3MT: Vote for Chris Morgan!

PEWG would like to wish Chris Morgan (third year PhD student from Biosciences) best of luck in the Universitas 21 Three Minute Thesis competition. Chris’ work is on “Coordination of meiotic recombination in arabidopsis” (i.e. Plant genetics).

Videos are now online for the pubic to vote for a “people’s choice” winner. A panel of industry experts and academics will judge the winning and highly commended videos on 28 October.

Chris and the remaining finalists have beat off competition from about 800 others from eight countries as part of Universitas 21’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

The Three Minute Thesis competition gives junior researchers the chance to develop their communication and presentation skills. Universitas 21 chose 17 finalists after a series of local competitions at member institutions. The UK students are up against entries from the universities of Hong Kong, Queensland, Connecticut and Auckland among others.

Get voting now! VOTE HERE

Photo of Chris running his Strawberry DNA activity at Think Corner

Insider’s View: A festival of Russian art, performance & research

Insider’s View 3/10/14 – 17/10/14

Insider’s View will celebrate the work of Russian and British artists and academics through exhibitions, lectures and performance art.  The festival coincides with the Institute for Advanced Studies workshop day Russia’s Place in the World in the last 100 years: Culture, Society and Environment. For a full list of festival events visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/insidersview

Chemistry World’s annual science communication competition

Chemistry World’s annual science communication competition returns and is now open for entries. The topic this year: chemistry and art!

The competition offers a fantastic opportunity for students, postgraduates, researcher or anyone with knowledge of science and an interest in science communication to demonstrate their skill and be published in Chemistry World. 

The Mobile Apps in Research Summit: December 4th

Mark your diaries for the second Mobile Apps in Research Summit organized by Ideas Lab & The IT Innovation Centre and held at the University of Birmingham on December 4th 2014.

The team are currently putting together the schedule for this year’s Summit which will include some new style discussion-based sessions as well as presentations, panels and networking.

Vivid Projects: A Record of Undying

Dr Michele Aaron of the University of Birmingham’s Department of Film and Creative Writing has been involved in a new exhibition opening at Vivid Projects in Digbeth, Birmingham this October 3rd.

Friday 03 October, 6-9pm

Exhibition Launch (6-9pm) & Performance (7.30pm and 8.30pm)

Join Vivid Projects for the launch of A Record of Undying, a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the last taboo: dying and death.
In an intimate and moving series of installations, British video artist George Saxon deals unflinchingly with the death of his partner and collaborator on the work, D.John Briscoe.
An exhibition brochure with commissioned essay from Dr Michele Aaron, University of Birmingham will be available from 3 October.
At 7.30pm artist George Saxon presents Blissfully Gunned Down (1980 – 2013), a live durational 16mm performance which reworks footage of D. John Briscoe’s staged death in 1980. The performance will be repeated for Digbeth First Friday at 8.30pm.

Things That Go Pop: A review

Back on Sept 6th, on the opening night of the British Science Festival, the Public Engagement Working Group helped sponsor an event curated by Flatpack film festival. Things That Go Pop was an evening of combustible vapours, scientific cocktails, and free thinking inspired by chemist, theologian, and all-round visionary Joseph Priestley. This event was included in the British Science Festival programme and featured experiments and demos led by University of Birmingham researchers from Chemistry and History departments. In the lead up to the event, the University’s research pop-up shopThink Corner  also ran chemistry inspired activities to promote Things That Go Pop.

Chemist, Rowena Fletcher-Wood was one UoB researcher who was part of the evening’s activities. We asked Rowena to write us a mini-review which you can read below.

Were you there? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below! Should we do more of this type of thing?

Maths Busking Opportunity

Maths Busking is looking for maths passionate presenters to take Maths Busking shows and workshops to schools within the UK. Presenters will work part-time freelance to begin with. This is suitable both for experience and entry level presenters.

Maths Busking takes pride in delivering shows that are both entertaining and maths rich, motivational and prioritise a feel-good element for the public. To learn more about Maths Busking see http://mathsbusking.com.

Although we deliver Maths Busking street shows, we require a contractor mostly to deliver school events.The information about this contract is on http://www.mathsbusking.com/downloads/performer-wanted.pdf, feel free to pass on to others that may be interested.

Dr Sara Santos, Director


Maths through street performance, since 2010
New in 2014: Sharing the thrill and importance of Engineering through street performance: Ingenious Busking

Think Corner: Thanks to all involved

Hello everyone,

Between August 25th – September 13th 2014, the University staged a major public engagement ‘experiment’. For 3 weeks the University’s  Public Engagement Working Group ran our first ever research pop-up shop called ‘Think Corner’, in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre. Every day Think Corner welcomed in the general public to come meet, chat and engage with some of our brightest and most enthusiastic researchers, who each contributed different activities and displays in an ever-changing 3 week programme of events.

During our residency at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, we hosted researchers from Physics to Psychology, Chemistry to English Literature, Medicine to Social Work and much more. I’m glad to say that overall the experience has been a great success and much has been learned along the way.