Seeking the world’s best science images Call for Entries: International Images for Science

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has launched a Call for Entries for the world’s best scientific and engineering images. Open to scientists, students and the public, one hundred images will be selected by a jury of scientists, photographers and experts, to form a touring exhibition that will launch during the British Science Festival in Bradford in September 2015.

2015 Science Communication Conference

The 2015 Science Communication Conference will take place on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The conference organised by the British Science Association and the Wellcome Trust, is an annual event for those involved with public engagement to share ideas and best practice.

If you have an idea for a session you would like to run at the event, fill in the online proposal form here by 9 January 2015.

MRC devotes more resource to engagement

The Medical Research Council has said it will bolster its media engagement and strategic communication activities in order to run longer-term campaigns and build relationships with a wider range of scientists and journalists.

MRC has published its Communication and Engagement Strategy for 2014-19, which is intended to underpin open discussion and debate between MRC-funded scientists and the public, on 27 November.

In the strategy, the council says that its communications section will do a variety of things to help the public understand MRC-funded science and its impact on their lives. Measures will include: identifying “strategically important” research publications early; building and training a team of MRC spokespeople; and providing advice and coaching to researchers before they engage with the media.

RCUK promotes long-term value of public engagement

Research Councils UK has published a strategic plan for engaging members of the public in research, including a promise to ensure that the value of engagement work by researchers is properly recognised.

RCUK says that its vision for public engagement is to generate dialogue and trust between researchers and society in order to inspire and inform the public, enhance the quality and impact of research, and contribute to the economy and the wellbeing of society.

Museomix 2014 at the Derby Silk Mill

Between 7-9th November, I found myself at Museomix 2014 at the Derby Silk Mill.  In this crowded room were makers, fabricators, coders, animators, content experts, museum people – lots of different kinds of people who are about to be mashed together to make a new museum exhibit from something old.  For me personally, the Silk Mill is a wonderful place to do it because there are many STEM links already there, particularly engineering, and the fact that the mill is the first factory in the world.  The museum prides itself about being about STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

Images of Research

Postgraduate researchers – could you sum up your research in a single image?

This year’s images of research exhibition is now open for submissions, to be exhibited in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during the University’s Arts and Science Festival in March 2015. This is a brilliant research profile-raising opportunity to engage a public audience and display your work alongside an internationally recognised art collection.

Volunteers needed for Mobile Apps in Research Summit

Our Mobile Apps in Research Summit is on the 4th December. We currently are short of 4 scribes, one for each of our workshops. The scribes basically write down all the good comments and points that are mentioned during the workshop so that we can put them all on the Summit website after the event.