How does your research impact on society? How can you communicate your work?
The British Science Association’s Science in Society Team will be delivering this half day hands on workshop on the 11th June at Northumbria University.
The session will focus on engaging the public, communication and public speaking and isn’t just for those from science disciplines – all researchers are welcome.
When: 11th June 2014
Time: 12.00 – 16.00 (includes lunch)
Where: Boardroom 1, Sutherland Building
Interested? Email email@example.com to book a place
Northumbria University, Newcastle is hosting a series of events to participate in Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.
The festival involves a series of free film screenings, public talks, debates and workshops made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy.
Following a successful application, Northumbria University has been awarded funding to hold the events during the Being Human festival week, 15 – 23 November 2014. Northumbria’s programme will champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken in the North East and help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today. The Northumbria events will be themed around 18th century culture, literature and medicine and how it has influenced society today.
The full story on the programme is here,
Find out more about the festival at www.beinghumanfestival.org and follow the festival on Twitter at @BeingHumanFest
STEM Ambassador Event
15 January 2013
Session 11.30am – 12pm, followed by lunch, discussion and networking until 12.30pm
MEA House Auditorium
Do you want to engage young people in your research? The STEM Ambassador programme provides opportunities to engage with children in local schools, encouraging them to take up science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects.
Come along to this event to find out more about inspiring the next generation by becoming a STEM Ambassador.
The discussion will be informal and lunch will be provided. Staff from the Regional STEM Outreach team will be at the session to tell you more about the programme and a Northumbria University STEM Ambassador will be at the session to talk about their experience of being involved.
Comprehensive information will be provided during the session but if you can’t attend or would like to know more visit http://stem-ncl.org/index.php
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register your attendance or if you have any questions.
Are you involved in public engagement with research? Have you been involved in a great project that you want to share? Why not enter the Engage 2014 Competition.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has launched a national competition to find and celebrate high quality public engagement with research projects.
Across the UK researchers are engaging the public in lots of different ways and for lots of different reasons. The NCCPE want to recognise and reward great quality examples of public engagement in practice. The NCCPE are interested in applications covering projects from all disciplines, of any size, length and cost. A judging panel will shortlist the finalists who will be invited to showcase their projects at an event at the Natural History Museum in London during Universities Week where the overall winner will be announced. The overall winner will be offered £2,500 to develop or share their engagement work with others. Further competition categories will be decided once submission is closed as the NCCPE are keen to encourage as wide a range as applications as possible, and want to ensure the categories reflect that diversity.
One overall winner and a runner up will be decided from ALL entries; and there will be a winner and runner up for each individual category.
Find out more and access the entry form here www.publicengagement.ac.uk/competition
The University of Birmingham will host the 2014 British Science Festival from 6-11 September.
Northumbria University were an Associate Partner in the 2013 British Science Festival which took place across the city last September and many of our researchers were involved in an exciting range of activities and events. If you want to get involved in the 2014 event, the first call for proposals is now open!!
This first call is for the entertainment and family programme which could include:
- Science shows
- Workshops for adults and families
- Trips to places of interest in the local area
- Behind the scenes tours of local buildings and facilities
- Sci-art collaborations
- Musical shows
The deadline for proposals is the 10 January 2014 – visit this link to apply http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival/submit-proposal-entertainment-and-family-programme-2014
For people wishing to submit a proposal for the scientific programme – a talk, panel discussion or debate – you will be able to do so from 13 January 2014. Visit this link which will alert you to the opening of this call http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/node/15260
26-27 April 2014
Maker Faire is a two day festival of innovation and creativity. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. “Makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
The Call for Makers is now OPEN for Maker Faire UK 2014. Maker Faire is back in Newcastle at the Centre for Life on April 26+27 and projects can be submitted by clicking the link below. The deadline for submission is at midnight on Jan 19 so get your thinking caps on for ideas!
Submit your project here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SubmitYourProjectMakerFaireUK2014
If you have any questions, contact Sheela Joy at the Centre for Life – Sheela.Joy@life.org.uk
The Wellcome Trust has decided to offer dedicated funding and support for UK scientists for public engagement activities. Although the trust already has a series of funding schemes for public engagement, they have decided to allow researchers to bid for dedicated funding while applying for mainstream scientific grants.
