Opportunities Calendar

STFC Public Engagement Funding opportunities: Reaction Awards
Oct 3 all-day

The STFC Reaction Award https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/public-engagement-grants/pe-funding-opportunities/pe-reaction-awards/ scheme is still open. The Reaction Awards scheme will allow the funding of public engagement programmes that are a fast response to new and/or unexpected significant developments related to STFC’s science and technology remit.

Applicants to The Reaction Awards Scheme are advised contact the Public Engagement Team STFCPublicEngagementTeam@stfc.ac.uk to discuss their Reaction Award application.

Proposed engagement programmes for Reaction Awards must clearly focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science) or clearly and demonstrably align to the science and technology work of STFC’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

The Institute of Physics public engagement grant scheme is now open!
Oct 3 all-day

The Institute of Physics public engagement grant scheme is now open!

Our public engagement grant scheme now provides up to £3,000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. We are looking to fund projects starting after February 2019 and finishing within a year.

To find out more about the scheme and to access guidelines on how to apply, visit the grant scheme webpage (http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/page_38843.html).

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 29 October.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or project eligibility, please check out our frequently asked questions (http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/faqs/page_71995.html). Applicants are invited to talk to Emma Watson, Outreach Officer, before submitting their application. Emma can be reached by email to engagement@iop.org or by telephone on 020 7470 4822.

Information on the types of projects we have funded previously is available here (http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/page_71797.html).

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

Communicating Partnerships: Visual methods and participatory design for communicating public engagement @ The Glassroom
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Part of a series of seminars organised by colleagues at Edinburgh Napier University. Free and open to all.

Booking is essential – email k.jamieson@napier.ac.uk.

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!

Re-thinking Inclusivity in the Museum @ Dovecot
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Part of a free seminar series organised by Edinburgh Napier University. Open to all.

Booking is essential; email Kirstie Jamieson,k.jamieson@napier.ac.uk, to do so.

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


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).

Community Engagement: Co-constructing Knowledge with Communities – TASTER WORKSHOP @ ECCI
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Community Engagement: Co-constructing Knowledge with Communities – TASTER WORKSHOP

Thursday October 18th 12 – 2pm

Training and Skills Room,

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) High School Yards Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ

Is the current trend for community engagement a genuine desire on behalf of institutions to democratise their relationship with communities or a desperate attempt to re-engage with a constituency alienated through years of institutional indifference?  This workshop casts a critical eye over the interest in community engagement and what we all need to do to ensure our community engagement is ethical and mutually beneficial.

The workshop will offer the opportunity to experience some community engagement methods and approaches and to consider effective strategies to engage with communities. This would include critical reflection on:

  • Concepts of community
  • Models of community engagement
  • The meaning and practice of co-constructing knowledge with communities

The workshop offers a taster session using materials from a more in-depth online Masters level course and will be of interest to you if:

  • You have some responsibility for community engagement
  • You want to want to engage in community based research
  • You want to enable students to engage in real world community based learning
  • You want to facilitate a Community University partnership
  • You are considering the more in depth learning offered on the longer course


If you wish to book a place on this workshop, you can do so using the following link:


Please note this event is open to non-Edinburgh University staff also.  If you are not a member of the University of Edinburgh, please contact   julie.daubenspeck@ed.ac.uk   who can book a place for you.

City Witness: Linking Universities and the Past @ The Glassroom
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Part of a free seminar series organised by Edinburgh Napier University. Open to all.

Booking is essential; email Kirstie Jamieson, k.jamieson@napier.ac.uk, to do so.

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.


Training: Introduction to Public Engagement (Royal Society) @ Grassmarket Community Project
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Beltane universities are hosting this Royal Society-run training here in Edinburgh. Universities in Edinburgh have TEN free places to share between them.

Aimed at early/mid career scientists at the start of their independent research careers (2-10 years post-PhD) and with little to no experience in public engagement, this course is designed to provide the skills and confidence needed to get started. You can find out more about the course here:

To express your interest in one of the FREE places, please send a couple of sentences on how you think you could benefit from the course to info@beltanenetwork.org as soon as possible. If you have already contacted Laura Wicks, Sarah Anderson or Dawn Smith to express interest, you do not need to do anything in addition.

Please do not book directly via the Royal Society to attend until you have been told you definitely have a place!