Archive for March, 2013

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What’s coming up?

1. Humanities Engagement Showcase

Don’t miss Laura King from Leeds University at the Humanities Engagement Showcase as she talks about her public engagement project Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Fatherhood and Childbirth in Britain, from the 1950s to the present. Alongside Laura we’ll hear from our own Gabriella Gianacchi on ArtMaps, Victoria Bates on Sickness on Screen and Siobhán Garrigan on her engaged research into religious difference through ritual. All will be talking about their own engagement work while offering practical advice and insight. One not to be missed!

2. Cafe Scientifique: Falmouth and Exeter

You may have heard of Cafes Scientifique? We have one that runs in Exeter through the Arts and Culture strand, while Robin Johnson is reviving the Cafe Sci in Falmouth. Robin is looking for speakers who are enthusiastic, passionate about their work and willing to engage in lively discussion with members of the public. You can find out more about the cafe but they usually involve a short (15-20 minute) introduction followed by a break before an hour-ish of discussion, conversation and chat. Cafes are held in the evening, usually 8-10pm. They are a lot of fun! Do join Robin and Helen on 27 April at 10.30 on the Tremough campus (room tbc) if you want to know more, with no obligation.

3. Science Communication Conference (16/17 May). Bursaries are available, deadline 29 March, for

  • Science Communication students (UK, Full/Part time)
  • Freelancers and individuals from non-profit organisations with less than 15 staff
  • Researchers involved in public engagement
  • Volunteers who have made a substantial and regular contribution to science communication initiatives over a considerable period of time

Helen has been invited to speak at the conference, along with Paul Manners of the NCCPE. Their session will explore the links and gaps between academic research and practice for public engagement.


What’s been happening?

In other news we’re up to our ears in reviewing all the applications for public engagement Seed Funds. Big thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal – there are a lot of great ideas and it’s tough choosing between them. We’ll be letting people know at the end of the month. If you submitted a proposal, please hold 24 April in your diary (if you can). More will be revealed shortly!

Helen’s been out and about these last couple of weeks: she’s been teaching on the highly popular Science Communication Masterclass and the MSc Science Communication, both run by UWE, Bristol.  Sessions this time included History of Science Communication, Direct Engagement and Audiences for Science Communication.

We also attended the REACT Ideas Lab at the Pheonix which was a lot of fun. The REACT scheme is for Arts and Humanities Researchers to work with partners from the Creative Economy. The theme for this latest round is Future Documentary. There was lots of fascinating ideas including live documentary, making and repairing as documentary and Deleuzian Chess. We’re looking forward to hearing which collaborations are successful.

Finally, we went to a half-day workshop exploring the future of Community-Based Participatory Learning. This was an event to disseminate the findings of a joint research project by the Taking Part? Research Cluster ( University of Lincoln, Goldsmith- London University and Manchester Metropolitan University), Take Part Network and NIACE.



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