The Birmingham Science Communication community will be hosting its first fun, family friendly, science themed picnic on Sunday August 16th (in Cannon Hill Park). This open to all.
A number of UoB researchers and research support staff are regulars at BrumSciComm events. It’s a great way of making new contacts and getting involved in public engagement activity. If you’d like to find out more get in touch directly.
For further details see flyer above or visit:
Next year’s Big Bang Fair will take place 16-19 March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. Admission: Free
The Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, together with careers information provided by a wide range of people who are working in the field.
For more information, visit: www.thebigbangfair.co.uk
Today we meet Cecil who resides in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Cecil can be frequently found helping colleagues at public engagement events on and off campus. Donning his trademark sunglasses and UoB cap, Cecil does a lot more than just looking cool. We recently chatted with him to find out more:
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Clare Matterson, director of medical humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust has written a short piece for the Guardian on public engagement. Extracts below. To read this article in full go HERE.
Scientists’ public engagement work should be generously funded
Public engagement as a practice is nothing new. In the UK, it dates back to Michael Faraday’s public lectures at the Royal Institution (which proved so popular that hansom cabs blocked Albemarle Street, where the RI is located, leading to the creation of one of the first ever one-way streets). In the past two decades public engagement has moved away from just telling people how wonderful science is to exploring the social and ethical implications of scientific research and, importantly, listening to them. Nowadays, there are countless science festivals, public debates, science-art collaborations and “citizen science” projects.
Public engagement is a profession in its own right now, too. There are probably thousands of people in the UK who see their main line of work as “engaging the public”. But what about scientists themselves – do they (or should they) leave it to the professionals? Too often, public engagement is viewed as a “bolt-on” to a scientist’s work. Even Dame Nancy Rothwell – an eminent neuroscientist who has done far more than her fair share of public talks and events (and encouraged other scientists to) – has referred to science communication as her “hobby”.
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Burgers & Bioreactors – public engagement training for engineers: Bath, 30 October
The University of Bath is running a training event for engineers who want to develop skills in public engagement.
The goal of this day-long (9.30 – 17.30) workshop is to provide you with a platform to question and discuss the wider social, ethical and aesthetic implications of your work.To register for this event, contact Amy Phillips.
To elicit this, the case study of in-vitro meat will be used. You will explore the obstacles and opportunities as in-vitro meat moves from the R&D lab to the dinner plate. How will interactions between logistics, engineering and society shape the public acceptability of cultured meat?
Just a short message for any of you who may have visited this site after attending Dr Alice Roberts talk at the recent MDS College Assembly.
This is the Public Engagement Working Group’s blog, which we try to update with information relevant to public engagement across all five colleges. If you have public engagement news that you would like to see put up on here then please get in touch.
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Please also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/uobengage
We set up a WordPress blog so that PEWG can get information put up and changed quickly ourselves as we were struggling to do this through existing channels. e.g. the intranet. We are working with the University to launch a site on their website soon.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and to mark this, MDS have launched a webpage highlighting the symptoms, treatments and latest research into breast cancer. They have also launched a top tips video on breast awareness with Cancer Research UK Senior Research Nurse Karen Doyle. Explore these resources now!
College Assembly-This Wednesday
Wednesday 22nd October, 1-2pm, Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre
MDS are delighted to announce that Professor Alice Roberts- Clinical Anatomist, Author, Broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University will be presenting on public engagement on Wednesday. MDS are also delighted to be joined by Professor David Adams, Dean of Medicine who will be giving an update on the Life Sciences Review. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all staff within the College of Medical and Dental Science to meet key staff from across the College and the wider University.
For full details please visit the intranet page here
We’ve come across an interesting & well written blog piece from The Royal Institution, we highly recommend giving it a read. In the piece, their 2013 Christmas Lecturer Alison Woollard writes about the importance of science communication and public engagement. Below is an excerpt, but the article can be read in full HERE.
“My advice? Find out the questions before you prescribe the answers! Importantly, remember that engagement is a two-way process. It is about being interested in people and listening to what they say. Science is not an elitist club that most people cannot join – and public engagement should not be an overt ‘knowledge dissemination strategy’. Good science communication is a huge learning experience for the communicator as well as the audience – it certainly was for me.”
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Being Human is the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.
Between 15 and 23 November 2014, the festival will engage people across the UK with innovative research.
The festival will highlight the ways in which humanities research can:
- inspire and enrich our everyday lives
- help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world
- provide world class knowledge that is vibrant, vital, and accessible to all
Over 35 research institutions from across the UK are set to participate in the 2014 festival, including researchers at the University of Birmingham.
For a list of local (West Midlands) free events visit THIS PAGE.