From 10 October, researchers applying for Wellcome Trust funding will be invited to include proposals for programmes of activity linked to their area of research that aim to inform, consult and collaborate with the public and cost for this appropriately. The Trust will provide advice and support to help successful applicants realise their proposals.
The dedicated public engagement provision will be integrated into the existing application mechanism with proposals reviewed in parallel to the research.
For further details about this new initiative see the Wellcome Trust website.
Further information, including eligibility and resources for researchers planning engagement activities, is also available on the Wellcome Trust website.
Northumbria University is an associate partner in this year’s British Science Festival, which is taking place in Newcastle from 7th – 12th September. The University will be holding a range of talks, workshops, exhibitions and evening entertainment on cutting-edge science and technology research throughout the week of the Festival. We’re also hosting two days of activities for Key Stage 4 students as part of the Young People’s Programme, as well as a Science Fun Day on the 8th September with something for the whole family!
More about the Festival from Lucy Winskell (Pro-vice chancellor, Business and Engagement)…
The British Science Festival is an annual celebration of science, engineering and technology, with over 250 activities, exhibitions and trips taking place in different venues across the city and region. The programme of events offers something for everyone with activities for adults, families and schools groups, looking for entertainment and stimulating debate, as well as events aimed at professionals interested in the latest research. We are thrilled that so many of our academic colleagues are leading a large number of sessions during the course of the Festival.
On Sunday 8 September, Northumbria University is hosting its own Science Sunday event at Sport Central. The fun day will be filled with activities for adults and children and will include interactive exhibitions, demonstrations and experiments. We would be delighted to welcome colleagues and their families to Sport Central to take part in this exciting event.
Visitors will have the opportunity to take on the Newcastle Eagles in a basketball game; have a health MOT; use forensic evidence to solve a murder; learn how to save lives in a CPR master class and take part in a teddy bears’ picnic. Experts will demonstrate the effects of footwear on running techniques ahead of the Great North Run and will explore how LED lighting is impacting on personal and mobile communications.
Those attending can also learn about the latest developments in computer gaming, the environment and bugs; and young people will also have the chance to experience climbing, swimming, dodge ball and parachute games in sessions led by qualified student coaches. All events are free of charge, though some sessions will require prior booking. More information is available at www.northumbria.ac.uk/bsf.
EPSRC, under the Digital Economy theme, invites applications for its Telling Tales of Engagement competition. The competitionis designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having.
Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of your research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience. This year’s competition, which has been co-developed with the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is designed to produce informative exemplars which can be used to help the wider research community develop understanding of the nature of a pathway to immpact. It aims to encourage applicants to tell a story to describe the pathways to impact which actually occurred.
The research must be within the remit of the RCUK Digital Economy Theme, but does not necessarily have to have been supported by the DET core funding held by EPSRC.
Closing date – 12 noon 10th October 2013
If you are interested in applying to this competition then get in touch with Alex Robson, Impact and Public Engagement Manager for help with your application.
21 June 2013, 12pm-1.30pm
Centre for Life
Book a place – Email email@example.com
Bright Club Newcastle is an opportunity for researchers to disseminate research and increase its impact in a unique and innovative way. Each event is hosted by a professional stand-up comedian who presents a number of researchers and prompts them to talk about their subject in a light-hearted and entertaining way, without sacrificing any of its quality, or ridiculing it. The original Bright Club was born out of a collaboration between UCL, One Green Firework and music promoters Duel in the Deep and has since spread around the country.
After two sell-out years on the Newcastle comedy scene, Bright Club Newcastle will make its second appearance at The Stand on 22 July at 8.00pm, and organisers The Centre for Life in collaboration with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities would like to offer the opportunity to academics/researchers from the north east region, to perform. Training is given prior to the event on how to tailor material for an audience of comedy enthusiasts. This training is happening on Friday 21st June, 12.00-1.30pm at The Centre for Life and will be run by Elin Roberts, past Bright Club performer and Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life. Other opportunities will be given to rehearse including a 2 hour rehearsal on the day of the event itself.
If you are interested in the possibility of enhancing the impact of your research in this most unusual way, please contact Sheela Joy (Sheela.Joy@life.org.uk) as soon as possible.