Opportunities Calendar

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

Jan
22
Tue
2019
Bootcamp 1 // 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas // Writing your programme text @ The Stand Comedy Club
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for the very first 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 your programme text and title, ready for the initial submission deadline of 8th February.

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.

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.

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

Jun
13
Thu
2019
Beltane Annual Gathering @ Grassmarket Centre
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

It’s ten years since Beltane was first set up and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the different projects which Beltane has played a role in, look ahead to the network’s future and meet up with old friends.

We’d like to invite you to the Beltane Annual Gathering on Thursday 13 June at the Grassmarket Centre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://beltane10.eventbrite.co.uk

Jun
20
Thu
2019
Bootcamp 3 // 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas // Stagecraft and more marketing! @ The Stand Comedy Club
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the third Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) bootcamp of 2019! This session is aimed at those performing at the summer 2019 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.

This session is chance to develop your performance technique, plus come up with more ideas for marketing your show. It’s also when you will meet the August 2019 CoDI intern – your key contact from June-August 2019 inclusive.

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.