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Monday, 14 September 2015

In this edition:

University of Bristol engagement
1. Bristol Bright Night volunteers needed
2. Become a Cabot event volunteer
3. Introductory schools engagement training: 7 October, Bristol
4. Thinking Futures Festival: 7-14 November

Funding and awards

5. Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition call for proposals: deadline 21 September
6. Researchers’ Choice award for science communication: deadline 30 September
7. Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award: deadline 30 September
8. AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: deadline 15 October
9. Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Award: deadline 30 October
10. Telling Tales of Engagement Competition: deadline 1 December

Events and training
11. 2015 ASDC National Conference: 23 and 24 September, Bristol
12. Imagine the university: five bright ideas: 6 October, Bristol
13. PRWE: Building research partnerships workshops: 15 October, Bristol
14. Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Lecture: 2 November, Bristol
15. Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships: 10 and 11 November, Bristol
16. Science Communication Masterclass: 9-12 November, At-Bristol

News and opportunities
17. Science Showoff




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University of Bristol engagement

1. Bristol Bright Night volunteers needed
Bristol Bright Night will take over the city on 25 September. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of events happening as part of this celebration of research. Roles include timing bite-sized talks, helping to set up the researchers’ fair, helping manage and informing the public for an interactive display on digital instruments and supporting schools day. We also need a couple of volunteers to help deliver the activities at a stall on Science and Poetry. If you are interested in Science or Poetry and willing to play with words please get in touch. For more information and to volunteer contact kelly.atkins@bristol.ac.uk

2. Become a Cabot event volunteer
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable volunteers to help make this year's Cabot events a resounding success. Duties will involve welcoming guests, taking tickets, holding the roaming mic, social media support, and supporting the Event Coordinator throughout the evening. During most events you will be required from 5.30 pm to 7.45 pm. Please contact amanda.gray@bristol.ac.uk at the Cabot Institute for more details.

3. Introductory schools engagement training: 7 October, Bristol
This schools engagement training session will be led by our colleagues at Graphic Science on Wednesday 7 October from 10am – 1pm. The workshop will focus on confidence, communication and presentation skills as well as practical advice for working with schools. It is open to University of Bristol researchers from any discipline who want to develop their public engagement repertoire. This opportunity is offered through the RCUK School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI), which aims to inspire and raise aspirations of secondary school students through engagement with cutting edge research. For more information or to book please contact chloe.anderson@bristol.ac.uk at the Centre for Public Engagement.

4. Thinking Futures Festival: 7-14 November
As part of the ESRC’s national festival of social science and law, the University is once again hosting its Thinking Futures festival. There will be events all over the city throughout the week with topics ranging from food poverty and climate change to making Bristol a child friendly city. More information and the 2015 programme.


Funding and awards

5. Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition call for proposals: deadline 21 September
Applications are now open for the Summer Science Exhibition in 2016. The Exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research, technology or institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public. Application details.

6. Researchers’ Choice award for science communication: deadline 30 September
For early career researchers who are brilliant at communicating their scientific ideas to the public. To nominate the next Brian Cox, upload their info and supporting evidence at www.mendeley.com/. To find out more go to the application guidelines.

7. Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award: deadline 30 September
Applications are invited from individual researchers or teams who can demonstrate the contribution that their research has made in benefiting society through: increasing the effectiveness of policy-making or public services; enhancing quality of life, health or creative output; and fostering economic success. A total prize fund of £1,500 is available to the winners who will be announced at the 2015 Enterprise Dinner on Thursday 15th October. For more information and an application form visit the website. Please send all completed forms to research-impact@bristol.ac.uk.

8. AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: deadline 15 October
Nominate a deserving early career scientist or engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the "popularization of science” via their public engagement work. Nominators are encouraged to identify candidates whose contributions reach broad audiences. For more information http://www.aaas.org/page/aaas-award-public-engagement-science?utm_src=email.

9. Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Award: deadline 30 October
The awards aim to encourage and support the development of projects that raise awareness of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, and/or develop the science communication skills of those who are already highly trained in chemistry. Various levels of award are available. Application details.

