Pint of Science – volunteers needed!

Pint of Science is coming to Birmingham for the first time and they are looking for people to help organise their event!
The Pint of Science festival is currently held in eight U.K. cities and aims to deliver interesting, fun and relevant cutting-edge science talks in an accessible format to the public – in the pub! The festival will take place in May 2015 over three days simultaneously in multiple pubs. For more information please visit

National Science and Innovation Survey – let’s hear your views!

Later this year, the government will publish a new science and innovation Strategy. Economic growth is fuelled by investment in science and innovation.  Our ambition is for the UK to be the best place in the world to do science and the most attractive place to start, finance and grow an innovative business.

We’ve already heard the views of a range of groups and individuals on how we spend our research capital budget. Now we want to hear from you to help shape the rest of our strategy. If you’d like to share your ideas you can  input by answering the questions in our online survey HERE

Volunteer for the BSF: Science Busking!

Are you interested in taking part in the British Science Festival?  There is an opportunity to volunteer on the 6th and 7th of September.  This is through something called science busking, which is doing hands-on activities using everyday household items for the public.  On Saturday 6th, it will take place on centenary square outside the Birmingham library and on Sunday 7th, it will take place at the University of Birmingham as part of community day.
We will be running training in an evening before the festival, most likely Thursday 4th September.  Although you are not obliged to go, we strongly recommend that you attend this training.  The training ensures that you have had enough time to practice your activity as well as others and you will meet the people you will be volunteering with on the day. We will also give you general guidance about how to engage the general public. This training should not be longer than 2 hours.
You can either participate for a full day or half day, in which travel expenses will be refunded and a lunch voucher will be provided for all volunteers.  Here are the times available for half days:
If you stay for a full day, we will arrange shifts so that someone will cover your lunch break.
Volunteer places will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.  As we need to order t-shirts, please send us your t-shirt size and confirmation of your interest by Friday 15th August at 12pm.  Once you have sent your t-shirt size and your availability, your place will be confirmed and you will be put in the rota.  If for any reason you are unable to volunteer, please tell us as soon as possible so we can make sure there is a volunteer in your place.
If interested please contact:
Sarah Cosgriff
STEM Administrator (Birmingham & Solihull)
Student Recruitment
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
T: 0121 414 3167

Volunteer at Think Corner! We need you!

Think Corner Volunteers

Between August 25th – September 13th the University of Birmingham is hosting a public engagement pop-up shop called ‘Think Corner’ to showcase research from across the sciences, arts and humanities. Researchers will be using the space to engage with the public through a whole range of fun, entertaining and thought-provoking activities and talks. Think Corner will be held in a shop unit in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Birmingham’s city centre.

Think Corner is part of a University-wide initiative organized and supported by the Public Engagement Working Group. Think Corner’s aim is promote two-way dialogue between researchers and the public. We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic and self-motivated volunteers to help us with the set-up and day to day running of the shop. Volunteers will work alongside the planning team to provide valuable support to the researchers running activities; however, your main role will be to welcome the public in to the space, to explain what Think Corner is all about and to encourage them to take part. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone hoping to get practical experience in public engagement.

Does your research group have a blog/social media account?

Hello there,

We’d like to compile a list of all the UoB research blogs and social media accounts which you and your research group use to communicate what you are doing to the public. We know of some of you already, but it would be great to have a comprehensive list so we can keep in the loop with what you are all up to. So even if you think we may already have this information, please re-send so we can be doubly sure!

We’d like to start a page which lists the various different groups as a way of finding out more about what everyone does and hopefully leading to collaborations and/or information exchange in the future, who knows!

Leave a comment below or send us a tweet or direct message with your social media details.

As well as this blog (which is predominantly targeted to UoB researchers), we can be found here: (our public facing website, coming very soon!)

Twitter: @uobengage, please use our #thinkcorner hashtag


 Instagram: (pics coming very soon)



Birmingham SciComm Social: Weds 13th Aug, Bodega Bar.

A message from one of UoB’S STEMNET reps, Sarah Cosgriff…

Hi all,

Following the fantastic turn out at the first Birmingham scicomm social, there will be another social on Wednesday 13th August.  We will be meeting in Bodega bar from 6:30pm for food and drink. For those coming in by train, it is only a few minutes walk away from Birmingham New Street station.  Here is their website for more info:

As I have booked a table for a good sized group, they have requested for food orders to be sent by Saturday 9th August.  Please let me know what your food order is by then.  If you are not able to join us for 6:30 and just fancy a drink, it is possible that we will go on somewhere else afterwards so email me if you’d like my phone number.

If you are able to come, please contact me by either email or Twitter.  Also, if you’re interested in being added on the Brumscicomm Twitter list, let me know and I’ll add you on.

Look forward to seeing you there!



Twitter:  @Sarah_Cosgriff


Congratulations Ditte!

The PEWG would like to warmly congratulate Ditte Hedegaard on her win at the ‘I’m a scientist get me out of here‘ competition for the Genomics zone in June. Ditte received a well deserved prize of £500 for communicating her research. Ditte is also one of the PEWG’s champions for public engagement and has been part of helping set up this WordPress. Find out more about her HERE.

Well done Ditte! Keep on engaging! 🙂

ScienceGrrl’s Brum chapter seeks new recruits for BSF event

The Birmingham chapter of ScienceGrrl are recruiting women scientists and engineers for the British Science Festival event, ‘I’m a ScienceGrrl, Talk to Me’.

It will take place around Birmingham Central Library, on Saturday 6th September 10:00 till 16:00 and is described briefly below.

This is a great opportunity for women role models to share, with a family audience, their passion for why they work in science and engineering,

Wellcome Trust’s Arts Awards – now open for application!

Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science. We strives to work with all art forms and the diverse community we support includes artists, scientists, curators, writers, academics, producers, directors and education officers.

We believe that artists have a distinct approach to understanding and communicating ideas that can illuminate and challenge perceptions within society. We are convinced therefore that the arts have an invaluable role to play in engaging the public with biomedical science. Arts Awards encourage creative collaborations between art and science.The Wellcome Trust believes that this exchange generates powerful, personal and visceral art and inspires interdisciplinary research and practice that brings benefits to artists and scientists alike.

For full details & how to apply visit the Wellcome Trust pages HERE.