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1: 9 September, Business Leaders Forum

Two key themes for discussion (I) the research findings ‘innovative interventions designed to increase women’s motivation to both enter and succeed within male-dominated professions’ and (ii) the process ‘how business and academia can engage in two- way knowledge transfer’.

Further details about the event and how to register can be found here: http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/executive/partnersandnetworks/businessleadersforum/

2: University of Bristol Engage conference: 18 September

There are still a few places left at at Engage – the University of Bristol’s free annual conference about public engagement. The finalised timetable is now available; alongside discussions about various aspects of public engagement there will be case studies highlighting recent examples of excellent engagement – from social media to working with patients.

For more details see web: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/public-engagement/staff/training/engage2013.html and register at: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/cpe/engage2013.

3: British Ecological Society Outreach Grants: deadline 17 September

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to promote ecological science to a wide audience.  Project aims can include stimulating discussion about ecology and its societal implications, increasing knowledge and inspiring people, and developing skills in communicating ecology.

For more information see web: http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/grants/outreach/index.php

4: Royal Society Partnership Grants scheme: deadline 1 November

The next round of the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants will open for applications in September. Through the scheme, grants of up to £3,000 will be available to support teachers, scientists and engineers help develop science projects, with the aim of making the teaching science more interesting within primary and secondary schools. Any UK primary or secondary school teacher and practising scientist/engineer can apply as long as the students involved in the project are between 5 and 18.

For more information see web: http://royalsociety.org/education/partnership/

5: 23 & 24 September, UK Community Partner Summit, Bristol. Do spread the word to your community partners and be sure to let them know that their travel and accommodation costs are covered by the grant. UK_CPSummit_Sep13_A5

Summit places are being prioritised for community partners ideally with a link to a community organisation and at least some experience of community university partnership working. The community partner working group is busy finalising the programme detail, however we know that community partners attending can expect:

– a delicious lunch to kick start the event, meet each other and relax

– an inspiring keynote speech from Ann-Gel Palermo, Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, New York about ways to create strong community university partnerships

– a showcase of projects and presentations from community partners across the UK working in a range of research, student placement, teaching and public access partnerships

– an informative outline of the Higher Education context within which we aim to build mutually beneficial partnerships

– a choice of workshops and round table discussions: Getting Started; Avoiding and Resolving Problems; Influencing National Policy and Practice; Shaping the UK Community Partner Network.

– a scrumptious networking dinner, good company and comfy hotel rooms!

Please note that in this context community partners is really broadly defined – to include voluntary organisations, charities, cultural organisations, community based organisations etc etc.

6: CFP 18 September deadline for 6 & 7 March event: Visitor Studies: it’s all about relationships

The theme of the 2014 VSG Conference will be Visitor Studies: It’s all about Relationships and will be held on 6th and 7th of March 2014 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.

The conference will explore the relationship between cultural organisations and their visitors and the equally important relationship between visitor studies and internal and external stakeholders. How can visitor studies have a real impact on the work of colleagues, leaders, funders and other decision makers?

Want to get involved? The Conference will include a range of formats, lasting approximately 45 minutes to one hour each, and include interactive workshops, presentations of case studies with Q&A and panels sessions. Please download the call for proposals from our website for ideas of how you can contribute.

Final date for proposal submissions is Wednesday 18th September. Contact Sheena at  for

7:  Flowers Fellow for PhD students

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is offering a three month fellowship to a PhD student from a UK university funded by the Nuffield Foundation in memory of its late Chairman, Lord Flowers of Queen’s Gate. The Foundation will fund one Flowers Fellow each year from 2013 to 2018.

The Flowers Fellow will work on a project in any area of science or technology policy and may produce a short briefing note (a ‘POSTnote’), another form of report or work with Select Committees in a way to be agreed with POST. The Fellow will be based at the offices of POST at Parliament in London.

The Flowers Fellowship is open to postgraduate students registered for a PhD in a UK University and in their penultimate or final year of part-time or full-time study, starting in 2013 / 2014 in any field of science or technology. Applicants will be required to obtain approval from their PhD Supervisor and Head of Department.

The Fellow will receive a three month extension to their PhD stipend at a rate equivalent to their current PhD maintenance stipend. Please note that this will be capped in line with the rate set for UK-EU students. For students who are based outside reasonable commuting distance of London, an extra allowance will contribute to travel and accommodation needs. The Nuffield Foundation will reimburse the University for these costs.

The Fellow will be responsible for suspending her/his university registration for the duration of the Fellowship. University fees will not be covered by this award.

The Flowers Fellowship is a competitive award and interviews will be held at POST’s Westminster offices in London in November. The offer is conditional on obtaining parliamentary security clearance. The successful applicant can take up the fellowship from January 2014 onwards.