10. Telling Tales of Engagement Competition: deadline 1 December
The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is running a competition to promote the impact that digital economy research is having. Three prizes of £10,000 are available to further tell the story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience. Application details.
Events and training

11. 2015 ASDC National Conference: 23 and 24 September, Bristol
Registration is now open for the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centre’s National Conference. It will be held in At-Bristol and will bring together professionals from science museums, natural history and environmental organisations, public engagement organisations and science-based visitor attractions. For a full programme and to register visit the website.

12. Imagine the university: five bright ideas: 6 October, Bristol
As part of the Happy University series, inspired by the Happy City Index, a panel of radical thinkers will suggest ‘big ideas’ to make the university a happier place. Suggestions will also be discussed from the audience. Information and booking.

13. PRWE: Building research partnerships workshops: 15 October, Bristol
People and Research West of England host and co-organise a wide range of events aimed at both members of the public and health professionals alike. Have you ever wanted to get involved in research, but don’t know where to start? Are you a health sciences researcher who would like to involve the public in your research, but don’t know how to recruit or train them? The workshop will outline the different types of research methods and terminology used in health sciences research and how the public can get involved, as well as exploring the issues related to becoming and being a member of the public involved in research. Free lunch provided. Booking details.

14. Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Lecture: 2 November, Bristol
The lecture will be held at Wills Memorial Building and will be given by Professor Dame Anne Johnson. ‘When pathogens meet people: controlling infectious disease epidemics’ is the focus of the lecture. Full details.

15. Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships: 10 and 11 November, Bristol
A chance to collaborate and partner with other environmental communicators to tackle the urgent and complex threats facing the natural world. Two days of inspiring content, interactive workshops and engaging discussion held in At-Bristol. For more information and to register visit the website.

16. Science Communication Masterclass: 9-12 November, At-Bristol
The Masterclass is an intensive course created to provide professional development in science communication. It draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical MSc in Science Communication. Further details of the Masterclass and the Science Communication unit.

News and opportunities

17. Science Showoff, Bristol and London
Chaotic open mic for science lovers. An opportunity for those enthusiastic about communicating science to stand up in front of an audience and give it a go. For more information about what the gigs entail and when they happen.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Engagers’ Digest 28/08/2015

In this edition:


University of Bristol engagement
1. Bristol Bright Night volunteers needed
2. Schools Lecturette Workshop: 7 September, Bristol
3. New Public Engagement stories
4. Become a Cabot event volunteer

Funding and awards
5. Applications open for Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant scheme: deadline 7 September
6. Researchers’ Choice award for science communication: deadline 30 September
7. Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award: deadline 30 September

Events and training
8. NCCPE National Conference: deadline for expressions of interest 7 September
9. Developing Skills for Research Collaboration in Sustainable Futures: 11 September
10. 2015 ASDC National Conference: 23 and 24 September, Bristol
11. PRWE: Building research partnerships workshops: 15 October, Bristol
12. Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships: 10 and 11 November, Bristol

News and opportunities
13. Talk Science in Somerset




Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Engagers' Digest 19/8/15

Engagers’ Digest 19/08/2015


In this edition:


University of Bristol engagement
1. Bristol Bright Night volunteers needed
2. New public engagement stories
3. Schools lecturette workshop: 7 September, Bristol

Funding and awards
4. Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award: deadline 30 September

Events and training
5. PRWE: Building research partnerships workshops: 15 October, Bristol
6. 2015 ASDC National Conference: 23 and 24 September, Bristol
7. Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships: 10 and 11 November, Bristol

News and opportunities
8. Talk Science in Somerset



Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Engagers' Digest 05/08/2015

In this edition:


University of Bristol engagement
1. Bristol Bright Night volunteers needed
2. New public engagement stories
3. Schools lecturette workshop: 7 September, Bristol

Funding and awards
4. Cabot Institute Innovation funds open for applications: deadline 12 August
5. AAAS Award for public engagement with science: deadline 15 August

Events and training
6. Building research partnerships workshops: 18 October

News and opportunities
7. Play your part in The Big Bang Fair 2016: deadline 10 August