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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!


November update and opportunities

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There’s been a lot going on in Catalyst world this last month. We’re finishing preparations for the Cornwall event, looking forward to hearing from our potential Champions for Public Engagement (deadline next week!) and making plans for our first External Advisory Board meeting.



We have several opportunities and newsy items:

1: AHRC and Radio 3 are joining forces in the New Generation Thinkers 2013 scheme. The scheme is for arts and humanities academics who want to get involved with broadcast media. Full details are due to be announced this week.

2: Communities and Culture Network have a couple of calls out for their Digital Economy theme: one for networks (Network Funding Call)  and one for projects (project Funding Call). Short deadline warning – end of November.

3: Our friends at Kaleider have a new commission open and they are hoping that the successful artists will work with researchers and academics here. See the calls here Download the Future City commission call 2012 and the FAQs here Download the Future City FAQ’s 2012 . Get in touch with Helen or Emily if you think you might be interested in being involved.

4: We’re delighted to say that the folk organising the Beacons for change conference which explores community transformation have extended their deadline for Catalyst Public Engagement people. The conference is at the Eden project 29 & 30 November, the full agenda is here: Beacons for Change FINAL Agenda and bookings are here.

5: Any neuroscientists out there? We’ve been asked to contribute to the British Neuroscience Association’s public festival as part of their annual conference at the Barbican next year. They’d like us to run a version of Knit a Neuron where we use knitting as a space for talking about all things neuro. We have all the kit, full briefing will be provided, no knitting skills necessary! Let Helen know if you fancy a trip to London in April next year (travel and subsistence will be covered).

6: We’ve also been joining in the discussions on the HASS STaC Engagement theme.

7: Don’t forget that the deadline for the Champions is fast approaching.

And finally, we’d like to congratulate Claire Belcher for her prestigious Marie Curie Prize for science communication. Well done, Claire!

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