Beltane Public Engagement Network

Useful Organisations

Bright Club

The freshest thing in stand-up – straight from the (research) field to funny with a new crop of comedic academics from Scotland’s universities every month.

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Edinburgh City of Literature

A charity that works to promote and develop Edinburgh as a City of Literature.

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Edinburgh Skeptics Society

Edinburgh Skeptics Society promotes science, reason and critical thinking. Ed Skeptics hosts over 40 talks annually.

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Green Man Festival

This intimate festival in the Welsh Black Mountains has a 10 year tradition of championing great music, good times and good causes.

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Just Festival

A festival that celebrates diversity of cultures, faith, religion and lived ethics. It features over 450 activities across 28 venues each August.

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Midlothian Science Festival

A festival which aims to engage visitors (adults and children) in science and discovery, by putting on a series of events across the Midlothian area.

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Ragged University

The Ragged project is a social capital project which provides free learning events and encourages people meeting through social events.

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UK Festival of Social Science

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of the social sciences.  In 2011 an estimated 17,500 people attended over 130 different events across the UK.

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Wired

Each month in the magazine and every day online,  WIRED delivers a glimpse into the future of business, culture, innovation, and science.

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‘Previously…’ Scotland’s History Festival

An annual festival that celebrates the colourful and astonishing history of Scotland, its people and their extraordinary contribution to the modern world.

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ASCUS Art Science Collaborative

ASCUS Art Science Collaborative comprises a network of artists and scientists committed to the practice of collaboration between each discipline.

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Bristol Festival of Nature

 The Bristol Festival of Nature is the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world.

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Dunbar Science Festival

Dunbar Science Festival is an annual festival held in Dunbar.

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Edinburgh Neuroscience

Edinburgh Neuroscience has a vibrant public engagement programme that provides opportunities for researchers to convey their work to the general public and opportunities for the public

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FameLab

FameLab not only inspires the next generation of science communicators but excels at building the skills that will enable scientists and engineers to explain, debate, discuss and be challenged.

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Edinburgh International Science Festival (UoE)

Every April the University runs hands-on activities, workshops and shows at the National Museum of Scotland, as part of EISF.

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I’m a Scientist (Get me out of here)

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an online event where students get to meet and interact with real scientists.

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I’m an Engineer (Get me out of here!)

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of Here! is an online event where students get to meet and interact with real engineers.

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Hands-on DNA

A Question of Taste’ is a full day (5 hour) hands-on PCR (pplymerase chain reaction) workshop, taking place in National Museum of Scotland.

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National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland cares for a world-class collection of over 4 million objects covering Art & Design, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Scottish History & Archaeology and World Cultures.

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Science Showoff

Science Showoff is an open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

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SCI-FUN Roadshow

The SCI-FUN Roadshow is a comprehensive public engagement scheme primarily supported and run by the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

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Research Experts Database for Policymakers

The Department of External Affairs at the university is creating a list of people who are interested in getting involved in policy, or whose research has direct policy links.

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Research Experts Database for Media

Do you hate seeing inaccurate information in the media? You can do something about that by joining the Research Experts Database.

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Gene Jury

The Gene Jury workshops use games and activities to explain modern genetic concepts.

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Non-fiction science

NonFiSci is where art and science meet in fun and creative way. We notice the wrongs of science in popular movies and remake the movie but correcting the science.

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National Science and Engineering Week

 The Week is a grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering.

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Scientific Kitty

Scientific Kitty is a website where scientists review things like films, books and TV programs and talk about the science in them.

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BioPOD

 BioPOD is the official podcast of the School of Biological Sciences, produced and presented by enthusiastic student volunteers.

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Doors Open Day

Each September researchers, students and support staff present an array of hands-on activities, posters and demonstrations for visitors to the Ashworth labs.

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Egg and Sperm Race

The Egg and Sperm Race is a public engagement activity stall we take to music festivals. Through our activities we aim to educate and inspire interest in key reproductive processes and reproductive health.

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Post Graduate Science Communication Team

The Post Graduate Science Communication Team provides an opportunity for a selected team of PhD students to gain experience of science communication.

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Storytelling Centre

Tell-a-story Day – a the national celebration of oral storytelling, when all over Scotland people will be making, sharing and listening to stories in schools, libraries, community centres, churches, hospitals, homes, gardens.

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What Scientists Read

What Scientists Read is a project designed to look at the influence of literature upon scientists and their work.

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Iconic Magazine

Ionic Magazine aims to merge Science and Art in a monthly online magazine.

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Edinburgh International Science Festival (UoE)

Every April the University runs hands-on activities, workshops and shows at the National Museum of Scotland, as part of EISF.

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Museum Lates

After hours, the National Museums Scotland’s spectacular galleries are transformed into a magical chill-out zone. Live performances, cutting edge fashion etc.

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EuSci

EUSci is a student-run science communication group (with a few post-docs and staff thrown in for good measure) at the University of Edinburgh.

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Vidiowiki

Vidiowiki is a project based in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics which aims to help academics distribute research in an engaging format without miscommunication and is also used to identify potentially useful cross-overs between disciplines.

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Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

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STEM Ambassador

STEM Ambassadors are people from STEM backgrounds who volunteer as inspiring role models for young people. They can contribute both to regular lessons or participate in extra-curricular activities such as STEM Clubs, Careers Days and visits.

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British Science Association – Edinburgh & SE Scotland Branch

Supported by a diverse, dynamic and enthusiastic team we aim to provide a broad programme of science based activities throughout the year.

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Lab in a Lorry

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory, which gives young people (11–14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments.

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Life Through a Lens

A workshop & drama that brings cell biology to life. Taking a dramatic approach to science is helping cell biologists inspire school children.

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Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Taking place at the Edinburgh Festival fringe we at Beltane believe this is public engagement at its most extreme and this year’s programme is particularly exhilarating!

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Bang Goes The Borders

A science festival aimed at families with 5-13 years old children.

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The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875
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