National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM – survey

The National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM is conducting a survey of all those that work in Public Engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. It is being delivered by the NCCPE acting as secretariat to the National Forum. The purpose of the survey is to:

  • gather useful intelligence about organisations working in informal STEM engagement
  • understand better the relevance of the work of the National Forum and how it could be improved
  • gather data on diversity and inclusion

Complete the survey here. 

Collective Intelligence Grants

Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design is awarding grants of up to £20,000 for innovative ideas to help generate evidence about how collective intelligence can be designed and applied for social impact. The project should include using new digital technologies and methods for enabling collective intelligence at scale, e.g. through deliberation, observation, prediction or idea creation, etc.

Deadline for expression of interest 9th November 2018.

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Finding my People: Engaged Practice Symposium at Birkbeck

Dr Sophie Hope, Lecturer in Arts Management, attended the Engaged Practice Symposium led by Birkbeck’s Public Engagement team. She shares her experiences of the day, meeting colleagues from different subject areas and their discussions about engaging different audiences with their research.

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Knowledge Exchange Fellowships – Arts, Humanities, Social Scientists

Applications are open for two-year fellowships for researchers to be seconded into the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London) to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers.

Application deadline – 31 October 2018
Fellowships start – September 2019

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Free media/policy workshop

‘Standing up for Science’ workshop
14 November 2018
Wellcome Collection, London

Free event for early career scientists, engineers, medics and social scientists (including PhDs, post-docs or equivalent).

Learn how the media works, how evidence can inform policy, what journalists and policymakers want and need from researchers, and how to involve the public in communicating your research. Hear directly from and ask questions of researchers who have interacted with the media, science journalists, and policymakers.

Apply by 4th November 2018

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Seed Funding – Wellcome Trust

Awards of up to £2500  are available for engagement activities in medical humanities or biomedical sciences.

Three rounds of funding will be available in the 2018-19 academic year. Deadlines for applications:
29 October 2018
20 February 2019
12 June 2019

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Seed Funding – UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Awards of up to £2500 are available to enable researchers to develop and deliver projects that engage people outside of academia with their research. It is anticipated that this will enable new collaborations to be formed or pilot work to be trialled.

Two rounds of funding will be available in the 2018-19 academic year. Deadlines for applications:
11 November 2018 (project must be complete by 31 March 2019)
17 February 2019 (project must be complete by 30 September 2019)

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Wellcome Photography Prize

Photographers and other image makers from all disciplines are invited to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. They are looking for entries that can captivate people with stories of science and medicine, and start conversations about some of the health challenges humanity faces today.

Deadline for entries is 17 December 2018

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Influencing Policy: Planning Workshop

Thursday 15th November, 10.30-12.30
Room G20, Birkbeck Malet St.

Open to all interested PhDs, Post-docs and staff at Birkbeck.

Discuss possible ways to involve policy makers and influencers in your research. From think tanks to Select Committees, identify opportunities to connect with relevant groups or individuals. Understand the English legislative process and hear how other Birkbeck researchers have successfully engaged with policy. Take time to consider who you want to involve in your work and discuss the best ways to share your research with different groups.

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The Public Engagement Team is recruiting! Six month intern role

If you know of anyone interested in joining the team to gain experience of public engagement events and project planning, please see further details below or contact Katy Glazer, Public Engagement Coordinator.

Role: Public Engagement Intern
Team: Public Engagement Team
Salary range: £21,945 – £25,236
Duration: 6 months, October 2018 – March 2019
Part time: 0.4 FT
Closing date: Monday 3rd September 2018

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