Some of the key projects and programmes the Beltane Network contributes to.
Explorathon 4D is the second Scottish proposal to be funded by the European Commission as part of European Researchers’ Night. The Beltane Network (both core team and key staff at Beltane partner universities) coordinates activities taking part in the Edinburgh region.
Researchers’ Night is a European Commission initiative which gives members of the public the chance to meet researchers and find out about their latest discoveries. It takes part in more than 300 European cities on the last Friday in September each year. This year the celebration expands across the UK to include events in London, Tring, Bristol, York, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Explorathon is funded under the European Commissions Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions programme.
Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group
The Group regularly holds large scale, participatory public seminars on topical issues related to citizenship. These have included events about the Scottish Parliament, the media, globalisation, war, anti-social behaviour, prostitution and the issues surrounding the G8 summit. Members of Edinburgh’s Active Citizenship Group come from organisations such as the Workers’ Educational Association, the Global Justice Now, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Community Learning & Development and the University of Edinburgh.
Beltane’s core staff, Heather Rea and Sarah Anderson, share a position on the organising group.
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) provides an informal but high-profile platform for researchers to discuss their work with members of the public. It is curated by the Beltane Public Engagement Network (core team, with support from key staff at partner universities), produced by Fair Pley, and compered by comedian Susan Morrison.