Arts & Science festival – book now!

The University’s Arts & Sciences festival run by Cultural Engagement is back for 2017. The programme is live now & open for bookings. Check out their dedicated website and share the link with friends & family outside of the University. The university is really keen to have more members of the public attending the festival so do your bit and share, share, share!

Arts & Science Festival is a week-long celebration of research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond. This year the festival traverses land and water and brings together leading artists, academics and adventurers for a programme of concerts, exhibitions, screenings, talks and workshops.

Public Engagement with Research Committtee (PERC) are especially proud to be working in collaboration with Cultural Engagement to support a couple of specific events this year and we’d like to highlight them as our top 3 picks! Each of these are totally unique and hands-on, with opportunities for you to truly be involved!




Booking is absolutely vital at all 3 events as capacity is extremely limited. Some events cost money to cover materials/catering. So get in there early if you want to go!

And don’t forget you can also catch PERC members Professor Alice Roberts & Dr Jeremy Pritchard at Secrets of Trees on March 14th, 12:30-13:30 in Chemical Engineering Room 124.


Help NERC shape upcoming public engagement funding

Community consultation event: message from NERC

6 April 2017

Closing date: 16:00 on Wednesday 15 March 2017

We are currently planning the second call under NERC’s Public Engagement Strategy, through which we will make an ambitious, large-scale investment (of up to £1·3m over 3 years) to achieve national impact in public engagement with one or more contemporary issues of environmental science.

At the core of this flagship programme will be a co-production approach– external link to public engagement with environmental science research and researchers. This will challenge the status quo and will require collaboration on a national scale, across academic disciplines (including those outside NERC remit, such as the social sciences, arts and humanities) and partnerships with organisations and publics.

We are inviting applications to attend a community consultation event on 6 April 2017 in Manchester, the outputs of which will challenge NERC to be bold and ambitious, directly informing the call, which we plan to launch shortly after.

The event will bring together a diverse set of people who have the potential to shape and be involved in our bold plans going forward, including environmental scientists, public engagement specialists and also contributors from the social sciences, arts and humanities.

The one-day workshop will have the following aims:

  1. Unearth different perspectives on the challenges of public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science (such as climate change, fracking, pollution, biodiversity…) and identify how these can shape the scope of our call.
  2. Build on learning from previous public engagement experience and insights, including NERC’s 2016 Public Engagement call and our 2017 Public Insight Survey which is currently under way.
  3. Set the tone for interdisciplinary and co-production approaches to public engagement, providing an opportunity for potential collaborators to meet each other.
  4. Identify capacity building, training and development needs in the environmental science researcher community that can be built through this call.

We intend to invite approximately 50 participants who will be selected to ensure a balance of different perspectives, disciplines, expertise and affiliations, with diversity in mind.

If you would like to apply to attend the consultation event, please complete the online registration form– external link telling us why you should be there in no more than 200 words. Please note that only the person completing the form will considered to be invited to attend (no deputising) and an application to attend is taken as a commitment that you are free and able to travel for a full day workshop in Manchester city centre on 6 April 2017.

The closing date for applications to attend is 16:00 on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Invited participants will be notified by Friday 17 March 2017.


For further details please contact:

Hannah King
01793 411572

Live Public Engagement Q&A with Wellcome Trust (Jan 24 & 27)

Wellcome Trust have recently launched their new Public Engagement Fund which opened for applications on 9th January, 2017.

Their Public Engagement team are ready to answer your burning questions about their new funding scheme and Wellcome’s refreshed approach to supporting public engagement.

Featuring: Imran Khan and Farrah Nazir (tbc)

If you can’t make the live stream, email questions to and they’ll answer anything that’s not already on the website.

Tuesday, January 24 at 6 PM – 6:30 PM
Another event will also take place on Friday 27 January, 11:00 – 11:30
The stream will be archived so you can watch it later

The funding is for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research.

More information can be found here:

European Geosciences Union: Public Engagement Grants

Applications open for EGU Public Engagement Grants

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is opening applications to EGU Public Engagement Grants, which aim to celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The grants are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project that aims to raise awareness of geosciences outside the scientific community. Two applicants who are judged to have proposed the most innovative and effective project will each be awarded a grant of €1000 to help further develop the idea and put it into practice. There will also be a short award ceremony at the 2017 General Assembly, where the recipients will be acknowledged.

There are no restrictions on the format of the applicant’s project or proposed activity. If you have an idea for a comic, podcast, documentary, set of experiments, or some other form of effective science communication that you want to promote, then please fill in the online application form and let us know why your project deserves to be funded.

We particularly encourage applications for projects aimed at engaging with hard-to-reach audiences, i.e., people or communities who are not generally interested in science or who tend to ignore mainstream scientific expertise.

Applications for the two EGU Public Engagement Grants are open from 15 November 2016 until 15 February 2017. All proposals will be evaluated by April 2017, with the winners being notified during the EGU General Assembly in Vienna and by email.

Please note that only active EGU members, who either have a regular, student, emeritus or complementary membership for 2016 or 2017, or who are life or honorary members of the EGU, are eligible to apply for the grants. To become a member or renew your membership please check You are also encouraged to register to attend the forthcoming EGU General Assembly, where the grant winners will be announced.

