Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

POSTPONED Beltane Twilight | Engaged Teaching @ Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (Training and Skills Room)
May 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation ((c) ECCI)

We have decided to postpone this Beltane Twilight until September 2017.

A number of people have contacted us to say they would love to come and share their work, but cannot make the date.

We want to make the session as beneficial as possible for everyone who comes, so would rather wait and do it well!

We’ll let you know the new date as soon as possible. Meanwhile, do register for our Beltane Breakfast at the end of May!

Please accept our apologies.


Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At our May 2017 Beltane Breakfast, we’re looking at engaged teaching.

For the purposes of the meeting, we’re thinking of engaged teaching as where the teaching and learning is somehow linked to interactions with communities outside the university in question. There is often an emphasis on learning though practical experience (AKA ‘experiential learning’).

Most of Beltane’s activities look at engaged research but, given the sometimes close links between research, teaching and learning, we thought it was time to look at engaged teaching!

IOP Public Engagement Grant Scheme
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

The first round of the IOP 2017 Public Engagement Grant Scheme has opened. Our public engagement grant scheme provides up to £2000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. We are able to fund projects taking place before the end of February 2018.

To find out more about the scheme and access guidelines on eligibility and making an application, please visit the grant scheme page here:

Applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday 12 May.

Applicants are encouraged get in touch with Hannah Renshall (Outreach Officer) before submitting their application. Please email to arrange a phone call.

Information on previously-funded projects is available here.

Pint of Science 2017 | Call for Volunteers!
May 15 – May 17 all-day

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What is Pint of Science?

Pint of Science is an annual festival that happens over three evenings in May simultaneously in multiple cities around the globe. Each night, science researchers explain their latest findings to the general public – all in the comfort of the local pub!

2016 saw Pint of Science land in Edinburgh for the first time, leading to national press coverage, 12 sell-out events (covering everything from insect-eating to Alzheimer’s), and hundreds of happy science- and/or beer-loving Edinburgh citizens.

We’re now looking for volunteers with a passion for science communication to help organise Pint of Science 2017.

What’s involved for volunteers?

  • Pint of Science is a great way to learn team-working, event management and science public engagement.
  • Get involved and help showcase the science that happens in Edinburgh’s world class universities.
  • Be part of an international festival and join a fabulous team of volunteers!

We have lots of roles available including: Event Managers, Publicist, Treasurer, Web Manager. Each role involves commitment over a period between October 2016 to May 2017.

Our events may include the following topics:

  • Beautiful Mind – neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
  • Atoms to Galaxies – physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy
  • Our Body – medicine, human biology, health
  • Planet Earth – geosciences, plant sciences, zoology
  • Tech Me Out – biotechnology, robotics, computers
  • Our Society – law, history, politics, policy, languages

Interested in finding out more?

Visit the website for more info:

If you’re interested in being part of Pint of Science 2017 in Edinburgh, get in touch by emailing and

We look forward to hearing from you!

EIFF | Ideas Lab – Learning Event – Laugh Off
May 18 all-day

Help explain the science of laughter!

Primary 5-7 children (aged 9-12) will attend a workshop hosted by a researcher and presenter to examine the physical and or mental health effects of comedy. The session will use clips from different comedy films and videos which the children will watch individually (on iPads) and collectively to explore and discuss how their reactions change, how they are influenced by others and what is happening to them physically when they laugh at different types of comedy. The audience will learn about the science behind laughter, such as what makes them laugh along with how, why it’s infectious and why it’s so good for us.

Key dates and commitments:

30 May :

Commit to being involved and agree the nature of the workshop

June-July 2017:

Work with presenter to develop the workshop

August 2017:

Date and time tbc: Deliver the workshop to two primary school classed

If you have some research about laughing to share please drop us a line at by the 18 May.

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017 | Call for volunteers @ Royal Society
May 19 all-day

The Royal Society is looking for reliable and highly motivated volunteers to work on the 2017 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition this July.


The Summer Science Exhibition is the Society’s flagship event, attracting thousands of visitors over the course of a week. Bringing together 22 exhibits and over 600 scientists, it showcases the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research from across the UK and provides a unique opportunity for members of the public to chat to scientists and ask them questions about their work. Alongside the exhibition, we run a programme of events including an adults-only Twilight Science evening, Café Scientifiques, panel discussions and interactive activities.


With so much going on, we rely on our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure the success of this event. We are looking for people who are happy to engage in a wide variety of tasks, have good team working skills, are comfortable talking to the public, have an interest in science and, above all, are enthusiastic. The exhibition takes place 3 – 9 July. Working hours are flexible although we would usually expect volunteers to commit to 15 – 20 hours across three or four days of the exhibition. Although this volunteering opportunity offers ideal experience for someone looking to get involved in science public engagement or events management, we are also keen to hear from those who are simply passionate about science. The Society is committed to increasing diversity in STEM and we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.


