Think Corner – our public engagement Summer pop-up shop!

Yes that’s right! We are keeping the ‘public engagement’ ball rolling this Summer with our first ever pop-up shop in the heart of the city centre. This is going to be an incredible public engagement opportunity for UoB researchers and research students to showcase what they do to the public and to get across why this research is so interesting, valuable and important.

After all, research grants are often generated through public money, so it’s vital we are able to demonstrate how this funding is being put to good use! Sometimes simply developing an activity themed around a very basic concept in your subject area (which might seem far removed from your own research) is all it takes to deepen understanding of research and why studies into your field are so important. All disciplines are welcome to use this platform to run activities, whether you are from Arts, Sciences or Humanities! Don’t miss out and be as creative as you like! Want to perform a piece about Chemistry? Or sing a song about Geography? Run a workshop on Music Theory? It’s up to you! Learn more about how to get involved on the Think Corner section of the website HERE.

School of Chemistry July 21st showcase – opportunities for collaboration!

UoB academics have been invited to attend a showcase day at the School of Chemistry on Monday July 21st.

The event will showcase some of the exciting preliminary results and highlight the use of new instruments in the areas of magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry and their application in high impact, high-priority science, including next generation fuel cell materials.

The launch event is part of a national showcase of the impact of the multi-million pound investment in Chemistry. This is an ideal opportunity for colleagues to connect with members of the School of Chemistry and explore potential for collaborative activity using the new facilities. So come along and see how you might be able to link up!

Congratulations video competition winners!

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At the beginning of April the Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) launched our first ever competition entitled ‘Less Talk, More Action’. Entrants were asked to create short DIY-style videos about their research. Winners were officially announced at our Engagement in Research event where Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement at University of Birmingham, congratulated the winners who could attend on the day.

Below are some of the winning videos for you to watch, let us know what you think.

The PEWG wishes to congratulate all our winners and runners up! There were some fantastic videos produced and we hope that entrants will continue to make videos about their research in future. In fact, we encourage anyone who would like to make a video about their UoB research to have a go! Think you can do better? Who knows, we might run another competition in future!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR:

5 WINNERS

Brandon Ashinoff 

Anna Philips

Chris Morgan

Chris Allen

Watch HERE

Emily Saunders

6 RUNNERS UP

Charlie Pinder

Ansgar Koene

Murray Hoggett

Aengus Ward

Charlotte Flavell

Louis Monroy

All winners & runners up should expect an email from engage@contacts.bham.ac.uk with information on how to claim their prize.

Engagement in Research June 12 – 13th change of venue!

Hello all,

This is just a short update to notify you that we have had to change venue due to an issue with our original booking clashing with rehearsals that we’d been unaware were happening nearby. The Role of Engagement in Research events this June 12- 13 will now take place at 52 Pritchatts Rd – Lecture Theatre 1  – Building G9 (Red) on the campus map. All sessions will be held here.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up already, we look forward to seeing you there. Keep spreading the message to your colleagues in the meantime, as we’d like as many people as possible to benefit from these sessions!

Best wishes,

PEWG

Help decide the challenge for Longitude Prize 2014

Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the greatest issues of our time. 

There are a broad range of societal problems that demand fresh thinking and require us to galvanise a new generation of innovators to address them. This time round in a period of accelerating change, there is an equally important need to engage the public in the positive power of science to improve our lives. So, this time the challenge to be addressed by the revived Longitude Prize 2014 will be decided not by government officials but by the public.

UoB Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition – College heats are next week!

Birmingham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

The Three Minute Thesis competition gives you just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on your thesis topic, its originality and its significance. This is a great opportunity to develop your presentation and research communication skills, raise the profile of your research and have the chance to compete to represent Birmingham at national and international level.

College heats will take place on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 May, and a University final will be held on Wednesday 11 June. Prizes will be offered, as well as the chance to represent Birmingham in the first UK-wide 3MT competition, and to compete for a travel bursary worth $2,500 (USD) in the virtual Universitas 21 3MT Final 2014.

Apply by Friday (16 May) to be part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Final reminder. You’ve got until Friday (16 May) to be part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Go HERE to read how to apply

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The 2014 Festival will run from 1-8 November. If you would like updates about forthcoming events then please email festival@esrc.ac.uk with ‘attend’ as the subject, or if you would like to hear about upcoming deadlines for organising an event then use ‘organise’ as the subject.