The grants are for a period of 12 months and are awarded in full in April/May 2017. After six months the winners are expected to submit an interim report on their projects, which will be evaluated by the EGU Outreach Committee. At this stage, the winners can request further (non-financial) help from the EGU, such as assistance in liaising with scientists or in further advertising their products. Winners are also expected to submit a final report at the end of the grant.

The EGU will not claim revenues from products resulting from the project, but should be given full access to these products for further dissemination via its communication channels. Further, the winners should make clear when using their products that they were supported through a Public Engagement Grant from the European Geosciences Union.

To apply for the grant, please use the application form at



Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-2180-6703

Sam Illingworth
Lecturer in Science Communication
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, UK
Tel: +44-161-2471203


Original post and further info HERE

Nominate for the Royal Society’s medals and awards

Nominations now open until 18.00 GMT on 30 January 2017 for the Royal Society’ medals and awards, including the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture awarded annually to the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary. Normally, preference will be given to a practising scientist or engineer, but other individuals whose primary expertise is in writing, broadcasting or other relevant forms of communication may also be considered.

The majority of nominations for the Royal Society’s medals and awards can be made using the online nomination system. The Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture and Royal Society Africa Prize are processed seperately.


All guidance include how to complete the nomination form can be read on the guidance notes (PDF) which include full information about all the awards.

Medals open for nominations

The medals currently open for nominations include:

There are additional guidance notes for the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture (PDF)

Nominators should complete form A and nominees should complete form B. Terms and conditions (PDF) and specific guidance notes (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination. Completed forms should be sent to the Scientific Programmes team by 18.00 GMT on 30 January 2017.

Nominators should complete form A and nominees should complete form B. Terms and conditions (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination. Completed forms should be sent to the Scientific Progammes team by 18.00 GMT on 30 January 2017.


Further information can be found HERE


Cancer Research UK – Engagement Prizes, nominate now!

At Cancer Research UK we know the value of public and patient engagement with the research that we fund. We know that to have an impact, the results of our work must reach patients and the public, fundraising supporters, and the next generation of scientists. We also appreciate the value that can be had from involving people affected cancer in research. To give both public engagement and patient involvement the recognition they deserve, we award four prizes to our researchers:

The Inspiring Leadership in Research Engagement Prize honours an individual and his/her team members who have demonstrated significant commitment to public engagement with science and have embedded a culture of public engagement within their institution or research group.

The Rising Star in Research Engagement Prize recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to stimulating enthusiasm and interest in cancer research among the general public.

The Communications and Brand Ambassador Prize recognises an inspiring communicator of research funded by Cancer Research UK to the public through media work.

Patient Involvement in Research Prize recognises an individual or team who involve people affected by cancer in research in a high quality and meaningful way.


How to make a nomination

Nominations for our Research Prizes are open from November to March each year, and nominations for our Engagement Prizes are open from November to March biennially. Nominations for our Student Prize open in January and close in March each year.

Check the individual prizes webpages for details of eligibility, deadlines, and to download a nomination form. More info HERE.

A Bigger Picture 2017 events

A Bigger Picture

Lunchtime talks and discussion about discovering new perspectives on research, forming new collaborations, and communicating with wider audiences.

[Cross-College attendance is welcomed at all events]
Future Events

You are welcome to attend all events, regardless of College.

A BIGGER PICTURE: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Monday January 16th – Join Alice and PVC & Head of College, Professor Andy Schofield.
Sign up here [1-2pm, G29 Mechanical Engineering]

A BIGGER PICTURE: College of Medical & Dental Sciences
Monday January 30th – Join Alice and Dean of Medicine, PVC & Head of College, Professor David Adams.
Sign up here [1-2pm, Forum Lecture Theatre in the Medical School Centre for Professional Development]

A BIGGER PICTURE: College of Arts & Law
Monday February 27th – Join Alice and PVC & Head of College, Professor Michael Whitby.
Sign up here [1-2pm, Arts Building Lecture Room 6]

The remaining talk in the College of Life & Environmental Sciences will be confirmed soon. Thanks to all those who attended last month’s event in the CoSS with PVC & Head of College, Saul Becker.

A Bigger Picture is open to all University of Birmingham research staff and research students. Professional services staff from UoB are also welcome to attend.
Previous Events


Wednesday October 12th 2016 in the Colleges of Social Sciences

Introduced by Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement with Research, and Saul Becker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College (CoSS).
Location: Muirhead Tower Building, Room 417 (4th Floor)
Time: 13:00-14:00
Confirm attendance by Oct 11th: email

Call for Panel Proposals – Institute for Research into Superdiversity Conference 2017

IRiS International Conference 2017: Global Perspectives on Research Co-production with Communities:  Ontologies, Epistemologies and Methodologies

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) will be hosting its 4th annual conference in partnership with The Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne at the University of Birmingham on 14th and 15th September 2017. The conference will draw together academics, community-based practitioners and researchers, policy makers and doctoral researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to consider various aspects of research co-production with communities.

This is an initial call for panel proposals with a deadline of 31st January 2017.  A subsequent call for papers will be distributed following agreement of panel themes.

Further details of the conference and instructions of how to submit your panel are given here:

For more information contact Leading to Engage champions, Lisa Goodson.