 

Full details on the Nuffield Foundation website: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/job-vacancies

 

8: STFC Public Engagement Symposium – free, 25 November 2013

STFC invites all those interested in public engagement (PE) with STFC science and technology to this free one day Public Engagement Symposium, being held on the University of Birmingham campus on 25th November 2013.  Online registration is now open.

The main aims of the symposium are to share best practice; discuss the STFC programme and the UK national ‘context’ for PE; hear of new developments, e.g. in the new & social media; to better understand the benefits of PE to researchers; and to further  build a community of practitioners including networking.   There will be fully interactive workshops on getting funding for PE, new & social media, PE made easy & evaluating your PE work etc.

All researchers who engage with STFC and its supported Laboratories/Facilities are welcome.  We particularly welcome participation by early career researchers, and attending can contribute to researchers’ continuing professional development.  STFC can pay up to £100 towards reasonable actual travel and subsistence costs for STFC-funded PhD students, PDRAs and postdoctoral fellows to attend. Please contact Jane Butt, to check your eligibility.


News for December

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We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for the launch event at Tremough last week. The conversations were great and we were really inspired by the ideas and enthusiasm. Short report to follow.

Arts Engagement:

This report  into  participatory arts from the James Irvine Foundation makes for interesting reading.

And if that gets you going, then you might want to know about Impermanence Dance Theatre’s latest project exploring gender, using socially engaged practice. They want to work closely with academics and communities. If you’d like to be part of the project get in touch with Helen, or join us for lunch on Thursday 13 December, 12 noon, Building One cafe. Check out this video of their latest work for an idea of what they do.

 

STEM Engagement:

Is your research in the area of sustainable energy production? We have an exciting opportunity with our friends at Graphic Science: full support to run community engagement events around the complex decisions associated with meeting our future energy needs. Introduction, briefing and full guidance on the kit on 17 December register here.

Neuro-researchers: we’ve submitted our application for the British Neuroscience Association’s public festival for April next year, which is running alongside BNA’s annual conference. Do get in touch if you want to join in.

Science Communication Conference – call for proposals is open, deadline is 3 January 2013. This is your chance to propose a session at the 2013 Conference – do you have a successful project that you would like to showcase? Is there a hot topic that you feel needs discussion? Would you like to run a workshop to develop skills? It would be great to see representation from the university – get in touch with Helen to discuss your ideas.

Funding opportunities:

Wellcome Trust Arts and People awards both have deadlines in January.

Physiology Society have public engagement awards, up to £5000. The grants, which are available to both Society members and non-members, are designed to fund innovative and creative projects on any aspect of physiology. They particularly encourage collaborations between science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, and our members.

If you have ideas and want to discuss them further, get in touch with Helen.

We’ve been busy these last couple of weeks helping with the Describe project’s Impact Expert Workshop, piloting a Climate Change engagement course with NERC, running an introduction to Public Engagement session for the Association for Science and Discovery Centre’s latest project: Explore Your Universe, and running a workshop at South West Forum’s Collaborating for Impact conference. Next week brings a workshop on Evaluation and the National Coordinating Centre’s Engage conference where we’re running a workshop with the Open University and Nottingham about our Catalyst projects.

Finally, thanks to everyone who’s submitted their applications to be Champions. It’s going to be a tough decision!

 


Everyone’s Energy – a public engagement opportunity for researchers working in sustainable energy.

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Is your research in the area of sustainable energy production? Would you be interested in developing your communication skills and engaging the public with your work?

Our friends in Graphic Science have developed an exciting event that enables community groups to grapple with the complex decisions associated with meeting our future energy needs and we need your help to run the sessions.

Graphic Science will train you and make sure you have everything you need for the sessions. It’s a great opportunity to develop some valuable skills and get involved with fun, interactive public engagement on a subject that really matters!

Your commitment:

  • Attend a one-day training session to learn everything you need to know
  • Be available to run one or more sessions in community groups in your area (this is likely to be in an evening meeting). You will be running the sessions in pairs.

How we support your involvement:

  • Give you a one-day training that enables you to run sessions with confidence
  • Give you all the materials and equipment you need to run the sessions
  • Liaise with community groups to organise the sessions
  • Reimburse your travel expenses
  • Offer on-going support

About us:

Graphic Science is a science communication consultancy based near Bristol that specialises in creating innovative and fun public engagement activities that create lively conversations on interesting issues between researchers and members of the public. This discussion event about how we should secure a sustainable electricity supply in the future has been funded through an Ingenious Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

For further information, or to get involved contact Rebecca Hurwitz
email
; tel 01275 474444