Opportunities Calendar

Dr Bunhead’s Improv Explosions
Dec 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).

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.

Curiosity Live at Glasgow Science Festival @ Glasgow Science Centre
Jun 12 – Jun 16 all-day

Curiosity Live, the celebration of research, creativity and innovation is back for Glasgow Science Festival 2019. As always I am excited to start booking in excited and ethusiastic researchers who are keen to share the work they do with little kids and big kids here at Glasgow Science Centre.

This event will run from 12th to 16th June 2019, however as with previous events we would not be expecting contributors to be here for the whole time.

We are looking for anyone who would like to share their work through exciting and interactive tabletop activities which are accessible for a range of age groups. The audience and timings for each day are as follows:

12th – 14th June – Schools event running from 10am – 2pm
15th June – Families event running from 12pm – 4pm
16th June – Families event with two separate start times
9am till 4pm to include our Autism Friendly Hours event
12pm till 4pm for general family event

We can provide tables, chairs, access to power and a limited number of TV screens. I am very keen to include as wide a range of contributors as possible, and in particular to add those from chemistry, animal biology, computing science and the arts.

If you are interested in taking part please contact:

Sam Langford

Glasgow Science Centre | 50 Pacific Quay | Glasgow
0141 420 5010 ext 363 | glasgowsciencecentre.org

Register Interest for Explorathon 2019
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm

Fancy being part of Explorathon 2019, AKA European Researchers Night?  

This September, do you want to share your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2019 takes place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019.

Explorathon is Scotland’s event for EU Researchers’ Night. Researchers’ Night takes place on the last Friday in September each year. It is a public celebration of research that takes place in more than 300 cities across Europe.

You don’t need to be funded by the European Commission to take part in Researchers’ Night, and you can be working on any area of research – the arts, humanities and social sciences are welcome.

Universities in Scotland first ran Explorathon in 2014. This year, events will take place in the cities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The Beltane Public Engagement Network coordinates the events in Edinburgh. The Scottish event as a whole is led by the University of Aberdeen.

Last year, around 3,000 members of the public turned out across the city to see events in venues including Ocean Terminal, WHALE Arts, Royal Botanic Gardens, the Lyell Centre, and many more.  This year, we hope to see many more people!

If you would like to be involved, we are looking for both researchers and volunteers for the following venues:

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh – daytime drop-in session for families
  • Various schools across Edinburgh – school-age focused activities
  • Café Scientifique – informal talks for an adult audience
  • New Scots Ceilidh – workshops with the New Scots community, possibly from August and certainly September, leading to a celebration “ceilidh”
  • WHALE Arts – daytime interactive activities around a number of themes – food, sustainability, placemaking and wellbeing
  • The Lyell Centre @ Heriot-Watt – daytime drop in activities and talks, themed around marine and earth science
  • Leith Labs @ Ocean Terminal – table-top drop-in experiments, “science busking”, informal talks and discussions
  • Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh – daytime drop in activities, themed around science and engineering

Training will also be available in the months prior to the event.

Please register your interest here – note that this doesn’t commit you to anything! The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm 14th June 2019.

If you have any questions check out this and/or contact us on info@beltanenetwork.org.

Best wishes,

The Explorathon Edinburgh team – Laura, Dawn, Fiona, Miriam, and Ally

Explorathon 2019 @ Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day

EXPLORATHON 2019 is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night and will take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019.

The Night gives researchers the opportunity to share their research with members of the public. All subject areas and career stages are welcome. Your research does not need to be funded by the European Commission, and it does not need to be science-based.

Find out how to get involved here.