In return for your time, you will learn new skills, meet some of the world’s leading scientists and get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at this prestigious event. The Exhibition is always a busy time at the Royal Society, but it is also a very fun and rewarding event to work on, and successful applicants will also get the opportunity to volunteer at other events throughout the year should they wish to.


Tasks during the exhibition will include:


* Taking responsibility for particular events, including speaker management, checking set up and introducing the event

* Interacting  with the public, greeting visitors and responding to queries

* Briefing school groups and teachers visiting the exhibition

* Staffing the information desk

* Acting as human signposts outside the buildings and assisting with queue management at busy times

* Media tasks (such as podcasting, supporting filming and interviewing and social media such as Facebook Live)

* Supporting evaluation of the event through observations and data reporting

* Administrative tasks including evaluation and monitoring emails


Volunteers will be given a full day of training prior to the exhibition, scheduled for Friday 16 June at the Royal Society.


We will cover travel expenses and provide meals and refreshments during exhibition opening times.


If you are interested, please send a CV and a brief cover letter of no more than one page explaining why you would like to volunteer and why you think you would be suitable for the role to by Friday 19 May. Interviews will take place by phone on 30 May – 2 June.


Please include information about your availability for the week and contact details for two referees.


Volunteers will be required to attend training on Friday 16 June 2017 prior to their placement.

Vacancy | Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer @ University of Glasgow
May 21 all-day

MVLS College Of MVLS Administration

Job Purpose

The College KE and Impact Officer works to support the successful implementation of College-wide initiatives relating to knowledge exchange and impact.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Support the Head of Research & Business Development in the development of initiatives/strategies which promote the development/translation and exploitation of academic research. Initiatives will vary, but will involve the foresighting of new translational development opportunities with exploitable potential to promote the development of the College’s Impact Pipeline and generation of research income. The post holder will support these initiatives both directly and in collaboration with the Project Coordinators.

Responsibility for supporting the advancement of a small portfolio of projects with translational and exploitable potential. To proactively work in partnership with the academics to prepare a research development plan/roadmap which promotes the furtherance of the research/technology, both scientifically and commercially; this will include strategies for generating support funding and collaborations/partnerships with stakeholders as required.

Responsible for outreach strategies, including the preparation of technical marketing materials and any negotiations with industry.

To work with the Project Coordinators to help identify and progress grant funding opportunities whilst also liaising and informing on all development activities.

Support the Impact Strategy Working Group’s implementation of the College Impact Strategy; developing plans for approval, proactively progressing actions between meetings and reporting on progress.

Develop plans for areas of responsibility for approval by the College Impact Strategy Working Group and then work with academic and administrative staff to coordinate activities to ensure the effective implementation and delivery of plans.

Development and implementation of College plans for the BBSRC ‘Excellence with Impact’ award.

Coordinating activity across a variety of working group, including senior academic and administrative staff, ensuring agreed timelines are met and initiatives are delivered.

To provide support for the development of the College REF submission, including ensuring that prospects for Impact Case Studies are identified and academic leads supported to ensure the impact is maximised and effectively.

To work with minimal direction to organise a range of externally-facing activities which offer opportunities to further College objectives, including the preparation of technical promotional materials; industry visit programmes; and others as required.

Proactively identify such opportunities and develop plans to ensure they can be maximised in discussion with College senior managers.

Effective Learning Adviser | Vacancy @ Queen Margaret University
May 28 all-day

Effective Learning Adviser

Centre for Academic Practice


Full Time 35.75 hours per week

Open Ended (permanent)

Grade 6 £27,629 – £31,076 (with possible progression to £33,943)

Ref: CRSS006A


Queen Margaret University is committed to supporting our diverse students to help them succeed in their studies, and the Effective Learning Adviser has a key role in this. Working within the Effective Learning Service, you will provide academic skills development to QMU students, with a particular focus on groups under-represented in higher education. You will have experience of teaching academic skills at HE or FE level, often working across disciplines, and will have engaged with issues relating to student retention and success in UK HE. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work autonomously within a changing and challenging environment.


Should you wish to apply for this vacancy please visit our vacancies page and complete an application online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process or require any special assistance please contact Human Resources on 0131 474 0000 or email

The closing date for this position is Sunday, 28th May 2017.

Beltane Breakfast | Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 @ Edinburgh Napier University (Craiglockhart Campus)
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At our May 2017 Beltane Breakfast, we’re looking at the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

Information on travelling to Edinburgh Napier’s Craiglockhart Campus is available here.

Rough programme

8.30am Grab breakfast!

8.45am Guest speaker 1: Jeff Sanders, Dig It! 2017

8.55am Guest speaker 2: Susan Morrison, Previously…Scotland’s History Festival

9.05am 2-minute wonders [share your own plans for and/or interests in the Year of History…]

9.20am Group discussion session 1

9.40am Group discussion session 2

10.00am End

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.


Engaging Session | Engaging via art @ Heriot Watt University
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Postponed from March 2017

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

If science can inspire art, can art inspire interest and learning about science? Join experts to explore how art can help scientists to engage and change society.

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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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