Upcoming events and opportunities

Events and opportunities      

1. Research Focus Week 13-17 May

Find out what’s on offer to support you in your research career. With events linked to the Research Toolkit this is going to be a busy, fun and useful week. Come along to the Public Engagement session at 1pm, Tuesday 14, Washington Singer Labs 219 for an interactive, practical guide to getting started with Public Engagement.

2. Volunteers for the Royal Society Summer Science exhibition – deadline 17 May

If you want to see behind the scenes of the world famous Summer Science exhibition then you could volunteer to help out. The exhibition runs 1-7 July and is normally packed with enthusiastic exhibitors and visitors. They are looking for support in the exhibition and also in the online outputs. Full details are in this document. If you follow the PSCI-Com email list then you’ll know this offer has not been without controversy. What’s your opinion on volunteering?

3. Social Enterprise Business Idea Competition – Prize £1000, deadline 24 May

The University of Bath’s School of Management and the Volunteer Centre (Bath and North East Somerset) are looking for business ideas to enable the Volunteer Centre to identify viable income streams so it can move away from relying on grants to fund its work.

To enter the first round of the competition put together a 250-word article and submit it by 24 May. Shortlisted entries will then have to put together a short video. The winning entry will present their idea at a gala reception in Bath and receive a cheque for £1,000. Full details here: Volunteer Centre competition.

4. Standing up for Science – 14 June (deadline for applications 31 May)

Free workshop for PGR and ECR at the Society for Biology. Run by Sense about Science the workshop will cover what journalists are looking for, how statistics get use (and abused) and plenty of top tips. Places are limited and it’s competitive: send a CV and short cover letter to Victoria by FRIDAY 31  MAY 2013.

5. ESRC Festival of Social Science call for applications, deadline 3 June (event 2-9 November)

This year the festival will run from 2-9 November.  There are two types of application:

•           You are able to apply for a maximum of £2,000 support from the ESRC to run an event (deadline Monday 3 June 2013).

•           You are also able to hold an event but not apply for funding.  Applications are being invited notify us of your event, which you would like to be included in the Festival programme (deadline Friday 7 June 2012).

The Festival targets non-academic audiences including young people, third sector, the public, business or government.   Please note that organisations external to the ESRC are also welcome to apply for support and to participate in the Festival. For more information about the Festival or to make an application please visit www.esrcfestival.ac.uk.

6. Creative Writing Competition – Stem Cell Stories, deadline 30 June

EuroStemCell and the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine have just launched their first ever non-fiction writing competition. There are categories for imaginative science writing, graphic non-fiction and non-fiction poetry. Prizes include €300 for first prize and €50 for runners up. Full details here

7. British Ecological Society Outreach Grant, deadline 17 September

The British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. To this end, we offer Outreach Grants of up to £2,000. http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/grants-awards/outreach-grants/

8. Do you like science writing?

Look here for some sage words of advice – key science writers discuss their work.

9. Save the date: 6th Living Knowledge Conference, 9-11 April, Copenhagen, Denmark

An Innovative Civil Society: Impact through Co-creation and Participation

The conference will seek to explore experiences with research and innovation for, with and by civil society, and develop policy recommendations and articulate research needs within community-based research and research focusing on societal challenges.

The call for proposals is open and you can find out more at their website  www.livingknowledge.org/lk6

10. Save the date: International Public Communication of Science and Technology 5-8 May 2014, Salvador, Brazil

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