Opportunities Calendar

Nov
5
Mon
2018
Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Nov 5 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.

Nov
15
Thu
2018
SCOTLAND’S YEAR OF COASTS AND WATERS 2020 EVENT FUND IS NOW OPEN
Nov 15 all-day

 

SCOTLAND’S YEAR OF COASTS AND WATERS 2020
EVENT FUND is NOW OPEN

Applications open today (Tuesday, 13 November 2018) for the events and festivals sector across Scotland to apply to the
Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Events Programme Open Fund.

2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled Coasts and Waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation from the people of Scotland and our visitors. The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of the year.

A total Open Fund of £600,000 has been made available across two funding rounds. Applications for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are invited.

Round 1 is for events that are already in design and development where applicants should be in a position to be part of the first programme announcement planned for Spring 2019. The deadline for receipt of applications for Round 1 is 5pm Monday 14 January 2019.

Round 2 applicants should be in a position to be part of the Autumn 2019 programme announcement. The deadline for receipt of applications for
Round 2 is 5pm Friday 7 June 2019.

For more information on how to apply, please follow the link below to the EventScotland funding page where the Events Programme Open Fund Guidance and Criteria is available for download.

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So This Is CoDI // Intro session for potential performers at the 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas @ Edinburgh Napier University (Merchiston Campus, The Glassroom)
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Interested in performing at the 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas?

Come along to this informal information session to:

  • Find out more about what performing at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas involves
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Meet some of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas team

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

If you already have an idea of what you would like to do a show about, please fill out out our expression of interest form. The form will close on 7th December. (Filling in the form is not binding – it just allows us to gauge interest and get a feel for the programme.)

Nov
22
Thu
2018
Advanced participatory data gathering using Ketso
Nov 22 all-day

Advanced participatory data gathering using Ketso 22nd November 2018 The University of Manchester

Generating impact from research is more likely if research participants and stakeholders are engaged in the process. Data gathering can in itself be a mutual learning experience, increasing the value to participants, as well as generating rich data.  A series of practical exercises will allow participants to consider core principles of stakeholder engagement (developed from Dr. Joanne Tippett’s 20 years of experience in participatory research) in relation to their research projects.

Using hands-on and visual tools, participants are able to express their ideas and engage in dialogue, whilst allowing the researcher to capture data from the discussion in a physical artefact. Participants will explore ways to analyse and search for patterns in participatory data.

The course will use a hands-on kit for stakeholder engagement, Ketso, to demonstrate participatory data gathering in action. Ketso emerged from ESRC funded research (Tippett et al. 2007).

The course draws on insights from Ketso’s use in research across the world, e.g. in Peru exploring drinking water practices (Furlong and Tippett 2013), in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Tanzania looking at climate change adaptation, in Saudi Arabia exploring technology in education (Alabbasi and Stelma 2018), in Norway exploring information management in libraries (Whitworth et. al. 2014) and in the UK, in research as diverse as sustainability skills in supermarkets, refugee integration, street trees, information management in libraries and feminist rock festivals (O’Shea, S., 2012). Participants will explore ways they could use participatory techniques in their research. The action orientated learning of the course will be supplemented by discussion of key issues surrounding participatory methodologies and the critiques of such approaches.

For more information and to book:

https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/training/show.php?article=9027

Nov
27
Tue
2018
So This Is CoDI (repeat) // Intro session for potential performers at the 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas @ 1.37 Paterson's Land
Nov 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

This is a repeat of the session running on 15th November at Edinburgh Napier University. You do not need to attend both.

Interested in performing at the 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas?

Come along to this informal information session to:

  • Find out more about what performing at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas involves
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Meet some of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas team

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

If you already have an idea of what you would like to do a show about, please fill out out our expression of interest form. The form will close on 7th December. (Filling in the form is not binding – it just allows us to gauge interest and get a feel for the programme.)

Nov
29
Thu
2018
NCCPE Engage Conference @ Edinburgh
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

Framing new futures for public engagement

At the Engage Conference this year we’ll be exploring new futures for university public engagement; celebrating the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary; and taking stock of the lessons learned. Weaving in stories from people who have been working to embed public engagement in their practice and institutions – and with provocation from outside the sector – Engage 2018 will help set the foundations for the road ahead.

The conference will be framed around three themes:

Facing the future

  • The landscape for public engagement continues to morph and change, sensitive to broader changes in wider society. How can we make sense of the dramatic changes we are living through? How do we need to adapt our engagement activity? What opportunities are we missing? Who else can help? What will it look like 10 years from now? How will we get there?

Stories of change

  • Engagement takes time, but can be transformative. Stories can help reflect where we have come from and where we are going, enabling us to gain insights and change direction. Do you have stories to share – about your own journey or about how teams, projects, organisations and publics have been changed by engagement?

Perspectives on practice

  • Engagement is typically a human, subtle process that creates significant change – to people, practices and products. There are a multitude of methods and approaches. Can you help us understand how to make engagement work?

This year we are going to Edinburgh, one of the original Beacons for Public Engagement, and now home of the Beltane Public Engagement Network. We are working with the Beltane Public Engagement Network which comprises Edinburgh Napier UniversityHeriot Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University to curate, organise and deliver an Engage Conference with a difference. Expect all the things you love about Engage – including plenty of opportunities to network and connect with others, inspiring keynote speakers, critical analysis, and stories of excellent engagement. A new place gives us the opportunity to include some new features, including a community focused ‘poster party’, and wrap-around events with a Scottish flavour.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Science Presenter posts at Be Experimental (Edinburgh, Central Scotland and Borders)
Dec 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 lindsaymurphy@beexperimental.co.uk.

Dec
7
Fri
2018
Deadline for expressions of interest | 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm

The call to be part of the August 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is now live!

Has your research given you some dangerous ideas? Come share them with the world at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe! Check out our call for participants.

The deadline for non-binding expressions of interest is 7th December 2018.

 

 

Dec
12
Wed
2018
Beltane Brunch | Digital Storytelling – Learning from the Big Picnic Project @ Lister Learning and Teaching Centre (4.3)
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Beltane Breakfasts, Twilights, Brunches and Lunches are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities, and people who want to work with them, can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At this Beltane Brunch, we’ll be hearing what colleagues at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh have learned about digital storytelling through the Big Picnic project.

Colleagues at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ran a digital storytelling activities aimed at giving a voice to underserved communities about access to nutritious food. Individuals from the communites recorded a short audio track which was then supported by still images. The project team found the great strength of the format was the emotional power of personal stories which could be told without the storyteller needing to speak in front of a large, live audience.

Andy Crofts and Max Coleman, respectively Community Gardener and Science Communicator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, will be guest speakers at this session.

Who’s this event for?

People from Edinburgh’s universities with an interest in public engagement with research, and people from other organsiations who want to engage with the research of Edinburgh’s universities.

Catering

Light refreshments will be provided.

Schedule

09:30 Arrival and refreshments

09:45 Hear from the speakers; Q&A and discussion

11:00 Time for informal conversations

Dec
15
Sat
2018
Dr Bunhead’s Improv Explosions
Dec 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).