like to build an international network of science communication contacts?

Registration to the fourth STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open! The summer school provides an online course combined with a 10-day face to face programme from the 15–24 July. We cover a wide-range of science communication topics, including evaluation, social media, event management, arts and performance. What makes us unique is the combination of the Arts with STEM subjects for creative communication approaches. The course will be comprehensive.

The school is hosted at the University of Malta and will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from international experts (University of Edinburgh, Rhine-Waal University, Science View) and mix with science communication enthusiasts from around the world. Participants will be able to explore innovative ways to engage various public groups with research and will have a chance to improve writing, speaking, performance, mediation and other transferable skills for career development. Through the course, participants will also organise and enjoy our social events which include science theatre, stand-up comedy and film.

Watch our video for a glimpse of what to expect from the 2019 school. We hope to see you there!

 

When: 15 – 24 July, 2019

Where: University of Malta, Malta

Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.

Price: €700 until 15 May, €750 until 4 June

 

For more information go to:

http://www.steamsummerschool.eu

steam@um.edu.mt

May
17
Fri
2019
Edinburgh International Film Festival call for Neuroscience Researchers
May 17 all-day

The Edinburgh International Film Festival in partnership with the Beltane Network are looking for researchers interested in meeting writers from film and television to talk about their research. Selected researchers will be invited to the film premier opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 19th of June. They will then spend the 21st of June with the writers.

As a direct result of a similar networking event last year, Edinburgh based researchers have been hired as consultants on a commissioned BBC project due to broadcast later this year. This year we will bring together eight researchers and eight writers interested in projects with a neuroscience theme. This project is funded through the Wellcome Trust.

To apply please contact filmfestival@beltanenetwork.org for an application form. Applications must be submitted by the 17th of May 2019.

May
31
Fri
2019
Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme
May 31 @ 5:00 pm

The Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme is now open!!

The IOP public engagement grant scheme provides up to £3000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

The grant scheme has two rounds each year. Round 1 of the 2019 scheme is now open for applications received by 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019. You can find the application form and guidance here.

This grant is for projects taking place after 1 August 2019 and finishing before the end of July 2020.

We strongly recommend applicants get in touch with Paul Branch, coordinator of this round of the grant scheme, to discuss ideas and ask questions before submission. You can get in touch by emailing paul.branch@iop.org.

To find out more about projects we have previously funded please visit our website.

 

 

Jun
3
Mon
2019
RCPath Public Engagement Innovation Grant scheme
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

The Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant scheme is now open and accepting applications until 3 June 2019. The scheme provides financial support for the delivery of pathology-related activities and events in the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.

To be eligible, proposed events and activities should:

  • include the involvement of pathologists and/or laboratory scientists as a key part of the activity (although to apply, you do not have to be a College member yourself).
  • be pathology-based and explore underlying concepts and issues, rather than just providing information.

If you have a great idea but don’t work in pathology or medicine, get in touch and we will do our best to link you up with a pathologist to work with on your grant application.

Find out more here: https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/funding-for-public-events.html

Jun
4
Tue
2019
STEAM Summer School Malta – Registration Deadline @ The University of Malta
Jun 4 @ 4:00 pm

STEAM Summer School 2019

Are you looking to develop your skills in science communication? Do you want to learn the most innovative techniques that combine science and arts? Would you like to build an international network of science communication contacts?

Registration to the fourth STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open! The summer school provides an online course combined with a 10-day face to face programme from the 15–24 July. We cover a wide-range of science communication topics, including evaluation, social media, event management, arts and performance. What makes us unique is the combination of the Arts with STEM subjects for creative communication approaches. The course will be comprehensive.

The school is hosted at the University of Malta and will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from international experts (University of Edinburgh, Rhine-Waal University, Science View) and mix with science communication enthusiasts from around the world. Participants will be able to explore innovative ways to engage various public groups with research and will have a chance to improve writing, speaking, performance, mediation and other transferable skills for career development. Through the course, participants will also organise and enjoy our social events which include science theatre, stand-up comedy and film.

Watch our video for a glimpse of what to expect from the 2019 school. We hope to see you there!

 

When: 15 – 24 July, 2019

Where: University of Malta, Malta

Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.

Price: €700 until 15 May, €750 until 4 June

 

For more information go to:

http://www.steamsummerschool.eu

steam@um.edu.mt